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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.
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.
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.
Anna Hopkins began volunteering with FourBlock Atlanta in the spring of 2016, its inaugural semester. Her initial role was to teach the “Dress for Success” portion of the program. After attending that first meeting, she knew she wanted to be a part of the FourBlock program and assist veterans to transition successfully to civilian life. After volunteering for two semesters, she was invited to officially join the team as an Associate Instructor in 2017.
Anna is a civilian with a strong connection to the veteran community. She works as a Technical Recruiter for an IT staffing firm, and operates Elevated Image, an image consulting practice. Her unique background provides FourBlock veterans a strong resource for a variety of the skills they will need to make a successful transition from military and university life to the civilian workforce. As a technical recruiter, Anna offers expert help with resume writing, interviewing skills, job searches, and networking. As an image consultant, she teaches enrollees the importance of a professional image and brand, and instructs them on how to achieve both.
She is committed to helping as many transitioning veterans as possible, and to helping FourBlock build a strong community in which veterans succeed and thrive.
Anna is an Atlanta native. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University where she earned a BA in Spanish with a concentration in Business and a minor in Italian.
Starting his professional life as an Air Force Officer, Jason excelled at organization leadership at an early age managing multiple simultaneous projects and managing the daily operations of hundreds of individuals and millions of dollars in specialized equipment. After leaving the military with distinction, Jason broadened his industry experience as a manufacturing process engineer at General Electric where he applied Lean and Kaizen principles to optimize long-running processes.
Jason’s Enterprise Sales career began with Red Hat Software as a new business development rep driving enterprise sales remotely and forming the basis of the inside sales techniques he teaches today. Since then he has driven sales and developed business development plans for IBM and Fiserv, where the strategies he designed and executed consistently yielded revenue attainment in excess of 300% of target while creating multiple loyal reference clients for his business.
He has also worked with youth and program volunteers as a District Executive in Boy Scouts of America. Serving in that capacity he had Responsibility for extending all Scouting programs to religious and civic institutions. He raised 110% of annual funding pledge quota in only 4 months ahead of 17 other divisions. He activated and renewed 15 scouting franchises with 240+ new scouts and volunteers recruited in that time.
Chris Casey is an Air Force Veteran (2002 – 2008) and Multinational Corporation Banker at JPMorgan and has been with the firm for 4 years. In his time in the Air Force Chris was in a highly-specialized unit where he rapidly deployed all over the world to quickly open airfields and establish, expand, sustain, and coordinate air mobility operations in support of Joint Task Force, US Government, and Special Operations taskings (i.e. Navy SEALs, DEA, NASA, United Nation, President of the United States, Foreign Special Operations teams).
While with JPMorgan he has been based in New York, Dallas, and now Los Angeles. Chris joined the firm in their first Military Veteran Internship Program and moved on to National and International Strategy roles before his current Banker role.
Prior to his employment with J.P. Morgan, Chris worked in Music and Media Licensing and Talent Relations at MTV, and as a Digital Media Manager at Inked Magazine (both in NYC).
Chris is a veracious reader, traveler, filmmaker/photographer, and holds a BA from Fordham University.
James is a veteran of the United States Army, serving as an Unmanned Aircraft Systems operator and instructor from 2003-2011. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005 and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2008. While serving, James graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelors in Science.
After separating from the military, James attended New York University, first earning his Masters in Public Policy from Wagner School of Public Service, followed by his Masters in Business Administration from Stern School of Business. Aided by the skills James learned at FourBlock, he is currently a Program Manager at The Walt Disney Company where he oversees process improvement strategies for the company’s global charitable programs.
James continues to be an active member in the veteran community. He is an active volunteer with The Mission Continues, and has run the NYC marathon with Team Tillman NYC four times, personally raising over $15,000 for The Pat Tillman Foundation. He is also on the leadership council for SALUTE, the Disney military veteran employee group.
Pete is a US Marine veteran with a voice and a passion for helping other veterans to be successful. After serving eleven honorable years in the military providing leadership, logistics, management, and IT support, he transitioned from being a United States Marine to an Information Technology professional and leader. He also hosts, produces, and edits podcasts, including VeteranConnections.us, since many small businesses have creative minds but do not have the time or knowledge to do the editing.
As a veteran, Pete understands making that transition can be difficult. He has always dedicated time to training and assisting transitioning military personnel on their journey to finding civilian jobs as well as veterans who have already transitioned who may need resources, mentoring, or an introduction in the business world. Pete has joined the FourBlock team with his belief that helping a fellow veteran make the right connection can make all the difference in the world.