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PRESIDENT & CEO

STEPHEN PECK, M.S.W.

STEPHEN PECK, M.S.W.

PRESIDENT & CEO
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CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

DARRYL VINCENT, M.S.W, CASC

DARRYL VINCENT, M.S.W, CASC

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
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CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

DAN WARZENSKI

DAN WARZENSKI

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
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VICE PRESIDENT, FISCAL EVALUATION AND COMPLIANCE

JEFFREY W. COLEMAN

JEFFREY W. COLEMAN

VICE PRESIDENT, FISCAL EVALUATION AND COMPLIANCE
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VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS

LANEY KAPGAN

LANEY KAPGAN

VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS
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VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS & COMPLIANCE

JESSICA A. ROHAC M.S.W.

JESSICA A. ROHAC M.S.W.

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS & COMPLIANCE
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GENERAL COUNSEL

CARLA A. FORD

CARLA A. FORD

GENERAL COUNSEL
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VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMS

LARRY WILLIAMS, MBA

LARRY WILLIAMS, MBA

VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMS
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VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

LORI ALLGOOD

LORI ALLGOOD

VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF HOUSING DEVELOPMENT
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STEPHEN PECK, M.S.W.

PRESIDENT & CEO

Stephen J. Peck, who served as a Marine officer in Vietnam, heads the nation’s largest nonprofit devoted to providing housing and other essential services to at-risk veterans.

United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS), which opened its first facility in Los Angeles in 1993, has grown to 11 sites in five states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 5,000 veterans a day. Yearly, U.S.VETS helps 8,000 veterans find housing and more than 1,500 veterans gain full-time jobs.

Mr. Peck says he learned in the Marine Corps, “If you don’t go where the trouble is, you can’t solve the problem.”

As the U.S. continues to send troops to the Middle East, the issues of veteran unemployment, homelessness, Post-Traumatic Stress, and other reintegration issues have reached critical levels. Twenty veterans a day commit suicide in the United States.

“Our job at U.S.VETS is to engage the enemy at home — the enemy of homelessness, disillusionment and disappointment — to let these men and women know there is a path forward,” says Mr. Peck. U.S.VETS strives to empower each veteran to take responsibility for his or her success, guiding them towards independence in the community, developing their workforce skills and supporting recovery.

Mr. Peck graduated from Northwestern University in 1968 and entered the Marine Corps that same year. In Vietnam, he was a first lieutenant in the 1st Marine Division, serving as a forward observer outside of Danang in 1969, receiving the Navy Commendation Medal.

After his service Mr. Peck became a documentary filmmaker. Eventually, a series of films on homelessness and veteran’s issues compelled him to change careers. Peck went to work helping the Veterans Administration place homeless veterans into housing and in 1996 joined the organization that became U.S.VETS as Director of Community Development, where he was involved with program design and funding, developing partnerships, and advocating on a State and National level to bring attention to possible solutions for homeless veterans. He was also the inaugural Director of U.S.VETS’ largest site in Long Beach. He was appointed president and CEO in August 2010. Mr. Peck earned his Master’s Degree in Social Work from USC in 1997. He is also the President of the California Association of Veteran Service Agencies (CAVSA) a consortium of seven nonprofit veteran service providers working in partnership to address the needs of California’s veterans.

He has been honored by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the USC School of Social Work, Northwestern University, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the City of Long Beach. He was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa, by the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2012.

Mr. Peck and his wife, Kristine Kidd, a food writer and culinary consultant, and the former Food Editor of Bon Appetit magazine, live with their Labrador retriever, Atticus, in the Los Angeles community of Topanga Canyon. He has a grown son, Ethan, an actor; and a grown step-daughter, Marisa, a writer.

DARRYL VINCENT, M.S.W, CASC

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Darryl J. Vincent has been with U.S.VETS since 2003. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Vincent directly supervises all Executive Directors across the organization’s 11 services areas, and oversees overall operations of U.S.VETS nationally.

As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Vincent has a long-standing commitment and sincere compassion for the veteran community. Mr. Vincent truly operates with the belief that any veteran who sleeps on the same streets they were once asked to defend represents a dishonor to us all – and that it is our job at U.S.VETS to work ourselves out of a job. After his military service, Mr. Vincent received his Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services, a Master Degree in Social Work from the University of New England, and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Earlier in his career at U.S.VETS, Mr. Vincent led the expansion of our U.S.VETS-Barber’s Point and opened U.S.VETS-Waianae. As the head of U.S.VETS programs nationally, his attention to quality and measurable outcomes led the organization to achieve CARF accreditation and to be recognized as a national leader in service delivery to homeless veterans.

