The majority of the team at Combined Arms intimately understands what it is like to go through transition because they’ve been through it themselves. As for the rest of the team, they've dedicated their skills and expertise to constantly improve these processes. They are here to take the luck out of transition, and ensure that NO veteran or military connected family member slips through the cracks.
Lolly RivasChief Development Officer
Mia GarciaExecutive Director, Texas Veterans Network
Kelly StörmerExecutive Director, Combined Arms Institute
Bryan EscobedoSystems Director
Tanna HarrisEngagement Manager
Johanna Zollmann, LCSWSocial Services Manager
Rey MendezTechnology Project Manager
Nainita DalviTechnology Platform Manager
John GreeneBusiness Systems Analyst
Ronaldo AzevedoSalesforce Engineer
Gagan BajajSalesforce & ETL Developer
Earl Lundy IIICommunity Outreach Manager
Alan NguyenMarketing Manager
Sharon OzdarskiCentral Texas Regional Manager
John SmithSoutheast Texas Regional Manager
Megan HeilNorth Texas Regional Manager
Martha GarzaWest Texas Regional Manager
Gus CabarcasNortheast Texas Regional Coordinator
Sheetara JohnsonSocial Service Specialist
Robert DavieSocial Service Coordinator
Brandy KennedyStrategic Communications Manager
Ross DaviesLouisiana Regional Manager
Khalil A. ArabSIVs & Allies Program Manager
Jason WiseCollaboration Manager
COLLABORATION COMMITTEE CHAIRS
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bryan FosterChairman, Houston, TX
Lauren GoreVice Chairman, Houston, TX
Ashley EastinSecretary, Houston, TX
Andrew PuhalaTreasurer, Houston, TX
Jonny HavensAt-Large Member, Houston, TX
Doug FosheeBoard Member, Houston, TX
LtGen Steven HummerBoard Member, Houston, TX
David NightingaleBoard Member, Houston, TX
Kelsey HultbergBoard Member, Houston, TX
Jeff HartBoard Member, Houston, TX
Cathy KonwisarzBoard Member, Houston, TX
Jerry LascoBoard Member, Houston, TX
Brooks BallardBoard Member, Houston, TX
Bill PritchettBoard Member, Houston, TX
David UlreyBoard Member, Houston, TX
Patrick LissonnetBoard Member, Houston, TX
Barb Sweredoski, Rear Admiral (retired), U.S. NavyBoard Member, Washington, D.C.
William H. AhmansonBoard Member, Los Angeles, CA
Mike brings over 11 years of military, corporate, and non-profit experience to Combined Arms as the Chief Executive Officer. He knows firsthand the obstacles that service members and families face during the transition process, and is proud devoting his time ensuring that veterans are empowered to connect with and accelerate the impact on their communities. As CEO, Mike is responsible for the overall leadership, administration, and management of Combined Arms, including strategic planning, business expansion, personnel, and long-term sustainability.
Chief Development Officer
Lolly joined the Combined Arms team in July 2021. As Chief Development Officer, Lolly oversees all resource development activities, including philanthropic partnerships, development, and external affairs. She brings more than 12 years of development and communications experience to the team. Most recently, Lolly served as Director of Development at Dog Tag Inc., a Washington, DC-based veteran and military-serving organization. In 2019, she was selected as a participant of the George W. Bush Institute's Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program. Prior to Dog Tag, she worked at the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation and Women for Women International. Lolly holds a B.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.
Executive Director, Texas Veterans Network
Mia Garcia is a native Houstonian and proud Texan. She enlisted in the Marine Corps just before 9/11; served multiple enlistments with both active and reserve components, including a deployment in support of Operation Enduring & Iraqi Freedom. After serving 8 years and earning the rank of Sergeant, she received an honorable discharge in 2011. After transitioning from the Marines, she served as a volunteer for Lone Star Veterans Association (LSVA) where she found her passion to encourage and assist fellow veterans, ensuring they are connected with the resources they need to successfully transition. In her most recent role with NextOp, Mia led a team of 8 in an organized effort to recruit, train, and help place over 2,200 middle enlisted military leaders into industry careers. Mia is passionate about positively impacting the veteran community and actively participates in activities focused on ensuring no veteran falls through the cracks.
