Board of Directors
Joseph E. VanFonda, Chief Executive Officer Sergeant Major (USMC Ret) Joseph VanFonda served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 27 years. He retired out of Quantico, VA in 2013 as the Regimental Sergeant Major for the Wounded Warrior Regiment. In this role, he was responsible for the coordination of non-medical care for combat and non-combat wounded, ill, and injured Marines, as well as Sailors attached to or in direct support of Marine units and their family members in order to assist them as they returned to duty or transition to the veteran status. Read his full bio here.
Delese Harvey, Deputy Director Delese Harvey is currently serving as the Deputy Director, bringing more than 15 years of experience working with at-risk individuals on boosting economic security. Ms. Harvey graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts. Read her full bio here.
Kevin Stafford, Chief Financial Officer Kevin Stafford was brought in to serve as DVNF’s first CFO. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, he has over 25 years of experience in financial leadership and accounting. Read his full bio here.
John Paruch, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations joined DVNF in November of 2015 as the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the organization. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, John brings more than 25 years of in-depth experience to the organization. Read his full bio here.
Doug Walker, Communications Director Doug Walker serves as the Communications Director, boosting the organization’s online presence, and ensuring consistency of all messaging. He is an alumnus of Louisiana State University. Read his full bio here.
Patrick Heron, Direct Mail Director Patrick Heron is the Direct Mail Director for DVNF. Patrick attended SUNY College at Old Westbury and Long Island University, studying Information Systems and Project Management. He has more than 14 years of education and experience in Direct Marketing, Analytics and Information System Management. Read his full bio here.
Tiffany Shields, Senior Program Officer Tiffany Shields, the Senior Program Officer for DVNF, is an alumna of the University of Maryland, holding a Bachelors of Science degree in health and human performance with a specialization in family science. Read her full bio here.
Leander Brereton, Director of Operations Leander Brereton is the Director of Operations of the Disabled Veterans National Foundation, graduated in May 2010 from Bowie State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. See her full bio here.