Mission and Vision of Empire Vets

Empire Vets is a community collaborative and “outside the beltway” platform designed to provide the ultimate soft landing for veterans moving to or coming home to the greater New York City area. Our primary focus will be on transition, networking and employment for veterans and their family members by bringing together the businesses, universities, nonprofit organizations and government agencies in New York that each support veterans in these main areas.


Utilizing JobPath’s unparalleled veteran employment engine, we provide a modern and impactful way for companies to share job opportunities, mentor veterans, and provide transition services to veterans and their family members. Organizations will also be able to use cutting edge technology to share resumes of different applicants with each other to greater increase the chances of jobseekers landing new careers in New York. Veterans coming to New York will be able to access our platform at no cost and will be able to search through tens of thousands of jobs available exclusively in New York. We also include an interactive community calendar, blogging opportunities and quarterly meetings in order to greatly amplify the communal knowledge about resources and opportunities for veterans and family members in our area.


Empire Vets is open to any individual or organization that desires to help veterans with transition and employment, and also to any service members, veterans and military/veteran spouses who may need assistance related to employment and their careers.




Leadership Committee

Our Leadership Committee is comprised of veterans and allies across industries and organizations throughout New York. Based on their deep knowledge in the veteran transition and employment space, these individuals collectively guide Empire Vets to help ensure New York is the most veteran-friendly state in the country.


Mike Abrams, Columbia University
Chris Byrne, JP Morgan Chase
Justin Constantine, JobPath
Brandis DeSimone, Nasdaq
Derek Doan, T-Mobile
John Escalante, Marine For Life
Jack Fanous, JobPath
Ann Ferracane, Lyft
Mark Graham, Vets4Warriors
Josh Hartley, PwC
Terry Hayes, T-Mobile
Ralph Hernandez, Amazon
Rich Jones, CBS
Ed Lehman, CBP
Avi Leshes, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
Stephanie Martinez, NYNJ Port Authority
John McCaffrey, NYC SHRM
Kate Migliaro, Apollo Group
Brian Miller, PSEG
Betsy Montanez, NYU
Harris Morris, ADP
Andrew Morton, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Paul Ortega, Swiss Post Solutions
Jamal Othman, NYC Department of Veterans’ Services
Thor O’Connell, Bank of America
Rob PIechota, Brooklyn SBDC
James Perduto, First Data
Liz Salogub, AIG
Juan Serrano, Northwell Health
Chuck Sevola, Prudential
Anthony Silvera, Northwell Health
Ray Stopinski, USMC
Lynda Thomson, FDNY
Dennis Torres, Queens College
Rigo Villalvir, JP Morgan Chase
Rachel Washburn, Academy Securities
Ken Williams, NYS Division of Service-Disabled Veteran Business Development