President Miguel Vasquez
Miguel Vasquez was appointed as Chairman/President of the BREATH Wellness Foundation, Inc Board in November of 2015.
Miguel is a Veteran who served in the United States Marine Corps as an Intelligence Specialist with the 3rd Marines Battalion, 5th Marines and 1st Marines Divisions during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). His tours of duty include a combat tour in 2003 and a second one in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004-2005. Miguel’s assigned Unit also participated in a key offensive in Fallujah while conducting Operation Phantom Fury. While serving with the Marines, Miguel performed his leadership duties of Intelligence Specialist attached to the battalion’s rifle companies, scout sniper platoon, counter intelligence teams, special defense unit assignments, unmanned aerial vehicle pilot among others.
Prior to his military career, Miguel was in the brokerage industry where he started as an intern working with his uncle since age 16. His departure from the industry came immediately after the September 11 terrorist attacks on our nation while his father was in the Pentagon that precise day. This fact compelled Miguel to join the military and serve his country until he was honorably discharged in 2006. Soon after, Miguel went back to the financial world and since then he has been a partner and Vice President of the Retirement Division with Hoplon Financial Group. Miguel holds professional security licenses series 6, 7 and 63.
His experience in private sector have allowed Miguel to gain solid knowledge of financial advising, education and retirement plans while he remains actively involved in helping fellow Veterans with tough transition issues from military to civilian life.
Miguel currently serves as the youngest member of the 1st District Representative with the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council. This is a County Supervisor appointed position where Miguel is the voice to the Iraq and Afghanistan era Veterans. Miguel is also attending college and will be pursuing a career in medicine as a medical doctor.
Treasurer Josh Cobb, CPA
Josh joined our non-profit in April 2017. We are very happy to have him on board serving as our new Treasurer. Josh professional career started in 1999 working as a bookkeeper. He later attended Cal State University San Marcos where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis in military history. Josh obtained his CPA in 2008 and since then he has been Partner at Semmens & Semmens CPA firm. He is the General Manager of the firm where he is in charge of Corporate NPO, audits, staff and corporate
clients’ management, etc.
Josh personal experience with family members who served in the military, makes him a perfect fit to our non-profit mission. We are very glad Josh found time in his busy schedule to serve as volunteer board member, Treasurer position. When not busy at work, Josh enjoys his favorite hobby: Astronomy
Secretary Virgina Schoenfeld, PhD, BCC
Virginia was a Medical Service Corps officer in the US Navy for 20 years retiring in 2009 with the rank of Commander. Virginia’s active duty assignments include Executive Director to a flag officer at HQ Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington D.C, Deputy Director Health Promotions and Community Health at Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD (now Walter Reed Medical Center), Medical Intelligence officer at various humanitarian missions on board USNS Comfort and Mercy (two Navy hospital ships). She has held other assignments supporting the Marines on board Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Station El Toro where she was the officer in charge of the outpatient medical clinic. Virginia was also the Research and Development medical officer at SPAWAR command in San Diego where she spent eight years as consultant during the development of war-operational medical systems.
After retiring, Virginia transitioned to private sector where she held executive positions including: VP of Operations with the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, CEO for the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), Director of Clinical Operations at Monarch Healthcare, Corporate Wellness for CIGNA Health among others. In 2010 she established a community-based wellness center to offer affordable Integrative Health and Wellness services. This led to the founding of a 501c3, non-profit organization which supports community members that include low income, Veterans and their families living in Orange County.
Virginia is a graduate from Duke University Integrative Medicine Leadership program and holds a doctoral degree in Natural Health and Wellness Education from Clayton College. She is also licensed as Diplomat in Pastoral Science by the Pastoral Medical Association, board certified Health and Wellness Coach by the Center for Credentialing and Education and certified Heart Math Institute Coach-trainer. She has also completed training in Mindful Meditation, EMDR, Massage Therapy, Healing Touch, Functional Medicine, Integrative Nutrition, and more.
Virginia is active in the community and is member of various organizations including the Catholic Medical Association, AMSUS, Orange County Military/Veteran Collaborative, San Clemente Task Force on Domestic Abuse and is frequently a guest on panel discussion, public and private motivational and topic-driven presentations and radio shows. She is fluent in English and Spanish.
Personal Note: Virginia’s life changed by the news of her husband’s Gulf-War illness in 2006 when he was given 18 months to live. Virginia became the sole provider of home care to meethis needs while balancing other aspects of her personal and professional life. Her experience in the military, her caregiver role while raising two kids on her own gave Virginia a better understanding of the challenges many families experience as a result of their service to their country and limited affordable access to Integrative Health services which helped her in her personal journey to healing.
