The United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary non-profit arts organization, founded in 2004 by military veterans and artists. USVAA provides opportunities for veterans in the arts by highlighting the work of veterans in the arts, humanities and entertainment industry along with the contributions veterans have made to the rich cultural history of our nation since the Revolutionary War.

Additionally, USVAA networks with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans’ communities to find funding and support for individual artistic projects in theater, film, television, the visual/fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.

Where possible, USVAA strives – as spokespersons in the veteran’s community and in our endeavors as artists – to address issues of concern to veterans and their families via artistic endeavors and platforms. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.



EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD


Keith Jeffreys – USA (5th SFG[A])



 BOARD MEMBERS


MONIQUE EDWARDS


Monique Edwards is an actor, singer, director who has steadily built a solid reputation in television, film, stage & commercials.

Most recently, Ms. Edwards completed filming episodes of “Mr. Mercedes”, “Conan” and the academy award nominated film, “Lady Bird”. Her stage credits include “If All the Sky Were Paper” “My Child: Mothers of War” and the Vagina Monologues.

SKIP PIPO


A native of Seattle, Skip is a founding board member and current Secretary/Treasurer of United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance.

He is an award winning actor that has performed on many LA stages, national tours, film, television, commercials, and voice over projects. Notably, he has appeared in USVAA productions of Custer and Bug. Skip is a passionate supporter of the art of story telling no matter the medium.

KIM ESTES


Kim Estes received the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series – 2017 – “Dicks.

Kim has starred in many films and stage productions including “Frankincense” and “Henry V” at the Pacific Resident Theatre Company and “Changes in the Mating Strategies of White People” at the Lounge theatre (Nominated by NAACP for Best Actor 2014).

JEFFREY TALLY


Jeffrey Tally – Lt. Col. (Ret.) USA (3rd, 5th SFG [A] OIF)

CHARLES “CHRIS” CROSS


Charles “Chris” Cross – USA (OEF 3rd SFG [A])

TIM FLYNN


Tim Flynn – (5thSFG [A], American Solutions for Business)

JEN LAVITA


Jen Lavita is a painter whose colorful works express are endowed with a simple serenity, often drawn from the beauty of nature.

Seeking to challenge herself, Jen enrolled in the ROTC while earning her BFA at Syracuse University. This led to four years of service in the US Army as an air defense artillery officer. After mustering out, Jen relocated to the West Coast and began her career as an artist. Today she is a resident artist at the Grand View Fine Art Studios in Los Angeles. 



 ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS


AMY ROBERTS


Amy Roberts is a United States Army veteran.

I grew up in the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains in Connecticut and began lessons with oils when I was nine.

Now my chosen medium is acrylics because they work well in my traveling lifestyle. My path has offered the opportunity to live in several states, the Carolinas, California, Virginia, Texas, Hawaii, Kansas, and Massachusetts. My paintings have found homes as far away as Japan, Norway, and South America. The years I spent as a linguist in the US Army and a Marine Corps dependent gave me the gift of travel. Browsing my portfolio is holding postcards from my life. Hanging my work in your space is a window to something that clung to my heart and mind long after I moved on my path.

JAMIE PETERSON


Jamie is a visual artist working mainly in oils, watercolors, and ink. She specializes in contemporary portraiture and design work. Jamie is a Minnesota-born, U.S. Air Force Veteran, and a colleague of the USVAA. She has also become a leader in the event industry as a live painter, having been invited to paint at many prestigious venues, including the Library of Congress and U.S. Supreme Court Building. Her portrait work has been exhibited in many galleries here in the U.S. and in Europe and resides in countless permanent collections, including the Children’s National Medical Center and Children’s of Alabama. Her design portfolio includes work for Swiss Army/Victorinox, Wounded Warrior Project, and now Onward Press!

TREVOR DENHAM


Tevor Denham is a Marine Corps Veteran and illustrator.

As an artist, Trevor has worked as a magazine illustrator from Mad Monster Magazine and other publications. He received a BFA from Ringling College of Art and Design, and has created creatures, storyboards, and graphic novels in addition to his signature pen and ink illustrations.

