Chris has over 25 years of leadership in business strategy, brand development, fundraising and communications in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He joined VRC in July 2019 after serving as Interim Executive Director of Evergreen Treatment Services (“ETS”), a nonprofit based in Seattle that provides medication-assisted treatment and wraparound services for opioid dependence, as well as street-based outreach services to vulnerable, chronically homeless adults struggling with addiction.
From 2017 to 2019, Chris was the Interim CEO of Mending Kids International, a global nonprofit that provides critical life-saving and life-changing surgeries to children throughout the world. During his tenure, he led the development of a strategic plan for four of the agency’s core programs across 64 countries and made a series of strategic and operational improvements that resulted in positive growth.
From 2011 to 2017, Chris was the CEO of Woodcraft Rangers, a 95-year-old youth services agency based in Los Angeles that provides expanded learning programs to public and private schools. During his tenure as CEO, he led Woodcraft Rangers through a strategic planning process that increased the brand visibility of the organization, added half a million dollars in new revenue streams and thirteen new schools in one year, achieved 20 percent greater improvement on academic measurements compared to peer organizations, and led a government relations and advocacy effort that resulted in an additional $50 million in the annual state budget for after-school programs.
Other positions Chris has held include Interim Division President for the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California and Southern Nevada, Regional CEO (from Los Angeles to San Francisco) and other roles focused on communications and government relations for the American Red Cross, Vice President at Pollack Norman Advertising, and Founding Executive Director for the California Agriculture History Center.
Chris is a native Californian and the son of a World War Two and Korean War veteran who was stationed at the former Mather Air Force Base near the eventual home of VRC’s Mather Veterans Village. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University, Sacramento, and currently lives in Santa Rosa, California, with his wife of 35 years.
Jason Henry, Chief Operations Officer
Jason Henry is VRC’s Chief Operations Officer and is based out of Sacramento. Jason began his career at VRC in 2011 as an Employment Training Specialist and quickly worked his way up the ranks from Housing Coordinator to Site Director, to his current position as the Director of Operations, charged with the oversight of all of VRC’s programs, services, grants, contracts, and facilities. A staunch advocate for veterans, Jason has worked diligently to build awareness on veteran issues and develop strong collaborations with community partners. Jason holds Bachelor’s Degrees in both Business Administration and Economics.
Jason served in the United States Navy from 1993 to 1997 as a Damage Controlman and received numerous decorations during his service including: the National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
David Williams, Chief Financial Officer
As VRC’s Chief Financial Officer, Dave maintains financial compliance, provides financial insight to our team leaders, and manages cash flow to help serve the needs of our clients.
Dave has a long history of serving public, private, and nonprofit companies as CFO in a wide variety of industries. He has served as CFO for the Association of California School Administrators, National Promotions and Advertising, and Fluid Media Networks. Dave gravitates to complex organizations and enjoys helping them obtain financial clarity and streamline fiscal operations. He is also a successful college instructor who enjoys giving back to the profession as an adjunct instructor.
Dave holds CPA licenses in California and Illinois, a national Certified Management Accountant certificate, and a JD from Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles. Despite this business focus, he got his Bachelor's in Music from Northern Illinois University where he studied classical guitar. Dave lives with his wife of twenty-four years, Ana, and his college-bound son, Greg, who is also a musician. Dave plays music every week and goofs around with his two dogs every chance he gets.
Chris Cabral, Chief Human Resources Officer
Chris comes to VRC with over ten years of experience in Human Resources in the public and non-profit sectors. An Ohio native, Chris ventured to California while serving as an active-duty member of the United States Coast Guard.
Chris is currently attending law school as an evening student to enhance her knowledge of local, state, national, and international labor law to best support VRC’s organizational growth for many years to come. Chris resides in beautiful Sonoma County with her horse and three dogs.
Kendra Barter, Director of Clinical Services
Kendra Barter, VRC’s Director of Clinical Services, began working for VRC in 2009 as Special Needs Assistant. In that role, she handled the case management for women veterans staying in VRC’s residential program. Since then, Kendra has served in a variety of roles at the agency. As the Director of Clinical Services, she oversees the clinical activities for all of VRC’s residential clients. Kendra is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and she obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from UC-Davis and her Master’s in Counseling from The University of Phoenix.
Joe Millsap, Communications Manager
As VRC’s Communications Manager, Joe oversees the agency’s external communications efforts to increase awareness, participation, and overall knowledge of VRC and veterans' issues within the communities we serve, as well as all internal communications among VRC’s 14 resource centers across three states.
Joe joined VRC in 2018 after spending several years at established public relations firms FTI Consulting, H+K Strategies, and Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher. He left the Marine Corps in 2007 at the rank of Captain after two deployments to Iraq and a humanitarian relief operation following the 2004 Indonesian tsunami. Joe’s op-ed, Veterans Need More Than Your Thanks, was the USA Today opinion section feature over the 2016 Memorial Day weekend.
