AIMSTM Advisory Council
 
The AIMSTM Advisory Council members bring their vast professional expertise and life experiences to the AIMS team. Their contributions and thought leadership cannot be overstated or more greatly appreciated. Their generosity will benefit millions of Service members, Veterans and their Families.
Colonel David W. Sutherland is the co-founder and Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon
 
Center for Military and Veterans Services and actively contributes to numerous national 
 
veteran and military family committees and boards. Sutherland speaks in communities 
 
at universities, businesses and conferences around the country as a vocal advocate and 
 
leader for transformational change. He is a vocal advocate for our service members, 
 
military veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen.

Colonel (Ret) David W. Sutherland, US Army
National Service member, Veteran and Family Support
Community-Building Advisor

Colonel (Ret) David W. Sutherland is the co-founder and Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services and actively contributes to numerous national veteran and military family committees and boards. Sutherland speaks in communities at universities, businesses and conferences around the country as a vocal advocate and leader for transformational change. He is a vocal advocate for our service members, military veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen.

Colonel (Ret) Sutherland culminated his 29 years of service following Brigade Command, as the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with principle focus on Warrior and Family Support. By visiting hundreds of communities and assisting thousands of organizations, he created a nationwide network of support utilizing grassroots solutions for veterans and their families. As the Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon Center, Sutherland brings innovative approaches that harness existing community-based support to deliver profound results for veterans and their families.

Awards and decorations include, among others, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Purple Heart, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge Second Award and Senior Parachutist Badge. He is also the 2008 Freedom Award recipient presented by the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation, the 2011 Meritorious Service Award recipient presented by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and the 2013 Commitment to Service award presented by Give An Hour for his work on behalf of returning service members, veterans, military families and families of the fallen.
Colonel David W. Sutherland is the co-founder and Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon 
 
Center for Military and Veterans Services and actively contributes to numerous national 
 
veteran and military family committees and boards. Sutherland speaks in communities 
 
at universities, businesses and conferences around the country as a vocal advocate and 
 
leader for transformational change. He is a vocal advocate for our service members, 
 
military veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen. 
 
Colonel Sutherland culminated his 29 years of service following Brigade Command, as 
 
the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with principle focus 
 
on Warrior and Family Support. By visiting hundreds of communities and assisting 
 
thousands of organizations, he created a nationwide network of support utilizing 
 
grassroots solutions for veterans and their families. As the Chairman of Easter Seals 
 
Dixon Center, Sutherland brings innovative approaches that harness existing community-
based support to deliver profound results for veterans and their families.
 
Awards and decorations include, among others, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf 
 
cluster, Purple Heart, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge Second Award and 
 
Senior Parachutist Badge. He is also the 2008 Freedom Award recipient presented by 
 
the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation, the 2011 Meritorious Service Award recipient 
 
presented by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and the 2013 Commitment 
 
to Service award presented by Give An Hour for his work on behalf of returning service 
 
members, veterans, military families and families of the fallen.
Colonel David W. Sutherland is the co-founder and Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon
 
Center for Military and Veterans Services and actively contributes to numerous national 
 
veteran and military family committees and boards. Sutherland speaks in communities 
 
at universities, businesses and conferences around the country as a vocal advocate and 
 
leader for transformational change. He is a vocal advocate for our service members, 
 
military veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen.
Colonel David W. Sutherland is the co-founder and Chairman of Easter Seals Dixon 
 
Center for Military and Veterans Services and actively contributes to numerous national 
 
veteran and military family committees and boards. Sutherland speaks in communities 
 
at universities, businesses and conferences around the country as a vocal advocate and 
 
leader for transformational change. He is a vocal advocate for our service members, 
 
military veterans, their families, and the families of our fallen. 
 
Colonel Sutherland culminated his 29 years of service following Brigade Command, as 
 
the Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with principle focus 
 
on Warrior and Family Support. By visiting hundreds of communities and assisting 
 
thousands of organizations, he created a nationwide network of support utilizing 
 
grassroots solutions for veterans and their families. As the Chairman of Easter Seals 
 
Dixon Center, Sutherland brings innovative approaches that harness existing community-
based support to deliver profound results for veterans and their families.
 
Awards and decorations include, among others, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf 
 
cluster, Purple Heart, Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman's Badge Second Award and 
 
Senior Parachutist Badge. He is also the 2008 Freedom Award recipient presented by 
 
the No Greater Sacrifice Foundation, the 2011 Meritorious Service Award recipient 
 
presented by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, and the 2013 Commitment 
 
to Service award presented by Give An Hour for his work on behalf of returning service 
 
members, veterans, military families and families of the fallen.
 
