James (Jim) Bracken, Director
James (Jim) Bracken is the Director of the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance (FVA) Department. He retired from the US Marine Corps in 2013, and serves the veteran community through the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 1919 (Texas Capital Chapter). Jim has both military and state agency experience in operations, strategic planning, training, process improvement, and non-profit organizational management.
Robert J. Harriss, Staff Services Officer
I’m from Houston and served 20+ years on active duty in the U.S. Army. Various deployments include Iraq, Haiti, Kosovo, and Afghanistan. As a small part of the ‘well-oiled machine’, I take pride in helping bring aid & assistance to veterans and their families in their time of need.
Ervey Leos Jr., Lead Grant Officer and Interim Manager
I’m a native Texan from Sabinal, in Uvalde County. After serving over 20 years in the U.S. Army, including two combat deployments to Iraq, I retired as a Master Sergeant. There are two things always on my mind: 1) accomplishing the mission, and 2) ensuring the welfare of our soldiers.
Justin Greiner, Grant Officer
Growing up in San Marcos, Texas I graduated from Texas State University in the fall of 2001. As the grandchild of two WWII Army Veterans, I am extremely thankful for the service of each and every veteran. I take pride in hearing about success stories from thankful veterans who have received assistance through grants funded by the Texas Veterans Commission.
A. Jones, Grant Officer
I’m a detail-oriented Grant Officer with a background in bookkeeping. As a general rule, military brats tend to value Integrity, Adaptability, Loyalty, Respect…. But that isn’t just from seeing one situation, it is from watching the parent serve their country over their entire childhood. My significant other is a Marine veteran, and my goal is to serve those who protect our freedom.
Ileana Vasquez, Grant Officer
I’ll admit I’m not a native Texan, but home is where the heart is, and my heart belongs to Texas through and through. I’ve been fortunate to call this great state home since my dad moved his business and most of our family down to Austin from California way back in 1998. I’m the proud sister of two Marine Corps veterans who served post-9/11 in numerous tours to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Julie Dillard, Lead Compliance Officer
I retired from the Navy after 20 years of service in a variety of duty locations. I have lived in places that are not friendly to veterans, but am glad I landed here because of the care we show for our former servicemembers and their families. Texas stands apart because we truly care about our veterans. I am proud to be part of a team that cares.
Cindy Orendorff, Compliance Officer
I’m a Navy veteran who specialized in Aviation Maintenance Administration at naval air stations up and down the West Coast. Veterans take care of our own; I love being part of a program that provides much-needed assistance to former servicemembers and their families who have sacrificed so much to serve.
Jennifer Prather, Salesforce Administrator
My family has served our county since the revolutionary war, so I understand and appreciate the sacrifices our former servicemembers have made. As your Salesforce Administrator, I maintain FVA’s GovGrants installation and solve technical problems within the electronic grant management system. Have a problem with GovGrants? Ask your Grant Officer. I’ll be in the background, helping them get you straightened out.
Elisabeth Webster, Communications Coordinator
I’m a native Austinite, proud Texan, and the daughter of a Navy Seabee who served in Vietnam. Need guidance or support on acknowledging and promoting your awards, or advice on reaching out to the media? Is something broken on the grants section of the website, or do you want to hear about a new topic on the blog? I’ll be glad to help.
Please note: This post will be updated periodically to reflect the current FVA staff members during the 2019-2020 grant year.