- Ted Daywalt, President and CEO of VetJobs
- Jeremy Grisham, Field Coordinator, Veterans Conservation Corps
- Kyle Hausmann-Stokes, Staff Sergeant (U.S. Army Ret.); Owner, Blue Three Productions
- Kara Hayes, Veteran Navigator, University of Washington Tacoma
- Larry D. Kay, Executive Director, Missouri Veterans Commission
- Kris Kozuch, Coordinator of Disability Services, Springfield (MA) Technical College
- Timm Lovitt, Founder, Veterans Empowerment Team
- Ken Manley, Senior Sourcing Specialist, Rockwell Collins
- John McNeill, Assistant Adjutant General - Operations, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
- Leslie A. Miller, Executive Director, Working Learners Research Center, University of Phoenix Research Institute
- Leo Morton, Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Mike Pereira, Fellowship Program Director, The Mission Continues
- Dan Sewell, Vice President, Student Veterans of America
- Bill Smith, Health Educator, Student Health and Wellness, University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Annette Sobel, MD, Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Opportunities, University of Missouri-Columbia
- Kevin Truman, Dean, UMKC School of Computing and Engineering
Ted Daywalt, President and CEO of VetJobs
Since 1999 Mr. Daywalt has been the president and CEO of VetJobs, the leading military related job board on the Internet, sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and recognized as the top military job board by CareerXRoads, WEDDLE’s, Workforce Management Magazine, AIRS, Reader’s Digest, BusinessWeek, and AOL. Mr. Daywalt is regularly cited and interviewed in the press, including USA Today, 60 Minutes, PBS Frontline, many radio and newspapers, and FOX Business News.
Mr. Daywalt served on active duty in the Navy for seven years. He initially served as a Line Officer on a destroyer with cruises to South America, Europe, and Russia. He was then assigned to the Commander United States Naval Forces, Europe, headquarters in London, England, as an Intelligence watch officer and later as an analyst with responsibilities for the Middle East and Africa. In 1978 he transferred to the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program, from which he retired as a Captain (O-6) with a total of nearly 28 years of service.
Following his active Navy service, he entered private industry in 1980 as a plant manager in the steel industry and has held senior and executive positions in the steel, electric utility, chemical, biomedical waste, and recruiting industries. Mr. Daywalt has been active in the recruiting and staffing industry since 1994.
Mr. Daywalt is published and is an in-demand lecturer for various business organizations, government agencies, and universities, speaking on recruiting and retention, the Internet, general management, and economic trends, and he is a noted motivational speaker. He is known nationwide as a veteran’s advocate.
Mr. Daywalt has been elected to the Board of Governors for the International Association of Employment Web Sites (IAEWS), College Educators for Veterans in Higher Education (CEVHE), and other boards of directors. He is Chairman of the Atlanta Regional Military Affairs Council (ARMAC) and is a consulting futurist for The Herman Group. He regularly testifies for and works with members of Congress on military, veteran and employment issues.
Mr. Daywalt earned a BS from Florida State University (1971), an MA in International Relations from the University of Southern California (1977), and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University (1980).
Jeremy Grisham, Field Coordinator, Veterans Conservation Corps
Jeremy has dedicated his life to helping those in need, a calling realized while serving as a Navy Hospital Corpsman. During his nearly 12-year career Jeremy received numerous commendations and awards for his dedication to patient care. During his enlistment he quickly became specialized in first line clinical assessment and treatment, accompanied with advanced combat trauma techniques. He served primarily with Marine Corps units and Navy Treatment Facilities. In 2002 Jeremy was attached to 2nd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment and was instrumental in the Battalion’s preparation leading to the 2003 liberation of Iraq. As a direct result from his combat experiences, Jeremy was medically retired for PTSD with Major Depressive Disorder.
Since 2007 Jeremy has contracted with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs’ Veterans Conservation Corps where he actively engages with veterans in healing and integration through “eco-therapy,” a service based approach that empowers veterans to identify a new mission as they learn to live with combat trauma through environmental restoration projects. Recently the Veterans Conservation Corps has been presented with the Cascade Land Conservancy’s “Community Service Award” in large part due to Jeremy’s work with veterans and the community. In addition, Jeremy works with several community colleges, advocating for the student veteran and consulting with staff and faculty in identifying pathways for veteran success.
