United States Senator
Senator Tim Kaine was elected to the Senate in 2012 and serves on the Armed Services; Budget;
Foreign Relations; and Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committees.
Tim has made boosting job opportunities for everyone a top priority. As co-chair of the
bipartisan Career and Technical Education (CTE) Caucus, Tim focuses on expanding access to
job-training programs to ensure that students of all ages are prepared with the skills they need for
the jobs of the modern economy. Tim has also led successful efforts in the Senate to reduce
unemployment for military families and veterans.
As a Senator from one of the states most closely connected to the military and the father of a
Marine, Tim is focused on crafting smart defense strategy and reducing the risk of unnecessary
war. He works to ensure that the military has the resources it needs to keep the country safe and
that servicemembers and veterans receive the benefits and care they have earned. He has also
been the leading voice against Presidents starting wars without a vote by Congress.
Tim believes that health care is a right, not something reserved just for those who can afford it,
and has consistently pushed for reforms to expand access to quality care. This includes
legislation to give Americans more options for affordable health insurance and to combat the
opioid abuse epidemic.
Tim grew up working in his father’s ironworking shop in Kansas City. His parents taught him
the value of hard work and showed him how small businesses and technical skills strengthen this
country every day. After graduating from the University of Missouri, he started his public service
career by running a technical school founded by Jesuit missionaries in Honduras. He trained
teenagers to become carpenters and welders, equipping them with skills to lift up themselves and
He was first elected to office in 1994, serving as a city councilmember and then Mayor of
Richmond. He became Lieutenant Governor of Virginia in 2002 and was inaugurated as
Virginia’s 70th Governor in 2006. He is married to Anne Holton, who served as Virginia
Secretary of Education from 2014 until 2016 and currently serves as the Interim President of
George Mason University. They both revel in the adventures of their three grown children and
live in the same Northside Richmond neighborhood where they moved as newlyweds more than
30 years ago.
United States Senator
Senator Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Rules Committees as well as the Select Committee on Intelligence, where he is the Vice Chairman. During his time in the Senate, Senator Warner has established himself as a bipartisan leader who has worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to cut red tape, increase government performance and accountability, and promote private sector innovation and job creation. Senator Warner has been recognized as a national leader in fighting for our military men and women and veterans, and in working to find bipartisan, balanced solutions to address our country's debt and deficit.
From 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia. When he left office in 2006, Virginia was ranked as the best state for business, the best managed state, and the best state in which to receive a public education.
The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years as a successful technology and business leader in Virginia before entering public office. An early investor in the cellular telephone business, he co-founded the company that became Nextel and invested in hundreds of start-up technology companies that created tens of thousands of jobs.
Senator Warner and his wife Lisa Collis live in Alexandria, Virginia. They have three daughters.
Governor of Virginia
Before he was inaugurated as the 73rd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Ralph Northam served as an Army doctor, pediatric neurologist, business owner, state Senator and Lieutenant Governor.
A native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Governor Northam was educated at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), where he graduated with distinction.
After graduation, Governor Northam was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army. He served eight years of active duty and rose to the rank of major.
He attended Eastern Virginia Medical School and then traveled to San Antonio for a pediatric residency, where he met his wife Pamela, a pediatric occupational therapist at the same hospital. Governor Northam did his residencies at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and served as chief neurological resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital. As an Army doctor, he served in Germany, treating soldiers wounded in Operation Desert Storm.
When Governor Northam and Pamela returned home, they chose to build their life in Hampton Roads. He began practicing pediatric neurology at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk. He established Children’s Specialty Group, his current medical practice, to provide expert pediatric care for patients. Governor Northam also served as assistant professor of neurology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where he taught medicine and ethics.
Governor Northam volunteered as medical director for the Edmarc Hospice for Children in Portsmouth, where he spent 18 years caring for terminally ill children.
Governor Northam approaches public service with the same passion he brought to his military and medical service. He is committed to working with leaders from both parties to build a Virginia that works better for every family, no matter who they are or where they live.
Governor Northam is the first native of the Eastern Shore to serve as Governor since Governor Henry A. Wise took office 1856. He is also the first VMI Keydet to serve as Governor since Governor Westmoreland Davis took office in 1918.
Governor Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam have two adult children.
Senator | Virginia's 7th District
Jen Kiggans, a former Navy pilot who currently serves as a Nurse Practitioner, was elected to Virginia’s 7th Senate district seat in November, 2019. The seat was previously held by Senator Frank Wagner and includes parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Jen is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Geriatrics Society, American Nurses Association, and the American Legion Post 110. She is a recipient of the Boston University Scarlet Key Award for exceptional leadership and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
As the current representative of the 7th Senate District, Jen serves on the following Senate Committees: Local Government, Subcommittee on Charters, General Laws and Technology, Subcommittee on Gaming, and Rehabilitation and Social Services.
Jen currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, Steve, and their four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking chocolate chip cookies, and long-distance running. She and her family are members of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach.
Delegate | Virginia House District 34
Delegate Kathleen Murphy represents Virginia’s 34th District, located in Fairfax and Loudoun County. The House District includes McLean, Vienna, Wolf Trap, Great Falls and parts of Eastern Loudoun. Delegate Murphy is a member of the House Finance and the Privileges and Elections Committees. She also belongs to the Military and Veterans Caucus and the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus. She serves on the Board of Veterans Services and chairs the Women Veterans Workgroup.
Prior to her service in the General Assembly, Kathleen was President of Johnson Murphy & Associates - a McLean consulting firm providing strategic counseling and legislative strategies for companies and non-profit organizations. During the Clinton Administration, she worked as a Senior Advisor for International Trade issues at the Department of Commerce and handled Congressional Affairs at USAID. Previously, she was senior staff for Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-TX), where she handled Defense and Foreign Operations appropriations. Throughout her career, Kathleen has held a Top Secret Security clearance.
Kathleen helped found Salute Our Services, which was created to connect deployed service members to their families. She also helped found Kids Serve Too, an organization to honor and support children in military families. Kathleen played a critical role in Women’s Campaign International, an organization dedicated to teaching women in developing countries how to become political leaders, and was a founding member of the Congressional Wives Task Force, an advocacy group that focused on ensuring accurate nutrition labeling on food products and decreasing violence in children’s television.
Kathleen is a member of the McLean Community Foundation. She served on the Human Services Council for Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Health Care Task Force. She serves on a fundraising board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She graduated from American University magna cum laude. Kathleen is the mother of four children. She and her husband, Bill Sudow, are long time McLean residents.
Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs | Commonwealth of Virginia
Carlos Hopkins currently serves as Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, the state’s top official for coordinating state and federal resources to support Virginia’s veteran community and liaison with federal defense facilities. Former Governor Terence R. McAuliffe appointed him Secretary on September 1, 2017, following Hopkins’ service over the previous 3 years as Counsel to the Governor where he advised the Governor on the impact current federal and state law might have on the Governor’s policy proposals. Governor Ralph S. Northam reappointed him to a new four-year term.
Deputy Secretary for Veterans and Defense Affairs | Commonwealth of Virginia
Kathleen T. Jabs is Virginia’s Deputy Secretary for Veterans and Defense Affairs where she works to coordinate state and federal resources to support Virginia’s veteran community and liaison with federal defense facilities.
Kathleen has more than 30 years of government, military and academic leadership and communications experience, including involvement with public affairs operations at Navy Chief of Information, NATO's Allied Command Transformation, US Fleet Forces Command, and National Defense University. Her military career spans a variety of active duty and reserve positions, with service in Japan, Hawaii, Panama, the Pentagon and military installations along the East Coast.
Commissioner | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
John Maxwell is a 28-year Navy veteran with experience in private industry and a wide
variety of aviation, shipboard, and program management assignments.
Trained as a P-3C Naval Flight Officer, John guided teams of all sizes in a variety of
missions and environments. Early in his career, he directed crews flying maritime patrol
missions. John advanced into more complex positions leading squadron operations,
directing training, and he navigated an amphibious assault ship. In senior leadership roles,
John commanded a maritime patrol squadron, was the navigator in an aircraft carrier, and
led a post-graduate school for military and civilian national security professionals. John
culminated his career as a Navy Captain while serving as a Carrier Strike Group Chief of
Staff. After leaving the Navy in 2019, John joined a third party logistics company and then
began his service with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in February 2020.
John is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Economics, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn
Commissioner | Virginia Employment Commission
Ellen Marie Hess, Commissioner, Virginia Employment Commission
Ms. Hess was appointed Commissioner of the VEC on January 12, 2015. She was previously appointed Deputy Commissioner at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) by Governor McAuliffe. There she oversaw the agency’s legislative, legal, and policy functions, as well as the Highway Safety Office. She was with DMV since January 2008 and has more than 20 years’ experience in policy and regulatory functions in state government.
Deputy Commissioner | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Annie Walker is an 18-year employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is the Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS). She also co-authored an article with partners from the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) for Transition Innovations, the article was published in The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, “Perceptions of GI Bill Recipients with Disabilities of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) as a Viable Career Choice”. Mrs. Walker also volunteers as a speaker with the Virginia War Memorial Teacher’s Institute.
Virginia Women Veterans Program Manager | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Ms. Beverly served as an officer for 14 years in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps (MSC) after graduation from Howard University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). While on active duty, she served in a variety of assignments as a Healthcare Administrative MSC Officer including overseas in Germany, Company Command in Texas and two deployments to Iraq. Her last military assignment was as Patient Administration Chief at Fort Lee, Virginia. Ms. VanTull has adopted as her life mission to advocate for veterans like herself after her active service ended in 2014. She has lent her passion and expertise to numerous individuals, Veterans Service Organizations, and non-profits throughout Virginia in establishing programs to assist veterans, women and their families. She is a lifetime member of Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA). She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women. Ms. VanTull has served in the Virginia Department of Veterans Services as Program Manager since 2016. Beverly assumed the new position of Women Veterans Program Manager in fall 2018 to provide full time support to Virginia’s women veterans and their unique and diverse needs at the state level.
Director of Transition and Employment Programs | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Regional Director | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Carol Berg currently serves as the State Director for Virginia Veteran and Family Support, a program
within the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.
Carol served as an Army spouse for 20-years and due to her husband’s joint assignments with the Navy,
Air Force and Marines, Carol became more involved with how military and family members are impacted
through military service and deployments. Carol actively participated in the military community serving as
the Director of Volunteers for Army Community Service at 4 duty installations both in the United States
Over the past 25 years, Carol has served as a Chapter Services Director for the American Red Cross,
Executive Director of the Newport News Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, COO at Avalon: A
Center for Women and Children, and the Virginia/West Virginia Field Services Director for Operation
Carol has a BS in Education and MA in Counseling from Rider University and currently resides in Newport
Veteran Employment Manager | Virginia Employment Commission
Serena Bermudez is a Veteran Employment Manager in Northern Virginia with the Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program at the Virginia Employment Commission. She has a BA in Psychology, Masters of Science in Human Services and Leadership, and is finishing up her Doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Addiction. Serena served in the United States Navy proudly for almost 9 years in communications in support of Desert Storm/Desert Shield. After completing her military service, she has made it her passion to give back to veterans and specifically women veterans in her community. Her experience as a clinician and continued service assisting veterans and specifically women veterans in need are highlighted in her individual accomplishments in the veteran community which includes volunteering with the Disabled American Veterans where she served as a Woman Commander, Service Officer, and currently serves as Chaplain for the Woodbridge Virginia Chapter. In the past, she has served as the Chairwoman of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Veterans Council and works diligently within the community addressing the needs of veterans. She was selected to assist with the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) with the Department of Labor in developing a curriculum for homeless veterans and justice-involved veterans with the end product of assisting the veteran with employment. Serena does presentations at many functions too include women transitioning conferences, and has been the keynote speaker at Women’s Employment Workshops and sits on many panels pertaining to employment and transitioning service members. She has also been part of putting together numerous Women Veteran’s Informational Seminars. Serena believes that providing a “hand up” to a veteran instead of a “hand out” is what it’s all about. Advocating and standing in the gap to help Veterans and specifically Women Veterans obtain employment with the various opportunities makes all the difference. She believes in action as she calls it being on the “front line” helping others. She has assisted placing over 100 Veterans into quality living-wage positions with employers. She will keep leading the charge in having a voice for Women Veterans.
Assistant Regional Manager, Eastern Region | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Debi Blackmore has been with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services for over 25 years. During that time, she has worked in different positions in different locations in Virginia. Debi is currently the Assistant Regional Manager for the Eastern Region where she provides direct support to the Regional Director for the nine benefit offices staffed with 29 personnel in the Eastern Region.
Debi has over 35 years of active and Reserve Army service including a deployment to Iraq and a training exercise in Egypt. Debi’s MOS is Military Police with more experience as combat support than law enforcement. Her current duty position is an Operations Sergeant Major for a training division.
Talent and Policy Services Director | Department Of Human Resource Management
Natalie Brannon is the Talent Management & Policy Services Director for the Department of Human Resource Management. Prior to her role with the Commonwealth, she served in a variety of HR positions in Fortune 500 environments and a non-profit organization. She is an accomplished human capital professional with extensive experience in consulting, employee engagement, immigration, employee relations, benefits, corporate diversity, absence management and recruiting. Natalie received her B.A. in Psychology from Methodist University and her M.S. in Human Resource Management from North Carolina A&T State University. She was born in England and lived in several states as part of an Air Force family, but considers North Carolina home. When not participating in her children’s activities, Natalie continues to enjoy traveling, especially to tropical beach locations.
