Board of Advisors

Thank you to our volunteer advisory board members who give us great advice and recommendations.  They contribute knowledge, skills, and expertise that complement our team and mission.  We are very proud to have you all on board.

Theo Bell | Epic Consulting, LLC
Theo BellTheo Bell began his own corporate & federal real estate consulting practice, Epic Consulting, LLC, in 2011 after three years as Senior Managing Director at Newmark Knight Frank in Washington, D.C.

With a combined experience of 18 years, Mr. Bell is an expert in federal business development, leading edge technologies, strategic marketing, tactical sales and key account management.

Prior to joining Newmark Knight Frank, Mr. Bell held senior-level executive positions with corporate and commercial real estate service firms, such as Capitol CREAG, LLC, and, most recently, with UGL Equis as senior vice president to the Government Services Group, where he managed key account relationships with agencies such as DOD, GSA, FBI, IRS, IMF, the Census Bureau, Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State.

Mr. Bell started his career as manager of government contracts for the US Department of Defense as a warrant officer in 1990, where he succeeded in saving $30 million in maintenance costs by implementing a new quality assurance program and $3 million in annual aircraft repair and overhaul costs by limiting demand for contractor maintenance.

Early in his career, Mr. Bell assumed the position of executive director/owner at Powerhouse Gym, where he managed 13 facilities and raised capital through promotional and venture capital funding to expand the business to from 2 to 42 employees. He also drove up client satisfaction and revenue by 800%, by identifying areas of concern and creating proactive solutions to exceed expectations.

Mr. Bell also closed $1.5 million in sales for Wilsonart International, and in 2001, he secured over $3 million in new business for Formica with estimated sales of $29.3 million over the next four years. Among several other accomplishments, most recently, Mr. Bell sourced and participated in the proposal development for the $10 million U.S. Census Bureau Real Estate Services Contract and the NASA Lease Prospectus Development Services contract worth an undisclosed amount.

Mr. Bell is a frequent speaker and resource for those covering GSA real property leasing. As a board member and vice president of programs, he actively develops educational topics and trains GSA asset managers, who are members of the Federal Real Property Association.

Professional Affiliations:

  • Board Member, National Federal Development Association (NFDA)
  • Past President & Executive Board Member, Federal Real Property Association (FRPA)
  • Howard County Council Representative, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Task Force
  • Board Member & Sponsorship Committee Chairman, CoreNet Mid Atlantic Chapter
  • Advisory Board Member, Luke’s Wings

Mr. Bell graduated cum laude from Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics.

Frank Bennett
Cheryl Beversdorf | Marketing Consultant
cheryl_beversdorf_200x200Cheryl Beversdorf is a former not-for-profit association executive, public affairs specialist, registered nurse and Vietnam era veteran with advanced degrees in health science and public communications.

Since 2010 she served as a consultant in the areas of community affairs, veterans housing, and not-for-profit organizations. In 2011 she partnered with two women to establish a for-profit business called Epilogue LLC, which offered support groups to help men and women over age 50 reinvent themselves in retirement. Currently, she serves as Public Relations Manager for the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program, a not-for-profit volunteer organization that recruits and assigns mentors to work one-on-one with wounded men and women warriors recovering at military installations, helping them to transition to productive and meaningful lives.

Ms. Beversdorf is the former President/CEO of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), which represents community-based homeless veteran service providers in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Following her employment at NCHV she worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs on homeless veteran issues and a project that helped veterans and their families lead healthier lives.

Cheryl served as chief staff executive for three national not-for-profit health organizations including the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and Sister to Sister- Everyone Has A Heart Foundation. She is also a former U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs staff member and worked on a wide range of veterans issues including Agent Orange, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, spinal cord injury and VA medical center nursing issues.

From 2001-2005, she founded, managed and performed with HealthonStage, a health communications company, which produced educational events focusing on health promotion and disease prevention, especially among women. Before HealthonStage, she was a senior member of a world wide public affairs/public relations agency where she developed and implemented public affairs and communications programs for health clients.

Currently, Cheryl serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors and is a singer with the Washington Master Chorale, a semiprofessional chorus that performs American and European choral music at venues throughout the metropolitan Washington, DC area. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Transitional Housing Corporation, a faith-based homeless service organization located in Washington, DC.