ROBERTO CARLOS ZEA


Roberto Carlos Zea is a Marine Corps Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.After faithfully serving his beloved Corps from 2002 to 2006, he pursued happiness, and enrolled at the Art Institute of Los Angeles where he majored in graphic design. As an artist he’s involved in making the community artsy, teaching the youth, and expanding creativity throughout impoverished communities in the greater Los Angeles area.

FABIAN OSPINA


Fabian Ospina is a United States Marine Corps veteran.

Fabian is an emerging South Florida artist who focuses primarily on plein air and studio paintings of tropical scenery found throughout Florida. He captures everyday places and things that are associated with living on or near the coast. His paintings are about escapism. Fabian works primarily in oil and guache. After serving in the United States Marine Corps, Fabian earned a BFA and now devotes his time to art.

JASON DECKMAN


Jason Deckman is a US Army combat veteran. He developed his interest in photography out of a love of travel and exploration. Raised in Upstate New York, he was transplanted to Texas by way of a military career and his native Texan wife. His subject matter is as varied as his interests, which tend to be fairly eclectic. Landscapes form the core of his work, from rural vistas in the Hill Country to detailed shots of wildflowers, waterfalls, and wildlife across Central Texas. Recently, he has been inspired by a fascination with abstract photo techniques, using camera motion and long exposures to render otherworldly scenes of luminance and shadow.

MICHAEL ASCHENBRENNER


Michael Aschenbrenner is a studio glass artist and veteran, having served in Vietnam as a paratrooper and forward observer with the 101st Airborne Division.

He is acknowledged as one of the first in the U.S. to use glass as a powerfully emotive material rather than a strictly decorative medium. Aschenbrenner’s pieces have been described as “mysterious and moving” and “exceedingly poignant”.

KEITH KOPP
– LONDON BASED UK LIAISON –


Keith is a US Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is an award-winning film director from the Pacific Northwest of America based in the UK. His work has screened at film festivals globally and has had been broadcast on UK television. He is interested in the themes relating to trauma (psychological and physical) and how characters are either compelled to overcome or be destroyed by these experiences.

Alongside directing Keith has worked in various areas of TV/Film and Commercials in roles as varied as camera driver to being a 1st AD. He is a graduate of the London Film School and the Creative England/BFI SW Talent Module.


RUBEN ROCHA


Ruben Rocha is the Manager of Production Operations at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Ruben was born in San Antonio Texas. After graduating Belmont High School he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, going to bootcamp at Camp Pendleton California. His duty stations included Okinawa, North Carolina and Pasadena, California. For his service, he received the Good Conduct,Reserves, and Overseas Medals and 2 Meritorious Awards. He was enlisted from 1975 til 1984 and was Honorably Discharged with the rank of Sergeant.

MATTHEW STREETER


Matthew Streeter is a U.S. Army veteran. He served as an Airborne Infantry Squad Leader at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 1995-2004. Matthew is a winner of the Upright Citizens Brigade Improv Scholarship in 2015. He has extensive weapons training and experience and is trained in martial arts (Muay Thai), Pekiti Tirsia Kali (knife/sword fighting), stunts, stage combat, ballroom dancing, football, swimming, singing, and horseback riding.




EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Sandra Seacat
Victoria Marks
Thurn Hoffman
John Keaveney (Veteran, 1/75th Rangers, Vietnam 1968-1971, Founder, New Directions, Inc.)
Daniel Cano, Professor of English, Santa Monica City College (Veteran, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam)
Judith Broder, M.D. (Founder /Chair – The Soldiers Project)
John Perrin Flynn, veteran, U.S. Army, Director, TV and Film, Founder, Rogue Machine Theater.
John Densmore, musician, writer, actor and filmmaker, with a long and award-winning involvement with theater.
Ron Kovic (Veteran, United States Marine Corps, Vietnam 1965-1968, Author: “ Born on the Fourth of July”)
Dan Lauria (Veteran, United States Marine Corps, Vietnam). Noted stage, television and film actor.
Richard Cummings, The Nathan Cummings Foundation


DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Emil Petrinic