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.

Marisol Garcia VAe

Marisol Garcia

Executive Administrator

Marisol Garcia brings an extensive management and administrative background to VAe. She has close to 20 years of experience working in constituent services and communications at both the state and federal level. Marisol was most recently the Executive Director of the Matty Fund, raising awareness for children and families affected by epilepsy.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith

HR 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.

Linda Rand

Administrative Assistant

Linda has spent the last 3 years working for Rhode Island-based retailer Alex and Ani. Before this, she spent her time interning for various non-profit organizations and at the Office of Congressman Michael Michaud. Through her previous work experiences and military family, she has been exposed to veterans and their experiences. She brings a passion for writing and love of helping people to the VAe team.

Danielle Bishop

Danielle Bishop

Procurement Specialist

Danielle Bishop works as the procurement specialist for VAe. She relocated from the San Francisco Bay area. Danielle brings 15 years of administrative and purchasing experience having worked in the industrial maintenance and fabrication and new home construction industries.

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 8 locations throughout the United States.

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