Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton, Managing Director
Major General (Ret.) Paul Eaton served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia. As a major general he was assigned to Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as Commanding General of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team (CMATT), where he designed, manned, trained and equipped the Iraqi armed forces for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the security forces for the Interior Ministry. Prior to that assignment, he commanded the Army’s Infantry Center and was Chief of Infantry for the Army. Eaton has appeared on a number of news and commentary programs including Face the Nation, Hardball and all major networks. During the 2008 campaign season, he advised candidates for both congressional and presidential campaigns. For the past five years, he served as a senior advisor to the National Security Network. Additionally, Eaton has recently participated with the Department of Energy in non-proliferation work. He holds a bachelor’s degree from West Point and a master’s in French Political Science from Middlebury College. He is married to PJ, has two sons and a daughter, all soldiers.
Rick Hegdahl, Program Director
Rick Hegdahl served in the U.S. Navy for 24 years. His career included multiple deployments, including to the Port of Ash Shuaiba, Kuwait in support of Seaward Security Operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning home in 2006, Hegdahl retired from the Navy and started a home remodel and repair business. Hegdahl has established himself as a tireless advocate for veterans and a prominent leader in the veterans community. He resides in Bellevue, Washington.
Garett Reppenhagen, Rocky Mountain West Coordinator
Garett Reppenhagen is the son of a Vietnam Veteran and grandson of two World War II Veterans. He served in the US Army as a Cavalry/Scout Sniper in the 1st Infantry Division.Garett completed a deployment in Kosovo on a 9 month peace keeping mission and a combat tour Baquaba, Iraq. Garett gained an Honorable Discharge in May of 2005 and began working as a veterans advocate and a dedicated activist. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Iraq Veterans Against the War, worked in Washington DC as a lobbyist and Vice President of Public Relations for the Nobel Prize winning Veterans For America, and as a Program Director for Veterans Green Jobs. Garett currently lives in Denver, Colorado and is the Rocky Mountain West Coordinator for Vet Voice Foundation.
Steve Dunwoody, Vet Voice Foundation California Director
Steve Dunwoody is the California Director of Vet Voice Foundation, overseeing the organization’s extensive education efforts in the state. He is an Iraq War Veteran and advocate for the environment, energy independence and a number of important causes. As the California Director, Steve will be responsible for mobilizing veterans in California around important issues related to the conservation of public lands and monuments, in addition to being a strong advocate for a number of other issues important to the Vote Vets mission.
As a former Obama Administration appointee in the Department of Energy and the White House, Steve has helped champion many of the major agenda items on the Administrations' program for a clean and sustainable future. In 2012 he helped launch "Troops to Energy Jobs" a program sponsored by the Department of Energy with private and non-profit sector partners, which was aimed at training Veterans for jobs in the public utility field. He served as Department spokesman for the program.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Steve resides in Los Angeles, California. He is graduate of Kent State University, and has completed graduate work in energy and environmental issues at The Johns Hopkins University. Steve was inspired to move to California because of its natural beauty, diversity of its people and endless possibility. He is committed to keeping California at the forefront of the environmental and conservation movement.