Veteran's Heritage Project

Our Team

Board of Directors:


Barbara J. Hatch – Founder, Program Director

40 year Teacher, Retired

Laura L. Byers – Co-Founder, Board President

VP and CTO of Vanguard Marketing International, Inc

Shelly Yeck, MBA – Board Treasurer

Manager of Material Bidding & Estimating, General Dynamics

Jerry Strickland – Board Secretary

Retired State Farm Regional Vice President, Veteran

Joseph Brophy, Esq.

Partner at Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, LLP, Veteran

Anita Daghestani

Learning & Development Manager, Wells Fargo

Brigadier General J. Derek Hill

USAF, Retired

Colonel Donald “Craig” Houk, CPP

US Army, Retired
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Mary Ellen Reilly, Esq. 

Attorney at Law, Wilkes & McHugh, P.A., Veteran
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Donna R. Ward 

Retired Corporate Attorney



Michelle DiMuro, CFRE – Executive Director

Brittany Henritze – Program Coordinator

VHP Alumna

Advisors to the Board:


Jane Barnes 
Advocate and Care Coordinator, Medal of Honor Foundation

Mike Burns
Retired Business Executive
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Jason Chamberlain – Senior Advisor
Retired President & CEO, HDT Global

Vic Connors
Retired Business Executive
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Tim Ganahl
Retired Financial Professional
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Frank Lambert
Retired Business Executive
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David F. Lucier 
Community Leader
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The Honorable Rick Romley
Arizona Veterans Court Judge
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Major General Carl Schneider
USAF Ret.; Business leader
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Dave Ward
Retired Executive, Avnet
Alumna Parent

Phil Yin, Ph.D.
EVP & General Manager, Desert Silicon
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