Stephen E. Velthuis, LCDR, Navy Chaplain
Chaplain Velthuis joined the Board of Directors of the BREATH Wellness Foundation in August of 2016 and serves as Director.
Chaplain Stephen Velthuis was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. He earned an Associate of Arts in Business Administration from Montgomery College in 1990, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1992. In 1996, he completed a Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Ashland Theological Seminary. From 1996 – 2006, he worked as a High school history and Bible teacher in Florida and served two schools in Maryland as an Administrator. In 2007, he returned to Ashland Seminary to earn a Master of Divinity degree and in 2008 he was ordained into Naval Chaplaincy as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and in May of the same year, he attended Officer Development School and the Naval Chaplain’s Basic Leadership Course at Newport, RI.
Chaplain Velthuis has been assigned to various Navy and Marine Commands including: Carrier Air Wing NINE (CVW-9) at NAS Lemoore, California, Carrier Strike Group 3 aboard USS JOHN C. STENNIS (CVN 74), US Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, Camp Pendleton, CA where he deployed as the Battalion Landing Team chaplain in support of 31st MEU and 7thFleet Operations. In January 2015, LCDR Velthuis reported to 5th Marine Regiment to serve as the Regimental Chaplain, Bravo Command until July 2015 when he was assigned as Battalion Chaplain to the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. He is currently stationed in Washington State as Chaplain at a Navy Command.
Besides his rich academic and professional credentials, Chaplain Velthuis also attained his F/A-18 backseat and MH-60 helicopter qualifications at MCAS Miramar, has earned his Fleet Marine Force Officer Qualification and has authored a Command Suicide Prevention instruction which was instrumental in constructing the command-wide outreach using social media. He has also received training in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument to help military members.
Chaplain Velthuis personal awards and decorations include the Global War on Terrorism Service medal, the Sea Service Deployment ribbon (2), a Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Commendation medal (2 awards).
Laura Martinez, MPP
Laura Martinez joined The B.R.E.A.T.H. Wellness Foundation in March 2017 and brings with her over eight years of strategic management experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, Laura opened a USO community center on USAG-Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea, where she directed all Center operations, including program budgets, fundraising, program implementation, and staff. Notably, she worked closely with the military community to offer innovative programs and engage active duty personnel from four branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Laura and a network of 175+ volunteers ranging from spouses, young enlisted troops, and seasoned officers provided programs to more than 5,500 service members and their families. Before joining the USO, Laura was a financial and management consultant, where she conducted research, provided technical assistance and training, produced reports, and designed tools to assist community leaders to finance, improve, and sustain their programs. Laura also raised $6M through grants and partnership development when she worked at a large after-school program in Southern California. From 2012-2014, Laura served as a two-time elected Board Member to the United States Embassy Association, Seoul, and one term as the Grants and Donations Committee Chair. Having recently returned to Washington, DC, from South Korea and Mexico as a trailing spouse on U.S. government orders, Laura is familiar with the transition and change that comes with multiple government assignments. Laura holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University ofArizona.
Jill Chambers, COL (ret), US Army
Jill W. Chambers served four Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the final 8 years of her nearly 30-year, groundbreaking Army career. In 2007, she became the first “Special Assistant to the Chairman for Returning Warrior Issues” for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen. Asked by Chairman to create and lead a team to study and offer recommendations regarding the challenges faced by wounded warrior across all branches of the military. Findings of study showed that an extraordinary number of active duty personnel, Veterans and family members were silently and needlessly suffering from Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain injuries. Jill was also instrumental on the development of the Army’s “Comprehensive Soldier Fitness” program the first holistic approach to wellness in the history of the Military.
In 2009 after a 30-year Army career, she translated her skills into the creation of a successful business This Able Vet, LLC,providing free complimentary and Integrative tools to empower Veterans and Military Family members to take charge of their health.
Jill has been selected as the Senior Professional Women’s Association Department of Defense Woman of the Year for 2010. Recognized at the American Legion National Convention in 2011 for her service towards children and youth in connection with the TAG You’re It High School Assembly program and received their 2011 Americanism Award. Awarded the Public Spirit Award in 2012 from the American Legion Auxiliary, in November 2012 Jill was selected as a “Next Maker” by AOL and PBS honoring trailblazing women whose physical, intellectual and emotional strength have opened doors, opened minds and inspired change. In June 2014 the US State Department invited Jill to speak to key groups in the Republic of Georgia to include the Minister of Defense, the Ambassador, two medical universities and their military school on PTSD.