Executive Director, Combined Arms Institute
As the Executive Director of the Combined Arms Institute, Kelly Finn Störmer overseas the programming that elevates veteran service organizations to better serve them through sharing best practices and helping execute them effectively. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Warrior Gateway, she is passionate about continuing to serve the military community. Kelly graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts and was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. She reported to USS Antietam (CG 54) as the Communications Officer followed by the USS Cleveland (LPD 7) as the Navigator/Administrative Officer. Kelly’s final Navy tour was in Washington D.C. where she served as the White House Liaison to the Secretary of the Navy and as a White House Social Aide during the Bush Administration. Concurrent to this full time shore duty posting, she earned a Masters in Business Administration from The George Washington University. After completing her active duty service, Kelly worked as a consultant for McKinney Rogers. In this role, she specialized in business execution, bringing corporate strategies to life and creating high performance cultures. She worked with a multitude of organizations including: Walmart, HBO, Heineken, JP Morgan, Bacardi and the National Football League. Kelly is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, still serves as a military spouse and is a mom to three young boys.
In his role as Systems Director, Bryan brings 9-years of building military nonprofits in the Houston area as well as expertise in mediation, public deliberation and peer mentoring to the Combined Arms team. He designs collaborative strategies and leads the chairs of the Collaboration Committees to optimize the collective impact of member organizations on veteran communities. Bryan oversees accountability of all member organizations, the due diligence process of new prospective member organizations, and the Process Improvement Team. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Bryan earned both the Navy Achievement Medal and a Purple Heart for his work as a Combat Engineer specializing in explosives while serving in the Al-Anbar Province in Iraq.
Tanna is a native-Texan having recently relocated to the Houston area after 30 years in Los Angeles. Her professional experience in the entertainment and outdoor sports industries led to joining the Board of Directors of THERAsurf, a Malibu-based nonprofit focused on bringing kids with disabilities the experience of surfing. After transitioning to Houston months before Hurricane Harvey, Tanna's time volunteering with Lone Star Veterans Association in the aftermath of the storm led to a career-shift joining Travis Manion Foundation's regional staff, then leading a national program for the nonprofit organization. She created the service-based group Lady Spartans while at Travis Manion Foundation and continues to create and execute mentoring opportunities for the women's group while fulfilling her role as Engagement Manager for Combined Arms.
Johanna Zollmann, LCSW
Social Services Manager
Johanna serves as the Social Services Manager at Combined Arms, helping vets find exactly what they're looking for and connecting them with the resources they need. A licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Johanna knows the challenges veterans face because she has experienced them personally-she's a former U.S. Army service member and provided counseling to service members. She trained at FT Drum, New York in a variety of social work sections such as the Warrior Transition Unit, Family Advocacy, and as an assigned counselor for a 10th Mountain Division unit. In addition to her professional focus on social work, Johanna volunteers with the American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces and a member of the American Legion.
Technology Project Manager
As the Expansion Manager, he is responsible for overseeing the expansion utilizing the Salesforce platform into other cities that are requesting the services of Combined Arms. He spent time at Azimuth DS assisting with developing and implementing the Salesforce platform for their clients mainly focusing on Veteran Service Organizations. Prior to that, he was at NextOp assisting veterans gain meaningful employment while managing their Salesforce platform. As a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, he understands the transition phase and how Combined Arms can play in integral part in a veteran's success.
Technology Platform Manager
As Technology Platform Manager, Nainita is responsible for Combined Arms operational and tactical execution of technology objectives. She started her career as Software Engineer at Siemens Information Systems Limited after her Bachelors Degree in Information Technology. She brings in more than 10 years of technology project management and consulting experience for clients in packaged food, manufacturing, telecommunication, media, travel and IT services industries. Prior to Combined arms, she worked with Tata Consultancy Services for several international clients in various countries including Sweden, UK, Germany, India, and USA where she led and implemented IT service management projects.
