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Our team

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.

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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.

Regional Volunteer Manager & Trainer

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.

Regional Digital Marketing Manager 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 Regional Digital Marketing Manager and B2B trainer.

Regional Training Manager 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.

Regional outreach Coordinator

St. Louis native Army Veteran and Reservist, Allie Pike joined the VetBiz team in 2022. As Regional outreach Coordinator looks forward to helping her fellow Veterans meet their entrepreneurship goals. She brings her own brand retail and military leadership experience, along with her own brand of enthusiasm to the role. 

Board of Directors

Sekhar Prabhakar

Incoming Board Chair

CEO, CEdge Software Consultants, LLC
Brian Sexton

Brian Sexton

Vice Chairman

Entrepreneur/Early Stage Investor, One Salute

Mac McDougell

Incoming Treasurer

Retired Banker, CPA

Takisha Lovelace

Secretary

Executive Director- Community Health Operations, Mercy

Frank Burns

Director

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

Jessica Fox

Director

Management Consultant, Freddie Mac

Josh Frank

Director

Principal, RSM Federal

Eric Gholz

Director

Fraud Investigator, Department of Justice

Roderick Gilliam II

Director, Fundraising Committee Chair

Broker, The Guardian Life Insurance Company

Leon Huddleston

Director

Physician-Attorney, Gritstone Professional Services, LLC
Patricia Manuel

Patrice Manuel

Director

CEO – Principal, P/Strata

Bob Scharff, Jr.

Director

Owner/Managing Partner, The Todd Organization

Emeritus Board Members

Salim Awad

Salim Awad

Emeritus, Board Chair (2015)

Attorney / Entrepreneur, Bucci Industries
Frank Curtis

Frank B. Curtis

Director

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

Bryan Bolton

Director

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

Richard Dillard

Director

Dillard Partners
Donovan Foster

Donovan Foster

Secretary, Board Chair (2012-2015)

CIO, Principal Consultant, Brinex

Robert Fulstone

Emeritus, Board Chair (2004-2010)

Regional Partner at Face to Face Live
Jacob Garth

Jacob Garth

Emeritus, Board Chair (2016)

Government Marketing Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management
Morris Hevrey

Morris Hervey

Director

President, TSi Engineering, Inc.
Ed Higgins

Edward Higgins

Emeritus, Board Chair (2010-2012)

Principal at Ashwood Consulting, LLC
Andrew Ishmael

Andrew Ishmael

Director

Financial Advisor at Edward Jones
Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson

Director

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

Dennis Lane

Emeritus, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, & Fundraising Committee

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

David Noble

Director

Community Development & CRA Officer, Midland States Bank
Victor Ponce

Victor Ponce

Director, Fundraising Committee Chair

Real Estate Expert Ponce Realty Group
Josh Stevens

Josh Stevens

Director

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

Ed Stout

Director

Managing Partner, Grant Cooper & Associates
Carrie Ward

Carrie Ward

Member-At-Large

VP, Operations/Administration, Major Brands

Ready to Take Action?

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Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays, due to the high demand for our services, VetBiz is currently at capacity for 'New Client Consultation'. 

Prospective 'New Clients' are welcome to submit applications now and can schedule a formal consultation after January 9, 2023.

 

In the meantime please check out: Resources or Frequently Asked Questions 

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