JFVA

LEADERSHIP

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Joe Searcy
President / Founder

Joe is one of the primary founders of the Joint Forces Veterans Alliance (JFVA) and Joint Forces Hockey Organization. He served 8 years as a special operations aviation operator for the US Army, as well as deployed numerous times supporting Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Leaving the service early due to injuries, he struggled daily with his service-connected disabilities and wanted to find something to help improve his health and well-being. Joe found the great sport of ice hockey, with it being extremely therapeutic on many levels. Soon after learning how to play hockey he decided to form an all disabled and able-bodied Veteran hockey team with one of his close Veteran friends, Mike Zimmerman. In 2017 they created the Joint Forces Hockey Organization, but that was just the beginning. He felt that the Joint Forces Organization could do so much more for our Veterans than just recreational hockey. Joe strongly believes that Veterans need a variety of healthy outlets to experience the prosperity, camaraderie, and support network that Veterans experienced while serving.  Joe then collaborated with a few of his fellow teammates to form what is now known today as the JFVA, a nonprofit Veteran organization that offers a multitude of Alternative Therapy Support Programs (ATSPs) and Veteran support resources. 

Professionally, Joe has been in cybersecurity for over 19 years and is currently a CSO (Chief Security Officer) and cybersecurity consultant within the healthcare industry. Joe holds a BS in Aerospace Management and has a handful of cybersecurity certifications. Cybersecurity is one of his great passions as it is an extremely challenging and exciting career field. Joe enjoys spending time outside with his family exploring the great state of Colorado, traveling, and grilling with his boys. However, his sole passion is playing hockey with his fellow brethren for the Joint Forces Hockey Organization.

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Dr. Doug Veatch
Executive Vice President

Doug has been a member of the Joint Forces Hockey Organization since its inaugural season in 2017.  As a disabled veteran who served in the US Navy, Doug immediately recognized the passion for veterans shared by the founders of the team, and became a partner in creating the Alliance.  Originally from Pittsburgh, Doug settled in Colorado in 2017, with his wife and kids, after spending time in Memphis, New York, and Washington D.C. 

Doug, is an accomplished executive who provides strategic planning, development, and management of a multi-billion dollar market segment.  He holds a Doctorate degree in Business Administration from Liberty University and multiple professional certifications.  In his spare time, Doug teaches graduate courses in leadership, and enjoys playing hockey, hiking, and hanging out with his family.

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Jamie Gaudet (Ret.)
Director / Secretary

Jamie is one of the original members of the Joint Forces Hockey Organization which entered its inaugural season in 2017.  He served in the US Army/US ARNG for a period of 28 years as an Infantryman, Administration Specialist, Supply NCO, Water Purification Specialist and Production Recruiter/Career Counselor for various units in his home state of Massachusetts and Colorado.  He retired in 2010 with 23 years of active duty service which also included 10 years of service to the Honor Guard program.  Jamie not only performed Military Funeral Honors ceremonies, but his forte was singing the National Anthem at many high-profile military and civilian events and venues to include: Fenway Park (Boston, MA), Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) and Coors Field (Denver, CO) to name a few.  Jamie’s formal music training began after high school when he attended the Boston Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts while he performed locally during that time period.

Since his retirement from the military, Jamie has gone on to assume the duties of State Coordinator for the Military Funeral Honors (MFH) program for the Colorado Army National Guard as a private contractor.  This post-retirement assignment is so very well suited for Jamie due to his extensive ability and experience in this field having spent the better part of 10 years in the MFH program prior to his retirement.  Jamie’s passions are his God, his Family (including 4 Children & 9 Grand-Children), his fellow veterans of the Joint Forces Hockey Organization, his participation in the Colorado Over 50 Baseball League and his on-going passion for music, primarily singing and song writing

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Steve Browne (Ret.)
Treasurer

Steve’s Navy career started in 1959 and lasted until 1979.  An interesting 20 years spanned 5 continents and a lot of interesting ships and stations.  The experiences of those 20 years continue to stay with Steve to this day.  Steve has played a variety of Sports to include Navy fast pitch softball, football, ice hockey, fencing, scuba diving, sky diving and Jai Alai. 

Rick Tan
Member, Board of Directors

Rick has been a member of the Joint Forces Hockey Organization since 2017. Upon his commissioning as an ensign through the Naval ROTC program at the University of Rochester, he received orders to the Navy’s flight training program in Pensacola, Florida. After earning his Naval Flight Officer wings, he was assigned to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington and qualified as an Electronic Countermeasures Officer in the EA-6B Prowler aircraft. Rick deployed to the Mediterranean Sea aboard the USS John F. Kennedy with VAQ-130 squadron and logged over 100 carrier landings. His final military assignment was as a staff officer with Headquarters NORAD in Colorado Springs. 

Following his separation from the military, Rick earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Colorado and is currently employed at a major financial services firm in Lone Tree, Colorado. In his spare time, Rick enjoys golfing, traveling, scuba diving, and playing ice hockey.