Board of Directors

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James J. O´Brien, Esq., Chairman

Mr. O´Brien is founding partner of O´Brien Law, LLC, a specialty law firm serving employers in the areas of employment law and business immigration.  He graduated in 1987 from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, gained experience in private practice in three different law firms ranging in size from small to large, and in 1997 founded his own firm based on the principles of excellence in legal work, superior client service, and ethical integrity.  He says that his experience running his own business “makes him acutely sensitive to the needs of employers for practical, common sense solutions to legal challenges in the area of human resources management.


Eugene L. Krizek, Col. USAF (Retired), Founder, President Emeritus

A former Congressional Administrative Assistant and a retired Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Krizek served as the Director of White House Liaison with the State Department in 1961-1962 and as State Department Congressional Relations Director from 1962 to 1981. He was Advisor to the Assistant Secretaries of State for Consular Affairs for Humanitarian Affairs and for Refugees. In 1975, he was awarded a Presidential commendation for his coordination role with the Congress for the Indo-Chinese Refugee Act, which aided hundreds of thousands of people overseas. He was a member of the White House Conference on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and he also administered the 1961 National Conference on Bail and Criminal Justice for the Attorney General. Active in the Air Force Reserves, his last military service included assignment to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force as Acting Director of Legislative Liaison with the rank of Colonel.

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Clyde B. (CB) Richardson, Treasurer

Mr. Richardson is a retired Federal Government Senior Manager. He earned his BA degree in Political Science from NC Central University and a MA degree in Government and Public Administration from American University. He worked for the Department of the Air Force, Department of the Army, and the Department of Labor. Mr. Richardson takes great pride in the fact that he has served on numerous non-profit boards with different missions, for example: former President of the District of Columbia United Way, Friendship House, Northeast Kiwanis Club, Queens Chapel Civic Association, Ward Five Council on Education. He also served as former National Vice President of the NC Central University Alumni Association, and former Treasurer of Africare.  He was a member of the boards of the District of Columbia Lung Association and the Metropolitan Coalition for Clean Air.  Mr. Richardson has served on the board for Christian Relief Services Charities for 28 years, and has been on the board of Running Strong for American Indian Youth® since 2011.


Robert J. Hisel, Jr. 

Robert Joseph Hisel, Jr. is a co-founder of Seneca Resources, Inc., where he focuses primarily on strategic planning and corporate growth. Prior to co-founding Seneca Resources, Mr. Hisel was the founder, President and CEO of Preferred Systems Solutions in McLean, Virginia. Mr. Hisel, who is involved with several non-profit and organizations and other philanthropic activities including the National Defense Transportation Association and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, has been a member of the Christian Relief Services Charities Board of Directors since June 2007.


Thomas M. (Tom) O´Brien

Thomas M. O´Brien is principally a private investor, and founder of a closely-held real estate company and a business engaged in youth sports training and fitness, both in northern Ohio. He held various executive roles at The RMR Group and its public company clients from 1996, and was the Chief Executive Officer and President of TravelCenters of America LLC, from 2007, until his retirement from those positions in 2017. Mr. O´Brien serves on the board of directors of VirnetX Holding Corporation, a public company engaged in the development of an extensive software patent portfolio concerned principally with internet communications security. Mr. O´Brien joined the Christian Relief Services Charities Board of Directors in 2008.

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Frank L. Stitely, C.P.A.

Mr. Stitely is a partner at Stitely & Karstetter, CPA. He graduated summa cum laude from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and received the Elijah Watt Sells certificate in recognition of his performance on the CPA Exam. Mr. Stitely serves small businesses and individuals in the areas of taxation, financial reporting and software support services. He is a certified accounting software consultant and trainer working primarily with Sage Software products. He formerly served as an officer for the Dulles Area Chamber of Commerce.


Rear Admiral Eric C. Jones

Admiral Jones assumed the position of Executive Assistant to the U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations in May, 2014 after serving two years as Assistant Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where he served as the Superintendent’s direct representative to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Academy. Admiral Jones is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Marine Engineering, a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Fluid Dynamics from Brown University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership. He is also a graduate of the Naval War College. Admiral Jones joined the Christian Relief Services Charities Board of Directors in 2014.


Reverend Dr. Ketlen A. Solak

Rev. Dr. Solak graduated from the Virginia Theological Seminary in May, 2005 and was ordained in the Diocese of Virginia in June of that year. She served as Associate Rector at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church from August, 2005 to November, 2014. During her tenure at St. Luke’s, Rev. Solak was active in the Alexandria, Virginia area non-profit community and joined the Christian Relief Services Charities Board of Directors in 2014. She is currently serving as the Covenant Rector of three Episcopal churches in Wilmington, Delaware.


Colonel John F. Williams

Colonel John Williams is the Chief, Career Systems & Studies Branch, Army G-1. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) and a MBA from Capital University. While on active duty Colonel Williams has managed the analysis and execution of programs in support of congressionally mandated strength objectives and operational manning requirements; developed and led multiple equal opportunity programs; managed the personnel / human resources requirements for a multi-state government organization; served as a primary instructor and trainer at a 4-year state university; and lead the communications efforts for the Army Reserve personnel directorate. Prior to his service on active duty, Colonel Williams worked in the civilian sector as a corporate engineer where he was responsible for several new plant start ups and the implementation and design of new technologies to support steel manufacturing and the paper packaging industry.


Elayne Silversmith

Elayne Silversmith is the Librarian at the Vine Deloria, Jr. Library with the National Museum of the American Indian’s Cultural Resources Center (NMAI, CRC) in Suitland, Maryland. The Cultural Resources Center is the home for the museum, library and archives collections and serves as a place for respectful learning, understanding, and sharing of Native knowledge and lifeways. She feels fortunate to be in a place where the Native worldview guides the mission for the museum and library. To her this is one meaning of Indian Self-Determination.





Bryan L. Krizek, President/CEO 

Paul E. Krizek, Esq., Executive Director/General Counsel

Bieu Do, CFO

Nhi Ho-Cao, Secretary