Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Plamp joined Hire Heroes USA after leaving the Air Force as a colonel in May 2014. He was an Air Force Command Pilot, flight instructor and evaluator, primarily flying the A-10 Warthog, the MQ-1B Unmanned Predator, the UV-18B Twin Otter, and the TG-16 Sailplane. He was an A-10 Fighter Squadron Director of Operations, and an MQ-1B Reconnaissance Squadron Commander, as well as a Flying Training Group Commander at the United States Air Force Academy. He also served in the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) as the director of a four-star general’s Commander’s Action Group (CAG). In his final position, Christopher was director of one of only two NATO Combined Air Operations Centers, which were responsible for the military air defense of the 14 NATO countries in Northern Europe.
Christopher participated in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH, Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He received two Bronze Stars for actions in Afghanistan, the first one in 2001, as a member of JSOC, for actions during the initial combat operations after 9/11. The second was earned for his work in critical operations in the 74th Fighter Squadron, including the planning and execution of the Operation REDWINGS “Lone Survivor” rescue. As Commander of the 15th Expeditionary Resonance Squadron, he led his team to provide all conventional Predator Unmanned Aircraft operations during ‘The Surge’ into Iraq, in addition to personally flying some missions.
Christopher’s other awards include: Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit; the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; three Air Medals; and, the German Silver Cross of Honor.
“I joined Hire Heroes USA, because the mission meant so much to me personally. As a commander in the military, I watched hundreds of service members transition, knowing there was little I could do to help them once they left the service. My own transition to civilian life was also daunting. You go at once from knowing your job, your colleagues, your work tempo and expectations, to a completely unknown universe. Being part of the solution on the civilian side remains incredibly important to me, and I’m proud to be part of this extraordinary team that has already helped so many. My entire professional career has been dedicated to leading high-quality teams doing meaningful and effective work. As CEO, I am leading a team of the finest nonprofit professionals, whose remarkable impact profoundly and positively affects thousands of lives and families each year.”
When he first joined Hire Heroes USA, Christopher served as Director of Veteran Programs. He was promoted to Chief Programs Officer in 2015, Chief Operating Officer in 2017, and Chief Executive Officer in 2018.
He holds a Master’s in Military Art and Science, and a Master’s in Strategic Studies. He also has a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy.
Director of Program Operations
Jason oversees the operational backbone for Hire Heroes USA’s Programs department. This includes facilitating the registration and assignment of new clients, the planning and implementation of workshops across the country, managing relationships with business and nonprofit partners, providing data-driven analysis to identify opportunities to improve programs and processes, and managing Hire Heroes USA’s Salesforce-based data infrastructure.
After graduating from Denison University with a degree in History and Education, he joined the U.S. Army where he served as a Reconnaissance Officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star.
An Atlanta native, he returned to Georgia to help transitioning military veterans in a full-time capacity, while also earning a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Dozier also has a Master of Science in Real Estate from Georgia State University and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, the International City/County Management Association, and the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Millennial Advisory Panel.
In addition to his work with military veterans, he is a 2015 alumnus of LEAD Atlanta, a 2016 Partner with the Truman National Security Project, and a 2016 Atlanta Business Chronicle 40 Under 40 honoree.
Director of Administration
Allison Herbst, Director of Finance & Administration, is responsible for the organization’s financial reporting and technical resources. Mrs. Herbst has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, as well as an Associate’s degree in Fashion Buying & Merchandising. Her 15-year advertising career is highlighted by various sales-based positions with well-known brands, including Kudzu.com, Autotrader.com, POP Design Magazine, Creative Loafing, and the Verizon Yellow Pages. As one of the first employees at Hire Heroes USA, joining the team in July 2007, Mrs. Herbst’s background in campaign management, marketing and online media was instrumental in garnering support and unprecedented growth for the nonprofit organization. “I am extremely proud to have had the opportunity to watch Hire Heroes USA grow into the nationwide, best-in-class organization that we now are. I feel incredibly lucky to work for such an amazing organization that is an industry leader in assisting veterans in finding meaningful careers.” She currently resides in Johns Creek, Georgia with her husband and daughter.
Director of Growth
As the Director of Development, Erin Johnson leads the development department’s vision and goals for fostering relationships with individuals, foundations and corporations to advance the mission of Hire Heroes USA.
