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

 

Anne Bolger
Anne Bolger and FriendAnne Bolger is a North Carolina Tar Heel where she was an all around student, All-State in Basketball, and later attended Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) in Wilson, North Carolina. However, and more important, she’s an Army wife of almost 40 years and will forever call the Army home! Her vocation is that of a Mother who has often worked to provide a better life for her family and as well provide her the opportunity to spend time with usually very wonderful people. She is also an avid supporter of both the North Carolina Tar Heel and George Mason Patriot basketball programs.

She is married to John, a career Army officer and West Point graduate and who now as a senior government civilian still works on the Army staff in the Pentagon. Their daughter Michelle, who also lives and works in Virginia, is a High School Valedictorian and has Masters Degrees from Marymount University and the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

Early on Anne spent time as an agent and management assistant with both Piedmont and Delta Airlines and thru the years managed several travel agencies as well as a military travel center in Wurzburg, Germany when John was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division in the European Theater. Overtime, Anne moved into the banking arena where she has managed affairs and is now a Bank Officer and Assistant to the President of Sandy Spring Bank’s Virginia operations. Her most important job, however, has always been that of the Army Wife and her fondest memories other than sharing in the successes of her family are those of mentoring and taking care of Soldiers and their Families from the 82d Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, to the School House and Firing Ranges of Ft. Sill Oklahoma, in Europe with the 3rd Infantry Division, and on several distinct periods, tours of duty at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon John and Anne’s military retirement, Anne was awarded the coveted Army meritorious Award for Civilian Service for her standout role as an Army wife.

Over time, Anne has also offered numerous hours to volunteer efforts in local communities wherever her family has been, and in recent years has served as a member of the Fairfax City’s 4th of July committee, which oversees and organizes yearly Fairfax’s nationally renowned 4th of July Parade, Fairfax City’s wonderful Chocolate Lover’s Festival, and as well, the fabulous Fairfax Children’s Music Festival. Of note, Anne has over the last several years also directed numerous efforts in raising close to $150,000 for the National Capital Region’s Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Anne is also a volunteer member of the George Mason University’s University Life Advisory Board, and has just taken on the role of Board Secretary.

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.

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.

Ben Joelson | Chertoff Group
Ben Joelson served six years on active duty in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces officer. Ben was one of a handful of nuclear convoy commanders in the DoD, responsible for moving ICBM warheads across the country, a military police officer in Italy, and an antiterrorism officer in the Middle East. Ben left active duty in 2016, and is currently a Senior Associate at the Chertoff Group in Washington, D.C., where he provides global risk advisory services and business strategy consulting for Fortune 100 and government clients. Success in these endeavors hinges on Ben’s strengths in risk assessment and analysis, creative thinking to anticipate and mitigate risks, and complex project planning. Ben is also a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Academy, and holds a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from Penn State.
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.

Frank Rendon | Treasurer
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.

Gay Shane | Chair, Housing & Veteran Services Committee

Adam Siegel | Accenture and ORHF Board Secretary
Adam Siegel graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 with a degree in Finance. Currently, he is approaching his 5th year at Accenture–providing mission critical support to key federal agencies, holding experience in both technology delivery and management consulting roles. Since joining Accenture, Adam has developed a contagious passion for service and has championed the execution of 25+ service events for an array of non-profit organizations. Most notably (and closest to his heart), Adam has supported ORHF for the past ~3+ years in their battle to end veteran homelessness.
Matt Tait | ManTech Mission Solutions & Services Group
Matt is president of ManTech Mission Solutions & Services Group, leading the company’s mission-critical support of defense, national security and federal civilian departments and agencies. In this role, he is responsible for strategic development and rapid deployment of advanced, best-in-class solutions tailored to meet the needs of the company’s customers. Matt is a veteran and served for 10 years with the U.S. Navy.
Monica Valdiviez-Wiley | Co-Chair, Funds Development and Communications Committee
Monica A. Valdiviez-Wiley served 20 years in the US Army. She comes from a family of veterans. Her father and sister were career soldiers. She has many uncles and brothers-in-laws that served. Her career began in Army aviation as a flight operations specialist and continued in the public relations and ground transportation fields. She served as a photojournalist and a radio and television broadcaster. She supported presidential and heads-of-state ceremonies in Arlington National Cemetery as the media relations director and spokesperson. She has vast experience working with national and international media. She is an expert crisis communicator responding to Congressional queries, writing Congressional testimony, advising and supporting Pentagon senior executive officers and staff. Monica retired in 2003 and continues to serve by volunteering with various veteran service organizations. She is working on her second Master’s degree made possible through the Post 911/GI Bill. She enjoys spending time with her children, grandchildren and her miniature schnauzer, Delilah.
Eric Villency | Villency Design
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.