Team

Kelley Dunne
Executive Chairman and Co-Founder
Kelley Dunne is an original Co-Founder of Warriors4Wireless (W4W). W4W is a non-profit formed to bridge the gap between the demand for trained and deployable wireless technicians and qualified servicemen and women eager to transfer the skills they’ve learned in the military to civilian careers.

Kelley was previously designated by then FCC Chairman, Julius Genachowski as the leader of the a national broadband adoption initiative – Connect 2 Compete bringing more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He is recognized as an industry pioneer in deploying some of the first 4G broadband wireless capabilities across the country.

Additionally, Kelley has served as the President and CEO of One Economy, a 12 year old global non-profit that brings broadband and technology to underserved communities in the United States and in 14 countries around the world. Prior to One Economy, Kelley was the founder and CEO of Digital Bridge Communications Corporation from 2005 – 2010. Digital Bridge is a provider of broadband wireless to small and medium-sized communities. As CEO, Kelley created the company’s initial strategic vision, market plan, and led the company from concept, planning funding, and execution to become the second largest wireless WiMax operator and first VoIP over WiMax in the United States. Kelley selected and led the senior management team, including the President and Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Information Officer/Chief Technical Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Vice President for Marketing and Sales. Under his leadership the company grew to 25,000 subscribers, 90 employees, with operations in 6 states; he also completed four rounds of fundraising for a total of $50+ million in funding.

From 2000 to 2005, Kelley served as Executive Vice President, Operations for Verizon Avenue, the Verizon subsidiary focused on providing bundled communications services to concentrated communities nationwide. His responsibilities included leadership of Network Operations, Program Management, Customer Care, and Field Operations for Verizon’s multi-dwelling unit and concentrated community markets. Kelley was also responsible for initiating and leading Verizon’s Rural Broadband Initiative, leading some of the most innovative broadband wireless deployments in rural markets, Native American reservations, low-income housing areas and U.S. military bases.

Previously, Kelley held positions as Vice President of HR, Vice President of Provisioning and Customer Care, and Director of Carrier Services at OnePoint Communications prior to Verizon’s acquisition of OnePoint in 2000. For seven years Kelley worked at AT&T and Bell Labs, where he held management positions in Network Operations, Data Network Planning, and Network Security. In addition, Kelley served as an enlisted serviceman and later as an Army Officer in the US Army’s Signal Corps. He received his BS degree in Communications Systems Management from Ohio University and his MS degree in Information and Communications Sciences from Ball State University.
Izzy Abbass
National Director of Warriors4Wireless
Izzy Abbass is an Army Desert Storm Veteran and currently is the National Director for Warriors4Wireless and President of Eleven Bravo LLC, a strategic consulting firm. He has spent over two decades in the telecommunications industry focusing on digital strategies and implementations. Mr. Abbass spent 13 years in the cable and broadcast television sector, where he launched eight television channels in Central Europe, Australia and Asia. In 2004 he became the North American Managing Director for Unity Mobile, an early provider of video services to mobile devices. He has been heavily engaged on veteran transition into higher education and employment at the national level as a Veteran advocate and he served as Commander of Post 1 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the oldest VFW Post in the nation. In 2011 he created the concept and was responsible for launching the text help line for the VA Crisis Venter to reduce suicides for which he was named Colorado Veteran of the Year in 2012 by the United Veterans Committee of Colorado.
Tara Dunne
Talent Acquisition and Placement Manager
Tara Dunne is the Recruitment Manager for W4W and manages both the placement of veterans into Partner jobs, as well as the W4W Alumni Program. She was one of the very first “volunteers” for the W4W program and has witnessed its growth from the inaugural class of veterans. Tara’s formal training is as a Nurse, and after receiving her Masters in Nursing from NYU, she worked for 10 years for Sloan Kettering Hospital in their Oncology/Critical Care Units. The second half of her career was spent in Labor and Delivery and Mother/Baby units in Northern Virginia. Tara has also taught classes in Hypnosis and Natural Childbirth for Inova Hospital System. Now living with her husband (W4W founder) and her three girls in Leesburg, Virginia, she considers herself very blessed to work with the young men and women who have given so much for their country, and is honored to help bridge them into new careers in the wireless industry.
Amanda Poach
Operations Manager
Arthur Bunce
Recruiting Manager
Kenneth Smith
Instructor
Trey Fulton
Instructor
Barbara Norkus
Executive Administrative Coordinator
Cameron Cook
Regional Program Manager
Robert Brown
Instructor
Derek Denman
Instructor

With a large variety of talent and converging from many different paths, one focus has now joined us together as a team, and that is a passion for helping our retiring veterans begin their new path in life!

Who We Are

Warriors4Wireless (W4W) is a non-profit formed to bridge the gap between the demand for trained and deployable communication infrastructure technicians, and the thousands of qualified service men and women eager to transfer the skills they’ve learned in the military. Our organization provides training, advanced certification and transitional support, giving veterans the building blocks they need for an exciting and fulfilling career in the our rapidly growing industry.

What We Do