Meet The Board | HVAF


Our board members help us stay connected, driven, and motivated.


Chairman: Tony Vespa (Navy)
Vespa Group

Vice Chairman: Arne Pedersen (Army)
The LAN Network

Treasurer: Jeremy Thornton (Marines)
PNC Bank

Secretary: Michael Rodriques
Simon Property Group


Steve Benz (Air Force)
Novo Nordisk

Russell Cox
Cox, Sargeant, Burns, P.C.

Louise Loyd

Richard J. Schwartz, II.
Eli Lilly & Company


Ginger Barnes (Navy)
Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery

Kyle Bennett (Army)
JP Morgan Chase

Wayne Black (Army)
LSC Communications

Dave Certo
Indianapolis Veterans Court

Doug Hedrick (Army)
Willow Health TPA & U.S. Army Reserve

Mike Jaarda

Andy Kight
Jacobson, Hile, Kight, LLC

Diane Markle
STAR Financial Bank

Bill Moreau
Indiana Citizen

Eric Morris (Army)

Mark Nicholson (Army)
Law Office of Mark Nicholson

Drew Noga (Navy)
Equitable Advisors

Rick Penny (Marines)
Philips Healthcare

Joe Peterson
First Merchants Bank

Danny Portee (Army)
Professional Management Enterprises

Chuck Rainey (Navy)
Batteries Plus

Jim Sweeney (Marines)
U.S. Courts, Southern District of Indiana

Jay Wirts (Marines)

It is a privilege, a blessing, and a truly humbling experience to serve on Team HVAF - witnessing the relentless pursuit of the HVAF Mission by the staff, volunteers, board, and donors. I offer my sincerest thanks to all who have donated their time and treasure to the team, with a special thanks to the HVAF staff who have made it their life’s work to serve our brothers and sisters in need.

– Tony Vespa | HVAF Board Chairman