Troops Direct

The Troops Direct Team

Aaron Negherbon

Founder & Executive Director

adina erridge

Program Director

Jason Noble

Operations Director

Melissa Kelley

Development Director

Board of Directors


Where do you live, with who and how many children you have?
I live in Danville with my wife Lisa. We have two children, Anthony 24, and KC 22, both ready to graduate college.

What line of work are you in?
I’m in the financial services business.

Where did you go to college and what degree do you have?
I graduated Washington State University with a BA in Business.

Do you remember how & when you learned about Troops Direct?
I heard about TD about eight years ago through Aaron right after my son’s best friends brother was killed in Afghanistan.

What is your “why” for being a member of Troops Direct’s Board of Directors?
My Why is that although I have never been in the military, I have so much respect for how they sacrifice to give me and my family the freedom and choices we have.

Where do you live, with who and how many children you have?
I currently live in San Ramon CA but, looking at living in San Diego as well. My company will be opening an office starting March 1st. I am a widower with 2 children Gisella and Antonio. Both kids have started working with me a year ago.

What line of work are you in?
My company Epicus Group, LLC focuses on Project and Construction Management for complex facilities such as Hospitals, Banks, Clean Rooms, Manufacturing, Data Centers and Aerospace in the industries of High Tech, Biotech and Energy.

Where did you go to college and what degree do you have?
I graduated in from Cal State East Bay in Industrial Engineering and continue my higher education at Stanford University which is where I completed the Stanford Executive Program. Below in order all of my education.

Stanford Executive Program
School of Business, Palo Alto, CA

BS Industrial Engineering, California State
University, Hayward

Construction Management Certificate,
California State East Bay

Facilities Manager Designation and Real
Property Administration Designation,
Building Owners & Managers Institute (BOMI)

Industrial Management Certificate, Los
Medanos Community College

Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering, Sierra
Academy of Aeronautics (Airframe and Powerplant License)

Do you remember how & when you learned about Troops Direct?
I was introduced to Troops Direct by Aaron. Our offices were in the same building. He came to introduce himself and recognize that I was Veteran. He seen the large piece of artwork I had in my office. From there I have been committed to the cause to support our troops however I can.

What is your “why” for being a member of Troops Direct’s Board of Directors?
Being a former Veteran, it wasn’t always easy to get supplies and equipment during peace time and even harder when deployed. Everything we received was always second hand and, in most cases, very hard to get.
I believe that Troops Direct eliminates some of those issues for some operators but, can’t touch as many active enlisted military personnel as it would like too. My why? I feel like Troops direct as on organization can grow to help more deploy active military and I can help in the support of achieving those goals. Protecting our country is not getting easier and as a citizen of this great country, I need to do my part.

Where do you live, with who and how many children you have?
Wilmington, North Carolina, with my wife Liz and our four children Alden, Ella, Slade, and Rowan.

What line of work are you in?
Technology, Consulting, and Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

Where did you go to college and what degree do you have?
I went to Villanova University for my undergraduate degree in Accounting, Villanova University School of Law for my Juris Doctor, George Washington University School of Law for my Masters of International Law, Marine Corps Command and Staff College for a Masters of Military Studies, and The Air War College for a Masters of Strategic Studies.

Do you remember how & when you learned about Troops Direct?
I learned about Troops Direct from Jake Jones. He was getting ready to retire and he mentioned how Troops Direct had supported him during his MARSOC deployment.

What is your “why” for being a member of Troops Direct’s Board of Directors?
I am passionate about and believe in the Troops Direct mission of providing downrange operators, National Guardsmen, and military units in CONUS and OCONUS with commercial off the shelf products when they have gaps in their kit build-out. Troops Direct makes a meaningful impact in the lives of service members.

Where do you live, with who and how many children you have?
I live in Lafayette, CA with my beautiful wife and two daughters.

What line of work are you in?
I am the VP of Sales of Certain, the leader in event automation software.

Where did you go to college and what degree do you have?
I received a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from California State University, Chico.

Do you remember how & when you learned about Troops Direct?
I first heard of TD years ago, through a friend and TD supporter (Justin Casas). He always spoke highly of the organization and its cause.

What is your “why” for being a member of Troops Direct’s Board of Directors?
Troops Direct stands out as a unique military charity because it supports actively deployed troops. As a proud supporter of the US Armed Forces and having never served, this was a small way to give back and have a direct, tangible impact.

Where do you live, with who and how many children you have?
I live 22 miles west of Tucumcari, NM. I live with my wife, Linda, and we have 2 girls, Lesley Marshall & Lindsey Pederson.

What line of work are you in?
I’m a rancher & raise Corriente roping cattle.

Where did you go to college and what degree do you have?
Graduated from The University of Colorado with a degree in Sociology.

Do you remember how & when you learned about Troops Direct?
We both saw Aaron on Fox and Friends one morning & decided to get involved right then. I think it was in the spring of 2014.

What is your “why” for being a member of Troops Direct’s Board of Directors?
As a longtime supporter I wanted to become more seriously involved with Troops Direct. We love the organization and what and how you do it.

Where you live, with who and how many children you have?
I currently live in Champaign, Il with a wife and 3 kids.

Where did you go to college and what degree do you have?
I went to the Naval Academy and then to Michigan for my MBA.

Do you remember how & when you learned about Troops Direct?
I’m not sure how I learned about Troops Direct. I do know that they sent my buddy downrange about $4,000 in gear and that was all I needed to know.

What is your “why” for being a member of Troops Direct’s Board of Directors?
I want to get more people to give and get more exposure for Troops Direct.