Jim Gill, Master Sergeant, US Army, Retired
Legislative Outreach & Veterans Employment Advisor
Jim Gill has more than 29 years of experience in results oriented environments, thoroughly demonstrated at critical management positions in highly competitive and diverse organizations. Currently, as President of TMG-Government and Black Creek Consulting, Serviced Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses, he and his teams are influencing Veterans policy and employment efforts across the nation. In addition to his distinguished leadership and combat contributions in the US Army to include the 193rd Infantry Brigade Panama, the 101st Airborne Division, the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment, and the 24th Infantry Division’s 2nd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment that led the division into the Euphrates River Valley during Operation Desert Storm and subsequent private sector career achievements, Jim has been featured in and coauthored in high profile publications — and co-authored the book “Don’t Sell Yourself Short, Be All That You Can Be!” 

James F. Coleman, Colonel US Air Force, US Army National Guard, Retired
Veterans Affairs & Military Transitions Advisor 
Colonel (Ret) Coleman served for over 36 years on Active Duty and in the MDANG and continues to serve as the Maryland Defense Force Chief of Staff. He is a combat Veteran with service in support of conflicts in Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.
Jim's vital contributions to launching AIMS have spanned advice on navigating Veterans Affairs organizations to contributing years of expertise assisting transitioning Veterans with careers in the civilian workforce. Jim is a Member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Iraq-Afghanistan Veterans of America, Polish Legion of American Veterans, National Guard Association of the United States, National Guard Association of Maryland, State Guard Association of the United States, the Maryland State Guard Association, the Military Order of Foreign Wars and the Military Order of World Wars.
Michael Kline
Nonprofit Development, Governance & Marketing Advisor
AIMS benefits from Mike's experience in membership-based nonprofit governance and all aspects of development, growth and maintenance of value proposition and market positioning. Mike's expertise has been shaped by his father's founding membership of the SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, an international industry professional organization and certifying body whose membership includes individuals and corporations that partner as well as compete. Mike assumed a leadership role in SSPC as Director of Marketing in 2002. Mike lends critical expertise to the founding of AIMS. His experience buidling SSPC to an organization of over 10,000, members including a robust Annual Conference, professional training and certifications and products offers insight and experience rarely found. 
Cyd Lacanienta
Nonprofit Development & Public/Private Relations Consultant 
As Chief Executive Officer and Chairwoman of InterGroup Services, Inc., Cyd's many years of guiding nonprofit organizations through development phases is a critical contribution to the AIMS Membership. Of special importance is her guidance in crafting messaging to the audience on both the individual and corporate levels, promoting forward movement and effective use of time and resources to the result of national success and Presdiential recognition of her clients.

Darrell A. Melrose, Captain, US Army National Guard
Military and Membership Advisor
Darrell Melrose brings AIMS the invaluable experience of the hands-on practitioner via his work with Hero to Hired. His insights from the ‘AIMS member’ perspective have helped shape the mission and AIMS’s service-delivery requirements. His combined military and civilian workforce cultural understanding is unparalleled. Darrell's military career includes active duty, reserve and Guard components enlisted and commissioned, Air Force and Army. He has worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, and deployed in support of both Desert Storm/Shield and OIF. Darrell offers a multi-branch, multi-generational, multi-component understanding — including the viewpoints of both the officer and enlisted sides of the house. In the private sector, as a small business owner, Darrell brings entrepreneurship experience, as well. 


Johannes Schonberg, US Navy, Reserve
Legislative Outreach, Membership Development & Veterans Employment Advisor
Johannes served as a Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy prior to admission to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.  Upon graduation, Johannes served another five years as a Surface Warfare Officer on two warships based in San Diego, CA.  In 2012, Johannes returned to Washington State as he transitioned from the active Navy component to the Navy Reserves. Johannes currently serves as a member of Congressman Derek Kilmer’s Veteran Affairs Council, where he has developed relationships with national and local veteran service organizations across employment, benefits, and health arenas.  Johannes leverages his strategic military experience and time with the VA Council to effectively lead as Director of Strategy and Partnerships at ChooseVets.com.
Johannes earned a Bachelor of Science in English with a concentration in Chemistry from the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a Master of Science in Global Leadership from the University of San Diego School of Business.
 
Joe Wagner, former US Air Force
Membership Development & Veterans Support Advisor
A Vietnam combat Veteran, Joe expresses his passion for Military and Family Support in quietly action-oriented ways. An extraordinary 'connector' and networker, Joe has been instrumental in founding and leading chapter-based organizations such as AIGA in the Mid-Atlantic region. His championship, guidance and connections for AIMS have been seminal to the success of several AIMS goals.
 
Dan Mead, former US Army Ranger
Nonprofit Governance, Veteran Affairs, & Law Enforcement Advisor
A former Army Ranger with the 1/75th Ranger Regiment whose career began during Operation Desert Storm, Dan stays very involved with Veterans affairs and many former brothers in arms around the Nation, voicing their challenges and triumphs in civilian life. As founder of the Greater Baltimore Irish Council, Dan brings the experience of founding a membership-based organization with common and sometimes competitive missions. He has contributed insights on topics spanning membership development, messaging and internal politics.