HillVets Advisory Board
The HillVets Board
Justin Brown is a senior staffer on Capitol Hill with more than a decade of Veterans’ focused experience and advocacy. He has been fighting on behalf of Veterans and their families, trying to increase educational and employment opportunities, while expanding access to benefits and healthcare. 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.
Willie Floyd III comes from a family with a deep history of service in the Armed Forces and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps directly out of High School. During his 10 years of service he completed 3 combat deployments in the Infantry, served as a Combat Marksmanship Trainer at Parris Island, South Carolina and served as an Information Operations Planner & Martial Art Instructor Trainer at MCB Quantico, Va. Willie began his transition from the military intending to focus on a career as a professional mixed martial artist. However; after volunteering at a Veterans Service Organization, he decided he should be fighting on the Hill instead of a ring. Willie is currently enrolled at The George Washington University and is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Political Science while double minoring in Law and Society & History. He will also begin participating in the Dual Degree Program in the spring and will be working towards a Master’s in Legislative Affairs. His hope is to employ the leadership & decision making skills he learned the Marine Corps in our legislative branch. He believes the characteristics that makes our veterans successful on the battlefield are the key to solving a lot of the challenges our country faces today.
David Bell joined the Portland Cement Association (PCA) in the April 2015 as a Government Affairs Analyst. In this position David is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and advocating on a variety issues falling under each of PCA’s reporting committees (Environment and Energy, Transportation and Infrastructure, Occupational Health and Safety). In addition, David assists with the day to day management of PCA’s PAC and has editorial responsibilities for PCA’s Government Affairs Bulletin. Further, David spearheads the association’s advocacy efforts at the state level.
David comes 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, Mr. Bell 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. Mr. Bell is originally from New Jersey and earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice/Political Science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.