Meet The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance Staff


David Escamilla, Manager

A Native Texan from Corpus Christi, and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I enjoy being a member of the Texas Veterans Commission team. We at the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance are proud to contribute towards the TVC’s mission, providing superior service that will significantly improve the quality of life for all Texas veterans, their families, and their survivors.


FVA SSO Robert Harriss

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.

Grants Management

Ervey Leos, Jr.

Ervey Leos Jr., Lead Grant Officer

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

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.


Erin Davenport

Erin Davenport, Grant Officer

I am the daughter of an Air Force Veteran and Marine who served in Vietnam. After 20 years of related experience, I recently graduated from Texas State earning my BA in Psychology. My desire is to be a compassionate ally to everyone I meet & I am devoted to Texas Veterans.


A. Jones

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

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.


Steve Basso

Steve Basso, Grant Officer

I retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after nearly 24 years of service on Active Duty and four combat deployments (three to Afghanistan, and one to Iraq). I was recently hired to be a new Grant Officer. I’m looking forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to help all our veterans and their families in the great state of Texas.


Julie Dillard

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

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.

GovGrants Administration

Jennifer Prather

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 D. Webster

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.

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