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.

Media & Communications

Ellie DePastino

Ellie, Todd’s daughter, has been attending events since the VBC was just a small group of WWII vets who gathered for breakfast. She graduated from the College of Wooster in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and is now living in Chicago. She does print & digital media production for the VBC, handles desk duties, and manages the VBC’s social media & website.

Board of Directors

Mike Cherock, President

AE Works Ltd.

Amber Spells, Treasurer

Enrolled Agent/Accountant/Travel Advisor @ AMS Consulting LLC


Ray Amelio


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


Marshall Gordon

Non-Profit Executive (Retired)

H. Lamont Gourdine

Managing Director @ US Fleet Forces Command (USFF)


Betty Karleski, Volunteer



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


Ben Wright

Retired @ Trinity School for Ministry