Business Systems Analyst
As a Business Systems Analyst, John is responsible for developing analytics supporting the Combined Arms veteran and services provider community performance. He started his career as a programmer for a major wood products and paper company in the Pacific Northwest after achieving his Bachelor Degree in Applied Mathematics. Working with data forecasting models led him to his MBA focused on Operations Research and Accounting. He brings over 30 years experience in the IT industry working as a business systems analyst, project manager, architect and independent contractor. Vertical markets include insurance, manufacturing, retail, property management and logistics. Prior to Combined Arms, he has worked as an independent contractor for companies in the logistics, sportswear/footwear and property management business marketplaces.
As a Salesforce Engineer, Ronaldo is responsible for helping the Combined Arms technical team to get the best out of the Salesforce platform, as well as helping to adopt the best market practices for improving business and development processes. Ronaldo has been working in the technology area for more than 11 years as a Developer, Architect, and/or Project Manager for clients in various segments such as human resources, banks, tourism, insurance companies, among others. Before working at Combined Arms he served as Salesforce Architect for companies in Brazil and the United Kingdom where he implemented several Salesforce clouds such as Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Community Cloud, Marketing Cloud.
Salesforce & ETL Developer
Working as a Salesforce and ETL Developer for Combined Arms, Gagan Is responsible for handing Salesforce Development and Admin tasks. Having 7 Years of experience as an IT professional, he has worked with various clients in the Banking and Life Sciences domains. Gagan has prior experience with multiple technologies including Salesforce CRM (Sales Cloud applications), ETL (Informatica Powercenter, Data Modeling, and Data Warehousing), SQL, and Reporting (Einstein Analytics) by incorporating agile and waterfall methodologies. In his prior experience, he coordinated and managed technical teams to ensure timely delivery on projects, consulted businesses through analyzing and gathering requirements, and recommending innovative technical solutions.
Earl Lundy III
Community Outreach Manager
Earl brings his expertise with an Associates Degree in Exercise Science and specializes in adaptive training. He has been heavily involved in mentoring youth and volunteering in several organizations in the Houston area and is a formally trained peer mentor. His main purpose is to rally the veteran community and to inform them about the benefits of physical activity. He is providing free fitness classes, wellness events, and seminars to help educate in an environment that will be welcoming for the veteran and their families. Through teamwork, motivation, and encouragement he will strive to teach others veteran how to break their own mental thresholds through exercise. Earl is a Purple Heart recipient and the third generation in his family to serve in 82nd Airborne Division.
Alan Nguyen serves as the Marketing Manager at Combined Arms. He's responsible for the branding, messaging, and storytelling for them, their member organizations, veterans, their families, and supporters. He brings experience from a varied marketing background, including the Black Sheep Agency and the Children's Museum of Houston - and captures moments of impact through photography in order to make sure they're documented to portray the best sides of people's service to their communities.
Central Texas Regional Manager
Sharon serves as the Combined Arms Central Texas Regional Manager focusing on connecting transitioning service members, veterans and their families with community leaders and member organizations. As a native Virginian, Sharon relocated to Austin TX in 2013 following her former husband's Naval retirement after a 25 year career. Sharon has worked in various roles with the Fleet & Family Support Centers (FFSC) on the east and west coast to include teaching life skills, activating reservists post 9-11, and manning an emergency family call center following catastrophic events. Most recently Sharon was a Corporate Sales Manager for an outdoor consumer brand and wanted to find her way back to helping the veteran community. Her personal experience as a NSW spouse along with her professional experience working with the FFSC exposed her to the challenges transitioning veterans and their families can face.
Southeast Texas Regional Manager
John is a 9 year Marine Corps Veteran and is beyond passionate about the veteran community. Charged with fostering a vibrant atmosphere where member organizations can work and socialize productively, he is also responsible for proactively engaging with member organizations, rapidly responding to and resolving issues, taking care of the physical space, and setting the overall tone for the community. John is the first person current members see when they walk in. He is also a part of our Intake Team, where he assesses our clients in need and refers them to the correct resource. John is pursuing his bachelors at UHD.
