The Baltimore Station Elects New Members to Its Board of Directors

The Baltimore Station, an organization that supports individuals, primarily veterans, dealing with homelessness and substance use disorder by providing residential and community-based therapy programs, announced today that four new members recently joined its board of directors, bringing the board to 20 members.

The new members elected to the board of directors are Michael Lucero, director, Cyber & Intelligence at BlueHalo; Col. Michael Nelson, practice lead, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.; Thomas Staskowski, senior population health strategy consultant at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield; and Frankie Velez, vice president and general manager of Praxis Engineering.

New Board Members

Michael Lucero

Director, Cyber & Intelligence, BlueHalo

Lucero has more than 25 years of experience leading strategic growth with enterprise-level programs and projects across U.S. Government, commercial and non-profit organizations. A recipient of the Department of Energy’s Special Service Award, he graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park and received his Master of Science and Master of Business Administration from Johns Hopkins University.

Col. Michael Nelson

Practice Lead, Partner Engineering and Science, Inc.

Nelson is a retired member of the United States Army and has served in various engineering positions within the Army, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve for the last 30 years. A graduate of West Point, Nelson also graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore with a Juris Doctorate. Nelson is currently practice lead at Partner Engineering and Science, Inc., which offers full-service engineering, environmental and energy consulting and design services throughout the Americas, Europe and around the world.

Thomas M. Staskowski

Senior Population Health Strategy Consultant, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield

With more than a decade of experience in health care, Staskowski serves as a senior population health strategy consultant for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. He has extensive knowledge in the health care consulting field, where he educates providers on operational and clinical best practices with the patient’s best interest as a priority.

Staskowski is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, where he studied Science, Health Policy and Administration, and furthered his education at DeSales University, earning his Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Administration and Planning and Contract Management.

Frankie Velez

Vice President & General Manager, Praxis Engineering Technologies, LLC; A GDIT Company

With over 35 years of experience, Velez is the GDIT executive responsible for the performance and success of the Praxis Engineering and Vulnerability Research Labs (VRL) subsidiaries. Velez has devoted almost his entire career to being part of or providing support to the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community. With extensive experience in leadership, business, program management, his expertise centers around enabling organizations that provide software engineering and capability research support to government customers in the areas of emerging technologies and cybersecurity. Velez is a highly effective, results-oriented leader with expertise in coaching, mentoring, and optimizing employee performance focusing on overall team excellence. He served for 15 years in the United States Navy, working in cryptology and intelligence to run operations throughout the country and the world.

Outside of his professional career, Velez is an avid supporter of veterans. He volunteers his time to Ft. Meade Alliance Foundation (FMAF) as the vice president of the board of directors and the vice president of the Maryland State Chapter of the U.S. Military Vets Non-Profit.

About The Baltimore Station

The Baltimore Station provides therapeutic residential and community-based outpatient treatment programs to individuals—primarily veterans—dealing with homelessness and substance use disorder. Its innovative programming helps break the cycle of poverty and supports individuals as they become self-sufficient members of society. Accredited by one of the nation’s most prestigious accrediting bodies for rehabilitation facilities, The Baltimore Station is the area’s largest VA funded Grant and Per Diem (GPD) program and the only long-term residential program, providing up to 24 months of clinical care and life skills development to encourage a smoother transition to the real world and guaranteed lifelong success. In addition to its residential program, The Baltimore Station provides outpatient programming to provide therapeutic relapse prevention services to those recovering from substance use disorder and also workforce development programming that provides residential services that facilitate stabilization and transition to permanent housing and sustainable income. At The Baltimore Station, we turn lives around.