Meet the V3 Team

Annie Walker – Director Veteran Education Transition and Employment 

Annie WalkerAnnie Walker is a 17-year employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is the Director of Veterans Education, Transition and Employment (VETE). VETE is one of six directorates under the Virginia Department of Veterans Services. Mrs. Walker oversees the management of the State Approving Agency for Veterans Education and Training (GI Bill), the Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program (VMSDEP), the Virginia Values Veterans Employment (V3) Program, the Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP), the Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) Program, the Virginia Career Skills initiative, and the Virginia Women Veterans Initiative and Summit. Mrs. Walker has presented at several professional and community events to include the 2013 Governor’s Conference on Housing titled, “Veterans and Their Communities: Strategies for Transition, Jobs, and Thriving Lives: The GI Bill-A Partner in Addressing Homeless Veterans.” She also co-authored an article published in The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, “Perceptions of GI Bill Recipients with Disabilities of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) as a Viable Career Choice”. Mrs. Walker also volunteers as a speaker with the Virginia War Memorial Teacher’s Institute.

Prior to her current position, Mrs. Walker worked as a Truancy/Dropout Prevention Case Manager, Petersburg Public Schools; Foster Care/Adoption Social Worker, Petersburg Department of Social Services; and as a Prevention/Community Specialist with Petersburg District 19 Community Service Board. During this time, she presented at many venues to include the Title I Regional Parent Involvement Conference on “Working with Children from Environmentally Challenged Communities.”

Mrs. Walker is a retired, disabled veteran from the United States Army. She is a graduate of the Army National Guard Officer Candidate School, Camp Murray, WA but decided to continue her career as an enlisted soldier. Her military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Good Conduct Award, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Distinguished Instructor Award.

During her military career, Mrs. Walker was a 41C-Fire Control Instrument Repairer, 21G-Pershing Missile Electronics Material Specialist, 27M-Multiple Launch Rocket Systems Repairer, and a 92Y-Unit Supply Specialist. Her last duty assignment was at Fort Lee, Virginia, where she was a Drill Sergeant. Mrs. Walker ended her military career in 1997 as the Director for the Instructor Development Course at the United States Army Quartermaster Center and School.

Mrs. Walker is active on the national level; she is the past Vice President of the National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA) and currently serves on the Legislative Committee. Former Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Secretary Robert McDonald appointed Mrs. Walker to the DVA Veterans Advisory Council on Education and she is a past member of the DVA/NASAA Joint Advisory Council. Mrs. Walker has a B.S. in Vocational Education and a Master of Business Administration.

Charlie Palumbo – Director of Transition and Employment Programs 

Charlie PalumboCharlie M. Palumbo is the Director of Transition and Employment Programs at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), where she serves as primary lead on developing and overseeing the creation of a transition and employment programs at the DVS. She leads the Virginia Values Veteran Program (V3), Military Medic and Corpsman Program (MMAC), Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP) and the Skills Bridge Program; all of these programs create opportunities and pathways for employment for veterans and their spouses.  Prior to DVS, Ms. Palumbo spent three years at the Virginia Employment Commission, as the Veteran Program Manager, where she oversaw the Bridge to Employment Program and the Jobs for Veterans Program. She also worked for several years at the Office of Personnel Management, as a Program Coordinator at the Federal Executive Institute. She spent four years in the Navy stationed in Yokosuka, Japan and then accompanied her husband as a military spouse for a four year tour in Naples, Italy.  She is staff for the Virginia Governor’s Workforce Board, lead on the DVS Workforce Steering Committee, and sits on multiple veteran focused committees in Virginia.  Ms. Palumbo is a published author of The Face of a Memory

Ross Koenig – V3 Program Manager
Ross KoenigMr. Ross Koenig brings to the team a wealth of knowledge, having been an early contributor to the success of the V3 program since its creation in June 2012. Ross is a 2005 graduate of Virginia Tech with degrees in Communication and Business Management with a background in Human Resources, Recruiting, Program/Project Management and Government Contracting. Ross’ dedication and talent were an integral part of V3’s growth through its first three years. For the past two years as the Regional Program Manager for Central and Southwest Virginia, he served as the primary point of contact for companies in these regions that want to become V3 Certified and assisted in the program strategy and execution of the V3 program throughout the Commonwealth. He and his wife, Tammy are raising their 2 young children, daughter Ryleigh and son Palmer and currently reside in Midlothian, VA. You may contact Ross at

Jasmine Gore – V3 Program Analyst (Headquarters) 

Public Sector and Virginia Municipalities V3 Program POC
Jasmine Gore

Jasmine Gore had a sense of civic duty inspired by her Veteran parents that enabled her to make history in November 2012. At the age of 25, Ms. Gore became one of the youngest local elected officials within the Commonwealth of Virginia when she was elected to represent Ward 4 for the City of Hopewell, Virginia. In that election, she also became the first African-American and first female ever to hold that seat. For two years Ms. Gore served as one of the youngest Vice Mayors in Virginia.

