Ms. Cloud currently serves as the President and CEO of STRATA9, a consulting practice dedicated to increasing the impact of mission-driven organizations and nonprofits. She currently serves as the Chairwoman of Brighton Marine Inc, a nonprofit providing healthcare, affordable housing, and social service support to Veterans and their families in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Ms. Cloud is a national speaker on the importance of ethical leadership and advocate for the College Promise movement.
Ms. Cloud worked for over 20 years in public service, dedicating her service to policy and program initiatives to increase Americans' access to education, employment, and social services. She has extensive national security experience, including overseas assignments in support of NATO, the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense, and the White House National Security and Domestic Policy Councils. Ms. Cloud is a recognized Army Senior Fellow and Defense Leadership and Management Program graduate. She holds master's degrees and advanced certificates from the University of Oklahoma, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, MIT-Sloan, Harvard Business School, and the University of Virginia (Darden). Ms. Cloud resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, teenage son, and golden retriever.
Ms. Foong is the Governance and Portfolio Management Branch Chief at the Department of the Army. She manages and oversees over a hundred Human Resources Management Information Technology systems. Before taking this role, Sammi was the Product Lead, Reserve Component Automation System, and Force Management System. In that capacity, she was responsible for overseeing the acquisition and fielding of integrated, web-based software solutions and support services that enhance efficiencies for the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve in maintaining mobilization, safety, personnel, and force authorization requirements.
Sammi earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech. She also belongs to the Senior Executive Fellows Alumni of the Harvard Kennedy School. Sammi resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, three boys, and boxer.
Ms. Finley is a Partner with Thorn Run Partners, a leading government relations firm in Washington, D.C., where she specializes in public policy impacting the nation's health care system. She has the pleasure of representing a broad range of patient-focused organizations working on expanding research into treatments and cures for rare diseases, improving access to government healthcare programs, and addressing inequalities in the nation's behavioral health system. Ms. Finley also supports organizations whose mission serves to enhance the health and well-being of at-risk individuals and families.
Ms. Finley previously spent 15 years in state and federal government, including as Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, advising members of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and Director of Health and Human Services for the Southern Governors Association. In her free time, Ms. Finley often watches youth soccer games and volunteers to enhance the player experience. Ms. Finley has a B.S. in Business Economics from Miami University. Ms. Finley resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two teenage sons, and her black lab.
Laura retired in 2014 as a Police Captain with thirty years of progressive and comprehensive law enforcement experience and a career that included twenty years in leadership positions. Her command responsibilities included overseeing the criminal investigations function, managing the Internal Affairs process and conducting internal Administrative Investigations, CALEA national accreditation manager, policy and research development, leading the department’s training function, and managing the police applicant hiring.
Laura attended the prestigious FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, along with senior law enforcement professionals from 169 countries. She served in various board positions on the Virginia Chapter of the FBINAA. The FBINAA is the most substantial law enforcement leadership network in the world. Laura currently volunteers as a Guest Stay Coordinator at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run and is also a volunteer with the Virginia German Shepherd Rescue. She is a native of Northern Virginia and has been actively involved with youth sports in Fairfax County while raising her two sons. Both went on to play their respective sports in college.
Mr. Rodriguez is an attorney, insurance executive, and entrepreneur. He graduated from the University of North Carolina School of Law in 1999 and was licensed to practice law in Maryland in 2000. He recently left his position as Chief Operating Officer of a national medical malpractice insurance agency to start his own company. His love of soccer began as a child growing up in Los Angeles, CA when Pele came to visit his recreational soccer league. He later played for Torrance United and North Huntington Beach Futbol Club. He joined the NVU Academy Board to try to share with others the great things about life that soccer has taught him.
“My experiences in travel soccer changed my life: I was introduced to high performing
individuals and gained from hearing about their challenges and successes, I was provided a platform to travel to different parts of the country and world, I was introduced to the various cultures of my teammates and I was challenged, in a positive way, to be my very best. My son is a former player for Brian Welsh and I know that his approach to player and game embody the values and qualities that will help make better players and people.”
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