Operation Connect Advocates

North San Diego Business Chamber Members experience profound gratification in assisting transitioning military personnel by being an Advocate in Operation Connect.

OC Advocates assist OC Graduates build their civilian business network by networking with the veterans at North San Diego Business Chamber’s Regional Connect business networking events (RCN) each month.

All Advocates must be Members in good standing of the North San Diego Business Chamber.

Do you have 2 hours a month?

Say thank you and giveback to a veteran for their service to our Country.


  • Company/Employer must be a member of North San Diego Business Chamber
  • Must attend 6 of 12 Regional Connect Networking events

Our Advocates

Laura Ash
SVP Human Resources
Sony Electronics, Inc.

Mark Bland
Global Deal Development Manager
HP, Inc.

Andrew Blume
ALECTRONICS Research Center International

Terral Christopher
Systems Operator (Facilities Engineering)
UC San Diego Health

Natahlie Halcrow
Cofounder, Client Manager
Gearbox Websites

Widney Hawthorne
Senior Business Development Specialist

Jason Houchin
Manager Corporate Strategy
Sony Electronics, Inc.

Kathy Hutchens
Vice President, Marketing & Patient Contact Center
Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers

Monica Jones
Director of Marketing
American Assets, Inc.

Jim Kidrick
President & CEO
San Diego Air & Space Museum

Justin Laughner
Public Safety & Security Manager
Harrah’s Resort Southern Californi

Moses Maddox
Veteran’s Retention Counselor
California State University San Marcos

Jeff Marks
Deputy Director, Planning & Analysis
California State University San Marcos

Susan Miller
Senior Director, Global Product Security

John O’Reilly
Owner & Founder
O’Reilly Wealth Advisors

Mark Pearson
Director of Corporate Procurement
Sony Electronics, Inc.

LJ Pocsi
Infinitely Fit

Gary Robertson
Manager DMSMS/Sustaining Engineering
Northrop Grumman

Debra Rosen
President & CEO
North San Diego Business Chamber

Fred Schippa
Founder & Managing Director
Rise Consulting Group

Dina Soliman
Dean of Campuses
DeVry University

Chris Steele
Senior Systems Analyst
Sony Electronics, Inc.

Susan Waynelovich
Sr. Manager Warranty Management
Sony Electronics, Inc.

Jason Weir
Sr. Manager, Business Planning Retail Execution
Sony Electronics, Inc.

Joy Wolf
Director of Operations – Guest Connections/Education
San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Beth Woloszyn-Redman
Research Analyst
HP, Inc.

Cathy Wozney
Sr. HR Manager
Sony Electronics, Inc.