ONEVET ONEVOICE
No Veteran Gets Left Behind

ABOUT

 
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Eduardo "Eddie" Ramirez, MSGT. USAF (Ret.), MPA, Founder & CEO

Eddie has been serving his fellow veterans in a variety of ways for the past 10 years. Eddie founded OneVet OneVoice in 2013, when he realized that in order to truly serve his fellow veterans he needed an organization to serve as a proving ground for his model of veterans care. 

Eddie retired from the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant in 2003, following his 22 year career, he worked for NASA, the Department of Labor and for the Department of Veterans Affairs where he was the Administrative Officer for Mental Health. He retired from the VA in 2014 with a total of 35 years of public service.

As the Administrative Officer for Mental Health, Eddie was able to promote his own views on veterans health care as well as advancing the utilization of best practices to enhance veterans mental health care. It was this experience that helped Eddie to put together the H.E.H.E.(Healthcare, Education, Housing, Employment) model that OneVet OneVoice is currently using in San Francisco. He has a Masters Degree in Public Administration.

Throughout his military and federal government service, Eddie has always stayed involved, he is the Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Town Hall Collaborative, a monthly town hall for Veterans and community partners to learn about veterans services. In addition to the Town Hall, Eddie conducts workshops to assist veterans with employment, specifically how to obtain a job with the federal government. Eddie is also the Founder of the San Francisco Veterans Film Festival, a creative avenue to allow veterans and the public to engage with each other on an artistic level.

Overall, Eddie is a big guy with a big heart, always looking into alternative methods to help veterans and the military community. OneVet OneVoice is the culmination of his work thus far.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  Rhonda Harris, Member   CEO of R.F. & Associates, Inc. (RFA), a full service development and consulting firm, established in 2000. RFA acted as a catalyst for community revitalization in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area’s urban areas. With a portfolio of $ 10 million in business activity, RFA purchased and renovated distressed properties to provide housing and neighborhood safety. Addressing issues of inequality affecting local small business contractors, she established the Contractor’s Alliance of Richmond (CAR) in 2005, comprised of fifteen locally owned businesses specializing in the building trades. To address the high unemployment rate and the lack of training in the building trades, she co-founded the Richmond Community Based Employment Collaborative (CBEC) in 2008. CBEC provided services to underserved youth and young adults who are actively involved in gangs, drugs, and gun violence or who are at-risk for these types of activities with Program Readiness/Job Readiness Skills Training and placement.  In honor of her late father, a wounded Korean veteran, she founded the Veterans Resource Program (VRP) in 2011 to assist veterans with housing, applying for benefits, higher educational opportunities to help them transition back into society through gainful employment. The veterans are provided information about available resources, the latest VA programs and assistance in filing and following up on disability compensation and pension claims to help with their immediate and future needs.  In 2011, RFA teamed up with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mental Health Services and developed a partnership to provide homeless veterans enrolled in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) treatment program with housing services. Harris is a 2013 Jefferson Award recipient; MEA Magazine Award, 25 Influential Women in Business; earned a Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor from Mt. Diablo Valley College; Financial Officer for the American Legion, Cesar Chavez Post 505; Vice Commander of the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS) California Bay Area Chapter.

Rhonda Harris, Member

CEO of R.F. & Associates, Inc. (RFA), a full service development and consulting firm, established in 2000. RFA acted as a catalyst for community revitalization in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area’s urban areas. With a portfolio of $ 10 million in business activity, RFA purchased and renovated distressed properties to provide housing and neighborhood safety. Addressing issues of inequality affecting local small business contractors, she established the Contractor’s Alliance of Richmond (CAR) in 2005, comprised of fifteen locally owned businesses specializing in the building trades. To address the high unemployment rate and the lack of training in the building trades, she co-founded the Richmond Community Based Employment Collaborative (CBEC) in 2008. CBEC provided services to underserved youth and young adults who are actively involved in gangs, drugs, and gun violence or who are at-risk for these types of activities with Program Readiness/Job Readiness Skills Training and placement.

In honor of her late father, a wounded Korean veteran, she founded the Veterans Resource Program (VRP) in 2011 to assist veterans with housing, applying for benefits, higher educational opportunities to help them transition back into society through gainful employment. The veterans are provided information about available resources, the latest VA programs and assistance in filing and following up on disability compensation and pension claims to help with their immediate and future needs.

In 2011, RFA teamed up with the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mental Health Services and developed a partnership to provide homeless veterans enrolled in the Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center (PRRC) treatment program with housing services. Harris is a 2013 Jefferson Award recipient; MEA Magazine Award, 25 Influential Women in Business; earned a Certification as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor from Mt. Diablo Valley College; Financial Officer for the American Legion, Cesar Chavez Post 505; Vice Commander of the National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS) California Bay Area Chapter.

  Phyllis Bowie, Member   Creative, forward thinking, intelligent, high energy, enthusiastic, and production friendly on-air host professional, and a proud Air Force veteran, Phyllis is the founder of LWP Foundation – with a mission to eradicate hunger and eradicate homelessness through philanthropic means, for all including her fellow veterans. Phyllis’ brand is based on giving others authentic ways to create a dream lifestyle of well-being while saving time and money. Audiences take an instant relatability and likeability to Phyllis. In demand for speaking, she has the expert ability to demonstrate and communicate how we all can have the lifestyle we aspire to – through easy and effortless tips and trade secrets. Phyllis has a fun and easy way about herself that comes through on camera and in person as a speaker. She has extensive knowledge of Home Design, Food, Entertaining, Travel and Fashion. Professionalism in media is a result of over 15 years of experience gained from on-air hosting, print media and social media. Phyllis is dedicated to educating our veterans on services and benefits through all forms of media.

