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. 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.   Visit her LinkedIn profile for more information.

Contact:  Craven@vetbiz.com

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.

Contact:  Fanning@vetbiz.com

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.   Visit Damon’s LinkedIn Profile for more information.

Contact:  Counselor@vetbiz.com

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.   Visit Alan’s LinkedIn profile for more information.

Contact:  Outreach@vetbiz.com

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.   View Rogers LinkedIn profile for more information.

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.

She can be reached at peterson@vetbiz.com

Joshua Frank - Chair

Company:  Principal, RSM Federal

Brian Sexton - Vice Chairman

Company:  Entrepreneur /Early Stage Investor, One Salute

Jessica Fox - Treasurer

Company: VP, Strategy Consultant,  Wells Fargo

Donovan Foster - Secretary, Emeritus Chair (2012-2015)

Company:  CIO, Principal Consultant, Brinex

Carrie Ward - Member-At-Large

Company: VP, Operations/Administration,  Major Brands

Frank B. Curtis - Director

Profile: LinkedIn
Company: Sheperd, Taylor, Shepherd, Taylor, Korum & Curtis, L.L.P.

Patrice Manuel - Director

Profile: LinkedIn
Company:  Senior Principal, P/Strada


Bob Scharff, Jr. - Director

Profile:  LinkedIn
Company:  Managing Partner at The Todd Organization and Owner

Victor Ponce - Director

Profile:  LinkedIn
Company: Real Estate Expert Ponce Realty Group

Brian Bolton - Director

Profile:  LinkedIn
Company: Chief Administrative Officer – Mortgage Servicing at U.S. Bank

Andrew Ishmael - Director

Profile:  LinkedIn
Company: Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

Robert Fulstone - Emeritus, Board Chair (2004-2010)

Company:  Regional Partner at Face to Face Live

Edward Higgins - Emeritus, Board Chair (2010-2012)

Company:  Principal at Ashwood Consulting, LLC

Salim Awad - Emeritus, Board Chair (2015)

Company: Attorney / Entrepreneur,  Bucci Industries

Jacob Garth - Emeritus, Board Chair (2016)

Company:  Government Marketing Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management

Dennis Lane - Emeritus, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Fundraising Committee

Company: Chief Development Officer at MHD, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc

Donald M. Suggs - Director

Company:  President, St. Louis American

David Noble - Director

Company:  Community Development & CRA Officer, Midland States Bank

Walter Johnson - Director

Company: Mission Assurance Manager, ATK Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

Morris Hervey - Director

Profile: LinkedIn
Company:  President, TSi Engineering, Inc.

Richard Dillard - Director

CompanyDillard Partners

M. “Sandii” Leland Handrick - Director

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

Kevin Martin - Director

Profile: LinkedIn
Company: Senior Partner,  C5T Corporation

Aaron Randolph - Director

Company:  Business Development Officer, UMB Bank

Josh Stevens - Director

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

Ed Stout - Director

Profile: LinkedIn
Company: Managing Partner, Grant Cooper & Associates