HillVets Advisory Board
The HillVets Board
Justin Brown is the Founder, of HillVets and is currently the CEO, of the Nimitz Group, a bipartisan consulting firm tackling the most difficult veteran and healthcare issues. He has nearly a decade of Veterans’ focused experience and advocacy, fighting on behalf of Veterans and their families to increase educational and employment opportunities, to expand access to benefits and healthcare, and to eliminate homelessness. He has worked for the VA, the VFW, the American Legion, and was a Staff Director for numerous Subcommittees for the House Veterans Affairs Committee.
Justin began his commitment to public service at the age of 17 when he enlisted in the United States Navy. There, he completed one deployment in support of Operation Southern Watch and two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following Justin’s service, he attended the University of Utah, graduating with dual bachelor’s degrees in three years. He became active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) where he served as the youngest All-American District Commander and Department Chief of Staff in its history.
Saki Ververis is a recently minted Congressional Relations Officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to taking a position with the VA, Saki was a Senior Legislative Assistant for the House Veterans Affairs Committee, minority staff, for almost 3 years. Saki was an active duty Air Force Airman before going to law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas, in 2008.
Matthew Stuart served as a Soldier in the U.S. Army from 2000 – 2004. Mr. Stuart deployed to Kosovo in 2001 and served in Iraq, 2003. Upon completion of his 4 years active duty commitment, he attended the University of Utah and graduated with a BS in Geography, BS in Environmental Studies, and received a Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS).
Mr. Stuart is a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post #3586 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has served in various capacities within the VFW organization, having achieved All American Post Commander status during the 2008 – 2009 & 2014 – 2015 administrative years. He has served the VFW organization both local and national in numerous offices and committee positions, to include Commander for the Department of Utah VFW 2011-2012. He achieved the coveted Triple Crown All American Commander status within the largest Combat Veteran Service Organization. Mr. Stuart is involved in numerous Veteran-centric organizations and programs including Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Military Order of the Cooties, and Saving the Legacy: An Oral History of WWII Veterans. Mr. Stuart currently serves on the VHA Post Deployment Veterans Community Board advising VHA with improving outreach and educational efforts in regards to environmental exposure programs and services.
David Bell is the director of government relations at the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) since 2018. In this capacity, David focuses on advocating on behalf of 1,500+ members that manufacture, distribute, and/or install roadway safety infrastructure. The goal of David’s advocacy efforts is to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on America’s roadways through educating policymakers at the federal level. David’s goal is to advance policies that move the nation Toward Zero Deaths on U.S. roadways.
Additionally, David worked at the Portland Cement Association (PCA) as a government affairs manager. In this position, David spearheaded the association’s advocacy efforts at the state level and was responsible for developing the Association’s State Government Affairs Task Force. David was also responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and advocating on a variety of issues falling under each of PCA’s reporting committees (Environment and Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure, Occupational Health and Safety). Further, David assisted with the day to day management of PCA’s PAC.
David went to PCA from Prime Advocacy where he managed over 30 legislative conferences for an array of trade associations while leading business development efforts resulting in 20 percent growth in annual revenue. Previously, David worked in the offices of Congressman Jon Runyan (R-NJ-3) and Congressman John Adler (D-NJ-3). In these offices, Mr. Bell handled constituent casework related to Social Security, Medicare, Veterans’ Affairs, and HUD.
David is originally from New Jersey and earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice/Political Science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
Abigail P. Gage has been involved with HillVets Foundation since 2013. She was a fellow with the first HillVets House class and later served on the first all-volunteer staff as Director of Operations. Today she serves on the Board of Directors as the HillVets President of Alumni Affairs.Abigail is a U.S. Army Veteran and national security professional with over 10 years of defense policy and project management experience in the military and on Capitol Hill. Abigail has worked for the House Armed Services Committee, served on active duty in Germany, and deployed to Iraq. She continues to serve today in the Army National Guard.Abigail earned her Master of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, with concentrations in Economics and Strategic Studies, and her Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Lee University, with majors in Geology and Anthropology.
Joseph (Joe) Betteley was a member of the first group of HillVets Fellows in 2014 and was later a member of the first group of HillVets Lead Protégés in 2018. He served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2001-2010 and in the reserves for the Utah Army National Guard from 2010-2013. He was a tactical systems operator on KC-130s, an embassy security guard, and a Russian Linguist. Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Utah and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. Joe currently works at a law firm in Washing D.C. and his practice is focused on foreign investment in the U.S. and global financial crimes compliance including anti-corruption laws, economic sanctions, and export controls.