Joe has a B.A. in History and Government and a joint JD/MBA with a concentration in Public and Governmental Affairs from The University of Texas at Austin, and he currently lives in Sonoma County where he enjoys reading, writing, listening to music, and going on hikes with his Staffordshire Terrier, Karla.
John Del Castillo, Lead Regional Director
John Del Castillo is the Lead Regional Director and the Regional Director for Northern California to include offices in Sacramento, Napa, Santa Rosa, and Vallejo. John served in the United States Navy from 1998 to 2007 as a Navy Corpsman and participated in combat operations in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his military service, John del Castillo continued to seek avenues to serve his veteran community and joined VRC as a clinical social worker in 2015. There he worked alongside dedicated employees and volunteers in the Behavioral Health Center and Supportive Housing Units as a clinical coordinator. In the past, John del Castillo has sought and worked with veterans outside of VRC at all levels to include California Department of Corrections, California Congressional Veteran Aide's, and Sacramento County Social Services.
John holds his Master's Degree in Social Work with a sub-concentration in Military Social Work from the University of Southern California and his Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Communication, from Brandman University. John resides in Healdsburg, CA and enjoys spending time watching movies and attending sporting events and music festivals.
Tom Isakson, Regional Director - Northern Arizona, Central Coast California
Tom Isakson is Regional Director for VRC in Northern Arizona and the central coast of California, supervising offices in Flagstaff, Prescott and Bullhead City, AZ; and Menlo Park, Santa Cruz, and Monterey, CA. He’s been with VRC since 2013.
Tom holds a BA in Math Education and a Master’s in Ministry. He is currently an Arizona State University online student, expecting to complete a Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management in December 2019. He started volunteering with homeless persons in 1980 and made this work his full-time career since 1992. Prior to VRC, he served as Case Manager, Programs Director and Executive Director for family shelters, men’s shelters and emergency assistance programs in Nevada, Indiana, and Arizona. Tom is an avid hiker and cook.
Cali Lynch, Regional Director - Trinity Cascade California
Cali Lynch is the Regional Director overseeing VRC’s offices in Eureka, Chico, and Redding. She was previously the Site Director in Eureka, and prior to that she served as VRC’s Clinical Coordinator for four years. During this time, she had the rewarding experience of assisting veterans with substance abuse and mental health issues, helping them overcome some incredible challenges to create more fulfilled lives for themselves.
Cali has her MA in Counseling Psychology, and she hopes to continue to utilize the knowledge gained from her education and work experience to set a compassionate, person-centered example for her coworkers and clients.
In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her cat, Gladys, who is arguably the most beautiful creature in existence.
Board of Directors
Jim Larson is the retired CEO of Cal State Central Credit Union. He held this position for 35 years and is a recognized business leader in Sonoma County. Jim served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam in 1970 in Tay Ninh Province, near the Cambodian Border, and received the Bronze Star in recognition of his service. Jim’s fiscal expertise contributes greatly to VRC. He is able to review and oversee the organization’s fiscal policies, as well as provide leadership in program development and planning.
Jim joined the Board of VRC more than 20 years ago because he wanted to become active with a non-profit organization serving veterans in his community, and he was impressed with what VRC was doing and attempting to do.
Jim and his wife, Anh, a Vietnamese native and a U.S. citizen-led VRC in sponsoring and funding medical outreach clinics in Vietnam’s impoverished Luong Son area. Jim and Anh visit Vietnam yearly as liaisons for VRC’s humanitarian projects, which in addition to the clinic include three primary schools, two of which were built by VRC in partnership with East Meets West. VRC also maintains a surgery fund for individuals with more serious medical conditions.
Chuck has represented Republic Services and their various predecessor companies for more than 20 years. Over that period of time, he has been actively engaged in waste sector public policy development and implementation at a local and state level.
In January 1991, Chuck formed Sector Strategies, a government affairs firm. As the firm’s President, he has developed extensive experience, in California and other western states, organizing government affairs strategies for public organizations and private corporations—representing their interests before legislative bodies, state agencies, and local governments. Through these experiences, he has built a strong network of public officials and community leaders throughout California, the Western U.S., and Washington, DC.
Chuck and his wife Mercy reside in Sacramento, California.
James C. Kuhl, Sr.
Jim Kuhl has 24 years of experience in the sales and use tax field. Jim joined VRC after serving as the Chief of Staff for the Chairwoman of the California State Board of Equalization, Fiona Ma. Prior to that, Jim was appointed by Governor Brown as the Tax Consultant Expert for the Office of Senator George Runner, Vice Chair of the Board of Equalization. A Marine Corps veteran, Jim obtained his accounting degree from Cal State University-San Marcos.
