In the military support landscape, there is currently a need to create a collective platform that can provide resources that are easily accessible and readily available to a service member or their families. As most people would agree military families face many unique challenges, and that is why The Military Families Program seeks to create a framework for building a more coherent, comprehensive approach to supporting the well-being and readiness of military families.
Founder and Board Member
Retired U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel Justin Constantine was declared KIA in 2006. A sniper shot him in the head. The bullet knocked out his left eye, jaw, teeth and most of his tongue. The sight of it prompted another member of the patrol to mistake him for dead. But despite appearances, Justin had not been killed in action that afternoon in Iraq. His war, one the Marine waged through dozens of surgeries and thousands of hours in physical therapy, had just begun. Today, Justin uses his story to inspire others by sharing it at speaking events.
Founder and Board Member
Derrick is a government relations professional. Prior to becoming a government relations professional, Derrick worked on Capitol Hill for Congressional House leadership. He served on the Speaker of the House staff as the Director of Business and Intergovernmental Affairs. Before joining the Speaker’s staff, Derrick worked on the House Oversight and Budget congressional committees. Before embarking on a career in Capitol Hill and government relations, Derrick spent 10 years in the National football League. He holds a Bachelor of Science, with a minor in Communications from the University of Texas and a Master’s of Business Administration from George Washington University. Derrick is a Texas native and currently resides in Northern Virginia.
Founder and Board Member
Retired U.S. Army captain Scott Davidson heads the Northern Virginia-based firm, GCO Consulting Group. Prior to starting his company, Scott was a soldier. He served as a private, non-commissioned officer and officer during the course of a career that sent him to Iraq, Afghanistan and Asia.
In the Army, Scott’s work included positions as a convoy security commander and Counter IED expert.
Since retiring from the Army, Scott has become an active philanthropist for many causes in both the Veteran and civilian community. Among his many efforts, Scott serves on the leadership council of Washington Football Team’s charitable foundation. With GCO Consulting Group as its title sponsor, the organization’s major annual fundraiser collected more than $3.3 million to help kids in the D.C. area.
Founder and Board Member
Emma Dockery is a innovative social entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of Yellow Ribbons United, a military support initiative dedicated to enriching the lives of military and civilian children by creating various marketing activations with national brands and profession sports teams to aid in solving the civilian military divide.
Prior to creating YRU, Emma has created a number of brand awareness and cause marketing campaigns. Her endeavors include the enhancement of the Washington Redskins Think Pink Breast Cancer initiative in (2009),the creation of Playfield in the Park 2014)Winter Wonderland and United in Play (2018).
Emma holds a master’s in business administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. Emma is no stranger to philanthropic efforts center around youth. During her career she consulted for the Darrell Green Youth Life Foundation which during its tenure primarily focused its efforts on serving at-risk youth in the Washington D.C community.
Emma currently serves on the board of Venture Philanthropy Partners an organization that is dedicated to creating true impact in the lives of underserved youth in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
Driven thought leader, senior executive and board member who has successfully built businesses and transformed organizations, teams and people.
Passionate about investing in Education, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare and our Military and Veteran Community.
Marc’s longtime experience serving both the public and private sector has created a network of key relationships that allows Marc to easily navigate the complex dimensions of DC and global communities.
Currently Senior Global Client Service Partner for EY, advising global technology, private equity, public sector, consumer products, banking and capital markets clients.
Marc previously served in Strategy, Public Policy, and Markets Leadership roles to include creating EY’s US Federal Consulting business and International Development and Diplomacy practice.
Prior to joining EY, Marc was a Partner at Arthur Andersen LLP and a business leader and entrepreneur in the high-tech and services industries to include cofounding a software and services company.
Appointed by the President of the United States as Commissioner to the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars.
Washington Football Legends recognized Marc with their Community MVP Award for his extraordinary philanthropic endeavors and established a scholarship in Marc’s name for minority higher education assistance.
Capitol File Magazine recognized Marc as a DC Community Builder and selected Marc for “The List” of prominent business and community leaders in the Washington, DC Region. DC Magazine recognized Marc and his wife Shaza as leading Greater Washington philanthropists.
Former White House chef and retired U.S. Army Master Sgt. Andre Rush is a tireless advocate for veterans and suicide prevention. Among Chef Rush’s many efforts, he performs 2,222 push ups every day to raise awareness about veterans suicide and promote fitness.
As a White House chef, he cooked for four different Presidents. He was also a member of the United States Culinary Arts Team where he competed and won 150 medals and trophies.
Medal of Honor Recipient Clint Romesha penned the The New York Times best seller, “Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor.” The book chronicles the battle Romesha waged against insurgents, who attempted to cease a difficult to defend U.S. outpost, Combat Outpost Keating.
Outnumbered and outgunned, U.S. forces found themselves pinned down by enemy fire from the shrouding mountainsides Oct. 3, 2009. As enemies breached the outpost and began to overrun the compound, Romesha gathered and led a small force that repealed the siege. In addition to his book, Romesha’s heroism has been the subject of feature and documentary films.
Dawn Sedjo Mills
Dawn is a U.S. Army veteran, former military spouse and the widow of a career infantry officer. She brings a breadth of personal experience and deep professional understanding of military charities and events.
Director of Marketing
Victoria Thomas has a decade of professional experience in sports, public relations and community service. Prior to joining us, she worked for USA Hockey, the United States Olympic Committee and several teams in the National Hockey League. The community relations and event planning experience Victoria gained in those positions will be vital to our mission.
Special Events Director
John Libby is currently serving as a Sergeant in the US Army Reserves. In 2007, he enlisted active-duty Army as a Military Police Officer: “My military career has allowed me to serve in many different roles to include police patrolman, police shift supervisor, a member of the US Army Honor Guard ‘The Old Guard,’ Army cadet and new enlisted soldier trainer and a deployment to Kandahar Afghanistan as a heavy gunner in a military police squad.”
The Military Families Program is an initiative under the Veteran Success Resource Group (360 Veterans) which is an IRS approved 501 C 3 Public Charity .
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