• Jon Soltz

    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 Eaton
    Senior Advisor
    Major 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 Kaszynski
    Director 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 Goldbeck
    Field Director
    Janessa 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 Mellman
    Chief Financial Officer
  • Karen Meredith
    Military Families Liaison
    Karen 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 Hegdahl
    Program Director
    Rick 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 Pillard
    Digital Advocacy Associate
    An 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