North Texas Regional Manager
Megan joined the Combined Arms team as the North Texas Regional Manager in August 2021. She previously served on our Texas Veterans Network team as a program specialist in our North Texas Region, connecting veterans and their families members to community resources. Megan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership, five years of nonprofit experience serving veterans, and a lifetime of military culture. She is a Texas native but moved coast to coast as a military brat from the time she was born. Her passion to serve comes from her family history, her grandpa was a pilot during Vietnam, her dad is a Retired USMC Colonel, and her youngest brother and brother-in-law are both serving as active duty. Megan's role as the North Texas Regional Manager is to ensure veterans and their families have access to the best resources available and thrive in their communities.
West Texas Regional Manager
Martha joined the Combined Arms team as the West Texas Regional Manager in April of 2022. Previously, she served as an Outreach/Follow-up Specialist in El Paso, Texas, where she worked closely with homeless veterans and their families. Martha holds an Associates of Art in Business Administration and has two years of veteran nonprofit experience, and a lifetime of military culture. She is a Texas native but moved coast to coast as a military spouse from the time she graduated high school.. Her passion to serve comes from her family, they have served and continue to serve in different capacities throughout the country. Martha's role as the West Texas Regional Manager is to ensure veterans and their families have access to the best resources available and thrive in their communities.
Northeast Texas Regional Coordinator
Gus Cabarcas is a U.S. Army veteran and served as a combat medic. After transitioning out of the military, he joined the New York City Police Department in 1992 and retired as a Sergeant after 21 years of service. On September 11, 2001, Gus was one of many New York City police officers who responded to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. He has a total of over 400 hours spent at both Ground Zero and at the landfill in Staten Island. Gus has served as a volunteer liaison between Wounded Warrior Project, Hope for The Warriors, and the NYPD. He relocated to McKinney, Texas in 2012 where he served in a staff position with Hope for The Warriors in 2013. There he continued to support and serve veterans in the community as the Community Development Manager for the DFW area for 8 years. He has accomplished all of this with his wife by side for the last 29 years and has two beautiful children, 18 and 16.
Social Service Specialist
Sheetara Johnson serves as the Social Services Specialist at Combined Arms. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and is responsible for directly assisting veterans with getting connected to resources to meet their daily needs. She brings experience from various social services avenues including The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD and Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Sheetara feels passionate about helping our active duty and veteran community as she is the daughter of retired US Army Veterans, the spouse of a US Navy veteran and the sister of an Active-Duty U.S. Air Force service member.
Social Service Coordinator
Robert serves as the Social Services Coordinator at Combined Arms. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the Intake Team, serving as the liaison between the resources to the client, providing advocacy, and support to ensure that all clients are provided quality customer service. He is the co-chair for the Essential Services Committee Meeting. He is a proud Marine Corps Veteran serving for over 10 years in multiple roles throughout his career. In addition Robert completed his B.S. in Social Science from Portland State University in 2021. He is passionate about the veteran community and making a positive impact in their lives. Outside of his professional career, Robert enjoys hiking, camping, and volunteering.
Strategic Communications Manager
Brandy is a high energy Air Force Combat Veteran. As Strategic Communications Manager at Combined Arms, she is responsible for developing and ensuring the integrity of all CAX communications, maintaining and supporting brand strategy, and assisting in the development of marketing collateral. Prior to her joining the CAX team, Brandy served as the Brand Manager for the Maneuver Center of Excellence under the Commanding General of Fort Benning, GA. Brandy also brings 8 years of legal experience from her time on active duty and as a civil servant for the Army. She received her B.S. in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies from Wilmington University while stationed at Dover AFB, DE. As a Veteran who has continuously served active duty military members and veterans alike, she has a personal understanding of the transition process and how it can affect the quality of life of deserving veterans all over the country. She wholeheartedly believes that Combined Arms is the answer to a multitude of obstacles that Veterans face during their transition into civilian life.
