Board Members


Leonard C. Ramirez - Founder/CEO

Established: November 2016 – Present

He serves the VAH by managing our public benefit corporation, to offer secure, affordable, transitional housing for homeless Student Veterans. He oversees the day to day planning, operations, promotion and management of the organization. His experience includes present employment as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, assisting Veterans in their employment pursuits. Concurrently, he serves as a Batterers Intervention Program group facilitator, managing and leading the At Ease program. He also serves as an Adjunct Instructor at Los Medanos College in the Administration of Justice Department. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer III – Intelligence Technician, U.S. Army Reserves. He retired as a Deputy Sheriff from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Office, with collateral duties as a department trainer. He also is a former consultant and private provider to law enforcement agencies on the subject of officer involved Domestic Violence and Conflict Management.

A.A., Psychology, Los Medanos College, Pittsburg CA
Majoring in Human Development/ Sociology, Senior BA Pending
California State University Eastbay, Concord CA

Nubia Ramirez - VAH Board of Directors

Established: November 2016 – Present

Her professional experience includes present employment with Security Industries Specialists, with whom she serves as an Off-Duty Officer Coordinator, managing and supervising ODOs assigned to Northern California commercial and retail establishments. She retired from the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office as a Sergeant. She supervised Patrol; worked in Background Investigations for Sheriff Recruits and as a Detective investigating sexual assault cases. She supervised the Main Jail and the County Detention Facility. She Served as a Department Trainer in the academy instructing staff and recruits. She worked as an Officer for the Town of Danville in Youth Services, and was a Field Training Officer. She served in the Terrorism Early Warning Group/Homeland Security; participated in Inter-Based Problem Solving Committees developing solutions for Problems within the workplace.

Bachelors of Arts-Psychology San Francisco State University
San Francisco Police Academy
El Camino High School.

James McMurry - VAH Board of Directors

Treasurer: January 2017 – Present

His experience includes his present employment with Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. Court Security Officer, U.S. District Court, San Francisco with collateral duties as a Department Training Officer. He retired as a Police Corporal from the City of Antioch’s Police Department, where he assisted in supervising patrol officers, traffic patrol and law enforcement activities. He served as a Detective investigating felony Domestic Violence, a Homicide Investigator and Crime Scene Investigator Specialist. His career spanned prior employed with the Walnut Creek Police Department, where he served as a Detective and investigated Financial Crimes. He worked patrol in designated areas of the City to preserve law and order, respond to, discover and prevent the commission of crimes. His Law Enforcement career included service as a Deputy Sheriff Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, where he supervised inmates on housing units of the County Jail facility; investigated illegal or suspicious activities and wrote related incident reports. He retired from the California Army National Guard as a Sergeant First Class, with a specialization as a Counterintelligence Agent, and had served in the Infantry and Military Intelligence.

BS Ed, 1986, Southern University and A&M College, Louisiana
Contra Costa County Police Academy, Los Medanos College, CA

Law Enforcement training: Supervisory Course, 2013 Forensic Photography School, 2011 Homicide Investigators Course, 2009 Internet Investigations Course, FBI, 2006 Basic Hostage Negotiations Course, 2005 Interview and Interrogation Course, 2003 Field Training Officer School, 2001

Matthew Smith - VAH Board of Directors

Housing Advisor: February 2019 – Present

Matthew Smith is a veteran advocate who is currently completing a Master’s in Social Work degree at the University of California Berkeley. He has experience in non-profit management, philanthropic activities, and community engagement. His future plans include pursuing a career working as a mental health practitioner and one day earning his license to practice clinical social work within the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Advancing health and wellness across
the adult lifespan. Expected graduation
date May 2020 and presently carrying
a 4.0 GPA.

Graduated May 2018 with a 3.7 GPA
and department honors. Received
2017-2018 Social Welfare Community
Service Award.

Graduated May 2016 with a 3.8 GPA
and highest honors. Received
California Sociology Association’s
2015 Student of the Year Award.

Jimmy Hildreth - VAH Board of Directors

Program Peer Advisor: February 2018 – Present

Jimmy has a long history of helping fellow veterans. He started his journey with the U.S. Army, Infantry, Viet Nam era. As an Honorably-discharged Veteran, he currently works with the San Francisco Veterans Affairs as a Peer Support Specialist. He manages a caseload that includes assist Veterans to establish and maintain housing; provides individual and group counseling for substance recovery. He worked in the SFVA AmeriCorps program, where he worked with homeless Veterans; conducted outreach services, met Veterans in the community and provided them with information about VA services to help combat homelessness. As a member of the interdisciplinary treatment team, he facilitated group-based and individual interventions to move them toward Wellness and Recovery. He modeled recovery by example. He started his work with the VA through the Palo Alto Health Care System, where he worked in Food Services caring for the nutritional needs of patients and staff.

Peer Support Specialist Certification,
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, Chicago, Ill 2014

AA Degree, Liberal Studies
Contra Costa College, San Pablo, CA 1972

Completed course work, Political Science
Cal State East Bay, Hayward, CA 1972-19

Damon Mathews - VAH Board of Directors

January 2017

Damon Mathews was medically retired from service January 2016. His military experience spans two branches of service. He served 10 years in the US Marine Corps. His first assignment was with the Presidential Honor Guard Detachment in Washington DC. After his tour in DC He went on to serve in the Fleet Marine Force and augmented with Marine Security Forces until 1999.

In 1999 He left the Marine Corps and was hired at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as part of the Dept. of Energy Special Response Team. While serving at LLNL, he was promoted to SRT Instructor and then transitioned into the Conflict Simulations Lab as an Analyst and computer modeler

In June of 2001 He left the Marines Corps Reserve and transferred to the Army Reserves. As a Reservist he served with multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies till 2017. He has been deployed in multiple combat operations and peace keeping missions. Out of 17 years of Reserve time, he was active duty for over 10 years of his reserve time.

BS Psychology, 2014 Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach Alabama
Warrant Officer Candidate School
Warrant Officer Basic Course
DOE SRT Instructor