Kyle Hausmann-Stokes, Staff Sergeant (U.S. Army Ret.); Owner, Blue Three Productions
SSG Kyle Hausmann-Stokes (U.S. Army Ret.) served five years in the Army's Airborne Infantry and as a Squad Leader/Convoy Commander during a yearlong combat tour in Iraq. For his meritorious service and actions under fire, SSG Hausmann-Stokes was awarded the Bronze Star.
Dedicated to "telling the soldier's story," Kyle completed film studies and received honors at ASU, UCLA, Universidad de Madrid, and in 2010, completed his degree at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Kyle's soldier-centered films have won various awards at national film festivals, and his autobiographical PTSD short ("Now, After") was so well received by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that it is currently used in hospitals, universities, police stations, and courtrooms across the country. Kyle is frequently booked by groups and federal/academic organizations to show the film and speak to audiences about the effects of PTSD and the process of readjustment following a combat deployment.
Kyle is the owner/operator of Blue Three Productions, a service-disabled veteran-owned film/video production company. He works with organizations such as the Department of Veterans Affairs to create military- and veteran-related content for range of private, non-profit, and governmental clients. Narrative features, shorts, documentary, and music videos also continue to be a part of Kyle's eclectic body of work.
Kara Hayes, Veteran Navigator, University of Washington Tacoma
Kara Hayes, a twelve year Gulf War era Army veteran, ended her military service in June of 2000, and then continued her career as an Army Recruiter. In 2004, after reactivating an injury she received in the Army, Kara returned to college, graduating in 2008 from a Pharmacy Technology program at Clover Park Technical College. When she heard that the Vet Corps was being established, Kara chose Clover Park to render her first year of national service as a Veteran Navigator because she had personally benefited from the veteran-friendly atmosphere at the school. Kara decided she wanted to give back to a community that embraced and respected all military veterans and family members.
Currently Kara serves as a Navigator at the University of Washington Tacoma (UWT). She works to enlighten and unite the veteran community of staff, faculty and students on the UWT campus. In addition, Kara co-chairs a Veteran Womens group at UWT aimed at empowering women veterans to “Rise above the Crisis” through fun, uplifting activities with therapeutic results. The group encourages female veterans to volunteer in their communities and utilize the GI Bill for higher education.
Kara loves being connected to the military and is honored to serve military families. She is active in her church, where she is the military family liaison, serves on the board of trustees, is director of the oratorical team, chairperson for the Hospitality Committee, and newsletter editor. Kara is also the volunteer coordinator for her daughter’s Montessori school.
Kara resides in North Tacoma, Washington, with her family. She is pursuing her vision to become an expert in PTSD and the residual effects on military personnel and the community. Kara’s motto is, “I do not become overwhelmed with the problems of this world, I just simply be of service in my square mile.”
Larry D. Kay, Executive Director, Missouri Veterans Commission
Larry D. Kay joined the Missouri Veterans Commission as Deputy Director in September of 2006 and was promoted to Executive Director in August 2008.
He was born in California, Missouri, on June 4, 1961, and earned a bachelor of arts in political science from Westminster College, a master’s in health services management from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.
In his civilian career, Kay has over 20 years of experience in hospital administration and healthcare management focusing on strategic planning, operational leadership, team building, and communications. He has specific backgrounds in acute care, skilled nursing care, and clinic leadership and operations.
As executive director of the Missouri Veterans Commission, Kay is responsible for providing strategic leadership for the commission and its three core programs with 1,750 FTEs and an annual budget of over 90 million dollars. This includes six Missouri State veterans cemeteries, seven Missouri State veterans homes with 1,350 beds, and the Veterans Services Program responsible for bringing in over $890 million to Missouri’s economy annually.
In his military career of over 31 years, Kay is a combat Veteran of Desert Storm serving as the Executive Officer for the 1267th Medical Company (Air Ambulance) 1990-1991. The mission of his air ambulance company was aerial evacuation of wounded, transportation of critical medical supplies, and aerial search and rescue in the combat zone. He is qualified in both the Huey and Blackhawk helicopters and has served in Command positions from Platoon thru Brigade and Task Force levels.
