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Co-founder/President - Shirley Dominick 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 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.
Co-founder/ Vice President - John Dominick 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 ten 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.
Board Member - 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. Corliss serves as President/CEO of Contract Solutions, Inc. (CSI), a national staffing firm, which she grew from a seed of less than $50 to a successful national multi-million-dollar, debt-free company. Udoema’s company has been named by the Washington Business Journal as one of the top 30 staffing companies in the DMV as well as one of the top two Small Business Philanthropist companies of the year. Corliss has a passion for our veterans and our community at large. She believes in putting “Action” towards her passion. She demonstrates love and support of veterans through both her for-profit company and her non-profit program Business Battle Buddy which has earned her the nickname of “365/24/7 veteran supporter!”
Board Member - Richard Ferry is a 6th generation veteran with family members representing every branch of service. Personally, Mr. Ferry proudly served in the U.S. Navy during the Gulf War era on board the USS Nassau (LHA 4) and later served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as an HMCM Aircrewman. Ferry is a passionate veteran advocate and community leader.
Ferry is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Professionally, he serves as a Senior IT Program Manager for Discover Technologies (DT) where he supports the Department of Defense. Prior to working at DT, Ferry was at the Logistics Management Institute as a Business Partner where he developed an award-winning veteran employment program. Prior to working in the private sector he was the Regional Manager for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. In the time he was at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, Mr. Ferry encountered hundreds of well-intended veteran programs and was asked to support many. None offered the impactful holistic healing for the service member and their families that WW brings in the local community. Ferry was recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama for outstanding service to the veteran community while serving as the Director of the Veterans Employment Initiative of Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), a program which pioneered the national transformation of veteran employment and directly contributed to lowering unemployment rates for veterans in Virginia. Mr. Ferry is an active member of the NVTC, Veterans Employment Initiative, Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce Veterans Business Council and the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Veterans Council as well as the Northern Virginia Regional Commission Military Community and Veterans Council.
Mr. Ferry started volunteering with WW in 2015 and became a board member in 2017. He also serves the Boy Scouts of America as the Chair for Camp William B. Snyder, a 407-acre Camp in Haymarket.
Ferry is married to the love of his life, Michelle, and they have three kids, Gabriella (23), Katarina (20), and Mark (18). He believes that the blessings of liberty come with the cost of active citizenship and this includes providing time, resources and energy to those programs which make our community better.
Board Member - Mr. Shaun Anderson is a retired Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant with over 22 years of honorable active-duty service. Mr. Anderson is also currently servicing as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The MAASAI Group, a U.S. Government Contracting firm, providing services in the IT, Security, and Staffing arena, headquarters out of Manassas, VA.
As the Detachment Commander/Program Manager for The Department of State, 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 assisted the Department of Defense in re-writing the tactics and procedures for
Close Quarter Combat. These tactics were utilized as the gold standard in numerous conflicts
worldwide to include Iraq and current-day Afghanistan.
Treasurer - Daniela Gregoire, joined the Board of Directors of Willing Warriors in January 2020. Ms. Gregoire has been with SunTrust (Truist) Bank for two years and is the Relationship Manager & Business Development Officer, VP.
Board Member - Major Dean Dominique, U.S. Army (Retired) has been a Board Member for Willing Warriors since 2020. Dean first began volunteering with Willing Warriors after moving to Virginia in 2012. Most notably, he helped plan the Ribbon Cutting and Opening Ceremony on July 4, 2014 and served as the Master of Ceremonies.
Dean enlisted in the Army and was stationed overseas during the Cold War where he deployed to Operations Desert Shield/Storm. He later attended Officer Candidate School, and was
commissioned as a second lieutenant in the infantry. Dean completed both Airborne and Ranger
School before being assigned to the 4th Infantry Division as an anti-armor platoon leader.
Highlights of Dean’s career include earning the Expert Infantryman Badge, being selected as an
Instructor of the Year for both the U.S. Army Transportation School and the National Defense
Transportation Agency, receiving the Distinguished Author designation from the Center For
Army Lessons Learned for his “Tactical Convoy Operations Handbook,” and training of the
Afghanistan National Army in Pul-e-Charkhi, Afghanistan. Dean completed his Army career in
the U.S. European Command where he played a significant role in providing humanitarian
assistance to the country of Georgia immediately following the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Upon
his retirement from the Army in 2009, Dean began his civilian career in the U.S. European
Command’s Plans and Operations Directorate.