Ms. Beversdorf has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Maryland, a Master of Health Science degree in health services administration and health planning from The Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, and a Master of Arts degree in public communication from American University.

Linda Bryant | Legal Justice Consultant
Linda is a current Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Norfolk, Virginia. A graduate of the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary School of Law, Linda is a prior U.S. Army JAGC. In private practice, she worked for a law firm that represented military clients and their spouses in the Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Norfolk area.

She started prosecuting in 1996. Since 1996, she has prosecuted many high profile cases to include over 40 murders cases. She also represented the state of Virginia in trying to bring a man who murdered a police officer to justice. In addition to prosecuting cases and overseeing a team of attorneys that prosecute cases, she oversees, on behalf of Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney Gregory D. Underwood, the state’s involvement in the Norfolk Drug Court, the Norfolk Re-Entry Docket, the Norfolk Mental Health Docket, and the Veteran’s “Track” of services for Veterans in the criminal justice system.

In 2010, she was one of a handful of Virginia lawyers who received the “Leader in the Law” award. In 2010, she was one of only two prosecutors across the state who received a “Distinguished Prosecutor” award for her efforts on behalf of juvenile victims and victims of domestic violence. In 2012 she was recognized with the South Hampton Roads Woman of Distinction Award by the YWCA for her efforts in eliminating gender based violence and racism.

Her husband, Scott, is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer stationed at Little Creek, Norfolk. He was the 2004 U.S. Navy Sea Sailor of the Year and the 2003 Atlantic Fleet Command Sea Sailor of the year. Linda ensures ORHF engages in best practices when advocating for the development of veterans’ services for homeless veterans in the criminal justice system. Linda helps guide our advocacy approach for Veterans against the backdrop of the rights of crime victims to ensure the rights of all Virginia citizens are protected at all times.

Mika Brzezinski | Co-Host, MSNBC’s Morning Joe
Mika BrzezinskiMika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and the author of three best-selling books. Her memoir “All Things At Once” became a “New York Times” best seller in January 2010.  Her second book “Knowing Your Value,” which examines the role of women in the workplace, reached #1 on the “New York Times” best sellers list for business books in spring 2011. Her most recent book “Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own” debuted on the best-sellers list in spring 2013.   Brzezinski also writes “Getting What You Want” for Cosmopolitan, a monthly column about career confidence and empowerment.

Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the “CBS Evening News Weekend Edition” and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to “CBS Sunday Morning” and “60 Minutes.” She reported live from Lower Manhattan for CBS News during the September 11, 2001 attacks.

A native of New York City, Brzezinski is the daughter of Foreign Policy Expert and Former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski.  She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a Williams College alum. Brzezinski lives in New York with her husband and two daughters.

James J. Carafano
James Jay Carafano is a leading expert in national security, defense affairs, and homeland security at The Heritage Foundation. Before assuming responsibility for Heritage’s entire defense and foreign policy team in December 2012, Carafano had served as deputy director of the Davis Institute as well as director of its Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies since 2009. He has testified before the U.S. Congress many times and has provided commentary for ABC, BBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, SkyNews, PBS, National Public Radio, the History Channel, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, and Australian, Austrian, Canadian, French, Greek, Hong Kong, Irish, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish television. His editorials have appeared in newspapers nationwide including The Baltimore SunThe Boston GlobeThe New York Post,Philadelphia InquirerUSA Today and The Washington Times. He is a weekly columnist for the Washington Examiner.

Carafano served as a member of the National Academy’s Board on Army Science and Technology, the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee, and is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Advisory Committee. He was the creative director for the feature-length documentary 33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age.

An accomplished historian and teacher, Carafano is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and has served as a visiting professor at National Defense University. He previously served as an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., and as director of military studies at the Army’s Center of Military History. He taught at Mount Saint Mary College in New York and was a fleet professor at the U.S. Naval War College.

He is the author of many books and studies. His most recent book is Wiki at War: Conflict in a Socially Networked World(Texas A&M University Press, 2012), a survey of the revolutionary impact of the Internet age on national security. Carafano coauthored Winning the Long War: Lessons from the Cold War for Defeating Terrorism and Preserving Freedom. The first to coin the term, the “long war,” the authors argue that a successful strategy requires a balance of prudent military and security measures, continued economic growth, the zealous protection of civil liberties and winning the “war of ideas” against terrorist ideologies. Carafano joined Heritage in 2003. Before becoming a policy expert, he served 25 years in the Army. Carafano rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served in Europe, Korea and the United States. His assignments included head speechwriter for the Army Chief of Staff, the service’s highest-ranking officer. Before retiring, Carafano was executive editor of Joint Force Quarterly, the Defense Department’s premiere professional military journal.

