Board of Directors
Hire Heroes USA founder John Bardis has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, serving most recently in Washington D.C. as the Assistant Secretary for Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
In 1999, he founded MedAssets, one of the country’s leading healthcare financial improvement companies that provided services to four out of every five hospitals and more than 100,000 health care providers. Mr. Bardis served 15 years as chairman, president and chief executive officer of MedAssets, and as chairman and CEO until he retired in 2015.
Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of TheraTx, a leading operator of skilled nursing facilities and provider of rehabilitation services. In recognition of his successful leadership there, Mr. Bardis was named Entrepreneur of the Year, in 1995, by INC Magazine. The publication also named TheraTx the second-fastest-growing public company in America, growing from $15 million to more than $500 million in revenue in five years.
From 1987 to 1992, Mr. Bardis was at Kinetic Concepts, the nation’s largest specialty bed and medical equipment rental company, where – at the time of his departure – he was serving as president. Before that, he was vice president of Baxter Operating Room Division and general manager of the Eastern Zone at Baxter International. He also worked at American Hospital Supply.
Today, Mr. Bardis is nationally recognized as an influential leader in the healthcare industry and healthcare technology sector. For four consecutive years (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), Modern Healthcaremagazine identified him as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential Leaders in Healthcare.” Mr. Bardis is a frequent presenter at healthcare conferences and meetings. He has also made guest appearances on the CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business networks. His healthcare articles have appeared in national publications, including Forbes, Market Watch, Institutional Investor and Investor’s Business Daily.
Mr. Bardis holds a Bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Arizona. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Board at Hire Heroes USA, he and his wife are involved in a number of philanthropic endeavors, including Mully Children’s Family International (MCF) and ongoing projects aimed at honoring American troops overseas and our nation’s veterans.
A Naval Academy football player and graduate, Brian Stann served two deployments with 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and was awarded the Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor, for his actions near the Al-Romana Bridge during Operation MATADOR in May 2005.
Mr. Stann’s MMA (mixed martial arts) career began in 2003 in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), where he earned black belt certification as an MCMAP Instructor Trainer. He began fighting professionally in 2006, while still on active duty in the Marine Corps. In 2008, he defeated Doug Marshall to become the WEC (World Extreme Cagefighting) Light Heavyweight Champion, and he debuted in the UFC in 2009. Stann retired from UFC fighting in 2013, but remained involved as a UFC fight analyst and speaker.
Mr. Stann stepped down as President and CEO of Hire Heroes USA in September 2017, after serving nine years in the leadership role. Under his leadership, Hire Heroes USA built a national reputation of excellence and was recognized as a best-in-class veteran service organization by the Call of Duty Endowment and the George W. Bush Institute.
Mr. Stann is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Hunt Military Communities and resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with his three daughters.
Rand Ballard is the leader of Vizient®’s member value and performance team, responsible for engaging members across four geographic zones and providing onboarding and implementation services. Prior to this role, he held executive positions at MedAssets and Cardinal Health. Ballard’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree with concentrations in nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, and business law from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a master’s degree with a triple major in finance, operations, and marketing from Pacific Lutheran University. Additionally, Ballard is actively involved in several non-profit organizations, including serving as chairman of the board for Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation and Hire Heroes USA and The Health Careers Foundation.
Jodie Clarke is the Vice President of Procurement, Security & Facilities at Altria. In her 18th year with the company, Jodie leads the team responsible for optimizing the value and security of the facilities, goods and services through a diverse supplier network.
She currently serves as executive sponsor to Altria’s Military Employee Resource Group and she is proud to sit on the steering committee for Altria’s STEM Employment Resource Group. Outside of her corporate life, Jodie is a member of the Virginia Farm Bureau and serves on Virginia’s 4-H Blue Ribbon Committee.
Having grown up on a tobacco farm in Surry County, N.C., agriculture remains an important part of Jodie’s life. She graduated with a B.S. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, with a minor in Agribusiness and a M.S. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech.
Today, Jodie and her husband Taylor live on and operate a farm that produces beef cattle, hay, small grains and soybeans. They also have a very special dog, a few barn cats and two horses.
Lauren Condoluci leads the Global Strategic Communications team at Zoom. With extensive in-house and agency experience in corporate communications, public affairs, and issues management, her background is in building and scaling global communications programs and providing strategic counsel during difficult moments across a number of industries for some of the world’s most recognized brands.
