Veterans Village of San Diego Senior Leadership
Ms. Mitchell served in the United States Navy for 17 years as a Surface Warfare Officer serving onboard surface ships and at shore commands achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander. She was hand selected by the Secretary of the Navy and the White House to serve as a White House Military Social Aide where she assisted the President and First Lady from 2007-2012 in hosting more than 500 events. During her last 2 years on active duty she served as the Deputy Director of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Office of Warrior and Family Support. Ms. Mitchell was President and Co-founder of Dixon Center for Veterans and Military Services for 5 years prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer of VVSD in 2017. She has worked with hundreds of communities, assisted thousands of organizations and has created a nationwide network of support utilizing grassroots solutions to address the challenges of transition and reintegration for our service members, veterans and military families.
Andre Simpson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
An Air Force veteran, Mr. Simpson was previously Director of Community Reintegration for VVSD, and has been associated with VVSD since 1996 when he was hired in the capacity of counselor and employment case manager. He has developed many new and exciting initiatives for VVSD, including the development of the monthly Homeless Court Program, a 150-bed Veteran Winter Shelter, and a Non-Custodial Parent Program in collaboration with San Diego County Department of Child Support Services.
Darren Tune, Chief Financial Officer Mr. Tune served in the U.S. Navy from 1991-1995. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, a Master’s of Business Administration, and a PhD in Leadership Studies with an emphasis in nonprofit management. His career in the nonprofit sector began in 1996 when he obtained employment at VVSD as a work study and accounting clerk. Since that time, he has gained over 20 years of accounting and leadership experience at several different nonprofit organizations. Mr. Tune returned to become the Chief Financial Officer of VVSD in 2016.
David Siegler, Vice President of Grants and Special Projects
Mr. Siegler has risen from Grant Writer to Operations Manager to Vice President of Grants and Special Projects. Over the years, he has raised more than $100 million for the agency. Mr. Siegler oversees the grant applications for more than 14 separate programs at VVSD.
Claudia Castro, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
A retired Marine First Sergeant, Ms. Castro served from 1990-2010 to include a combat tour to Iraq in 2008. Ms. Castro joined the VVSD team October 2011 after earning her degree in Business Administration/Management. She is a native Californian and has extensive experience in the administration field, serving for over 10 years as a Senior Administrator and transitioning into a leadership role as a Company First Sergeant her last 3 years in the United States Marine Corps.
Mission: Veterans Village of San Diego serves America’s veterans in overcoming homelessness and related challenges.