Barbara V.

Barbara is the proud mother of a soldier. She is also the Founder/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 is the one that makes that difference we all hear about. She leads with her heart and speaks 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 is obtaining a Doctorate in 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 enjoys her 3 rescue dogs and volunteering in her grandkids preschool, where she says, “Sometimes you just need to talk and play with four-year-olds 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.

John Arellano

John Arellano, son of a Basque sheepherder worked 10 years in Oil & Gas Transportation in the Rocky Mountains and the past 23 years in cement manufacturing at Mountain Cement Company.

He is currently Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Mountain Cement Company. He sits on the board of PCA Rocky Mountain Cement Council, American Concrete Paving Association (Colorado Wyoming Chapter), and Wyoming Power Producers Coalition. He is a member of Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Colorado Contractors Association, Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute, American Concrete Institute, American Concrete Paving Association/Utah Chapter, Wyoming Contractors Association, Concrete Association of Wyoming, Wyoming Trucking Association, Kansas Ready Mix Association.

John has 4 children and 7 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.

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

 M. Patrick Reesby

Patrick Reesby has worked as a managing partner of R&O Energy since its inception in 2005. R&O specializes in professional land services, primarily for energy exploration and development throughout the Central & Southern United States.

Originally from Kingwood, Texas, Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems & Decision Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2003. He is a member of the AAPL, ALTAPL and received his CPL in 2011.

Patrick has a sincere debt of gratitude, respect, and appreciation for the men & women of the United States Military and is honored to have the opportunity to be a part of Support-a-Soldier and its great cause.

He is a proud husband and father of two (Wyatt & Olivia). They currently reside in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Robb VanderSchaaff

Robb V

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 and cause close to her heart.  One of Vanessa’s goals as the marketing director with Support-a-Soldier is to help get the word out about “SaS” to as many people as possible and give 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 the Sports & Entertainment industry for the Avalanche and Nuggets. She has been able to apply her knowledge of golf,with her experience of hosting and planning events into the “SaS” Annual Golf tournament and various other fundraisers for this organization throughout the years.
Vanessa, her husband and dog Charlie, love being with friends and family. She loves her Colorado living: Hiking, running, skiing, volleyball & camping.

Advisory Board Members

Jim Willis

Jim is a retired Master Sergeant. He is a distinguished combat veteran and his career has spanned over 26 years as an Infantry Marine, Paratrooper and Green Beret. During his deployment to Iraq 2007-2008 he served as the Team Sergeant of a Special Forces A-Team and also served as a Senior Engineer Sergeant on a Special Forces A-Team in Afghanistan 2002-2003. Jim started his military career in the US Marine Corps and then served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and the 172nd Infantry Brigade (Airborne) before joining Special Forces.

Jim 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 Battalion and Company Training and Operations NCO and the Support Company First Sergeant. 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.

Jim has been married to his wife Liane for 22 years and has 2 children, Brynn and Robbie.

Rob Fries

Rob is 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 nine years Rob was a security specialist in Baghdad, Iraq for the U.S. State Department serving on the Ambassador’s personal protective detail. This posting culminated in promotion to team leader of the ambassador’s personal team where 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.

Rob currently works as a financial advisor for Edward Jones Investments 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.

Elvir Cehajic

Elvir Cehajic is originally from Bosnia and Hercegovina. It was by the grace of God that Elvir escaped from a war torn Yugoslavia in 1991.

With a soccer scholarship, Centenary College of Louisiana graciously gave him an opportunity to attend the university, from which he graduated in 1995 with a Business Administrations degree. After college he started working in petroleum industry, and is currently employed as a Certified Petroleum Landman at R&O Energy.

Elvir has been married to his wife Loralee for 17 years and they have two awesome kids, Emme and Trey, along with their adopted sweetheart, a chocolate lab named Coco.

Elvir expresses his gratitude towards our men and women of the armed forces, and has the highest appreciation of their sacrifices. Elvir pledges to be a loyal supporter forever and sincerely, for as long as he has a voice.

COL Adam Silvers

COL Adam Silvers serves concurrently as the Director of Operations G3, Colorado Army National Guard and as the Commander of Special Operations Detachment- Korea, COARNG.  A career military officer, he has served for 29 years in both conventional and special operations assignments. Beginning his military career in 1987 as an enlisted 11B Infantryman, COL Silvers commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant Infantry officer in 1990 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison ROTC. He has extensive experience working overseas and with partner nations. His previous assignment include Command and Staff assignments with the 12th, 19th, 20th  Special Forces Groups, Commander United States Special Operations Command, Theater Special Operations Detachment- Korea (COARNG), Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy SOJ5, Theater Special Operations Command Africa, Colorado Army National Guard future plans officer-G5, Operational Planner for United States Northern Command J37, Exercise Division, Special Operations Detachment J3, Brigade Executive Officer, Brigade Logistics Officer S4, SF Battalion Executive Officer, SF Battalion Operations Officer S3,  SF Battalion Adjutant, Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha Commander, Cav Scout Platoon Leader and Infantry Platoon Leader. COL Silvers has deployed three times for contingency operations, once in support Operation Up-Hold Democracy (Haiti) and twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (SOCAFRICA & CJSOTF-Afghanistan).

COL Silvers has 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, and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the Air War College. COL Silvers grew up in Lake Geneva, WI, and remains and avid outdoorsman.


Daniel J. Reid

Dan Reid has been a professional negotiator and strategic risk analyst for over 25 years. Among other services, he is an expert in new country entry planning for business, crisis planning/oversight and international security/risk mitigation for personnel and assets. He has worked in more than 35 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 security and crisis management firm.

Dan also teaches courses for many international business entities and associations and is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Business at Colorado State University where he teaches international business 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 15 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.