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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.

Danielle Lowery

Executive Assistant

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.

Evyn Johnson

Digital Marketing and B2B Trainer

Evyn is a St. Louis native and daughter of two army veterans. She started her career with VBRC in 2010 as a volunteer helping to initiate the centers social media presence. After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 2015 and moving to Chicago, Evyn has returned to the center to take on the role of Digital Marketing and B2B trainer.

Mitchell Fitzpatrick

Outreach Coordinator and B2B Trainer

Former civilian and member of the service industry turned U.S. Army noncommissioned officer. Kansas City native with leadership skills cultivated by a military lifestyle. Always in pursuit of more learning opportunities and ways to better myself and the organization. Joined the organization in 2020 and is looking forward to making a positive impact as the outreach coordinator and B2B trainer.

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

Eric Gholz

Director

Fraud Investigator, Department of Justice

Leon Huddleston

Director

Physician-Attorney, Gritstone Professional Services, LLC

Mac McDougell

Director

Retired Banker, CPA

Raymond Edwards

Director

SCORE

Sekhar Prabhakar

Director

CEO, CEdge Software Consultants, LLC

Takisha Lovelace

Director

Director of Operations, CareSTL Health

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