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Mike is a U.S. Marine and founded the FourBlock Foundation to help bridge the gap between returning service members and the business community.
Mike joined the Marine Corps following the September 11 attacks and served on active duty for nearly eight years including a deployment to Afghanistan as the artillery forward observer and information operations officer. After leaving active duty, Mike attended New York University’s Stern School of Business graduating with an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He has co-authored two books; Mission Critical: Unlocking the Value of Veterans in the Workforce, and a military transition guidebook titled Business Networking for Veterans. He is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University, as well as an advisor to the Center for Talent Innovation. Mike is currently serving in the Marine Corps Reserves as the Commanding Officer for Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines in Chattanooga, TN.
Roger Roley joined the Army where he served for 24 years and retiring as a Command Sergeants Major. After retiring from the Army, Roger’s career has spanned numerous industries including Ferrellgas, Cintas, Osprey Biotechnics, Inc., and Corporate Leads, Inc. where he has led in roles from manager, director, vice president, to senior partner.
Roger most recently joined the Building Global Leaders Team in December 2014 as Vice President of Operations and Partner. Building Global Leaders’ mission is to develop future business leaders utilizing business training, leadership training and mentorship. In his mission to develop future business leaders in the veteran community as well, Roger joined Four Block as the Atlanta Program Director.
Joanna is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. She served as a Field Radio Operator and as a Recruiter. She served honorably from 1998-2007 as a Staff Sergeant and deployed in suport of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 with Marine Wing Support Squadron 373, 3rd Marine Air Wing.
Having overcome her own transition obstacles, Joanna made the commitment to help other veterans transition more successfully. She became a well-known veteran advocate in the Arizona community with her previous work at ASU's Pat Tillman Veterans Center (2012-2015) and her many involvements in the nonprofit space. She works tirelessly to help bridge the divide between transitioning veterans and the civilian community. She serves as a voluntary board member with ASU's Veterans Chapter of the alumni, S.E.E.4 Vets, and the AZ Veterans Court Mentor Project. She volunteers to help raise funds for the Marine Corps Scholarship Fund - AZ Campaign, and is a member of the Jar Head Professionals group.
Joanna is married to Mr. Joblin Sweatt since 1997 and they have three beautiful children, Jeriah, Joblin Jr., and Jordin.
Damien joined the Marine Corps in 2003 as a radio repairman. He served in Iraq in 2006 and 2007 and while deployed was selected to enter a commissioning program. After earning his degree while on active duty, Damien took a commission and was designated as an Infantry Officer before he completing his active duty service in 2012. After leaving active duty, Damien gained experience in agency and corporate recruiting & program management. He has paired that with his personal passion to help veterans in their transition from military to civilian life. He has developed and revised business models for veteran recruitment and retention for both recruiting agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Damien joined Four Block as a staff member in April 2015. He previously volunteered with Four Block as a class mentor and guest instructor, where he has shared his knowledge of corporate recruiting and military skills translation with FourBlock students.
Eric enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2005 as an infantry rifleman. Over the course of nine years, he deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, and Macedonia in various roles. While serving as a platoon sergeant during his 2012 deployment to Afghanistan, Eric was injured and was subsequently attached to the Wounded Warrior Detachment at the Walter Reed National Medical Center. During his rehabilitation there, he came under the mentorship of FourBlock, which he credits for helping him successfully transition out in 2014.
Eric is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied International Relations, and has a long history of working with non-profit marketing teams. He joined the FourBlock team to help expand the FourBlock program throughout the DC Metropolitan area, as well as oversee its national marketing and communications strategies.
Monica McNeal is a seasoned executive with over thirty years of leadership experience in the apparel industry. Her commitment to give back to our veterans was spurred with the death of her son, Eric, in 2010 while serving as a Marine infantryman in Afghanistan. Her passion to volunteer at various non-profits over the years has been extremely rewarding. Monica has been most active in the Gold Star Mothers of America as the Washington State Chapter President, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and Rally Point 6. She often speaks to groups encouraging them to volunteer with the multitude or organizations that support veterans and veteran families.
