Interim Chief Executive Officer
Ross Dickman currently serves as the Interim CEO of Hire Heroes USA. In his previous role at Hire Heroes, Ross served as the Director of the Independence Project. He was responsible for the operations and execution of a scientific research program about disabled veterans employment and quality of life. Conducted in partnership with academic researchers, major funders, and non-profit partners, the Independence Project aims to study how various interventions, training, and support systems can positively impact employment outcomes and other quality of life indicators for veterans with disability ratings over time.
During his 12-year Army career he served in multiple leadership and staff roles as a AH-64D Apache Helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed twice to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His awards include the Air Medal, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, and Combat Action Badge. He later served as an Aide-de-Camp at the U.S. Army Combat Readiness and Safety Center, and as a Tactical Officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Mr. Dickman’s final Army assignment was as the Executive Officer of the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.
Mr. Dickman joined Hire Heroes USA in December 2015. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Comparative Politics from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology and Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University, and will complete a Masters of Business Administration from the Terry College of Business at The University of Georgia in May 2020.
Ross resides in Marietta, Georgia, with his wife and daughter.
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 and his wife have four children, and they currently reside in Colorado.
Director of Capacity Building
Michele Wiesner, Director of Capacity Building, is responsible for the growth, direction and results of service delivery support programs, including the Volunteer Program, Alumni Program and Referral & Training Partners Program. These support programs serve to increase organizational reach, influence, effectiveness and efficiency through partnerships and supporters. The organization has nearly 800 active volunteers and 30 training and referral partners united by the goal of helping veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment.
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. In 2019, she took on the responsibility of serving as the Director of Capacity Building to strengthen our mission through productive partnerships. She grew up in Georgia and currently resides just east of Athens with her husband, a veteran of the U.S. Army.