Board of Directors

SJPeckHeadshot2011-714x1024Steve Peck is a leader in the national movement to eliminate homelessness among American veterans. He served as a lieutenant in the 1st Marine Division in the Vietnam War, near Da Nang, from 1969 to 1970.
When Peck returned from active duty, he pursued a career in filmmaking But his experience in the service tugged at him. Twenty years later, while working on a documentary about a group of homeless veterans living on the beach in Venice, California, he met a paraplegic Vietnam veteran who was suffering from severe PTSD and living in his car. “His wheelchair was parked outside the car door and his Silver Star [awarded to him by President Lyndon Johnson] was in the glove compartment,” Peck recalls. “I became a social worker to save guys like him.”

Peck promptly returned to school and earned a masters degree in social work from USC. He joined U.S.VETS full time as Director of Community Development in 1996, and was named president and CEO in 2010.

“Our job,” he says, “is to engage the enemy at home in the U.S. – the enemy of homelessness, disillusionment, and disappointment – to let these men and women know that there is a path forward and that we support them and are tremendously grateful for their contribution to this country and the sacrifices they have made.”

Joe CzyzykA longtime airline industry executive, Mr. Czyzyk is chairman of Los Angeles-based Mercury Air Group Inc.

He was born in Poland, the son of Holocaust survivors, and grew up in Canada. At the age of 16, he moved to the U.S with his parents and soon became a citizen. A graduate of California State University at Los Angeles, he served two tours of duty with the U.S. Navy Mobile Construction Battalions (Seabees) in Vietnam. He is a board member of the CEC/Seabee Historical Foundation.

Mr. Czyzyk serves on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where he was Chairman in 2011, and also serves as treasurer of the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). He is a member of the Board of Pepperdine University and the Chairman of its Board of Visitors for the Graduate School of Public Policy.

He is a past president of the City of Los Angeles board of taxicab commissioners, having served on the commission since its inception in 1998 until his retirement in 2008. Mr. Czyzyk has the distinction of having served as a city commissioner under three mayors of Los Angeles.

In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown of California to serve on the Governor’s Military Council, which reviews and facilitates California’s commitment to its military infrastructure.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in March 2012 and elected Chairman in February 2016.

Linda MilesMs. Miles is the founder and chief executive officer of Arise & Shine Haven for Homeless Women and Children in Los Angeles. A U.S. Navy veteran with four years of active duty and six years with the Naval Reserve, she served with AmeriCorps before becoming a women’s outreach coordinator for U.S.VETS, where she helped develop our ADVANCE women’s program.

Ms. Miles knowledge of the problems faced by female veterans comes from hard-earned personal experience Having suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a superior officer during active duty, she sank into homelessness and substance abuse following her separation from service and managed to turn her life around with the support of the US VETS staff, who empowered her to be the best that she could be. She earned a certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor from UCLA, a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from the University of La Verne, and two Masters degrees from the University of Phoenix a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

She was elected to the U.S.VETS board in December 2006.

mroosMike Roos is Founder and Chief Consultant of Mike Roos and Company, a public affairs management company founded in 1999. Mike Roos and Company specializes in government relations, corporate issues management, media relations and ballot measure campaigns.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Mr. Roos received a Bachelors degree in political science from Tulane University in New Orleans. He then received a National Institute of Child Health Fellowship at the University of Southern California, where he graduated with a Masters degree in public administration.

A political strategist and legislative leader in California for over 14 years, Mr. Roos served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1977 to 1991. In his second legislative term, he was chosen by his caucus as Majority Floor Leader. He served in that position for six years until he was elected by the 80-member body as Speaker Pro Tempore of the State Assembly.

Mr. Roos recently served as Chairman of the Fraternity of Friends of the Music Center. He served on the Queenscare Board of Directors, a nonprofit Healthcare Foundation, and is a Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Childrens Museum. He has also served as President of the Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Commission. Prior to founding Mike Roos and Company, Mr. Roos served as President and CEO of LEARN, a coalition to implement systemic reform and restructuring within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS Board of Directors in 2015.

Mike MurrayMr. Murray has worked for Verizon in California for twenty-five years. He started in Operations as a departmental clerk and his most recent position is Director Government & External Affairs for Long Beach and Southern California.

Mr. Murrays term in External Affairs began in 1983 (then Public Affairs with GTE) when he coordinated GTEs film library, an extensive collection of educational and career films that was used by teachers and GTE employees. From there, he worked with GTEs philanthropic program evaluating and managing grant requests submitted to GTE. From 1991 to 1996, he was part of GTEs media relations team in California.

