Those Who Make It Happen

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.

Leadership

Darcella Craven

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. […]
Damon

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 […]

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 […]

James Thompson

Outreach & Business Development Coordinator
James has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from University of Missouri Kansas City. Originally, from Texarkana, Texas. Currently serving as Arkansas National Guard Chaplain with the 1-142nd Field artillery unit at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. Over ten years’ experience working with military service members and supporting military mission goals. Prior background working as a military […]

Board of Directors

Josh Frank

Board Chair
Principal, RSM Federal
Brian Sexton

Brian Sexton

Vice Chairman
Entrepreneur /Early Stage Investor, One Salute
Jessica Fox

Jessica Fox

Treasurer
Management Consultant at Freddie Mac
Frank Curtis

Frank B. Curtis

Director
Sheperd, Taylor, Shepherd, Taylor, Korum & Curtis, L.L.P.
Patricia Manuel

Patrice Manuel

Director
boarSenior Principal, P/Strada

Bob Scharff, Jr.

Director
Managing Partner at The Todd Organization and Owner
Victor Ponce

Victor Ponce

Director, Fundraising Committee Chair
Real Estate Expert Ponce Realty Group
Brian Bolton

Brian Bolton

Director
Chief Administrative Officer – Mortgage Servicing at U.S. Bank
Andrew Ishmael

LinkedIn Andrew Ishmael

Director
Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

Emeritus Board Members

Robert Fulstone

Emeritus, Board Chair (2004-2010)
Regional Partner at Face to Face Live
Ed Higgins

Edward Higgins

Emeritus, Board Chair (2010-2012)
Principal at Ashwood Consulting, LLC
Salim Awad

Salim Awad

Emeritus, Board Chair (2015)
Attorney / Entrepreneur,  Bucci Industries
Donovan Foster

Donovan Foster

Secretary, Board Chair (2012-2015)
CIO, Principal Consultant, Brinex
Jacob Garth

Jacob Garth

Emeritus, Board Chair (2016)
Government Marketing Manager, Enterprise Fleet Management
Dennis Lane

Dennis Lane

Emeritus, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, and Fundraising Committee
Chief Development Officer at MHD, Comprehensive Health Services, Inc
Carrie Ward

LinkedIn Carrie Ward

Member-At-Large
VP, Operations/Administration,  Major Brands
Walter Johnson

Walter Johnson

Director
Mission Assurance Manager, ATK Lake City Army Ammunition Plant
Morris Hevrey

LinkedIn Morris Hervey

Director
President, TSi Engineering, Inc.
Richard Dillard

LinkedIn Richard Dillard

Director
Dillard Partners
Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Director
Senior Partner,  C5T Corporation
Aaron Randolph

Aaron Randolph

Director
Business Development Officer, UMB Bank
Josh Stevens

Josh Stevens

Director
Vice President and General Counsel, Dover Development, LLC and Dover Capital LLC
Ed Stout

Ed Stout

Director
Managing Partner, Grant Cooper & Associates
Sandii Leland Handrick

Sandii Leland Handrick

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

David Noble

Director
Community Development & CRA Officer, Midland States Bank

Donald M. Suggs

Director
President, St. Louis American

Next Steps...

Are you ready to disrupt the system?

Do you have a business idea?  Are you ready to grow your already established Veteran business?

The first step is to Request Counseling so that we can assist you. We will take it from there.   Our counselors are skilled at getting you from point A to B.   Your unit has not left you!