Our Purpose

Connecting those that employ and support veterans.

Our Vision

Veterans and their families thrive in the Sacramento region and beyond.

Our Mission

To connect employers with a passion to support veterans by facilitating community collaboration.



Our Story

During normal business, DVBE Connect Founder and CEO, Chris Haney discovered that many leading Sacramento regional companies have internal employees that focus on helping to transition Veterans to jobs outside of the military.

One day, while having lunch with a local company’s internal Veteran Employee Resource Group, the employees expressed interest in finding out what other companies were doing to support their veteran employees. From these types of meetings, it was evident that a need existed for companies to collaborate and network.

In response, the Sacramento VERG was born with an initial, inspiring networking gathering. At the end of that first meeting, the answer to the question of whether there should be additional meetings was a resounding, YES! Those early and passionate members were from Blue Shield of CA, Intel, Sutter Health, Virtusa, and DVBE Connect.

After about a year, the VERG was able to take things to the next level by adding more member organizations and volunteers, sponsoring a community service project, setting new short and long-term organizational goals, and filing to become a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.

What started as a concept that was literally drafted on a bar napkin has evolved into an organization that is now having a positive impact on the lives of Veterans working and living in the Sacramento region. 


Our Board of Directors

We consider everyone associated with our organization to be part of our collaborative team. That said, we are fortunate to have the additional contributions of a small group of individuals that serve on our Board.

Jeff Douglas

President/Chair

Sacramento VERG. LinkedIn bio

Shauna Harrington

Vice President/Co-Chair

VSP Global. Full bio; LinkedIn bio

Juli Riles

Treasurer

Unger Construction Co. LinkedIn bio

Open

Secretary

Justin Kwong

Board Director/Technology Subcommittee Chair

Blue Shield of CA LinkedIn bio

Charles McGrue

Board Director/Technology Subcommittee Co-Chair

LinkedIn bio

Justin Iodence

Board Director/Sponsorship

Semper Five. LinkedIn bio

Lilianna Bernal

Board Director/Community Liason

Balance Staffing. Full bio; LinkedIn bio

Terry Ammirati

Board Director/Events

Blue Shield of CA LinkedIn bio

Kristi Cappelletti-Matthews

Board Director/Resources

VSP Global. Full bio; LinkedIn bio

Frank Goehringer

Board Director/Events

Pride Industries. LinkedIn bio

Breck Phillip

Ambassador

Blue Gaucho Sports Performance. LinkedIn bio

Join Us

There is always room for more individuals and organizations to join our Leadership Team. For more information, please contact Jeff Douglas (info@sacverg.org).