Staff

Bob Hope USO Staff

Maureen Ahrens
Operations and Programs Manager, Orange County

Allison Anderson
Programs Manager

Roger Bradley
Center Director, Los Angeles

Kasey Brann
Field Programs Specialist

Victor Briscoe
Center Operations Supervisor, Los Angeles

Brandi Elias
Center Operations Supervisor, Inland Empire

Jeff Mich
Operations and Programs Manager, Desert Area

DJ Stanhope
Operations and Programs Manager, Inland Empire

Jill Villalpando
Operations and Programs Manager, Los Angeles

USO West Staff

Bob Kurkjian
President, USO West Region

Bob grew up in Orange County and graduated from USC from where he joined the staff of then newly-elected Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. He went on to earn a masters degree from USC’s Marshall School of Business and moved to Washington, DC where he spent the next 12 years working in non-profit management and consulting prior to returning to Southern California.

As a commander in the Navy Reserve, Bob has been a USO guest on three continents. He has been mobilized for service in Baghdad, Bahrain and afloat in the Somali Basin and Gulf of Aden. He graduated, with distinction, with a master’s degree from the United States Naval War College.

Since his arrival in 2012, Bob has led an unprecedented expansion of Bob Hope USO services and programs in Central and Southern California, leading to a doubling of the number of troops and families served. He is a licensed CPA and sits on the Board of Counselors for the USC MBA for Veterans program and the Board of Goodwill Orange County.

Charissa Gonzales
Vice President – Development, USO West Region

David Thorson
Director of Operations, USO West Region

Gabriella Coyle
Development & Communications Manager, USO West Region

Mary VanDerwalker
Executive Assistant, USO West Region