A graduate of West Point, Carafano also has a master’s degree and a doctorate from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in strategy from the U.S. Army War College.

Hon. Tammy Duckworth
Ladda Tammy Duckworth is the child of a World War II vet and a Thai immigrant of Chinese descent. She lost her legs piloting a Blackhawk helicopter through an insurgent attack in Iraq. In January 2013, using prosthetic legs, she stepped onto the floor of the US House of Representatives as the first combat-injured female member of Congress in the history of the United States.

Ms. Duckworth was elected to the House by voters in Illinois’ 8th District.

Ms. Duckworth is a graduate of the University of Hawaii and received a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She and her husband Bryan, an Army Major, live in Hoffman Estates where their home was rebuilt for wheelchair access in 2005 by her fellow Soldiers and friends. Despite her injuries, she declined a military medical retirement and continues to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.

Jonathan Elias | Journalist, WJLA
Jonathan Elias

Jonathan Elias is an award winning journalist and has been recognized both nationally and locally for covering and reporting stories. Right now Elias anchors our 4, 6, and 11 p.m. on ABC7 News, as well as our 10 p.m. on NewsChannel8.

He also heads up the 7Salutes beat, where he is constantly looking for stories about our men and women who are serving or have served in the military.

Elias joins ABC7/WJLA-TV from WBZ in Boston where he was a primary anchor and a lead reporter. On the day of the Boston Marathon bombings he was the only reporter to be standing on the finish line. His coverage earned him the highest journalism awards in the business, a DuPont, a Peabody, and a National Emmy Award. While in Boston Elias earned Emmy Awards for being the best anchor, writer, and for four years in a row the best general assignment reporter. He covered blizzards, hurricanes and parades for the Bruins, Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots.

Before Boston, Elias was the main anchor at KNXV in Phoenix. He traveled the country covering big stories including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, and the Washington D.C. sniper case. His investigative work exposed a gaping hole in the T.S.A. screening process earned him a national Peabody Award. Elias also started the Welcome Home Project — a group that worked to recognize and thank returning Purple Heart Veterans.

During his career Elias worked as a primary anchor at KCBS in Los Angeles, WCCO in Minneapolis and as a reporter in Birmingham and Joplin.

He has reported from important stories including the L.A. Riots, Oklahoma City bombing, the crash of TWA 800, and the Oakland Hills fire. He’s covered hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and politics.

His work has been recognized with three George Foster Peabody Awards, an Alfred I. DuPont Award, a National Emmy, and 25 Regional Emmys.

In addition to his work as a journalist Jonathan has served as an Honorary Commander at Hanscom Air Force Base for three years, and for nearly a decade has served as an instructor at the U.S. Army War College.

Elias graduated from California State University at Northridge as a history major. He married his high school sweetheart, but the two first met in kindergarten. They have two children and a cattle dog named Beau. In his free time he enjoys golfing, traveling, reading, working out and searching for the perfect BBQ.

General Robert Griffith | US Army, Retired
Ronald H. Griffith serves as the Executive Vice President of L-3 Communications’ Government Services Group. Mr. Griffith served as the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of MPRI, Inc., since 1998. He served as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army until 1997. Mr. Griffith served as a Director of Allied Defense Group Inc. since April 2000 until September 1, 2010. He was the keynote speaker at ORHF’s opening fundraiser which brought over $9K in donations

Captain Denver Key | US Navy, Retired, former Vietnam War POW
Noe Landini | Fish Market & Landini Bros Restaurant

Dr. Katrina Lawrence | Psychologist
Dr. Katrina Lawrence currently works as a Soldier and Family Liaison for the United States Army in Bethesda, MD serving wounded OIF/OEF soldiers and their families. She began her Army Civilian career at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2006 serving as a Case Manager to wounded OIF soldiers. Dr. Lawrence also has a part time private practice in Lanham, MD where she is a Psychologist to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Lawrence earned her BS in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2001. She earned her MA in Professional Counseling from Argosy University in 2005. She successfully defended her dissertation titled, “Compassion Fatigue/Secondary Trauma, Burnout, And Compassion Satisfaction In Trauma Workers Who Assist Clients Experiencing Individual Trauma” in 2010, leading to an EdD in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Lawrence is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Approved Clinical Supervisor in the state of Maryland. She is native of Alexandria, Virginia.

