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.
As a Recruiting Supervisor, Lou developed a recruitment and retention personnel operations plan including goals and objectives, recruitment and retention activities, advertising, and budget for the entire Wing. He successfully implemented procedures which provided supervisors and trainers with training tools and assistance needed to ensure necessary skills were developed and peers received formal training. Lou developed and maintained long-term contacts with representatives of local news media, civic organizations, high schools and colleges, reserve and active duty recruiters and units of the Armed Forces, and the general public as appropriate to increase awareness of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He established and maintained effective relations with unit members, and the local community.
Lou holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelors Degree in Workforce Education & Training from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. In addition, he holds Associates Degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, AL and Community College of Baltimore County at Catonsville, MD.
Currently, Lou works with the U.S. Department of Labor – Wage and Hour Division. Lou is also a Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI-I), In his spare time he teaches others how to fly airplanes, while also enjoying flying for pleasure. Some of his highlight flights include mountain flying in the Colorado Rockies, landing at Telluride Regional Airport, CO, the highest elevation commercial airport in the U.S., flying over the Grand Canyon, flying over the Niagara Falls and landing his airplane on an ice runway in Alton Bay, NH.
JoAnn Tresco is a Sergeant Major (retired) with 34 years of service in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. She retired in 2014 from the 28th Infantry Division Judge Advocate General Corps where she ended her military career as a Senior Paralegal NCOIC. She attended Basic Training in 1980 at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, in the first female/male integrated basic training class at that installation.
While serving in the PAARNG in an M-Day capacity, she pursued a successful civilian career as a senior paralegal, a law office manager and then the Legal Studies Division Chair at Central Pennsylvania College where she taught and directed three academic programs for 17 years. She earned two Associate Degrees in Legal Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Penn State University.
In 2002 she went on active duty with the Guard, serving with SFOR XII in Bosnia Herzgovenia and then a combat tour in Iraq in 2009 with the 28th Combat Aviation Brigade.
She is an avid Weight Watchers leader and ballroom dancer. Her story of reintegration is published in three resilience books, one of which is a U.S. Army reintegration medical manual.
She currently is employed as a Federal Contractor for the Service Member and Family Support Service branch of the PA Army National Guard as the Alcohol & Drug Control Officer. She is also the owner and operator of PA DanceSport Ballroom in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a veteran owned business, where she employs six teachers of dance, one of which is a veteran.
Steve Rexford is a retired business executive with over 40 years of experience in Labor Relations and Human Resources Management. He maintains an organization consulting business specializing in the interpersonal and organizational issues involved with the transition of family owned businesses to the next generation. However, he spends most of his time in the non-profit arena and keeping up with 13 grandchildren in 4 states.
The major areas of interests in the non-profit are recovery from addiction and Veteran’s support. Steve is currently a resource development and organizational consultant with Just For Today Recovery and Veterans Support Services (JFT) in Lemoyne, PA for the past 5 years. At JFT he helped build a recovery center that services the recovery of veterans communities. JFT established a Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) program and is a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) training center. JFT was awarded a contract to pick up substance abuse cases at local hospitals in Cumberland County, PA and introduce them to the appropriate level of care on the recovery continuum. Except for medical personal, all personnel involved in these programs are from the recovery community, several are veterans. In cooperation with Pennsylvania Food Bank, JFT provides fresh groceries to 25 veteran’s families. JFT has also renovated a property, The House of Heroes, into a female veterans residence for female vets having difficulty securing stable housing.
Steve also serves as co-chairman of the Commitment, Legacy and Endowment Committee of Silver Spring Presbyterian Church. This committee is responsible for stewardship and development of an endowment for the church.
He graduated from Bucknell University in 1966 and served in the US Army as an ordinance officer during the Vietnam War from 1966-1969.
Steve’s primary roles at Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania are on program development and fundraising.
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. He helped develop and lead the Northeast Counterdrug Training Center, coordinated efforts within the PA Army National Guard to obtain help for uniformed members and veterans dealing with substance abuse, and worked closely with other support services to provide holistic support to at-risk soldiers and their families. He retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 3 in 2015.
Mike holds a Bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Education from Penn State University. In addition to his military career, Mike has been a lifelong “do it yourself-er”. From helping his family disassemble an old Army barracks as a kid, to building sets for his high school theater productions, to putting a second story addition on his own home, Mike enjoys construction projects of all shapes and sizes. Now that he's retired, he can usually be found working on his own home, or more likely, helping friends or neighbors with their projects. Mike and his wife live in Lewisberry, PA.
Mike's role in Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania is two-fold. As a Veteran himself, he is able to navigate the military landscape and provide perspective on policies and procedures. He also serves as an advisor on the construction and maintenance of the tiny homes and other facilities.
