About Us

Our History

Helping transitioning service members for over a decade

BRAVE for Veterans, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit sponsored organization under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Our primary focus is the financial well-being of Veterans and their families. Our system of support is referral-based not provision.

BRAVE is achieving its mission with the unselfish assistance of volunteers, whom we gratefully call Friends of the BRAVE. They are professional volunteers, student interns (aka “Bravites”) and colleagues in the Veteran community.

BRAVE collaborates with the Massachusetts State Legislature and other affiliate organizations within the Veterans Ecosystem in Massachusetts and nationwide, providing thought leadership on the issues and problems confronting Veterans and their families, today and beyond. BRAVE has a special reputation of “knowing what veterans need before Veterans know they need it.”

Veterans Ecosystem in Massachusetts and Nationwide

The Leadership Team

Leroy Ashwood

Leroy Ashwood

Leroy Ashwood is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BRAVE for Veterans, Inc., established in 2009. Together with his Senior Leadership Team and a committed volunteer support group known as “Bravites,” he has established brand recognition in Massachusetts for helping Veterans obtain sustainable employment. Mr. Ashwood’s career leadership roles have been in public service and social entrepreneurship. He has supported and directed start-ups in the non-public sector for the MA Departments of Corrections and Youth Services that confront challenges requiring solutions to improve the nature of peoples’ lives. His interests have extended to service on several professional and local community boards in Massachusetts and he holds awards for his participation in those capacities. He is a graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in Politics.

Senior Leadership

Leroy Ashwood*President & CEO/Military Fam.
Gerald R. Lucas, Ph.D.*SES, Co-founder, Clerk & Vet
Steven T. Woolner*Co-founder/Mil. Fam.
Charlie DuQuette*USMC (R) Career Transition & Train. Ex.
Lisa Ducharme*USAF (R)Executive Results Coach
David Preman*ARMY VSoftware Developer (R)
Rebecca ServaDIR of Special Events/Mil. Fam.
Ilse AllenDIR of Veterans Research/Mil. Fam.

Board of Advisors

Elena GonnellaCo-founder/Mil. Fam.
David KaloupekVeteran, US Army
Jim Quinlivan
Veteran, USN
Joseph DiDonatoVeteran, US Army

Student Interns

Leah Peretsky - AlumMgr. Leg. Rel. Cornell Law
Kevin GaoFinancial/Analyst
Zhyiu WangResearch/Analyst/Oxford
Zlata ShchekoldinaFinancial Analyst
Ashley Hinckley, MS, AlumUX Designer
Hannah LustigSocial Media/Researcher
Sijia Lui - AlumResearcher
Reese Farquhar - AlumIT Tech

Friends of the BRAVE

“Friends of the BRAVE” are the core group of supporters of the original and revised BRAVE business model. This unique group has become involved with BRAVE as a result of “hand-to-hand” recruitment that did not have BRAVE as the focal point of the introduction (link: see graphic).

Our Professional Team

BRAVE for Veterans, Inc.’s Professional Team is comprised of the following companies and individuals

Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP

150 E 42nd Street, FL 19
New York, NY 10017

A10 Associates

214 Commercial Street
Malden, MA 02148

RS Finance and Consulting

53 State Street, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109