Board of Directors

Deborah Snyder | President and CEO
Deborah SnyderDeborah Snyder is an Army Veteran and a native of Alexandria, Virginia. She retired in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel with 21 years of service as a helicopter pilot in the Aviation Branch. Lieutenant Colonel Snyder is a Magna cum laude graduate of James Madison University and a distinguished military graduate of JMU’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice, and a Masters in Military Studies. She served in a variety of leadership positions to include Platoon and Company Commander, Operations Officer, Branch Chief, Liaison Officer and Division Chief. She also has extensive experience managing programs at the tactical and strategic levels. Lieutenant Colonel Snyder is a decorated combat Veteran. Her formal military training includes the Aviation Advanced & Basic Courses; Air Assault & Airborne schools; UH-1 “Huey” & UH-60 Blackhawk Flight Training, and the Test Pilot Course. Deborah also attended the Combined Arms and Service Staff School, Marine Command and Staff College and the Army Force Management School.

Deborah currently works for the Department of Defense. She is passionate about helping others, especially those who sacrificed so much for this country through military service. Deborah conceived and established Operation Renewed Hope Foundation in 2011 specifically to help homeless Veterans. She leads a team of professionals equally dedicated to this challenge.

Martha Ann Alito

Craig Barrett, Esq. | Secretary and Legal Director
barrett-craig-125x128Craig Barrett graduated from Brooklyn College, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and with honors in the department of philosophy in 1995.  His philosophical studies lead him to an interest in social justice, which fueled his aspirations to become an attorney.  In pursuit of this career, he later attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School to begin his legal studies. After receiving his law degree, Mr. Barrett moved back to New York City where he became licensed to practice law in 2000.

The terrorist attacks in September of 2001 then prompted Mr.  Barrett to join the United States Marine Corps in December of that year.  He entered the Officer Candidate Course 179 in January 2002 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in April.  After completing The Basic School, Mr. Barrett served as a Judge Advocate until 2008 when he completed his service.  He was honorably discharged attaining the rank of Major, receiving the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his service.

In 2008, Major Barrett was offered an adjunct instructor position with Averett University’s Masters in Business Administration program, teaching business law with a focus on ethics.  In that same year, he created a limited liability company, ACS Capital Investors, LLC (ACS) doing business as Premier Stays Executive Suites.  His company specialized in providing housing for transient professionals relocating to the National Capital Region.  The company focused on servicing mobilized Reservists who were called to active duty in support of the Global War on Terrorism.  Leveraging his legal background, his knowledge of Military Reserve Policy, and his expertise in the current housing market, Mr. Barrett was able to support an under-served population of service-members during their transition from civilian to active duty service. During his company’s first two years of business ACS provided transition support, career counseling, and housing to over 20 service members for the duration of their mobilization orders, which in many cases was over a two year period.

His passion to serve those who have served our country continues, and he has expanded his commitment and service to include Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to ensure they have access to the resources and support they have earned.

Frank Rendon | Chief Financial Officer
Frank is a Navy veteran of 21 years in the Supply Corps and has more than 24 years of dynamic leadership and management experience including executive positions in financial and logistics management. He is recognized as a hands-on financial executive with experience leading complex financial strategic transformation initiatives.

In his current role as a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Federal Finance and Enterprise Performance practice, he leads five Navy projects in support of the Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness (FIAR) effort to improve financial processes and related financial data integrity. As the Bureau of Naval Personnel’s Deputy Comptroller, he transformed and revitalized the financial business processes as best practices which significantly improved the Navy’s ability to monitor financial data and provided leadership with timely, reliable, and accurate data to make decisions.

Frank has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Oregon State University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Naval Postgraduate School. He joins ORHF with a passion to end homelessness among Veterans.

Greg Jacobson | ORHF Board Chair
jacobson-greg-125x128Greg Jacobson is a highly specialized professional consultant with over decade of experience supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, Army, Navy, and our veterans. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and has successfully led several multi-million dollar acquisition and implementation projects through their entire life cycle. Greg regularly provides his clients strategic and operations planning, portfolio management, change management, and business process reengineering. In his prior job as a Manager at KPMG LLP, he worked closely with his leadership to grow KPMG’s Federal Advisory Practice from 30 to 300 employees in five years. Currently, as Associate Vice President, Greg leads Enterprise Resource Performance, Inc.’s (ERPi) Army practice.

While supporting the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF MD) as a volunteer for nearly twenty years, Greg has served seven years as a Board of Director along with several years on the Executive, Board & Funds Development and Strategic Planning Committees. Additionally he led NKF’s Golf committee as Chairman for ten years, and with his co-chairs and committee, raised over $1M. He has been recognized by NKF MD as their Volunteer of the Year. In 2013, Greg worked closely with ORHF’s leadership to develop a 2014-16 Strategic Plan, which is now being executed by the Foundation and he supports ORHF by serving on its Board Development/Governance and Operations & Strategic Planning Committees.

LTC John Cochran | Co-Chair, Funds Development and Communications Committee
Lieutenant Colonel John Cochran Graduated from ROTC at University of California, Los Angeles. He was commissioned  into the Army in 1996 as a US Army Aviation Officer. While serving as an AH-64D Apache Helicopter pilot, he has commanded at every level up to and including Battalion Command. John has deployed five times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Endearing Freedom (Afghanistan), Operation Inherent Resolve (Baghdad, Iraq). He is currently serving in the Pentagon as a member of the Army Staff and will be attending the Army War College next summer. He is married with two children.