William M. Reed
William “Bill” Reed is the Director for Veterans Services at the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg where he leads a team of professionals dedicated to expanding the reach and effectiveness of programs that serve “homeless” and “at risk” Veterans in South Central Pennsylvania, through provision of integrated and mutually supporting care that includes: Outreach, Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-housing, Transitional Housing, Employment Services, Case Management, and other critical needs including the Regions Homeless Veterans Stand Down. Today the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg is recognized as a leader in the development, implementation, and provision of programs that meet Veteran’s needs and are focused on the goal to eliminate homelessness among Veterans.
As a 26 Year Veteran of the United States Navy, Bill served in numerous roles to include seven major and numerous minor deployments in support of multiple contingency and expeditionary operations including Operation Urgent Fury and Operation Desert Storm. He retired as a Master Chief Photographers’ Mate (Service Warfare/Air Warfare), in 2006 from the Defense Information School, Fort Meade, Maryland where he served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commandant. Bill holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from the University of Maryland, University College and a Master of Science Degree in Leadership and Business Ethics from Duquesne University. Bill currently resides in New Bloomfield, PA with his wife, Amy.
He has served as a consultant, contributor, and educator in support of programs and initiatives focused on meeting the needs of Veterans. As a member of the Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania Team, Bill will contribute to the development and implementation of best practices and services that meet the needs of our brothers and sisters who served.
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. Prior to Adare, Tim was a portfolio manager at Dearden, Maguire, Weaver and Barrett, LLC and launched the Lancaster, PA office of Security National Trust. Tim earned a bachelor’s degree in History from Penn State University in State College, PA.
Tim was born and raised in Lancaster County, PA. He has multiple extended family members who served during WWII and attended school with Veterans of Desert Storm, as well as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Tim served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Board of Trustees for the YWCA of Lancaster. He was honored to support the mission of the YWCA which was dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Tim plans to draw on that experience to help promote and support the mission of the Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania.
Lisa is a principal of Boyer & Ritter CPAs and Consultants, where she leads the firm’s Forensic, Litigation Support, Valuation and Consulting Services Group. She is known for providing top-level service coupled with world-class professionalism, and she assists clients and their attorneys with understanding and navigating the myriad financial aspects of business operations.
As a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution with extended family currently in the military, Lisa is passionate about supporting those who serve. She knows first-hand the difficulties Veterans can have readjusting to the civilian world after seeing her late brother, a Vietnam Veteran, struggle with PTSD.
Lisa is a CPA and past president of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA); an American Institute of CPA (AICPA) council member; and a United Way of the Capital Region board member. She has a long history of volunteering and board membership with numerous organizations throughout central PA. She graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College and earned a BS in Accounting from Pennsylvania State University.
Lisa assists the Veteran’s Outreach organization in overseeing financial matters including fundraising, grant management and project funding.
Lisa is Secretary for Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Cedar Crest College with a degree in Medical Technology and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration.
Lisa has co-chaired multiple signature events for her children’s schools. She has also coordinated fundraising efforts for several non-profit organizations, and high school sports teams. Lisa served on the board of the CD Rams Baseball Booster Club and CD Football Boosters as Treasurer. She resides in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Lisa’s role for the Veteran’s Outreach organization is to coordinate the implementation of a Client Relationship Management System (CRM), to assist in fundraising efforts for the community, and serve as coordinator of the Food Pantry.
Val is the co-founder and the Vice President for Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania. Val was raised in a military family; she and her siblings were born while her father was active duty for 22.5 years with the United States Air Force. Her formative years were spent living on military bases and she has a passion for serving veterans who have sacrificed greatly for our freedoms.
Val earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Masters of Counselor Education from Millersville University. For over 30 years, she has served 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. She brings compassion and commitment to the individuals she serves and believes in empowering people to make a difference in their communities.
Val’s role for the Veterans Outreach organization is to coordinate the grant writing process and to oversee the daily activities of the community, utilizing her professional experience to meet the needs of our residents.
Tom is co-founder and President of the Board of Directors for Veterans Outreach of Pennsylvania. Professionally he is an entrepreneur who started a sales/distribution center for a niche electronics business in 1992. Tom is a native of Central Pennsylvania and a graduate of West Virginia University with a degree in Finance. He resides in Harrisburg with his wife and two children.
Over the last two decades Tom has chaired three signature gala fundraisers for his children's school, raising over $300,000 for the cause. He has also chaired several fundraisers for families affected by children diagnosed with cancer. He was instrumental in the formation of two 501(c)(3) organizations for local high school sports teams. His father served in the United State Navy in WWII.
Tom’s role for the Veterans Outreach organization is to coordinate the financing of the project, organize fundraising projects and the Capital Campaign, and oversee the land purchase and construction process for the community.