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1617 Mission Avenue
Oceanside, CA, 92058
United States


To provide local military veterans the networking opportunities they need to excel in life after deployment, while also providing a unique training experience that can enable them to enter the workforce as stronger decision makers, more active leaders, and efficient problem solvers. 


Darryl Hebert, Retired Oceanside Fire Chief

Co-Founder and Board Member of MITFFAD

Darryl Hebert has been a member of the fire service for over 28 years. His career has led him to experience incredible things including responding to the tragedy that occurred in New York on  September 11, 2001.  He recently retired from the Oceanside Fire Department where he served the last 6 1/2 years as the Fire Chief. Currently, he is working for Palomar College as the Fire Technology/Academy Supervisor and is passionate about preparing students who desire a career in the fire service. His appreciation for the men and women who serve our country, has inspired him to create unique opportunities that will assist them in gaining information and training on how they can obtain a career in the fire service. When he is not working, he enjoys coaching high school baseball and spending time with his family and friends.

Kelly Nicholls

MITFFAD, Board Member, President, Executive Sponsorship Recruitment

Senior Vice President, Lee & Associates

Successful endeavors are built on solid foundations. I lead a team of seasoned real estate professionals dedicated to efficiently customize a real estate strategy for your company. Whether you need tenant representation/negotiation, lease renewal assistance, lease vs purchase analysis, or multi-market location assessment, we can assist you with your commercial real estate needs.

As a commercial real estate veteran, I have over 20 years of experience negotiating over 9 million square feet of assignments and completing sales of over a half a billion in total consideration. My team invest time and talent to proactively find, negotiate, and secure the ideal location for our client's business, manufacturing, and distribution needs. If you are looking for a commercial real estate partner that will go the extra mile to advocate for your best interests, you've come to the right place.

David Bareno

MITFFAD, Board Member, Marketing Specialist

Owner, Think Box Concepts

David Bareno is a entrepreneur whose vast experience spans the spectrum from sports equipment manufacturing to printing and design to technology integration. David has drawn from his broad career to develop Think Box Concepts, offering ideas and services that integrate technology, marketing, and sales within an organization. David enjoys writing, golf, photography, snow sports and spending time with his beautiful wife of 9 years!

Angie Schultz

MITFFAD, Board Member, Marketing Specialist

Creative Director/Owner, Opposable Thumbs

Angie Schultz is the owner of Opposable Thumbs, a graphic design and marketing studio based in downtown San Diego. She is an award-winning graphic and web designer with more than 20 years experience in commercial design, project & design management, and consultation. Her portfolio includes hundreds of projects for major manufacturers, national retailers, and nonprofits.

Angie believes in giving back and has been a library board member, city councilor and served on various committees. In addition to serving on the board of Military In Transition-Firefighter For A Day, Angie is also a founding member of Compete 4 Causes.

Tory Haynes

MITFFAD, Board Member, Veteran Recruitment/Liaison

Camp Pendleton Site Coordinator, Palomar College

Tory works closely with the Emergency Medical Education and Fire Technology/Academy Departments.  She is passionate about helping the men and women who have and continue to serve our country, fulfill their academic and career goals.  Tory attended the University of Redlands in San Bernardino County earning her Bachelors of Art in Liberal Studies and PE and Athletics as well as her Masters of Arts in Higher Education.  Most of her studies were focused on academic advising and creating new programs for student success. She currently resides in North County San Diego where she grew up.  On her free time she enjoys being outdoors, being active, and traveling.

Sallay Kim

MITFFAD, Program Manager

Event Planner Extraordinaire, Serenity Event Solutions

Great events do not happen by accident!  Hence Serenity's goal is to offer “Peace of Mind, Every Time!”  Covering details from inception through the execution, we focus on items such as site selection, contract negotiations, meeting management, transportation coordination and entertainment along with all the administrative concerns an event can call for. Serenity has put on multi day conferences, extended programs for international groups, appreciation dinners, grand openings, receptions and much more.

As a retired Army officer, Sallay has an extensive planning background in both conventional and unconventional events, a graduate degree in event planning as well as having earned the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation.  She's an avid golfer, serial entertainer and enjoys boxing & traveling with her husband, Tae.