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Our team

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Start-Up Business Consultant

U.S. Army veterans and Missouri native, Ryan Scott, believes that no obstacle is too big, and no task is too small. Ryan’s time in the service instilled him with invaluable life skills, such as leadership, discipline, the ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Most importantly, Ryan gained a desire to help other veterans succeed. Ryan looks forward to the years of success with the Veterans Business Resource Center, and can’t wait for the opportunities ahead. 

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

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

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

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, & Fundraising Committee

Chief Development Officer at MHD, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc
Carrie Ward

Carrie Ward

Member-At-Large

VP, Operations/Administration, Major Brands
Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson

Director

Mission Assurance Manager, ATK Lake City Army Ammunition Plant
Richard Dillard

Richard Dillard

Director

Dillard Partners
Morris Hevrey

Morris Hervey

Director

President, TSi Engineering, Inc.
Ed Stout

Ed Stout

Director

Managing Partner, Grant Cooper & Associates
David Noble

David Noble

Director

Community Development & CRA Officer, Midland States Bank
Josh Stevens

Josh Stevens

Director

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

Are you ready for the next steps?

Do you have a business idea?  Are you ready to grow your already established Veteran business?

The first step is to Request Counseling so that we can assist you. We will take it from there. Our counselors are skilled at getting you from point A to B. Your unit has not left you!