Dr. Milton G. Parsons is the Chairman of the Board of Veterans Green Jobs and a Vietnam War veteran having served with the 101st Airborne Division. He is an independent consultant in natural resources, sustainable development and ecotourism. During his 35 year career with the USDA Forest Service, Parsons served as a wildlife and fisheries biologist, national fisheries ecologist, legislative resource specialist, deputy director legislative affairs, special assistant to the deputy chief, state and private forestry, and the executive director for the coalition of Western State Foresters and USDA Forest Service. Parsons earned a bachelor of science in wildlife and fisheries biology from the University of Montana, a master’s in environmental education and a doctor of adult and higher education from Montana State University. He was also a former National Wildlife Federation Environmental Fellow, American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, Senior Executive Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and graduate of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Senior Executive Service Development Program.
Harry Bruell is VGJ’s Board Treasurer and has been CEO and President of the Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) since May 2004. Harry has worked with service and conservation corps since 1991. SCC engages young people as resources to complete conservation projects for the public benefit. During his tenure with SCC the agency increased its annual revenue from $550,000 to over $5 million and expanded from one office in Colorado to four offices in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. From 1994 to 2004 Harry worked with the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps (now The Corps Network), most recently as Chief Operating Officer and previously as Vice-President. Harry began his work with corps at the Durham (NC) Service Corps in the early 1990s where he served as Work Project Coordinator and Associate Director. Harry co-founded the national Public Lands Service Coalition and the Mountain Alliance of Conservation Corps. He serves on numerous Boards including The Corps Network and Veteran Green Jobs.
Debra A. Conroy, Board Secretary, is an attorney with Fairfield and Woods, P.C. and she focuses her practice on estate and business succession planning; business formation and taxation, and tax-exempt organizations. Prior to joining FW’s team, Deb practiced law in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and continues to serve clients in this area. During law school she was a law clerk for Oregon’s Land Use State Board of Appeals and was a county court mediator. Deb also designed and conducted a pilot project for Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development which studied the impact of mediation in land use disputes in Oregon and she studied international law for a summer in Florence, Italy. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. Deb was born in Minnesota and moved to Colorado in 1991. She enjoys riding her motorcycle, traveling, skiing, hiking, and trying to surf (but mostly failing).
John Mills, Vice Chairman, is a combat veteran with service in conflicts in Vietnam, Iran and Panama. John was drafted serving a combined enlisted and commissioned career of 30 years with the US Army, Corps of Engineers. His career spanned positions from Drill Sergeant, command of multiple engineer units at grades from Lieutenant to Colonel serving 12 years overseas. John was selected to attend the 2 year Advanced Operations Studies Fellowship program. This contributed to his planning assignments for combat operations from the Battalion to Corps sized units to include Operation Just Cause to remove General Manuel Noriega as dictator of Panama. Upon retirement from the Army he served as Secretary of the Panama Canal Commission to implement the U.S. transfer of the Canal and military facilities to the government of Panama. John then joined Watsco, the largest wholesale distributor of air conditioning and refrigeration, as the Vice President of Human Resources and Development. John and Dee Mills now reside in Homestead, Florida. Dee is a professor at Florida International University and John is the managing director of a broad-based LLC with operations in auto/recreation vehicle sales, estate farm management and estate renovations. Mills earned a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering at the University of Washington, a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management for Florida Institute of Technology. He is a graduate the Command and Staff College and Advanced Operations Studies Fellowship at Fort Leavenworth.
