Meet the BlueStar Team
BlueStar relies on a great number of exceptional individuals to serve aging veterans and non-veterans alike. Our team is made up of individuals with great integrity and a passion for serving the finest our country has to offer. Our supporters and advisors provide invaluable encouragement, expertise, and guidance.
BlueStar Management Team
Chief Executive Officer
Robert O. Wray, Jr., Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
A Mechanical Engineer from the Naval Academy, Admiral Wray spent seven years of active duty as a nuclear engineer on surface ships, carriers, and submarines. Transferring to the reserves, he enjoyed a varied 20-year career in business, in manufacturing, hospitality, technology, consulting, and construction. After mobilization to Baghdad, he was promoted to Admiral, and placed back on active duty for the past six years. He recently retired as a two star. He has a Masters from Georgetown University, is a licensed professional engineer, holds a patent, has written two books, and is a frequent professional speaker on leadership and management. He has 14 present or former service members in his family, 4 of which are aged 80 or older.
Gordon Russell, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
40 years of experience in management and administration, both at the university level at the University of Colorado, and as a two-star admiral in the Navy Reserve, during which he managed a national organization of 7000 personnel. Recognized by senior leadership for regularly delivering operational results greater than his peers.
Chief Growth Officer
David is a seasoned entrepreneur and business executive with 30 years of startup and high growth experience in the Information Technology, Internet, and Government Contracting industries. Following the sale of Comstor, which he founded in 1986, he has assisted numerous companies with strategy, organization & team building. Expert in leveraging technology, establishing competitive advantages, and building strong partnerships with third-party organizations. David is from a military family (“Army Brat”), has a son in the National Guard, and has been active in supporting service-disabled veterans for over a decade.
Chief Technology Officer
A 2012 graduate of Boston University, Preston has a broad base of expertise in a variety of technologies, including telephony, computer networks, software programming, as well as data protocols associated with medical alert devices. He supervises the evaluation and integration of products and the integration of the numerous back-office software systems required for sales, fulfillment, inventory, and customer service management.
Jeff was Army ROTC at Providence College, and then served two tours of duty in Iraq as a helicopter pilot, leaving the service as a Major. He was a Sales and Operations Manager at Whirlpool, a process improvement manager for a Fortune 500 company, and in the top 2% of salespeople at Northwestern Mutual. He is a certified six-sigma black belt.
20 years of accounting and financial management experience, including Big-8 tenure and significant work in IT and systems integration. He has an MBA from the Darden school at the University of Virginia, and holds a CPA license in New York.
Sandy Daniels, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Sandy’s Navy service spans 35 years, starting as a P-3 pilot, transitioning to space and information warfare. She also has 15 years experience as a defense contractor, supporting a variety of customers. Her father is a veteran, having served 20 years in the Air Force. She brings a fresh perspective as well as a desire to expand our ability to support our veterans.
Veteran Advisory Board
These distinguished retired admirals and generals provide advice to BlueStar HonorCare. Representing every service and the Department of Defense, they share our passion for veterans and their families, and help keep our focus where it should be.
The Honorable Thomas Hall, Assistant Secretary of Defense
The Honorable Thomas F. Hall, a native of Barnsdall, Oklahoma, was sworn in as the fourth Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs on October 9, 2002. A President George W. Bush appointee confirmed by the Senate, he served as the principal staff assistant to the Secretary of Defense on all matters involving the 1.2 million members of the Reserve Components of the United States Armed Forces. He was responsible for overall supervision of Reserve Component affairs of the Department of Defense. Upon his retirement from Federal Service in April 2009, he was the longest serving Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs in the history of the position. He also served for a period of time in President Obama’s administration as the Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
David Huntoon, Lieutenant General, US Army (Ret)
Dave Huntoon commanded an Infantry Battalion in Korea, commanded the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), in Washington DC. As a general officer he was Assistant Division Commander of the 1st CAV; Director of Strategy, Plans, and Policy, US Army; Commandant of the U.S. Army War College, Director of the Army Staff in the Pentagon, and Superintendent of West Point. He has an MA in Government from Georgetown University, has spoken on leadership and national security policy at many institutions worldwide, and currently serves as the President of D2H Leadership Consulting.
Doug Crowder, Vice Admiral, US Navy (Ret)
Doug Crowder retired in January 2010 as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans and Strategy. He has commanded at sea at every level, including the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and the US Seventh Fleet, commanding all US Navy forces throughout Asia and the Western Pacific. Ashore, Admiral Crowder served numerous assignments in the Pentagon, most in the politico-military and strategic planning arena. A graduate of the US Naval Academy, he studied at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland as an Olmsted Scholar. Admiral Crowder currently leads Crowder Strategies & Solutions, an independent consultancy focused on leadership, management and international security.
