Kevin J. Kennedy joined the Warriors4Wireless team in February, 2017 and was appointed as the W4W President and CEO later that year. Kevin is focused upon shaping W4W into a self-sustaining organization so it can continue its valuable service to veterans and the wireless industry. Toward this end, he has overseen the expansion and broadening of W4W course offerings to reflect industry needs while enhancing timely placement rates. He has simultaneously established a strong direct placement process to continue to grow the number of veterans assisted each year. Prior to his time at W4W Kevin served in the US Air Force for 32 years. He accumulated over 3,600 hours of operational flying including 145 hours of combat flight. From July 2007 to July 2008 Kevin served as the senior in-country AF officer and advisor to the Commander of U.S. (and NATO) forces in Afghanistan. Kevin retired as a Major General in 2010. Kevin is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy; has Master’s degrees from Central Michigan University and the U.S. Naval War College plus a one year National Security Fellowship at Harvard University. Kevin is a Christian man striving to serve wherever God leads.
Christina is the Team Lead and Coach as well as our Social Media Manager. She joined the W4W team in 2017 bringing with her over 7 years of nonprofit experience within the military community. This includes serving as the Executive Board President for the Armed Services YMCA and serving on the Healthy Initiative for Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Christina graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership. From training and certification to job placement and mentorship, she has been a part of the growth and expansion of the Warriors4Wireless program. She is passionate about providing opportunities and support for those that have served our country. She looks forward to continuing the mission of Warriors4Wireless and feels privileged to be a part of the program.
Barry Baird joined the Warriors 4 Wireless team in Oct 2022. Prior to joining the team Barry worked as the Project Services Manager at Flash Technology overseeing multiple projects with major telecom companies nationally and internationally. He served several roles in his 20+ year tenure with Flash Technology from a Technical Support representative, their Corporate Trainer for 8 years and his last role as the PSM for the past 7 years. Barry is also a retired disabled Army veteran. He served most of his career at Fort Campbell,KY with the Long Range Surveillance Ranger Detachment 311th MI Battalion 101st and with 1st Battalion 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Night Stalkers). He is extremely humbled to have the opportunity to share his experiences and insight of the telecom industry to serve as tool in helping veterans transitioning to the civilian sector to make a better life for them and their families. This industry has been a blessing to Barry and his family and it’s time to give back to those that have given so much. Barry and his wife Laura were blessed to have 6 great kids that are all proud parents of their own now blessing them with 15 grandchildren.
Melina joined the W4W team in 2022. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree from George Mason University in Marketing, she worked for EDS as a Business Analyst, facilitating and planning deployment activities of Medical Information Systems to military base hospitals throughout the world. She has also worked as a Contracts Specialist for Oracle Corporation assisting and preparing contract terms throughout the various stages of sales negotiation. In most recent years she joined the school system as it gave her the flexibility of being home with her kids as they were growing up. She loves traveling with her family, being outdoors and playing with her cat. She is super excited to be a part of the W4W mission and is honored to be given the opportunity to help veterans as they pursue new career paths in the wireless industry.
Amber joined W4W as a Sourcing Manager in 2018. Originally from Australia, Amber holds a degree in Special Education and Developmental Psychology from Macquarie University in Sydney. Amber has worked and volunteered for many charitable & non-profit organizations in both the USA and Australia. These organizations include The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Starlight Foundation, Camp Quality and The Children's Cancer Foundation. Amber greatly enjoys helping others and W4W has given her an opportunity to assist many brave veterans in finding rewarding careers in the rapidly growing telecom industry. Amber is exceptionally proud to work for a charitable organization that truly changes the lives of the veterans we assist. Amber believes strongly in the importance of physical fitness and family. In her free time she enjoys exercising, traveling and, most importantly, spending quality time with her daughters.
Leslie is a Sourcing Manager for W4W. She is originally from Newport News, VA but has been a North Carolina girl most of her life. She has recently retired as a service provider for UPS after nearly thirty years. She is a member of another non profit. A woman's motorcycle group called the Steele Angels whose mission is to contribute to the social, physical and mental well being of families in crisis in and around the area of Cumberland County, NC. Leslie considers it an honor to help and support transitioning veterans into exciting new careers within the ever growing wireless industry. In her spare time she enjoys spending time on the water with her family and friends.
