Veteran’s Passport to Hope (VP2H) is a Veteran Friendly 501(c)3
Founded In 2012
VP2H’s mission consists of three main focus areas:
Awareness, Fundraising, and Cooperation.
AWARENESS: VP2H’s Primary mission is to raise awareness within the Colorado area about the issues Veterans face: Multiple tours in combat zones, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), high unemployment rate, high homelessness rate, high divorce rate, and a record high suicide rate. As the military mission winds down in Iraq and Afghanistan and veterans reintegrate themselves into civilian society, we believe that this awareness will foster an understanding of their efforts and compassion for their struggle.
FUNDRAISING: VP2H’s secondary mission is to raise money for Veteran friendly non-profits. Through due diligence and research, we organize fund raising events which support local, Veteran friendly non-profits. We only support high quality charities that maximize their accountability to veteran’s causes and are transparent in their fund raising and giving practices.
COOPERATION: VP2H’s tertiary mission is to act as a rallying point for other veteran friendly non-profits. Our goal is to organize and conduct meetings with the leadership teams of these groups within the Colorado area with the goal of finding ways for us to work together more efficiently. We believe that by working together and by sharing ideas, we can reduce competition between non-profit groups and more efficiently and more effectively help veterans. We also consolidate information about resources that are available at no charge to veterans and families by keeping our veteran’s resource website (www.veteransresourceportal.com) up to date and relevant. The Veteran’s Resource Portal is a list of resources utilized as an online resource center where veterans and their families can search for and rate available resources.
Meet Our Executive Director
Tony Drees joined Veterans Passport to Hope as our Executive Director in March of 2017. Tony is an Army veteran who was severely wounded in the deadliest scud missile attack of the Gulf War. He has been fighting for veterans’ rights ever since. Today, he is a Transition Expert who assists veterans and others as they move through the challenges of their lives, so they can turn their own circumstances into success.
Tony was a recipient of the 2016 Mort Marks Award, named in honor of the veteran of World War II and the Battle of the Bulge, and the keynote speaker at VP2H’s 2016 Gala. He was also recognized for Diversity and Military Empowerment impact at the 2015 NAACP Image Awards for Education. He serves on the NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Executive Board and Diversity and Inclusion Board, and speaks to groups such as Hearts of Valor, a retreat for PTSD caregivers.
In addition to his work with veterans, his speaking engagements, and his training sessions, Tony is launching a new 6-episode empowerment show, with co-host Kimberly Outlaw, which will be live streamed and distributed via social media.
The partnership between Tony and his work and the mission of Veterans Passport to Hope is the first step in the organization’s national campaign launch.
Meet The Board Of Directors
Patrick Wieland, President
Patrick Wieland grew up in Iowa as part of a military family. His father served in the Army during the Korean War and his brother served in the Navy. Patrick has been involved with Veteran’s Passport to Hope since the early days. Previously, he served as the Board’s Vice President for approximately two years. In addition to his work with VP2H, Patrick has served in various positions on several other boards, including Rocky Mountain Communities and Open Fairways. He owns a number of businesses, including Employer Essentials, Corporate Tee Box, and Colorado Golf Trails.
Dave Fingers, Past President
Dave Fingers is the President of Source Pointe, Inc. Source Pointe is an Executive Search Firm that specializes in direct recruiting of Sales Professionals and Sales Leaders nationally. Dave is an Army Veteran with 10 ½ years active duty. His military career included a tour supporting the 5th SFG & 10th SFG. Additionally, Dave was assigned to the 8th ID 4th Aviation Brigade in Wiesbaden, Germany and spent time as an Army Recruiter in Kansas City. Dave left the Army with an Honorable Discharge as a Staff Sergeant. After the military, Dave started his sales and marketing career in the IT consulting industry where he helped lead a company from $4 million in annual revenues to $30 million in annual revenues in just over four years exclusively through organic growth.
Theresa McDowell, Treasurer
Theresa works exclusively with clients to bring their employee benefit plans into compliance with plan documents and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) ERISA requirements. She collaboratively assists clients through their compliance audits with the IRS and DOL. Under her leadership, the EBP practice at EKS&H helps more than 200 client groups to address benefit plan compliance and business issues.
Theresa works with multiple not-for-profit organizations and performs financial reporting and bookkeeping functions.
