Leadership

View Our Leadership Team:


Board of Directors

Our Board is entirely composed of veterans.

Our active board members are recent-era veterans,

who carry on the work of our Emeritus members.

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Douglas McGowan
Chairman
U.S Marine Corps Veteran
Iraq, Afghanistan, other Post-9/11

Douglas McGowan served in the US Government as a Marine Officer, a Government Civilian and Government Contractor.  During his time in service between 2000 and 2011, Doug served in numerous operational, analytical and liaison positions and deployed multiple times in support of Afghanistan and Iraq operations, as well as more broadly in support of the Global War On Terrorism and other efforts.  

After leaving the US Government, Doug has spent his post-service years working in Market/Business Development and Sales, Risk & Control, Strategy and Portfolio Program Project Management positions in the Energy and Financial Services industries. 

Doug currently serves on a number of veteran focused non-profit Boards of Directors and Committees as well as on a Community Board.  

Doug holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Master of Business Administration from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business.  

Doug lives with his wife, Paula, who is the founder of a minority and woman owned digital marketing and social media agency, and their two children, in New York City.  

He is the middle son of a Marine veteran father, Vince, whose Vietnam service was captured in the Commandant’s Professional Reading List / Category: Counterinsurgency book, “The Village,” and a career Flight Attendant mother, Brenda.  

His brothers, Matt and Zach, are successful business owner and public figure husbands and fathers, who are married to successful business entrepreneur wives and mothers, Lisa and Emily.

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Francis Racioppi
Treasurer
U.S. Army Veteran
Global War on Terror, Iraq, East Africa

Fran Racioppi is a highly decorated veteran of the Army Special Forces; a well respected executive in the private sector; a student of business administration and broadcast journalism; a leader of diverse, complex organizations, and a driver of personal and professional change.

Fran is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Genius Fund, a private equity firm based in Los Angeles, CA with holdings in breakthrough industries managing supply chain development across agriculture, manufacturing, production, sales, retail and delivery operations.

Fran served 13 years in the United States Army as a Green Beret, deploying three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. In 2013, he deployed to Djibouti, Africa in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where he coordinated Special Operations combating Al-Shabab throughout East Africa. In 2014, he planned and coordinated the Special Forces response to Boko Haram in West Africa, as well as oversaw the operations of the Special Forces teams countering the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa and ISIS in North Africa.

 In 2014, Fran was selected to serve as the advisor and aide to the Commander of Special Operations Command Africa. Fran is a graduate of the US Army Ranger School, Airborne School, and several other Special Operations sponsored certifications.

Fran is also the founder and CEO of FRsix, a security consulting business focused on the development of workplace violence prevention programs, enterprise security risk management and insider threat mitigation.  Through his keynote series “The Discipline to Prepare” he remains active in leadership development, team building and coaching organizations in operational efficiency.

Fran holds an MBA from New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business and graduated with honors from Boston University with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. 

His military decorations include three Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, among others.

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Joanie Martinez
Secretary
U.S. Army Reserves Veteran

Joanie Martinez-Rudkovsky served 5 years in the US Army Reserves as a Specialist in Psychological Operations. 

Joanie received her B.A. from University of California, Riverside in both Business Administration and Art History, and holds a M.A. in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute, New York. 

Currently Joanie works as a Senior Value Manager at Dropbox and also serves on the Steering Committee for the Avant-Garde at the Park Avenue Armory. 

In 2019, Joanie and her husband, combat veteran (Middle East and Africa) Alex, welcomed their first child, Olivia.  Joanie and her family currently reside in New York City.

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Peter Greisch
Legal Counsel
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Judge Advocate

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Griesch was born and raised on Long Island, NY.  

He is a 1997 graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, and was commissioned a second lieutenant that same year.  

Upon receiving his Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 2000, he entered active duty.  

His duty assignments have included platoon commander, Company A, 6th Communications Battalion, prosecutor, defense counsel, appellate counsel, and military judge.  

After receiving a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center, he left active duty and entered the civilian practice of law, and soon after joined the Marine Corps Reserve.  

He is currently the Reserve Regional Defense Counsel – East, and his area of responsibility includes Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point, and Parris Island.  

In his civilian practice he is the Vice President of Tax Insurance for Berkley Transactional.  

