Below are brief bios on current Veterans Rideshare employees and contractors. We are very proud to allow these proud Americans a chance to continue to serve.
Command Sergeant Major Rollie R. Parducho – Operations Manager
Command Sergeant Major Parducho entered the Army in October 1978. He attended Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, followed by Advanced Individual Training at Fort Eustis, Virginia. Command Sergeant Major Parducho has been an Army Aviation soldier throughout his military career.
Command Sergeant Major Parducho’s military education includes Primary Leadership Course, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advance Noncommission Officer Course, Air Assault school, Airborne school, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Aviation Life Support Equipment Technical Course, Aviation Accident Prevention Course, Sergeants Major Academy Battle Staff Noncommissioned Officers Course, Sergeants Major Academy First Sergeant Course, and a class 50 Graduate of Sergeants Major Academy Course. Command Sergeant Major holds an Associate Degree and a Bachelor Science Degree in Criminal Justice, graduating with honors, “Magna Cum Laude”.
Command Sergeant Major Parducho served with Task Force Hawk 7th Infantry Division (Light) during Operation Just Cause, two tours in the Republic of Korea, three tours in the 101st Airborne Air Assault Division, three tours in Germany, one prior to the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Operation Joint Guardian in Kosovo 2000, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Kuwait.
Command Sergeant Major Parducho’s awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (4th OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5th OLC), Army Achievement Medal, NATO and Kosovo campaign medal, Army Good Conduct Medal (8th award) Master Crewmember Aviation Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Airborne Badge.
My name is Rollie and I’m a Veteran serving proudly with the Veterans Rideshare Team.
Our Mission: to provide the corporate culture that openly salutes and celebrates our nation’s military Veterans.
Our Vision: to provide unique transportation options that will improve upon the lives, opportunities and possibilities of our passengers and our nation’s Veterans, fortified by every single ride, every single day, in the underlying mission behind each new program we choose to offer.
Master Sergeant Luis Domenech – Chauffeur
Hi my name Luis, but I prefer to be referred by my nickname Dom. My family migrated to the United States of America in 1961; at that time, I was roughly 6 to 9 months old. As time passed, I realized how fortunate I was to grow up in this country, and I enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1979 at 19 years old. I honestly felt obligated to support our country and show my gratitude for all that the USA had provided for me.
My first 6 years, I performed logistics support for the 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing (9thSRW) providing support for aircrafts SR71, U2 and TR1. My final 13 years were in the Fire Protection career field. In my years of service, I have seen the world through my travels and assignments. That experience allowed me to know this is a great country. In my career, I successfully completed various military requirement courses in Military Management, and career advancement certifications and qualifications. I performed all basic job related tasks required in these career fields with additional duties in the Certifications, Inspection, Instruction Safety, and Training sections.
The USAF has allowed me to accomplish my higher educational goals. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management, and an Associate’s Degree in Logistics and Fire Science. I retired from the USAF with honor and pride as Master Sargent in 1998. I feel the USAF prepared me for the civilian world and has made me a better citizen.
On Monday February 15th, 2016 (President’s Day) I had a conversation with Dawn Fatheree. Questions were asked and answered, but we had more of a dialog than an interview. Ms. Fatheree’s explanation of the Veterans Rideshare’s (VRS) program and mission is what made me eager to join the team. When I first met Chris Pozek and Dawn Fatheree in person, I was convinced that the paramount objective is to find the avenue for our Veterans to have the ability to be employed expeditiously.
To this date we are all building on these goals and targets. Every day we achieve many positive goals and continue to build our VRS team to be better and stronger. There is no doubt I made the right decision, and we will passionately work hard for our Veterans and the foundations we sponsor! I am proud to be part of this organization.
MR2 James Brogan – Area Manager
Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, James comes from a family of 9; he is the third oldest and the first-born son. James took up the machinist trade in high school, and from there he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. James spent 8 years in the service, attending many schools. He continued his trade skills after his Military service, working mainly in aerospace and repair for 36 years.
James has spent many off hours and weekends helping fellow Veterans at his American Legion Post, where he served as Post Commander for 3 terms. He has devoted countless hours helping at Veterans Stand Downs, parades, the VA hospital as well as children and youth activities. James has coached little league baseball and was a booster parent at Grossmont High School Navy JROTC.
James has been married to his wife, Vicky, for 19 years, and they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. They reside in El Cajon, CA.
James continues to grow, not only with and for his fellow Veterans, but also for his local Community, the State and our Nation.
Specialist Dawn Fatheree – Administrator
Dawn was born and raised in Illinois, in a family of Veterans and public servants and strong, proud Patriotic Americans. The men in her maternal family have served in every war since first coming to the United States from France in the 1800s and ancestors in her paternal family came from Wales in the 1600s and have fought in every war since then, helping to create the very foundation of America.
After high school, where her major studies were German, Spanish and business, Dawn attended university in Northern Indiana. She continued her interest in international cultures by majoring in International Politics and Business, with minors in German and Spanish.
During a downturn in the economy in the Mid-West, and after years of nagging guilt of not yet following the family legacy of public service, Dawn discovered during a conversation with an Army recruiter that she could continue her love of international cultures by joining the Army as a Military Intelligence Analyst and Linguist.
After completing her Military service, Dawn moved to Orange County, California. In all her civilian work positions, she has done what she could, in small ways, to support our Country’s Military and Veterans, especially the Marines at Camp Pendleton and the families they are forced to leave behind when they are deployed.
“Our Veterans and Military, and continuing to serve my brothers and sisters in arms, has always been my deepest passion. I’ve always wanted to do something bigger, more far reaching. My own life changed when I joined this team a year ago. The opportunity I’ve been afforded with this mission is the biggest, most important job I’ve had since my Army days.”
Rodney Hobbs (Navy Veteran Family Member) – Chauffeur
Rodney Hobbs is an entrepreneur who can be defined in one word: Passionate. He believes in giving 100% in all of his endeavors. Rodney has twenty years of customer service and driving experience. Although not a Veteran, Rodney spent three years in military school at Prairie View A&M University. Also, Rodney’s father was in the Navy. As a result, Rodney has a special admiration for anyone who has served their country.
Born in Houston, Texas, Rodney has a BA in Theater from Prairie View A&M University. He spent ten years in New York as a working actor before he and his identical twin brother moved to Los Angeles, California. An accomplished filmmaker, Rodney spent four years in Ghana, Africa. There he wrote, directed, shot, lit, edited and produced the first American-Ghanaian TV series of its kind, entitled “HARM”.
Rodney’s primary reason for joining Veterans Rideshare is because of what it does for the Veterans. Every time a client uses Veterans Rideshare, a portion of the proceeds go directly to a Veteran, Military or other charitable non-profit organization. Rodney believes that working for Veteran’s Rideshare is an honor and privilege.
11B Infantryman Leon Davis – Chauffeur
My name is Leon Davis. I am a United States Army Veteran. I was born in Annetta Bay, Jamaica and moved to Corona, California when I was 7 years old. I’ve always been an athletic/physical person who loves sports. I’m a big fan of football, basketball, and soccer. I also love helping people with any issue they might have. I went to Santiago High School in 2002, where I started playing for the Santiago Shark football team as a running back. During my high school years, I always wanted to become a police officer, firefighter, or an infantryman. After graduating high school, I decided to join the United States Army as an 11B Infantryman and serve my country.
Being the older child I’ve always had this urge to serve and protect others, especially the ones I love, Family. The Army allowed me the to continue this mission and so much more. I was able to protect and serve my family along with the people of the United States of America. This has been one of the highest honors I’ve ever experienced. I was deployed during 2009 to 2010 to fight in the OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) where I received my C.I.B. (Combat Infantry Badge) along with other prestigious ribbons and awards. The best reward I received from the Army is the strong bonds I created while in the Military. I hope to run into some of those guys again one day.
Now that I’m a Veteran in the civilian sector, I want to give back to all Veterans who have served in the Armed Forces in any way that I can. I’m excited about Veterans Rideshare, which will give Veterans and civilians the option of being chauffeured around by someone they can trust and relate to.
Specialist E-4 Jason Banzer
Jason Banzer served in the U.S. Army right out of high school as a way to pay for college while serving his country. He married his high school sweetheart, Christina, and the 2 began life together, supporting their newborn son and traveling the world military style. They were stationed at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and Bamberg, Germany, where they spent the next 2 years.
Today, Jason is a software engineering professional and enjoys helping fellow Veterans.