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Shirley is a retired Air Force officer with more than 25 years of leadership and management success. She served ten years at the Pentagon acquiring and installing communications and computer systems in support to the Secretary of the Air Force, Air Staff, Joint Chief of Staff and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. She spearheaded the evaluation of the USAF Headquarters Systems Replacement Program valued at 200 million dollars and led a team to install the first digital telephone switch throughout the Pentagon. She led a $120M program integrating AF-unique command and control applications into the Joint programs. She was also deployed in support of Operation BALKAN SHIELD where she led the European Command’s installation of the $60M Global Broadcast Service System allowing real-time delivery of critical video to more than 90 units in the European theater. Since her retirement, she has been employed with government contracts. She has a passion for our wounded warriors and is committed to making a difference in their lives.
Mailing Address: 16013 Waterfall Road, Haymarket, VA 20169-2126
-Co-Founder/ Vice President-
John has been a Real Estate Investment Broker and owner of Lighthouse Enterprises in Virginia and Maryland for the past 25 years. He served as an Army Medical Corpsman and worked as a Project Manager for the Department of Defense for ten years. John majored in Business Administration at Rutgers University and later earned his Masters Degree in Human Services with a specialization in Christian Leadership at Liberty University. John has resided in Haymarket, Virginia for the past 10 years where he continues to work on his greatest positions in life; husband to his wife Shirley, and father to his three daughters, Kendra, Kelsy, and Johnna.
Corliss Udoema is an innovative and results-oriented entrepreneur, philanthropist, evangelist, author, and an international motivational speaker. Recently named as one of Prince William Living’s Phenomenal Women, Udoema is a life-long community worker who has been recognized for her contributions to assist and improve the quality of life and foster spiritual growth for those in need.
GySgt Anderson U.S. Marines
Mr. Anderson is
a former Program Manager, with the Department of Defense and the
Department of State and has over 26 years’ experience managing security operations.
Mr. Anderson is fully capable of performing critical requirement. As an Infantry Officer and a
Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander (Top Secret/SCI Clearance Required), Mr.
Anderson, conducted numerous security operations, including training embassy and real-world
security guards, roving, fix, posting and relieving, and numerous vehicle check points. Mr.
Anderson has written Standard Operating Procedures for guard operations, recording and
reporting procedures for incidents and security violations to include damages, misappropriation,
larceny, theft, threats, etc. Mr. Anderson has provided and supervised security services in
protection of government property, government personnel, personal property and places of
interest to the U. S. Government.
As the Detachment Commander/Program Manager, for the United States Embassies in Madrid,
Spain and Harare, Zimbabwe, Mr. Anderson trained the Marine Detachments, detachments of
30 Marines, supervised the primary security for all Embassy personnel, classified materials, and
the physical Embassy physical itself. Mr. Anderson wrote, trained and executed security plans
and procedures for two United States Presidents, two United States Secretaries of State, and
three United States Ambassadors in three foreign countries. Mr. Anderson managed a
budget over $700,000 annually during this period.
Mr. Anderson has supervised and operated the primary entry control points to numerous
government facilities; monitoring and operating CCTV and intrusion alarm systems, badging
authorized personnel, issuing appropriate paperwork for entry to non-authorized personnel and
providing cleared escorts as needed. As the Operation Center Supervisor and the Reactionary
Force Commander (Top Secret/SCI Clearance Required), Mr. Anderson provided security
and responded to all major and minor security violations for one of the country largest Nuclear
Major Dean Dominique, U.S. Army (Retired) currently works for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia as a Strategic Planning Project Manager in the Office of the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations.
In addition to volunteering at SOWW since moving to Virginia in 2012, he has served as President of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Military Association (UMA). The UMA is a 501c3 charity whose mission
is to provide fellowship, mentorship, and support for military Veterans working at the USPTO, and to help educate others on the important contributions that Veterans have made—and continue to make—to the workforce and our Nation.
-Director of Guest Services
As the mother of an Active Duty soldier, and a member of a family serving our nation since WWII, Diane had been looking for somewhere to volunteer to support our military.
A friend of Diane’s had heard of SOWW, and that it was a retreat for service members to temporarily escape from medical appointments and daily stressors.
Upon meeting with Heidi Tamke, Director of Volunteer Services, Dianne knew SOWW was the place for her. She started volunteering as a Guest Services Volunteer and immediately knew she wanted to be more involved.
After several months of volunteering, she was named the Director of Guest Services. Diane is looking forward to filling both retreat homes with warriors and their families to provide impactful visits.
Mr. Kenneth (Ken) S. Lukonis is the founder and CEO of Strategic Alliance Consulting, Inc. (Strategic ACI). Strategic ACI is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that specializes in engineering and program management in organizations relevant to the United States Government.
Ken Lukonis also co-founded the Strategic ACI Foundation in 2019 in order to share the successes of Strategic Alliance Consulting, Inc. with Section 501(c)(3) organizations. The foundation provides donations to organizations that offer support to three main areas; veterans focused organizations; opioid abuse education and prevention; and helping families with special needs.
-Director of Community Relations-
Sarah Ford is a native of Rockford, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Physical Therapy and Athletic Training. She met her husband, Sidney, while living in Rome, Georgia. While living there, she served as Clinic Director for Advance Rehabilitation and volunteered as the Head Athletic Trainer for Pepperell High School. Sarah was a member of the Small Business Action Council, Leadership Rome and also active in numerous civic volunteer organizations.
Sarah moved to the area in 2015 upon her husband’s military transfer to the Pentagon. She began volunteering with SOWW 2 years ago as a way to give back to the military community. Sarah served as the Health and Safety Officer for the Inaugural Warrior Ride and this past year was the Co-Director. One of the most enjoyable aspects of planning the Warrior Ride for Sarah was meeting new people in the community and working with those who are as passionate about helping our Willing Warriors as she is. Sarah and her husband live in Gainesville with their two children, Camille (9) and Talon (7). She loves spending time doing outdoor activities with her family and is always ready to travel.
-Culinary Services Director-