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Board Of Directors

Rudy Grimaldo


Mr. Grimaldo is  Senior Vice President for a healthcare management company. He received an MBA from USC Marshall School of Business and is a Veteran of Afghanistan where he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. He brings a broad business background to NDVets.

Jennifer Kim

Vice Chairman

As a Supervising Attorney for the State, Ms. Kim brings more than 16 years of government and policy expertise to the NDVets Board of Directors. In addition to serving as an instructor for the National Association of Attorneys General and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Ms. Kim also serves on the Board of the Conference of California Bar Associations.

Mark Robeson


Mr. Robeson brings over 35 years of management and finance experience in both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas. During the past 15 years, he has been the senior officer responsible for commercial real estate lending in Union Bank’s multi-state Business Banking operation. Previously he held senior leadership positions at both Security Pacific and Bank of America. Mr. Robeson was also the COO/chief credit officer for California Community Reinvestment Corp. He served as a U.S. Army Intelligence Officer and holds an MBA in finance/management from Arizona State University and a graduate certificate in finance from Stanford University.

Elijah Adams

Mr. Adams is president and CEO of Faith Electric and General Building Contractors, LLC. Formerly, Mr. Adams was a principal in Industrial and Private Equity practices at Bain and Company and vice president in BNY Mellon’s corporate strategy group, where he led the development of a new product that became a $25M+ revenue business. Elijah earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University and a joint master’s degree from the School of Computer Science and the Tepper Graduate School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.

Barbi Applequist

Barbi Appelquist is an attorney in Los Angeles, California whose practice focuses on government affairs & nonprofits in the entertainment industry. She has taught Contracts Law and, as a member of Public Counsel’s Community Development Project, advised microbusiness clients and nonprofits. Prior to entering law, Ms. Appelquist was a Management Consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.


John Ebey

Mr. Ebey is a retired senior vice president of Merrill Lynch. He managed an investment group that specialized in consulting with large retirement plans and foundations, mostly in the film and entertainment businesses. When he retired in 2008, the group was managing $15 billion in assets. Mr. Ebey has been active in several Los Angeles-based philanthropic organizations over the past 25 years. He currently serves on the board of the Hoag Family Foundation and has served on the board of the Geffen Playhouse for 10 years. He attended Colorado College and majored in English Literature before becoming an officer in the US Navy and serving from 1963 to 1968.

Ray Delgado

Retired. Past Board Member.  Vietnam Veteran and CFO AMVETS Foundation.  Member of the American Legion, VFW and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Andrew David Gross

President at Thomas Safran & Associates, Mr. Gross is experienced in all aspects of affordable and market rate development, including site acquisition, public and private joint ventures, creative financing, negotiations, land use entitlements, design and construction. He is a member of the California Bar, earned a JD/MBA from Emory University, and graduated cum laude with a degree in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Sam Harris Meites

Principal at Bain & Company; Marine Corps veteran, serving as Captain and Logistics Officer.

Martin Whelan

Martin (Marty) Whelan is Northrop Grumman’s Corporate Lead Executive in the Greater Los Angeles area.  He serves as the company’s primary liaison for high level customer interface with the Air Force and other U.S. Government organizations. Marty joined Northrop Grumman in 2016 following a career in the Air Force, where he served in a broad range of leadership and management positions. He most recently served as the Director for Future Operations, HQ U.S. Air Force, in the Pentagon.  During his Air Force career, he commanded at the squadron and wing levels and has performed the missile warning, space control and missile operations missions and has served in key space policy and strategy development positions.


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