Ms. Condoluci has previously held positions at Netflix, EY, and Lockheed Martin. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University and a Master’s in Communications from New York University. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.
Don Eberly’s career combines more than 30 years of strategic leadership in national and international affairs, including corporate, government and nonprofit executive leadership roles, with key contributions in areas of civil society, economic development and post-war reconstruction. His service includes over two decades in Washington serving in key positions in the Congress, the White House under two Presidents (Deputy Assistant to the President), USAID, Department of Defense (Senior Executive Service), and the State Department. He held key positions on Arab world development, Iraq and Afghanistan reconstruction, and Tsunami recovery.
Eberly is an accomplished intellectual leader and internationally recognized author of numerous books on topics of American society and international relations, including one award-winning book on nation-building in the 21st century and a volume on civil society that is in circulation among reformers in the Middle East. He is the author of Liberate and Leave, a critically praised book that captured the experience of early post-Saddam Iraq.
Eberly served in multiple roles as a senior civilian in support of the U.S. mission in Iraq, covering all phases from pre-war to transition to Iraqi control. He was among the first civilians into Iraq following the removal of Saddam Hussein, serving as a senior advisor under both General Jay Garner and Ambassador Paul Bremer at the Coalition Provisional Authority. He was the first American civilian into Baghdad city hall to organize plans to restore services following the liberation. From 2009 to 2011, Eberly served as a Senior Advisor for the State Department in Kandahar, traveling with army and Special Forces units across Southern Afghanistan coordinating counterinsurgency programs at the peak of the U.S. surge.
For his service in support of the U.S. mission abroad, Eberly is the recipient of numerous distinguished service awards, including the highest award granted by the Secretary of Defense for joint civilian-military service, and an expeditionary service award from the Secretary of State.
Eberly also spent ten years as a social entrepreneur, founding and building several successful non-profit organizations, including one of the largest state policy think tanks in the country and the National Fatherhood Initiative, now the largest civic organization seeking to increase the number of children raised by committed, engaged fathers.
Eberly holds graduate degrees in fields of government from Harvard (the Kennedy School) and George Washington Universities, and did doctoral studies at Penn State University. Eberly recently concluded 8 years in executive positions with DynCorp International, a top U.S. Defense Company and award-winning employer of veterans.
Jeff Goldstern comes with extensive experience serving on the Board of Directors of St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, bringing a wealth of fundraising knowledge to our Board. He is a Specialist in fine and rare wines at New York Wine Warehouse. Prior, Goldstern served as the Co-Head and Regional Mortgage Dealer Desk at Bear Stearns. He lives in New York City with his wife, Jessica, and is a proud father to two sons, Jared and Joshua.
Mr. Carl Meyer has an extensive background in health care with leadership experience ranging from technology to distribution and supplier positions. He has been a Healthcare Consultant for CLINICS Corporation of America and the Wetrich Group since 2005. Carl was the Vice President of National Accounts and Distributor Relations for BSN Medical Inc. While there, he helped the organization transition from a direct supply chain to a distribution-centric and GPO-aligned operation, growing sales through these channels significantly while driving substantial cost reductions.
Carl was the Vice President of Key Accounts for Neoforma helping them to develop relationships with providers and key GPO’s for their e-commerce supply chain improvement services.
Prior to his time at Neoforma, he held a variety of roles at General Medical (acquired by McKesson) including District Manager in Minneapolis and Tampa and rose through the ranks to Vice President of National Accounts. Meyer started his career at Xerox.
Over his career, he founded the National Accounts Council, served on the Board of the Healthcare Manufacturer’s Management Council (HMMC), served on numerous industry advisory councils and is the creator of 100 Holes for Our Heroes benefiting Hire Heroes USA.
Carl is an inductee in the Bellwether League 2019 Class of the Healthcare Supply Chain Hall of Fame.
Mr. Meyer serves on the Board of Directors of Dale Medical, Hire Heroes USA and the Advisory Board of VetsNet.
