Veteran’s PATH Team

Veteran’s PATH grows and develops through the strengths and guidance of all members of its team,
with veterans being the key influencers shaping the programs affecting their lives.

Board of Directors

Quentin Finney: BOARD CHAIR
Marine Corps veteran, Founding partner of Pause i/O

Quentin Finney is a conscious business leader, coach and change agent, especially focused on enabling sustainable high performance through emotionally intelligent leadership and improving the ways people mindfully connect with themselves and one another.

In the tech sector since 1999, he has held various consulting, sales and leadership roles with Red Hat, Google, EMC, Northrop Grumman IT, and four startups.

A former Marine officer with graduate studies in Authentic Leadership, Quentin currently serves as a mentor for Watson University and Boomtown Accelerator and as the board chair for Veteran's PATH, a non-profit focused on providing mindfulness-based transition support for veterans as they rejoin the civilian world and uncover new paths of service.

Bill Duane: Board VICE CHAIR
 

Bill Duane works at the intersection of individual resilience and organizational effectiveness, particularly in innovative and/or chaotic environments. As an engineering executive for Google earlier in his career, Bill was responsible for worldwide production engineering for Gmail, Apps and Websearch Infrastructure, leading a team of 130 people across 5 countries. Though an amazing, interesting and rewarding ride, it also contained more burnout than was OK, which sparked a curiosity about how burnout worked. As he investigated burnout, Bill discovered a deep interest in the biological, psychological and interpersonal mechanisms of happiness, effectiveness and well-being which led him to create the role of Google's Superintendent of Well-Being. At Google, he and his team created worldwide programs to demonstrably move the needle on well-being at the individual, team and organizational level, partnering with various teams in the Google ecosystem to make it part of the culture. After 12 years at Google and 25 years in corporate environments, he is taking his expertise to a more diverse set of individuals and organizations.

Heather Buck: Board Treasurer
 

Heather Buck spent many years as a corporate finance and accounting professional in the technology and manufacturing industries, after earning her CPA license while working for Price Waterhouse.  She is a published writer and is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) as well as a Certified Meditation Instructor (C.MI.).  She is the Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at InStill Coaching, LLC and is passionate about partnering with others to live an inspired and purposeful life through the avenues of curiosity, connection, creativity, compassion and contentment. She is honored to work in service of veterans after having grown up in a family where both of her parents were U.S. Army Officers and war veterans.

Kimberly K. Smith: Board Secretary
 
COL (ret) US Army

 

Kim Smith, DNP, MS, RN, CPHQ, is a retired Army Nurse Corps Officer who served 28 years on active duty in a variety of roles as a Trauma Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator, Researcher, and Nursing Leader in military hospitals on and off the battlefield. Later she served as the Vice President of Clinical Outcomes involving Quality Healthcare and Patient Safety at a large medical system in San Antonio, TX. She is now continuing to serve the military community as a Branch Chief for the Medical Enroute Care Registry at the Joint Trauma System. Kim brings a passion for mindfulness, resilience and camaraderie in continuing to serve the Veterans community.

 


Bart Holaday
Chairman, Dakota Foundation

Mr. Holaday headed the Private Markets Group of UBS Asset Management and its predecessor entities for15 years prior to his retirement in 2001, during which time he managed more than $19 billion in investments. Prior to that, he was vice president and principal of the InnoVen Venture Capital Group, a venture capital investment firm. He was founder and president of Tenax Oil and Gas Corporation, an onshore Gulf Coast exploration and production company, from 1980 through 1982. He has four years of senior management experience with Gulf Oil Corporation, a global energy, and petrochemical company, and eight years of senior management experience with the federal government, including the Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, and the Federal Energy Administration. He is currently the president and owner of Dakota Renewable Energy Fund, LLC, which invests in small companies in North Dakota. He is a member of the investment advisory board of Commons Capital LLC, a venture capital firm; a member of the board of directors of the University of Jamestown, the United States Air Force Academy Endowment (former chairman), the Falcon Foundation, which provides scholarships to Air Force Academy applicants; he is chairman and chief executive officer of the Dakota Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that fosters social entrepreneurship and a member of the board of Discover Goodwill of southern and western Colorado, a non-profit organization providing job training, placement, and retention programs for people transitioning from welfare to work.He is a past member of the board of directors ofthe National Venture Capital Association, Walden University, Alerus Financial, Adams Street Partners, and the U.S.Securities and Exchange Commission advisory committee on the regulation of capital markets.


