MSBHC Board of Directors
Mr. Abbass is an Army Veteran who served in Desert Storm and as Vice President, oversees business development activities in the military and Veterans space for Hangar 30, a digital marketing firm. Prior to Hangar 30, Mr. Abbass was the Program Director for Boots to Suits at the University of Colorado Denver, which focused on the transition from college to career for Veterans. He is a frequent contributor to Every Veteran Hired and speaks regularly to Veteran groups on careers.
Mr. Abbass comes from a twenty-year career in media where he focused on launching new product lines. He has over a decade of involvement in the Veteran community, serving as the Commander for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1 and currently serves as an officer of both Colorado Serves and the United Veterans Committee of Colorado. In 2011 he created the suicide crisis text-help line for the Department of Veterans Affairs and in 2012 he was recognized as the Colorado Veteran of the Year for this effort.
A business woman, entrepreneur, mother and Marine Corps spouse, Lakesha Cole serves as an indispensable resource in assisting women and military spouses with starting, surviving and succeeding in small business, despite the daily challenges of the military lifestyle. Lakesha was selected as the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year® for her entrepreneurial prowess, volunteer efforts, personal sacrifice and her efforts to support the military community.
She has experienced her own entrepreneurial successes as CEO and Owner of She Swank | Too, a curated shop for women and girls alike, that stylishly promotes confidence, inspiration and independence. Lakesha was selected into the Military Entrepreneur Program by Inc. magazine. She was also featured on The Today Show with Kathie Lee & Hoda and is published in Military Spouse magazine.
Lakesha has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from North Carolina A&T State University; and an Associates of Applied Science in Retail Marketing from Parsons The New School for Design. She also serves on the Board of the Military Spouse Business Association. Lakesha and her family are currently stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.