Val Nicholas is Senior Vice President Creative Director at SummitMediaCorp. He is on the forefront of guiding on-air content and digital deliverables aimed at diverse audiences in both traditional and emerging formats. Building consensus among entertainment industry and government groups, he is a founding member of the Hiring Our Heroes and Got Your 6 veterans support initiatives, theGrio.com (an African American news site), NBCBLK.com and NBCOut.com.
Mr. Nicholas’s career in Television spans both Broadcast and Cable. From his beginnings in local station TV broadcasting, he has produced everything from news and sports to elections, talk shows and live events. Within NBC, he is credited with invigorating creative staff and developing an acclaimed approach to innovation. He has presented his creative principles to corporate audiences throughout North America and internationally.
During the years General Electric was NBC’s parent company, he taught his Maximum Creative session at GE’s Crotonville Leadership School where it was the school’s highest-rated class. It continues to be well received at NBCU/Comcast.
Mr. Nicholas has been with NBC since 1998 with a brief break in 2000 to work with ABC’s Creative Department. The recipient of 24 Emmy nominations and winner of seven, he was the developer and producer of Snap.com (commercial spot), which also won the prestigious international Best Commercial in the World award and AdWeek’s Best Commercial of the Year. Additional awards include three NBC Golden Peacock Awards, various Promax Gold Medallions and an Emmy nomination for brand packaging MSNBC/NBC.
Mr. Nicholas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from California State University and served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Interests include music, outdoor athletics and Tae Kwon Do, in which he holds a black belt. He lives in the New York City area with his wife.
Mr. Weintraub is Chief Executive Officer of Cerberus’ Residential Opportunities platform. He joined Cerberus in 2008 and since that time, the Firm has become one of the world’s leading investors in performing residential real estate loans and has earned recognition as an innovator and market-leader in arbitrage and issuance of residential debt. Since 2015, Cerberus is the largest private investment grade issuer of residential re-performing loans in the United States and a leading issuer of residential performing loans in the United Kingdom and continental Europe. Mr. Weintraub has also led the Firm’s development of a proprietary, national single-family rental (SFR) platform, FirstKey Homes, which is the second largest private SFR operator in the United States providing affordable housing options to thousands of hardworking individuals and families.
Mr. Weintraub has over 30 years of experience and prior to joining Cerberus, led various trading divisions at Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Weintraub worked at Chase Manhattan Bank where he graduated from the Management Development Program for Operations and Systems.
Mr. Weintraub is an active and avid supporter of many charitable causes. He is on the Board of Directors for Hire Heroes USA, a non-profit organization that provides support and resources for U.S. military veterans entering the workforce. In addition, Mr. Weintraub has been a long-time supporter of the Valerie Fund, an organization dedicated to providing support for children battling cancer and rare blood disorders. In 2012, along with his wife and other co-chairs, he created an annual fundraising gala in New York City to support the expansion of the Valerie Fund’s operations and create scholarship programs. Mr. Weintraub serves on the Board of Visitors for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and launched the Weintraub Family Foundation dedicated to further supporting those in need.
Mr. Weintraub graduated from Lehigh University, where he was a member of Lehigh’s boxing team and named team captain his junior season. He practices various forms of martial arts and in 2021, was named Team Leader for USA Wrestling’s Greco-Roman National Team through the 2024 Olympic Games.
Chuck Magill, aka “Sly,” entered the U.S. Marine Corps after graduating from Arizona State University. He was a USMC F-18 Fighter Pilot and instructor, a Squadron Weapons Officer, and an Assistant Operations Officer. A Top Gun graduate, he was selected to represent the Marine Corps as an F-15 exchange pilot to the U.S. Air Force. Named 58th Squadron Flight Commander, he flew over 50 missions during Operation Desert Storm and led the first daylight strike force of 44 F-16’s into Baghdad. Chuck planned missions with foreign counterparts to include Egypt, Korea, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia. A retired Lt. Colonel, he is an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Association of Naval Aviation, a Member of the EPNAA “Golden Eagles,” a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, and a frequent speaker at Top Gun.
Chuck is an Aviation Operations and Strategy expert with 20+ years of establishing vision, strategy, priorities, and teams for Southwest Airlines, where he held multiple leadership positions, notably Vice President of Flight Operations. He is an advisory board member of the UTD Center for Brain Health.
Chuck lives in Florida with his wife of 39 years and has a daughter working in New York and a son attending the University of Alabama.