During Mr. Vincent’s leadership in Hawaii he was recognized as one of the “ten people who made a difference in Hawaii” in the year 2007. In 2008, he was awarded the “Unsung Hero” award at NCHV. He also served as the Chairperson for the entire Continuum of Care from 2010-2013. In 2012, Mr. Vincent was honored at the Helping Hands Hawaii annual dinner, in celebration of his 19 years of work in the social service field. In 2013, Mr. Vincent received the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation AIM for Excellence Award. Mr. Vincent has been featured in local and national media including Hawaii Magazine, Honolulu Star Advertiser, ABC, CBS and Fox News, and has provided testimony at state and federal levels to government, community coalitions and Veterans Administration leadership, advocating for the needs of America’s veterans.

Beyond his professional community involvement, Mr. Vincent is a Weinberg Fellow and proud member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He is the proud father of two sons, the younger is a pre-teen and the older is a currently a cadet at West Point.

DAN WARZENSKI

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Dan Warzenski joined U.S.VETS in October 2015 after more than three decades in retail, bringing with him a wealth of big company experience. Twenty of those years in the for-profit world were spent in the Los Angeles-based Robinsons-May, where he held leadership roles from 1986-2006.

Among his accomplishments at Robinsons-May was the 1993 merger of Robinson’s financial systems into May Co. systems. In 2002, he also helped fold Meier & Frank stores into Robinsons-May.

A U.S. veteran, Mr. Warzenski served in the United States Marine Corps from 1969-71. After an honorable discharge, he would go on to attain an MBA from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, graduating in 1976.

Beyond work, Mr. Warzenski resides in Mt. Washington, is an avid runner and soccer fan, and enjoys spending time with his two grown children and three grandchildren

JEFFREY W. COLEMAN

VICE PRESIDENT, FISCAL EVALUATION AND COMPLIANCE

Jeff Coleman is the Vice President of Fiscal Evaluation and Compliance. The primary responsibility of this position is to evaluate the financial performance of the organization as it relates to its budgets, sites, programs, and grants. This position also provides oversight of organization wide regulations and procedures to ensure fiscal compliance.

Mr. Coleman is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, where he earned a B.A. degree in Economics. Mr. Coleman began working with U.S.VETS in June 1994 as Program Officer of the Corporation for National Service AmeriCorps Program. As the organization expanded, the position of Program Officer also expanded to include financial reporting and accounting. Mr. Coleman has worked in all aspects of accounting for the organization and has years of experience in financial grant management. He was then promoted into the position of Senior Financial Analyst for U.S. VETS and experienced the growth of the organization to 14 sites in 7 states. He has worked closely with each of those sites and corporate accounting in providing financial assistance and oversight.

LANEY KAPGAN

VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNICATIONS

Laney Kapgan is the Vice President, Development & Communications for U.S.VETS, overseeing national and regional fundraising, communications and marketing strategy, and leading a team of regional and national staff in growing philanthropic engagement and increasing brand visibility across the country.

Ms. Kapgan has focused much of her career on expanding public and private funding, visibility and partnerships for key safety net programs supporting homeless and low-income individuals and families across Los Angeles. Prior to joining U.S.VETS, Ms. Kapgan served as Chief Development Officer for Venice Family Clinic, a UCLA Health System-affiliated community health center. In addition to significantly increasing both government and private operational funding, Ms. Kapgan led capital efforts to build and renovate two new health centers, and expand signature homeless and women’s health programs. Ms. Kapgan also held fundraising and leadership positions at Chrysalis, a social enterprise and nonprofit that helps low-income and homeless individuals secure employment, as well as GLAAD, Race to Erase MS and Break the Cycle. In total, Ms. Kapgan has raised more than $100 million to provide housing, health care, employment and other vital direct services for at-risk and underserved members of our community.

Ms. Kapgan received her B.A. in Legal Studies from University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a certificate from the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Clinic Leadership Institute. In her spare time, Ms. Kapgan is hard at work perfecting her recipe for homemade bagels and taste testing the competition.

JESSICA A. ROHAC M.S.W.

VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS & COMPLIANCE

Jessica Rohac is the Vice President of Operations & Compliance, and provides operations and grants management support to all locations nationwide.

Ms. Rohac earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology at Michigan State University and her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She completed the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling Core Counselor Training program and served two terms representing veteran services in a governor-appointed seat on the State of Nevada Advisory Committee for Problem Gambling.

Ms. Rohac joined U.S.VETS in September 2001 as a Case Manager at the Las Vegas site. In 2011, she received national recognition as the recipient of U.S.VETS Manager of the Year Award. The following year she joined the executive team at U.S.VETS – National office.

