Our Story: Our Team


We have walked the talk and all of that! The team at the VBRC is proud to have on staff military Veterans and former small business owners who are prepared to help clients navigate the entrepreneurship trail.

We get it and we will help you do the same.

We are always looking for team members to help our mission. Current opening: Outreach Business Development Coordinator– outside STL.  Click here to join our team.


Darcella Craven

President & Chief Fear Conqueror

“Shoot for the moon, get the moon. Nothing else is acceptable.”

Since starting with the Center in 2006, Darcella has served all the roles of the VBRC including business counselor, outreach coordinator, presenter and currently Executive Director. She has over 18 years of experience in operating nonprofits, corporate communications, government and military administration and training.

A service disabled Army veteran, Darcella knows firsthand what it is to operate a small business running her own company assisting nonprofit agencies with implementing grants received and optimizing program processes and impact. She is a requested speaker on transitioning from military to civilian occupations, welfare to successful business woman, entrepreneurship, soft skills and training for impact not just activity.

Darcella is currently completing a Doctorate in Management at Webster University and is the proud mother of two college graduates off of her payroll.

    Roger Horn

    Volunteer Business Consultant

    If you want something “strategically relocated” you call Chief!

    Roger is the Senior Business Consultant and previously served as the Center’s first business counselor and operations director.  The retired Air Force/Army Master Chief is now on his second retirement from the Center and in his current capacity maintains the company website. Roger ensures all events, webinars, seminars and outreach events are in top order.  He also serves as a part-time counselor as needed and keeping the Center’s staff deployed to the best outreach opportunities for our limited budget.

    Roger is highly committed to the success of the clients at the Center and does a thorough analysis of all business plans when he is called to review.  He looks at it with a keen eye for detail and researches industry information carefully.

    Roger holds a Masters of Science in Physical Sciences.  He has two sons, two daughters in law, and three grandchildren.  He was married to his late wife, and super VBRC volunteer, Sharon for over 40 years.

      Debbie Fanning

      Chief Administrative Officer

      Debbie is a former real estate broker and served as an administrator/accountant before joining the VBRC staff. She handles all the adminstrative and database functions to make the Center’s communications more efficient and effective.

      Debbie lives in St. Louis county with her husband Bob and is the proud mother of son Ryan, an attorney in Washington, D.C. and daughter Katie, working in development in the St. Louis area.

          Damon Chaffin

          Senior Business Consultant

          When Damon agreed to audit a B2B class in anticipation of one day volunteering to instruct a module, he had no idea he would be thrust into the presentation portion of the course that day. He rose to the challenge and through his professionalism, character and dedication to the mission, he was asked to step in as business consultant.

          Now, Lead Business Consultant, Damon brings with him a wealth of knowledge from many years of professional work.

            Alan Rohlfing

            Outreach Consultant

            Alan, owns VetTen Network, a small business that focuses on training and employment for veterans and military families.  He works as the outreach director for the B2B entrepreneurship training programs on Scott Air Force Base, Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Leavenworth and Whiteman Air Force Base.

            Alan has 27 years of military experience and is currently a member of the Missouri National Guard. He joins the VBRC after three years as director of Missouri Show-Me Heroes program.

              Maggie Peterson

              Administrative Director - A.W.E. Program Coordinator

              A Seasoned Human Resources Management professional with over 15-years of experience 3 years in direct training instruction. Maggie has a reputation for strong written and oral communication skills and proven ability to handle sensitive issues constructively and confidentially. Experienced in international cultures and in highly diverse teams.

              She joins us to assist in operations and lead the Accelerating Women’s Entrepreneurship project which focuses on women veterans and our military spouse small business initiatives.

                Joshua Frank

                Board Chair

                Principal, RSM Federal

                  Brian Sexton

                  Vice Chairman

                  Entrepreneur /Early Stage Investor, One Salute

                    Jessica Fox

                    Treasurer

                    Management Consultant at Freddie Mac

                      Donovan Foster

                      Secretary, Board Chair (2012-2015)

                      CIO, Principal Consultant, Brinex

                        Carrie Ward

                        Member-At-Large

                        VP, Operations/Administration,  Major Brands

                            Frank B. Curtis

                            Director

                            Sheperd, Taylor, Shepherd, Taylor, Korum & Curtis, L.L.P.

                            Patrice Manuel

                            Director

                            Senior Principal, P/Strada

                              Bob Scharff, Jr.

                              Director

                              Managing Partner at The Todd Organization and Owner

                                Victor Ponce

                                Director

                                Real Estate Expert Ponce Realty Group

                                  Brian Bolton

                                  Director

                                  Chief Administrative Officer – Mortgage Servicing at U.S. Bank

                                    Andrew Ishmael

                                    Director

                                    Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

                                      Robert Fulstone

                                      Emeritus, Board Chair (2004-2010)

                                      Regional Partner at Face to Face Live

                                        Edward Higgins

                                        Emeritus, Board Chair (2010-2012)

                                        Principal at Ashwood Consulting, LLC

                                          Donovan Foster

                                          Secretary, Board Chair (2012-2015)

                                          CIO, Principal Consultant, Brinex

                                            Salim Awad

                                            Emeritus, Board Chair (2015)

                                            Attorney / Entrepreneur,  Bucci Industries

                                              Jacob Garth

                                              Emeritus, Board Chair (2016)

                                              Government Marketing Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management

                                                Dennis Lane

                                                Emeritus, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Fundraising Committee

                                                Chief Development Officer at MHD, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc

                                                  Donald M. Suggs

                                                  Director

                                                  President, St. Louis American

                                                    David Noble

                                                    Director

                                                    Community Development & CRA Officer, Midland States Bank

                                                      Walter Johnson

                                                      Director

                                                      Mission Assurance Manager, ATK Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

                                                        Morris Hervey

                                                        Director

                                                        President, TSi Engineering, Inc.

                                                          Richard Dillard

                                                          Director

                                                          Dillard Partners

                                                            Sandii Leland Handrick

                                                            Director

                                                            Director, Foundation and Government Grants, Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services

                                                              Kevin Martin

                                                              Director

                                                              Senior Partner,  C5T Corporation

                                                                Aaron Randolph

                                                                Director

                                                                Business Development Officer, UMB Bank

                                                                  Josh Stevens

                                                                  Director

                                                                  Vice President and General Counsel, Dover Development, LLC and Dover Capital LLC

                                                                    Ed Stout

                                                                    Director

                                                                    Managing Partner, Grant Cooper & Associates