Stephen D. Ramsey is an Executive with Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he has supported our military in various executive management and legal roles with Lockheed Martin and IBM for 25 years. Prior to that, he worked as an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC. Steve graduated from the University of Richmond in 1981 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. As the son of a career Army officer, Steve was born on Fort Rucker, Alabama, and grew up on multiple military bases. Steve has served on numerous non-profit boards in the past, including Lourdes Hospital and the American Helicopter Society.
Mr. Davie is the founder of the JD Bravo Company and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Bravo’s founding Mr. Davie served as the Assistant Public Works Director for Haverford Township, PA where he was responsible for the oversight and project management of the Township’s active capital program. Jim is also known for having served three years in the United States Marine Corps as a member of the Force Reconnaissance Company, Special Operation and as a Squad Leader for two tours of duty in Iraq. It was during his second tour of duty that Mr. Davie suffered life threatening injuries. As a result of this record of service the JD Bravo Company has verified its status as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and obtained its certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, (DBE,) through the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program, (UCP).
Marie Nahikian has a distinguished career as a community organizer and developer who has financed, built and developed more than 5,000 affordable homes and apartments in Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. Marie has worked in the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development under President Barack Obama. She served under the Mayors of Washington, DC (Hon. Walter Washington and Hon. Marion Barry), New York (Hon. David Dinkins) and, Philadelphia (Hon. Wilson Goode and Hon. Michael Nutter). Marie has provided leadership for such non-profit community development organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Queens Economic Development Corporation, Enterprise Foundation, Housing Works, DC Coalition for the Homeless and Adams Morgan Organization. Marie led organizing efforts in the District of Columbia’s Home Rule movement as well as housing for the homeless, anti-gentrification, the American Federation of Government Employees and the Building Trades Council. She was on the Board of Directors of the Pacifica Foundation and the Homeless Assistance Fund; She worked with National Public Radio and Harper’s Magazine as well as several community-based newspapers. Marie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Jonathan Saidel is a member of the law firm Cohen, Placitella, & Roth where he specializes in class action litigation, real estate consulting and represents individuals and corporations with large tax liabilities before cities, states, and the federal government. Prior to working at Cohen, Placitella, and Roth, Saidel served as the City Controller of Philadelphia where he won local and national plaudits for reforming and professionalizing the Controller’s Office. He is lauded for his dedication during that time to fiscal discipline along with his proposals of innovative ideas which contributed to growth within the city of Philadelphia. His work culminated in the publication of the widely praised book, “Philadelphia: A New Urban Direction,” which is still used as a guidepost for effective government and corporate governance and is required reading in many colleges and universities.
Dr. Charmaine N. Ijeoma
Dr. Charmaine N. Ijeoma serves as the Homeless Veterans Outreach Officer in the Montgomery County Veterans Affairs office. She has held this position for the past two years. Under Dr. Ijeoma’s guidance, Montgomery County achieved Functional Zero by significantly decreasing the homeless veteran population in December 2015. She is also a certified Veterans Service Officer. Dr. Ijeoma received a Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate at Temple University.
Cherie Arabia serves as Vice President of Product Experience, TPX Integration for the Comcast Technology, Product and Xperience organization. In this role, she is a customer and employee champion driving product engagement throughout the organization. Cherie leads a team focused on end-to-end employee readiness for Comcast’s Xfinity products including its video, broadband, voice, home and automation services; as well as, the world-class product experience center and experience lab engineering teams.
Cherie is a daughter of a proud Vietnam Veteran and is passionate about our veterans and supporting veteran causes. An active civic leader, she served for two terms as a Trustee for the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf; she served her two final years as an appointed leader on the Trustees’ Executive Committee. Cherie is now an advisory board member for Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ, after eight years of service as a board member.
Cherie holds an MBA from the Villanova School of Business, and her undergraduate degree from West Chester University. She’s a certified Six Sigma Green Belt, as well as a graduate of the Women in Cable Telecommunications’ prestigious Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.
