Meet Our Team

Post 9/11 Veterans is a 100% volunteer organization that supports members of the military, veterans, and their families in the Greater Tampa area.

Meet the Executive Team, our Board of Directors, and our Board of Advisors - the people that keeps Post 9 / 11 Veterans operating.

Lucero Hernandez

Community Outreach Coordinator

St. Leo University 
BS Social Work

Executive Team

Kari Padilla

President & Board Chairman

Retired, US Army Iraq Veteran 
Pasco Hernando State College, 

Marc Wolfson

Vice President & Director of Operations

USMC Iraq Veteran

Stetson University College of Law - J.D.
University of South Florida -Psychology

Board of Directors 

Todd A. Migacz

Secretary & Legal Counsel

Stetson University College of Law - J.D.
Florida Atlantic University -
BA Criminal Justice

Alex Herrera


Assistant Treasurer at SMBC
University of South Florida
Business Administration

John Robinson


USMC Afghanistan Veteran
Hillsborough County Firefighter
USF - Business Administration

Lisa Demmi

Marketing & Communications

VP of Marketing & Operations
University of Florida, MBA
Keller Graduate School of Management

Anthony Romano

Krewe of Valor President

USMC, Iraq Veteran
University of South Florida- BA Criminology

Bruce Ramos


US Army Iraq & Afghanistan Veteran
Construction Manager, ConEdison Solutions
University of South Florida-BA Criminology
American Military University-Masters of Arts
Homeland Security

Board of Advisors 

Elena Paredes

Director of Marketing & Public Relations Bayfront Health
University of Phoenix - MBA

Robert Paredes

Branch Manager, AFI Mortgage
The Citadel Military College

Samantha L. Dammer, Esq

Founder/Managing Attorney
Tampa Law Advocates, P.A.
Valparaiso University School of Law - JD

Paul Paredes

Director of Human Resources,
Modern Enterprise Solutions

Karen M. Mertes

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (ret.)
President & Founder of
Fulfill Your Destiny

U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel (ret)
President & Founder of
Fulfill Your Destiny

Greg Tibbles

US Army Sergeant
Oklahoma Wesleyan University 
BS Business Management

Stephanie Costolo

Editor-In-Chief of Resident Magazine

United States Air Force Veteran

Rich Lovinger

Owner of Rich Lovinger Insurance

Jennifer K. Barone

Talent Acquisition Consultant, 
Fifth Third Bank

Tom Burkett

Founder and Chairman, 
Troop Rewards

Matthew J. Peterson

US Army 1st Sgt (ret)
UAS Flight Operations Manager,
United States Army

Renae Barnes

U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel (ret)