Deployed in January, 2008, Kay most recently served as Commander, Multinational Task Force - East in Kosovo. As the Senior United States Army Commander in the Balkans, he was responsible for the deployment and performance of a Brigade-size Combat Team to include Active duty, National Guard and Reserve Airmen, Marines and Soldiers from seven states and six partner nations in support of NATO Peacekeeping operations. Kay retired from the Missouri National Guard in September of 2010 at the rank of Brigadier General.
He and his wife, Karen, reside in Boonville, Missouri, and have three children, James, Anna, and Grady.
Kris Kozuch, Coordinator of Disability Services, Springfield (MA) Technical College
Kris Kozuch, M.Ed., LRC, is coordinator of disability services at Springfield (MA) Technical Community College. Prior to this position, Kris spent 15 years as an accommodation specialist at STCC working directly with students with disabilities. She has coordinated several grants from the U.S. Department of Education that provided career counseling and job placement services to students with disabilities.
Most recently, Kris is principal investigator for a National Science Foundation - Research in Disabilities Education grant to work specifically with military veterans with disabilities. The At Ease Project focuses on preparing these veterans for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Timm Lovitt, Founder, Veterans Empowerment Team
Timm Lovitt is founder of the Veterans Empowerment Team (V.E.T.), a group that looks to empower Veterans of today so that they can become the Leaders of tomorrow through personal connection, education, and entrepreneurship.
Timm founded V.E.T. after serving five years in the U.S. Army, deploying to the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq, and personally experiencing the effects of the “invisible wounds of war.” A survivor of both post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury, Timm works closely with Vet Corps, a Washington-state program that helps Veterans make the transition from military service to the college environment.
Ken Manley, Senior Sourcing Specialist, Rockwell Collins
Ken Manley is a senior sourcing specialist for Rockwell Collins, Inc. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Rockwell Collins is a leading provider of avionics and communications solutions to the civil and military markets. Ken’s role is to develop strategies around attracting top engineering talent to his company.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ken spent 10 years in the Army including tours in Vietnam, Thailand, and Germany. In Vietnam, Ken served with the 101st Airborne Division and later spent 3 years with the 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Devens, Massachusetts.
Since separating from the Army in 1979, Ken has spent the majority of his career in the aerospace and defense industries in a variety of capacities including flight test, manufacturing, program management, and human resources. At the end of Desert Storm, Ken was instrumental in establishing AH-64 Maintenance Operations for the Royal Saudi Government.
A Disabled Vet himself, Ken is currently assisting in the development of a Veteran’s Employee Network at Rockwell Collins and is involved in a number of initiatives supporting the needs of veterans and their families.
John McNeill, Assistant Adjutant General - Operations, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
John McNeill was appointed assistant adjutant general - operations of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on August 25, 2005. Prior to this appointment he served as the deputy director of National Veterans Service since February 2002 and before that as the assistant director for Veterans Benefits Policy from August 1997.
John served as an artillery forward observer, air observer, and battery executive officer in the III Corps area of Vietnam, 1969-1970. He served a total of 23 years in the Army alternating between the Field Artillery and Public Affairs. After five years in the Pentagon with the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, Department of the Army, he retired in 1990.
He received a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Georgia Tech in 1977.
John joined the VFW in 1991 and is currently a Gold Legacy Life Member of VFW Post 5412 in Burke, Virginia. He is also a member of the Military Order of the Cootie, Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Catholic War Veterans, the Scottish-American Military Society and the Military Officers Association of America.
John grew up in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and his wife Cecile is an Alabama native from Montgomery. They have three children, John III, Jason, and Jennifer, with three grandchildren, and currently reside in the Kansas City area.
Leslie A. Miller, Executive Director, Working Learners Research Center of University of Phoenix Research Institute
Leslie Miller is an academician and consultant with more than 20 years of experience researching, teaching and working directly with organizations and institutions of higher education.
Dr. Miller began her research career at the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor and Statistics. There she was a senior research psychologist conducting laboratory and applied research to improve the internal and external validity of data gathered from some of the nation’s most important surveys, including the Decennial Census, the Consumer Expenditure Survey and the Current Population Survey. She continued her research at Wilson Learning Corporation, where she was Product Director of Assessment and Measurement and Director of Business Development, working with organizations to design and implement performance improvement solutions to meet their business needs and develop electronically based assessment skills practices to assess learning. She also designed and implemented impact evaluation processes and tools to ensure solutions achieved desired business outcomes. Her current research focuses on the return on value and investment of higher education.