Ms. Rohac is a Field Instructor for the University of Southern California Military Social Work Program and formerly for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Social Work and Counseling Programs. She has also served as a member of Veteran Stand Down Committees as Co-Chair and Treasurer, the National Association of Social Workers Student Member, the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals, and the VA Mental Health Consumer Council.

CARLA A. FORD

GENERAL COUNSEL

Carla A. Ford is the General Counsel for US VETS.  She is responsible for providing legal advice to officers and directors in the organization, assisting in the management of company risks, and overseeing the company’s legal matters, including contract formation, litigation, dispute resolution, and protection of the company’s property rights.

Ms. Ford served for 16 years as an Assistant United States (“AUSA”) in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (“USAO”) in Los Angeles, where she represented the government in a varied civil litigation practice.  In 2010, Ms. Ford left the USAO to join Walmart Stores, Inc. as a senior member of their field-based Environmental Compliance & Ethics Team, which helped the Fortune One’s 300+ California facilities stay in compliance with State and Federal environmental laws.  During her legal career in Atlanta, she served as an AUSA and, later, she was appointed chief executive officer of Georgia’s Commission on Equal Opportunity, the agency that investigated claims of discrimination in housing and in state employment. Ms. Ford has also been in private practice at law firms in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Pasadena.

Involved in her community, Ms. Ford serves on the board of Being Alive!, a nonprofit organization that helps those affected by HIV/AIDS and she is a life member of the Black Women Lawyers  Association of Los Angeles.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Ford is a graduate of Boston University, where she earned a B.A. in English, cum laude, and Georgetown University Law Center.  She and her husband have one adult son and reside in Mid-City L.A.

LARRY WILLIAMS, MBA

VICE PRESIDENT, PROGRAMS

Larry D. Williams is the Vice President of Programs. Mr. Williams completed a four year enlistment in the United States Army; he was discharged honorably in 1989.

Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Human Services and obtained his Masters of Business Administration in 2011. Mr. Williams has been serving veterans for 10 years, and has received several awards for his service to the homeless population – including two senatorial commendations, and 2 congressional recognitions and a Congressional Record from the House of Representatives, signed by Congressman Jon C. Porter. Mr. Williams has a long history of receiving accolades from veteran clients for his remarkable contribution in assisting them with acquiring food, housing, clothing, and employment services.

His proudest accomplishments are his marriage, four children and four grandchildren. Mr. Williams considers them his greatest sense of motivation and his greatest sense of support.

LORI ALLGOOD

VICE PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

Lori Allgood joined U.S.VETS in April 2017, as Vice President and Director of Housing Development after working extensively in real estate development and nonprofit operations.

As VP of Housing Development, she oversees U.S.VETS portfolio of properties and manages affordable housing development, including property acquisition and development, financial structuring and acquisition, compliance and partnerships.

Ms. Allgood’s past accomplishments include implementation and direction of a $350 million dollar product philanthropy program, as well as over 20 years of real estate development.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS
PRESCOTT, ARIZONA

CAROLE BENEDICT

CAROLE BENEDICT

PRESCOTT, ARIZONA
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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

SHALIMAR CABRERA

SHALIMAR CABRERA

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA
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BARBER’S POINT & WAI'ANAE, HAWAII

DR. KIM COOK

DR. KIM COOK

BARBER’S POINT & WAI'ANAE, HAWAII
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INLAND EMPIRE, CALIFORNIA

NICOLE STARKS-MURRAY

NICOLE STARKS-MURRAY

INLAND EMPIRE, CALIFORNIA
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WASHINGTON D.C.

CLIFTON LEWIS

CLIFTON LEWIS

WASHINGTON D.C.
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA

MICHELLE JAMESON

MICHELLE JAMESON

PHOENIX, ARIZONA
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HOUSTON, TEXAS

OUDREY HERVEY M.A., M.S.

OUDREY HERVEY M.A., M.S.

HOUSTON, TEXAS
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PATRIOTIC HALL

ROBERT K. STOHR M.S., L.M.F.T.

ROBERT K. STOHR M.S., L.M.F.T.

PATRIOTIC HALL
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LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

ERIK MILLER

ERIK MILLER

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
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INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA

LARRY WILLIAMS, MBA

LARRY WILLIAMS, MBA

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA
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CAROLE BENEDICT

PRESCOTT, ARIZONA

Carole Benedict is the Executive Director for U.S.VETS — Prescott.

Benedict spent the greater part of the last two decades working with the community-based Verde Valley Sanctuary.

Based in Sedona, the Sanctuary provides intervention and prevention services for at-risk youth across 14 schools and serves an average of 1100 students annually.