He joined the Board of the United War Veterans Council in 2014 as Director and General Counsel. He has been married for seventeen years and has two children. 

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Nick Angione
Board Member
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Bosnia, Africa

Nick Angione served approximately 4 and a half years in the United States Marine Corps as a Reconnaissance Marine with the Second Recon Battalion.  

During his service he participated in multiple operations abroad including Operation(s) Cease Fire, Restore Hope, Continue Hope, Deny Flight, and Provide Promise.  

Nick has also participated in border patrol and counter narcotic operations in the United States.  

After a short 5 year stay in the financial industry,  Mr. Angione moved on from the New York Stock Exchange as a Business Development Manger to the Construction Management industry.  He is currently a Managing Director for a high-end residential construction and professional services company with 19 years in the industry.  

Nick Currently lives in New Jersey with his three children Alex, Jacqui and Nico.

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James Devary
Board Member
U.S. Army & National Guard Veteran
Iraq, Afghanistan

James DeVary served 4 years with 1-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division. He was deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom as an Infantry Squad Leader in 2002.   

He served 4 years New York National Guard 1-69th Infantry Unit, the “Fighting Irish”. 

From 2004-2005, Mr. DeVary was activated and deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as Infantry Squad leader. He left the military as a Staff Sergeant. 

Mr. DeVary is the father to Dahlia Addison and husband to Analaura DeVary. 

Since 2006 have been working in finance as a wealth manager. 

Alongside his role as a board member and former Treasurer of the UWVC, Mr. DeVary is also a member of Team RWB, a guide for the Freedom Team, and an Advisory Board member for Pace University’s Lubin School of Business. 

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Adam Subervi
Board Member
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Iraq

Adam N. Subervi has served as a member of the UWVC Board of Directors since 2014. 

A licensed attorney for over 18 years, Adam currently serves in-house at Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, where he provides strategic legal advice regarding the manufacture/promotion of pharmaceutical products.  

From 2010-2017, Adam served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Newark, New Jersey, where he was detailed to represent the United States in over 100 cases/investigations involving economic crimes, domestic and international money laundering, international narcotics trafficking and other offenses.

Adam graduated from Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in 1996, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1997 following his graduation from Seton Hall University. He was certified as a Judge Advocate in 2001, following his graduation from Rutgers School of Law, The Basic School, and Naval Justice School.

From 2001 to 2005, Adam served on active duty as a Judge Advocate at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California. In 2003, he was deployed to Kuwait and Iraq, and participated in the invasion/liberation of Iraq with I-Marine Expeditionary Force, serving as Battalion Judge Advocate for 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines and civil affairs team leader responsible for stabilizing and re-instituting the legal infrastructure in the City of Karbala following the defeat of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

In 2005, Adam transitioned from active-duty to the Marine Corps Reserve, where he was mobilized for 6 months to serve stateside in support of continuing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

From 2005 to the present he has continued to serve as a Marine Reservist, holding various supervisory billets, including his current role as Assistant Staff Judge Advocate to United States Southern Command in Doral, Florida.

In March 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and in 2015, he was selected by the Judge Advocate General of the Navy to serve as a Military Trial Judge, a billet he held from 2015-2018. 

Adam previously served as judicial clerk to the Honorable Dickinson R. Debevoise, United States District Court – District of New Jersey. 

In addition to the UWVC, Adam is also a member of the Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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Mary Westmoreland
Board Member
U.S. Army & U.S. Coast Guard Veteran
Desert Storm

Mary Westmoreland is a decorated combat veteran and is a native New Yorker.

She served in two military services:  US Coast Guard and US Army. Mary retired in the rank of Colonel after 31 and a half years of active military service on October 8, 2008. 

Currently Mary serves as the Department of Defense Employer Support to Guard and Reserve NYC Area Chair, where she also serves as the New York State Vice Chair for the Department of Defense ESGR Program.  

Mary’s military career encompasses command positions and operational and higher staff levels with the Military Police Corps and higher headquarters levels, as an Adjutant General Corps officer in Human Resources Operations and Policy, and as the  Systems Integration Officer. She has held various senior leadership appointed positions as Executive Officer and Director positions at the HQ Dept of the Army.

Mary has also served at the Pentagon as Executive Director of Global Services and Executive Officer to the Chief of Army Reserve immediately after 9/11 as well as Deputy Director of Reserve Component Policy and Mobilization for Headquarters, Department of the Army. 