National Legislative Director | The American Legion
Melissa Bryant is a veterans’ advocate and licensed consultant with nearly 20 years of combined experience in
federal government management, nonprofit advocacy, and nonprofit executive leadership.
Melissa is currently the National Legislative Director for The American Legion. She previously served as the Chief Policy Officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). As the head of IAVA’s policy division and all its Washington, DC operations, she oversaw the legislative, research, and government affairs departments
A former Army Captain and Operation Iraqi Freedom combat veteran, Melissa's extensive record of public service includes critical roles in both military and civil service as a senior intelligence officer prior to joining IAVA. As a Department of Defense and Intelligence Community plans, policy, and operations managing expert, she served in key leadership positions with the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Joint Staff, the United States Military Academy, and Army Intelligence. She was successful in building “coalitions of the willing” to advance operational and strategic objectives while developing and implementing plans and policy for the defense and intelligence communities.
Considered a community thought leader, she is widely recognized for championing causes impacting women and minority servicemembers and veterans, highlighting the distinct challenges this growing population faces and pushing for smart policy solutions. Melissa has provided remarks in dozens of press conferences, participated as both a panelist and moderator in a variety of venues, delivered numerous oral and written testimonies before Congressional and Administration hearings, as well as conducted live and taped interviews on CNN, NPR, CBS Radio, PBS NewsHour, C-SPAN Washington Journal , MSNBC, HLN , local television segments, web-based and print articles, and much more.
Melissa is an ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science cum laude from Hampton University, is an alumna of Howard University School of Law, and also holds a Master of Arts in Policy Management from Georgetown University. She was named an Aspen Institute Ideas Festival Scholar in 2018, and her civil and military service awards include the Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, plus dozens more accolades and honors.
Executive Director and Co-Founder | Minority Veterans of America
Lindsay Church (she/her, they/them) is the Executive Director and co-founder of Minority Veterans of America. She served in the Navy as a linguist from 2008-2012 as an LGBTQ service members under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. Lindsay attended language school at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA where she learned Persian-Farsi. In 2012, she was medically retired and returned home to Seattle, WA.
Upon returning home, Lindsay attended the University of Washington where she obtained a BA in Islamic Studies and MA in International Studies with a focus on the Middle East. Lindsay began her work with veterans in 2014 and has since worked in higher education, traditional veteran service organizations, congressional advocacy, and more. Despite taking great pride in her work, through the years, she noticed that there were many people being left out of the veteran community.
In 2017, Lindsay resigned her position as the Commander of an American Legion post to, along with co-founder Katherine Pratt, start the Minority Veterans of America (MVA), an organization dedicated to creating community belonging and advancing equity for minority veterans. The primary communities MVA serves are veterans of color, women, LGBTQ, and (non)religious minority veterans.
Suicide Prevention Coordinator | Salem VA Medical Center
Alicia Dudley brings extensive personal and professional experience in programs and services for military,
veterans, and their families. She currently serves as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Veteran
Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. In this role, Alicia is the subject matter expert in suicide
prevention efforts. She manages the program ensuring veterans at high risk for suicide receive enhanced
mental health care. She is also responsible for providing consultation to VA employees and providing
trainings to VA employees and community agencies on suicide prevention with veterans. In addition, she
has participated in the statewide Governor’s Suicide Prevention Challenge that takes a public health
approach to suicide prevention. Prior to working at the VA, Alicia was an Air Force Officer. She held many
clinical and leadership positions in mental health at three bases and during her deployment to
Afghanistan, working with all military branches. Prior to the Air Force, Alicia worked as a social worker in
a dialysis clinic at a community hospital. Alicia is from the Boston, Massachusetts area and received a
Bachelor of Arts Degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a Master’s Degree in Social
Work from Rhode Island College. Alicia currently lives in Southwest Virginia with her dog, Vince.
Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs | COMCAST
Carol Eggert is Senior Vice President, Military and Veteran Affairs. In this role, she works collaboratively across Comcast NBCUniversal to provide strategic leadership to all aspects of programs and outreach engaging the military and veteran community, including recruiting, hiring and building talent at all levels of the organization.
Carol brings more than 30 years of military and civilian experience to Comcast. In her civilian role, she assisted various organizations in the private, government and non-profit sectors with their initiatives in knowledge management, strategic planning and project management. During her career, she served in the Army, the Army Reserve and the National Guard, serving in a variety of command and staff positions, including Assistant Adjutant General, Battalion Commander and Chief of Staff and recently retired as a Brigadier General.
She also has worked with members from all branches of the military, completed numerous overseas deployments, including a 15-month combat tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Chief of the Women’s Initiatives Division and Senior Liaison to the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, where she conducted a full-scale analysis of women’s initiatives and developed a strategic plan for the economic and political empowerment of Iraqi women under the U.S. Secretary of State. She is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations in recognition of her contributions to the military, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and multiple awards of the Meritorious Service Medal.
Carol is a graduate of the prestigious U.S. Army War College, where she also served on the faculty and was later selected as the Deputy Commandant for Reserve Affairs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, two master’s degrees in instructional design and strategic international studies, and a doctoral degree in organizational leadership. Carol serves on the Corporate Advisory Board for West Chester University, and the Boards of Directors for Valley Forge Military Academy Board, the Philly POPS, and PsychArmor. Her leadership in the private sector has been recognized by HillVets, who placed her on their 2016 list of the 100 most influential veterans in America, and by the Philadelphia Business Journal, who named her one of their 2016 Veterans of Influence.
Senior Organizational Development Consultant | Navy Federal Credit Union
Kerry specializes in executive and leadership development, organization development, executive
coaching, employee engagement and building high performing teams with Navy Federal Credit Union.
Her career has been dedicated to developing people, organizations and teams to accomplish their
professional and corporate goals.
Kerry is committed to helping clients create and achieve goals then apply this learning in their personal
and work environment. She works closely with her clients to help them see beyond what is directly in
front of them. As a result, many clients find new possibilities and ultimately achieve a high performing
She has a wealth of experience delivering excellence to companies globally and has worked for more
than 25 years as an organizational change management consultant and leadership coach with
Accenture, IBM, BearingPoint and Arthur Andersen. She has led numerous teams consisting of over 300
personnel. Her experience as a leader and a coach has helped leaders focus on reshaping their
organizations in a variety of business cultures and environments and has positively impacted national
security and business performance for commercial, non-profit and government clients. A proud Veteran,
Kerry retired as a Navy Reserve Captain in the Information Dominance Corp specializing in Intelligence.
