John Arellano

Founding Board Member

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.

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

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 

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.


Advisory Board Members 

Rob Fries

Advisory Board Member

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.


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.


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.