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The Foundation for Veteran Employment Transition Support is a public charity, Florida nonprofit

(EIN 81-54*****) with 501(c)(3) status.

This organization is nonpartisan and not political and is in no way affiliated with the U.S. Government, U.S. Department of Defense, or the Department of Veteran Affairs. No U.S. Government agency or any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces has reviewed or approved the information presented.

© 2017 Foundation for VETS

Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr. Joshua Cotton earned his PhD and MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Memphis. Dr. Cotton was a civil servant in the Department of the Navy for five years, held the title Personnel Research Psychologist, and worked with clients such as Navy Recruiting, the US Navy SEALs, and the Marine Intel Community. Today, Dr. Cotton is a Management Consultant for Fortune 500s, the creator of the Elite Performance Indicator personality and competency assessment, and the President of Intelligent Governance Solutions, Inc. where he helps businesses improve and helps leaders as an Executive Coach.

Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors

Dr. Peter Reiley is an active-duty Air Force officer with leadership experience across the Department of Defense including service on the joint staff at U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), as a program manager and operations officer for the U.S. space launch program, as a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, and as an adjunct professor at Joint Special Operations University. Dr. Reiley earned his professional certification in Advanced Project Management from Stanford University, his MA in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University, and his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Penn State University. Dr. Reiley is a prominent advocate for veteran transition research with multiple peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences on leadership and military veteran employment.

David Kopf, MS

Member of the Board of Directors

Mr. David Kopf is an active-duty Lieutenant Commander in the Navy with 29 years of service in human resources and aviation maintenance. He began his career as an Aviation Electronics Technician and earned his commission through the Navy’s Limited Duty Officer Program in 2002.  Lieutenant Commander Kopf has served in multiple positions including Selection and Classification Branch Head for the Navy Personnel, Research Studies and Technology Command, Navy Recruiting Classification Branch Head, Human Performance Technologist for the Navy’s Human Performance Center, Avionics Division Officer, Electronics Instructor and is currently serving as the Chief of Staff for Navy Recruiting Region East. He earned his MS in Administration and his BS in Aeronautics. 

Ed Naggiar, MBA, PhD

Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Ed Naggiar is a retired Navy SEAL officer who earned his MBA and his PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Dr. Naggiar is the Founder and Owner of Human Performance Consulting. He is an expert in human performance and resilience, and believes that veterans should have a viable mission and personal creed when they transition from military service, in order to lead a more productive and fulfilling life as they move forward. 

Carroll Greene, MA, PhD

Member of the Board of Directors

Dr. Carroll Greene is a retired Air Force Colonel and Military Operational Psychologist. He served as a Coast Guard officer from 1971 until 1980. After completing doctoral studies, he reentered the active duty military in 1991 to serve in Air Force and Joint Special Operations positions before retiring in 2009. Carroll served on deployments to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and since retirement he has been the Command Psychologist at the Marine Special Operations School.

Dan Pritchard

Member of the Board of Directors

Mr. Dan Pritchard is an active-duty noncommissioned officer (NCO) in the Army Special Forces. As a Green Beret, Sergeant First Class Pritchard has led in combat operations, served in Elite Units, and is currently a Military Science Instructor at the University of South Carolina. He will soon be pursing an MA in Higher Education and later an MBA in International Business at the top-ranked US program. He has led veteran nonprofits since 2013 when he co-founded and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Duskin and Stephens Foundation to honor two fallen Green Berets and help Special Operations veterans and their families.

Bill Offutt

Member of the Board of Directors

Mr. Bill Offutt is an Army veteran who served a combat tour in Vietnam. Since then, he devoted much of his career to helping veterans including serving for six years as the Executive Director of the HireVetsFirst program under the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service within the US Department of Labor. The HireVetsFirst program was the first national outreach program to connect veterans with employers. Continuing to advocate for veteran employment, Mr. Offutt further served in leadership roles with the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment, Military to Medicine, Military Recruiting Consultants, Victory Media, and GI Jobs.

