John Arellano

Founding Board Member

John Arellano, son of a Basque sheepherder worked 10 years in Oil & Gas Transportation in the Rocky Mountains, and 25 years in cement manufacturing at Mountain Cement Co. Currently employed with Central Plains Cement Co., also an Eagle Materials, Inc. company.

He is currently Vice-President, Sales & Marketing for Central Plains Cement Co. He is a member of Missouri Concrete Association, Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Iowa Concrete Paving Association, Nebraska Concrete & Aggregates Association, Arkansas Ready Mix Association, American Concrete Paving Association, and the Kansas Ready Mix Concrete Association.

John has six children and nine grandchildren. His hobbies include shooting sports, hunting, fishing, motorcycle touring and golf. John’s brother, Frank served in the USAF in Vietnam.

Kenneth R. Olive, Jr.

Founding Board Member

Ken Olive joined the SAS board in 2010.  Ken began his career in the oil and gas industry in 1974 and after a 20 year career in exploration and production, founded The Oil & Gas Asset Clearinghouse in 1993.  He served as President and CEO of the company until 2015. Under his leadership, The Clearinghouse was an industry leading Acquisition and Divestiture Advisory firm that closed over 31,000 transactions totaling in
excess of $11 billion under his leadership.

Ken is a member of numerous oil and gas industry professional associations and has sat on  numerous industry and corporate boards. He received Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in the category of Energy and Energy Services, and was named Outstanding Landman to include receiving the APEX award from American Association of Professional Landmen for professional excellence and his entrepreneurial spirit.

He received his BBA from Texas Tech University in 1974 and currently resides with his wife, Marie, in Kingwood, Texas where they have raised three children and have five grandchildren

Robb VanderSchaaff

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Robb graduated from the University of Southern Colorado in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine.  He began his career in the concrete ready mixed industry in 1998.  Robb has been with Bestway Concrete and Aggregate for 14 years and holds the position of VicePresident of Sales & Marketing.  He is married and has three wonderful children ranging in age from 22 to 14.

Robb joined the Support-A-Soldier board as an advisory board member in 2015.  He is a member of the American Concrete Institute, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and has been an executive board member for the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association for 8 years, serving as President in 2013 and 2014.  He recently hung up his cleats from coaching high school and youth baseball for 8 years.

Robb enjoys shooting sports, upland bird hunting, fishing, golf and birding with his wife Tiffany.

 

Vanessa M.

Support-a-Soldier Marketing Director/ Golf Tournament Director
 
Vanessa is a proud sister of a SF Green Beret.  She has been involved with the Support-A-Soldier organization since its beginning, and holds the “SaS” mission  close to her heart.  One of Vanessa’s goals as a Board Member  is to help educate as many people as possible about the Support-A-Soldier cause, she is always looking for ways to provide the public the opportunity to get involved with this patriotic organization, whether it be through volunteering or through sponsorship or donations.

Vanessa has a Bachelor of Science degree and was the Projects & Events Manager for a regional golf magazine for over 3 years.  She now works in hospitality as a Director of Group Sales and Events.  She has been able to apply her knowledge of golf, with her experience of planning and managing events into the “SaS” Annual Golf tournament and various other fundraisers for this organization throughout the years.

Vanessa, her husband and dogs Charlie and Goose are always staying active. She loves her Colorado living: Hiking, running, skiing, volleyball & camping.

 

 

Daniel J. Reid

Founding Board Member

Dan Reid has been a professional negotiator and strategic risk analyst for over 25 years. Among other services, he offers new country entry planning for business, crisis planning/oversight and international security/risk mitigation for personnel and assets. He has worked in more than 42 foreign countries on every continent except Antarctica.

Dan is the founder and Managing Director of Paladin International, LLC, an international negotiations and business development firm and Paladin Special Operations Branch, LLC an international risk identification, security and crisis management firm.

Dan also teaches courses for many international business entities and associations and was an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Business at Colorado State University for 10 years where he taught international business,  crisis management and strategic negotiations. Other courses taught include crisis management planning and international corporate security to industry personnel as well as various courses for the Special Operations Command of our US armed forces.

Dan received his MBA in 1991 and has worked with the Harvard University School of Law and MIT/Tufts Program on Negotiation for over 20 years. He is also a decorated Vietnam special operations combat veteran and co-founder of Support-a-Soldier.

He has two children and 5 grandchildren.