“I am a 10-year Navy veteran, and current Navy spouse. I struggled during my own transition from the military, so the Hire Heroes USA mission is personal to me. It is my honor to continue serving America’s veterans by empowering them to succeed in the civilian workforce.”
Ms. Johnson graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, and was immediately commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy. Ms. Johnson served as the Ordnance Officer onboard the USS San Jacinto (CG-56) in Norfolk, VA, and was the Assistant Training and Readiness Officer for Commander, Destroyer Squadron 31 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
While deployed to the Arabian Gulf in 2005 onboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Ms. Johnson qualified as Surface Tactical Action Officer, responsible for ensuring safe navigation of all NATO surface assets.
After an unexpected cancer diagnosis cut her military career short, Ms. Johnson was medically retired in 2012. She served as a Programs Manager at USO, Inc. before joining the Hire Heroes USA team as a manager of Marketing & Development, where she was responsible for donor stewardship and corporate account management.
Ms. Johnson, a Seattle native, currently resides in the Washington DC area with her husband, a Naval Officer stationed at the Pentagon.
Director of Employment Partnerships
As the Director of Employment Partnerships and Opportunities at Hire Heroes USA, Liz is responsible for the growth and development of Hire Heroes USA’s Employment Opportunities department. This includes bridging the gap between Employers interested in hiring transition military members, veterans and military spouses -and the clients we serve. This is done through the management of Hire Heroes USA’s Job Board, the Onward to Opportunity Partnership, Virtual Career Fairs, and Training Program partnerships.
After graduating from the University of Montana with a degree in Natural Resource Management and Conservation, Liz commissioned into the U.S. Army as a Human Resources Officer, serving in a variety of positions and locations including Afghanistan. She served nine years on active duty.
It was when she moved to Colorado Springs that she found her passion to assist other recently transitioned service members and military veterans in their job search endeavors. Shortly after her own transition out of the military, Liz completed her Masters of Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from Webster University.
Liz continues her military service in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Director of Client Services
Ted Schwinn, Director of Client Services, is responsible for execution of all Hire Heroes USA service delivery and community outreach, as well as all aspects of growth and oversight for Hire Heroes USA nationwide.
During his 23-year career in the United States Army Infantry, he served in multiple leadership and instructor positions in the Continental U.S., Hawaii and Europe. Following his enlistment in 1989, he deployed in support of Operation Just Cause to Panama with the 7th Infantry Division from Fort Ord, California. Mr. Schwinn served for 3 years with the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Joint Task Force Full Accounting in support of the POW/MIA mission to achieve the fullest possible accounting of all Americans missing as a result of the nation’s past conflicts. He conducted numerous investigative and recovery missions to Southeast Asia, the Western Pacific and China.
Mr. Schwinn served in combat leadership roles for deployments to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan for Task Forces in the 10th Mountain, 101st Airborne and 82nd Airborne Divisions. He also served on several committees to update, develop and write Infantry tactics, combat training standards and doctrine. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge Second Award and Parachutist Badge. Mr. Schwinn joined Hire Heroes USA in 2012, upon retiring from the Army. He served as Colorado Office Manager, then Regional Manager for the Western Region before his promotion to Director of Western Region in 2015. He was named the Director of Client Services in 2017. He is in pursuit of a Bachelor of Science from Troy University. He and his wife have four children, and they currently reside in Colorado.
Director of Volunteer Programs
Michele Wiesner, Director of the Volunteer Program, is responsible for the growth and development of the Hire Heroes USA’s Volunteer Program. The organization has over 400 active volunteers located across the country, representing a wide variety of experience levels and industries.
Ms. Wiesner received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of North Georgia (formerly North Georgia College & State University). She earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Georgia, and she also holds a Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA). Her professional background includes experience in program development, training, grant writing, leadership, and event management from the local government and nonprofit sectors.
Ms. Wiesner joined Hire Heroes USA full time in 2012 as the organization’s first Volunteer Coordinator, responsible for the creation of the Volunteer Program. She was promoted to Manager in 2013 and then to Director of the Volunteer Program in late 2015. She grew up in Georgia and currently resides just east of Athens with her husband.