Dr. Miller is an active writer and contributor to professional associations. Her most recent book is a third-edition graduate-level psychological testing/measurement textbook published in 2010 by Sage. She has published her work in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Cognitive Technology, Teaching of Psychology and the Journal of Leadership Studies. She serves as Vice President of College Educators for Veterans of Higher Education and as a board member of the Journal of Cognitive Technology. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, the Greater Orlando Organizational Development Network and Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology. For her research, teaching ability and dedication to clients, Dr. Miller has received numerous teaching and outstanding contributor awards.
As an industrial/organizational consultant, Dr. Miller helps organizations acquire, develop and retain the talent they need to achieve desired business results and support business strategy.
Dr. Miller received her bachelor's degree in microbiology and her master's degree in experimental/cognitive psychology from Washington State University. She earned a doctorate in educational psychology, with a research specialty, from the University of Maryland.
Leo Morton, Chancellor, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Leo E. Morton was named Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City on December 15, 2008. Prior to assuming the Chancellorship, Leo was employed by Aquila, Inc., joining the firm in January 1994 as vice president, Performance Management. He was named senior vice president in 1996 with responsibility for re-engineering, corporate procurement and environmental services. Morton assumed additional duties for the management of human resources in 1997 and information technology in 1998. He was named senior vice president and chief administrative officer in 2000 as he also assumed responsibility for additional corporate services.
Prior to joining Aquila, Morton’s management career spanned 26 years in a wide range of engineering and manufacturing positions with AT&T Microelectronics, Bell Laboratories, General Motors, Rust Engineering Company and Corning Glass.
Morton has been a University of Missouri-Kansas City trustee since 2000 and was in his third year as chairman of the Trustees Board when he stepped down to serve as the university’s interim chancellor. Previously, he was a member on UMKC’s Center for the City board and chaired the community relations committee of the Trustees.
He is chairman of the advisory board of Prep-KC, a major regional youth educational development organization. Morton is also co-chair of the Kansas City Area Development Council. In addition, he is on the Board of MRI, the Economic Development Corporation, Starlight Theatre, the independent advisory commission on racial profiling for the Overland Park Police Department and the Advisory Committee for the National Association of Corporate Directors, Heartland Chapter.
Morton has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University and a master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mike Pereira, Fellowship Program Director, The Mission Continues
Having served in Iraq with CEO and co-founder of The Mission Continues, Eric Greitens, Mike was exposed to the concepts that define the TMC mission long before he came to work for the organization. Mike is from Bellingham, Washington, where in 2000, at the age of 18, he enlisted into the Army as an Analyst. He served for six years on active duty and one year as a contractor. Mike has been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Coming home after his service, Mike began to feel the weight of his transition from soldier to civilian. He was diagnosed with a complex anxiety disorder and PTSD from his time in the desert.
Determined to achieve success as a civilian, Mike reached out to Eric and came to learn about The Mission Continues' Fellowship Program. Mike applied for and was awarded a full-time Fellowship in July of 2009. He used his Fellowship to bring together over 50 veterans and veteran supporters to address the needs of the elderly and disabled in his community through volunteer service. Inspired by this new opportunity to serve beyond the uniform, he now serves as Fellowship Program Coordinator for The Mission Continues in St. Louis, Missouri.
Mike is currently working toward a degree in International Studies as he continues to grow in the field of service. Mike's priorities are defined by his desire to reach out and provide opportunities for veterans as they return home from their service. He believes that the ability and strengths of our veterans are key to establishing strong communities.
Dan Sewell, Vice President, Student Veterans of America
Dan Sewell is the current Vice President for Student Veterans of America (SVA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists military student veterans and chapters with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.
On January 23, 2003, Dan enlisted in the United States Air Force and was assigned to Spangdahlem Airbase, Germany, as a Munitions Inspector. On September 11, 2005, he deployed to Afghanistan with the 52nd Fighter Wing in support of the unit’s A-10 close air support mission. In August 2007, he completed his active duty commitment at the 509th Bomb Wing at Whitman AFB, MO, and now serves in the Missouri Air National Guard at the 131st Bomb Wing, Whiteman AFB, MO.
