Farzana Nabi, Ph.D.
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.
BG (ret.) Loree Sutton, M.D.
Sr. Strategist & Board Member
Brigadier General (ret.) Loree Sutton served in the United States Army, and as the Army’s highest-ranking psychiatrist, Dr. Sutton served as the founding director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) and was a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Prior to founding DCoE, Dr. Sutton served as Commander of the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas, Commander of the DeWitt Army Community Hospital, Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital and as a Special Assistant to the Army Surgeon General. During her military career, she received many awards, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Order of Military Medical Merit. Since retiring from military service in 2010, Dr. Sutton co-founded Threshold GlobalWorks, providing resilience and trauma skills training and consultation services across the country and around the world. In 2014, she was appointed as commissioner for the New York City Mayor’s Office for Veteran Affairs, then serving as the founding commissioner for the NYC Department of Veterans’ Services through 2019.
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.