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STAFF

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James Johnson

Major General, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)

CEO/President

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Alex Popov

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer

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Melisa Griffith

Chief Development Officer

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Emily Pirman

Chief of Staff

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Melissa Sisneros

VP of Human Resources

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Marilu Avila

Coordinator, Military and Family Programs

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Kirsten Adams

Director, Corporate Partnerships

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Krysten Angulo

Manager of Growth Marketing

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Daniel Cardenas

Warehouse Assistant

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Pedro Carrillo

Inventory & Donations Specialist

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Dawn Casteel-Clark

Senior Accountant

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Alexandria “Lexie” Coppinger

Program Coordinator

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Stacey Danlyan

Director, Volunteer Engagement (LA)

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Chris Dolin

Director, Information Systems

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Kara Eggink

Coordinator, PR & Marketing

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Maria Escuela

Coordinator, Donor Relations

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Luis Franco

Manager, Production, Distribution, Safety & Facilities

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Lisa Gipti-Mojica

Coordinator, Volunteer Engagement

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Katie Haney

Executive Assistant & Corporate Secretary

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Cheryl Hardy

Director, Accounting

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Ellie Jackson

Manager, Foundations & Grants

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Vicki Johnson

Director, National Volunteer Development

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Nancy Levy

Director, Donor Relations

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Jennifer Long

Manager, Volunteer Engagement

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Annie McDougle-Stamey

Media Relations Manager

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Amber McFadden

Manager, Corporate Engagement

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Jacob McMillion

Manager, IT Systems

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Krystal Navarro

Manager, First Responders Program

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Taylor Nischan

Manager, In-Kind and Corporate Partners

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Doreese Norman

Director, Marketing and Communications

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Michelle Pryor

Manager of Veteran Programs

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Merritt Rinard

Director, Corporate Engagement

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Michelle J. Salvador

Manager, Human Resources

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Ruby Sierra

Shipping & Receiving Specialist

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Kelly South

Director, Handmade With Love Programs

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Theresa (Terry) Speer

Shipping & Receiving Clerk

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Jerry Stetler

Director of Information Systems

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Alanna Stuckert

Manager, National Volunteer Partnerships

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Cindy Tamoush

Data Entry Clerk

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Brandon Tanner

Director, Corporate Development

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Katrina Tomas

Manager, Volunteer Engagement

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Steph Tristan

Director, Individual Giving

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Devan Wielgos

Social Media Coordinator

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Kristen Vauiso

Manager, Military & Family Programs

James Johnson
Maj Gen, USAF (Ret.)
Chief Executive Officer & President
(818) 960-7444

John Laskodi
Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Chief Operating Officer

Kirsten Adams
Director of Corporate Partnerships
(818) 960-6300

Krysten Johnson Angulo
Manager of Corporate Events
(818) 960-6800

Carolyn Blashek
Founder & Senior Advisor

Anne Bottema
Senior Manager of Information Systems
(818) 960-6400

Daniel Cardenas
Warehouse Worker

Pedro Carrillo
Inventory & Donations Coordinator
(818) 960-7877

Stacey Danlyan
Senior Director of Volunteer & Community Engagement
(818) 960-7879

Maria Escuela
Donor Relations Coordinator
(818) 960-6444

Luis Franco
Senior Manager of Production & Distribution
(818) 960-7875

Lisa Gipti-Mojica
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator
(818) 671-4400

Katie Haney
First Responder Program Manager
(818) 960-6900

Cheryl Hardy
Accounting Manager
(818) 960-7873

Rich Headley
Master Sergeant, USMC (Ret.)
Senior Director of Military and Veteran Programs
(818) 600-9606

Vicki Johnson
Senior Director of Marketing & Communications
(818) 600-9606

Alpa Khatri
Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Nancy Levy
Senior Director of Donor Relations
(818) 960-6999