In 1997 Mr. Murray became Public Affairs Manager for Long Beach, Signal Hill and Southeast Los Angeles cities. With the merger of GTE and Bell Atlantic, the position became part of Public Policy and External Affairs. He has held numerous leadership positions in Long Beach, including Chairman of the Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce; President of Better Learning After School Today; President of Leadership Long Beach; co-Chair of the Long Beachs 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness (adopted 2010), Chairman, US VETS Long Beach, Business Advisory Council and President of the Long Beach Education Foundation.

Mr. Murray has a BA from California State University, Fullerton, in Asian Studies. His interest in Asia began with his thirteen-month tour of duty in Vietnam as a United States Marine. He also has a second BA from California State University, San Francisco, in History. While in San Francisco, he worked for the San Francisco Recreation Department and AT&T Long Lines.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in March 2013.

Hal LampertA partner in the accounting firm of Lampert & Eskridge, Mr. Lampert has been a Certified Public Accountant for more than 30 years.

He is also a principal in several Southern California and Washington-based businesses and serves on the boards of the Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind and the Vintage Hollywood Foundation.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in August 2009.

Robert (Bob) G. Foster served as Mayor of the City of Long Beach, the sixth largest city in California, from July 2006 to July 2014.

Mr. Foster received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University before starting a career in the energy sector. Prior to being elected Mayor of Long Beach, he was President of Southern California Edison where he established renewable portfolio standards and led the nation’s leading energy efficiency program.

Mr. Foster serves or has served on a number of governing bodies for civic, cultural and governmental organizations and non-profit agencies including the board of directors of the Alliance of Save Energy, the California Foundation on the Environment and Economy and the Long Beach Aquarium, and the Advisory Board for Long Beach Memorial Hospital.  He also served as a trustee of the California State University system and is currently on the California State University-Foundation Board.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in September 2016.

_B2_0168A retired Aerospace Center manager with Northrop Grumman Corporation, Mr. Green is currently a math and science teacher for the Chino Valley California Unified School District.

He is also a retired U.S. Navy veteran with 26 years of service, including two tours in Vietnam. He was recalled to active duty during Operation Desert Storm, serving as Headquarters Command Duty Officer, Far East (Japan/Korea/Philippines).

Green holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from California State University, Long Beach and an MBA in international marketing from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a member of the Los Angeles Council of Black Professional Engineers, the National Black MBA Association and the Navy Fleet Reserve (Retired). He is also a former treasurer, and marketing & financial officer for the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commission.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in December 2006.

Linda MilesMr. Loranger is a member of the national mass disaster law firm ofBaum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman.

A veteran of the United States Marines Corps, Mr. Loranger served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. After serving in the Marines, he earned a bachelors degree in Biology from California State University, Northridge and his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law.

Mr. Loranger is a member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and Consumer Attorneys of California. He is an active member of various committees within the CAALA, including the Government Relations Committee, the Public Relations Committee, the Listserve Committee, the New Lawyers Committee, and the Mentor Program. CAALA has honored Mr. Loranger with two awards for his tireless efforts to preserve victims’ rights and for his advocacy for consumer safety.

He has also been an active member of the civil air patrola benevolent, nonprofit organization and auxiliary of the new U.S. Air Force, dedicated to aerospace education.

Mr. Loranger joined the U.S.VETS board of directors in August 2014.

Jerry McGeeMr. McGee is the Executive Vice President for the American Association of Advertising Agencies, Western Region. He is responsible for interacting with and providing guidance to member agencies in the region on 4A’s services. He is also the creative lead for the association and works with the creative community to ensure that the 4A’s provides training and support to this key constituency. He serves on the 4A’s WR Finance, HR and New Business committees and is chair of the Western Region Leadership Council.

A veteran of two 4A’s agencies, Mr. McGee has served as president and CEO at J. Walter Thompson Los Angeles. Prior to that he was chairman and CEO at Ogilvy & Mather West. Mr. McGee began his career at Ogilvy & Mather New York in 1963, where he served in a variety of positions including media buyer, producer, account supervisor, copywriter, associate creative director and creative director. He moved west in 1984 as managing director of Ogilvy & Mather Los Angeles, where he led that office for 16 years and was a member of the Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide Board of Directors.

He is a past president of the Western States Advertising Association, past chairman of the Los Angeles Advertising Club and served as chairman of the 4A’s Southern California Council. Mr. McGee is co-founder of Victory over Violence, and has served on the boards of KCET, Harvey Mudd College, and Center Theater Group. Currently he is the President of Think LA, a board member of the M School at Loyola University and an instructor at UCLA.

Mr. McGee joined the U.S.VETS Board of Directors in 2016.

Jerold (Jerry) Neuman is a partner at Liner, LLP in the Real Estate, Land Use and Government Relations department, and is one of California’s preeminent land-use, environmental and government law attorneys.

