Advisors

Veteran Central has a committed board of advisors that ensure it’s operations and future program scope stay on course with the mission of the organization. Our Board is an influential group of the top Veteran Advocates, Business Leaders, and State Officials in the country.

2013 Veteran Central Advisory Board:

 

    • mary meeksMary Meeks – East Central University Veterans Upward Bound Program Director – Veteran Advocate and Veteran Educator. Mary works with Veteran Central to connect all of the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) chapters at over 164 universities and colleges across the US. VUB is a program with the Department of Education and promotes Veteran Central to their thousands of Veteran daily conversations. Veteran Central in turn helps VUB students get prepared for the workforce and to locate a job that is right for them.
    • michael barrettMichael Barrett – CEO of Barrett Consulting Inc.) – Former U.S. Navy Recruiter from California – Michael is the CEO of an up and coming technology company in California that is Veteran owned and Veteran run. Mike knows how to recruit the very best of the Veterans that are coming home. He also was a part of the Syracuse Entrepreneur Bootcamp, Techstars, UCLA Veteran Entrepreneur Program, and recently was accepted into the Oklahoma State University Entrepreneur School for Veterans. Mike is a leader and a technology expert. Mr. Barrett advises Veteran Central on how to properly recruit Veterans using today’s latest and greatest technologies.
    • mary millbenMary J Millben, American Singer/Actress
      As a former White House intern and White House presidential appointee for President George W. Bush, Singer/Actress Mary Millben is a valued expert on the policy-making process in Washington D.C. and provides leadership in strategic communication between Veterans Central, Congress, and related political communities. As an entertainer and political activist, Mary has been a featured soloist at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and on stages in China, Austria, Germany, Italy, and Greece. A Helen Hayes Nominee, Mary has been a featured soloist for events hosting President Barack Obama & the First Family, President George W. Bush & the First Family, The Honorable Queen Nor, Mr. Bill Cosby, Dr. Maya Angelou, former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Pulitzer Prize author David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, former U.S. Ambassador to Finland Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, and others. Most notably, Mary was the featured soloist for President Barack Obama during the 2012 presidential election at the George Mason University rally in Fairfax, Virginia on Oct. 5th, 2012. In 2010, Mary starred in Sophisticated Ladies with Broadway legend Maurice Hines at Arena Stage in Washington D.C., performed at the 43rd Super Bowl halftime show with Bruce Springsteen, sang in the Barbra Streisand tribute at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors and was a soloist in the 2008 National Symphony Orchestra Pops concert under the direction of the late Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winning American composer Marvin Hamlisch and world-renown choral director Joyce Garrett. A native Oklahoman, Mary received her training at the University of Oklahoma (OU)–Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Weitzenhoffer Department of Musical Theater and a minor in Political Science. A proud OU alum, Mary served as president of the University of Oklahoma student body where she worked closely with mentor, former Oklahoma U.S. Senator, Governor and current OU, President David Boren and Veteran Central CEO Jonathon Lunardi. View Mary’s LinkedIN profile