Her forward thinking has earned her the distinction of “Emerging Leader of the Year”, and recognition by Style Weekly as one of “Richmond’s Top 40 Under 40” for being among “young standouts who are lifting the community to greater heights.”

In November 2014, she become the youngest appointed Board Member for the National League of Cities. In addition, she was elected to serve as the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials Region 3 Director.

Governor McAuliffe tapped Ms. Gore for a gubernatorial appointment to serve on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Board of Medicine and the Local Government Advisory Board to the Chesapeake Bay Executive Council. She has proven her advocacy for Veterans, rallying the City of Hopewell behind a pledge to end Veteran homelessness. As a result, the City of Hopewell was acknowledged both federally and statewide as contributing to the Commonwealth being the first state to functionally end veteran homelessness.

She holds a B.A. in political science with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University.Contact Jasmine for any questions about the V3 Program at

Rick Ferry – Regional Program Manager (Northern Virginia and Shenandoah)
Rick Ferry

Rick Ferry, is a fourth generation veteran of the U. S. military and has had family members serve in the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marine Corps. Ferry himself is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and served during the Gulf War 1 era where he was stationed onboard the USS Nassau LHA4 out of Norfolk, VA. Ferry has an extensive knowledge and understanding of challenges related to transition especially in the realm of employment and education. Ferry is frequently called upon to serve as a guest speaker and subject matter expert in forums at the local, state and national levels. Ferry has been a small business owner and understands the need to meet human resources requirements in the development of a business. Prior to DVS, Ferry served as consultant with The Xerox Corporation working in business process analysis and optimization and most recently served as the Manager for the Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. Under the VEI, Ferry developed a compilation of nationally recognized “Best in Class” business driven programs designed to help companies employ best practices related to recruiting, hiring, training and retaining veterans in the workforce. Ferry has served as a member of the Strategic Alliance Council in support of the V3 since its foundation and has provided private sector and industry voice to the development and continuous improvement of the program.

Ferry lives in Haymarket, Virginia and holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Ferry is the proud father of three: Gabriella 19, Katarina 15 & Mark 13 and honored to be the husband of his wonderful wife Michelle. Contact Rick at

Mark Buehlman – V3 Regional Program Manager (Hampton Roads)

Mark BuehlmanMark Buehlman is a Retired Army Veteran and Program/Project Manager with over twenty-five years experience in active-duty military, contracting/corporate, higher education, and workforce development environments, at multiple organizational levels and in a variety of locations. During his active-duty career, he successfully provided leadership and management of technical, operational, and planning programs and teams, as well as diverse organizational staffs at a variety of levels and locations from small response teams, to strategic-level organizations, to the White House staff.

After having a successful transition from active duty to the contracting/corporate environment, Mark was directly involved in Program and Project Management, Business Development and Marketing, as well as all phases of the Human Resources and Recruiting processes. He also founded and developed a Service-disabled, Veteran and Minority-owned, Small Consulting Business.

Recently, Mark found himself on more of a service path, providing formal career services coaching and instruction as a facilitator for the Department of Labor’s Employment Workshop supporting Department of Defense Transition Assistance Programs and providing career services and employment assistance in both the higher education and workforce development fields. During that time period, and especially while working as a Career Developer and Military Services Representative at Opportunity Inc, he became passionate about helping Veterans.

Mark has a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development, previously held a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, and is a Virginia Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP).

He lives in Smithfield with his wife Vanessa and his son Spencer. They have been in Hampton Roads since 2007. Contact Mark at


Nicole Anderson – Regional Program Manager (Central Virginia)
Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson has extensive experience in veteran employment programs from both Texas and Virginia. She is an Army veteran, and served in Fort Lewis, Washington, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea,and Fort Gordon, Georgia. She spent five years as a dual-military family with children, and was medically separated after eight years of service. Ms. Anderson is a military spouse who has relocated toFort Hood, Texas and Fort Lee, Virginia with her active duty husband. In Texas, she served as a Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist under the Jobs for Veterans State Grant and Women Veteran Employment Coordinator within the Women Veteran Program. During that time, she established strong relationships with large-scale veteran friendly employers, which have continued to benefit veterans and transitioning service members in the Commonwealth State. Her personal experience and working experience has allowed her to personally experience and witness some of the obstacles and perseverance that veterans have in their job search. Nicole is completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management. She lives in North Chesterfield with her husband Brandon, and two children William and Aaliyah. Contact Nicole at