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
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.
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.
As an experienced communications administrator, Danielle is skilled in written and verbal communications, website management, event planning, team leadership, and customer support. She joined the team in 2019 and is looking forward to many years of growth with the VBRC.
B2B Training Instructor & Outreach Coordinator
Steven Franklin is a talented and seasoned business veteran with over 15 years’ experience in the areas of strategic business development, primarily in the software and internet solutions industries. Steven has the unique ability to take a vision and make it reality through opportunity and sound strategic analysis.
Steven most recently served as the Executive Director with Mid-States Minority Supplier Development Council St. Louis, MO., supporting local, national corporate members and certified minority business enterprises (MBE’s). Prior to Mid-States he held business development and management positions with multiple fortune 500 companies. Steven Served in the U.S Marine Corps and is looking forward to assisting transitioning service members with business ownership.
Board Of Directors
Principal, RSM Federal
Entrepreneur/Early Stage Investor, One Salute
Management Consultant, Freddie Mac
Frank B. Curtis
Sheperd, Taylor, Shepherd, Taylor, Korum & Curtis, L.L.P.
CEO – Principal, P/Strata
Bob Scharff, Jr.
Owner/Managing Partner, The Todd Organization
Roderick Gilliam II
Director, Fundraising Committee Chair
Broker, The Guardian Life Insurance Company
Chief Administrative Officer – Mortgage Servicing at U.S. Bank
Assistant Director – New Markets & Historic Tax Credits
Environmental & Community Capital Division
U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
Fraud Investigator, Department of Justice
Physician-Attorney, Gritstone Professional Services, LLC
Retired Banker, CPA
CEO, CEdge Software Consultants, LLC
Director of Operations, CareSTL Health
Emeritus Board Members
Secretary, Board Chair (2012-2015)
CIO, Principal Consultant, Brinex
Director, Fundraising Committee Chair
Real Estate Expert Ponce Realty Group
Financial Advisor at Edward Jones
Emeritus, Board Chair (2004-2010)
Regional Partner at Face to Face Live
Emeritus, Board Chair (2010-2012)
Principal at Ashwood Consulting, LLC
Emeritus, Board Chair (2015)
Attorney / Entrepreneur, Bucci Industries
Emeritus, Board Chair (2016)
Government Marketing Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management
Emeritus, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Fundraising Committee
Chief Development Officer at MHD, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc