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Our Team

Our Team

We have walked the talk and all of that! The team at the VBRC is proud to have on staff military Veterans and former small business owners who are prepared to help clients navigate the entrepreneurship trail.

We get it and we will help you do the same

Darcella Craven

Darcella Craven

President & Chief Fear Conqueror

“Shoot for the moon, get the moon. Nothing else is acceptable.” Since starting with the Center in 2006, Darcella has served all the roles of the VBRC including business counselor, outreach coordinator, presenter and currently Executive Director. She has over 18 years of experience in operating nonprofits, corporate communications, government and military administration and training.

Maggie Peterson

Administrative Director – A.W.E. Program Coordinator

A Seasoned Human Resources Management professional with over 15-years of experience 3 years in direct training instruction. Maggie has a reputation for strong written and oral communication skills and proven ability to handle sensitive issues constructively and confidentially. Experienced in international cultures and in highly diverse teams. She joins us to assist in operations and

Damon Chaffin

Senior Business Consultant

A results driven and pragmatic operations and sales leader, Damon is skilled at growing businesses through innovation, creativity, strong financial acumen, and flawless customer service. He uses these skills to consult and mentor business startups and acquisitions, as well as existing organizations interested in growing. He is bottom line oriented with P&L experience in 7 different industries, including restaurant, franchising, retail and long-term care pharmacy, strategic alliances, pharmaceutical and biotech, and facilities services.

Board Of Directors

Josh Frank

Board Chair

Principal, RSM Federal

Brian Sexton

Brian Sexton

Vice Chairman

Entrepreneur/Early Stage Investor, One Salute

Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox

Treasurer

Management Consultant, Freddie Mac

Frank Curtis

Frank B. Curtis

Director

Sheperd, Taylor, Shepherd, Taylor, Korum & Curtis, L.L.P.

Patricia Manuel

Patrice Manuel

Director

CEO – Principal, P/Strata

Bob Scharff, Jr.

Director

Owner/Managing Partner, The Todd Organization

Roderick Gilliam II

Director, Fundraising Committee Chair

Broker, The Guardian Life Insurance Company 

Brian Bolton

Brian Bolton

Director

Chief Administrative Officer – Mortgage Servicing at U.S. Bank

Andrew Ishmael

Director

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones