One Team. One Fight
Chaunte Myers, Chief Executive Officer, CMA Co-Founder
USAF Veteran/Army Military Spouse / Military Family
Chaunte’ N. Myers is no stranger to understanding military culture. Growing up as an Air Force dependent in a family steeped in military tradition, it is easy to understand her drive, determination and unyielding passion for serving the military and the military-affiliated community. As a U.S. Air Force OIF/OEF Veteran serving 15+ years, Chaunte’ has a deeply rich perspective regarding the trials and tribulations associated with multiple long-term deployments and can attest all too well to the sacrifices related to steadfastly maintaining such commitments.
Having honorably served in an Active Duty as well as Reserve capacity, she brings a realistic perspective and understanding with respect to addressing the functional challenges associated with transitioning from a military commitment and reintegrating into the civilian sector as a veteran.
Since 2011, Mrs. Myers has served as Chief Executive Officer of Centurion Military Alliance (CMA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-based transition assistance program designed to train, prepare and educate our nation’s transitioning military, veterans, family members and caregivers. Considered a force-multiplier for DOD-TAP, CMA’s multidisciplinary integrated curriculum (co-authored by Mrs. Myers) is built upon a foundation of holistic health and well-being which underpins and further supports three core societal pillars: Educational Attainment, Financial Literacy, and Vocational Proficiency. CMA’s curriculum which has been successfully utilized by over 7000 transitioning active duty, veterans, spouses and caregivers to date.
Today, CMA’s program is seen as an innovative game-changer – a uniquely robust Community-Based Transition Assistance Program that has garnered notable attention from the DOD Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and among military service organizations. Under Chaunte’s collaborative direction, CMA has successfully forged relationships with organizations such as Army Solider for Life (SFL), Association of the United State Army (AUSA), Air Force Association (AFA), Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA), United Service Organizations (USO) – Pathfinder Program, the Society of Human Resources (SHRM) and many other local, national, public, private, faith-based and non-profit like-minded support organizations that have coalesced to form a comprehensive transition support network.
Committed to being a life-long learner, Chaunte’ holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Applied Management as well as a Master of Public Administration (MPA) with an emphasis in Government & Policy degree from Grand Canyon University. She also holds multiple Personal Training certificates, a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate, a Masters Level Certificate in Human Resource Management, and an Executive Level Career Coach Certificate. She is currently enrolled in a Doctorate of Business Administration with Trident University International. Excitandis in te Fortis – “Awaken the Warrior”
Karin Childress Wiley, Chief Operations Officer
USMC Military Spouse / Military Family
Ms. Childress-Wiley has navigated a 20-year career in Talent Acquisition and Staffing with much of that time focused on Veteran and Military Spouse Employment. As founder of the Veteran Employment Program for Military.com (owned by Monster.com) and Head of Strategy for Fastport, a DOD/DOL/DOL VETS Contractors and Apprenticeship Intermediary, Ms. Childress-Wiley has led Veteran recruitment initiatives for numerous Fortune 500 Companies, VSOs, small businesses and supporting Organizations and is highly adept in the process to connect Service Members in transition to Industry and Employers.
Today, Ms. Childress-Wiley is the COO of CMA, with a focus on developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining corporate strategic initiatives, audience expansion and digital tools for CMA’s sponsors and partners. Karin is also a Strategic Advisor for CMAs partner Military Talent Group, a New York based Tech company with an OnDemand Learning and Advisory platform for Employers.
Brandon Hall,Chief Technology Officer
US Army Veteran / Military Family
Brandon K. Hall is a 10-year, OEF/OIF Air Force Veteran. Since separating from the USAF, Brandon has served to provide Peer-to-Peer mentoring/coaching for active duty, veterans and the larger military-affiliated community.
For the past 5 years, Mr. Hall has served as CMA Chief Technology & Continuity Officer – managing all aspects of the organization’s IT integration, data analytics, computer support and administrative processes.
Board of Directors
Board President, Co-Founder - Dr. Steven L. Hall (USAF Ret) – Retiring in 2006, after 25 years of active duty service, Dr. Hall has worked in postsecondary education systems of Arizona, California, and Texas and more specifically, toward addressing the associated needs of transitioning veteran and the larger military-affiliated community. Dr. Hall’s dissertation and subsequent research has made tremendous inroads to advancing innovative approaches toward curriculum development and programmatic enhancements of organizations supporting DOD TAP and associated programs. Dr. Steven L. Hall (USAF Ret) – Retiring in 2006, after 25 years of active duty service, Dr. Hall has worked in postsecondary education systems of Arizona, California, and Texas and more specifically, toward addressing the associated needs of transitioning veteran and the larger military-affiliated community. Dr. Hall’s dissertation and subsequent research has made tremendous inroads to advancing innovative approaches toward curriculum development and programmatic enhancements of organizations supporting DOD TAP and associated programs.
