Our Team

Executive Director

Todd DePastino


Todd DePastino is founding director of the Veterans Breakfast Club. Todd’s interest in veterans’ stories first grew out of his work as a historian. Todd is author and editor of seven books, including the award-winning Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front (W.W. Norton), a biography of the famed WWII cartoonist. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University and has taught at Penn State Beaver and Waynesburg University, where he received the Lucas-Hathaway Award for Teaching Excellence.

Director of Programming

Shaun Hall


Shaun is host and producer of VBC’s podcast, The Scuttlebutt. He is not a veteran but has a passion for veterans’ stories. Shaun received his BFA in Acting from Point Park University in 2004 and has spent over a decade in the non-profit sector supporting missions that focus on storytelling.

Community Outreach & Communications

Betty Karleski


Betty discovered the Veterans Breakfast Club in 2009 while marketing for a senior healthcare company. She jumped in to support the VBC as a Board Member and volunteer, working the sign-in table at VBC events. She now joins the team as the Community Outreach and Communications Specialist.

Board of Directors

Mike Cherock, President

AE Works Ltd.

Amber Spells, Treasurer

Enrolled Agent/Accountant/Travel Advisor @ AMS Consulting LLC


Bill Boswell

Attorney; Colonel, USAF (Ret.) @ William P. Boswell, L.L.C.

Glenn Flickinger

President/Owner (Retired) @ TAB Pittsburgh

Sharon George

Laura Goossen

Director of Product Management @ Westinghouse Electric


H. Lamont Gourdine

Managing Director @ US Fleet Forces Command (USFF)


Mak Kelly

Vice President, Property & Casualty Insurance & Risk Management @ USI


John Pippy

President and Founder @ PGS TEK LLC


Hughes Turner

US Army and VA


Brad Washabaugh

Vice President, Facilities Strategic Services at RTI International