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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.