Adam Silvers

Retired Colonel, US Army Special Forces
COL (Ret) Adam Silvers was a career military officer, having served for 31 years in both conventional and special operations assignments. Beginning his military career in 1987, he enlisted in the infantry and was later commissioned as Infantry officer from the University of Wisconsin-Madison ROTC. He has extensive experience working overseas and with partner nations. He has commanded at every level in Special Forces and most recently he severed as the Chief of Operations for the Colorado National Guard. COL (Ret) Silvers served worldwide in every military theater of operations and achieved Joint Qualified Officer Level III designation. He holds a BA in International Relations from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s in Human Recourses: Organizational Performance, Learning, and Change from Colorado State University, a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the Air War College and has completed the Finance for Senior Executives Course at Harvard Business School. COL (Ret) Silvers grew up in Lake Geneva, WI, and remains and avid outdoorsman. He lives in Erie, CO with his wife Sara and daughter Summit.

 

Advisory Board Members 

Chris Andrist

Deputy Director – Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Chris graduated from the University of Kansas and became a certified medical technologist in 1980. He began his career working in hospital laboratories and minor emergency clinics until moving into law enforcement forensics in 1991. He has attended numerous training courses conducted by the FBI, United States Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies involving multiple facets of the public safety field during the course of his career spanning over 26 years.

In 2001 he was hired by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation where he was assigned to the Investigation Section as a field agent in the Major Crimes Unit specializing in computer crime investigation and examination. Currently he is the Deputy Director of Administration and Support Services after serving as the Interim Deputy Director of the Investigation Section.

Chris joined the Support-a-Soldier board as an advisory member in 2014 and is also a member of the International Association for Identification, National Technical Investigators Association, International Association of Homicide Investigators, the Police Executive Research Forum and the Colorado State Investigators Association.
In his leisure time Chris and his wife enjoy traveling.

 

Erin Cook

Retired Master Sergeant – US Army Special Forces, CEO Venger Tactical, LLC

MSG Erin Cook (RET) military career spanned over 21 years. MSG Cook’s military career was spent mostly in United States Army Special Forces. He served in 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) for over 16 years. He started his career in the Infantry and served in the 3rd ID, 134th LRS(D) and the 187th INF Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division (AASSLT). He served as a Senior Engineer Sergeant, a CIF/CRF Cell leader, CIF/CRF Team Sergeant, Company Operations Sergeant and Combat Tracking Det Sergeant. During his 16 years as a Green Beret, MSG Cook deployed to Iraq 6 times and to Kosovo once in support of the Global War on Terrorism. MSG Cook spent over 6 years in a CIF/CRF company whose focus was Direct Action and Counter Terrorism. He spent most of his career focusing on Close Quarter Battle, Sniper Operations, Rural and Urban Reconnaissance, and Surveillance.
Some of MSG Cooks decorations and awards include: 4 Bronze Star Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, 6 Army Commendation Medals, Joint Service Achievement Medal, 2 Army Achievement Medals, Iraqi Campaign Medal w/ 6 Campaign Stars and with Arrowhead, GWOT Expeditionary Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal and the NATO Medal. In addition, MSG Cook earned the Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, Parachutist Badge and the Military Free-Fall Badge.
Some of MSG Cook’s military education include: Indirect-Fire Infantryman School, Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Sniper School (LVL1), Hard Target Interdiction Course, Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis, and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC), Jumpmaster Course, Special Operations Forces Multi-Purpose Canine (SOFMPC) Course, Multiple Breaching and Explosive Courses and Non-standard Entry courses. MSG Cook is currently earning his Bachelors in Entrepreneurship.
MSG Cook is the founder, owner and CEO of Venger Tactical, LLC. A service-disabled, Veteran Owned Company that focuses on training Law Enforcement in Tactical Operations. Venger Tactical also trains civilians in all facets of firearm training, defensive handgun, defensive carbine, precision rifle and active-shooter training.

James Willis

Retired Master Sergeant – US Army Special Forces
James T. Willis, US Army Special Forces (SF), Master Sergeant (MSG) Retired. Master Sergeant Willis’ career spanned a 26 year period. He served as the 5th BN 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Battalion Operations Sergeant, D Company First Sergeant 5th BN 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne). James served as the Team Sergeant of a Special Forces A- Team in Iraq. He has also served as a Senior Engineer Sergeant on a Special Forces A-Team in Afghanistan. James Willis started his military career in the Marine Corps Reserve and then joined the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and the 172nd Infantry Brigade (Airborne) before going into Special Forces.

Among MSG Willis’ military awards and decorations include The Legion of Merit, three Bronze Star Medals, four Army Accommodation Medals, five Army Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge and the Master Parachutist Badge. MSG Willis has served in numerous leadership positions throughout his military career. In addition to his position with SF in Afghanistan and Iraq, he served as the Company Training and Operations NCO. He has trained candidates to attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS), the Special Forces Qualification Course (Q-Course) and has served as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant.