Mary is a graduate of the U.S Army War College.

Mary has been active since her retirement  – serving in the capacity of non-partisan appointee, and later Chairwoman, of the National Advisory Committee on Women Veterans to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C. 

She is President of the Association of US Army Greater New York Statue of Liberty Chapter; on Board of Directors of the Navy League NY Council, and proud member of various other veterans support organizations in the Lower Hudson Valley. 

Mary is married to an Air Force veteran. She is the proud mother of two married adult children – both veterans. Also amongst her family members are an amazing grandson and granddaughter, two dynamite step-grandchildren and two grand dogs! 

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Diego Rubio
Board Member
U.S. Army Veteran
Afghanistan / Operation Enduring Freedom

Diego Rubio is a Manager in the Advisory Services and serves as a Senior SMA for Sanctions and BSA/AML Matters, focusing on LATAM and the Middle East. 

In this role, Diego provides independent assessments to Compliance and AML groups, and has served as the advisor to the CCOs and CROs for major financial institutions. His specialized experience includes Global and Regulatory Sanctions, procedure writing and documentation, look back and remediation, and Capital Markets AML Monitoring Implementations. 

Diego joined the firm after more than 10 years with the US Army including an assignments and deployments to Afghanistan, Europe and across the US and is currently serving as an officer in the National Guard in the Operations Cell. 

He commissioned from the Early Commissioning Program at Valley Forge Military Academy and College and earned a Bachelor’s degree from Villanova University.  

He leads multiple veteran initiatives within the EY Veterans Network and Advancing Latino Executive Network, has been a key player in Veterans on Wall Street and co-founded Women Veterans on Wall Street.  

He serves as a board member in various veteran services organizations boards across the country, and currently lives in Greenwich Village in NYC.

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Emeritus Board Members

Harvey Bagg
Chairman Emeritus
U.S Navy Veteran
Vietnam-Era

Vincent McGowan
President Emeritus
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Vietnam War

Joseph Graham
Treasurer Emeritus
U.S. Air Force Veteran
Vietnam War

Bill Nelson
U.S. Army Veteran
Vietnam War

Operations Team

UWVC’s mission is carried out by a team of veterans and veteran supporters with decades of service to our veterans and community.

Mark Otto
Executive Director
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Panama Invasion, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm

Ryan Hegg
Head of Legacy and Education
Veteran Supporter

Kelly Bryan
Head of Development and Protocol
Veteran Supporter

Jeffrey Swansen
Head of Operations
U.S. Navy Veteran
Cold War

L.R. Mullholand
Head of Communications & Community Relations
Veteran Supporter

Advisory Council

UWVC draws on the insights and expertise of advisors representing a wide range of perspectives on our veterans community.

Lorraine Bell
Daughters of the American Revolution
NYC Knickerbocker Chapter

Joe Bello
NYC Veterans Advisory Board
U.S. Navy Veteran
Cold War

Adrienne Brammer
Director of Communtiy Outreach, NYC Veterans Alliance

Sandy Chiriboga
Captain, Team Red White and Blue NNJ

Elana Duffy
Founder, Pathfinder Labs
U.S. Army Veteran
Global War on Terror

John Escalante
Master Gunnery Sergeant, U.S Marine Corps
NYC Marine Corps Public Affairs
Deputy Captain, Team Red White and Blue

Adam Paige Hess
Chairman, Sons of the American Revolution

Adam Levine
Cadre, GORUCK
U.S. Marine Corps (Recon) Veteran
Global War on Terror

Anthony Monteleone
U.S. Air Force Veteran

Vu Nguyen
Senior City Impact Manager, Mission Continues
U.S. Navy Veteran

David O’Leary
Chairman, 2nd Infantry Battalion Association
Irish Defense Forces Veteran

Betsy Montanez
Assistant Director of Veteran & Military Services
New York University

Carlos Orduz
Ruck Leader, GORUCK NYC GRT

Gabe Ramos
Deputy Press Secretary, NYC Department of Veteran Services
U.S. Marine Corps Veteran
Global War on Terror

Micheal Vaulx
Event Operations, GORUCK
U.S. Army Special Forces Veteran
Global War on Terror

John Wilson
New York National Guard Veteran
Operation Iraqi Freedom