Board Secretary, Kelly Lerch is the Group Talent Acquisition Manager for Enterprise Holdings of South Texas covering San Antonio, Corpus, The Rio Grande Valley and Laredo. She is responsible for developing and executing internal and external hiring strategies for all Enterprise Holdings’ brands to include Enterprise, National and Alamo.
A native of Phoenix, Arizona, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Arizona. After spending 7 years in retail management, she joined Enterprise and moved into management and then Talent Acquisition. She moved from her home in Phoenix, Arizona to San Antonio after accepting the Group Talent Acquisition Manager position with the company in April of 2012. She currently serves as Past-President on the Board of MPACE (Mountain Pacific Association of Colleges and Employers), Secretary of CMA (Centurion Military Alliance), is a member of NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) and has her certification as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).
Treasurer of the Board, Thomas F WIlliams, MPA, CSM, USA (Ret) - After joining the military in 1987, 1SG (Ret) Thomas spent over 23 years in the Army and retired as in 2010 after serving as a First Sergeant with 3rd Brigade 1st Infantry Division in 2010 out of the Fort Hood area. He was responsible for the combat readiness of over 100 Soldiers and their families; responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing the logistical support for all unit operations. He served two tours in combat in Iraqi and Afghanistan. He spent time training many units for combat as an Observer Controller at the National Training Center in California for two years. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management/Human Resource Management with Columbia Southern University. He currently serves as the Warrior Transition Brigade Transition Coordinator, providing services and assistance to all Soldiers in Transition and their family members. Mr. Thomas serves as the Unit’s representative at meeting with federal, state and local employment representatives to discuss marketing strategies, program status and problem areas as well as coordinate for and negotiate transition/employment assistance. Mr. Thomas proudly serves on CMA’s Board of Directors and assists with coordinating, planning and executing CMA workshops throughout the U.S.
Board Treasurer, Thomas F WIlliams, MPA, CSM, USA (Ret) - After joining the military in 1987, 1SG (Ret) Thomas spent over 23 years in the Army and retired as in 2010 after serving as a First Sergeant with 3rd Brigade 1st Infantry Division in 2010 out of the Fort Hood area. He was responsible for the combat readiness of over 100 Soldiers and their families; responsible for planning, coordinating, and executing the logistical support for all unit operations. He served two tours in combat in Iraqi and Afghanistan. He spent time training many units for combat as an Observer Controller at the National Training Center in California for two years. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management/Human Resource Management with Columbia Southern University. He currently serves as the Warrior Transition Brigade Transition Coordinator, providing services and assistance to all Soldiers in Transition and their family members. Mr. Thomas serves as the Unit’s representative at meeting with federal, state and local employment representatives to discuss marketing strategies, program status and problem areas as well as coordinate for and negotiate transition/employment assistance. Mr. Thomas proudly serves on CMA’s Board of Directors and assists with coordinating, planning and executing CMA workshops throughout the U.S.
Senior Employment Advisor, Co-Founder, Jarod A. Myers is an OEF/OIF Army veteran and former Veteran Constituent Liaison to Texas Congressman John R. Carter, Jarod has leveraged his prior experiences to developing a comprehensive military to civilian transition assistance program. Mr. Myers is an Honorable Purple Heart recipient and a staunch advocate for providing a voice for programs in support of service members and the greater military community. Jarod continues to serve the military and larger military-affiliated community as a Military Programs Talent Acquisitions Manager for Cameron, a Schlumberger company; the world’s largest Oil & Gas Industry services company. Jarod has earned both a B.S. Applied Management – Ken Blanchard College of Business Grand Canyon University and Master Business Administration w/ an Emphasis in Project Management from Colangelo College of Business, Grand Canyon University.
Senior Financial Advisor, Glenn Errhart Over the past 20 plus years, Glenn has worked for several organizations to include the Tandy Corporation, Walker Advertising, Capital Group Companies, and RBFCU one of the fastest growing credit unions in the nation.
