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Staff

  • Tim Farrell - Chief Executive Officer

    After a nationwide search, our board chose Tim in May 2019 to lead NAVSO's strategic progression from its early-stage and founder-led roots into its next phase of growth and impact in the veteran-serving marketplace. Tim previously served as the Chief Operating Officer and Interim President & CEO of Operation Homefront, integrating 23 formerly independent chapters into a singular national standard-bearer that transformed thousands of military and veteran families' financial health and prepared those families for long-term financial sustainability. Tim has a unique understanding of the nexus between global awareness and education, and its positive impact on our families, economy and our national security, which is why he also serves on the City of San Antonio’s Veterans Affairs Commission and the World Affairs Council of San Antonio’s board of trustees, chairs the board of directors of Summer of Service (SOS) – San Antonio, and advocates for robust development and diplomacy alongside defense as a Texas State Leader and one of the “Veterans for Smart Power” within the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

    Tim is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, serving for more than 23 years and rising to the rank of Colonel. He’s a veteran of Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN, a trusted and impactful commander of four progressively larger and more complex squadrons and groups, and a seasoned walker of the Pentagon's hallways. Tim and his family put down roots in their chosen hometown of San Antonio, Texas in September 2011 after his final deployment as the Commander of the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Group at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

    Born and raised in New Jersey, Tim holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Rutgers University, a master of science in administration from Central Michigan University, and among his continuing professional education an executive certificate in transformational nonprofit leadership from the University of Notre Dame.

  • Kelly Finn Störmer - Chief Operating Officer

    Kelly is the Chief Operating Officer where she is responsible for the team, programs, communications, technology, strategy development and execution. Formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Warrior Gateway, she is passionate about continuing to serve the military community.  Kelly graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor of Arts and was commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps.  She reported to USS Antietam (CG 54) as the Communications Officer followed by the USS Cleveland (LPD 7) as the Navigator/Administrative Officer. Kelly’s final Navy tour was in Washington D.C. where she served as the White House Liaison to the Secretary of the Navy and as a White House Social Aide during the Bush Administration. Concurrent to this full time shore duty posting, she earned a Masters in Business Administration from The George Washington University.  After completing her active duty service, Kelly worked as a consultant for McKinney Rogers.  In this role, she specialized in business execution, bringing corporate strategies to life and creating high performance cultures.  She worked with a multitude of organizations including:  Walmart, HBO, Heineken, JP Morgan, Bacardi and the National Football League.  Kelly is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, still serves as a military spouse and is a mom to three young boys.

     

  • Robin Story - Communications & Customer Experience Manager

    Robin serves as the Communications & Customer Experience Manager acting as a liaison between NAVSO members and key staff and keeping communications constantly moving. A passionate marketing professional with experience in healthcare marketing, data analysis and strategic media planning, Robin has multitude of communication skills to bring to our members.
     
    Robin received her BA in Advertising from the University of South Carolina’s Journalism and Communications school.
     
    As a military spouse, brat and sibling, Robin has a first-hand look at the veteran community and the unique needs they face. With veteran needs being her own needs, she’s striving to constantly serve the community better.
  • Taylor Oatman - Business Development Manager

    Growing up as a military brat, Taylor has first-hand knowledge of the demands that come along with serving in the military. Her first-hand look at the military community inspires her to improve the veteran-serving marketplace for good. A background in sales and customer service aids in her ability to further NAVSO’s reach in the community through her role as Business Development Manager.

     

     

    Taylor received her BS from Liberty University. She is newly married to her high school sweetheart, also a LU graduate, and lives in Virginia with their dog, Tucker. 

     

  • Suzanne Buckner - Consulting Director, Grants

    Owner, The Grant Writing Company

    A national grant writing expert, Suzanne launched her company out of deep desire to help more people across a wider spectrum of needs and challenges.  Suzanne received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Deaf Studies from California State University, Northridge, where she began grant writing as a young student.   After years of working as a daytime grant writer for a nonprofit, she began fielding constant requests to help other organizations secure funding after work and on weekends. Deeply moved by the sheer number of worthy causes, Suzanne envisioned a consulting arrangement that would allow her to simultaneously help dozens of nonprofits without artificial employment or exclusivity limitations.   In the twenty years since the company was founded, it has raised tens of millions of dollars supporting national and regional programs for health, human services, education, the arts, disabilities, veterans, poverty, the environment, human rights, ethnicity, and culture. Whether she is writing grants to provide arts education to inner-city kids or to map the human brain, Suzanne believes that money can do incredible good in the world and her vocation is to move it where it can do the most good.  She has served nearly 100 nonprofit organizations in her career, and her funded grant proposals have impacted the lives of more than one million needy people across the globe.