Non-profit Acronis SCSVets, a company that supports soldiers with job training after their military careers, has announced the formation of its board of directors. Veterans Yolanda Rodriguez, Ross Poppenberger, and Robert Garcia have been appointed as the first three board members.
"With Yolanda, Robert, and Ross on our board of directors, I have no doubt Acronis SCSVets will be able to better empower our students with the skills and resources they need to succeed in IT and cybersecurity," said Acronis SCSVets Acting President and CEO Eva Adams. "Narrowing our nation's cyber workforce shortage is critical for ensuring national security. There is no group better suited to rise to this challenge than America's veterans and military spouses – and no individuals better suited to help enable such a mission than this board."
Dr. Rodriguez will lead the board as its chairwoman. A former Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves, she is a clinical physician and professor at Arizona State University. Dr. Rodriguez is an experienced advocate, having served in a range of board positions for veterans, Indigenous peoples, economic development, and women/family advocacy centers.
COL Ross Poppenberger (USA, retired) finished a 31-year Army career as Commanding Officer of US Army Yuma Proving Ground. His military career included service in Artillery, Engineering and Acquisition Corps, and he led critical efforts in fields of Information Technology and Missile Defense.
GySgt. Robert Garcia (USMC, retired) served twenty-two years in the Marines, and has more than 30 years of experience in the veteran community. He currently serves as a workforce program manager focused on veteran employment with the State of Arizona, and is an ex-member of the veterans advisory board for the City of Goodyear, Arizona.