With each of his employers he has supported business development, marketing, community relations, recruiting, and mentoring college students and military families with their employment transition and career development. In his current role as the Human Resources – Director of Events, he supports the growth of RBFCU in San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Corpus Christi, and surrounding Texas communities. Most importantly, he is humbled each day to support RBFCU with their goal and initiative of People Helping People! Glenn has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio – UTSA. In addition, currently he is on the Employer Advisory Board of UTSA Career Services, Texas State Career Services and The San Antonio Colleges and Universities Career Centers Association (SACUCCA). He has been a past board member of the UTSA Alumni Association, Alamo Heights Optimist Club, and March of Dimes. Today is honored to work with and support the Centurion Military Alliance (CMA) as an Employer Advisory Board member.
Senior Military Advisor, Co-Founder - Michael S. Hall, MPA, USAF Vet - From 2004 to 2010, Air Force veteran Michael Hall served as a security forces leader in Iraq, Germany, and Korea. After his six-year enlistment, Michael became certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards Education to become a police officer. Married to an Army captain, Michael continued to travel. While completing his Master of Public Administration, Michael served as a legislative assistant for the Office of Senator Hirono, and an analyst for the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Michael is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy.
Senior Education Advisor, Command Sergeant Major Philip F. Johndrow, United States Army is the Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Command and General Staff College. He assumed responsibility on 15 May 2008 and relinquished his responsibilities on 3 October 2011, retiring to the Fort Hood, Texas area. As Command Sergeant Major of Combined Arms Center, Johndrow oversees all enlisted matters within the scope of the United States Army Combined Arms Center, Command and General Staff College and the schools and centers of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Advisory Board, By Pillar
VOCATIONAL ADVISORY TEAM
Sean Passmore impacts transitioning service members and military spouses daily by leading military hiring and retention programs at USAA and coaching transitioning veterans and military spouses on career readiness. As a retired service member, he is familiar with the challenges of leaving the military and finding a second career. Many people helped him along that journey and he enjoys paying it forward. Sean’s greatest work satisfactions are having a role that allows him to use his skills to help his company hire and retain amazing military talent, and hearing from veterans and military spouses when they land their dream jobs, whatever and wherever those might be.
A prior enlisted soldier, Non-Commissioned Officer, and graduate of Officer Candidate School (OCS), Sean served 22 ½ years in the Army before retiring in June 2014 as a senior Presidential Communications Officer in the White House Communications Agency where he provided direct and personal support to the President of the United States and led teams supporting Presidential events around the world. Sean earned his Master of Science degree in Project Management from The George Washington University and holds several project management certifications, including Project Management Professional (PMP), SAFe® 4 Agilist, and SAFe® 4 Product Owner/Product Manager. He is also a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and has earned SHRM’s Talent Acquisition Certification and the SHRM Foundation’s Veterans at Work Certificate.
Gregory “Greg” Lengyel, Retired U.S. Air Force Major General is a senior national security executive with significant global experience leading in the U.S. military’s special operations community and within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He has achieved measurable operational results in the most challenging environments through transformational organizational management in operations, finance, strategic alliances, logistics, and human resources responsibility for organizations with multi-billion-dollar budgets and thousands of employees. He is a recently retired U.S. Air Force Major General with 33 years of service, and currently runs a consulting company with business management and national security clients. Greg and his wife of 28 years, Diane, live in New Braunfels, Texas, and are the proud parents of two sons currently serving as pilots in the Air Force and Marine Corps.
Chief Master Sergeant Emily E. Shade Dr. Emily Shade, a 25-year Air Force veteran, continues to serve the enlisted members of the Air Force as the curator of the Air Force Enlisted Heritage Research Institute and Enlisted Heritage Hall. Her passion for military history and public speaking assists with ensuring Air Force enlisted contributions are not forgotten. In 2017, she co-founded Iron Porch Ministries which highlights the need for Christian women to have space to “sharpen one another” without fear of judgement. She is a graduate of Leadership Montgomery and is a board advisor to the Air University Foundation. Dr. Shade received her B.S. in American History from The University of Maryland and her M.A in History from American Military University. She completed her Doctoral in Adult Education from Capella University.
SEAC(r) Joe Gainey is a Trident University graduate and was the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC). SEAC(r) Gainey enlisted in the Army in 1974, and went on to hold leadership positions ranging from gunner to Command Sergeant Major. He served in Operation Joint Endeavor (IFOR), Operation Joint Guard (SFOR3) and Operation Joint Forge (SFOR 8) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in Operation Iraqi Freedom II. SEAC(r) Gainey retired in April 2008 after 33 years of honorable service.
