Dedicated to the veterans who served this country
Private First Class (Army) Harry L. Williams with his cousin Lydia
Rhonda F. Harris founded The Veterans Resource Program (VRP) in 2011, in honor of her late father, Harry L. Williams, a wounded Korean War Army Veteran. Ms. Harris founded the VRP to assist veterans with housing, applying for benefits, and higher educational opportunities to help them transition back into society through gainful employment.
The VRP owns a fully furnished home in Richmond, California, which provides housing to veterans of all branches who may need short or long-term accommodations. The VRP was incorporated in August of 2013 and became a certified 501(c)(3) in August of 2014.
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Board of Directors
As a member of a military family, Rhonda Harris began serving homeless veterans before it became the right thing to do. She founded the Veterans Resource Program to express her love for her father, a veteran, and the veteran community. She is the founder and executive director of the VRP.
Ms. Harris serves in the California State Army Military Reserves as a Sergeant. Ms. Harris is also a 2013 Jefferson Award recipient; MEA Magazine Award for 25 Influential Women in Business; earned a Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor from Mt. Diablo Valley College; Financial Officer for the American Legion, Cesar Chavez Post 505; and a member of Veterans Healing Veterans from the Inside Out Group in San Quentin Prison.
Aminta Mickles has over 25 years of service and experience in the Education and Behavioral Health field. She is from the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently a full time tenured faculty at Contra Costa College in San Pablo, California. She serves as the Department Chair for the Health and Human Services department, while also serving as the United Faculty Vice President of the United Faculty Union.
Ms. Mickles demonstrates her love of education by working in the Human Services certificated programs, mentoring students in the department, Puente Project and the African American Staff Association. It has always been instilled in her to value education, treat it with respect and honor. She has developed and received funding to coordinate the only Peer Support Clinic, in the Bay Area Community Colleges, for a mental health/addictions/peer supported clinic on campus. She recently collaborated with consumer mental health and developed classes for SPIRIT on campus.
Born and reared in Washington, D. C., Jeff Baker is a U.S. Air Force veteran with extended service in South Vietnam. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, Jeff has worked for the Central Office of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., as well as the San Francisco VA Regional Office. Additionally, Jeff has more than 15 years of experience as a municipal government Analyst and Executive for the cities of Berkeley and Oakland, California. A service-connected disabled veteran, Jeff has counseled veterans on acquiring educational, housing medical and disability benefits. Jeff Baker currently works as a Senior Analyst for Simone Consultant Services, a crisis mitigation agency in Berkeley, California and serves as a Board Member of the Veterans Resource Program, Richmond, California.
Dr. Susan Stryker teaches in the Department of Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Strategies, School of Management at the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, CA. She previously worked as a staff scientist and project leader at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California—Berkeley in the Energy and Environment Division. She then moved to London, England, and managed the corporate governance for a software consulting company in the application of decision support systems.
Dr. Susan Stryker has a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley and a doctoral degree in Organization and Leadership, Department of Leadership Studies, School of Education, University of San Francisco.
Earl Dennis Love, Jr. was born and raised in Oakland, California. He went to College of Alameda where he received an Associate of Science and Certificate of Completion in Automotive Mechanics. He later attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas and earned a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology. He is currently employed at Kaiser Permanente as Chief Nuclear Medicine Technologist, and is active in his community as a member of several organizations and is an active Freemason.
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