Benedict is also a licensed child, adult and family therapist with experience facilitating anger management groups for high school and middle school students. She holds a master’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University.

SHALIMAR CABRERA

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

Shalimar Cabrera is the Executive Director for U.S.VETS — Las Vegas.

Ms. Cabrera earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, and Masters Degree in Social Work, with a concentration on Management & Community Practice, from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She began working with U.S.VETS in 2003 as an Outreach Specialist, then continued on as AmeriCorps Program Director then National AmeriCorps Director prior to assuming the role of Executive Director of U.S.VETS Las Vegas in 2008.

Ms. Cabrera is the Chairperson of the Las Vegas Veterans Stand Down, coordinating outcome-driven services to meet the needs of hundreds of veterans each year.

DR. KIM COOK

BARBER’S POINT & WAI'ANAE, HAWAII

Dr. Kim Cook is the Executive Director for U.S.VETS — Barber’s Point.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, and completed the Masters and Psy.D. Clinical Psychology programs at Argosy University Hawaii in 2006 and 2008, respectively. After working many years in the non-profit sector with children with autism, adults with severe mental illnesses, and in the field of Chemical Dependency, Dr. Cook joined U.S.VETS in 2009 as Clinical Director. She transitioned in to the role of Executive Director in 2012.

Dr. Cook was born and raised on the island of Oahu and is involved in a number of community groups, including the West Oahu Professional Network (WOPN).

NICOLE STARKS-MURRAY

INLAND EMPIRE, CALIFORNIA

Nicole Starks-Murray, a proven visionary and strategic leader, has over 33 years executive and senior management experience working for nonprofit, government, profit and public entities. She has an extensive background in Business Management, Finance, Contract/Program Administration and Continuous Quality Improvement processes.

Before joining U.S.VETS — Inland Empire, Ms. Starks-Murray was the Program Director for Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino, where they focused on programs geared towards assisting families impacted by the drivers of poverty. She worked with former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as Treasurer for the Greater Los Angeles Vendor engagement project, where they helped to ensure small businesses had the opportunities to compete and work with larger metropolitan businesses. Ms. Starks-Murray was the Executive Director of Assistance League of So California, leading the efforts of reunifying parents with their children in the court system while providing compressive support services that included mental health services, childcare, case management, housing and referrals. Nicole also launched her own consulting firm which provides services to entrepreneurs, grass root organizations, and individuals looking to start a business.

She graduated in 2001 from California State Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Business Management and then went on to receive her Master of Business Administration in 2006 from University of Phoenix. Both disciplines had focus on non-profit management/administration.

Ms. Starks-Murray is passionate about people and has enjoyed working with organizations with missions outlining their commitment to serving people in need and having a social impact that results in tangible outcomes.

CLIFTON LEWIS

WASHINGTON D.C.

Clifton Lewis is the Executive Director for U.S.VETS — Washington D.C.

Mr. Lewis has more than 16 years of experience in the social service/nonprofit field assisting vulnerable populations. His roles include serving as an integral member of The Community Partnership team as a Housing Subsidy Coordinator; a supervisory, clinical and assessment role with the Family Tree Healthy Families Program and a Program Coordinator with the Young Fathers Responsible Fathers Program. Mr. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Tele-Communications from Morgan State University.

MICHELLE JAMESON

PHOENIX, ARIZONA

Michelle Jameson is the Executive Director for U.S.VETS — Phoenix.

Ms. Jameson spent the last four years working as the education social services manager with Salt River Indian Community Schools in Scottsdale-a multi-faceted job that entailed everything from overseeing day-to-day operations at four sites to making home visits to acting as liaison between state, federal and local representatives and the Native American families they served.

During her tenure at Salt River, she was nominated and recognized as one of the Top 5 Employees (out of 7,600), for her “outstanding commitment and leadership.”

Before moving to Arizona, she worked for more than a decade in Minnesota schools. During that time, she designed and launched an alternative learning center in Pelican Rapids, MN. She holds a Master of Science in Educational Administration from Minnesota State University.

OUDREY HERVEY M.A., M.S.

HOUSTON, TEXAS

Oudrey Hervey is a retired Navy Commander with 25 years of experience in leadership, strategy, human resources, safety, operations, emergency response, global policies, and organizational development.  He possesses a wealth of experience leading and developing people from entry-level through executive-levels and recognizes people and processes as organizational success drivers. Mr. Hervey has a diverse professional background, which allows him to draw upon cross-departmental experiences to enable success.

Mr. Hervey has held director-level positions over the past 15 years in operations, human resources, and safety. He has managed organizations during transformations and workforce development reforms, requiring leadership skills in group cohesion, conflict resolution, change, and interpersonal communications. He has provided global consultative services to assist businesses, governments and non-governmental organizations to solve complex issues, generate value, and maximize growth.

