Chief Financial Officer
Tufan Obuz brings 25 years of financial management experience to VSUSA. Mr. Obuz is also a CPA with over 10 years of auditing experience. He transitioned to corporate finance upon receiving an offer from his client, Vornado, a nationally recognized real estate management company. He has since served as a Chief Financial Officer for local and global construction and real estate asset management companies in the U.S. and overseas. Mr. Obuz has led debt and equity financing for large real estate companies, raised capital locally and internationally including financial institutions in Singapore, Dubai, Kuwait, China, and Istanbul. He is experienced in commercial and residential real estate projects, asset management, strategic financial management and planning, and risk management, including asset performance management. Mr. Obuz also served on the boards of multiple not-for-profit entities as Treasurer as a way to give back to local communities. He is also an active skydiver. Mr. Obuz graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Manchester University.
Merle Griff, Ph.D.
Sr. Adult Day Care Consultant
Dr. Merle Griff is the Founder and CEO of SarahCare Senior Solutions, and one of the leading authorities on the care of seniors in the United States. Dr. Griff has served on numerous national boards and task forces including being the past Chairperson of the Board of Directors for NASDSA (National Adult Day Services Association), member of the International Advisory Board for CARF (Commission on the Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities), and a task force member for the study of adult day care in the U.S. for the Assistant Secretary of Program and Evaluation in the Department of Aging. She has been an invited presenter at both international and national conferences including the World Congress of Family and Child and The International Conference of Educators.
Senior Development Advisor
Cheri Kaufman is a successful entrepreneur, visionary, and global thought leader. She’s built a leading network of influencers, investors, and innovators dedicated to building high-growth companies who are transforming industries in technology and life science. She has created numerous startup programs and established an efficient screening process for how to source, qualify, advise, support, and showcase the most promising high-potential businesses seeking capital or partnerships for product development and expansion. Most recently, she joined Veterans Services USA (VSUSA), as Partner and Senior Development Advisor, focusing on procurement and development of housing and vocational opportunities for veterans.
Ms. Kaufman is an important, long-standing, and recognized member of New York’s philanthropic community and is the Founder and CEO of CiGIVE, an organization dedicated to empowering enterprising young professionals by connecting them with the patronage and support of leaders throughout the business and philanthropic world. She currently serves as NY Chair and board member of the National Women’s History Museum.
As a founding partner of Kaufman Astoria Studios, Cheri played a crucial role in starting the studio on the successful path to its prominent place today in New York’s film and television industry. She raised over $100 million for financing and is a recognized leader in New York film production. Under her initiative, all the studio’s sound stages were named after women who filmed there, including Diana Ross, Claudette Colbert, Gloria Swanson, and Helen Hayes.
Ms. Kaufman’s early trailblazing career included a founding ownership of the trading company, Cherut International, trading in cement, steel, lumber, and other commodities, principally in the Middle East. While in the Middle East and Asia, as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Intercontinental Hotels, she wrote feasibility studies, raised multi-millions in project financing and
managed multiple facilities.
Over the years, Ms. Kaufman has worked with numerous leaders of private industry. She has hosted leaders in the business and entertainment industries such as Tim Cook and Michael Bloomberg, media, and entertainment conglomerate Viacom, along with real estate developers including Silverstein Properties, Kalikow Properties, and Helmsley Spear.
Ms. Kaufman advises on numerous boards, including the National Women’s History Museum, LIFELINE New York Organization, the UN Women for Peace Committee, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). She is an influencer and touring speaker, sharing about success and professional insights, with an emphasis on women and emerging entrepreneurs.
Cheri resides in New York City, The Hamptons, and Florida.
Mr. David Webb is a presenter, anchor, and journalist entertaining and informing the public for over 30 years. His broadcast career from music to talk spans Boston, Houston, Dallas, New York City, radio syndication and currently satellite radio on SiriusXM Patriot 125. He is a Fox News contributor, Fox Nation Host and The Hill newspaper columnist. Mr. Webb has appeared on radio and television worldwide; on CNBC, CNN International, BBC Radio and TV, NDTV/India, Dutch National TV, and KSA2 Saudi Arabia. He has been featured in various media outlets in Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, France, Australia, Brazil and Canada, and in documentaries. Mr. Webb serves as a Board Member for the Young Marines National Foundation and Wounded Warriors Family Support. He is an Advisor to the V.E.T.S. Program and the Iwo Jima Association of America.