Today, Jill continues to work on bringing to awareness the invisible wounds which remained in the shadows due to the stigma around mental health challenges in the Military. She survived the Pentagon attack on 9/11 and is a disabled veteran as a result.
Jared Kettler, MBA
Jared Kettler is a graduate of University of Alaska, Anchorage, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology. He earned an MBA in Finance from Chapman University in Orange, California.
Jared is a consultant with Accusource, specializing in operations and efficiency solutions for firms within the investment management industry. Jared and his wife, Ashley live in Encinitas, California with their two goldfish. He enjoys traveling, snowboarding, hiking, surfing, and watching college football/basketball.
Michael Peterson, Musician
Michael is a recording artist and a USO performer. He holds a record of over 200 plus concert performances in Iraq and Afghanistan over a seven-year period. Michael is the recipient of the distinguished Bob Hope“Spirit Of Hope” award from the USO and the US Army for his service to the nation and the servicemen and women of the Armed Forces.
His artistic career includes million selling country music chart toppers: “Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie” and “From Here To Eternity – multiple Grammy and CMA award nominee. Billboard Magazine Country music’s top selling new male artist and top new airplay artist in 1997 -1998 with five consecutive Billboard and R & R top 20 hits between 1997 and 2001 including three top five singles and three number one music videos. Michael has recorded 16 albums during his 25 years in the show business and 7 in the past 5 years. He also has multiple #1 songs in gospel and country, both in the U.S and Europe and many of his songs have been recorded by Grammywinning superstars like Travis Tritt, Timothy B. Shmit (The Eagles), The Classic Imperials, Ty Herndon, John Berry and Deniece “Let’s Hear It For The Boy” Williams.
Michael has served as spokesperson for: Special Olympics, Selective Service, Ronald McDonald House, the USO, St Jude Children’s research hospital, the American Legion, the New Holland Corporation, the U.S. Army, the American Soybean Association, the National Bio-Diesel board and most recently the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. He also supports high schools around the country via the TAG YOU’RE IT! Campaign which resulted in his selection to the American Legion’s 2011 Educator of the Year Award. This award was presented to Barbara and Laura Bush, Tom Brokaw, Former US Secretary of Education William Bennett, “Mr. Rogers”
Michael Peterson has consistently created, inspired and entertained millions of people. With his new CD “WE ARE VETERANS” releasing this Memorial Day week and his continuous tour schedule, 2013 will be no exception. He is co-founder with wife Jill Chambers of the “This-Able”Veteran organization.
Rose Tseng, Major, US Air Force
Rose Tseng accepted her appointment as Board Advisor for Women Veterans issues in July of 2016. She is a commissioned officer on active duty with the US Air Force. Major Tseng has been stationed in various parts of the world, and is currently assigned to the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where she is an Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science. She is also a graduate from the Naval Postgraduate School with Master of Science degrees in Meteorology and in Physical Oceanography and a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Environmental Sciences and more recently she defended her dissertation and obtained her doctorate degree in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences.
In her free time, Rose enjoys jogging, baking, and playing her ukulele. Someday, she hopes to be able to gaze up at the Northern Lights in person, make her own fettuccine from scratch, and tune her concert ukulele by ear.
Pearl Zimmerman, MD Integrative Medicine
Pearl Zimmerman, MD, MPH finished a Preventive Medicine residency at Loma Linda University in Southern California, where she then stayed on board as an Assistant Professor for the Schools of Medicine and Public Health. She has been a Keynote Speaker for the Breast Cancer Early Detection Program and interned in Breast Cancer research at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Zimmerman has served as a Primary Care physician with Indian Health, Veteran’s Hospitals, College Health Services, and clinics for homeless and underserved populations. She has a solo private practice in Irvine plus works seeing adults at Bill Sears, MD’s pediatric practice (Author of “The Baby Book”).
Dr. Zimmerman’s private practice specializes in Functional and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Zimmerman explains her approach this way: “Functional Medicine works with the truth that our bodies function as an interrelated whole. I determine whether you have any nutritional deficiencies that can prevent your body from healing or working correctly. I work with you to ensure that your brain neurotransmitters, blood sugar balance, adrenal, sex, and thyroid hormones are all at optimum levels. I focus on strengthening your immune system, as well as addressing underlying dysfunctions and undiagnosed infections in your gut. I test for genetic mutations, as these can affect whether or not certain medications or supplements will either harm you or fail to help you. Genetic Profiles give us another valuable tool for choosing the best treatment plans for you, as a unique individual. Functional Medicine means we no longer treat symptoms, we treat you. Thanks to this Functional Medicine approach, I have often been able to successfully diagnose and treat health issues that my patients had previously struggled with for years.”