Chairman | Virginia Veterans Services Foundation
Benefits Deputy Director | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Commander Claudia Flores (Retired) began her career in the Navy as an enlisted Cryptologist, serving as a linguist before earning her Commission as an Intelligence Officer. Tours of duty include assignments overseas, Combatant Commands, the National Security Agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Joint Staff. Commander Flores completed combat deployments aboard the Aircraft Carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Claudia Flores currently serves as the Benefits Deputy Director for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS). She began her career with DVS in 2017 as a Veterans Service Representative, connecting Virginia veterans and their families to earned benefits and services. She became a Regional Director for the Northern and Eastern Regions, managing more than 15 offices. She became the Deputy Director in October 2019.
Claudia holds a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Navy War College. She also attended the Navy Senior Leader Seminar at the Naval Post Graduate School in May 2011.
She is the recipient of several individual, unit and joint awards to include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation, and Navy Commendation Medals.
Senior Intelligence Analyst | Dominion Energy
Alison currently works as a Senior Threat Intelligence Analyst at Dominion Energy. She has worked there a little less than a year. Alison has served 16 years in the United States Army Reserve and had two deployments, one to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. She is currently an Inspector General for the 80 of the Training Command, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. Her previous work experience includes 7 years in public service working for the Commonwealth of Virginia, most recently as the Virginia Transition Assistance Program Manager at the Department of Veterans Services. She has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in International Studies. Her hobbies include reading, exploring new music, and trying to convince her dog to go on long walks.
Media / Community Relations Manager | Dominion Energy
Director, Center for Verification and Evaluation | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
A. Michelle Gardner-Ince serves as the Director, Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), a directorate under the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She assumed this position in December 2011 and is responsible for verification of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses to compete for VA contracting opportunities under the Veteran’s First set-aside acquisition program. Ms. Gardner-Ince works closely with the OSDBU Executive Director to promote business expansion for Veterans and service-connected disabled Veterans to increase participation in the federal marketplace.
A. Michelle Gardner-Ince assignment to this position followed a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where she retired at the rank of Colonel. She graduated from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) via a scholarship at Tuskegee Institute and began her military career in 1982 when she was commissioned by her father, Army Colonel Arthur R. Gardner. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design and Business from Tuskegee, and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University.
Director, Veteran Entrepreneurship | PenFed Credit Union
Seda is the Director of Veteran Entrepreneurs at PenFed Credit Union and leads the PenFed Foundation
Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program. She is committed to inspiring, educating, and connecting
veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and innovators.
Seda helps to bridge the gap of investment capital to military veteran entrepreneurs by providing
development, funding and a platform to grow. Her work also focuses on connecting veteran entrepreneurs
to support other veteran entrepreneurs through their successes.
Seda serves as City Leader for Bunker Labs and previously worked at Capitol Post in Alexandria, VA and
founded Lighthouse Global Business to guide international entrepreneurs and US-based start-ups looking
to build or expand their businesses. Seda is an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod School
of Business where she teaches Intro to Entrepreneurship and Business 1.0.
Disable Veteran Outreach Program Specialist | Virginia Employment Commission
Lakia Graham is a proud Army veteran. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a Master Degree in Business Administration. She is a Senior Veterans Employment Representative also known as a Disable Veteran Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) with the Virginia Employment Commission under the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) by the Department of Labor at the American Job Center located in Prince William County Woodbridge, Virginia.
Mrs. Graham helps veterans overcome barriers to employment by helping them find suitable employment. Some of the barriers that veterans are faced with may include; transitioning off of active duty within the last three years. Veterans that are facing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless, disabled veterans, low income veterans that may also be receiving to SNAP or TANF benefits, incarcerated, or previously incarcerated veterans, age priority veterans between 18-24 years old, Vietnam- era veterans, and veterans who have been unemployed for more than 27 weeks during the last 12 months.
Lakia is part of a team that is trained to provide intensive services to include; civilian and federal resume writing assistance. Labor Market Information research (LMI), interview Q&A assistance, along with mock interviews. She has those tough conversations with veterans related to employment. She provides motivational employment coaching. Some of the other services that Mrs. Graham provides includes; referrals to Department of Veteran Services (DVS), Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), local Veteran Service Organizations (VSO), Coordinated Entry System (CES) for emergency shelter, and resources including emergency food needs.
In 2015 Lakia lost her job after nine years of employment. Her husband who is also an Army veteran was laid off from his job. Then in August 2015 her family became homeless for eight months as a result of an apartment fire. Her family lost everything! During this time her family hotel hopped trying to restart their life. Her husband recommended the American Job Center- Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) program.
In October 2016 she worked with DVOP Mr. Ted Spencer. He recommended that she applied for an opening with the JVSG program. In January 2017 she became a part of the JVSG team. There she met Serena Bermudez (LVER) and Ed Dupass (LVER). After, learning about all of the resources that were available to veterans like her. She shared her story. Immediately, the JVSG team sprung into action. They were able to help her get food and personal items for her family. Additionally, the JVSG team filled up her cubicle with a full wardrobe of business attire that she desperately needed. The comradery that Ms. Graham experience assured her that she was in the right place.
Lakia Graham is very passionate about helping all the veterans she meets. Over the last three years she has met with over 250 veterans. She has also helped over 100 veterans become gainfully employed. She knows what it is like to overcome barriers to employment because she has already walked a mile in their
Disable Veteran Outreach Program Specialist | Virginia Employment Commission
Tshambi Hall, Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist with the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) under the Jobs for Federal Grant Program (JVSG). Tshambi has a degree in Business Administration from American InterContinental University (2004) and Psychology from Ashford University (2018). She has been a certified Life Coach since 2009 and International Life Coach in 2018. She also became a certified Federal Resume Instructor in 2018.
Tshambi started with the VEC in June of 2017. She brings 10 years of Human Resources Administration experience and 5 years of Human Services experience. Tshambi is a veteran of the United States Army Reserves where she served from 1999 to 2004. During that time, she completed a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraq Freedom and Enduring Iraqi Freedom with the 108 Military Intelligence Division. She has always had the desire to assist veterans and their family members since obtaining employment in the Human Services industry. Her passion is assisting women veterans with resources and mental health management. She has been associated with community events that support veteran awareness and assist veterans with resources. Tshambi has been instrumental in establishing the Women Veteran Initiative with the Hampton VEC.
In her current role, she is assisting veterans, military spouses, and caregivers with obtaining resources in the community as well as suitable and sustainable employment opportunities.