Dan recently completed his Bachelors of Science in Industrial and Systems Engineering and is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Missouri. As president of the SVA chapter at the University of Missouri, he led the organization in efforts to establish one of the first on-campus Veterans Centers in the country and worked to establish the now annual “MU Veterans Week,” which serves to celebrate the accomplishments of MU veterans. In addition, Dan established and teaches a “Learning and Transition Strategies for Veterans” class that is designed to ensure a successful transition from military to academic life. Dan also successfully advocated for the review of applicable military education and training credit at the University of Missouri.
Dan is currently working to advocate for SVA on the national level focusing on the issues related to academic success and student veterans.
Bill Smith, Health Educator, Student Health and Wellness, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Bill Smith joined Student Health and Wellness in January 2007 as the health educator. Prior to joining the UMKC staff, he served as a health educator at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. He has been working in the area of college health education since June 2000 with focus areas in sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, and stress management.
Bill received his bachelor's in social work from Washburn University and his master's in management from Baker University. He is a member of the American College Health Association and is the current Member-At-Large with the ACHA Health Promotion Section. Bill is a U.S. Army Desert Storm veteran serving from 1989-1992 and is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal w/3 Bronze Stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait), Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia), Army Achievement Medal, and National Defense Service Medal.
Annette Sobel, MD, Assistant to the Provost for Strategic Opportunities, University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. Annette Sobel is a physician and engineer who served as a Major General in the Arizona Air National Guard. She served as the Homeland Security Director for the State of New Mexico from 2003-2005. She has devoted much of her military and civilian careers to integration to animal and human health global disease surveillance. Her work has emphasized health- and bio-security throughout Asia and the Middle East. She worked at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Defense and Strategic Technology Offices, and mentored young scientists in the Defense Science Study Group. She served as a member of a National Academy of Science USSOCOM Standing Committee, the Board on Army S & T homeland defense studies, the Defense Science Board, and the National Studies Board. She is a member of the World Federation of Scientists committee on mitigation of acts of terror (through science). Dr. Sobel was an Army Astronaut Candidate in 1988.
Prior to her current position, Dr. Sobel entered the National Guard as State Air Surgeon, Headquarters New Mexico Air National Guard, and subsequently served as National Guard Assistant for Weapons of Mass Destruction and Civil Support to the Chief, National Guard Bureau during 9/11. During her tenure as the Homeland Security Directory and Deputy Secretary of Emergency Services for the State of New Mexico, General Sobel lectured internationally on the topic of bio-security. Notably, she lectured to the Executive leadership classes of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, Germany, and the Near East South Asia Center. She has co-authored books on Terror Medicine and Global Biosecurity. Throughout her military and civilian careers, Dr. Sobel has worked in support of numerous humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions, both domestically and trans-nationally. She received the prestigious NATO recognition for lifetime service in understanding of the WMD threat environment. Dr. Sobel co-authored several books on WMD preparedness and bio-security.
Dr. Sobel completed a triennium of service on the National Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of the USA and serves on the Board of Girl Scouts of the Missouri Heartland and the Missouri Military Preparedness Enhancement Commission. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and on the Advisory Board for Girls in STEM.
Kevin Truman, Dean, UMKC School of Computing and Engineering
Throughout his 30 years as an educator, Dean Truman has provided excellence in educating, mentoring and motivating students. He has received several teaching awards, including the Missouri Society of Professional Engineer's Outstanding Engineer in Education Award, the Burlington Northern Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
After serving as chairman of Washington University's Department of Civil Engineering (which later became the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Structural Engineering) for 10 years and receiving an endowed professorship, Truman joined SCE in 2008. As dean of SCE, he is working to establish a reputation for academic excellence, strengthen alumni and community relations, and grow research and entrepreneurial operations.
Working with the SAME Greater Kansas City Post, Truman helped found UMKC's first SAME student chapter. UMKC's partnership with SAME has grown quickly over the past two years, linking students with architecture, engineering and construction professionals; advancing students' scientific and engineering education; assisting in students' professional development; and jointly achieving the SAME's goals and objectives.
At the same time, students, faculty and staff know Truman as a leader who is conversational, considerate, fair, structured and calm under pressure. People also recognize him for his cake-baking skills, as he often shares lava cake and chocolate flan with his department.
Truman holds a master's degree in civil engineering from Washington University and a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology).