Our Team

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Matt Foster

| Chairman

Matt retired from the Marine Corps in 2010 as a Master Sergeant Aviation Maintenance Chief with tours in Asia and Europe and three tours in Iraq. After retiring, Matt needed a new mission and found it helping fellow veterans. He enjoys working at Northrop Grumman and uses his connections there to get his fellow veterans jobs. Matt has a B.S. in Aviation Management from SIU, a Certificate in Systems Engineering from Cal Tech, and is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie course. Matt also serves veterans and his community as Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513 and as a member of American Legion Post 149, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 70, and CSUSM’s University Council. Recently, Matt was recognized as the 2018 – 2019 San Diego County Veteran of the Year by the Veterans Museum at Balboa Park for his volunteer work, and contributions to the veteran community.

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Ed Komzelman

| Director of Logistics

Ed, a Vietnam veteran, enlisted in the Navy, trained as an Aviation Engine Mechanic and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. He worked as a Computer-based Training Developer for military and civilian contractors. Now retired, Ed Komzelman served Boy Scouts Troop 649 as Assistant Scoutmaster for many years, and also serves his community as a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513.

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Dave Casey

| Director of Legal Affairs

Dave served six years as a Navy Nuclear Engine Machinists Mate. He deployed twice to combat arenas during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Dave earned his Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law. He has worked closely with the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, first as a volunteer clerk and later as a volunteer attorney in the Consumer Protection Division. His work earned him the Pro Bono Honors Society Award from California Western School of Law, as well as the Outstanding Service Award from the Legal Aid Society. Dave Casey also serves veterans and his community as the Adjutant and Judge Advocate for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513, and is Past President of the Escondido Sunrise Rotary.

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Carrie Foster

| Director of Operations

Carrie worked in the finance industry for fifteen years. After giving birth to her son, she decided to put her art talents to work as a paint contractor, performing surface treatments and painting murals in homes throughout San Diego County. Carrie now creates relief sculptures of animals and pets with their owners. Carrie Foster also serves veterans and her community as President of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 1513, an Officer for VFW Auxiliary District 1, and as a member of the Escondido Art Association.

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Alexandra Loutsenhizer

| Secretary

Alex is a Litigation Paralegal with Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP. Prior to earning her Paralegal Certificate from the University of San Diego, she spent 8 years with Qualcomm as a Program/Project Manager. She holds a B.A. in History from the University of California, San Diego and a Graduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from UCSD Extension. Alexandra Loutsenhizer also serves veterans and her community as Secretary-Treasurer of VFW Auxiliary Post 1513.

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Dan Geisler

| Director of Hospitality & IT

Dan served in the Air Force in Vietnam and as part of Operation Arc Light, the B-52 bombing campaign. Afterwards, he joined Northrop Grumman, where he worked for 40 years. Dan earned an MBA and managed many projects, including the B-2 Bomber and, most recently, the X-47B unmanned fighter that took off from and landed on an aircraft carrier. Now retired, Dan Geisler also serves his community as a Trustee for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513 and its Riders.

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Kelly Luisi

| Director of Veteran Outreach

Kelly’s life changed when her brother, Sgt. Kyle A. Colnot, was killed in action on April 22, 2006, near Baghdad, Iraq. Suddenly a Gold Star Family member, Kelly, who has a B.A. in Psychology from SDSU, marked Kyle’s death by starting an outreach to the military that continues today. After volunteering at our first Stand Down in 2017, she adjusted her mission and created Homeless Veterans of San Diego. Kelly Luisi and her team of volunteers have helped her house over 30 of our 2018 Stand Down veterans.

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Rick Mickels

| Director of Business Development

Rick was a 19-year-old owner of an Atlantic Richfield station when he was drafted into the Army as an infantryman and sent to Vietnam. Rick was one of the lucky ones who returned, but saw many of his comrades fall in combat. Returning to the States, he went back into business, creating companies that employed over 100 people. Now semi-retired and working as a golf pro, Rick Mickels also serves his community as a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1513.