As a social responsibility and veteran advocate, Mr. Hervey also served as a veterans’ career adviser, where he provided individualized career services to meet the employment needs of disabled and other veterans who are economically or educationally disadvantaged.

Mr. Hervey joined U.S.VETS in 2019 and is eager to galvanize the Houston site, cultivate meaningful relationships, and positively impact the growing number of veterans across the state of Texas.

Mr. Hervey’s educational accomplishments include a B.S. in Electronics Engineering from Southern University, a M.S. Public in Service Management from DePaul University, and a M.A. in National Security & Strategic Studies from the Navy War College.  Additionally, he holds recognized HR certifications as a Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) and as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP).

ROBERT K. STOHR M.S., L.M.F.T.

PATRIOTIC HALL

Robert Stohr is the Executive Director at U.S.VETS — Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

Mr. Stohr earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Educational Psychology from California State University. Following a 20 year career as a psychotherapist, Mr. Stohr acted as Division Director for the Suicide Prevention Center at Didi Hirsch, where he managed the operation of The Suicide Prevention hotline, as well as supervised education, outreach, and training. In this position Mr. Stohr trained FBI and SWAT teams on crisis negotiation for suicide prevention, and met nationally at SAMHSA to discuss partnerships with local emergency departments. He has presented at national conferences on a manual that he co-authored about working with suicide attempt survivors.

Mr. Stohr joined U.S.VETS in January 2016.

ERIK MILLER

LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

Erik Miller was born in Long Beach, CA to Navy Veteran Gilbert Miller and his wife Penny Jones-Miller. He grew up in Long Beach spending most of his youth playing sports and singing in his church choir. As a former student athlete, he was recognized for his performance on the football field by earning All-Moore League Honors while also graduating at the top of his class. His scholastic accolades helped him become the first person in his family to attend and graduate from college when he earned his bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Woodbury University in Burbank CA.

Mr. Miller began his career as an Architectural Designer with Steinberg Architects in Los Angeles where he learned to manage major construction projects and work with large budgets. He took these project management skills to the non-profit sector 11 years ago where he started as a Director of a Long Beach based mentoring organization. In response to the gang and gun violence crisis impacting his students, Mr. Miller joined the Long Beach GRIP (Gang Reduction Intervention and Prevention) Taskforce where he served as the Chairman from 2012-2014. As the chair, Mr. Miller worked to implement a federal grant focused on youth programs that have reduced violence throughout the city. In his career Mr. Miller is most noted for his tenure as the Executive Director of PVJOBS, a county wide initiative that provides employment opportunities for the at-risk. With his efforts, PVJOBS has serviced over 20,000 people throughout the county. In the past 20 years PVJOBS has placed over 8,000 people in career track employment opportunities and has helped people break the cycle of poverty in some of our most disadvantaged communities of Los Angeles.

Mr. Miller and his wife, Rachel, are proud residents of Long Beach where they raise their 2-year-old daughter and he serves as a youth mentor with Operation Jump Start.

LARRY WILLIAMS, MBA

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA

Larry D. Williams is the Interim Executive Director. Mr. Williams completed a four year enlistment in the United States Army; he was discharged honorably in 1989.

Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2009 with a Bachelors Degree in Human Services and obtained his Masters of Business Administration in 2011. Mr. Williams has been serving veterans for 10 years, and has received several awards for his service to the homeless population – including two senatorial commendations, and 2 congressional recognitions and a Congressional Record from the House of Representatives, signed by Congressman Jon C. Porter. Mr. Williams has a long history of receiving accolades from veteran clients for his remarkable contribution in assisting them with acquiring food, housing, clothing, and employment services.

His proudest accomplishments are his marriage, four children and four grandchildren. Mr. Williams considers them his greatest sense of motivation and his greatest sense of support.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT & CEO

STEPHEN PECK, M.S.W

STEPHEN PECK, M.S.W

PRESIDENT & CEO
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CHAIR

JOSEPH A. CZYZYK

JOSEPH A. CZYZYK

CHAIR
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VICE-CHAIR

LINDA MILES

LINDA MILES

VICE-CHAIR
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VICE-CHAIR

MIKE ROOS

MIKE ROOS

VICE-CHAIR
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TREASURER

HERBERT A. LAMPERT

HERBERT A. LAMPERT

TREASURER
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VADM JODY BRECKINRIDGE (RET.)

VADM JODY BRECKINRIDGE (RET.)


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CARLOS CONTRERAS

CARLOS CONTRERAS


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WILFRED N. COOPER, SR.