Ted Bowlds, Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Ret)
Ted Bowlds’ career has spanned every aspect of weapon system acquisition within the Air Force. Following graduation from Test Pilot School as a flight test engineer, he served on the F-117 test team. He was director of avionics development for the B-2 during its initial production. He also served as the program director of the C-17 that included responsibilities for advances in capability and production. His experience in initial research and development include a position as a engineer in the AF Avionics Laboratory to ultimately as the commander of the AF Research Laboratory. General Bowlds served in two Program Executive Officer (PEO) positions; first for Airlift and Tankers and then for Command and Control. He also has had multiple tours on the Air Staff and was involved in numerous foreign military sales efforts. Before his retirement, General Bowlds commanded Electronic Systems Center, responsible for command and control, surveillance and cyber system acquisitions.
Mel Spiese, Major General, US Marine Corps (Ret)
Major General (Ret) Mel Spiese spent 36 years on active duty. An infantry officer, he had extensive experience in formal training and education positions as a senior officer, including colonel assignments as Director of the Combined Arms Training Program, Command of School Of Infantry, and Director of Expeditionary Warfare School. As a flag officer, he commanded Training Command, MAGTF Training Command, and Training and Education Command, as well as the Deputy J-5 at U.S. European Command, and Deputy CG at I Marine Expeditionary Force/CG 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. He transitioned to Cubic Defense Systems, and is now independent.
Duncan Smith, Rear Admiral, US Coast Guard (Ret)
Duncan Smith is President of the Smith Advocacy Group LLC, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm providing legislative, government relations, and strategic advisory services primarily to clients with business, legislative, and regulatory challenges and opportunities. He has decades of experience in the public arena and an extensive background in the subject areas noted. Previously Mr. Smith was a staff counsel to the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and was a U.S. delegation congressional advisor to the International Maritime Organization. He is also a retired Coast Guard Reserve Rear Admiral. Before establishing his own firm, he practiced law for over two decades. He is on the Boards of the Coast Guard Foundation, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, and the Lu Young Children’s Fund.
Dr. George Alexander, Major General, Army National Guard (Ret)
General Alexander has over 25 years of executive leadership and management experience with extensive skills in complex civilian and military organizations including the White House, Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, the Army Surgeon General’s office, and academia. He has a record of achievement as a seasoned administrator with documented background of leadership experience in civilian and military healthcare, academia, executive, fiscal, and medical technology. He has headed effective teams, planned, managed and implemented national policies for health-related programs to maintain and restore health. Most recently, he serves as a member of the Former Army Senior Strategic Leaders Group, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Army Medical Command.
Gary Profit, Brigadier General, US Army (Ret)
A Michigan native, Gary Profit spent 31 years in the Army, with a capstone assignment as Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve. Following retirement, he spent two years as an executive at General Dynamics Information Technology. He is currently the Senior Director of Military Programs at Walmart, where he leads efforts to support veterans and military families both within Walmart’s 2+ million workforce and within the community and retail industry. He holds a number of advisory board positions in academia and in organizations supporting the military. In 2015 he was named to the inaugural List of People Shaping Retail’s Future by the National Retail Federation Foundation.
Health Advisory Board
These distinguished individuals are both healthcare professionals and retired generals and admirals. They include doctors, a nurse, and health-care industry executives. They provide advice to BlueStar on matters of senior health, with particular emphasis on families with veterans.
Chip Utterback, Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Ret)
Loyd S. “Chip” Utterback is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Blue Skies of Texas Senior Living. Composed of six corporations, the former Air Force Village provides a full continuum of senior-living options ranging from independent living, assisted living, skilled-nursing and one of the world’s most acclaimed Alzheimer’s Care and Research Centers, Freedom House. A retired USAF Lieutenant General and decorated combat fighter pilot, his last military duty was as the Commander of Thirteenth Air Force and the Air Forces Pacific. A distinguished military graduate of Texas A&M University, he earned a BBA in Operations Management and holds a Master of Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle University.
