The MVAT Foundation

The MVAT Foundation’s origins date to 2007 and the actions of a small group of volunteers in Los Angeles, California, who strongly believed that our service members and veterans need and deserve greater support than they receive from current often underfunded programs. The MVAT Foundation was incorporated in 2009.

Through our Heroes Linked and 360 Recovery programs, as well as partnerships with, and the funding of, carefully vetted Veterans Support Organizations, the MVAT Foundation seeks to further its mission.

The MVAT Foundation is an IRS-designated 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Our Tax ID number is 27-0222812. Contributions to the MVAT Foundation are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Our 2016 printed informational brochure is available for online viewing and downloading.

MISSION

Our mission is to provide veterans and their families with a range of services spanning the spectrum of needs.

VISION

Our vision is to become a premier organization that shows what the human spirit can do and help where other resources fall short.

GOAL

Our goal is to help change the culture in this country to show how those who protect our freedoms here and afar are supported and recognized for their dedication to service above self.

Since 2007, we have disbursed more than $1.85 million to charities serving U.S. military veterans and their families.

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Board of Directors

Don Schwarz

Chairman - Los Angeles, California

Don is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Portfolio Focus program at RBC Wealth Management Los Angeles.

Rose Corona
Temecula, California

Rose Corona is a small business entrepreneur, philanthropist, rancher, and farmer.

Elliot Dix
Los Angeles, California

Elliot Dix is the MVAT Golf & Tennis Classic Tournament Director. He is a retired businessman and one of the seven founders of the MVAT Foundation.

Corinne Goodman
Chicago, Illinois

Corinne is Owner/Founder of Down Under Endeavours and Africa Endeavours in Chicago IL.

Phyllis Gorby
Los Angeles, California

Phyllis is an investor in real estate across the United States and is a long time active supporter of military and Veterans support organizations.

Monte Herring
Santa Monica, California

Monte is an attorney practicing in Santa Monica, California. He served 14 years in the U.S. Navy in the submarine fleet.

Yola Habif Johnston
Washington, DC

Yola is the founder of the MVAT Foundation’s Heroes Linked program.

Tom Rooney
Los Angeles, California

Tom is a six year Veteran of the U.S. Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War. Today, he’s giving back through the MVAT Foundation and the Habitat for Humanity Veterans Support Bd.

Larry Schnadig
Los Angeles, California

Larry is a real estate developer in Los Angeles.

Andy Schwarz
Corona, California

Andy is the Director of Sales for Circor Aerospace International.

Nicole Segal
Los Angeles, California

Nicole is an Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services (Brentwood Office), Los Angeles.

Ron Stauber
Los Angeles and Rancho Mirage, California

Ron is a corporate and securities transactional attorney in his Los Angeles law firm.

George Wood
Napa, California

Board of Advisors

Lt. Gen. David P. Fridovich, USA (ret.)
MVAT Board of Advisors

David Fridovich is President, Special Activities Division, Circinus, LLC as well as President of the Fridovich Group. In December 2011, he retired after more than 37 years of United States Army service, most of which were in the Special Forces. His commands included: Director, Center for Special Operations, U.S. Special Operations Command; Commander, Special Operations Command – Pacific; the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne); Commander, Army Special Operations Task Force, Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines, Zamboanga, Republic of the Philippines, and; the Combined/Joint Special Operations Task Force in Operation Joint Forge, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Lt. Gen. Nicholas B. Kehoe, USAF (ret.)
MVAT Board of Advisors

Nick Kehoe culminated a 34-year military career in October 2000 as the Air Force Inspector General. During his career, he held numerous senior staff and command positions in training and fighter commands and high-level international positions in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). His early career included two combat tours in fighter aircraft and an exchange tour with the British Royal Air Force. After retiring from the military, he served for two years in the Senior Executive Service with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and nearly ten years as the first President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. He recently completed a volunteer position as the National Commander of the Order of Daedalians, a fraternal organization of commissioned military pilots from all services.

Maj. Gen. Jon A. Gallinetti, USMC (ret.)
MVAT Board of Advisors

Jon Gallinetti is a Vice President in the Government Business/Defense Relations division at Rolls-Royce North America as well as head of J.A. Gallinetti & Associates. In July 2007, he completed a 35-year career in the United States Marine Corps. His military positions included Deputy Commander of Marine Forces Command, Chief of Staff of Multi-National Force-Iraq, and Commander of Marine Corps Air Bases Western Area and Commanding General MCAS Miramar. His awards include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal with one gold star, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal. He accumulated over 5,000 accident-free flight hours during his career flying several types of tactical jet aircraft to include, the A-4, A-7, F-5, F/A-18, AV-8B, EA-6B and C-35, as well as several rotary-winged aircraft.

Maj. Gen. Mark A. Graham, USA (ret.)
MVAT Board of Advisors

Mark Graham is Senior Director of Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care National Call Center and Director of Vets4Warriors, a nonprofit dedicated to 24/7 confidential, stigma free peer support by Veterans to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans, Retirees, and their families/caregivers. In 2012, he completed a 34-year career in the U.S. Army. His commands included deputy of chief of staff for the FORSCOM G-3/5/7 (Plans, Operations, Training), commander of First Army – Division West and Fort Carson, Colo., and deputy commanding general of Fifth Army. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, and the Defense Superior Service Medal. At his retirement ceremony, Graham said, “Our sons, Jeff and Kevin, died fighting different battles.” Kevin Graham died by suicide in 2003 while a senior ROTC cadet studying to become an Army doctor; nine months later 2nd Lt. Jeff Graham was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Since then, Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Carol Graham have dedicated themselves to helping people in the military and the civilian world to learn about and prevent suicide.

Maj. Gen. Paul E. Mock, USA (ret.)
MVAT Board of Advisors

Paul Mock is the National Chair, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). He was sworn in May 2013. ESGR, consisting of 4,600 volunteers, is a Department of Defense agency whose mission is to develop and promote a culture of employer support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve and their families. In 2008, Paul retired from the United States Army Reserve after 36 years of service. His civilian career was with the Los Angeles Police Department. He retired in July 1998 after 25 years of service. Paul’s U.S. Army experience included service as the Commanding General, 311th Support Command (Corps) and the 63d Regional Readiness Command, both in Southern California. In August 2004, he was mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom as Commanding General, 377th Theater Support Command, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Col. Jack H. Jacobs, USA (ret.)
MVAT Board of Advisors

Jack Jacobs is a military analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He retired as a colonel of the United States Army in 1987 after a 21-year military career. Jacobs, who entered military service through Rutgers Univ. ROTC, earned the Medal of Honor for exceptional heroism on the battlefields of Vietnam. He also holds three Bronze Stars and two Silver Stars. Later, Jacobs served on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the National War College in Washington, D.C. After retirement, he founded and was chief operating officer of Auto Finance Group, Inc. As a managing director of Bankers Trust Co., he led Global Investment Management to $2.2 billion in assets and later cofounded a similar business for Lehman Brothers. Jacobs is a director of the Medal of Honor Foundation.

Professional Staff

James Colbert
Executive Director