Board of Directors

  • Roger A. Grad
    - (2012-Current) Member, Board of Directors

    Mr. Roger A. Grad is a Partner at Snell & Wilmer and his practice is concentrated in complex tax and estate planning for high net-worth individuals and business clients.

    His practice also includes business and finance law, particularly in the formation of limited partnerships, limited liability companies, general partnerships, corporate mergers, corporate dissolutions, and public offerings. Roger counsels individuals and business clients in tax and estate planning issues involving complex claims in state, federal civil trial, and appellate courts, as well as tax, probate, and bankruptcy courts, and alternative dispute resolution forums.

    Additionally, he practices entertainment law representing clients in regard to entertainment-related agreements and transactions

  • Travis J. Leach
    - (2012-Current) Member, Board of Directors

    Mr. Travis J. Leach is Partner at Ballard Spahr LLP and focuses his practice in the area of corporate, securities, and finance.Mr. Leach has significant experience with public offerings, private placements, corporate governance matters (including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance), SEC reporting obligations, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Mr. Leach helps lead the firm's Sports and Entertainment practice. He counsels professional athletes, coaches, entertainers, and ownership groups in contract and licensing negotiations and a variety of other individual business ventures.

    Mr. Leach has been involved in over $3 billion in corporate transactions, including over $250 million in endorsement deals negotiated with major fortune 500 corporations.

  • Jessica Berry
    - (2008-Current) Member, Board of Directors

    Jessica Berry is known for her support of the military and love of sports. Growing up in Denver made her a lifelong Denver Broncos and Nuggets fan…the same state where she also joined the United States Air Force and served at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs. After serving nearly four years in the Air Force, she received a direct commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

    Jessica lived in Washington D.C. for several years and in 2007, made the team as a Washington Redskins Cheerleader Ambassador. That same year, she was voted "One of the 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill" by The Hill newspaper for her work in military legislative advocacy.

    After working in the Pentagon and attending graduate school at Georgetown University, Jessica moved back to Denver where she currently resides with her family. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Denver Fisher House, and serves as a Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Navy.

    Jessica and her husband Michael were married on their favorite day of the year, Veterans Day. They enjoy spending time with their two kids, Golden Retriever and Black Lab.

  • Mickey Focareto
    - (2008-Current) Secretary of the Board

    Mickey Focareto was born into a military family with his father (Tony) serving over 6 years in Africa, while serving his wife (Helen) helped make tanks at Cleveland Tank. She was welder, test driver and made sure the turrets worked. Many people forget the contribution women made during WWII but Mickey reminds people daily. His Uncle (Anthony) was one of the battling bastards of Bastogne, even today how they survived is beyond him.

    Mickey joined the Air Force in 1967 and served proudly maintaining aircraft after they came back from missions over Vietnam. After his Honorable Medical Discharge, Mickey started a family and has 3 beautiful children. While attending college he went into with his father starting a manufacturing plant. Mickey eventually became President and maintained it for 25 years.

    Mickey’s injuries from the service forced him to retire and move to Arizona where he became actively involved at the V. A. hospital. Doing rehab volunteer work has proved to be one of the most rewarding contributions he's made in his life. Being a Director for the Veteran Tickets Foundation has his day quite filled. New ideas and plans are being formed everyday and he sees the Foundations future as limitless.

  • Chris Blindheim
    - (2008-Current)Founder/Member, Treasurer of the Board

    Chris Blindheim is a proud Veteran of the United States Marine Corps (1983-1986). He grew up in Seattle Washington and is the son of a Marine Veteran. Chris graduated boot camp with honors and was promoted to Private First Class. Completed Infantry Training School at Camp Pendleton where he received the 0311 MOS. Chris was sent to Fort Huachuca Arizona for cross training in early warning devises, ground sensors SCAMP. He then was sent off to Okinawa Japan for 3 years. While I was in Okinawa, he received 2 more meritorious promotions to the rank of Corporal. Chris attended RIP School and got his 3rd MOS as a Recon Marine. He was honorable discharged in 1986 as a Corporal up for Sgt.

    Chris currently is a business owner (1998-present) in Arizona of a construction company that specializes in drilling, excavation and shoring

  • Dwayne Somers
    - (2008-Current) Founder/Member, Board of Directors

    Dwayne D Somers survives his father who proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps in its Artillery Division. He also has close ties with an Uncle who served 2 tours in Vietnam. His Uncle served with the Unites States Army as well as with the United States Air Force. Dwayne also has a cousin who served during the first gulf war with the United States Navy as a Seebee. He has the utmost respect for all of those who have sacrificed themselves for the freedom's we all enjoy today and will enjoy tomorrow.

