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


Chairman: Arne Pedersen (Army)
Change Healthcare

Vice Chairman: Michael Rodriques
Simon Property Group

Treasurer: Nathan Plack
Tidwell Group

Secretary: Ginger Barnes (Navy)
Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery


Steve Benz (Air Force)
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

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

Louise Loyd

Mark Nicolson (Army)
Law Office of Mark Nicholson

Richard J. Schwartz, II.
Eli Lilly & Company



Kyle Bennett (Army)
JP Morgan Chase

Wayne Black (Army)
LSC Communications

Dave Certo
Indianapolis Veterans Court

Whitney Hamilton (Army)

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

Mike Jaarda

Celeste Jones
Everwise Credit Union

Courtney Kanzinger
Logistics Property Company, LLC

Bill Moreau
Barnes & Thornburg, LLP (Retired)

Eric Morris (Army)

Rick Penny (Marines)
Philips Healthcare

Joe Peterson
First Merchants Bank

Danny Portee (Army)
Professional Management Enterprises

Chuck Rainey (Navy)
Batteries Plus

Drew Stevenson (Navy)
Innovcare VA & INVARE GC

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

Jeremy Thornton (Marines)
PNC Bank

Tony Vespa (Navy)
Vespa Group

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 2020-2022