Theresa is an active member of various professional and community organizations:
- Western Pension Benefits Plan Council – Board Member
- CHADD – Finance Committee Member
- Castle Pines Storm – Board President
Joseph Lovett, Director Of Public Relations
Joseph “Joey” Lovett is a Denver native. After graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School, Joey enlisted in the US Navy (1999-2005). Serving as an AEGIS Fire Controlman (Surface Warfare Specialist), Joey was stationed aboard the USS PORT ROYAL (CG-73) based out of Pearl Harbor, HI. He deployed twice in support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom earning countless advanced qualifications and several medals and awards. Upon transitioning from the US Navy, he became a weapons and tactics instructor for the Center for Security Forces, learning site Ford Island. Following that, he moved back to Colorado and he was hired and trained as commissioned Colorado (P.O.S.T. Certified) police officer for the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. Joey spent several years on patrol, eventually ending up on the IMPACT pattern crimes unit. While at ACSO, he was recognized for creating several different community oriented policing projects. Leaving police work, temporarily, Joey served on the Board of Directors for GammaBrite, LLC as the Director of Product Development, focused on printable light and various other nanotechnologies. Currently, Joey works as a Police Officer in the State of Colorado, and works part-time for a 3D rendering, design, and marketing firm called VIZ Graphics.
Joey is passionate about military transition to civilian life and is deeply motivated to make sure that servicemen and servicewomen’s sacrifices are not forgotten. He earned his BSBA in Business Admin from Hawaii Pacific University and is currently pursuing his master’s degree from Regis University in Criminology, living in the Denver metro area.
Jeff Schottler, Board Member
Jeff Schottler is an investment banker with Colorado Financial Service Corporation (CFSC) where he focuses on raising institutional capital for early and expansion stage companies as well as mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory for companies in the lower middle market. Prior to CFSC, Jeff was an investment banker at Headwaters MB and ClearCreek Partners. Additionally, Jeff has had stints in Corporate Development with First Data Corp and Qwest Wireless as well as equity research with Roth Capital. Jeff has advised or co-advised on dozens of business transactions including M&A and raising venture capital, private equity and debt for technology based companies across the United States.
Jeff is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, serving with the 75th Training Command (TC) as a Chief Observer, Controller, Trainer (CHOT). The 75th TC provides Battle Command Staff Training primarily to Army Reserve Component battalion and brigade staffs. Additionally, the 75th often works with Active Army Component staffs during large exercises. Jeff has over 27 years of service with the U.S. Army and has a deep passion for the men and women who serve and have served, in the United States military.
A Colorado native, Jeff enjoys spending free time with his family, playing Lacrosse or any of number of other outdoor activities.
Jeff has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Finance from University of Colorado at Denver. Jeff is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter-Holder and holds the FINRA Series 7 and 63 securities licenses.
Shara Hubert, Marketing Chair
Shara Hubert currently serves as the VP of Sales and Marketing with Plumb Marketing, where her true passion for the business community, and over a decade of experience in Sales, Management, Operations, and Marketing are put to use on a daily basis. She has a successful track record in helping companies more finely tune their business processes and increase both revenue and ROI through Operational and Marketing improvement. An AS in Business Management, and BS in Business Marketing from University of Colorado at Denver, lend to the knowledge and depth of experience she brings to her team.
Shara not only has a passion for running a business and sales organization efficiently and profitably, but is very involved in the business community running Corporate TeeBox, a unique networking organization for business leaders, and participating in many others. She enjoys working with the entrepreneurial community and helping them connect the dots for their businesses and communities. After several years of involvement with VP2H, in various capacities, and gaining a growing awareness for its reach and mission she is thrilled to be a recent addition to the board. She believes in strongly in the leadership ability and talents of our Vets and is excited to support them in their endeavors.
George Rosales, Board Member
As a US Army veteran, nothing trumps my love for country, except for my wife and wonderful children. They are the driving force in helping me to see beauty in everything around me. My love for art began at an early age and knew that it was my life’s calling. And nothing makes me happier than helping people bring their design visions to life.
Through over two decades of design experience I have successfully evolved and transformed my craft. My versatile skill set includes print, web, video, photography and more. In my career I have been able to work in education, training, telecom, defense and oil and natural gas industries. I have spent the last 13 years working for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation as Design & Communications project lead and sit on Anadarko’s Veteran’s committee and am also board chair for Anadarko’s Fitness Committee.
Rod Kennard, Board Member
Rod Kennard is one of the founding members of Veterans Passport to Hope in Colorado and served previously as its Vice President and Chief of Staff. He is a former U.S. Army Captain and pilot flying the OH-58 Kiowa and UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. Rod served with the 1st and 7th Cavalries, the 1st Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne, and is a graduate of the Army’s Air Assault and Airborne schools.
Rod serves as Regional Vice President of Operations for Valet Waste, the largest provider of concierge services to the multi-family industry. Previous roles included VP and Director level positions in operations and sales as well as leadership roles in engineering, technology, quality and project management with various Fortune 500 companies.
Kyle Grivette, Board Member
Kyle Grivette is the active CEO of AAA Building Maintenance, which he founded in 1997 after a 20-year successful career in sales and entrepreneurship. Kyle is dedicated to the small business community in the Denver Metro Area. He currently serves as a board member of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Advisory board and is a leader in the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and the West Chamber. Kyle has been with VP2H since its inception and is a passionate volunteer. His passion comes from his desire to honor those that fight for the freedom of the “greatest country in the world.”