Board of Directors
It is our honor and privilege to represent this organization's best interests and to ensure that decisions are based on its corporate mission and vision. We lay our hearts down for the well-being of our Veterans and consider it our duty to provide for them.
Tom Zimmerman is a lifelong resident of central Pennsylvania and a recently retired business owner with a heart for service. He has channeled his entrepreneurial success into enriching his community, supporting veterans and other charitable causes, and mentoring future business leaders, while maintaining a focus on faith and family.
Michael is Treasurer for Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania. He is a 31-year Veteran of the PA Army National Guard, with twenty of those years spent on active duty. In addition to two deployments, the majority of Mike's active duty service was spent with the PA Counterdrug Joint Task Force, supporting the National Guard, law enforcement, and community-based organizations' efforts to combat drug abuse.
With more than 25 years of investment management experience, Tim is a founding partner and portfolio manager for Adare Asset Management, where he shares responsibility for equity strategy, including research and security selection. As Chief Investment Officer and an expert on fixed income, Tim leads the firm’s analysis, research, and selection of fixed income securities.
Tracey is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Pennsylvania. Her duties include tax preparation for corporations, partnerships, non-profit organizations, and individuals; accounting services for small businesses; reviews and compilations of small business and non- profit organizations; assistance with accounting software implementation for small business.
Lou Nieves, Jr.
Lou Nieves, Jr. is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. During his service in the PA Air National Guard, he was assigned to the 111th Fighter Wing in Willow Grove Joint Reserve Base, PA, followed by the 112th Air Control Squadron in State College, PA. Lou finished his career as the Recruiting Office Supervisor for the 193rd Special Operations Wing in Middletown, PA and retired in 2006 in the rank of Master Sergeant.
Deborah Donahue brings over 13 years of experience in the non-profit sector while serving as the Executive Director of Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties. Upon retirement from the agency in 2011, she was appointed by former Governor Tom Corbett as the Director of Finance and Budget for the Office of Developmental Programs in the Department of Human Services.
"Living EMPOWERED and changing MY world."
Valerie E. Fletcher
1963 – 2002
VOPA unexpectedly lost our co-founder, vice president, and friend on August 10, 2022.
The daughter of an active duty Air Force Officer and self-described 'military brat,' Val spent her formative years living on military bases and knew firsthand the challenges and sacrifices of veterans and their families.
Val's calling was to improve people's lives, especially those who couldn't help themselves. She was driven to be a voice for struggling individuals and to make a meaningful difference in their lives.
A courageous woman with strong convictions, Val believed "God has your back," and relied on her faith to get things done. For over 30 years, she influenced countless lives by serving those in need within her community, holding various roles such as crisis intervention worker, intensive in-home family therapist, child grief specialist, and volunteer coordinator, to name a few. Val brought compassion and commitment to the individuals she served and believed in empowering people to make a difference in their communities.
VOPA's Board of Directors will endeavor to honor Val's memory as we complete our mission to combat homelessness among Veterans by providing support and services needed to promote an empowered life filled with strength and purpose. We know she will be encouraging us in spirit.
Wesley E. Craig, Major General (U.S. Army Retired)
John L. Gronski, Major General (U.S. Army Retired)
Wilbur E. Wolf III, Brigadier General (U.S. Army Retired)
Peggy Grove, CEO, Rosewein Realty
Michael Grove, Vice President, Rosewein Realty
Andrew M. Enders, Esq. President & General Counsel, Enders Insurance
Demielo Luckette, CW2 (Ret), USAR
Chief Operating Officer, Trinity Beverage Group/Verity Wine Partners
Lisa Myers, Principal, Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants
Christopher Stout, CPL (U.S. Army Ret)
Director of programs HOPE FAITH, 2018 CNN Hero of the Year,
Founder Veterans Community Project, Kansas City.
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Award winning writing and public relations strategist
Retired Business Executive
Owner and President, Ralph E. Jones, Inc.
JoAnn Tresco, Sergeant Major (Pennsylvania Army National Guard Retired)