Louisiana Regional Manager
Ross serves as the Combined Arms Regional Manager for the state of Louisiana, working to bring Combined Arms into the state in order to better serve its large population of veterans and their families. Coming from a family with a history of military service, Ross has spent his life around veterans and understands many of the challenges faced after separation. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Ross has served in the Louisiana Army National Guard since 2011. As a Guardsman, he finds satisfaction in helping the people of Louisiana through floods, hurricanes, and other emergencies. Ross now takes pride in helping the Veterans of his state succeed in their post-military lives.
Khalil A. Arab
SIVs & Allies Program Manager
Khalil was born and raised in Herat, Afghanistan. He was ten years old when the Taliban took control, forcing him to drop out of school. During this time, Khalil did what he could to earn extra money for his family and began studying English. When coalition forces ousted the Taliban regime, Khalil returned to school and started a travelling theater troupe that performed in nearby villages. Their performances educated people on the importance of voting in the upcoming first-ever democratic elections.
After graduating high school, Khalil worked as a plumber on various contracts with the U.S. government, building infrastructure to help the Afghan National Army. His English studies paid off as he interacted with American troops, and he was eventually offered a new position as an interpreter. He spent the next 5 years working with U.S. and coalition forces all around Afghanistan. He developed close relationships with the people he served with which continue to this day. In December 2019, Khalil finally received his Special Immigrant Visa to live in the United States. His brother had been living and working in Houston since 2017, so he too chose to make Houston his home.
Jason is a proud US Army veteran who served as a Cavalry Scout with the 1st Cav Division out of Fort Hood, TX. After serving in the Army, Jason began working with two US House of Representatives in Ohio as their constituent services representative and helping with local veteran organizations. Once the campaign season hit, he was a campaign manager for one of them and assisted with digital marketing and website design with the other. Also, during this time, he used his VA education benefits to complete a degree in business communications with Excelsior College. Jason joined Combined Arms because of his passion for assisting fellow veterans and their families with the proper resources in making them successful as they settle into their post-military civilian lives. Jason currently lives in Canton, OH, with his two German Shepherd dogs, Reagan and Teddy.
Chairman, Houston, TX
As Chairman of the Board and a founder of Combined Arms, Bryan Foster provides leadership and oversight to ensure that Combined Arms stays true to the heart of its mission: empowering veterans and accelerating their impact on Houston. Leveraging his entrepreneurial and financial advisory background, Bryan is a strong driver in building a sustainable and impactful organization that both accelerates the impact of veterans and benefits the community at large. Bryan views his work with Combined Arms as an opportunity to reconnect with his Army past and to help other veterans develop into leaders.
Vice Chairman, Houston, TX
Lauren Gore is a Principal and co-founder of LDR Investment Group (LDR). LDR is a growth and innovation advisory firm specializing in growth initiatives for financial institutions. LDR has a strong track record working with management teams to enhance growth and innovation projects. Outside of LDR, Lauren is a member of the Boards of Directors at Communities in School and Combined Arms, where he serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.
Secretary, Houston, TX
Ashley is a Tax Director at Kinder Morgan-Houston, focusing on partnership taxation and mergers & acquisitions primarily in the midstream oil & gas market. Prior to Kinder Morgan, Ashley worked for Copano Energy and PKF of Texas. A University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduate and Phi Mu Fraternity alumni, Ashley is the wife of Marine Corps Corporal Christopher Eastin, a post-9/11 veteran. When not supporting the Combined Arms Spouses Group, she serves on the PTO at Saint Anne Catholic School, volunteers for the Saint Anne School Foundation, assists in coaching soccer, and is Troop Treasurer for her daughter's Girl Scout troop.
Treasurer, Houston, TX
As Treasurer, Andrew works with the Managing Director of Combined Arms to oversee the financial aspects of the organization. His expertise in finance, tax, treasury, budgeting and forecasting, in addition to general business and management experience, helps ensure Combined Arms is operating with stewardship, service, and efficiency to serve veterans in Houston.
