Board Members

Tom Base

Board Chair

Service Affiliation: US Marine Corps Veteran; USNA graduate

A start up technology healthcare evangelist, Tom is a management consultant with Open Minds. Prior roles include Healthtech Managing Director for Boomtown Accelerators, Chief Business Development Officer for Mental Health Partners, Executive Director for the CHDI Foundation. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Tom served over five years as an Officer with the United States Marine Corps. Additionally, he served on the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Committee, Colorado Behavioral Healthcare Council and as the Vice-Chair, Board of Directors for the Level One Society, Denver Health Foundation.

Headshot of Michael Mitchel, Executive Director of Post 1 Foundation

Michael Mitchel

Executive Director, Founder

Service Affiliation: US Navy Veteran

Michael owns OC National Search and served as the Executive Director for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1 from 2013-2016. In 2014, the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce (DMCC) named VFW Post 1 the Small Non-Profit of the Year and 9News selected him as one of three 2016 Leader of the Year Finalists. In 2014, Michael created the Post 1 Foundation as a 501c3 to support the VFW Post 1 Veteran Community Center Capital Campaign. He also created the Veterans Arts Council that has grown to become a signature program at VFW Post 1.  As the Executive Director of the Post 1 Foundation, he has expanded its mission to build, support and preserve Veterans’ service programs for VSOs throughout the Metro Denver community.

Andy Benson

Board Member, Secretary

Service Affiliation: US Army Veteran, USMA graduate

A Systems Engineer with the Defense Contract Management Agency, Andy oversees risk oversight on satellite design, development and production. Andy’s prior experience includes roles as a Systems Engineer at the VA, and Senior Program Manager with the Home Depot Foundation. After graduating from the United States Military Academy, Andy served with distinction as a US Army Ranger and was awarded multiple Bronze Stars. Andy is a West Point Society of Denver Board member. 

Andrew Perry

Board Member, Treasurer

Service Affiliation: US Marine Corps Veteran

Andrew moved to Denver in the summer off 2019 from Atlanta and quickly became an active member in the Veteran community. After serving over four years in the United States Marine Corps, Andrew entered into a career of financial planning, partly after observing service members being preyed on by predatory lending. His interests include Jitsu and the Colorado outdoor lifestyle.  

Tom Ramar

Board Member, Partnerships

Service Affiliation: US Navy (ret.)

Tom is a serial business development startup entrepreneur executive. A “Mustang”, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy and retired as a Lt. Commander.  Tom has extensive experience in cybersecurity both while on active duty and in the technology sector. An active member of the Denver Veteran community, Tom served on the USS Colorado Committee to raise funds for the Plank owner crew of SSN 788. Additionally, he served as the VP of Legislative Affairs, National Director and Regional President of the Rocky Mountains for the Navy League of the United States. A graduate of Pepperdine with an MBA and US Naval War College, Tom enjoys all the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.

Holli Keyser

Board member, Communications & Marketing

Service Affiliation: Military Family Member; Veterans Advocate

Holli has extensive experience directing communication strategies for non-profit organizations including the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Johnson & Wales University, and the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. As a military family member, Holli is passionate about serving those who have served. She was a founding coordinator of the Denver Metro Chamber’s and CU’s Boots to Suits program, helping veteran military students transition from the classroom to the workforce, and was instrumental in opening the CU Anschutz Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic in Greenwood Village. She is also a volunteer public affairs officer for VFW Post 1. In 2017, the VFW Post 1 presented Holli the Citizen of the Year Award for public relations and outreach support. She holds an MBA from Johnson & Wales University.

Volunteer Staff

Kathryn Wirkus

Program Manager

Service Affiliation: US Air Force

Kathryn is the Program Manager for the Post 1 Leadership Veteran program. Kathryn has dedicated her life to our community and nation as a staffer for Congressman Ed Perlmutter for eight years, and served more than five years with the Colorado Division of Veteran Affairs. As an Officer with the United States Air Force, Kathryn served in many roles during her career including Deputy Director, Training Mission, PAO, Air Force Reserve Program Manager, Director of Human Resources, and Program Manager at the Air Force Academy.

Drake Carpenter

VSO dIRECTOR OF rELATIONS

Service Affiliation: US Army 

A graduate of the University of Denver and veteran of the US Army NCO corp., Drake is an experienced project manager who currently works in sports marketing for a local Denver corporation. Drake’s 10 years of experience on nonprofit committees, as well as a diverse background of community involvement in the Denver area will contribute to Leadership Veteran’s goals of growth and VSO participation.

Dan McAuliffe

Partnerships

Service Affiliation: US Army (ret.)

A Lt. Colonel in the US Army Reserves, Dan serves with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps while serving as an Attorney with High Country Lawyers. Dan was the Deputy Director/General Counsel for the Colorado Water Conversation Board for over 13 years, Legislative Director for the United States Senate and House of Representative and the Assistant Director for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Dan also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America and Justice & Mercy Legal Aid Clinic. Dan earned his JD in Law from the American University Washington College of Law.

Angie Johnson

Research

Service Affiliation: Military Family; Veterans Advocate

Angie is the Director of Research, Talent Sourcing and Operations with OC National Search. She supports the Foundation with research, resource identification and other critical operational needs. Both of her grandfathers served in Europe and Korea while in the United States Army. Her uncle was a fighter pilot in WWII.

Advisory Board

Brook Kramer

Service Affiliation: Veteran Advocate

Brook has served as a Senior Executive and Wealth Management Professional for Wells Fargo, First Western and other financial institutions. Her philanthropic contributions include the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Girl Scouts of Colorado, Colorado Children’s Chorale, Governor’s Mansion Perseveration Fund and the Salvation Army of Metro Denver. In recognition of Brook’s contribution to the community, she was named Woman of Distinction, a finalist for Outstanding Woman in Business, 9News Leader of the Year nominee and member of Leadership Denver, Class of 2017.

Bill Lindsay

Service Affiliation: US Marine Corps

Bill is a past Board Chair of Craig Hospital, Children’s Hospital Colorado and Colorado’s Commission on Affordable Health Care. He is a current board member of the Rose Community Foundation.  Bill is a former Board Member and former Chair (2010-2011) of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and was the Chair of Colorado’s Blue-Ribbon Commission for Health Care Reform in 2007.

Bill has a B.A. in Political Science and was most recently the President of Lockton Companies’ Benefit Group in Denver. He now has a consulting practice, Lindsay3, LLC

Gaven Gregory

Service Affiliation: US Army Veteran

Gaven is the Vice President of Retail for Valley Wide Cooperative. Prior he served as Division Vice President for True Value Company after serving over 11 years as the Executive Director for the Home Depot Foundation. As a Captain in the United States Army, Gaven’s deployments included Iraq and Korea.

Al Rosabal

Service Affiliation: US Air Force Veteran

Al is an Executive Partner with Gartner and consults CXOs regarding strategic issues.  Prior experience includes CEO for Galvanize, COO & CTO with National CineMedia and CTO for the City and County of Denver. Al graduated from the United States Air Force Academy, earned an MBA from Boston University and currently serves on the board for Rocky Mountain PBS and the Colorado Technology Association.

John Keene

Service Affiliation: US Marine Corps Veteran

John has served in several key leadership roles including CFO and currently as the Executive Director of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1, the first VFW post in the world. John served as a Police Officer in Lansing and Chicago, IL and 12 years in the United States Marine Corps with deployments including Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. John is now a Broker Associate with Corcoran Perry & Co specializing in home sales for Veterans.