Veteran Service Representative | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Mary Harmon have been with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in Benefits for 9 years. Mary started as an Administrator, now a VSR in the largest Benefits offices in the Commonwealth. Mary is a retired Navy and
have been all over the world on airplanes too big to go on ships. For the last six years, one of her
specialties is assisting transitioning service members with their VA claims and understanding the state
and federal benefits available to them.
Media and Community Relations Manager | Dominion Energy
CEO | LIA LLC
Executive Director | Center for Women Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd serves as primary advisor to the Secretary on Department policies, programs, and legislation that affect women Veterans. In addition, she oversees the Center’s activities, which include monitoring and coordinating VA’s administration of health care, benefits services, and programs for women Veterans; serving as an advocate for cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and servicemembers; and raising awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect. Ms. Hayes-Byrd brings with her experiences in Management, Operations, and Administration and Human Resources. She completed a successful career in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of Major as an Education and Training Officer supporting the needs of thousands of U.S. Air Force enlisted airmen and officers. Ms. Hayes-Byrd has built a career of service both in and out of uniform. Because of her skills, attention to detail and 30 plus years of experience, she was asked to perform in leadership positions at the state level in the administration of the first female governor of the state of New Jersey and at federal government levels for three U.S. Presidents in The White House, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She has also provided leadership in both private and not- for-profit agencies.
Jacquelyn is a member of both the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2009.
President/CEO | ASJ IT Services, LLC
Arizone Hollins Brown is the President/CEO of ASJ IT Services, LLC (dba ASJ Solutions). Arizone and two other co-founders, John Steele, VP/COO and John Steele, VP/CPO established ASJ IT Services in 2014. ASJ provide expertise in Logistics and IT Services on Government Contracts.
ASJ is a Certified Small Business Administration 8(A) Program participant, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), Economically Disadvantage Woman Owned Small Business and a Virginia Small Woman and Minority Owned Business. As President/CEO, Arizone is responsible for providing overall strategic leadership for the company and establishing long range goals, strategies, plans, and policies and a broad range of professional services.
Prior to establishing ASJ, Arizone served in serval Program/Project Management positions as an employee with Lockheed Martin Inc. These positions included--Joint Staff J7 Joint Operating Systems Environment (JOSE) Program Manager--$20.3M program--Sr. Operations Engineer Manager/Deputy Program Manager--Joint Staff J6 Programs–ranged from $101M to $141M over 5 years. Arizone served in the United States Air Force from 1978 til 2004. She performed in numerous aircraft maintenance and logistics positions.
Arizone has led ASJ to secure roughly $8M in contract awarded revenue. In addition, under her leadership, ASJ IT Services has received the following recognition: Old Dominion University Business Spot Light, Letter of Recognition from Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the Still Hope’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award, and ASJ was featured in the Virginia Business Magazine. As an employee with Lockheed Martin, she received Special Recognition Awards, a Letter of Appreciation from Joint Staff J6 Division Chief and her top service medals were the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters. Her education includes a MA from Northern Arizona University and a BA, from Mississippi Valley State University. She is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) She is a member of the Project Management Institute, Women In Defense and the Tidewater Association for Service Contractors/Tidewater Government and Industry Council.
Arizone is married to James M. Brown Sr. and together they have 3 daughters, 1 son, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
Senior Resource Specialist | Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program
Kristi Holt is a Senior Resource Specialist for the West Region with the Virginia Veteran and Family
Support and has been working with veterans and their dependents dealing with Military Operational
Stress for more than five years. She received her B.A from Roanoke College in Psychology and her MSW
with a military focus from Radford University. In addition to working directly with veterans, Kristi is a
lead facilitator for Mission Healthy Relationships and is a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
trainer. Kristi is a spouse of an Air Force Veteran and a veteran herself who served eight years in the
United States Army as a Korean and German linguist where she also worked in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom as an intelligence analyst for the 15 th Military Intelligence Battalion.
Military and Veterans Affairs Manager | Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)
Brandi Jancaitis brings extensive personal and professional experience in programs and services for military and veteran families. She currently serves as the Military and Veterans Affairs Manager at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). In this role, Brandi leads statewide projects to enhance community-based behavioral health and supportive services for military service members, veterans, and their families. She coordinates the Richmond Mayor’s Suicide Prevention Challenge and statewide Governor’s Suicide Prevention Challenge teams that take a public health approach to suicide prevention. Prior to DBHDS, Brandi served in a variety of roles with the Dept. of Veterans Services, Virginia Veteran and Family Support program including State Program Director and Director of Housing Development for Veterans. Prior to state-level roles, Brandi worked at Richmond Behavioral Health Authority in research and grant development, program evaluation, and prevention services. Brandi is from Southwest Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. Brandi is a military spouse and is currently stationed in Virginia with husband Nicholas and their three children.
Chief Executive Officer | Perfect Home Real Estate Scout
Senior Technical Recruiter, Strategic Initiatives | 1901 Group
Stacey Jewell is a Senior Technical Recruiter at 1901 Group in Blacksburg, Virginia. In addition to her recruiting duties, Stacey also oversees the company’s Internship program, College and Community outreach and networking efforts, Compliance Standards, and maintaining a robust and diversified workforce of employees. She has over 11 years of recruiting experience in the hospitality, manufacturing, technical, and government sectors where she has grown an extensive network of recruiting contacts throughout the NRV, Southwest Virginia, NOVA, and Southern West Virginia areas. Stacey attended Concord University in Athens, West Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology in 2005. She is an AIRS Certified Internet Recruiter earning her CIR certification in 2017. She recently helped 1901 Group to become one of Virginia’s Veteran friendly employers by acquiring V3 certification. Stacey lives in Pembroke, VA with her husband and 5 dogs.
Lead Local Veterans Employment Representative | Virginia Employment Commission
Anissa Jones is a Veteran of the United States Navy. She retired after 20 years of service in 2010
as a Hospitalman First Class. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from
Saint Leo University in 2018. Ms. Jones is a member of Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor
Society, she holds the following certifications: Mental Health First Aider and Basic Life Support.
She became a certified Federal Resume writer and trainer in 2019. Anissa is an active member
of her local community and Connect Group Lead Captain at New Generation Church, Richmond,
Virginia. She resides in Chester, Virginia with three of her seven children. She enjoys being a
MOM. She is employed at the Virginia Employment Commission, Jobs for Veterans State Grant
Program as a Lead Local Veteran Employment Representative. She advocates on behalf of
veterans for employment and training opportunities in Richmond, Petersburg, Emporia and
surrounding counties. Anissa loves people and desires to see women become all they desire to
Director Area Transmission Operations | Dominion Energy
Teresa A. Klein is Director Area Transmission Operations,
Dominion Energy Transmission Inc.