 

Jeff V                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Jeff Van Horn Bio PicActive, Duty US Army 

Jeff is a Colorado native and has been passionately involved with the Support-A-Soldier mission for several years. Jeff is currently a Green Beret, serving as a Senior Weapons Sergeant and a level I sniper with 20th Special Forces group. Jeff has deployed to multiple continents in support of the Global War on Terror. Before joining the military, he attended the University of Northern Colorado and Metro State University. On the civilian side, Jeff briefly worked in law enforcement before transitioning to the private sector.

Currently, Jeff works with a team comprised of former Special Operations Forces from around the world providing private security consulting services. Jeff is a Colorado native and has been passionately involved with the Support-A-Soldier mission for several years. Jeff is currently a Green Beret, serving as a Senior Weapons Sergeant and a level I sniper with 20th Special Forces group. Jeff has deployed to multiple continents in support of the Global War on Terror.

 

Vincent Arena

Director – IP&E Global Supplier Management, Avnet Electronics

Officers

Kimberly Outlaw

Vice President & Executive Director

Kimberly Outlaw is an Army Combat Veteran of the Gulf War. The war where over 40,000 women were known as trailblazers, after being the largest female deployment in U.S. History. Once the war was over, she went on to continue serving her country for four years with the Colorado National Guard. A leader amongst her peers, she devoted 22 years to the US Postal Service where she quickly rose in supervisory and management positions. She has since moved on to work as an Auditor with the Office of Inspector General. She saw this opportunity as a way that would finally allow her to make a difference and now helps to promote integrity and accountability to minimize costs, prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement.

Kimberly has been re-married to her husband Paul Askew for six years and has two wonderful children, son Trey and daughter Alana that keep her busy. Outside of work, she volunteers her time to coach individuals, children and has been invited to corporations who long to hire veterans. She shares the three principles that can be applied to every situation in life; No Lies, No Excuses and Never Quit. Looking to inspire at every turn, she coaches and guides others to help realize that their mess can be turned into powerful messages of resiliency. Kimberly holds a Master’s in Management. She has also earned a Green Belt, as a Lean Six Sigma Certified practitioner, where she helped the Postal Service save over $260K with one lane of transportation.

Her own life is a series of challenges dating back to childhood and throughout her life as a soldier, but Mrs. Outlaw chooses to use her Warrior mentality and three principles to push past the invisible wounds of PTSD. A survivor, she believes everyone is entitled to happiness and needs to be taught the tools that will help them navigate and sustain the successes in life.

Rob Fries

Rob Fries - Vice PresidentVice President and Advisory Board Member
Rob was a former Special Forces engineer sergeant who served in both Desert Storm and the Global War on Terrorism (Operation Enduring Freedom). His career in the military began in the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC where he served as a team leader for his unit. After attending the Q-course, he deployed with his team to Afghanistan during which time he trained indigenous troops, patrolled the Afghan/Paki border, and collected and destroyed enemy ordnance. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal, and numerous Army Achievement Awards.

For 14 years Rob was a security specialist in Baghdad, Iraq for the U.S. State Department serving on the Ambassador’s personal protective detail. As the team leader for the U.S. ambassador’s personal team he provided security for VIPs such as V.P. Joe Biden, Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice, John McCain, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, and several U.S. Ambassadors to Iraq.  His final posting was as watch officer in the Tactical Operations Center, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad.

Rob currently works as the primary administrator for Support A Soldier here in Denver, CO. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He is married and has one son.

Founder and Past President

Barbara V.

Barbara is the proud mother of a soldier. She is also the Founder and past President of ‘Support-a-Soldier’ which she began when her son was part of Operation Iraqi Freedom V in 2007. She is the daughter of an Air Force Navigator/Pilot who flew the B-24 Liberator and a mother who served with the USO and Red Cross. With patriots as parents, her upbringing helped to develop a strong sense of patriotism early on and a desire to support our military.

She has been and remains the one that makes that difference we all hear about. She led SAS with her heart and spoke from a mother’s perspective, about her experience supporting her soldier son on his continuing journey in the military. Her true passion is to help those who serve and to make a difference to a soldier through her dedication and work with ‘Support-a-Soldier’.

Barbara holds a Master’s degree in Deaf Education and an AUD (Doctorate of Audiology), and has had experience helping those with hearing loss through her work in educational settings, speech and hearing clinics, hospital audiology programs and private practice. She is the mother of 3 children and 2 grands, as well as enjoying her 3 rescue dogs and volunteering in her grandkids preschool, where she says, “Sometimes you just need to talk and play with children so you can let them re-show you the simplicities and importance of life again”. She is the mother of 3 children and 2 grands.

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