Military Affairs Advisory Council


The Military Affairs Advisory Council works with Chamber Members, elected officials, topic experts, community leaders, and other organizations to advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for the military community.

Advisory Council Members are responsible for discussing and deciding, by vote, the official position and activities carried out by the Chamber regarding policies that affect the military community in San Diego.

Our advocacy focus includes but is not limited to the following issues affecting active-duty service members, veterans, and their families in San Diego County:

  • Housing
  • Jobs
  • Taxes
  • Unethical practices that impact active-duty service members and veterans

The Advisory Council also facilitates Operation Connect, a San Diego North Educational Foundation program, educating and connecting veterans to businesses within the Chamber and the community to assist their transition to civilian life.

For more information about how to get involved with the Military Affairs Advisory Council, email Manuel Gomez or call the Chamber at (858) 217-8972.

Please click a meeting date on the right to register. Registration is required.

All Chamber Members and their employees are invited to join the meetings and participate in the discussion.

Meeting Dates


Advisory Council Co-Chairs

Lisa Marcolongo
Media Relations & Veterans Specialist
The Elizabeth Hospice

Chris Thorne
HR Consultant and SHRM Re-Certification Provider
Chris Thorne Consulting

Advisory Council Members

Tina Atherall
PsychArmor Institute

Mark Balmert
Executive Director
San Diego Military Advisory Council

Andrew Blume
ALECTRONICS Research Center International

Tim Brison

Terral Christopher
Systems Operator/Safety Coordinator
UC San Diego Health

Chip Dykes
Director, Community Development
Frontwave Credit Union

Josh Evans
Director of Preconstruction
Prava Constructions Services, Inc.

Garry Garretson
Community Supporter

Christopher Gunn
Office of Military & Veterans Affairs
County of San Diego

Joni Iglinski
University of Phoenix

Joey Jerome
Director of Military Relations and Program Enhancement
Armed Services YMCA, San Diego

Areian Kouros (Representing Self)
Staff Engineer, Airworthiness
Northrop Grumman

Maggie Meza
San Diego Chapter Director
Blue Star Families

LJ Pocsi
Account Manager
Sony Electronics

Diana Ramirez
Director of Community Relations
Reborn Cabinets

Amy Richards
Program Manager
Vets' Community Connections

Rachel Solenberger
Marketing & Administration- Office Manager
American Financial Network, Inc, Lakeside Branch

Dina Soliman
Dean of Campuses
DeVry University

Tanya Upton
Talent Acquisitions Manager
Viasat, Inc.

Janis Whitaker
Executive Director

Stephanie Whittenberg
Government Loan Center Operations Manager
Residential Wholesale Mortgage, Inc.

Beth Woloszyn
Insights Manager for Print Hardware Systems
HP, Inc.

Todd Yates
Transition Specialist
Hire Heroes USA

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