Captain John M. Felker | DHS
John Felker is the Director of Operations, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in the Department of Homeland Security. He assumed day-to-day operation of the NCCIC in August 2015. The NCCIC is the U.S. government’s 24/7 hub for cybersecurity information sharing, incident response, and coordination.

Prior to joining DHS, Felker served as Director of Cyber and Intelligence Strategy for HP Enterprise Services and Vice President of Cyber Programs at SCI Consulting.

He is a 30-year career veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard. Felker served, among other positions, as Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command, where he was responsible for the day-to-day staff leadership and also for the stand-up of the Command. He commanded the U.S. Coast Guard Cryptologic Group, which spanned subordinate units from Hawaii to Afghanistan performing signals intelligence missions and developing Coast Guard signals intelligence capability. He also served as executive assistant to the Director of Coast Guard Intelligence where he coordinated Directorate activities within the National Intelligence Community management enterprise.

His military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Felker graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Science in 1978 and earned his Master of Arts in Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1995.

Jacqueline Griffin | Motivational Speaker
Jacqueline “Jackie” Marie Griffin – mother of three, retired Army sergeant and communicator – is known by many as the mother of Heisman trophy winner, #2 overall NFL draft pick and Washington Redskins’ starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III (RG3.)

The Griffin family’s story is one of perseverance `and unity. Both Jackie and husband Robert were active military Non-commissioned Officers; they were determined to challenge their children to pursue greatness. But, greatness was not defined as an athletic challenge; although two of the three Griffin children were awarded athletic scholarships to Baylor University and Northwestern State University. In the Griffin household, faith development was essential; education was for their empowerment followed by other pursuits.

Life in the US Army provided a unique environment for the Griffin family to grow. They were privileged in assignments toFort Carson, Colorado; Okinawa, Japan; Fort Lewis, Washington; New Orleans; Seoul, Korea and Fort Hood, Texas. They experienced different cultures and dynamic of living conditions of a mobile military family where Jackie and Robert focused on the opportunities of the regions. While assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington; the Griffin family could often be found visiting Mount St. Helens walking the trials, climbing the snow covered slopes of Mount Rainier or ice skating in Portland, Oregon. Jackie and Robert ensured their children appreciated the land in which they took an oath to defend. The Griffin’s finally nested in a place called home in their final assignment at Fort Hood (Central TX). Jackie and Robert II were able to finish their college degrees setting precedence in challenging their children to attain higher education aspirations.

In addition to a strong faith and belief in prayer, the Griffin’s supported their children in all their endeavors. From Junior High to High School, Jackie attended every practice and game for RG3 and many practices while at Baylor University. Whether Robert II was deployed in Iraq or performing his military duties;Jackie would video each practice to send to Robert II, who in turn would dissect, develop skill strengthening drills to better equip RG3 in his goals of mastering his quarterbacking skills.

Today, when not traveling to speak, the Griffins are actively involved in the lives their community youth ages 3 to 18. Jackie serves as Administrator for the AAU Five Hills Track and Field Team led by Head Coach Robert II.  Near and dear to their hearts are Veterans – the entire Griffin family is committed to ending Veteran homelessness.

Mark Keyser | CEO NuWave Solutions
Mark Keyser is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of NuWave Solutions. At NuWave, his primary responsibilities are setting the overall vision and strategic direction of the company, and providing oversight and management of the C-level officers of the company. He also currently serves in the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Mark has spent his entire career working in the computer consulting industry in both the Public and Private sectors. Prior to founding NuWave Solutions, Mr. Keyser served in leadership roles including Office Leader, Director, Data Warehouse Practice Manager and Government Business Unit Leader at Booz Allen & Hamilton, Computer Sciences Corporation, Rapid Systems Solutions and Metamor Worldwide. His technical career includes specializations in database design and software development. Mark has vast experience in delivering enterprise data solutions including transactional database implementations, data warehouses, and data migration.

Mark has a B.S. Degree in Computer Science from Central Michigan University. Mark resides in Mount Airy Maryland and enjoys traveling, sporting events and giving back to his community. In particular, Mark believes in supporting our veterans who have given so much to our country.


Gay Shane | Chair, Housing & Veteran Services Committee

Matt Tait | Accenture
Matt is a Senior Executive at Accenture serving their U.S. government civilian accounts for 15 years, and is currently focused on the Public Service Finance, Regulatory, Health and Transportation agencies.  Within the Federal Civilian area, Matt leads all areas of Accenture practice programs that deal with transformation, large program implementations, strategy, process architecture design, and complex program management.  Before joining Accenture, Matt was a U.S. Naval officer serving as a department director, air training manager and evaluator, executive program manager, and logistics director.  Deborah and I met Matt last year on Veteran’s Day at an Accenture Day of Service meeting where he provided essential information on fundraising tactics.  He also coined our new motto “Ending Veteran Homelessness” vice “Helping Homeless Veterans!”
Monica Valdiviez-Wiley | Co-Chair, Funds Development and Communications Committee

Karl Williams | Chair, Governance and Operations Committee
Karl Williams is a skilled executive with over 25 years of diverse leadership experience to include an entrepreneurial track record in launching new technology businesses both as a startup and within established public corporation (Vodium, Harris Corporation), Private Equity portfolio management (Cerberus Capital Management), and world class corporate operations (General Electric, Lockheed Martin). Karl is a graduate of West Point Military Academy and was a UH-60 (Blackhawk) Instructor Pilot at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Karl is the Chief Operating Officer of PAE and oversees the company’s three business units  As a member of our Board of Directors, Karl is involved with management and fundraising and as a Veteran he empathizes with the homeless side of Veterans and is committed the effort.