She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and
leadership of gas transmission personnel and assets, in Central
Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina. Her team
operates and maintains critical gas infrastructure for suppling clean burning natural gas to
the Mid-Atlantic region for power generation and to over one million residential
customers in the D.C. metropolitan area. Her area includes over 300,000 horsepower of
compression, 900 miles of transmission and storage pipelines, and nearly 200 storage
Mrs. Klein joined the company in 2008 and has held several positions in Power
Generation and Gas Infrastructure Groups. She had leadership roles at Chesapeake
Energy Center, Roanoke Rapids and Gaston Hydroelectric Power Stations, and on the
Power Generation Operations Excellence team at Innsbrook Technical Center. Her roles
in Dominion Energy Transmission Inc. include two Gas Transmission Operations
Manager roles, first in Ohio and second in Leesburg, Virginia. She assumed her current
post in October 2019.
Prior to joining the company, Mrs. Klein served in the United States Navy as an enlisted
electronics technician onboard ship and at overseas duty stations. Following her
commission as a Surface Warfare Officer she served onboard four ships.
She holds two degrees from Old Dominion University, a bachelor’s degree in Computer
Engineering and an MBA.
Program Manager, Virginia Values Veterans | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Meagan LoBuglio is the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Regional Program Manager for Southwest Virginia.
A Roanoke native, Meagan enlisted on Active Duty in the United States Air Force in 2001. During her 13
years of service as an Instructor Weapons Director, she provided tactical air control to United States and
Coalition aircraft during exercise and combat missions. In addition she successfully provided leadership
management, on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and direct mentorship to the enlisted
personnel under her supervision and the officer cadre she instructed through initial qualification
training. Meagan is an Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom Combat Veteran with four deployments
and two remote tours overseas.
Upon her transition to the civilian sector, Meagan built a successful business in direct sales where she
was lauded top producer and international trainer achieving the highest self-promoted rank within the
company. During her six years there, Meagan coached sales teams around the globe to high levels of
Meagan continue’ s Veterans advocacy by connecting businesses in Virginia and throughout the United
States with deserving and highly qualified service members, Veterans, and military spouses.
Meagan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland University
College, was voted The Roanoker Magazine “40 under 40” class of 2020, and regularly attends personal
and professional development seminars.
Supply Chain Inventory Management Coordinator | Dominion Energy
Cheryl Marin is a Supply Chain Management Coordinator for Dominion Energy. Cheryl optimizes inventory and reduces total financial impact on supply chain. She applies innovative solutions, process improvements, and predictive analytics to solve tough challenges. Cheryl serves the Dominion Energy Veterans Resource Group, Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium, Women in Nuclear, and Women’s Resource Group.
Cheryl’s leadership, engineering, and operations experience includes implementing global supply chain management systems. This US Air Force veteran supported 26 NASA and DoD space launches. Her certifications and training include Acquisition Management, Engineering, Program Management, Avionics, Academic Instructor, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL v3), and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Cheryl completed a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University. She is a passionate veterans and k-16 STEM advocate.
Senior Community Affairs Representative | Dominion Energy
Director | Healing Sounds, LLC
Anna is the Director of Healing Sounds, LLC and board-certified music therapist, licensed music educator, certified rehabilitation counselor, and a licensed professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a 2004 graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Music Therapy and Music Education. Upon graduation, Anna completed her internship and contracted services through Musicworx of California in San Diego, California, where she served in diverse settings ranging from hospitals and cancer survival groups to public schools and private homes. Anna has extensive experience working as a music therapist, including providing therapy services and crisis stabilization to detained teenagers in the Richmond area. Through her work in state-operated programs within Virginia’s department of education, she has co-authored standards and a curriculum for art and music therapists in education programs as part of the regular school day. She coordinates and leads training regarding social and emotional learning, and speaks at regional and national conferences about her experiences in therapy. Additionally, Anna teaches at VCU, her graduate school alma mater, as an adjunct professor instructing music therapy coursework. She enjoys employing mindfulness-based practices and helping others reach their best potential.
Senior Materials Specialist | Dominion Energy
Leshaunda Mojeed was born May 29, 1987 in the great state of Alaska to parents Roslyn and
Kelvin Hardy (both army vets). She traveled from state to state as typical army brat and finally
settled down in Copperas Cove, TX. Upon graduating from high school in 2005, Leshaunda
attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where she majored in Life Science.
She graduated in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science and commissioned as a Second
Lieutenant in the United States Army.
Leshaunda served in various roles of increasing responsibility throughout her ten years of
service in Active Duty Army. Most notably Leshaunda is proud of her time serving as platoon
leader for a Field Services Company. Leshaunda lead her platoon through several difficult
challenges to include a deployment to Port Au Prince, Haiti for Operation Unified Response to
provide support during the aftermath of the Earthquake in 2010. Leshaunda is also fond of her
time serving a Company Commander for 72 logistics soldiers while she was responsible for
providing sustainment operations for a light infantry brigade. Leshaunda appreciates all of the
values and experiences that she’s gained from her time on Active Duty so much so that she
decided to become a member of the Army Reserves so that she may continue her service to the
Prior to her separation from Active Duty Leshaunda was afforded the opportunity to intern with
Dominion Energy and gain invaluable experience and exposure to the civilian workforce.
Leshaunda has since become a permanent and valued member of the Dominion Team and
looks forward to continuing to grow her skills with the company.
Leshaunda is married with two children: son (4 years old) and daughter (15 months) and enjoys
being able to spend more time with her family.
Director of Communications | U.S. Army Soldier for Life
Lieutenant Colonel Olivia Nunn was commissioned as an ROTC Military Graduate through Radford University ROTC program in 2001. LTC Nunn has served in command and staff positions within the United States Army, including three combat deployments to Iraq. LTC Nunn has served as an official Army spokesperson, executive officer to the Chief of Army Public Affairs and as the lead Strategic Communication Planner for the Office of the Chief of Army Public Affairs.
LTC Nunn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Radford University, Radford, VA, a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management from Webster University, and a Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. LTC Nunn and her husband, LTC Lawrence Nunn, have been married for 15 years and have two children; Sabella and Gideon.
Investment Director | CIT GAP Funds
Jennifer O'Daniel joined CIT GAP Funds in 2003, where she leads seed and early stage investments in tech companies with a concentration on cybersecurity and enterprise software. A key member of the investment team, O’Daniel has led over 50 investments in seed and early stage companies as well as investments for MACH37, a cybersecurity accelerator. She is a board observer for several Virginia-based companies, including VividCortex, Canvas, Latista, HyperQube, RunSafe, Zoomph and ThreatQuotient, all highly successful companies that received investment from CIT GAP Funds in their early stages. O’Daniel co-hosts the CyberScoop podcast, Securiosity, where she recaps cybersecurity news and interviews industry luminaries. O’Daniel is a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners, and was the Co-Founder and Managing Director of VT Investor Network (VTIN), a 75+ member angel group that invests in Hokie-led startups. Prior to CIT, O’Daniel worked at a private equity firm in Slovenia and was part of the founding team of several startups.