Dr. Chuck Harr, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret)
Rear Admiral Chuck Harr graduated from East Tennessee State University, and received his Doctor of Medicine from Wake Forest University. He was commissioned in 1989, and served initially as a cardiovascular surgeon at Naval Hospital Camp LeJeune. After brief duty on the aircraft carrier USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), he began a series of tours with Marine Corps units, in duties ranging from Africa to the Arctic. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 2010, and served as the Medical Officer of the Marine Corps (RC), and as Deputy Director of the Medical Corps Reserves. He currently practices adult cardiac and thoracic surgery in Charlotte, NC.
Keith Thurgood, Major General, US Army (Ret)
Keith L. Thurgood was most recently President of the Spend and Clinical Management segment of MedAssets, a company focused on improving operational and financial performance in healthcare. He also served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Sam’s Club and as the CEO of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES/The Exchange). He has also held executive positions with Frito-Lay and PepsiCo. In addition, he has over 28 years of Army service, both active and reserve, serving as the commanding general of the 143d Transportation Command (Forward) and as the Deputy Commanding General, 377th Theater Support. He has an MBA from Boston University, a M.S. in Strategic Studies from the Army War College, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Leadership from Capella University. He and his wife, Carol, reside in Plano, Texas.
Cindy Dullea, RN, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret)
A registered nurse with over 37 years of experience in the healthcare executive and operations arena, Cindy has worked for providers, payors and vendors, both military and commercial. She held senior healthcare executive positions at Marbella Technologies and a number of other tech companies. As a Navy reserve Rear Admiral, she was Deputy Director of the Navy Nurse Corps. She holds a faculty appointment at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
Dr. Don Bradshaw, Brigadier General, US Army (Ret)
Dr. Don Bradshaw, MD, MPH currently serves as a Regional Vice President with Evolent Health. Prior to joining Evolent, Don was a Senior Vice President at SAIC responsible for Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs healthcare portfolio, a Senior Partner at Martin, Blanck & Associates, and with the US Army retiring as a Brigadier General. He is board certified in Family Medicine and Medical Management. Don is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American College of Physician Executives and the American Academy of Family Medicine.
Dr. Ron Poropatich, MD, Colonel, US Army (ret)
Retired Colonel Dr. Ron Poropatich, MD retired from the US Army in 2012 after serving more than 30 years as a Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine physician. He currently serves as the Executive Director for the Center for Military Medicine Research at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Medicine, at the University of Pittsburgh and is also a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. He is the former President (2002-2003) and Board Member of the American Telemedicine Association.
Mr. Dorman is the Chief Operating Partner for Triple Tree Capital Partners, and has personally invested in approximately 40 startup companies. Prior to that, he served 7 years as an Operating Executive for TPG Capital, one of the largest investment firms in the world. Previously, Dean was President & CEO of Silver Oak Solutions, a supply-management software and services provider, successfully ending in a strategic sale in 2005 to CGI, a multi-billion dollar international company. Prior to Silver Oak, Dean filled senior executive roles for Chemdex, General Electric, and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Dorman has a Bachelors degree in Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE).
Doug specializes in finance and capital structure for early-stage firms, and is a veteran of nearly 20 technical startups as founder, advisor, or Chief Financial Officer. After starting with Price Waterhouse Coopers, he was COO at VIMAC Ventures, a Boston-based VC firm whose client firms now surpass $2B in market cap. He was also Executive-In-Residence for The Cleveland Clinic, helping to license and commercialize IT technologies in the healthcare space. A Stanford undergrad, he has an MBA from UCLA.
Tom is an expert in marketing and communications to the military and veteran community. A WestPoint grad and former Army Captain, himself, he started the company MARCH Marketing, LLC to help organizations work with the military and veteran community. His expertise in military, marketing, employment and veteran challenges enables a unique perspective on veteran issues. Tom has helped employers hire over 50,000 vets and raised $118 million for community programs, helping more than 110,000 military and veteran families.
John is founder and CEO of Wasabi Rabbit, a digital marketing, advertising, and social media firm in New York City. He has 24 years of experience in advertising, brand marketing, digital creative, technology, and sales management, in multiple sectors and industries. A Captain in the Navy Reserve, John has Masters Degrees from the Olin School of Business at Babson College and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.
Shannon is a partner at O’Brien, Gentry & Scott, LLC, a Washington DC based government affairs and public policy consulting firm. From a military family, Shannon develops and implements successful public policy and federal program strategies for the firm’s broad range of clients. Including the fields of military training and technologies, critical communications, public safety and homeland security, and transportation safety. Shannon is also a strong advocate for several not-for-profit initiatives, including efforts to advance rare disease research, assist orphan and foster care children. She serves on the Government Advisory Committee for the National Military Families Association, advocating for resources essential to military families.