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OUR ADVISORS

Bringing together great leaders to help veterans!

All volunteers, enabling free services, in support of veterans.

OUR

BOARD

Bringing together a great team to help veterans!

All volunteers, enabling free services, in support of veterans.

Admiral Alex Krongard

Senior Military Advisor

Admiral (ret.) Krongard, a retired Navy SEAL served in the Navy on active duty for 31 years, joining the service immediately after graduating from Princeton University. In the Navy, he held high level positions dealing in military strategy and defense policy on the National Security Council Staff and at several senior level military headquarters. Admiral Krongard served in multiple locations in Europe, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. After transitioning from military service in 2016, he joined Signal Hill Capital, a leader in the investment banking industry where he now serves as a Managing Director, advising senior business leaders on opportunities for significant investments, focusing on Security & Risk as part of Signal Hill’s Software team.

Bob Ravener, MBA

Fortune 200 Advisor

Mr. Bob Ravener is an award-winning, highly accomplished author and senior Human Resources business leader and former U.S. Navy submarine officer, with over 30 years of corporate Human Resources experience at several Fortune 200 companies, including PepsiCo, Starbucks, and Home Depot. Mr. Ravener graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy where he played college baseball, is past president of his class, and served almost six years on active duty before entering the corporate world. He earned an MBA from New York University and has served on several committees at the state and U.S. Department of Labor levels tied to military veteran employment initiatives and overall workforce development. As a young boy, raised in an impoverished, alcoholic and dysfunctional family he overcame tremendous odds and countless obstacles through perseverance, mental toughness, and an unbreakable spirit. In this inspirational and uplifting story, he describes how he climbed his way from the depths of despair to scale the steep mountains of life and realize the American dream. His critically acclaimed book available on Amazon Up! The Difference Between Today and Tomorrow Is You, conveys his motivational message in a practical way and uses personal experiences to express how to face and overcome challenges in both personal and professional settings to achieve greater success in life.

Eduardo Salas, PhD

World Renowned Research Advisor

Dr. Eduardo Salas is the Allyn R. & Gladys M. Cline Chair Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Rice University. Previously, he was a Trustee Chair and Pegasus Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida where he also held an appointment as Program Director for the Human Systems Integration Research Department at the Institute for Simulation and Training (IST). Before joining IST, he was a senior research psychologist and Head of the Training Technology Development Branch of NAWC-TSD for 15 years. During this period, Dr. Salas served as a principal investigator for numerous R&D programs, including TADMUS, that focused on teamwork, team training, and decision-making under stress and performance assessment. Dr. Salas has co-authored over 450 journal articles & book chapters and has co-edited 27 books. His expertise includes assisting organizations in how to foster teamwork, design and implement team training strategies, facilitate training effectiveness, manage decision making under stress, and develop performance measurement tools. Dr. Salas is a Past President of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology and the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society (HFES), Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and HFES, and a recipient of the Meritorious Civil Service Award from the Department of the Navy. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Society for Human Resource Management Losey Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2012 Joseph E. McGrath Award for Lifetime Achievement for his work on teams and team training and the 2016 APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.

​Lee A. Fleisher, MD

Senior Academic Advisor

Dr. Lee Fleisher, is the Robert D. Dripps Professor and Chair of Anesthesiology and Critical Care and Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. His research focuses on perioperative cardiovascular risk assessment and reduction and measurement of quality of care and has received numerous federal, industry and foundation grants related to these subjects. Dr. Fleisher has published more than 225 articles, chapters, books, and abstracts. He is Past-President of the Association of University Anesthesiologists. He is the Chair of the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Guidelines on Perioperative Cardiovascular Evaluation before Non-Cardiac Surgery and a member of the ACC/AHA Task Force on Practice Guidelines. He is also a member of the Medical Advisory Panel of the Technical Evaluation Center of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association. He is a Chair of the Consensus Standards Advisory Committee of the National Quality Forum, and Member of the Administrative Board of the Council of Academic Specialties of the AAMC. In 2007, he was elected to membership of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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