Chairman of the Board/Co-Founder
He is a highly regarded, third generation jewelry designer and jeweler, whose family has had a Jewelry Business in New York for more than 103 years. He graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and specializes in the design and fabrication of one-of-a-kind jewelry as well as the restoration of antique and estate pieces.
Roger has served on many not for profit boards such as Educational Alliance West, Fresh Air Fund, and Make A Wish Foundation; he is a past President of BNI Chapter Brownstone Business Connection and he currently serves as Co-President of Consolidated Jeweler Association of Greater New York. This organization provides a multitude of benefits for small to medium sized businesses. He is currently the Vice president of the Brentwood Rotary Club and Board of Director for the Brentwood Chamber of Commerce. His retail business is Harel Jewelers, in Brentwood, NY.
Dover Interfaith Mission Housing Vice Chairman & Board Member, Recipient Governor Vol. of Year Award & Person of the Year Award; State of Delaware Senior Service Award.
Francis D Vavala
General Francis D. Vavala is a retired Army National Guard officer who served as the Adjutant General of the State of Delaware. He received the promotion in February 1999 after the retirement of Major General George Hastings. In January 2017, Vavala was promoted to lieutenant general in the Delaware Militia. In April 2017, Vavala was promoted to general, in the Delaware Militia, in honor of 50 years of service. He is the first Delaware National Guardsman to achieve four-star rank.As the Adjutant General, Vavala was the highest-ranking member of the Delaware National Guard. He was responsible for managing the affairs of the Army and Air National Guard and for advising Governor of the State of Delaware, who is the Commander-in-Chief of the Guard.
Technical Advisor to the Chairman
Special Adviser to Chairman/Co-Founder
Director of Special Projects
and Cecil County college. She holds several degrees in or has studied the following areas: paralegal, accounting and journalism.
She is the founder/editor at the Polished Pen editing service for doctorate students and independent authors.
She became associated with the VWI through her brother, a disabled US Navy veteran.