Vietnam Veteran, serving three tours in the United States Army 1968, 1969, 1970 (stationed in Northern bases along DMZ). Long-time member of Roofers Union Local 30, retired. Jack is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Light House Soccer club in Philadelphia, PA. Coached 35 years of youth soccer, and 25 years at the high school level for St. Joe’s Prep. Jack also volunteers daily at VMC and has been a supporter for over 14 years.
Jarrod Barton is a small business owner living and working in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Having been self-employed for 20 plus years Jarrod has considerable knowledge in management, finances and accounting, as well as marketing. Fresh out of High School Jarrod served in the United States Army and was deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Desert Storm. He then went onto college and obtained a B.S. in Finance from Salisbury University and advanced coursework in financial planning through The American College achieving a designation as a Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®).
Jarrod is passionate about supporting Veteran causes. He has helped numerous Veterans directly and supported several Veteran related charities, even becoming a VA Accredited Agent to better serve their needs
Jarrod is actively engaged in public speaking about such topics as financial education, tax planning, and Veteran benefits.
His leisure activities include camping, fishing and, above all, spending time with his lovely wife, Joanna, and their three wonderful children: Violet, Adeline, and Lincoln.
Lisa DeBella is a born and raised Philadelphian and the daughter of a decorated WWII veteran who, as a navigator in the 457th Bomb group flew 36 missions during the war. In 1979, Lisa started the interior design firm of LS Design. Through her success as an interior designer with extensive experience in property rehab, she expanded her skill set and became a licensed Realtor in 1994. Since then, she has helped negotiate the sale and purchase of many of the finest properties on Philadelphia’s Main Line.
Lisa is married to radio personality John DeBella, who since 1996 has held a yearly radiothon on WMGK for the VMC. Along with their support of the VMC and veterans causes, Lisa and John extensively support Dog rescue and shelters, as well as feeding the hungry in the Philadelphia area.
Bob Lord is a retired insurance agent that specialized in Life Insurance, Pensions and Estate Planning. He attended Temple University, St. Josephs and the American College. Bob is a proud Vietnam veteran and served with the 4Th Division and the 25th Infantry divisions. After being wounded in action, Bob spent over one year recovering at Walter Reed and Valley Forge hospital. Inspired in part by his own experiences, he has volunteered to help Veterans since 1968, serving as Commander of the American Legion Post #10 and in the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #170. Bob has been happily married to Sallee S. Lord for 43 years and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.
After a 20 year career as a Police Officer for Philadelphia Housing Authority and 29 years at Fort Dix in the United States Army Reserve where he retired as a Sergeant Major, Rodney Little began serving as President/CEO of the consulting firm, RL Little Consulting, where he advises on managerial, policy, and security based strategies. As Co-Host of “The Board Room Meeting” on WWDB AM Talk Radio 860, Rodney lends this expertise to the general public, leading on-air discussions on topics related to business, politics, and social issues. Rodney is also involved in many local organizations and currently serves as the Commissioner of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs, Board Member of the United States Military Academy Selection Panel, and President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #106.
After serving as a caseworker for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Susan Kretsge worked for the City of Philadelphia for more than forty years. She concluded her city career as the deputy mayor for health and social services, overseeing the departments providing child welfare, juvenile justice, public health, behavioral health, intellectual disability and homeless services. During Ms. Kretsge’s tenure, she oversaw the launch of the city’s first permanent supportive housing clearinghouse. In December 2015, after 40 years of public service, Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia Susan Kretsge provided the critical leadership under Mayor Michael Nutter to “end” veteran homelessness. Ms. Kretsge is a board member of the East Falls Historical Society.
Terrence J English is a Director and co-founder of Baring Vostok Capital Partners a private equity firm specializing in emerging markets. In the non-profit sector Mr. English serves on the Boards of the Eurasia Foundation, Mohonk Preserve and is President of the Special Forces Charitable Trust. He earned a BA from the University of Portland in 1968 and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. Mr. English, obtaining the rank of Captain, served in US Army Special Forces from 1968 to 1974. He is a Vietnam veteran.
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