Eugene L. Krizek, Col. USAF (Retired), Founder
A former Congressional Administrative Assistant and a retired Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Krizek served as the Director of White House Liaison with the State Department in 1961-1962 and as State Department Congressional Relations Director from 1962 to 1981. He was Advisor to the Assistant Secretaries of State for Consular Affairs for Humanitarian Affairs and for Refugees. In 1975, he was awarded a Presidential commendation for his coordination role with the Congress for the Indo-Chinese Refugee Act, which aided hundreds of thousands of people overseas. He was a member of the White House Conference on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and he also administered the 1961 National Conference on Bail and Criminal Justice for the Attorney General. Active in the Air Force Reserves, his latest military service included assignment to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force as Acting Director of Legislative Liaison with the rank of Colonel.
Clyde B. (CB) Richardson, Treasurer
Mr. Richardson is President of Loriche Productions, a music, and video production company. He served as Deputy Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commissioner for Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor for 17 years. He is also a board member of the Ward Five Community Development Corporation and President of the Ward Five Council on Education. Mr. Richardson is also Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Africare Inc. and a Board Member of the Spring Creek Foundation.
Reverend Dr. Ketlen A. Solak
Rev. Dr. Solak graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary in May 2005 and was ordained in the Diocese of Virginia in June of that year. She served as Associate Rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church from August 2005 to November 2014. During her tenure at St. Luke's, Rev. Solak was active in the Alexandria, Virginia area non-profit community and joined the Christian Relief Services Charities Board of Directors in 2014. She is currently serving as the Covenant Rector of three Episcopal churches in Wilmington, Delaware.
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James J. O´Brien, Esq., Chairman
Mr. O´Brien is founding partner of O´Brien Law, LLC, a Washington, D.C. Law firm specializing in employment law and business immigration. He graduated in 1987 from Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. He is a member of the Bar of the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals of Maryland, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He has run his firm for 13 years and says that the best part of running a small business is that he has, “given employment to many people, thus helping each of them in different ways along their own career paths.”
Frank L. Stitely, CPA
Mr. Stitely is a partner at Stitely & Karstetter, CPA. He graduated summa cum laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and received the Elijah Watt Sells certificate in recognition of his performance on the CPA Exam. Mr. Stitely serves small businesses and individuals in the areas of taxation, financial reporting and software support services. He is a certified accounting software consultant and trainer working primarily with Sage Software products. He formerly served as an officer for the Dulles Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Rear Admiral Eric C. Jones
Capt. Jones assumed the position of Executive Assistant to the U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations in May, 2014 after serving two years as Assistant Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where he served as the Superintendent's direct representative to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Academy. Capt. Jones is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Marine Engineering, a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics from Brown University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College. Capt. Jones joined the Christian Relief Services Charities Board of Directors in 2014. (back to top)
Robert J. Hisel, Jr.
Robert Joseph Hisel, Jr. is the founder and former chief executive officer of Preferred Systems Solutions, Inc. (PSS) as an Information Technology and engineering services firm specializing in the commercial marketplace. Mr. Hisel serves on several business councils and is active with several youth sports organizations, non-profit organizations and other philanthropic activities including the National Defense Transportation Association, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, and the Vanguard Group. He has been a member of the Christian Relief Services Charities Board of Directors since June 2007.
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Colonel John F. Williams
Colonel John Williams is the Chief, Career Systems & Studies Branch, Army G-1. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) and an MBA from Capital University. While on active duty Colonel Williams has managed the analysis and execution of programs in support of congressionally mandated strength objectives and operational manning requirements; developed and led multiple equal opportunity programs; managed the personnel/human resources requirements for a multi-state government organization; served as a primary instructor and trainer at a 4-year state university; and led the communications efforts for the Army Reserve personnel directorate. Prior to his service on active duty, Colonel Williams worked in the civilian sector as a corporate engineer where he was responsible for several new plant start-ups and the implementation and design of new technologies to support steel manufacturing and the paper packaging industry. (back to top)
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Thomas (Tom) M. O´Brien
Thomas M. O´Brien is principally a private investor, and founder of a closely-held real estate company and a business engaged in youth sports training and fitness, both in northern Ohio. He held various executive roles at The RMR Group and its public company clients from 1996, and was the Chief Executive Officer and President of TravelCenters of America LLC, from 2007, until his retirement from those positions in 2017. Mr. O´Brien serves on the board of directors of VirnetX Holding Corporation, a public company engaged in the development of an extensive software patent portfolio concerned principally with internet communications security. Mr. O´Brien joined the Christian Relief Services Charities Board of Directors in 2008.(back to top)