Bill Wray is a former Chief Operating Officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, where he led technology, operations, customer service, and other core functions for the plan, as well as ownership of its Medicare Advantage business line. This followed his career as Vice Chairman of one of the nation’s largest banks, running a broad array of functions including enterprise data management. Bill is based in Rhode Island and has degrees in engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and from Stanford University.
Mr. Jones is skilled in IT project management, systems and business analysis, business development, and team leadership. Based in Washington, he has enjoyed a long career as a consultant in business and IT issues for notable clients such as Lockheed Martin, the US Treasury, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is on the board of trustees of Fort Washington Hospital, and holds a masters degree in leadership from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Brooks is the founder and CEO of MT Newswires, a leading provider of real time, multi-asset class news and analysis of capital markets, political and economic events globally. A Naval Academy graduate and US Navy veteran, McFeely served aboard the aircraft carrier Eisenhower (CVN 69) in the Persian Gulf during operation Desert Thunder. Following his military service, McFeely founded MT Newswires in 1999. He was also founder of Pearl Investments, a proprietary statistical arbitrage trading firm based in Portland, Maine. He was also co-founder and managing partner of the Washington, DC based hedge fund Brochet Capital Partners, LP.
Dave is a veteran industry executive known for pioneering and guiding new businesses to success. His primary expertise is in new business development and in managing large scale global change programs. Among many roles at Accenture, his most recent role was the Global Managing Director at Accenture Analytics where he led the firm in predictive analytics solutions. Dave is a frequent contributor of quotes and bylined articles to BusinessWeek, Forbes, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and other business publications, and has presented to C-level leadership forums including the World Customs Organization, SAS Global Forum, and Business Leader Conference in Brazil and Eastern Europe. Dave is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Technology.
Joe F. Martinez
Mr. Martinez has held senior positions as CEO, CFO, Treasurer and Board Member of several publicly traded companies. He has an extensive background as an investment banker and venture capital partner. He founded and was CEO of a Silicon Valley-based investment bank and was a Venture Partner with Osprey Ventures. He co-founded and served as the President of a full service regional investment banking firm and started an investment banking group for Citigroup. Prior to his investment banking career, he was an executive with Xerox, IBM, and a variety of high technology start-up companies that he was instrumental in taking public. He comes from a military family and served honorably as a platoon leader in the US Army in Vietnam, where he was wounded in action. He is a graduate of the United States infantry school at Fort Benning, Georgia. He is a member of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council, and has undergrad and graduate degrees from Adams State and the University of Denver.
We would like to acknowledge these individuals for their support of BlueStar and our efforts to improve the lives of America’s aging veterans.
Flag and General Officer Supporters
|Captain Tom Kelley, US Navy (ret), Medal of Honor Recipient
Jamie Barnett, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Tom Beeman, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Michael Browne, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Sean Buck, Rear Admiral, US Navy
Allie Coetzee, Rear Admiral, US Navy
Casey Coane, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
John Cotton, Vice Admiral, US Navy (ret)
AB Cruz, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Dirk Debbink, Vice Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Kelvin Dixon, Rear Admiral, US Navy
Ken Dowd, Major General, US Army (ret)
Greg Feest, Major General, US Air Force (ret)
John Harvey, Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Peter Hinz, Brigadier General, National Guard (ret)
JJ Jackson, Brigadier General, US Air Force (ret)
Larry Jackson, Rear Admiral, US Navy
Jeff Johnson, Brigadier General, Air National Guard (ret)
Robert Kamensky, Rear Admiral, US Navy
Jim Lair, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Jim Madora, Major General, US Army (ret)
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Craig McDonald, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Skip McGinley, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
James McNeal, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Kerry Metz, Rear Admiral, US Navy
Dale Meyerrose, Major General, US Air Force (ret)
Richard Mies, Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Kirby Miller, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Bruce Moore, Major General, US Army (ret)
Hank Mustin, Vice Admiral, US Navy (ret) and Mrs. Lucy Mustin
Chris Paul, Rear Admiral, US Navy
Dick Platt, Major General, Air National Guard (ret)
Carol Pottenger, Vice Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Noel Preston, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Tom Reck, Rear Admiral, US Navy
John Sadler, Rear Admiral, US Navy
Scott Sanders, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
David Stinson, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
Dallas Thompson, Major General, US Air Force (ret)
Bill Watkins, Brigadier General, National Guard (ret)
Matt Zirkle, Rear Admiral, US Navy (ret)
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