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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.

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 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

Frank Burns

Assistant Director – New Markets & Historic Tax Credits
Environmental & Community Capital Division
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation

Emeritus Board Members

Donovan Foster

Donovan Foster

Secretary, Board Chair (2012-2015)

CIO, Principal Consultant, Brinex

Victor Ponce

Victor Ponce

Director, Fundraising Committee Chair

Real Estate Expert Ponce Realty Group

Andrew Ishmael

Director

Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

Robert Fulstone

Emeritus, Board Chair (2004-2010)

Regional Partner at Face to Face Live

Ed Higgins

Edward Higgins

Emeritus, Board Chair (2010-2012)

Principal at Ashwood Consulting, LLC

Salim Awad

Salim Awad

Emeritus, Board Chair (2015)

Attorney / Entrepreneur, Bucci Industries

Jacob Garth

Jacob Garth

Emeritus, Board Chair (2016)

Government Marketing Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management

Dennis Lane

Dennis Lane

Emeritus, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Fundraising Committee

Chief Development Officer at MHD, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc

Carrie Ward
Walter Johnson
Morris Hevrey
Richard Dillard
Kevin Martin
Aaron Randolph
Josh Stevens
Ed Stout
Sandii Leland Handrick
David Noble