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About Boots to Suits
Established in 2014, Boots to Suits is a clothing voucher program for male and female Virginia Veterans transitioning from military life to civilian careers. Boots to Suits provides Veterans with two complimentary career outfits, enabling them to look and feel their best for job interviews and non-military work environments. Military spouses who are job-seeking and the primary household provider are also eligible for this opportunity.
Boots to Suits is administered in partnership with The Clothes Rack, a program of Junior League of Richmond. Boots to Suits is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
Board of Directors
Hugh Ames retired in 1990 as Commander US Navy Supply Corps. He was recruited while on active duty to become the Executive Director of the ADM Chester Nimitz Foundation, supporting the Museum of the Pacific War in Fredricksburg, Texas. He served as Chairman of the Board for Learning Foundations, providing evaluations and behavior modification of learning challenged people.
Hugh's community service has included the Executive Board of the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; appointment to the Mayor's Blue Ribbon Panel for the San Antonio Water System; Director of International Outreach providing housing, cultural skills, ESL language and job training to UN sponsored Burmese refugees; and Director of Resource Development for Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity.
"I serve on boards where I can best contribute time and talent. I believe that organizations with a defined purpose, mission and targeted client can be most effective with limited resources. A mission with PASSION encourages both the client and volunteers. A well-rehearsed 30 second answer to 'What's happening to you?' can gather motivated volunteers."
David R. Auman, P.E.
David Auman entered the Richmond commercial construction market in 1989. Since then, he has participated in the completion of over $750 million in commercial construction. This work has included projects in healthcare, pharmaceutical, assisted living, hospitality, cultural, corporate, office, retail, industrial, warehouse, historic renovation, multi-family, manufacturing and recreational facilities.
David is a 1984 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a graduate of the Army’s Airborne School, Jungle School and Ranger School. He is also a registered structural engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He served in the military until 1989 and constructed various projects both domestically and abroad. In 2001, Inside Business Magazine named him to Richmond’s “Top 40 Under 40”. In 2003, David was accepted into the Executive MBA program at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Shortly after that acceptance, he decided to defer that program and start The Capstone Contracting Company, where he currently serves as President.
David is a previous board member of GRACRE (Greater Richmond Association for Commercial Real Estate) and was the president in 2009. David is also a member and on the Executive Committee of the Richmond Real Estate Group, the VCU Real Estate Circle of Excellence and the Associated General Contractors. He is also active with the Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School and the West Point Society of Richmond.
Joseph D. Cheely
A native of Richmond, VA, Joe graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business with a BS in Accounting. For more than 30-years Joe has been a very successful strategic Business Consultant and CPA.
Co-founder of Cheely Burcham from 1991-2002, Joe directed a successful merger with RSM US LLP, the 5th largest accounting firm in the United States.
His success over a 20-year consul brought the LeClair Ryan Law Firm to offer him the CFO for the firm.
Joe in 2015 left the law firm to form the Cheely Advisory Services, LLC which he operates to this day.
Joe is a passionate golfer and has been generous with his volunteer experience as Chairman of the Finance Committee of Preservation Virginia since 2011.
A native of Richmond, VA and current resident of Raleigh, NC, Trip is the Director of Sales Operations at Etix.com, a primary ticketing software company headquartered in Morrisville, NC.
He earned a bachelor's degree in History from Hampden-Sydney College in 1994 where he played two sports, Football and Water Polo. While at H-SC, he also was the Sports Editor for the Hampden-Sydney Tiger school newspaper. After graduating from H-SC, he began a successful career path in Intercollegiate Athletics, primarily in media relations, at Winthrop University and Hampden-Sydney College. After a 2-year stint living in Southern California, working in public relations in the Independent Film industry, he returned to his southern roots to pursue a graduate degree.
His academic path led him to James Madison University in 2003. After earning his master's degree in Kinesiology from James Madison University in 2005, he worked at Wake Forest University's Athletic ticket office before embarking on a software career in Raleigh, NC at Etix.
For the last 12 years, Trip has lived in Raleigh, but stays connected to his Richmond roots through various philanthropic opportunities with The Collegiate School, where he graduated in 1990, and now Boots to Suits.
Mark is a native of Denver, but he has made Richmond his home for twenty-five years. He joined the staff of Junior League of Richmond in 2003, where he serves as Director of Retail Operations and Community Liaison. Mark oversees the League’s two retail stores, The Clothes Racks, which are the non-profit organization’s single largest source of income. Mark became involved with the Boots to Suits program at its inception in 2014. He works directly with veterans, assisting with clothing selection and fittings. Mark’s previous retail experience with Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue has benefited him in helping veterans look their best during the interview process.
Ann Michele Sweeney, CPA
Born and bred in Louisiana, Ann Michele fell in love with Virginia while attending University of Richmond. She began her finance career as an auditor at Ernst & Young and in Capital One’s Risk Department, building models to forecast operations expense and recovery revenue from credit card delinquencies and fraud. In 2002, Ann Michele moved to the non-profit sector, joining Junior League of Richmond as part-time Controller. She is the resident expert on exempt organization accounting and compliance, with broader competency in human resources, employee benefits, internal controls, and treasury functions. Ann Michele served Richmond Metro Habitat for Humanity as part-time Controller from 2015-2016, following several years on the organization’s Finance Committee.
Founder & Director
A native of Bryn Mawr, PA, Sue moved to Richmond, VA and has remained in the area as a student, later as a mother and a real estate professional. Graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree, married and a mother of two, she has been consistently recognized as a distinguished achiever by the Richmond Association of Realtors for more than 40 years. Married to the late Joseph C. Farrell, Chairman Emeritus of the Pittston Company, which was a multi-facetted conglomerate including Brinks Security, Burlington Airline and Pittston Mineral and Mining. Joe was a retired Naval Commander in the United States Submarine Silent Service. At his death and in his memory, the Boots to Suits Program was initiated with his corporate wardrobe beginning in November, 2014.