At-Large Member, Houston, TX
Jonny is a partner and co-founder of Allen & Havens LLP, a veteran-owned personal injury law firm that focuses on helping clients who have suffered serious personal injuries. Jonny deployed to Iraq twice as an U.S. Army infantry officer and is passionate about helping veterans transition from the military to civilian life. When he is not serving clients or veterans, Jonny and his wife, Anna, can be found watching their three daughters pursue their passions on the field, in the gym, or in the theater. They can also be found serving the St. Anne Catholic Community through various ministries.
Board Member, Houston, TX
Doug is founder and owner of Sallyport Investments, LLC. and is the former chairman, president, and chief executive officer of El Paso Corporation. He brings over 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Foshee has been actively involved in civic and philanthropic endeavors for many years. He founded and is a director of NextOp Vets, a non-profit organization that provides job placement assistance, mentorship, support, and education for Veterans. He also supports scholarship programs at Rice University, separately at the Jones School at Rice University, at Baylor University, at Texas State University and at the Texas Business Hall of Fame for military veterans.
LtGen Steven Hummer
Board Member, Houston, TX
Steven is a retired Lieutenant General in the U.S. Marine Corps with 41 years of active duty experience under his belt. He has worked with service members on active duty and in transition, providing guidance to veterans so they can reach their goals and feel connected to their new life in the civilian world. As a Combined Arms Board Member, he provides strategic insight and a veteran-service perspective to ensure the organization is able to help transitioning veterans access the resources and support they need.
Board Member, Houston, TX
David brings 35 years of oil and gas industry experience to the Combined Arms board, helping to align the organization with partners throughout the Houston area who can support veterans with funds, resources and career opportunities. He provides fundraising and positioning expertise, as well as the perspective of a civilian voice helping the board see how to best reach those in the community.
Board Member, Houston, TX
Board Member, Houston, TX
Jeff Hart is a Partner with McKinsey & Company and a leader of its Global Energy and Analytics practices. Serving clients across sectors and geographies, Jeff taps his deep analytics expertise to help industry leaders improve their operations, through initiatives ranging from organization-wide digital and analytics transformations to programs to improve capital project performance. Over the last few years, Jeff supported the Combined Arms team on their expansion plan and roll-out.
Jeff graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and spent 11 years as a Navy fighter pilot with more than 1,500 hours in the F-14 Tomcat and F/A-18 Hornet. Following service, he earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania before joining McKinsey & Company. Jeff lives in North Houston with his wife, Jennie, and their three children.
Board Member, Houston, TX
Board Member, Houston, TX
Jerry Lasco began his restaurant career in 2003 opening The Tasting Room in Houston, Texas. Today, Jerry is the Founder and CEO of Lasco Enterprises, which owns and operates 7 restaurants in Texas under the brands The Tasting Room Wine Cafe's Wine Dive and Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden. Over the years Lasco Enterprises has been recognized as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in Texas, The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For, Houston's Top Workplaces, and Best Places to Work in San Antonio. In 2014, Jerry was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year for the Gulf Coast States. The company is committed to giving back to its community and strongly supports local charities and community organizations, including GenesysWorks, JDRF and Combined Arms.
Jerry graduated from the US Air Force Academy and spent 13 years as a pilot with the Air Force and then Continental Airlines. Before moving to Houston in 2001, he lived in New York City where he attended Peter Kump's Cooking School and pursued a sommelier certification with The Court of Master Sommeliers. Jerry lives in Houston with his wife, Laura and their two boys, Max and Jack.
Board Member, Houston, TX
Brooks Ballard is an experienced leader with success as a real estate professional and leader committed to developing business relationships within the Houston community. Over 28 years in industry experience, including a board membership, attest to his capacity to serve an organization. Nominated personally by the Mayor of Houston for three separate appointments, Mr. Ballard is a ten-year veteran of the Citizen Review Committee Board of the Houston Police Department for the City of Houston. Through this leadership position Mr. Ballard brought positive changes to the department, supporting the Mayor's efforts to connect communities with law enforcement.
