The Saluting America Foundation was formed in 2016 and is a 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is “To instill a strong sense of active citizenship and patriotism in America’s K-12 students, raise awareness of our nation’s cherished values, and honor those who serve our country.”
Our vision: "Honor Those Who Serve."
We look forward to building Saluting America into a statewide, regional and national initiative that will honor all who serve America.
Matthew Cavarra, President and Chairman of the Board
Partner, Holland and Hart
Mr. Cavarra has over twenty years of experience in the aerospace, defense, software, entertainment, sports, and telecommunications industries to obtain and protect the technology, brands, and sales channels critical to their success. His practical approach focuses not just on managing risk, but helping clients identify and seize growth opportunities and build extensive strategic relationships both domestically and abroad.
Dave Schaaf, Treasurer
SVP, CSG International
Dave currently serves as Senior Vice President of Finance and Treasurer for CSG International, a publicly traded company headquartered in Englewood, Colorado. Prior to joining CSG, he was an International Tax Manager for Arthur Andersen LLP and served in the Nebraska Army National Guard for 13 years. Dave is an inactive Certified Public Accountant.
Joy Del Calzo, Secretary
Geriatric Care Manager
Inspired by caring for her mother’s evolving health care needs, Joy pursued a career in the field of long term care and is currently the Director of Independent Resident Services at The Kenney in Seattle, Washington, a long term care retirement community. She is currently enrolled in two certificate programs through the University of Washington: Care Management and Gerontology. She will be transitioning to the role of a Geriatric Care Manager in the Seattle area once she completes her coursework later in 2016. Ms. Del Calzo is the daughter of Nick Del Calzo, the founder of the Saluting America program.
Jan Baker, Executive Director
Jan comes to Saluting America from the media and communications field where she had an illustrious and varied career, including the broadcast and public television arena and corporate communications.
In 2016, she became the primary Program Director for the Saluting America School Program, which operated under the fiscal sponsorship of the Triumphant
Spirit Foundation, expanding the program into over 50 fifty Colorado school districts, as well as private and parochial schools, a 55% increase over the previous year.
In 2017, at the inaugural board meeting of Saluting America Foundation, she was hired to helm the newly-founded organization based on her commitment to its mission and her strong desire to work with America’s youth to develop their appreciation for those in service to America.