    Dwayne graduated from Arizona State University (98) with a bachelor's degree in English. As well as being one of the top salespersons in the 4th largest corporation in the world, he has earned several accolades and certificates in each position held. Dwayne has been working in internet sales and marketing for the past 8 years with an additional 8 years of sales previous to moving to the virtual world. Along with being the Sales Manager for an up and coming online credit card processing company, and owning his own consulting company, he is committed to the success of this companies current and future goals.

Permanent Directors

Permanent Directors: Directors, who have served two or more elected terms, and will be eligible for “Permanent” status and it must be requested.
  • When confirmed in permanent status by the President, these Directors will be exempt from elections and will not count against the elected number restriction.
  • With the exception of not being eligible for President, Permanent Directors can hold other Executive Officer positions.
  • Permanent Directors can only vote in case of a tie in the director’s voting process concerning Association business.
  • Shelle Michaels Aberle
    - Member, Permanent Board of Directors, Served on Board of Directors 2008-2012

    Shelle Michaels Aberle has been a major force in troop support since 2003 across North Dakota and the nation and is the Founder, President and CEO of Military Ovation; North Dakota’s own troop support organization.

    Aberle was the communication officer for the major non-profit (Soldiers’ Angels) from 2004 -2012 as well as the leader in the development of several teams (Ladies of Liberty and Operation Birthday Cake) and project events such as Day of the Deployed and Give Love, Give Blood.

    She created the Day of the Deployed in 2006 with then ND Governor John Hoeven. In 2011, US Senator Hoeven sponsored S.Res 295- National Day of the Deployed (October 26) which was passed unanimously in the US Senate on October 17, 2011.

    Aberle belongs to many state wide committees in North Dakota in regards to supporting service members; grassroots member of the ISFAC - Interservice Family Assistance Committee since 2006 and chairs the Bismarck Mandan Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. She also maintains her committee positions on the Grand Forks and Fargo Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. She has been a past member of the ND ESGR and North Dakota National Guard Service member and Family Support Advisory Council.

    She was appointed as the first board member in 2008 of the Vet Tix Foundation based in Phoenix and is now on the Permanent Board status with the foundation. She also serves as an advisory member for Kansas based GallantFew, Bismarck, ND based Soaring Spirits Riding Center and the S5 for the National Warfighters’ Symposium. Other committees include the ND Suicide Task Force and Bismarck Vulnerable Adults Coalition. She also founded the BisMan Veterans Network which brings all local veterans based organizations to the table on a quarterly basis.

    While supporting the military, she has personally received the Points of Light award by former President George Bush Sr., the Dunkin' Foundation Serving Heroes award, Soaring Eagle award, the Distinguished Center of Influence and the Outstanding Center of Influence (x2) awards from the North Dakota Army National Guard and the Lifetime Presidential Award being awarded through her work with the United States Air Force.

  • Paul Jarvis
    - Member, Permanent Board of Directors, Served on Board of Directors 2008-2012

    Paul Jarvis is a disabled veteran who served in the USAF (1990-1994). Paul was a member of the elite US Air Force Combat Control Special Operations Team during Desert Storm 1st Gulf War. Both of Paul’s grandfathers served in the military, one with the US Navy Seabee’s, and the other in the US Army where he participated in the June 6th invasion of Normandy during WWII, and received the Purple Heart. Paul’s uncle served 3 tours during Vietnam War with the US Army Special Forces 5th Group.

    After the military service Paul received his Industrial Engineering Degree from Marshall University and then an MBA from West Virginia University. Paul spent 7 years working with BP Oil and then Shell Oil, before starting OILKLEEN International, Inc. in 2005, which is the developer of high speed electrostatic filtration technology. OILKLEEN has currently been working with the US Navy with oil filtration technology and is dedicated to helping Veterans who have served for the United States of America.

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I want to thank those that donated these awesome concert tickets! I took my son & a friends daughter that just loves Ed Sheeran. It was such a great concert & we wouldn't have been able to attend had I not gotten these tickets. Thank you so much for a much needed night out!
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Thank you Vet tix and UT Athletics. Me and my boys always wanted to go to a Longhorn Game, so thank you for making it possible. Longhorns put on a good show on the field and pre-game, with the band, and the Army Golden Knights showing off their skills. So thanks for the experience. GO LONGHORNS!!
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