WILFRED N. COOPER, SR.


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BOB FOSTER

BOB FOSTER


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DAVID KIRMAN

DAVID KIRMAN


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JEROLD B. NEUMAN

JEROLD B. NEUMAN


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MAJ. GEN. PETER S. PAWLING (RET.)

MAJ. GEN. PETER S. PAWLING (RET.)


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COL. ADAM SIEGLER (RET.)

COL. ADAM SIEGLER (RET.)


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STEPHEN PECK, M.S.W

PRESIDENT & CEO

Steve Peck is a leader in the national movement to eliminate homelessness among American veterans. He served as a lieutenant in the 1st Marine Division in the Vietnam War, near Da Nang, from 1969 to 1970.

When Peck returned from active duty, he pursued a career in film making, but his experience in the service tugged at him. Twenty years later, while working on a documentary about a group of homeless veterans living on the beach in Venice, California, he met a paraplegic Vietnam veteran who was suffering from severe PTSD and living in his car.

“His wheelchair was parked outside the car door and his Silver Star [awarded to him by President Lyndon Johnson] was in the glove compartment,” Peck recalls. “I became a social worker to save guys like him.”

Peck promptly returned to school and earned a masters degree in social work from the University of Southern California. He joined U.S.VETS full time as Director of Community Development in 1996, and was named president and CEO in 2010.

“Our job,” he says, “is to engage the enemy at home in the U.S. – the enemy of homelessness, disillusionment, and disappointment – to let these men and women know that there is a path forward and that we support them and are tremendously grateful for their contribution to this country and the sacrifices they have made.”

JOSEPH A. CZYZYK

CHAIR

A longtime aviation industry executive, Mr. Czyzyk is chairman of Los Angeles-based Mercury Air Group Inc.

He was born in Poland, the son of Holocaust survivors, and grew up in Canada. At the age of 16, he moved to the U.S with his parents and soon became a citizen. A graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, he served two tours of duty with the U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalions (Seabees) in Vietnam. He is a board member of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation.

Mr. Czyzyk serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where he was Chairman in 2011, and also serves as treasurer of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). He is a member of the Board of Pepperdine University and the Chairman of its Board of Advisors for the Graduate School of Public Policy.

He is a past president of the City of Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners, having served on the commission since its inception in 1998 until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Czyzyk has the distinction of having served as a city commissioner under three mayors of Los Angeles.

In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown of California to serve on the Governor’s Military Council, which reviews and facilitates California’s commitment to its military infrastructure.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in March 2012 and elected Chairman in February 2016.

LINDA MILES

VICE-CHAIR

Ms. Miles is the founder and chief executive officer of Arise & Shine Haven for Homeless Women and Children in Los Angeles. A U.S. Navy veteran with four years of active duty and six years with the Naval Reserve, she served with AmeriCorps before becoming a women’s outreach coordinator for U.S.VETS, where she helped develop our ADVANCE women’s program.

Ms. Miles knowledge of the problems faced by female veterans comes from hard-earned personal experience. Having suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a superior officer during active duty, she sank into homelessness and substance abuse following her separation from service and managed to turn her life around with the support of the U.S.VETS staff, who empowered her to be the best that she could be. She earned certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor from the University of California, Los Angeles, a B.A. degree in business from the University of La Verne, and two Masters degrees from the University of Phoenix, one in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and one in Business Administration (MBA).

She was elected to the U.S.VETS board in December 2006.

MIKE ROOS

VICE-CHAIR

Mike Roos is Founder and Chief Consultant of Mike Roos and Company, a public affairs management company founded in 1999. Mike Roos and Company specializes in government relations, corporate issues management, media relations and ballot measure campaigns.

Born in Memphis, TN, Mr. Roos received a Bachelors degree in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans. He then received a National Institute of Child Health Fellowship at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a Masters degree in public administration.

A political strategist and legislative leader in California for over 14 years, Mr. Roos served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1977 to 1991. In his second legislative term, he was chosen by his caucus as Majority Floor Leader. He served in that position for six years until he was elected by the 80-member body as Speaker Pro Tempore of the State Assembly.

Mr. Roos recently served as chairman of the Fraternity of Friends of the Music Center. He served on the Queenscare Board of Directors, a nonprofit Healthcare Foundation, and is a Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Children’s Museum. He has also served as president of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission. Prior to founding Mike Roos and Company, Mr. Roos served as president and CEO of LEARN, a coalition to implement systemic reform and restructuring within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS Board of Directors in 2015.

HERBERT A. LAMPERT

TREASURER

A partner in the accounting firm of Lampert & Eskridge, Mr. Lampert has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 30 years.