Financial Planner | Prudential Financial
With more than four years in the financial services industry, including two at Prudential, Kennah enjoys
working with people from all walks of life to help prepare them for their financial future. She is an
educator and a resource for her clients as she addresses their financial concerns in a collaborative
Kennah holds a bachelor’s degree from Hawai’i Pacific University where she studied International
Business. Kennah has completed the necessary coursework and testing process necessary to achieve
the designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®). She
has also received specialized training allowing her to provide unique expertise to Military Members and
Kennah enjoys giving back to the community and has been a member of several charitable and church
organizations. Kennah and her husband Terry, live in Washington D.C
Financial Planner | Prudential Financial
Terry is passionate about providing his clients with the tools and education they need to navigate life’s
financial challenges. With more than eight years in the financial services industry, including two at
Prudential, Terry recognizes the more knowledge his clients have, the more empowered and confident
they feel about achieving their goals.
Terry holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University where he studied Economics, Psychology,
and Mathematics. Terry has completed the necessary coursework and testing process necessary to
achieve the designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®),
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and Wealth Management Certified Professional (WMCP®). He has
also received specialized training allowing him to provide his unique expertise to Military Members and
Terry enjoys giving back to the community and has been a member of several charitable organizations,
including the United Way. Terry and his wife, Kennah, live in Washington D.C.
CEO | SAMS
Staci L. Redmon, Founder, President and CEO of Strategy and Management Services, began her career in the U.S Army. While serving in the Signal Corps, Redmon suffered an injury that cut her military career short. However, that did not stop her from serving: after 20 years of working in the defense space as a disabled veteran, Redmon noticed that many critical programs fail to receive funding and knew there was a better way to get essential work done at more competitive prices. Thus the idea of SAMS was born.
Since then, Redmon has proven her ability to build and galvanize high-performance teams that achieve exceptional organizational results, as demonstrated time and again in the years that SAMS has been in business. Redmon believes that investing in employees, clients and community is the measure of a successful business and makes it a priority to surround herself with a team of strong and talented individuals who push SAMS to new levels of achievement.
Staci holds a Graduate Certificate in Procurement and Federal Contracts Management from the University of Virginia, a BS in Computer Information Systems and MBA with a concentration in Acquisition from Strayer University, and an AAS in Computer Electronics Technology from Central Texas College.
As a true believer and advocate for continuous learning, she is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, the Babson College Surge and Grow program, the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College Tuck-WBENC Executive program and the Tuck-WBENC Strategic Growth program (both sponsored by IBM), and the 1863 Ventures program in association with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
Staci is a veteran of the United States Army and a disabled vet.
Co-Founder & CEO | StreetShares
Mark L. Rockefeller is the Co-Founder & CEO of StreetShares, Inc., a venture-backed startup that uses social trust to derisk the lending industry. He is also a contributor to Forbes, writing on entrepreneurship, fintech, and veteran-owned businesses. Mark began his career as a military officer, attorney, and federal prosecutor. Following military service in Iraq and a social enterprise project in Africa, he joined the Wall Street law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He left the firm to co-found StreetShares in 2013. StreetShares launched in 2014, has raised over $200MM in debt and equity investment, and beat nearly 200 startups to win the 2015 global "Best Investment" award from the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition. Mark has been listed as a "40 Under 40" entrepreneur, and has been quoted or featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Huffington Post, American Banker, Washington Business Journal, INC., and Entrepreneur Magazine. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance, MBA and law degrees. He was a Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School and is a term member in the Council on Foreign Relations.
Director of Social Services | Chesterfield County
Kiva is a dedicated professional who has devoted her career to public service. She has been employed by Chesterfield county since July 2001. During her tenure, she has served in a variety of roles with the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services. Throughout her educational and professional journey, Kiva has worked with individuals, families, systems and communities to improve the lives of those she serves. Kiva was promoted to Director in February 2016. As Director she is driven to lead organizational change that transforms the lives through public service.
Kiva holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kiva is a license clinical social worker and has provided outpatient counseling to individuals and families.
When not working, Kiva enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family. Kiva’s favorite quote is “The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken places” by Ernest Hemingway. Her mission in life is to help strengthen broken places.
Retired Chief Master Sergeant | United States Air Force
Retired CMSgt Deborah Rothwell is a bona fide celebrity in military
circles. Chief Rothwell has performed the tribute “Old Glory” for both
military and civilian events since 2002. It all started as a favor for a
good friend’s retirement ceremony, where she read the poem on
short notice. Since then, she has performed “Old Glory” close to 500
What makes her rendition so unique is not just her delivery, but the
currency of events she has woven into the stanzas. “Anytime
something significant happen to America, like September 11, the
Boston Bombing, Sandy Hook, or the events in Charlottesville she
tries to make it a part of “Old Glory”. I just want to keep the message
going, so that we never forget them. Especially for the fallen and
No matter how many times she’s performed, she hasn’t lost sight of
why she started doing this in the first place. When I do “Old Glory” I
want to give a comprehensive view of what the flag really stands for,
which is love for our country.
Chief Rothwell dedicates her performances to her late husband of 35
years, Master Sergeant Leon Rothwell Sr.
Founder & CEO | Mutt's Sauce
Assistant Manager of Talent Acquisition | Navy Federal Credit Union
Meredith Singer serves as the Assistant Manager of Talent Acquisition for Navy Federal Credit
Union, the world's largest credit union, where our mission is to serve and enrich the lives of
those in the military community.
With more than twelve years of progressive human resources and talent experience, she comes
most recently from Amazon, where she served as the Senior Human Resources Business
Partner and previously as the Director of Human Resources for a large Dominos franchise in the
Mid-Atlantic and embodies a "people first" mentality.
While not at work, she is an avid photographer, loves hiking and is a music aficionado. She
enjoys spending time with her daughter and dog.
Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP) Northern Virginia Coordinator | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Katie Spinazzola is the daughter of a retired Navy captain. As a Navy brat, Katie had the opportunity to
grow up in places that adults wish they could visit for a week. Adaptability became a core value at a very
young age. Katie’s first experience with the bear known as “Transition” started when her father retired
after an impressive 30 year career. As a daughter, watching her hero struggle to figure out who he
wanted to be after hanging up the uniform was heartbreaking and with that memory, the spark to help
those who have served was born.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Hawai’i, Katie took on a
new role in the military space, as a wife of a United States Marine. After surviving a deployment and
smoothing out the newly wed jitters, Katie witnessed the anxiety and stresses of transition once again
but this time as a spouse.
