Executive Board


steveramseyStephen Ramsey - President
Stephen D. Ramsey is an Executive with Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he has supported our military in various executive management and legal roles with Lockheed Martin and IBM for 25 years.  Prior to that, he worked as an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson in Washington, DC.  Steve graduated from the University of Richmond in 1981 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984.  As the son of a career Army officer, Steve was born on Fort Rucker, Alabama, and grew up on multiple military bases.   Steve has served on numerous non-profit boards in the past, including Lourdes Hospital and the American Helicopter Society

 

Jim Davie - Vice President
Mr. Davie is the founder of the JD Bravo Company and serves as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Bravo’s founding Mr. Davie served as the Assistant Public Works Director for Haverford Township, PA where he was responsible for the oversight and project management of the Township’s active capital program. Jim is also known for having served three years in the United States Marine Corps as a member of the Force Reconnaissance Company, Special Operation and as a Squad Leader for two tours of duty in Iraq. It was during his second tour of duty that Mr. Davie suffered life threatening injuries. As a result of this record of service the JD Bravo Company has verified its status as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and obtained its certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, (DBE,) through the Pennsylvania Unified Certification Program, (UCP).

 

Marie Nahikian - Secretary
Marie Nahikian has a distinguished career as a community organizer and developer who has financed, built and developed more than 5,000 affordable homes and apartments in Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. Marie has worked in the  U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development under President Barack Obama. She also served under mayors Walter Washington, Marion Barry, Wilson Goode, David Dinkins and, most recently, Michael Nutter.  Marie has provided leadership for such non-profit community development organizations as Habitat for Humanity, Queens Economic Development Corporation, Enterprise Foundation, Housing Works, DC Coalition for the Homeless and Adams Morgan Organization. Marie led organizing efforts in the District of Columbia's Home Rule movement as well as housing for the homeless, anti-gentrification, the American Federation of Government Employees and the Building Trades Council.  She was on the Board of Directors of the Pacifica Foundation and the Homeless Assistance Fund; She worked with National Public Radio and Harper's Magazine as well as several community-based newspapers. Marie is a graduate of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and attended the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. 

 

Saidel 150x150Jonathan Saidel - Treasurer 
Jonathan Saidel is a member of the law firm Cohen, Placitella, & Roth where he specializes in class action litigation, real estate consulting and represents individuals and corporations with large tax liabilities before cities, states, and the federal government. Prior to working at Cohen, Placitella, and Roth, Saidel served as the City Controller of Philadelphia where he won local and national plaudits for reforming and professionalizing the Controller’s Office. He is lauded for his dedication during that time to fiscal discipline along with his proposals of innovative ideas which contributed to growth within the city of Philadelphia. His work culminated in the publication of the widely praised book, “Philadelphia: A New Urban Direction,” which is still used as a guidepost for effective government and corporate governance and is required reading in many colleges and universities.

 

 

Board Members

 

Richard Borgerson 
Rick is a Vietnam veteran having served 4 years active duty in the US Navy. He was a crew member aboard the legendary aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) during a Western Pacific cruise early in 1969 when it suffered a major flight deck fire. After completing his military service, he attended college under the GI Bill and earned degrees in Business from Widener University, as well as the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the University of Delaware. He recently retired after spending his entire career in the Financial Services industry. Rick has also been a long time volunteer for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southeastern PA and has worked on a number of projects for Habitat for Humanity.

 

ONeil 150x150Jack ONeill
Vietnam Veteran, serving three tours in the United States Army 1968, 1969, 1970 (stationed in Northern bases along DMZ). Long-time member of Roofers Union Local 30, retired. Jack is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Light House Soccer club in Philadelphia, PA.   Coached 35 years of youth soccer, and 25 years at the high school level for St. Joe’s Prep. Jack also volunteers daily at VMC and has been a supporter for over 14 years.

 

Susan Woolley 
Susan graduated from Western Maryland College with a B.A. in Communications with 20 years of Human Resource experience. As the Senior Director of Human Resources for Loews Philadelphia Hotel Susan brings a wealth of knowledge about labor market and challenges facing today’s Veterans.  She worked for Loews for 14 years in the Mid Atlantic  region from Annapolis Maryland to the Washington D.C. market. For the last four years she has been an active member in the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, Philadelphia Women In Hospitality, and Board member of Working Films Inc.  Susan currently works for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society as the Director of Human Resources and Talent Management.

 

Terry English
Terrence J English is a Director and co-founder of Baring Vostok Capital Partners a private equity firm specializing in emerging markets. In the non-profit sector Mr. English serves on the Boards of the Eurasia Foundation, Mohonk Preserve and is President of the Special Forces Charitable Trust. He earned a BA from the University of Portland in 1968 and an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1976. Mr. English, obtaining the rank of Captain, served in US Army Special Forces from 1968 to 1974. He is a Vietnam veteran.

 

Little 150x150Rodney Little
After a 20 year career as a Police Officer for Philadelphia Housing Authority and 29 years at Fort Dix in the United States Army Reserve where he retired as a Sergeant Major, Rodney Little began serving as President/CEO of the consulting firm, RL Little Consulting, where he advises on managerial, policy, and security based strategies. As Co-Host of “The Board Room Meeting” on WWDB AM Talk Radio 860, Rodney lends this expertise to the general public, leading on-air discussions on topics related to business, politics, and social issues. Rodney is also involved in many local organizations and currently serves as the Commissioner of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett's Advisory Commission on African American Affairs, Board Member of the United States Military Academy Selection Panel, and President of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #106.

 

Lord 150x150Robert Lord
Bob Lord is a retired insurance agent that specialized in Life Insurance, Pensions and Estate Planning. He attended Temple University, St. Josephs and the American College. Bob is a proud Vietnam veteran and served with the 4Th Division and the 25th Infantry divisions. After being wounded in action, Bob spent over one year recovering at Walter Reed and Valley Forge hospital. Inspired in part by his own experiences, he has volunteered to help Veterans since 1968, serving as Commander of the American Legion Post #10 and in the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #170. Bob has been happily married to Sallee S. Lord for 43 years and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

 

  

LisaDeBellaLisa DeBella
Lisa DeBella is a born and raised Philadelphian and the daughter of a decorated WWII veteran who, as a navigator in the 457th Bomb group flew 36 missions during the war. In 1979, Lisa started the interior design firm of LS Design. Through her success as an interior designer with extensive experience in property rehab, she expanded her skill set and became a licensed Realtor in 1994. Since then, she has helped negotiate the sale and purchase of many of the finest properties on Philadelphia's Main Line.

Lisa is married to radio personality John DeBella, who since 1996 has held a yearly radiothon on WMGK for the VMC. Along with their support of the VMC and veterans causes, Lisa and John extensively support Dog rescue and shelters, as well as feeding the hungry in the Philadelphia area.

 

Dr. Charmaine N. Ijeoma

Dr. Charmaine N. Ijeoma serves as the Homeless Veterans Outreach Officer in the Montgomery County Veterans Affairs office. She has held this position for the past two years. Under Dr. Ijeoma's guidance, Montgomery County achieved Functional Zero by significantly decreasing the homeless veteran population in December 2015. She is also a certified Veterans Service Officer. Dr. Ijeoma received a Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate at Temple University.

Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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