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.
Chief Operating Officer | US Army
Matt Vargas works as the chief of operations for VAe and works directly with the teams at each location to ensure that the training and employment opportunities available to each veteran are maximized.
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 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.
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.
Linda brings 3 years of previous sales experience with Alex and Ani as well as a passion for organization and trying new things. While interning in Washington, D.C. under Congressman Michael Michaud, she was exposed to the specific needs of many veterans from her home state of Maine.
Danielle Bishop works as an administrative assistant 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.
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.