What is our goal in the long run?

Southwest Veterans Foundation is the charitable arm of Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce and was established to further support Veterans and Veteran-oriented non-profit organizations.

Funds raised at the annual Patriots Ball, as well as a portion of the Chamber’s membership dues, help our community by:

  • Providing Scholarships to higher education for Veterans and dependents of Veterans disabled or killed in action; and
  • Granting funds to local non-profit organizations assisting Veterans with a variety of social service needs through our Community Giving program.

Kenneth E. (Ken) SPEER


Ken is a Consultant with Alpha Global Associates (AGA) in Phoenix, Arizona.  AGA provides services related to the sales and purchases of businesses, transition planning, business valuation, franchise services, mergers and acquisitions.

Ken has served in various leadership roles in business, real estate and non-profit organizations while living and working in the Phoenix community.  These have included Ambassador Committee Vice-Chair and Chair, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Membership Chair for Women’s Council of REALTORS (c) Phoenix Chapter; Treasurer & Director for Project Veterans Pride – James Walton Home; Vice-President & Director, Southwest Veterans Chamber of Commerce: and President and Director of the Southwest Veterans Foundation.  In addition, he has been a licensed real estate agent in AZ since 2006 and is a professional member of The National Association of REALTORS(c), Arizona Association of REALTORS(c) and the Phoenix Association of REALTORS(c).

Ken is a US Air Force veteran having transferred to Luke AFB in January 1976.  He joined the SWVCC as a member in 2014 and has been an active committee member and supporter since that date.

“As a veteran serviceman of the Viet Nam War era, I choose to help all service members honor and be honored for their service to our county.  Regardless of time, era or branch of service, these veterans have served all of us and our country.  To all of them, I say ‘Thank You.’”


Megan WORD


As Director of Development and Marketing for FSL, Megan is responsible for creating innovative strategies that build brand identity leading to increased awareness, fundraising revenue, relevance and respect among FSL’s stakeholders. She has developed and continues to execute a long-range plan to assure the financial sustainability of the organization building on recent organizational advances including the expansion of the individual donor base, cultivation of major donors, application of foundation grants, recruitment of volunteers, and use of social media. She supervises the fund development and marketing teams and leads the organization's communication and outreach efforts.

Megan has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Wright State University in Dayton, OH.

“My father is a Veteran and, from a young age, he instilled in me a passion to help those who have sacrificed so much for the liberties many of us take for granted each day. My work with Southwest Veterans Foundation allows me to extend my personal reach for helping Veterans, their dependents, and other Veteran-oriented non-profit organizations.”

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Michael ABBOTT


I came to Arizona in 1995 for a recruiting tour for the Navy, fell in love with the Valley and decided to drop anchor and call Phoenix home. After navigating submarines for the past twenty years in the United States Navy, I began my next adventure in life moving back to Arizona, spending time with my wife and our four children, completed a Bachelor’s Degree at Arizona State University and occasionally keep my nautical skills honed with our boat on Lake Pleasant. Utilizing the experience gained during my military career as a Submarine Assistant Navigator and Chief Petty Officer, I worked for the State of Arizona for a while and then branched out to help others by becoming a Refugee Resettlement Program Manager at Catholic Charities. I was not satisfied with only helping resettle newly arrived refugees, and community members through my church. I volunteered to be part of the Southwest Veterans Foundation to help those who took action, sacrificed their comfort and time with their families to preserve the United States of America and to say thank you for their hard work and dedication.


Patricia PYLE


Patti serves as the Manager of Supplier Diversity for Salt River Project, one the nation’s largest public power utility providing water & power to Arizona residents. In this role she is responsible for implementing and managing supplier diversity initiatives and goals in the community and across the SRP enterprise.  Engaging and identifying opportunities for diverse suppliers.

Patti has served in many leadership roles as SRP’s representative. At the present time she serves as Executive Board Member for two certification organizations. The Women’s Business Enterprise-West Council as Treasurer, and the Pacific Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council as Treasurer, and is honored to serve as Director for the Southwest Veterans Foundation.

In addition, her team represents SRP as the Presidential Sponsor of the National Association of Women Business Owner (NAWBO), as well as a corporate sponsor to the Associated Minority Contractors Association (AMCA). Patti also devotes time supporting various Chambers in our community; The Greater Phoenix Black Chamber, The Hispanic Chamber, The American Indian Chamber, and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.  In addition to her service with these organizations she is a strong supporter and member of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) AZ one of the most respected professionals organizations in the United States.


Cara LEE

Vice President & Treasurer


Executive Director

“Helping organizations overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.”

You can find Southwest Veterans Foundation at a variety of events around town.  Maybe we’re raising awareness for Veterans issues, supporting organizations that assist Veterans, or networking with Veteran business owners; no matter where we are, we’d love for you to join us!