Harold ‘Rocky’ Waite is a 21 year U. S. Army veteran of 11 different assignments and 5.5 years service in overseas commands. Rocky graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an Artillery Officer in 1973. From the rank of Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel he was repeatedly selected to command units of varying sizes and complexity of missions. Rocky was selected to attend the School of Advanced Military Studies which led to his operational planning assignments in both the United States and the Republic of Korea. Upon retirement from the Army he was hired by Wal-Mart as part of the nucleus of the leadership team to expand the distribution network for Wal-Mart supercenters. He spent the next 4.5 years in three different distribution centers throughout the United States. Rocky then joined Watsco, the largest wholesale distributor of air conditioning and refrigeration, as the President of Weathertrol Supply Company. He was then asked to become the President and CEO of Comfort Supply Company, another Watsco subsidiary, in Houston. Texas. Upon completion of that assignment he spent the next six years as the CEO and part owner of a private publishing company in Monterey California and as Chief Operating Officer of Standard Renewable Energy in Houston. Rocky and Karen Waite now reside in Houston, Texas. Rocky is part owner and the Vice President of Operations of a privately owned restaurant/marina complex in Central Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Kansas and a Master of Military Arts and Sciences from the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Dr. Nick Hall directs the University of South Florida (USF) Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, and the Saddlebrook Resort Wellness Center near Tampa, Florida. A $2.4 million grant from the Department of Defense is partially supporting his USF research to improve the quality of life for veterans. Another award has funded his work to help veterans transition from combat roles to civilian life. This work is an extension of three decades of National Institutes of Health sponsored research unraveling the links between the brain, emotions and the immune system. At Saddlebrook Resort, he presents seminars and team building events to major corporations striving to reduce health care costs and increase productivity. Prior to that, he served as a consultant in designing the wellness program at Disney’s futuristic town, Celebration. Throughout the years, Nick’s research has been featured in numerous media outlets including CBS’s 60-Minutes, the BBC NOVA Series, and the Emmy Award winning program, Healing and the Mind produced by Bill Moyers for PBS. Nick also has a strong interest in the impact PTSD and stress have upon health and performance, from both an academic and personal perspective. His early work on stress-related communication patterns in whales was supported by the Office of Naval Research, and then by the National Geographic Society when he led an expedition to the West Indies to determine why whales mass strand. He has also worked as an operative for the US intelligence community, and has taught at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He lives near Tampa where he participates in extreme adventure races when not enjoying time with his family.
Theresa Z. Blumberg is currently Vice President of Women Veterans of Colorado, an emerging non-profit corporation whose mission is focused on serving needs unique to women veterans. She is a retired USAFR officer having served 30 years. Theresa entered active duty as a member of the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps serving in prosecutorial and defense counsel positions. Upon leaving active duty, Theresa transferred to the Colorado Air National Guard serving as a JAG at the Group, Wing, Headquarters and State level for 17 years while simultaneously practicing law in Denver. Her private practice included commercial litigation and non-profit corporation representation. Selected as Total Quality Management Director for the Colorado National Guard, Theresa left private practice to focus on deploying this new management philosophy throughout the 5ooo member organization. She then assumed the position of 140th Mission Support Group Commander in the Colorado Air National Guard where she commanded 400+ members serving in Security Forces, Personnel, Recruiting, Services, Communications and Civil Engineering. Theresa ultimately deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan as Mission Support Group Commander with similar responsibilities. Her final assignment was Chief of Joint Staff for the Colorado National Guard where she worked directly for two successive Adjutants General of Colorado supervising the Joint Operations Center, the 8th Civil Support Team, the Joint Counterdrug Program, the International Partnership Program with the Republic of Slovenia and Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Human Resources, Judge Advocate General and Public Affairs Offices. Throughout her career, Theresa served on various advisory committees at the local, state and national levels. Most notably, she served with the Denver Metro Combined Federal Campaign for over 7 years to include chairing the Board and successively raising over $3 million per year to benefit local charities. Theresa attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education with emphasis in Political Science and Spanish. She then earned a Juris Doctorate from Ahmanson Law School at Creighton University. In her spare time, Theresa is an avid community, school and church volunteer.
Trevor Crandall is an independent analyst and author. Formerly, he was the Manager of Financial Planning and Analysis (“FP&A”) at KRG Capital Partners, a private equity growth firm headquartered in Denver, CO. Prior to joining KRG, Mr. Crandall was a Manager of Pricing and Offer Management and Network Operations Supervisor for Qwest Communications, Inc. (now CenturyLink, Inc.) from 2006 to 2010. He specialized in strategic pricing for telecommunications services, modeling, reporting and network operations. Prior to Qwest, Mr. Crandall was a Captain in the Third Armored Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army from 2002 to 2006 and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (“OIF I” and “OIF III”). Mr. Crandall earned a B.A. in Business Economics from the State University of New York (“SUNY”) at Potsdam in 2002 and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Denver in 2009, where he was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society for graduating in the top ten percent of his class.