He is also a principal in several Southern California and Washington-based businesses and serves on the boards of the Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind and the Vintage Hollywood Foundation.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in August 2009.

VADM JODY BRECKINRIDGE (RET.)

Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge retired after serving 34 years in the Coast Guard and now gives back to veterans, military members and their families, and the community. She is active in Mission Readiness – Leaders for Kids supporting evidence based public policy and smart investments in youth. Appointed by the Governor, she currently serves as Board Chair for the San Francisco Water Emergency Transportation Authority, a regional ferry transportation service and emergency response organization. Additional Boards include: San Francisco Fleet Week Association, Oakland Military Institute, Marines Memorial Association, Marines Memorial Foundation, the Association for Rescue at Sea, and First Command Financial Services. She is Vice Chair for the Governor’s Military Council and was recently appointed to the Board of Visitors for the National Defense University.

Vice Admiral Breckenridge’s last assignment in the Coast Guard was Commander, Pacific Area and Defense Forces West with responsibility for all operations across 73 million square miles of the Pacific, Arctic, and Antarctic Oceans. Her flag assignments included Director of Strategic Transformation guiding the largest business practice and organizational change in the modern history of the Service; Assistant Commandant for Human Resources; Commander, Eleventh Coast Guard District (covering California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah, along with the West Coast of Central and South America); and Commander, Maintenance and Logistics Command Pacific (all logistic and support services.)

Vice Admiral Breckenridge holds a BS in biology from Virginia Tech, a Master in Public Policy from University of Maryland (graduated with honors), and a Master in National Resource Strategy from the Dwight D Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy of the National Defense University.

CARLOS CONTRERAS

Carlos Contreras is currently the Vice President – Commercial Marketing for California Resources Corporation (CRC), the largest oil and natural gas producer in California and a spinoff from Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy). Prior to joining CRC, Carlos has had a distinguished fourteen year career as an Oil and Gas executive with Occidental Petroleum. While at Oxy, Carlos assumed successive management positions of increasing responsibility encompassing business development, acquisitions and divestitures, marketing and operations.

In addition, Carlos has held positions of increasing responsibility with Arthur D. Little and Enron where he managed or worked on large scale projects, throughout the Americas, in oil, gas and power. He has also served in varying roles within the Field Artillery Branch of the United States Army.

Carlos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Economics and Systems Engineering from The United States Military Academy and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Carlos serves on the Board of Advisors to the USC MBA for Veterans Program.

WILFRED N. COOPER, SR.

Wilfred N. Cooper, Sr., is the founder, chairman of the board, and a director of WNC & Associates, Inc. The company’s core business is sponsoring investments in affordable rental housing tax credits. In this capacity, WNC and its affiliates serve as a general partner with expertise in structuring investment funds. This includes raising investment capital from individuals and corporations, selecting qualified properties for each fund, negotiating acquisition terms and actively monitoring the financial performance and compliance of each property.

Mr. Cooper is a U.S. Navy veteran with two years of active duty during the Korean war era (1951-1953) serving as a Hospital Corpsman.

Mr. Cooper is a recognized leader in the affordable housing industry. He was a panel participant in tax reform hearings before a committee of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. In 2001, he received the Limited Income Communities (LINC) Housing Honors award. Mr. Cooper was elected as Life Trustee in 2006 of the National Housing Conference (NHC) and is a co-founder and director emeritus of the California Housing Consortium (an affiliate of the NHC). In 2011, he was inducted into the Affordable Housing Hall of Fame of the Affordable Housing Finance Magazine. In June 2012, he was inducted into the California Homebuilding Foundation’s (CHF) Hall of Fame. He is a senior life director of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a national trustee for NAHB’s Political Action Committee, a past chairman of NAHB’s Multifamily Council, and in 2012, NAHB honored him with the Robert J. Corletta award for Affordable Housing. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Building Industry Association of Orange County (BIA/OC) and Southern California Building Industry Association (BIA/SC).

Mr. Cooper volunteers his time with several nonprofit organizations and serves on the Board of Advisors for Jamboree Housing (a non-profit developer of affordable housing) and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. In 2013, the California Housing Consortium gave Mr. Cooper the California Housing Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2016, The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition (AHTCC) honored him the David Reznick Lifetime Achievement Award. In June 2019, Mr. Cooper received the Carl A.S. Coan, Sr., Public Service Award from the NHC, in recognition of his outstanding commitment and leadership in the effort to provide decent, safe and affordable housing.

As a prior Board of Director for Volunteers of America National Services (VOANS), Mr. Cooper awarded U.S.VETS a VOANS grant to help support homeless and at-risk veterans. Over the past decade, Mr. Cooper has also participated in and sponsored several U.S.VETS Salute Gala’s.

