VSS Bios
Tami Donaldson
Co-Founder / President

Accomplished and innovative results-focused international operations and human/organizational development executive who utilizes top tier business acumen to spearhead organization-wide operations and training/development performance improvement initiatives through implementing industry leading programs and human capital/total business resource solutions to solve key organization-wide challenges.  Responsible for dellivering comprehensive Veteran Transition Services to Veterans in need of career, healthcare, and housing transition assistance.  Assit in developing new veteran housing services and solutions to help address emergency, transitional and long term housing needs for Veterans in Colorado, and eventually nationwide in partnership alliances with a number of emerging "Veteran Village"‚Äč initaitives.

Today we are working with local Veteran assistance agencies and organizations in the creation of emergency and transitional housing programs and services to help create an inventory of available and suitable lodging properties for homeless Veterans and their famlies.

Veterans Support Solutions, L3C
2001 – Present (17 years)Colorado Springs, Colorado Area
Business Owner
Suri Ridge Coffee House
July 2013 – July 2017 (4 years 1 month)
HR / Logistics / MI Operations Director - US Army
December 1980 – January 2014 (33 years 2 months)
Launched and led HR organization to support 567 personnel in mobilization exercise and provide updated data with zero errors for financial and personnel record changes including life insurance beneficiary modifications, security clearance processing/status, promotions, physicals, and medical updates.  Commanded $10M+ transportation department budget, managing logistics and orchestrating end-to-end tracking process that delivered 10-fold improvement in vehicle scheduling and maintenance. Architected electronic reference library, providing centralized platform of personnel policies and assignments for base of 1,000 personnel.
Francine A. Wilson
Community Outreach Coordinator

Francine grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated from West Mesa High School.  She entered the Air Force in 1989, and served faithfully for 26 years in a critical role as a Knowledge Operator who planned, coordinated, managed, and controlled the organizations data assets.  After retiring in 2015, Francine was hired as a Department of Defense Contractor for the Missile Defense Agency. She is a Risk and Opportunity Manager for the Information Technology Services Directorate. Francine is married and has two children. She is involved with New Life Church and has a passion to help others, especially our country’s homeless Veterans.  

Mike Schmidt
Co-Founder/ General Manager
A Strategic Business Development and Tactical Marketing and Sales Professional / Entrepreneur with integrated skills in new company formation, technology adaptation and go-to-market sales and distribution channel development.  With a career spanning over 30 years of international start-up company experience in numerous technology industries and management-level consulting engagements with a wide variety of clients.    Mr. Schmidt is a proven “thought-leader” in the area of entrepreneurial innovation, and seed-stage start-up company formation after launching or participating in the creation of numerous technology companies in diverse Industries.  Past products and services include; Pioneering Video Teleconferencing Systems, Speech Synthesis Telephony Automation Platforms, Industrial Data Acquisition and Control Systems, ATM-Fiber and Wireless Internet Services, Digital Satellite Audio and Data Services, Terrestrial Broadband Wireless Networks, Data Broadcasting based Credit Card Fraud Solutions, Parallel Processing Chips, Internet Service Providers and numerous SaaS/Cloud/Internet startups spanning hardware/software backup, e-commerce web sites, CMS and CRM Solutions.  Mr. Schmidt is the CEO of Ensemble Ventures, LLC (See Below)

About: Ensemble Ventures, LLC

Ensemble is a 17+ year old Business Development Venture Ventilator based in Colorado Springs assisting seed stage and development oriented companies with strategic business development and product/market positioning tactics, and services.  Ensemble helps develop capital formation plans, solicits funding and partnership alliances for clients and company-owned ventures, and develops strategic business models; technology adaptations plans, and go to market strategies for its clients.  

For more info on Ensemble:  http://www.ensembleventuresinc.com