BG (ret.) Loree Sutton, M.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Loree Sutton is a lifelong public servant, physician, retired brigadier general, and community advocate. As the Army’s highest-ranking psychiatrist; co-founder, Threshold GlobalWorks, LLC; Founding Board Chair, Homeward Bound Adirondacks; and founding commissioner, NYC Department of Veterans’ Services, Dr. Sutton has devoted nearly 40 years of service and leadership to the nation and New York. Her decorated military career includes earning a Bronze Star for her actions in combat while deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm (ODS). Selected as a White House Fellow, the nation’s premier leadership program, and honored by the National War College as a distinguished graduate, she also commanded the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood, Texas during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) hostilities. Appointed as a faculty member at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences (Department of Psychiatry); scientist at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress; and founding director, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, Dr. Sutton has led, designed, and created the vanguard of pioneering integrative approaches for building resilience, enhancing recovery and fostering community reintegration. Under her leadership, organizational awards include the Hermes Creative Platinum Award and multiple Telly Awards for the DoD Real Warriors campaign (achieved over 1B positive media impressions in its first year); CINC Golden Eagle Award for Sesame Workshop DVD on “When Families Grieve”; and national acclaim for sponsoring Bryan Doerries’ “Theater of War Productions” dramatic presentations of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes. Working in collaboration with the VA, Dr. Sutton created the Core4 Whole Health model, introduced nationally in 2016 by SAMHSA & the White House Joining Forces task force; and was appointed by the VA Secretary to serve as an inaugural member of the Veterans’ Family, Caregiver, and Survivor Advisory Committee (2017-19). Dr. Sutton also serves as a Strategic Advisor for the Network Contagion Research Institute; and Co-Chair, Board of Directors, New Democratic Dimensions.
Farzana Nabi, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research, Policy & Administration
Dr. Farzana Nabi has a unique combination of management, research, and military experience spanning across government, corporate, academic, and non-profit sectors. She is an accomplished professional with expertise in strategic planning, program development, education, training, and applied research focused on defense, security, policy, and human behavior. Dr. Nabi has a decade of experience working with the U.S. military, which includes a 1-year deployment to Afghanistan as a Senior Social Scientist in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Upon redeployment, Dr. Nabi continued her work with the U.S. Army. Initially, by training researchers deploying into the war theatre, and subsequently, as a by-name-request to join former National Security Advisor retired Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster’s team as the Chief Social Scientist of the Human Dimension Division at headquarters Training & Doctrine Command (TRADOC). She earned multiple awards and distinctions for her work and holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from Santa Clara University, and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare & Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. As a Veteran Spouse, Dr. Nabi is proud to continue her work with veterans and their families.
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
J. Lincoln Palsgrove IV has extensive professional experience in marketing and public relations at Fortune 500 companies including the non-profit sector advancing philanthropic and urban planning initiatives. During his career Mr. Palsgrove has led marketing, sales, and leasing for over 100 million square feet of real estate. His previous 10 years were spent at the Dallas based Howard Hughes Corporation and New York based Brookfield Properties where he developed internal teams and consumer campaigns for large- scale mixed-use properties across the United States. Prior, Mr. Palsgrove spent many years at the Alliance for Downtown New York instituting infrastructure improvements in the wake of September 11 th , 2001, within lower Manhattan, the second largest central business district in the country. Mr. Palsgrove graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Dean’s Honors. Mr. Palsgrove founded Gullwing Enterprise, a company specializing in corporate communications, investor relations and strategic marketing consulting services, in 2020. Since then, the firm has provided services to a select group of private and publicly listed companies.
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.
Sr. Media Advisor
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.
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.