Mr. Cooper graduated from Pomona College in 1956 with a B.A. degree and completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in May 2018.

BOB FOSTER

Robert (Bob) G. Foster served as Mayor of the City of Long Beach, the sixth largest city in California, from 2006 to 2014.

Mr. Foster received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University before starting a career in the energy sector. Prior to being elected Mayor of Long Beach, he was president of Southern California Edison where he established renewable portfolio standards and led the nation’s leading energy efficiency program.

Mr. Foster serves or has served on a number of governing bodies for civic, cultural and governmental organizations and non-profit agencies, including the board of directors of the Alliance of Save Energy, the California Foundation on the Environment and Economy, the Long Beach Aquarium, and the Advisory Board for Long Beach Memorial Hospital.  He also served as a trustee of the California State University system and is currently on the California State University-Foundation Board.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in September 2016.

DAVID KIRMAN

Mr. Kirman is a trial lawyer who draws on his experience as a former federal prosecutor to represent clients in government investigations, prosecutions, and business disputes.

With extensive experience in healthcare, he represents clients in civil and criminal trials, white collar criminal defense, False Claims Act cases, business litigation, and internal investigations. In addition to understanding the complex regulatory and compliance issues unique to healthcare, Mr. Kirman focuses his practice on clients in the financial services and defense industries.

Before rejoining O’Melveny as a partner, he spent seven years as a federal prosecutor at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California, where he was a member of the Major Frauds Section and served as the Criminal Healthcare Fraud Coordinator. As a federal prosecutor, he served as lead or co-lead trial counsel in jury trials, argued appeals before the Ninth Circuit, and directed complex grand jury and wiretap investigations.

He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army from 1996 to 2001.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in January 2018.

JEROLD B. NEUMAN

Mr. Neuman is a partner at Liner, LLP in the Real Estate, Land Use and Government Relations department, and is one of California’s preeminent land-use, environmental and government law attorneys.

He received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and graduated from Columbia University School of Law. He has acted as lead negotiator and project coordinator for many of Southern California’s real estate, green energy, infrastructure and governmental procurement projects.

Mr. Neuman has worked on the Mixed-Income Housing Technical Advisory Committee in Los Angeles and has served on the Fresno General Plan Implementation & Infill Development Task Force. He has been awarded the Crystal Eagle Award for outstanding leadership in public affairs, and a was named one of California’s Top 50 Development Lawyers by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He is also a founding director of Mission Valley Bank and is on the executive boards of many Los Angeles commercial and charitable organizations.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS Board of Directors in October, 2016.

MAJ. GEN. PETER S. PAWLING (RET.)

Major General Peter S. Pawling was born in Palm Springs, CA and spent his teenage years living in Palm Springs and Kingsburg. In 1967, his family sailed to Hawaii, where he lives today. He attended the University of Hawaii where he earned a degree in psychology.

General Pawling was commissioned in 1972 through the Officer Preparatory Academy at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Tennessee. While assigned as the 154th Operations Group Commander, he served as Detachment Commander for the Wing’s first F-15 combat deployment to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in 1994, and Detachment Commander for the KC-135 squadron deployment to Istres, France, during the Kosovo campaign in 1999. He was Commander of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard from 2003 to 2009. General Pawling also served as past chair of the F-15 Weapon System Council and the Fighter Task Force chair for National Guard Association of the United States.

General Pawling assumed duties as Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, United States Pacific Command in June 2009 to 2012. He was the principal advisor to the Commander regarding reserve component readiness and operations and facilitates Homeland Security activities between State, National Guard, active military and Federal agencies.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in 2015.

COL. ADAM SIEGLER (RET.)

Mr. Siegler is an attorney whose practice focuses primarily on business litigation, construction, real estate finance and entertainment litigation matters. He also served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve, retiring at the rank of Colonel.

In 2008, Mr. Siegler was mobilized for a 12-month tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he deployed with the 11th Military Police Brigade to Baghdad, Iraq. He served as the detention operations attorney for a forward operating base, for which he received the Bronze Star. In 2005, he was mobilized by U.S. Central Command to serve in Egypt.

Mr. Siegler received the Army Core Values Award in 2001 from the command chaplains of both the 63rd Regional Readiness Command and the 311th Corps Support Command for pro bono legal services to soldiers.

He holds a double B.A. degree in history and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and he graduated magna cum laude from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. In 2013, he graduated from the Army War College with a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies. He was awarded the Wiley M. Manuel Award for pro bono legal services and has been a leader in providing free legal assistance for Veterans.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in December 2006.