Jon Soltz is a leader of the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans' community. He served twice in Iraq - in 2011 as a Major, helping train the Iraqi Army prior to the removal of U.S. Troops, and in 2003, as a Captain during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Major General (Ret.) Paul EatonSenior AdvisorMajor General (Ret.) Paul Eaton served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia.
Mary KaszynskiDirector of Government Relations
Mary Kaszynski is VVF’s Director of Government Relations.
Prior to joining VVF, Mary was the Deputy Policy Director at Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation focused on nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament.
Janessa GoldbeckField DirectorJanessa was born and raised in San Diego County and is a Marine Corps veteran. Janessa previously led teams overseas as a Combat Engineer Officer, managing engineering, logistics, and explosive ordnance disposal missions
Peter MellmanChief Financial Officer
Karen MeredithMilitary Families LiaisonKaren Meredith was born into an Army family: She is an Army granddaughter, Army daughter, Army sister and an Army Mom. Karen is active in the Gold Star and Veteran’s communities as an advocate for military families and veterans.
Rick HegdahlProgram DirectorRick Hegdahl served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years. Hegdahl has established himself as a tireless advocate for veterans and a prominent leader in the veterans' community. He resides in Bellevue, Washington.
Logan PillardDigital Advocacy AssociateAn Iowa native, Logan went to the University of Iowa studying Journalism and Mass Communication. After the 2016 Election, Logan threw himself into politics, campaigning for Iowa Democrats and clerking in the Iowa State Senate.
Board of Directors
- Jon Soltz, Chairman
- Major General Paul Eaton (Ret.)
- Karen Meredith, Gold Star Mother
- Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson (Ret.)
- Eugene Fenasci
- Col. Teresa Townsend (Ret.)
- Walter Cahill
- Peter Kauffmann
- Paul DiNino