Kevin served as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps from 1979 to 1984. He is a member of the American Legion; is on the Board of Directors of VETLANTA, a group dedicated to the welfare of transitioning veterans; and is the VP of the Community Assistance Center (CAC), the emergency relief agency of Sandy Springs/Dunwoody.
Kevin is a lawyer in the UPS Real estate department and writes historical fiction as a hobby. He has published two books: The March of the 18th and The March of the Orphans. Kevin gives half of all royalties from his two books to charities for veterans.
Tom has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and served as an officer with the U.S. Navy Seabees in Vietnam in 1970 and 1971. He was Bravo Company Commander of Construction Battalion Maintenance Unit 301 in Chu Lai and then Officer in Charge of Construction of elements of a new Intermediate Support Base in Thuan An in the Northern I Corps Tactical Zone.
When he left the service, Tom pursued a career in the infrastructure engineering and construction industry where he earned professional engineering licenses in New York State and elsewhere. In 1990, he was one of the original founders of AECOM, a company that would grow to become the world’s largest design engineering firm according to Engineering News Record. AECOM is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and is ranked among Fortune magazine’s largest 200 firms in the U.S. with annual revenue of about $18 billion. AECOM has also been listed among the world’s Most Admired and Most Ethical firms.
Tom retired from AECOM as a Corporate Vice President in July 2016.
Erika joined the Air Force in 2003, following in the footsteps of her grandfathers and parents. She served on active duty for over eight years as a cyberspace officer; her duty locations included Washington, D.C., Germany, and Qatar. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Bowdoin College and her master’s degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology.
For the past three and a half years, Erika has been working as a technology consultant in Deloitte’s federal practice. She is currently supporting the Department of Veterans Affairs on its acquisition program management. She also serves in the Air Force Reserves as an Admissions Liaison Officer. As a FourBlock Associate Instructor, Erika teaches, manages, and mentors transitioning student veterans throughout the semester-long, university-accredited program.
JOHN W. PHILLIPS is the Vice Chairman and cofounder of VETLANTA and Executive Director of Boots to Loafers, LLC. He has had a distinguished career in both military and civilian service. John is a “mustang” and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel where he served in the Field Artillery as well as an Army Comptroller. With more than 20 years of service, he served in Corps and Division Artillery, Army Headquarters and Forces Command. He has lived and served in Europe, throughout the Middle East and the United States. In his civilian career, John is a retired finance executive at The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, Georgia.
John is also the Author of Boots to Loafers, Finding Your New True North which outlines a proven process of transitioning out of the military and into the private sector. He is also a contributing author to Paddling Guide to the Sunshine State and An American Crisis, Veteran Unemployment; Stand by Them/How You can Help/Solution. He has been featured on The Mike Huckabee Show, the Dennis Miller Show as well as a number of radio shows across the country.
John is an avid outdoorsmen and adventure seeker. In his spare time, John spends his time travelling with his wife, sailing in the British Virgin Islands, guiding and enjoying remote wilderness trips in the western United States. His passion lies in helping our nation’s military and veterans make the transition back into society and finding their new true north in preparing for and finding a job in the private sector.
John holds a BS in Finance from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from Syracuse University where he is also alumni of the 39th Class of Army Comptrollership Program. He lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Georgia with his wife, the former Melissa K. Smith and their Australian Shepard, Bear.
Michael Pett is a Disabled Veteran of the US Army with over 18 years of total service. He is still currently serving in the Illinois Army National Guard as a Sergeant First Class. Stationed at Schofield Barracks with the famed 25th ID, Michael attended Air Assault School and deployed to Iraq from December of 2003 until March of 2005. While deployed, Michael operated as a Casualty Operations Specialist with the 225 FSB, Michael was pushed throughout theatre processing wounded warrior and local nationals from point of injury to combat support hospitals located within Iraq, Germany, and the United States.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Illinois where he earned a degree in Sociology. He is the national Student Veteran Recruiting Lead at Accenture. Since beginning his career, Michael has created two initiatives focusing on the growth and professional development of student veterans and spouses. Each program is tailored towards student veterans and spouses, providing them with tangible tools to succeed in the ever changing corporate climate.
Mick served in the U.S. Marine Corps and has been involved in efforts to connect service members to major corporations in the Seattle area for the past 6 years. He is currently working with Starbucks Coffee where he led efforts for the commitment to hire veterans and military spouses and has served as the President of the Starbucks Armed Forces Network.
Mick joined the Marine Corps serving on active duty and deploying in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Mick graduated from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and following active duty, returned to Seattle, WA and joined Starbucks Coffee. He has held a variety of roles in his years at Starbucks, primarily leading teams in Starbucks Field Operations and Starbucks Seattle Support Center. Mick’s advocacy for veterans led to a natural transition onto the Starbucks Global Responsibility team where he helped launch the Veteran Initiative. Over the past three years, Mick has helped build many of the foundational pillars of the Starbucks Veterans Program. These include Roll Call which allows Starbucks to recognize and engage veteran, military spouse and advocate employees, Military Immersions that connect field partners with their local base and veteran service organizations, and the model for both Military Family Stores dedications and Military Mondays. Most recently Mick helped launch the Adopt A Unit effort to help connect partners and customers with units serving overseas and their families at home.
Jon is a six-year veteran of the US Army, where he served as an Engineer officer. He deployed to Afghanistan as a Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, and served within the Corps of Engineers as an Aide-de-camp and Operations Officer. Jon is a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, earning a Master of Public Policy from The Australian National University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Operations Research from the US Military Academy at West Point, and certifications as a Project Management Professional and an Associate Professional of Human Resources.
He currently works for Facebook as a Product Specialist and as a FourBlock DC alumnus, Jon now serves as an Associate Instructor for FourBlock San Francisco, where he helps veterans achieve the best careers at our nation’s top technology companies.
Matthew joined the Marine Corps in 1999 as an Aviation Logistician. He served in Afghanistan, Africa, Norway and throughout the Middle East and Europe. Matthew served ten years in the Marine Corps before a training accident left him unable to continue on active duty. After leaving the military, Matthew attended Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, New York where he earned an Associate’s Degree and served as the President of the Student Veterans Organization. Matthew continued his education and received a Bachelor’s Degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York in 2014.
While on active duty, Matthew volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations aiding injured service members and families of the fallen. Matthew’s passion to work alongside service members and veterans continued in February 2016 when he joined Four Block as the Albany Program Director. Matthew is also a Grant Writer for Four Block.
Andy McCarty is the Director of Northeastern University’s Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers, serving student veterans online and at campuses in Boston, Charlotte and Seattle. He is also an Air Force veteran (2000-2004) with two deployments to Africa and the Middle East and is the founder and staff advisor for the NU Student Veterans Organization. Andy serves on the board of the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators and joins the FourBlock Boston community as an associate instructor.
WES S. WESTON is an Independent Consultant supporting the Department of Defense with developing and deploying alternative and renewable energy solutions for military Installations and operational forces. Wes is a retired Marine Corps Colonel who served as an Armor Officer and Logistics Officer. With more than 28 years of service, he commanded at the Platoon, Company and Battalion level leading Marines in both combat and humanitarian operations. He has lived and served in Europe, Asia, and throughout the Middle East and the United States. In his civilian career, Wes was a Team Lead for Booz Allen Hamilton where he developed a global energy support program that helps the military reduce the cost of operations while improving energy resilience.
Wes is also an avid volunteer. In his spare time, Wes is the Whatcom Country Toys for Tots Coordinator, a Red Cross Volunteer and a speaker at Memorial Day and Veterans Day events. Wes spends his free time traveling and camping with family across the United States. He is committed to helping our nation’s military and veterans make a successful transition into society and finding employment that fits their career goals in the private sector.
Wes holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Washington University, is a graduate of Command and General Staff College and a Level 2 Acquisitions Professional. He lives in sunny Ferndale Washington with his wife Teresa. They have four children.