Dean presently resides in Gainesville, Virginia and currently works for the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia as a Strategic Planning Project Manager
Additionally, Dean served as President of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Military Association (UMA). The UMA is a 501(c)3 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.
Board Member - Mr. Kenneth (Ken) S. Lukonis, a former U.S. Army SSG and Service-Disabled Veteran, has been a Board member for Willing Warriors since 2020. Lukonis is active in planning and participating in Willing Warrior events along with helping develop a long-term strategic plan for the Warrior Retreat. Before serving on the Board, Mr. Lukonis and his family were donors to Willing Warriors. Lukonis served in the U.S. Army for nearly ten years, specializing in satellite communications, ground based communications and imagery analysis. His duty stations included Fort Hood, TX., Fort Huachuca, AZ., Darmstadt Germany, and Wiesbaden Germany.
Lukonis presently resides in Marshall, Virginia and 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. Strategic ACI employees over 30 veterans from all service branches. Lukonis is a member of the George Mason Enterprise Center's (MEC) Advisory Board in Fauquier County, which offers a unique combination of programs, services, and resources for entrepreneurs of all experience levels – aspiring, start-up and established.
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.
Executive Director - Sarah Ford is honored to serve as Executive Director for Willing Warriors. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Ohio State University with a degree in Allied Medicine. She has been a licensed Physical Therapist and Certified Athletic Trainer for over 20 years. She has served in leadership roles including Clinic Director for Advance Rehabilitation in Rome, Georgia. 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 Willing Warriors four 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 has been the Co-Director the past two years. Prior to her current position, Sarah served as Community Outreach Coordinator for Willing Warriors. She is dedicated to spreading awareness of how our military hero families benefit from a “Home Away From Home” during their road to recovery.
Director of Operations - Dianne Polk is responsible for the coordination and direction of daily operations for the objective of hosting approximately 500 guests (Warriors and their families, friends and battle buddies) annually. Ms. Polk has experience with a multi-billion-dollar defense company where she was involved with the negotiations of contracts and lease agreements, proposal preparation and submission, and performance management. Ms. Polk was also president of a Women Owned Construction company. Willing Warriors is very special to her as she has an active-duty son.
Community Outreach Coordinator - Chris Wrinkle is a native of California but now makes Gainesville, Virginia her home. She has lived in Virginia since 1991 when her Navy husband Mike transferred to a staff job at the Pentagon. Chris has held many jobs during Mike’s Navy career including Sears Management, Printing Company Rep, Pre-School Teacher and owner of her own Jazzercise Instructor Franchises. Chris has been a mainstay at the Retreat since it’s official opening in July, 2015. Coming from a proud military family, and as a strong supporter of our Veterans and Wounded Warriors who have sacrificed so much for our Country, Chris has worked tirelessly in her various capacities as House Cleaner, Stager, Donations
Coordinator and most recently as Community Outreach Coordinator on the management Staff at the Retreat. Chris’ biggest joy is making the Warriors and their families feel welcome and to make sure that their stay at the Retreat is as warm and comfortable as possible.
Director of Culinary Services - Larry Zilliox is the Director of Culinary Services at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run and creator and Team Lead for the Visiting Chef Program. The Visiting Chef Program partners with exceptional volunteer chefs who come to the Warrior Retreat and create extraordinary meals for our wounded warriors and their families. Larry is a retired Virginia private investigator who has written for PI Magazine, is a board member of the Virginia Professional Investigators PAC, and the Professional Investigators and Security Association and formerly involved with Children's Health Care is a Legal Duty (CHILD, Inc.) and the elder abuse advocacy organization Elder Angels.
Program Coordinator - Medlee is the Finance Program Coordinator who manages and coordinates all things financial at Willing Warriors. Medlee started volunteering with Willing Warriors in May 2014. Medlee was born and raised in Virginia. Falls Church, Arlington (graduated from Wakefield High School), and Fairfax were her homes before getting married in 1982. She worked for Fairfax County Dept of Information Technology for over 30 years working on contracts, accounts payable/receivable, bookkeeping, and budgeting among other duties. After retiring in 2004, she worked miscellaneous part-time jobs to keep busy until she found the data entry work at Willing Warriors. Willing Warriors is special to Medlee because of her father’s Navy history in WWII and her nephew is active-duty Navy.