Meet Our Board of Directors
Strong Leadership, Strategy, Governance, and Passion = Success!
Founder and Chairman of the Board. Jack Wagner honorably served his country as a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is a Vietnam Veteran and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Jack devoted 28 years to public service: eight years as Pennsylvania’s Auditor General, 10 years as a Pennsylvania State Senator and 10 years on Pittsburgh City Council before founding Pittsburgh Hires Veterans. Currently, Mr. Wagner is the Regional Development Director for Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs and he is the Chairman of the Sharing and Caring Golf Outing that raises revenue for hospitalized veterans. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Safety Management with a minor in Business Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Secretary. Michelle Moore graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Ms. Moore is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Certified Life Care Planner (CLCP). She has worked with individuals with disabilities in coordination of medical and rehabilitation care, as well as in a vocational capacity for 25 years. She also works with the Veteran’s Affairs to provide support to Veterans as they participate in their educational and vocational programs.
Dr. Ronald Poropatich
Dr. Ronald Poropatich is the Director of the Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. He is an experienced Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine physician who served 30 years on active duty in the U.S. Army. Dr. Poropatich retired in 2012 at the rank of Colonel with assignments at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and as Deputy Director of the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center at Fort Detrick. He is also a long-standing educator and faculty member at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Science in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Poropatich has more than 60 publications and edited two books on Telemedicine.
T.S. Jones - MAJOR GENERAL U.S.M.C. (RET)
T.S. Jones, founder and Executive Directr for Outdoor Odyssey, recently retired from the United States Marine Corps after serving in excess of three decades. Retiring as a Major General, Jones, the “recipient of countless blessings and great opportunities,” vowed to design and build the vehicle to reach those in need in the manner in which he was impacted as a youth; Outdoor Odyssey was born. The initial mission, thriving yet greatly expanded, focused on identifying youth in need, providing them a shared experience of high adventure with a MENTOR, in order to forge a BOND that sets the stage for successful follow-on activities in the school and community. To help acquire the needed resources to reach those in need, Jones crafted a menu of dynamic packages that would be embraced by a variety of organizations. Jones has taken more than a “page” and even a few “chapters” from his experience as a Marine, as he developed Outdoor Odyssey’s approach to team building and leadership. In the manner of the Marine Corps, EVERYTHING focuses on TEAM, and EVERY team is bound together and supported by an extended web of relationships.
For more information please visit http://www.outdoorodyssey.org/
Tony Accamando rose to the rank of Army First Lieutenant, fought in Vietnam and was honorably discharged in 1971. Thirty years ago, Mr. Accamando co-founded Veterans Cable Services, a small business that employs Veterans to install wiring for cable companies. He started the venture to help fellow Vietnam Veterans and now provides opportunities for a new generation serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Accamando has a long career of helping Veterans. He also co-founded Friends of Danang, helping to raise money for humanitarian projects and has launched Life Changing Service Dogs for Veterans.
Marvin Prentice served in the United States Marine Corps and attained the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged. Mr. Prentice was the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Hill House Association for eight years. Currently, he is principal of MBP Consulting, which provides financial and operations support to business and non-profit organizations seeking to improve profitability, performance and service. He is also President and Operations Manager for Isshinryu Karate Academy, a martial arts school located in the Greentree neighborhood of Pittsburgh. Mr. Prentice has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Thiel College, an Accounting Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University - Northwest in Gary, IN.
Hon. John R. Pippy has been Chief Strategy Officer of American Energy Partners, Inc. ("AEPT") since January 2018 and serves as President of American Energy Solutions, LLC, wholly owned subsidiary of AEPT. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Families Organized to Represent the Coal Economy (Pennsylvania Coal Alliance) since July 2012. Hon. Pippy brings over 20 years' experience in international and domestic government and corporate relations while serving as a Pennsylvania State Representative, Pennsylvania State Senator. Mr. Pippy also brings 25 years of military leadership and organizational expertise having commanded multiple units deployed overseas in a theater of combat operations as well as within the United States. Mr. Pippy has a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from West Point, NY, a Masters in International Relations from Irish American University, Dublin, Ireland and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College, Carlisle, PA.
Mr. Ferguson brings over 35 years of diverse business experience in the military, corporate, higher education and non-profit environments. He currently serves as the CEO of national nonprofit NAVREF, an organization dedicated to helping military veterans through clinical research and education
Holding a bachelor's degree in Social Work Ms. Gilfoyle has worked in the non-profit world for many years including her role as Executive Director at Easter Seals in Indiana. She is currently Director of Communication at Our Lady of Hope Parish.