Board Members

Leonard C. Ramirez - Founder/CEO

Established: November 2016 – Present

He serves as the VAH Program Executive Director to offer secure, affordable, transitional housing for At-Risk and Homeless Working and Student Veterans. He oversees the day to day planning, operations, management, liaison and promotion of the organization. His life experience includes present employment as a Consultant to the San Francisco Pre-Trial Diversion Program as a Batterers Intervention Program group facilitator. Currently employment as an Adjunct Instructor at Los Medanos College in the Administration of Justice Department teaching Introduction to Corrections and Criminal Investigations courses. Former Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, with the Compensated Work Therapy program. Additional duties included managing the Batterers Intervention Program, A Ease, as the group facilitator. 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 regarding officer involved Domestic Violence and Conflict Management.

Education:
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, she serves as an Off-Duty Officer (ODO) and worked as the 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 in Patrol; worked in Background Investigations for Sheriff Recruits and as a Detective investigating sexual assault cases. She was a supervisor at the Contra Costa County Detention Facilities. She Served as a Department Trainer in the academy instructing recruits. She worked as an Officer for the Town of Danville in Youth Services. She served in the Terrorism Early Warning Group/Homeland Security; participated in Inter-Based Problem Solving Committees developing solutions for Problems within the workplace..

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

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.

Education:
UC BERKELEY, BERKELEY, CA, M.S.W.
1 ST YEAR
Advancing health and wellness across
the adult lifespan. Expected graduation
date May 2020 and presently carrying
a 4.0 GPA.

UC BERKELEY, BERKELEY, CA, B.A.
SOCIAL WELFARE
Graduated May 2018 with a 3.7 GPA
and department honors. Received
2017-2018 Social Welfare Community
Service Award.

SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE, SANTA
ROSA, CA, A.A. SOCIOLOGY & SOCIAL
& BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
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.

Education:
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.

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

Mary Rivers - VAH Board of Directors

Mary Rivers is committed to organizational excellence through empowerment and a positive attitude. She currently is a Private Nonprofit Consultant, assisting organizations in organizational development, including their Development Department as a grant writer and fundraiser. Her 35+ years of experience in high-level leadership, administrative office management, and strong outreach skills provides the organizational skills necessary to create successful business relationships and development. Her love for providing top-level education, developing and empowering the community, and focus on teamwork meshes perfectly with the philosophy of the Veterans Accession House.  She has been committed to the veteran population for over 25 years and is a strong advocate for mental health and overall wellness for veterans. She believes in giving back to those that selflessly serve our Country. Her life philosophy is “We Rise By Lifting Others” Maya Angelou.

Education:
B.A. (Education), A.B.A. (Associate of Business Administration)
City College
New York City, New York

Christopher Capdevielle - VAH Board of Directors

Double Bachelors of Arts in History and Political Science, Francisco State University With specialty in community organizing, developing administrative practices and procedures. Legal Assistant for numerous organizations, serves included writing drafts forargumentation for litigation. Military experience as an Operations Clerk responsible for a company level Admirative Operations. Served as a Teacher’s Assistant, San Francisco State University and as a Recruiter’s Assistant, United States Marine Corps. Experience working for non-profits organizations with specializations in computer applicationsand rental dispute litigations.

Eric Graham - VAH Board of Directors

Served six years in the Air Force from 2001-2007. Associates degrees in Political Science & Economics Santa Barbara City College. Management Science & Engineering Stanford University, Bachelor’s degree Political Science & Economics. UC Berkeley. Employed in the finance Associate at Morgan Stanley. Activities primarily centered on Veterans Services: Twoyears as the Chairman of Corporate Outreach for the Cal Veterans Group at UC Berkeley. Presidio Trust in San Francisco. The common theme of these organizations is the idea that although there are various organizations that are designed to help veterans.

Jose Luis Ramos Mora - VAH Board of Directors

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of California Berkeley, Walter A. Haas School of Business Experience includes: Core Assurance Associate, Price Water HouseCoopers, Physical Security, Homeland Security Solutions Inc., Camp Pendleton, CA; Non-Commissioned Officer, Finance Analyst, United States Marine Corps; Served as Outreach Peer Adviser, Cal Veteran Service CenterUCBerkeley; Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations,UCBerkeley; Finance Director, Cal Veterans Group University ofCalifornia Berkeley; Volunteer, Wounded Warrior Homes, San Marcos CA

James McMurry - VAH Board of Directors

In Memoriam

January 20th, 1964 – July 28th, 2019