Mr. Neuman received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and graduated from Columbia University School of Law. He has acted as lead negotiator and project coordinator for many of Southern California’s real estate, green energy, infrastructure and governmental procurement projects.

Mr. Neuman has worked on the Mixed-Income Housing Technical Advisory Committee in Los Angeles and has served on the Fresno General Plan Implementation & Infill Development Task Force. He has been awarded the Crystal Eagle Award for outstanding leadership in public affairs, and a was named one of California’s Top 50 Development Lawyers by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. He is also a founding director of Mission Valley Bank and is on the Executive Boards of many Los Angeles commercial and charitable organizations.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS Board of Directors in October, 2016.

PawlingMajor General Peter S. Pawling was born in Palm Springs, California and spent his teenage years living in Palm Springs and Kingsburg, California. In 1967 his family sailed to Hawaii, where he lives today. He attended the University of Hawaii where he earned a degree in Psychology.

General Pawling was commissioned in 1972 through the Officer Preparatory Academy at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tennessee. While assigned as the 154th Operations Group Commander, he served as Detachment Commander for the Wing’s first F-15 combat deployment to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in 1994, and Detachment Commander for the KC-135 squadron deployment to Istres, France, during the Kosovo campaign in 1999. He was Commander of the 154th Wing, Hawaii Air National Guard from 2003 to 2009. General Pawling also served as past Chair of the F-15 Weapon System Council and the Fighter Task Force chair for National Guard Association of the United States.

General Pawling assumed duties as Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, United States Pacific Command in June 2009 to 2012. He was the principle advisor to the Commander regarding reserve component readiness and operations and facilitates Homeland Security activities between State, National Guard, active military and Federal agencies.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in 2015.

Adam Siegler

Mr. Siegler is an attorney whose practice focuses primarily on business litigation, construction, real estate finance and entertainment litigation matters. He also serves as a judge advocate in the U.S. Army Reserve, holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In 2008, Mr. Siegler was mobilized for a 12-month tour in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and he deployed with the 11th Military Police Brigade to Baghdad, Iraq. He served as the detention operations attorney for a forward operating base, for which he received the Bronze Star. In 2005, he was mobilized by U.S. Central Command to serve in Egypt.

Mr. Siegler received the Army Core Values Award in 2001 from the command chaplains of both the 63rd Regional Readiness Command and the 311th Corps Support Command for pro bono legal services to soldiers.

He holds a double B.A. degree in history and political science from the University of California at Los Angeles, and he graduated magna cum laude from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. In 2013, he graduated from the Army War College with a Masters degree in Strategic Studies. He sits on the entertainment law committee of the Beverly Hills Bar Association and also serves as a judge pro tem and arbitrator for the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He was awarded the Wiley M. Manuel Award for pro bono legal services.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in December 2006.

John StanfordCurrently the president of MJWJ Global Radio Network, LLC and Fun Destinations, LLC, Mr. Stanford previously spent 23 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where he held various positions, including research scientist, advanced technology expert and integration lead engineer.

After completing reserve officer training at Tuskegee University, Mr. Stanford received a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U. S. Army Medical Service Corps and served 18 months as a battalion surgeon assistant in Vietnam.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Tuskegee, a bachelor in metaphysics from the University of Sedona, a masters degree in environmental management from the University of Houston/Clear Lake, and a masters in public health in occupational health/aerospace medicine from the University of Texas Science Center-Houston. He has a doctorate in bioethics and religious studies from Bryson University and is currently studying for the MBA in metaphysics and the doctor of theocentric psychology at the University of Sedona. He has honorary doctorates in humanities and theocentric psychology.

He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the NASA Alumni League, the Tuskegee National Alumni Association and the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. He is also a distinguished life presidential associate of Tuskegee University.


He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in September 2011.

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Matt Thompson HeadshotAs the Vice President of the Security Practice Area at Xcelerate Solutions, Matthew Thompson is responsible for developing and managing Xcelerate’s overall portfolio of security-related business, which includes projects in Personnel Security, Identity Access Management, and Cyber Security across the Department of Defense and Federal Civilian Agencies. Mr. Thompson is an industry-recognized thought leader in Identity and Security Management and currently serves as Chair of the Management Council of the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, a public-private sector collaboration to promote secure, user-friendly ways to give individuals and organizations confidence in their online interactions.

A Distinguished Military Graduate with Academic Honors from the Virginia Military Institute and Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, Mr. Thompson is a proven business leader, a successful entrepreneur, and a decorated combat veteran. He served as an Army Ranger, completing four deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Thompson’s professional experience includes positions at McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs. In 2010, Mr. Thompson co-founded, an identity management software company recognized as one of the “100 Brilliant Companies” by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2014.

He was elected to the U.S.VETS board in March 2011.