Jennifer Lopez | Event Consultant
Jennifer Lopez joined the US Army immediately after the 9/11 attacks and served for over five years as a Chemical Operations Specialist. As a Veteran, Jennifer is very passionate in helping other Veterans in need as she experienced first hand how our current fragile economy affects our Nation’s heroes. Jennifer’s currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Information Technology.

Terry McAuliffe | Former Governor of Virginia
Terry McAuliffe is the 72nd Governor of Virginia.  He’s a businessman and an entrepreneur and for 30 years, Governor McAuliffe has been fighting to create jobs and build a better future.  We are pleased to have him on our team working for our homeless Veterans.
Jeff McKay | Lee District Supervisor

Sam Misleh | Sophia's Cafe Catering

Julianne Moore | Actress
Ms. Moore is a well known film and TV actress who has starred in a range of productions, including ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘The Hours,’ ‘Game Change’ and ‘Still Alice,’ for which she won an Oscar in 2015.
Cindy Morris | Social Worker
Steve Morris | CEO Morris Construction
Jason Musleh | Restauranteur
Barbara Novogratz
Bob Novogratz | Colonel, US Army Retired
Chris Paul | CEO FRC Marketing
Christopher (Chris) S. Paul is President and Founder of FRC Marketing.  Founded in 1993 and based in Falls Church Virginia, FRC specializes in the development of custom logo merchandise for Government, Trade Association, Non-Profits, and Business clients nationwide.  As a core component of any organization’s marketing programs, promotional products run the gamut from employee uniforms to writing instruments to drink-ware, electronics and awards and recognition.  Chris specializes in overseas product sourcing and in the development of complete merchandising programs including product design and “just-in-time” distribution via electronic commerce.
Martin Payne

General Crosbie Saint
General Crosbie E. Saint is a Director at Foxhall Capital Management, Inc. He has been a Director of Engineered Support Systems Inc. since August 2000. After retiring from the military, General Saint established a consulting firm specializing in foreign relations and national security issues and currently provides consulting services to Boeing, as well as Assurance Technology. He has served as a Senior Counselor to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. General Saint was Senior Vice President and General Manager, International Group for MPRI. He is a Senior Fellow of the Institute of Land Warfare of the Association of the United States Army.

General Saint works for PEO Aviation on issues related to US Army Aviation. He was the Chairman for the Vice President’s National Performance Review on Intelligence Support to the Ground Forces.

General Saint is a retired United States Army four-star general who served as Commander in Chief, U.S. Army Europe/Commander, Central Army Group (NATO) from 1988 to 1992. He served two tours in Vietnam, and had five tours with U.S. Army, Europe. In addition to commanding U.S. Army Europe, General Saint’s commands include Commander, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment; Commander, Seventh Army Training Command; Commander, 1st Armored Division; and Commander, III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas. He retired from the army on September 1, 1992. He earned an M.A. in International Relations from American University, and also studied at Armed Forces Staff College and Army War College.