Pauline is a new sourcing manager for W4W starting in 2021. She graduated from Kean University with degrees in Early Childhood Education and Child Psychology. Previously, she has worked as a teacher, child care center director and regional child care director. Pauline then owned her own business for 6 years. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a substitute teacher at her local elementary school. Pauline is happily married and a proud mother of her daughter and son. She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.
Eileen is a dedicated team member at W4W, where she has been working for the past eight years. She is responsible for helping to connect veterans with opportunities in the cell tower technician industry. Eileen holds a degree from James Madison University and has a background in retail management, as well as experience as a merchandise buyer and administrative assistant. In her free time, Eileen enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and two labs. She is honored to be able to assist those who have served in the armed forces in finding new career paths upon their return.
Laurie is a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in Electronic Technology. She worked in the data and telecom industry for over 10 years with Dynatech Data Systems, MCI, and Alcatel. She then switched gears to be a stay-at-home mom. Laurie home schooled 3 children all the way through to college and from there, transitioned into teaching/tutoring mathematics. She was invited to join the W4W team in 2017. She considers it a privilege to be involved with an organization whose sole purpose is to connect our veterans with quality career opportunities.
Mr. Joey Morrissette was among the first veterans to participate in the W4W program; he is mentor who also serves as an Instructor for the Aiken Technical College. Joey served in the United States Army for over twenty-five years and retired as a Sergeant First Class from the 43rd Signal Battalion of Heidelberg, Germany in 2011. While stationed in Heidelberg, he served as the First Sergeant and Safety Officer of the Detachment. As a First Sergeant he responsibly ensured the health and well-being of 150 unit personnel. As a Safety Officer he enhanced the personnel safety awareness of all and reduced accidents by 15%. Mr. Morrissette has a passion for safety and occupational health instruction, which is demonstrated throughout his vast career. Joey has been an instructor at TEEX, and a previous stint for four years as the Tower Installation Program Instructor at Aiken Technical College in Aiken, SC. Joey also served as the Operations Manager and Safety Officer for the Strategic Signal Company in Afghanistan. In this role he established a Bare Base Deployment and Contingency Safety Program which ensured life-saving connectivity for convoy operations. After retiring, Joey joined MasTec Network Solutions in Hanover, Maryland where he is the Safety Coordinator and Telecommunications lead. He also joined Graywolves Telecom as the Senior Foreman and training coordinator for the Metro-Atlanta area, where he was responsible for authoring job safety plans as well as the instruction of occupational safety and health policies and procedures. Joey enjoys giving back to the community and has volunteered as a football coach at the Youth Community Development Center on Fort Gordon, has organized numerous fund raisers for programs such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.
Matthew Winebarger is the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) tower technician course instructor and mentor. Matthew served as an Army infantryman from 2006 to 2018. This included 2 tours in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division and with 3rd Infantry Division. Most of Matthew’s experience was working with small reconnaissance teams as a Fire Team Leader, Squad Designated Marksman and Squad Leader. He learned the essential nature of and requirement for timely and reliable communications equipment. He believes this war time experience is equally applicable to the 5G world. Matthew is a W4W alum, attending a tower technician course in January 2018. He progressed rapidly as a technician and was a Foreman leading his own crew in less than two years. He has experience in tower construction and demolition, multiple types of Line and Antenna installations and various maintenance techniques. He is also a certified Rope Access technician through SPRAT (Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians) and has used his SPRAT skills extensively in offshore work on Gas and Oil Platforms. Matthew has a true passion for teaching and helping his fellow veterans achieve a beneficial career in and appreciation for the rapidly growing telecommunications industry.
Neil joined the W4W team as the Webmaster in August 2018 to help communicate potential career paths to interested veterans. Neil enjoys managing websites as a hobby and helping those who have served our nation. He worked as a Department of Defense Civil Servant for 30 years and now as a Defense contractor for a military support agency.
Tara Dunne was one of the very first "volunteers" for W4W 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.