Jim started his career in sales tax as a tax auditor in the San Diego District office. Prior to serving the elected members of the Board of Equalization, Jim served on the Business Taxes Committee staff and was the Director of Sales and Use Tax Audit Policy, where he resolved emerging issues for both the agency management and taxpayers. Included within his section was the responsibility for reviewing voluntary disclosures and overseeing the computer audit specialist staff. Jim was also instrumental in revising the BOE audit manuals and procedures. Jim was the staff person responsible for the implementation of the legislative amendments to allow lender bad debts in California. In this capacity, Jim was the principal author of the extensive revision to Regulation 1642 and successfully negotiated the final regulatory language with all interested parties concurring with all proposed regulatory amendments.
Working with representatives from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, Jim changed BOE policy to reflect the evolution of the software industry by providing clarity and change to longstanding BOE practices.
Jim was an active leader in the Border States Caucus and the Western States Association of Tax Administrators. Meeting with representatives of multiple states, Jim provided a forum to address common issues and pursue conformity for taxpayers.
Burt McChesney is a retired policy consultant and advocate. He previously served as Special Assistant to the Speaker of the California Assembly, as Chief Consultant to the Chair of the Assembly Democratic Caucus, advisor to the Budget Conference Committee, chief consultant to the Assembly Elections, Reapportionment and Constitutional Amendments Committee, and as chief consultant to the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee. After leaving the legislature, Burt worked for the California Association of Realtors and other business clients. The son of an Air Force officer, Burt served in the United States Army in Vietnam and Europe as a helicopter gunner and the NCOIC of flight operations.
Interspersed with his legislative career, Burt worked on numerous political and issue campaigns for clients as diverse as Corazon Aquino, former President of the Philippines, and a Bay Area waste management firm. Most recently, Burt led the campaign for Proposition 41, a $600 Million housing bond for homeless and at-risk veterans.
Burt and his wife, Jo-Ellen reside in Southern California.
Javier Tenorio is the Controller of a local Santa Rosa food manufacturer. He joined the US Army in 2001 and served four years on active duty as an Infantryman with the 1st Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany. While with his unit, he completed a peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and two tours in Iraq. Javier left active duty service with an honorable discharge and graduated from the U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business with a degree in Business Administration.
Javier has worked in the financial services industry and wine/food manufacturing industry. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Swords to Plowshares as both chair of the audit committee and a member of the resource development committee.
He currently resides in Santa Rosa with his wife, Christine, and two sons.
Lawrence S. Connolly
Larry, a Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, brings extensive experience working with Pacific Gas and Electric as an Employee Assistance Counselor, as a high school counselor, and in his own business in the vocational rehabilitation field. For several years Larry owned and operated his own gem mining business in Sri Lanka and Pakistan and traveled to over one hundred countries during the course of buying and selling gemstones. He also previously served on the boards of directors of several nonprofit organizations.
Larry served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 and was assigned to the 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division; and also with the Combined Action Program with 3rd Combined Action Platoon near Hue and Dong Ha.
Larry previously served on the boards of directors of the East Meets West Foundation, as Treasurer; Consultants for Global Programs, as Chairman; Arcata Rotary Club, as President; Private Industry Council for Humboldt County; and the Mental Health Board of Directors for Trinity County. He currently serves as Board Chairman for Humboldt County Northcoast Standown Committee and is also the Vice-Director for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Legislative Committee for the State of California.
Larry is very involved in his community, and he was recognized by Rotary International with its highest honor, The Service Above Self Medal. This recognition was given to Larry for his work in Vietnam by bringing clean water to thousands of families as well as building homes and other humanitarian work.
Larry and his wife Ruth enjoy international travel, gardening around their home in McKinleyville, fishing, and visiting friends. They have two daughters, each from previous marriages, and three grandchildren.
Philip Williams grew up in Saudi Arabia and later served for over eight years as an Officer and Army Ranger, including two combat tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division. His military awards and medals include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star with oak leaf cluster denoting a second award, and an Army Achievement Medal recommended by one of his squad leaders. Now a California water, environmental, and public agency attorney, he holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Utah and a J.D. and an LL.M from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento.
Phil is a recipient of the U.C. Davis Police Department Citizen Appreciation Award and the Tim Naccarato Leadership Award. Prior to joining VRC, he organized and participated in numerous fundraisers for local non-profit organizations that treat the homeless veteran community. He has spoken at a variety of conferences and seminars on issues of water and resources law and policy, and guest-lectured on aspects of public agency and water law and on the philosophical and moral implications of modern warfare. Phil is also the author of birdmen, a novel based loosely on his experiences serving in, and returning home from, the war in Iraq.
His greatest joy and privilege lies in being a husband to his wife, Emily, and father to their two children.