John Shepard VAe

John Shepard

Founder and CEO | US Army

John Shepard has over 30 years’ experience in sales and management in the computer industry. Prior to starting VAe in 2009, Mr. Shepard co-founded two breakthrough technology companies involved with firewalls and biometric identification.

Michael Videira

Chief Financial Officer

Michael Videira works as the Chief Financial Officer for VAe. He manages the financial strategy of the company to provide training opportunities to veterans across the country. He oversees the Finance, Accounting and IT functions to align the company’s resources with its overall vision.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

Human Resources Manager

Lisa Smith is the Human Resources Manager for VAe. She is responsible for performing all human resources related responsibilities and provides guidance for the executive team. In addition, she also works directly with the teams at each VAe location to identify and fill hiring needs, advise managers, and support all other HR functions as needed.

Advisory Board

Samuel Watson

Colonel, US
Army Retired

Samuel Watson is a combat-wounded, service-disabled veteran from the Vietnam War where he served two years in the 101st Airborne Division. During 30 years in the Army he was an infantry airborne-Ranger leader, negotiated with the Soviets on arms control, served at the CIA, and as a deputy national security advisor in the White House.

Dr. Judith A. Brissette

Judith A. Brissette, Ph.D. is a Senior Consultant for the higher education practice of R. H. Perry & Associates. Based in Rhode Island, Judy brings 30 years experience in higher education and an in-depth perspective on a broad range of institutional issues and challenges that enhances her work in conducting presidential and senior administrative searches.

Hon. Allen Boyd

From 1997 to 2011, Allen Boyd represented the 2nd Congressional District of Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1999, he was appointed to the exclusive Appropriations Committee of the House of Representatives where he worked to bring funding to the priorities of North Florida, including its military community, agriculture industry, and transportation systems.

Our team consists of Advocates and Instructors at 6 locations throughout the United States.

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