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Troy Kasbarian

Troy oversees Operation Homefront’s Information Technology and General Services divisions whose responsibilities include managing the IT systems, applications, and infrastructure as well as the organization’s facilities and logistics. His 20+ year career includes deep experience in technical support, network and systems engineering, and systems management. He was recently confirmed as a Certified Information Systems Security … Continued

Andre Hawkins

Andre Hawkins joined Operation Homefront as Chief Financial and Administrative Officer in July 2019. In this role, Andre develops, plans, organizes, implements, directs, and evaluates the financial functions and performance of Operation Homefront. He oversees the Accounting and Information Technology departments and supports the OH Senior Team, Finance/Audit Committee, and Board of Directors. Andre has … Continued

John I. Pray, Jr.

Chosen to lead Operation Homefront following a nationwide search in May 2015, John previously served nearly six years with the United Service Organizations (USO) in a broad range of executive capacities, most recently as the executive vice president, Operations, Programs, & Entertainment. A 27-year veteran of the Air Force, he retired in 2007 to accept … Continued

Susan Ziesman

Susan Ziesman joined Operation Homefront in 2010 and as VP of Integrated Public Relations provides strategic oversight of the organization’s internal and external communications, media relations, digital engagement and corporate stewardship. Susan has over 20 years’ experience in public relations, communications and digital marketing, working in education and global energy prior to entering the nonprofit … Continued

Scott Wood

Scott leads Operation Homefront’s fundraising efforts with individual donors including overseeing annual campaigns, major gift, planned giving, and direct response fundraising initiatives. He also oversees donor relations, gift processing, donor research and stewardship. He joined Operation Homefront in December 2015 as Senior Director of Direct Response before being promoted to Vice President, Individual Giving & … Continued

Jay Sternberg

Jay leads Operation Homefront’s integrated marketing campaigns, cause marketing initiatives, digital and social network strategy, branding and creative services projects, and marketing research. He joined Operation Homefront in October 2015 as Senior Director of Marketing before being promoted to Vice President of Marketing in January 2017. His team develops and executes marketing partnerships for the … Continued

Karen Smithhart

Karen began her career with Operation Homefront in 2008 serving as Director of Operations for Texas. She later moved to the national headquarters in San Antonio leading field office transitions and programs, volunteer management, and staff training which evolved into her current role as Vice President of Human Resources and General Services. Karen has over … Continued

Jill Eskin-Smith

Jill Eskin-Smith joined Operation Homefront in 2016 and oversees the acquisition and stewardship of corporate and foundation partnerships across the country. Jill has 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and account management with nationally recognized news media organizations. Prior to joining Operation Homefront, she spent 18 years at USA TODAY where as Director of … Continued

Gracie Broll

Gracie Broll first came to Operation Homefront in 2008 as a contractor to set up and manage the first transitional housing village in San Antonio. It was during this early work that Gracie realized the need for temporary housing, especially among those recently wounded, and knew she found her life’s passion. After working her way … Continued

Robert D. Thomas

Bob joined the Operation Homefront executive team in August 2015 following a nearly 31-year career of distinguished service in the Air Force. In his final command assignment, he led the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Office Accessions and Citizen Development, where he was responsible for directing the education and training programs that produce more than … Continued

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