Shari May
Corporate and Foundation Giving Manager

Jacob McMillion
IT Systems Administrator

Amber Muszka
Public Relations & Media Manager

Emily Pirman, CMP
Director of Corporate Engagement
(818) 960-7400

Kimberly Potter
Director of FOB Operations
(818) 960-7872

Michelle Pryor
Halloween Candy Give Back Program Coordinator 

Monica Shea
Senior Executive Manager
(818) 960-7500

Ruby Sierra
Shipping & Receiving Clerk
(818) 960-7875

Kelly South
Director of Handmade with Love Programs
(818) 960-7555

Terry Speer
Receiving Clark

Alanna Stuckert
Program Coordinator
(818) 960-7111

Cindy Tamoush
Data Entry Clerk
(818) 960-7874

Katrina Tomas
Volunteer Programs and Engagement Manager
(818) 960-7880

Kristen Vauiso
Military and Family Programs Manager
(818) 960-6815

Wilbur Walker
Warehouse & Facilities Manager
(818) 960-7876

April Wilhelm
IT/Website Assistant

Victoria Wuesthoff
Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Laura Ybarra
Social Media Manager

Cheryl Zerah
Vice President of Administration & Corporate Secretary
(818) 960-7871

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Marty Martin

Chairman of the Board

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Terry Blankenship

Member

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Jordan Blashek

Captain, USMC (Veteran)

Member

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Sharman Borncamp

Board Secretary
Chair, Nominating & Rules Committee

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Mark Brown

Major General (Retired)

Finance Committee Chair

Jennifer Cho

Jennifer Cho

Audit Chair

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Joe Kristol

Captain, USMC (Veteran)

Member

Shirley Ross

Shirley Ross

Comp & Personnel Chair

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Angela Brightman Struebing

Development & Fundraising Chair

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Scott Wuesthoff

Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.)

Strategic Planning Chair

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Carolyn Blashek

Founder / Special Advisor

Martha “Marty” Martin
Chairman of the Board
Chair, Strategic Planning Committee
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Katelynn Heil
Chair, Finance Committee
Chair, Compensation and Personnel Committee
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Sharman Borncamp
Board Secretary
Chair, Audit Committee
Chair, Nominating and Governance Committee

Joe Kristol
Captain, USMC (Veteran)
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Jordan Blashek
Captain, USMC (Veteran)
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Terry Blankenship
Member

Scott Wuesthoff
Brigadier General, USAF (Ret.)

Angela Brightman Struebing
Member

COUNCIL OF ADVISORS

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Jim Beamesderfer

Vice President, Systems Development Prudential Financial

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Patrick A. Burke

Executive Director
Washington DC Police Foundation

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Mitch Casteel

Director of Community
Veterans United Home Loans

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Janet Donovan

President and CEO
Girl Scouts, Heart of PA

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Chief Strategy & Impact Officer
National Alliance on Mental Illness

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Brandi Gomez

Program Manager, Corporate Social Responsibility Navy Federal Credit Union

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Katelynn Duffel Heil

GM, Blippi + T-Rex Ranch, Moonbug Entertainment

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Jennifer Huggins

Sr. HR Specialist, Engagement & Philanthropy
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Tim Lebel

President, Sales
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Adam Modzel

Regional Vice President, New York Metro Starbucks Coffee Company

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Lenny Richoux

US Military and Federal Government

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Angela Brightman Struebing

Operation Gratitude Board Member

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Bryan Tucker

VP, Corporate Communications
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Military Advisory Council

Admiral Scott Van Buskirk
U.S. Navy, Ret.
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Lt. General Mark Hertling
U.S. Army, Ret.
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Colonel Rich Anderson
U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.
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Lt. Colonel Angel Ortiz
California Army National Guard, Ret.

Colonel Alphonso Trimble
U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.

Brenda Arreola
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and IRR

Captain John Reeser
U.S. Navy, Ret.

Domenico Pellegrini
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Stephen Toth
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

CWO Sherman Gillums
U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.

Leah Heil
U.S. Army Veteran

Serena West
Military Spouse

Katie Piedra
Military Spouse