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
Harris Morris, ADP
Andrew Morton, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Paul Ortega, Swiss Post Solutions
Thor O’Connell, Bank of America
Rob PIechota, Brooklyn SBDC
James Perduto, Fiserv
Liz Salogub, AIG
Jim Beamesderfer, Prudential
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