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USA Cares

Our People

Bryan Anderson

USA Cares National Spokesman

Veteran, Actor, Stuntman, and Advocate

Johnny Bench

USA Cares Ambassador

Former Major League Baseball World Series Champion and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame

Heather French-Henry

USA Cares Ambassador

Miss America 2000, Heather French Foundation for Veterans, Inc., and Former Commissioner for Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs

Doug Flynn

USA Cares Ambassador

Central Bank and Trust Co., Lexington, KY; Former Major League Baseball World Series Champion & Gold Glove Winner

Brian Forrest

USA Cares Ambassador

Partner, Hoagland Commercial Realtors

Emily D. Chambers

USA Cares Ambassador

Associate Treasury Management Officer, Republic Bank

Bradley Roy

USA Cares Ambassador

MLF Bass Pro Tour Pro Angler & 2010 Bassmaster Elite Series Rookie of the Year

Tanisha House

USA Cares Ambassador

Mrs. Jefferson County & Veteran, U.S. Army


Board of Directors

Comprised of leaders from diverse areas of influence, USA Cares’ Board of Directors possesses a shared passion for assisting military families. As the governing body of USA Cares, they provide counsel and serve as advocates in support of USA Cares’ programs.

WILLIAM ROBY, SR.

USA CARES BOARD CHAIR

Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Army
VP Agency Manager (Retired), BB&T Insurance

Louisville, KY

VELMA R. HART, CAE

VICE CHAIRWOMAN

Veteran, U.S. Army
President/CEO, Velma Hart & Associates


National Harbor, MD

DALJIT HUNDAL

SECRETARY

President, Hundal Companies

Livermore, CA

ANDY DYTRYCH

TREASURER

Veteran, U.S. Army
Business Optimization Analyst
Atria Senior Living


Louisville, KY

MG (RET) JOHN R. TINDALL, JR.

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS

Veteran, Major General (Retired), U.S. Army

Radcliff, KY

COL (RET) SUZANNE BERGMEISTER

Veteran, Colonel (Retired), U.S. Air Force
Entrepreneur-in-Residence & Assistant Director of the Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Louisville

Louisville, KY

STEVE CUNANAN

Veteran, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve) & NC National Guard

Louisville, KY

JORDAN DOEPKE

CEO, Green District

Louisville, KY

RICHARD HOPPLE

Veteran, U.S. Army
President/CEO (Retired), Guideposts Corporation


Hobe Sound, FL

DICK MCLANE

General Manager (Retired), Pride Mobility

Exeter, PA

COL (RET) JOSEPH A. SIMONELLI, JR.

Veteran, Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army

Arlington, VA

RON STEPTOE

Veteran, U.S. Army
CEO, Warrior Centric Health, LLC


Clarksville, MD

TIM VIBBERT

Veteran, U.S. Army
Plant Manager
GE Appliances, a Haier Company


Louisville, KY

GARY WHIDDEN

Veteran, U.S. Army
Manager, Account Management
Facebook


Austin, TX

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KIMBERLY JEANE

Veteran, U.S. Army
Senior Recruiter
Tesla


Austin, TX

MAURI RAPUZZI

Veteran, U.S. Air Force
Senior Manager, University Recruiting Account Management

Microsoft Corporation

Denver, CO

HEIDI RICHARDS

Managing Director, Ernst & Young (EY)

Takoma, MD


USA Cares Staff

USA Cares’ team members are essential to the organization’s ability to deliver high-quality programs and services to veterans and military families living across the nation and abroad.

TRACE CHESSER

PRESIDENT/CEO, USA CARES

Veteran, U.S. Army

Army combat veteran Trace Chesser joined USA Cares in February 2018, with the intent of aiding transitioning military, National Guard and Reservist veterans, as well as military spouses, to overcome the challenges they face in obtaining employment opportunities. As Vice President of Career Transition, Chesser focused on assisting clients with obtaining suitable employment, which ultimately would reduce their need for Housing and Emergency assistance.

Prior to joining the USA Cares team, Chesser was a Managing Partner of SCOUT Solutions Group, an executive search firm.  With SCOUT, he was responsible for the business development strategies, policies and procedures, and government contracting operations. From 2010 to 2015, he was the Vice President of Career Services for Sullivan University System. There he was charged with developing new systems that would improve the graduate employment opportunities, increase salaries, enhance business development opportunities.  He was also instrumental in developing relationships with the U.S. Military.

Prior to his corporate roles, Chesser served in the United States Army where he functioned in a variety of roles ranging from combat arms occupations to positions with the U.S. Army’s Recruiting Command.  Additionally, Chesser served as an instructor for the U.S. Army Air Assault School, an Observer and Controller for the Joint Readiness Training Center and in leadership positions within several combat operations units. Chesser served in the Gulf War with the 101st Airborne Division and has graduated from several military leadership courses and specialized combat operations schools.  His civilian education includes a Masters in Business Administration from Sullivan University and Bachelor of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University.

MATT CASTOR

VICE PRESIDENT OF OUTREACH & DEVELOPMENT

AMY CALLAHAN

VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE & PROGRAMS

PAULA PRESLEY

DIRECTOR OF CAREER TRANSITION

To Be Determined

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

MARLO TAFT

PROGRAMS MANAGER

STEFANIE JONES

DONOR RELATIONS MANAGER

ALICE BLACKBURN

GRANT WRITER

ALISON HEDGES

CHAPTERS & OUTREACH COORDINATOR

LEAH MARUNA

ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE

JOSH KERBY

MULTIMEDIA DESIGNER

CONNER MAYFIELD

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COORDINATOR

ANGELA CHATTOO

CASE MANAGER

JERRY NEWMAN

CASE MANAGER

DONNY BEARDEN

CASE MANAGER