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Our team

We are looking for talented and motivated individuals to join our team and help us achieve our mission. If you’re passionate about making a difference, have a strong work ethic, and are looking for a dynamic and supportive work environment, we would love to hear from you!

Danielle Lowery

Director, Operations & Programs

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 VetBiz.

Mitchell Fitzpatrick

Director, Training & Outreach

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.

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.

Evyn Johnson

Regional Digital Marketing Manager & B2B Trainer

Evyn, a St. Louis native, comes from a family of army veterans. She began her journey with VetBiz in 2010 as a volunteer, assisting in the establishment of the center’s social media profile. After completing her studies at Southeast Missouri State University in 2015 and relocating to Chicago, Evyn has now returned to VetBiz in the position of Regional Digital Marketing Manager and B2B trainer. She is excited about working with this dynamic team and helping promote entrepreneurship in the Midwest! 

Allie Pike

Regional Outreach Coordinator

Allie Pike, a St. Louis native, Army Veteran, and Reservist, became a part of the VetBiz team in 2022 as the Regional Outreach Coordinator. Her aim is to assist her fellow Veterans in achieving their entrepreneurial ambitions. With her expertise in brand retail and military leadership, as well as her infectious enthusiasm, she is well-suited for this role. Allie is thrilled to contribute to the success of Veterans and military families in creating their own paths in entrepreneurship.


Dani Brickey

Executive Assistant

Dani, originally from Perryville MO, is now a resident of St. Louis. She has a range of hobbies such as hiking in the beautiful MO outdoors, cooking with her cast iron skillet, and spending quality time with her two cats Gracy and Sugar. With her background as a former multi-business owner and experience in business strategy/marketing media, Dani has a wealth of knowledge in launching and maintaining successful businesses. However, she has found her true passion lies in administrative work, where she can utilize her obsession for clerical organization and communication, bookkeeping, and optimizing systematic operations.

VetBiz Board of Directors


Darcella Craven

Board Chair

Sekhar Prabhakar

CEO, CEdge Software Consultants, LLC
Brian Sexton

Vice Chairman

Brian Sexton

Entrepreneur/Early Stage Investor, One Salute


Mac McDougell

Retired Banker, CPA


Takisha Lovelace

VP/Chief Operating Officer at Affinia Healthcare


Frank Burns

Assistant Director – New Markets & Historic Tax Credits U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation
Jessica Fox


Jessica Fox

Director Strategy & Corporate Development Hussmann


Josh Frank

Principal, RSM Federal

Director, Fundraising Committee Chair

Roderick Gilliam II

Broker, The Guardian Life Insurance Company
Patricia Manuel


Patrice Manuel

CEO – Principal, P/Strata


Bob Scharff, Jr.

Owner/Managing Partner, The Todd Organization

Emeritus Board Members

Salim Awad

Emeritus, Board Chair

Salim Awad

Attorney / Entrepreneur, Bucci Industries
Frank Curtis

Frank B. Curtis

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

Bryan Bolton

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

Richard Dillard

Dillard Partners
Donovan Foster

Secretary, Board Chair

Donovan Foster

CIO, Principal Consultant, Brinex

Emeritus, Board Chair (2004-2010)

Robert Fulstone

Regional Partner at Face to Face Live
Jacob Garth

Emeritus, Board Chair

Jacob Garth

Government Marketing Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management

Eric Gholz

Fraud Investigator, Department of Justice
Morris Hevrey

Morris Hervey

President, TSi Engineering, Inc.
Ed Higgins

Emeritus, Board Chair

Edward Higgins

Principal at Ashwood Consulting, LLC

Leon Huddleston

Physician-Attorney, Gritstone Professional Services, LLC
Andrew Ishmael

Andrew Ishmael

Financial Advisor at Edward Jones
Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson

Mission Assurance Manager, ATK Lake City Army Ammunition Plant
Dennis Lane

Emeritus, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, & Fundraising Committee

Dennis Lane

Chief Development Officer at MHD, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc
David Noble

David Noble

Community Development & CRA Officer, Midland States Bank
Victor Ponce

Fundraising Committee Chair

Victor Ponce

Real Estate Expert Ponce Realty Group
Josh Stevens

Josh Stevens

Vice President and General Counsel, Dover Development, LLC and Dover Capital LLC
Ed Stout

Ed Stout

Managing Partner, Grant Cooper & Associates
Carrie Ward

Carrie Ward

VP Operations/ Administration, Major Brands

Ready to Take Action?

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