Kelly Land is a former US Navy aviator and now serves as the Executive Director at Combined Arms.
Monique Rodriguez is a former US Army PsyOp specialist, working in graphic design. She currently serves as the Lead System Navigator at Combined Arms, working with veterans and family members on resource management.
Bryan Escobedo is a former US Marine, combat engineer. He currently serves as the Coordinated Services Manager at Combined Arms, working as liaison between partner and member organizations.
Brian Wilson is a former US Army medic and serves as the Creative Technology Manager at Combined Arms.
As a director in the Discovery practice of Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP, Bryan assists legal counsel in managing and conducting eDiscovery readiness, discovery compliance projects, and contracts review. He has extensive experience and provides services pertaining to legal department operations and technology, litigation support, records management, contract management, class action and mass tort claims analysis and processing, and bankruptcy claims administration.
Bryan Foster served in the US Army.
Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Matt completed his Masters of Business Administration from Louisiana State University before being recruited and hired as a project manager by Williams Companies in Houston, Texas where he quickly rose through the ranks to lead a pipeline business unit. Matt co-founded with a group of other veterans Honor Capital, a for-profit social impact business. His vision is to establish and operate food stores to bring fresh healthy groceries to underserved communities throughout the nation to bring create equitable access to fresh and healthy foods. He leads “The Impact Program,” a veteran hiring initiative to recruit, train and empower veterans to be operational leaders as well Project Development and Community engagement initiatives with Honor Capital.
Additionally, Matt co-founded and serves as the Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of Combed Arms as a volunteer. Combined Arms is a community based collaboration platform that syncs efforts across the Veteran Service Organization in the Houston metroplex with the goal that acts as the Transition Center for veterans returning to Houston post active service. They do this by creating efficiencies across the portfolio of services, a technology platform that tracks inputs and outcomes and holds member organizations accountable to their mission to drive best practices to better serve veterans needing services.
Matt also co-founded and volunteers as a director of Houston Veterans in Business (HVB). HVB is an innovative platform that brings veterans together. HVB hosts weekly events and workshops that assist veterans in translating their extensive skills and experience from the military to that of the civilian workforce.
Finally, volunteers as a board member for the Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA), the largest network of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the State of Texas. As a volunteer board member, Matt continues leads efforts focusing on internal program and process improvement and resource development for the growing organization.
Matt Frederick earned his degree and commission from the United States Naval Academy. He was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps in 2006 and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with Regimental Combat Team 5 as an infantry commander and Battalion Landing Team 1/4. His military decorations include Navy and Marine Commendation Medals, Navy and Marine Achievement Medals, and numerous other medals and honors.
Born on 1 July 1952 in Pennsylvania as the son of a US Marine veteran, Lieutenant General Hummer retired from the US Marine Corps on 1 Aug 2015 after 41 years of active service. After enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1970, and an honorable discharge as a sergeant in 1973, Lieutenant General Hummer was commissioned following graduation from Albright College, PA, in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psycho-Biology.
His assignments in the operating forces included: Rifle Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Battalion Commander and Regimental Commander within 1st Marine Division; Chief of Staff, Joint Special Operations Command; Director of Operations, US Forces-Iraq; and Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations, US Africa Command. Lieutenant General Hummer participated in combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Supporting establishment duties included: Ceremonial Company Commander, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C; Commanding General, Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Deputy Commander, Marine Forces Pacific; Chief of Staff, US Special Operations Command; and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Marine Corps Forces North.
Lieutenant General Hummer is a graduate of several schools within the Marine Corps University; and earned a master’s degree in International Security Studies from the Air War College.
His decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Combat “V”, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and other personal awards and decorations.
Lieutenant General Hummer currently serves as a Senior Mentor to the US Marine Corps and a Senior Fellow to National Defense University, providing guidance, training and education.
Lieutenant General Hummer and his wife, Sheri, reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
Mea Williams born in Cambridge, Ohio is a Navy Veteran, a Marine wife, a mother and the President and CEO of Grace After Fire. At Grace, Mea directs and oversees all efforts and activities related to the developing and implementing of an innovative Veteran’s peer-to peer support program; Table Talk ™ Color Me Camo, hosting of woman Veteran and family retreats and all efforts associated with fundraising.
Grace After Fire’s mission is to help women Veterans Help themselves by providing assistance in the transition process of reintegrating them back into their homes, the work place and in their communities after their military service. Assistances include: resource referral navigation, peer-to-peer support efforts and community social Veteran events.
With focused impact, over the years, Grace After Fire’s presences has helped cut the unemployment rate nationally, assist in stunting the growth of homelessness locally and has brought massive amount of women Veteran awareness to areas both on a state and national level.
While managing more than a half million-dollar budget and impacting the lives of roughly 1000 Veteran families a year; Mea and her team comprised of Army, Navy and Marine Corp Veterans will continue to ensure that women Veterans and her family have the appropriate tools that would lead her to a successful and fulfilling outcome and that more awareness of women Veterans is spread locally and throughout the states.
Mea earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and her MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University. Recognized by her peers’ and mentors for her nonstop determination; passion to see others reach their full potential and strong people skills, Mea was nominated and is a graduate of Leadership Texas 2015 and Leadership America 2016. Now a resident of Katy, Texas; Mea spends her days purposely effecting lives of many in and around her community.