EMPLOYER ADVISORY TEAM
Jesse Canella - Jesse Canella serves as the CEO & Founder of Military Talent Group, which provides a powerful platform that enables any company to be able to successfully weave military talent into the fabric of their organization - creating the greatest reciprocal success and satisfaction rates, benefiting employers and the military community, alike. In addition to creating Military Talent Group, Canella also co-founded the national veterans non-profit, HonorVet.org, as a way to assist military veterans and their families - through the use of technology and a national network of support - so that they not only transition successfully back home, but once again thrive.
Prior to re-entering civilian life, he was a non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Rifleman and Squad Leader. During the Operation Iraqi Freedom surge in 2007, he deployed to the Al Anbar Providence of Iraq as a member of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment and conducted over 180 missions..He was honored as the 2010 “Dream and Innovation Award” recipient from Syracuse University and the 2011 “Courage Award” recipient from the Care Plus Foundation for his work to reduce the stigma of mental illness. In 2012, Jesse received the “Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Award” from Syracuse University and named a 2019 Veteran In Residence Recipient from Bunker Labs and WeWork.
FINANCIAL ADVISORY TEAM
Kristen Smith, M.A.E.D., SMSgt, USAF (Ret) Is A Trident University Graduate Where She Earned Her Master’s Degree In Education. She Enlisted Into The Air Force In 1994 And Held Several Leadership Roles Throughout Her Career. The Last Duty Position She Held Was Superintendent, 43d Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina. She Served As The Key Adviser To The Commander And Assumed Responsibility For The Combat Readiness And Professional Development Of 160 Unit Members. She Retired September 2017 After Serving For 23 Years Of Honorable Service. Kristen Is Now A Realtor® With Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper, REALTORS®.
Jeffrey J. Snow - Retired as Major General of the U.S. Army in October 2018 after a 30+-year career serving in a variety of senior roles and staff assignments in the U.S. and globally. Jeff has led geographically-dispersed organizations of up to ~13,000 people, built strong and cohesive teams that succeeded in challenging environments, and oversaw budgets of up to $1B. His expertise lies in strategic planning and policy development, productivity and efficiency improvement, team building and partnership development, end-to-end operations/operational design, recruiting and marketing, and project planning. He also has expertise in sexual assault prevention/response.
Jeff joined the United States Army in 1983 and held various leadership assignments in Kuwait, Germany, the Pentagon, Fort Drum, NY, and West Point. His later Command assignments included battalion and brigade leadership during Operation Joint Guardian and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has received numerous awards and decorations (the most recent is the Distinguished Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters) and has a Top-Secret security clearance.
Jeff earned a B.S. from the United States Military Academy, West Point, an M.A. from Michigan State University and an M.S. from the United States Army War College.
Paul Gallagher, SPHR, CMSgt USAF (Ret) - CMSgt (r) Paul Gallagher is a 29 year Air Force veteran and graduate of American Military University where he earned a BA in Management. He is a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and co-Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Operation Vet NOW Paul has over 23 years of recruiting, marketing and human resource management experience within Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS) culminating as the Superintendent of Inspector General Programs for Headquarters, AFRS. After positively affecting lives by contributing to tens of thousands of civilians becoming Airmen, he is now passionate about helping military members to be wildly successful in their transitions to civilian life. Paul and his wife, Valerie, live near San Antonio, TX.
EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY TEAM
Rafael Paredes - Rafael believes every American should have the opportunity to make positive contributions to our country and their communities. As such, he volunteers his time with several local and national organizations, such as Service Year Alliance, Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, New Politics Leadership Academy, LeftRightStep.Org, and Interfaith Welcome Coalition, amongst others. His passion for service stems from a sense of gratitude and responsibility. He is pursuing a second career in service where he can put to use his leadership skills and experience to inspire others to give back to our country and their communities.
William Branum - William is a former Navy SEAL with 26 years of service who holds a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Leadership and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Leadership. He has lead teams from 4 to 400 personnel to conduct Special Operations around the world providing leadership and mentorship to junior personal and senior officers alike.
During his last three years of service, William built teams to solve operational deficiencies by creating strategic coalition partnerships with industry, academia, and government R&D funding organizations. Through these partnerships, he secured over $16M that went to the development and creation of technologies that did not previously exist. Since retiring from the Navy, William has started a professional firm, NALU Strategic Solutions, to help companies with product development, problem solving, create strategies, and bring a different perspective to their organization.