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!”
Treasurer/Board Member - John C. Malone, JD, CPA (retired) spent his 40-year career in Accounting in Texas. In 1982, he formed his own practice (now Malone-Bailey, LLP) and developed it through the years to over 70 employees, with offices in Houston, New York, Beijing, and Shenzhen. Beginning in 1999, his firm began specializing in audits of small, SEC-regulated publicly traded companies, becoming the world's largest provider of such beginning in 2006. During this time, John was an early implementer of the paperless office and remote audit work beginning in 2005. John's firm was at the forefront of the Chinese company fraud scandal unmasking of 2010 - 11, as they designed and implemented increasing forensic audit procedures to end the scandal. John sold the practice to three senior partners and retired in 2015, moving to Northern Virginia in 2016. John has extensive experience in non-profit work during the 1980's as he was building his practice, including as President of the Houston Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1983, which was the year Houston and Minneapolis became the first chapters in the nation to admit women as full members. John's dad was a career Marine aviator and served in World War II and Korea.
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.
Board Member - Ed Syms is retired from the U.S. Air Force, serving 22 years on Active Duty, and is a Service-Disabled Veteran. Additional professional experience includes serving as an Executive with Favor TechConsulting and Apex DataSolutions, IT Director (GS-15) for over 10 years in the Department of Veterans Affairs, a civilian employee with the Department of the Army, and with the former Dictaphone Corporation (now Nuance), and is the founder, President, and CEO of Syms Strategic Group, LLC, (SSG) a Small Disabled-Veteran-Owned Small-Business (SDVOSB). Ed brings exceptional knowledge and experience as a "hands-on" executive with over 30 years of leadership experience in Program Management, Human Resources, Federal Acquisitions, and Military and Federal Agency Operations. While with the VA, Ed led the execution and development of over 60 VAHealthcare IT projects over his ten years in the VA. His work directly impacted health and welfare and improved healthcare outcomes for over 10 million Veterans a year. Continuing to serve, Ed supported the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) for over six years, serving as the Chairman of the Mission Able Awards. He also supported the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colorado, for four years. Ed earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Liberty University. He holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute and previously held the prestigious Senior/Expert level Program Management (FAC) certification from the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI). Ed has also earned hundreds of military and civil awards, including 2017, 2018 & 2019 FedHealthIT 100 awards recognizing individuals leading change and advancement in Federal Health Information Technology. Ed was inducted into the Inaugural FedHealthIT 100 Hall of Fame in 2020.
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.
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.
Events Coordinator - Diane Lunsford became a member of the Willing Warriors team in January 2022. Before joining, Diane participated in various volunteer activities at the Retreat in 2018. Diane is no stranger to what it takes to organize and deliver the vital components necessary to achieve a memorable event. She played a crucial role in 2009 when she joined forces with many talented people in standing up and organizing a premiere event on behalf of the Susan G. Komen NoVA Chapter: 'The Ride for the Cure' (equestrian event) and ran with it from 2009-2011. Her specific role was lead sponsorship liaison. In the first year, the goal to raise $125,000 was exceeded, and in the three years she participated, they raised over $250,000 in charitable donations. As is the common element and passion among all Willing Warrior team members, Diane has a fierce honor, respect, and passion for our men and women in service. Her father, two brothers, and her husband served proudly in the Army, Air Force, and Navy. She did not hesitate to accept when presented with the opportunity to come on board. In addition, to her love of the military, she brings extensive knowledge and experience, having worked in the corporate environment for over 40 years.
Finance Coordinator / Executive Assistant - Medlee Bean was born and raised in Virginia. She graduated from Wakefield High School and then moved to Fairfax, where she met her husband and got married in 1982. She is the Program Coordinator who is responsible for all personnel processing and managing the financial records and budget at Willing Warriors. Medlee started volunteering with Willing Warriors in May 2014 assisting with the bookkeeping. She worked for Fairfax County Dept of Information Technology for over 30 years working with hardware and software contracts, accounts payable/receivable, personnel processing, and budgeting among other duties. Willing Warriors is special to Medlee because of her father’s Navy history in WWII. Her nephew is active-duty Navy
Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator - Faith Lillemo contributes to the efficient day-to-day operations of the office, coordinating volunteers with weekly service and event opportunities, overseeing cleaning and staging of the houses, receiving donations, and leading monthly Beautification Days. Faith was born and raised in Minnesota but now lives in Haymarket. She and her family of six moved to Virginia in 2002 for her husband to attend law school. Her first career was raising her four children, with various positions such as a homeschool co-op teacher, nanny, YMCA staff member, and in-home caregiver for seniors. Faith's hobbies include singing, cooking, and wedding coordinating. Willing Warriors is special to her due to a family lineage filled with Army, Air Corps, and Air Force veterans.