Board Member, Houston, TX
Bill Pritchett is an associate attorney with the corporate group in the Houston office of Paul Hastings LLP and focuses on mergers & acquisitions and private equity. Bill graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was subsequently designated a Naval Aviator. He deployed to Southeast Asia in 2005 and flew missions in the P-3C Orion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines. He later became a primary flight instructor in the T-34C Turbomentor. He is also an active member of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.
Board Member, Houston, TX
David Ulrey serves as a manager of corporate development with National Oilwell Varco (NOV) in Houston, assisting NOV with mergers, acquisitions, and corporate planning. Prior to joining NOV, David was an energy investment banker with Simmons & Company International, focused on mergers, acquisitions, and capital markets transactions in the oilfield services sector. David served for five years as a financial management officer in the U.S. Army, during which time he deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 and was stationed at the U.S. Army Garrison Italy in Vicenza and Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Barb Sweredoski, Rear Admiral (retired), U.S. Navy
Board Member, Washington, D.C.
Rear Admiral Sweredoski served over thirty years of military service with the U.S. Navy retiring in 2015 as the Admiral leading the HR Reserve community where she was responsible for the strategic growth, direction and well-being of the HR Reserve community. As a Flag Officer, she also worked for the Chief of Naval Personnel in the Military Personnel Policy office including Diversity and Inclusion (D&I).
As the Navy’s Lead in the Congressionally-mandated Women in Service Review, Rear Admiral Sweredoski oversaw the development of all the Navy’s studies and reports to the Secretary of Defense and provided expert testimony to Congress on Navy's plan to integrate women into 27,000 additional positions in 2016. Efforts directly led to the opening of over 16,000 submarine positions 17 months ahead of the required deadline and the opening of all positions to females (including Navy SEALS).
She served a three-year assignment on the Secretary of the Navy’s National Navy Reserve Policy Board, and as a member of the Human Resources Executive Board. She served in several Commanding Officer tours and a variety of staff tours including NATO, Navy Inspector General and the Chief of Naval Operations Management Analysis unit. She proudly served with Navy Command Center shipmates who were awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation for actions during, and after, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.
After retiring from the Navy, Rear Admiral Sweredoski used her extensive Human Resources background and experience in talent management, policy and strategy development, management consulting and multi-organizational collaboration as a Principal Executive Advisor within CEB’s (now Gartner) Human Resources (HR) Practice. CEB-HR Practice enables HR executives and their teams to execute efficiently, benchmark performance against best-in-class metrics and achieve critical business objectives through successful talent and functional strategies. CEB insights and global network help organizations work smarter and faster and deliver superior outcomes.
Rear Admiral Sweredoski received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y. after completing the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program. She has her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification and SHRM (CP) certification, has completed the Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) program and is a graduate of Reserve Component programs at National Defense University and Naval War College.
William H. Ahmanson
Board Member, Los Angeles, CA
William H. Ahmanson (Bill) was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended Harvard-Westlake School and Occidental College where he studied Political Science, Theater Arts and sculpture. During college he began a career in banking at Home Savings of America, where he worked for 17 years, beginning his career as a teller and ending his career there as the Chief Underwriter for Home's California Residential Lending Division, responsible for all high risk loans funded in the state. After 6 years in Union Bank’s Wealth Management Division, Bill retired from banking and is now President of The Ahmanson Foundation which concentrates its funding on cultural projects supporting the arts, education at the collegiate and pre-collegiate levels, medicine and delivery of health care services, programs related to homelessness and low-income populations, and a wide range of human services. In 1986 he began his service to the City of Los Angeles as a Los Angeles Police Reserve Line Officer. After 10 years of patrol he retired to focus on other of service. Today he is Trustee & President, The Ahmanson Foundation; Trustee and Board Chair, The Center Theater Group; Trustee, Vice-Chair of the Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee, serves on the Executive Committee at LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art); Trustee and serves on the Audit Committee, Loyola Marymount University; Director and Secretary, Petersen Automotive Museum; Director and Secretary of the Los Angeles Mounted Police Foundation; among others.