Jenny Andrews
Vanderbilt Medical Center, Sr Customer Relations Manager

In her first role with Centerstone Military Services in 2007, she personally interviewed hundreds of veterans, service members, family members and experts ranging from the Korean War to the present day conflicts. She oversaw Centerstone’s online psychoeducational and support groups, in-person support groups, adaptive retreats and counseling services.Jenny worked and published with Dr. Edward Taub and Dr. Gitendra Uswatte at their Constraint-Induced Therapy (CIT) Clinic at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) to develop real-world measures of physical rehabilitation techniques for both adults and children.

Currently, Jennifer is piloting a new role within Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a Sr. Customer Relations Manager overseeing 34 clinics in the Nashville area. She holds a BA in philosophy from Birmingham-Southern College and a BS in psychology from UAB.Jenny lives in Nashville, TN with her husband Kevin and her lovable bulldogs, Pudge and Henry.

Charles Lief
President, Naropa Institute

 

Chuck Lief has led some of the country's most innovative and successful organizations providing integrated social enterprises and social services, including the Greyston Foundation, Amida Care, and the Hartland Group, which together provided essential housing, health care, and employment to thousands of low- income people in the Northeast. He has served in leadership capacities on the boards of Shambhala International, the Social Enterprise Alliance, Lion’s Roar Magazine, Bridge House, the Intervale Center, the Vermont Community Loan Fund, and many others.
 
He earned a BA from Brandeis University and a JD from the University Of Colorado School Of Law. Under his leadership as the 7th president of Naropa University, established on a model that infuses contemplative pedagogy and compassion training across the curriculum, Naropa has developed strategic partnerships to deepen its impact on its students and on the world by offering bachelor and master degrees, certificates and professional development credentials in the areas of Authentic Leadership, Mindfulness Instructor and Compassion training.

 


Kathy Polizzi 

 

Kathy Polizzi is a retired technology executive who has extensive experience in leading software engineering organizations in early-stage startups and large companies like Google. At Google, Kathy was responsible for the large-scale data storage systems behind Google’s products as well as consumer-facing products like Google Maps and Google Groups. Kathy has broad experience in scaling teams and organizations, process efficiency, leadership development, and establishing a strong culture that values authenticity, trust, listening, and respect. In recent years, she has shifted her focus to supporting the overall well being of others and has become an ICF Certified Coach (ACC). Kathy is honored to bring her experience to Veteran’s PATH, a non-profit organization that is growing a community where veterans can rediscover peace, acceptance, transformation, and honor as they transition back to civilian life.

 

Warren Langley
Lt. Colonel (ret) U.S. Air Force

Warren is a 1965 graduate of the USAF Academy, holds a SM in Astronautical Engineering from MIT and received his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Georgia Tech. After the Air Force he worked in the defense consulting industry and was the head of the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at United Airlines. He also was a partner in an options trading firm, and President of the Pacific Stock and Options Exchange. Since 1999, he has worked as a consultant., and in the past decade has found the best job of his life—being a grandfather to Jonathan (15) and Eleanor (12). Warren’s father was a POW in Europe during WW II and many of his classmates and friends from his USAF Academy days fought in Vietnam. This gives him a very personal relationship to those who have fought in wars and appreciation of the impact this has had on their lives and those of their loved ones.

Chris Fortin, Co-Founder
Lead Facilitator of Veteran’s PATH and Marriage and Family Therapist

Chris Fortin is a zen practitioner and teacher, as well as a MA MFT psychotherapist and spiritual counselor. She is Cofounder of Veteran’s PATH and has co-developed and co-led our retreats since its beginning. She began her Zen practice at San Francisco Zen Center in 1976 and now practices as a leader and teacher in the Everyday Zen Community (www.everydayzen.org.)  She leads meditation workshops and retreats throughout the bay area and beyond.  She has over 30 years of experience in helping to heal the wounds and trauma of mind, body and spirit, and brings this experience to the leadership and development of Veteran’s PATH. (www.dharmaheartzen.com

Lee Klinger Lesser, Co-Founder
Program Director of Veteran’s PATH

 

Lee Klinger Lesser, MS, has developed and led retreats for Veterans since 2008, integrating her experience of mindfulness and meditation into accessible programming for Veterans. She has taught the mindfulness practice of Sensory Awareness for over 45 years both nationally and internationally. She also led national trainings in emotional intelligence, family support, and diversity and equity for early childhood educators. (www.returntooursenses.com)