Phyllis Bowie, Member

Creative, forward thinking, intelligent, high energy, enthusiastic, and production friendly on-air host professional, and a proud Air Force veteran, Phyllis is the founder of LWP Foundation – with a mission to eradicate hunger and eradicate homelessness through philanthropic means, for all including her fellow veterans. Phyllis’ brand is based on giving others authentic ways to create a dream lifestyle of well-being while saving time and money. Audiences take an instant relatability and likeability to Phyllis. In demand for speaking, she has the expert ability to demonstrate and communicate how we all can have the lifestyle we aspire to – through easy and effortless tips and trade secrets. Phyllis has a fun and easy way about herself that comes through on camera and in person as a speaker. She has extensive knowledge of Home Design, Food, Entertaining, Travel and Fashion. Professionalism in media is a result of over 15 years of experience gained from on-air hosting, print media and social media. Phyllis is dedicated to educating our veterans on services and benefits through all forms of media.

 
  Edgar U. Quiroz, MPH, Member   Edgar serves as Managing Partner and Vice President, Marketing & Community Relations for Horizon Home Health & ACE Hospice in Orinda, CA. He is responsible for leading all aspects of Horizon and ACE’s marketing and community relations, establishing and maintaining positive relationships with customers and referral sources, health care organizations, government agencies, and other strategic partners. This includes the development and implementation of innovative strategies, leading-edge initiatives and programs that enhance & leverage the cultural knowledge & clinical expertise of its workforce to improve Horizon’s competitive position in the market.  A native of San Francisco, California Edgar has over 30 years of experience in working with Bay Area hospitals and health services organizations. He served in various planning and program development roles at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital Campus and later at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland California and has held various leadership positions with Kaiser Permanente in their National Diversity and Inclusion Office, the Northern California Regional Offices and the San Francisco, East Bay and Napa/Solano service areas, before joining Horizon Home Health & ACE Hospice in 2015.  Edgar has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Planning, Policy & Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his BA degree from SF State University, majoring in Ethnic Studies & Social Welfare, including a year of studies abroad at La Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. He graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude. In addition, he has completed an Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School.  He is a founding member of the University of California Berkeley Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors for OneVet OneVoice, Health Careers Connection, Life Long Medical Care and OCCUR. Edgar also is a founding board member and past president of the Kaiser Permanente Latino Association.

Edgar U. Quiroz, MPH, Member

Edgar serves as Managing Partner and Vice President, Marketing & Community Relations for Horizon Home Health & ACE Hospice in Orinda, CA. He is responsible for leading all aspects of Horizon and ACE’s marketing and community relations, establishing and maintaining positive relationships with customers and referral sources, health care organizations, government agencies, and other strategic partners. This includes the development and implementation of innovative strategies, leading-edge initiatives and programs that enhance & leverage the cultural knowledge & clinical expertise of its workforce to improve Horizon’s competitive position in the market.

A native of San Francisco, California Edgar has over 30 years of experience in working with Bay Area hospitals and health services organizations. He served in various planning and program development roles at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital Campus and later at La Clinica de la Raza in Oakland California and has held various leadership positions with Kaiser Permanente in their National Diversity and Inclusion Office, the Northern California Regional Offices and the San Francisco, East Bay and Napa/Solano service areas, before joining Horizon Home Health & ACE Hospice in 2015.

Edgar has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Planning, Policy & Administration from the University of California at Berkeley. He earned his BA degree from SF State University, majoring in Ethnic Studies & Social Welfare, including a year of studies abroad at La Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. He graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude. In addition, he has completed an Executive Leadership Program at the Harvard Business School.

He is a founding member of the University of California Berkeley Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board and serves on the Board of Directors for OneVet OneVoice, Health Careers Connection, Life Long Medical Care and OCCUR. Edgar also is a founding board member and past president of the Kaiser Permanente Latino Association.


  James “Jim” Clement, Col. USAF (Ret.), MBA, Member   Jim is a decorated Vietnam-era combat pilot who retired as a Colonel after a 30-year active duty and reserve career in the Air Force. He recently retired from an award-winning 35-year career at NASA as a Space Shuttle Mission Control flight controller, a mission operations senior manager, and a research directorate executive. He is a published expert on international space operations.  In addition to his MBA, Jim holds a certification in Program Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is a graduate of the Air War College and the National Defense University, as well as a licensed FAA Commercial Pilot.  Jim has mentored service members throughout his career, from Air Force Academy applicants to government employees to veterans re-adjusting to civilian life. Many of Jim’s mentees have gone on to become leaders in military and civilian life, and his work has been recognized with the NASA Johnson Space Center Mentor Award and the Outstanding Air Force Academy Liaison Officer of the Nation Award.  As a OneVet OneVoice Board Member, he is excited about using his management and mentoring experience to help fellow veterans with their healthcare, education, housing, and employment needs.

James “Jim” Clement, Col. USAF (Ret.), MBA, Member

Jim is a decorated Vietnam-era combat pilot who retired as a Colonel after a 30-year active duty and reserve career in the Air Force. He recently retired from an award-winning 35-year career at NASA as a Space Shuttle Mission Control flight controller, a mission operations senior manager, and a research directorate executive. He is a published expert on international space operations.

In addition to his MBA, Jim holds a certification in Program Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer. He is a graduate of the Air War College and the National Defense University, as well as a licensed FAA Commercial Pilot.

Jim has mentored service members throughout his career, from Air Force Academy applicants to government employees to veterans re-adjusting to civilian life. Many of Jim’s mentees have gone on to become leaders in military and civilian life, and his work has been recognized with the NASA Johnson Space Center Mentor Award and the Outstanding Air Force Academy Liaison Officer of the Nation Award.

As a OneVet OneVoice Board Member, he is excited about using his management and mentoring experience to help fellow veterans with their healthcare, education, housing, and employment needs.