After various roles in business management and operations, Katie went out on a limb and applied for
Career Advisor position with ECPI University, a role that she didn’t meet any of the qualifications except
a Bachelor’s degree. Within a year she was promoted to Director of Career Services and her department
had outstanding graduate employment success for three consecutive years. It was during this time that
she earned her Certified Professional Résumé Writing Certification.
Katie has always had soft spot in her heart for helping service members and veterans. The drive and
desire to assist and support was always there, but the answer was never clear as to how she could help
until she stumbled upon a one in a lifetime opportunity to marry her passion for the military and her
strong skills of being a career counselor, advocate and mentor.
Today, Katie is proudly serving the Virginia Department of Veteran Services as the Northern Virginia
Regional Transition Assistance Program Coordinator. She is a certified career coach and certified in both
Federal and Corporate resumes. She has presence on the major military installations within the
Northern Capital region and has provided customized career support services and resources to hundreds
of service members and spouse clients over the last two years. She maintains strong partnerships with
well-known Veteran Service Organizations and regional partners in the local area.
Katie has been able to honor not only her father’s legacy but uses his experience as a beacon to be able
to provide transparent, honest, and genuine support to her clients while helping them locate
opportunities for employment, education, entrepreneurship and training through programs such as
Virginia Values Veterans, Military Medics and Corpsman, Hire Vets Now Fellowship and countless others.
Senior Community Engagment Policy Director | Dominion Energy
Maria Pia Tamburri is senior community engagement policy director at Dominion Energy. In this role, she leads the company’s community engagement efforts across Dominion Energy’s footprint.
Before joining Dominion Energy, Maria led global public affairs and crisis management for Allegion, plc. in Carmel, Indiana. Prior to this role, Maria lived in Stuttgart, Germany where she served as the Chief of Strategic Outreach Initiatives for U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Department of Defense. From 2001 until 2008, Maria held a variety of roles as a political appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush. Her time in the administration provided her with the opportunity to work as Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Director of Specialty Media and Hispanic spokesperson in the White House Office of Media Affairs. She also served in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Earlier in her career, Maria worked in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Judiciary Committee and House Government Reform Committee.
Maria is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She also studied Latin American politics at the Universidad de Belgrano in her native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She is married to Alexander G. Flakas and has two young daughters.
Benefits Director | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Mrs. Donna Williams is the Director of Benefits for the Virginia Department of Veteran Services. Donna oversees the management of 34 Benefits Offices, with 111 assigned personnel. These offices provide one-on-one counseling and claims development service to veterans and their family members as they seek approval of the state and federal veterans’ benefits they have earned. She joined the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in November 2014.
Donna’s experience includes serving as a Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialist (DVOP) for the Virginia Employment Commission. She also worked in the Compensation and Pension Department at the McGuire VA Medical Center.
Donna is a retired, disabled, veteran from the United States Air Force. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Virginia State University. She earned a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University. Donna is married and has two adult sons and 2 grandchildren.
Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program | Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
Kayla M. Williams is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Military, Veterans, and Society Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). She previously served as Director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she was the primary adviser to the Secretary on department policies, programs, and legislation affecting women veterans. Kayla spent eight years at the RAND Corporation researching servicemember and veteran health needs and benefits, international security, and intelligence policy. Ms. Williams was enlisted for five years as an Arabic linguist, serving in a Military Intelligence company of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). She is the author of Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, a memoir about her deployment to Iraq, and Plenty of Time When We Get Home: Love and Recovery in the Aftermath of War, about her family's journey from war trauma to healing. Kayla graduated cum laude with a BA in English Literature from Bowling Green State University and earned an MA in International Affairs with a focus on the Middle East from American University. She is a member of the Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach; a former member of the Army Education Advisory Committee and VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans; a 2013 White House Woman Veteran Champion of Change; and a 2015 Lincoln Award recipient.
President | Women In Military Service For America Foundation, Inc.
CW5 Wilson was selected to assume the role of President as of September 1, 2019. During more than 37 years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Army, she has served at all echelons from tactical to strategic, with duty in Germany, Iraq and the United States.
Chief Wilson holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University, two Bachelor of Science degrees: nursing (registered nurse) and liberal arts (sociology/German) and three Associate of Science degrees. She has attended the Defense Language Institute for German and Spanish as well as the Defense Strategic Debriefer Course. She is a 2008 graduate of the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course and has studied at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, completing the Program for Advanced Security Studies in 2009. She also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She is pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Non-Profit Organizations focused) from Excelsior College.
Chief Wilson’s military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Parachutist Badge. She was inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame in 2017.
As a Citizen-Soldier, Chief Wilson is a Registered Nurse and has held positions as a Director of Nursing; a Director of Clinical Operations; a Social Worker; a Home Health and Hospice Nurse and a Loan Officer. She has eight children: Joseph, Jeremy, Rebekah, Matthias, Rachel, Jared, Maria and Jesse. Four sons: Joseph, Jeremy, Matthias, and Jared are in the military and are all combat veterans.
President and CEO | Windsor Group LLC
Veterans Employment Program Manager | U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Ms. Kelly S Woodall’s began her career in Federal civil service in 2009 as a Human
Resource Specialist, after completing an Operation Warfighter internship. Initially she
was the Disability Program Manager, responsible for educating Federal HR and hiring
managers on the policy and benefits in utilizing the Schedule A Appointing Authority for
Disabilities. In 2010 she was appointed as the Veterans Employment Program Manager
In this role she was responsible for enhancing employment opportunities for veterans
within the agency, consistent with law and merit system principles, including developing
and implementing the agency's Operational Plan, veterans recruitment programs, and
training programs for veterans with disabilities, and for coordinating employment
counseling to help match the career aspirations of veterans to the needs of the agency.
During her tenure she was instrumental in securing employment for numerous veterans
across Federal government.
As a SME for veterans’ employment IAW Title 5, Federal Code of Regulations she
developed the mandatory training for HR Specialists and Hiring Managers on the hiring
of veterans in the Federal Civil service as well as the training provided to transitioning
service members interested in Federal employment during the Department of Labor TAP
briefing. She continues to conduct workshops on a wide range of topics related to the
employment of Veterans in Federal civil service.
She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in
Economics from the University of Kentucky and a License Practical Nurse Certification
from St. Philips College, San Antonio Texas.
Ms. Woodall’s military career ended in 2009 as a Master Sergeant after serving 27-years
of service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves combined. During her tenure she
held numerous occupational specialties, Military Police, Pershing Missile Specialist,
Army Medic and Army Nurse (LPN).