Willie Stalling | Owner Stalling System Fitness
Rev. Dr. Jack Turner | Retired Pastor Emeritus
Rev. Dr. Jack W.D. Turner is a retired pastor emeritus from Mt. Vernon Baptist church in Arlington, VA in 1991 following 25 years service. Other pastorates were in Anchorage, Alaska and New Orleans, LA. In 1992 he was employed as Director of Spiritual Affairs at Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Alexandria, VA INOVA Health Care Systems, patient and staff care. He practiced private family care for those who preferred counseling with a Christian/spiritual bias. Rev. Turner served as V.P. and President of 43,000 member Association of Southern Baptist churches in Northern Virginia. He was an officer and member of the Board of Directors for Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs (AMEN) from 1995 until 2010; member of Arlington County Board Advisory committees on Environmental Protection, conducting the first (voluntary) auto emissions tests in Arlington, Committee on Services to the Ageing, organized local pastors to provide opening prayer for County Board Meeting; Chairman of the Arlington Ministerial Community Hospital, Arlington Public Schools Advisory committees on Integration; Career and Adult Education; and Family Life Education; Participant in the White House Conferences on Social and Ethical Concerns, Washington, DC 1983-1984; Member, Symposium for Community Leaders, United States Department of State, Washington, DC 1966-69; Participant in the Inaugural Day Ecumenical Worship Services for President-elect Bill Clinton, Vice President-elect Al Gore, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appointed Cabinet members and staff and their families; Participant in a Baptist Pre-Inaugural Prayer Service for the newly elected President and Vice-President of the United States and their families; Chaplain (Capt.) Civil Air Patrol Search and Rescue Team, Anchorage, Alaska; 1956-1962.Rev. Turner received the Doctorate of Ministry degree in 1986 from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA in family systems analyses; M.A. degree in 1966 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) in philosophy and practice of adult education; completed a year residence in pastoral clinical psychology at Baptist General Hospital, New Orleans, LA; Masters of Divinity degree in 1956 at SBTS in homiletics, Biblical interpretation, psychology of pastoral care; B.S. degree from Tennessee Polytechnic University, industrial engineering, social science and economics.
Mark Viani | Land Use and Zoning Attorney
Mark Viani is a shareholder of Bean, Kinney & Korman practicing in the areas of land use, real estate, environmental, municipal and other areas of administrative law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Mark participates in various community, civic, charitable, business and professional organizations and services.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mark served as an officer in the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. Army, in Texas and the Persian Gulf region.

Patrick Warburton | Actor and Celebrity Ambassador
Frank G. Wickersham III | VSE Corporation
Frank G. Wickersham III is the Vice President of VSE Corporation’s Corporate Responsibility (Veterans Outreach). As Vice President, Mr. Wickersham designed, developed and deployed VSE’s Veterans Outreach Program. Currently, VSE sponsors various email and social media broadcasts to include veterans’ updates, business networking and employment services.

In 2011, the National Chamber of Commerce recognized VSE Corporation as one of the top five large businesses engaging in Hiring Our Heroes and veterans’ employment. Previously, Mr. Wickersham served as Assistant Vice President of VSE Corporation, Program Manager of Tanker Ballistic Protection System (TBPS), a start-up, internationally deployed ballistic protection program (Iraq/Kuwait), Field Support Team Project Manager for field inspection of all TBPS tankers deployed throughout Iraq, Director of Field Service Support Division for the specific purpose of managing Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) field maintenance support in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. In addition, from 2003 to 2009, Mr. Wickersham provided program support to Communications & Engineering Division for large U.S. Army contract (R2) requiring oversight and coordination with over 70 large business subcontractors and vendors.

Serving in the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Wickersham held a variety of positions to include: Fleet Marine Officer/Special Staff Officer to Commander Naval Forces Central Command and Commander U.S. 7th Fleet (Gulf War); Assistant Chief of Staff, G-1, Human Resources, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing; Director, Joint Strategic Branch, Plans, Policies and Operations, Headquarters Marine Corps; Special Advisor/Trusted Agent to Commandant of the Marine Corps on International Treaties and Arms Control; Marine Corps SIOP/RISOP Officer; Deputy Commander, Air Combat Element, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing (Somalia); Commander, Marine Observation Squadron Two; Commander, Marine Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 29; Commander, Marine Corps Air Facility, Camp Pendleton; Brigade Air Officer, 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (NATO/Cuba); Marine Corps Foreign Military Sales Project Officer (Morocco), Fleet Test Pilot/Maintenance Officer, Cobra Combat Test and Evaluation Team (Pax River/Vietnam); Marine Corps Officer Selection Officer; Squadron Operations Officer, Squadron Strike/Flight Leader (Vietnam), Aircraft Maintenance Officer, Instructor Pilot and Post-maintenance Test Pilot.

Mr. Wickersham graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Social Sciences in 1965. He earned his Master of Arts in International Affairs in 1987 and his PhD in World Politics/Legislative Affairs in 1998 from Catholic University of America.

His awards and commendations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal – Single Mission Award, the Air Medal – Strike Flight Award, the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V,” the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat “V,” the Purple Heart and the Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon.