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Jacob toups

Executive Director

Jacob brings to MVP years of experience in the nonprofit management space, with a background in program management, development, and director roles.  He recently worked as the Los Angeles City Director at Up2Us Sports, where he grew the organization's program, and development, and efficiencies.  In his previous role, he also launched the first mentoring program in Los Angeles recruiting and placing military veterans as sports coaches for underserved youth. He is passionate about building and strengthening communities. Jacob believes that relationships and mentors are essential to human development. He serves as an Emerging Leaders Board Member for United Way and enjoys volunteering his time. Jacob is looking forward to empowering veterans and former players in reaching their next potential.

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Noel Huerta

Las Vegas Program Coordinator

Noel  Huerta served in the United States Marine Corps from 2007 to 2011.  Noel  was stationed in Twentynine Palms, Ca and served with 2nd Battalion 7th Marines.  Noel  was deployed twice during Operation Freedom and was awarded the Purple Heart and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Award after being wounded in combat. After his military service,  Noel  attended a private education institution and earned both his Bachelors in Engineering and Masters in Business Administration.  Noel  was one of the first members of MVP and learned about program through his friend and fellow brother in arms Denver Morris.  Noel  is currently the Program Coordinator of the Las Vegas MVP and is thrilled to work along-side his mentor and hero Randy Couture out of Las Vegas. Read more about Noel.

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Los Angeles Program Coordinator

Prior to MVP, Denver joined the Marine Corps after graduating high school in 2005. While serving, he was an Infantryman with the unit 2/7 in Twentynine Palms. Denver deployed to Saqlawiah, Iraq in 2007 and again in 2008 to Musa-quela, Afghanistan. He ended his service with the Marine Corps in 2009 and started working in construction in Los Angeles while looking for the next opportunity. Denver walked into the MVP program a year and a half ago and fell in love with the opportunity to meet other veterans and players in transition while interacting with some of his heroes like Ryan Leaf, Nate Boyer, and Jay Glazer.  In his off time, Denver is an avid watcher and supporter of the Green Bay Packers. Read more about Denver.

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Los Angeles Program Coordinator

AJ served in the United States Navy from 2004 - 2008 after graduating high school. Stationed in Pearl Harbor, HI aboard the USS Port Royal CG 73, he deployed twice in 2006 and 2007 as an Operations Specialist and Small Craft Attack Team MK38 25mm gunner to Somalia for anti-piracy operations and then to the North Arabian Gulf (NAG). Upon honorably separating from the Navy in 2008, AJ struggled to find his calling bouncing between numerous retail jobs and education programs. Growing up in the Green Bay, Wisconsin area, he is a proud cheesehead with a passion for football.  Denver introduced him to the MVP program back in summer of 2016. From the first time he attended MVP he knew it was something special. AJ believes what Jay and Nate have started is an innovation to self-healing and self-recognition for both veterans and former professional athletes. Read more about AJ.


Isaac Saldivar

Las Vegas Program Coordinator

Isaac Saldivar served in the United States Marine Corps from 2005 to 2012. While serving, Isaac did two combat deployments one in Iraq and another in Afghanistan. During his time in service Isaac achieved the rank of Sergeant before being honorably medically discharged for several injuries received during his service. After his military service, Isaac moved back to Las Vegas to be with his 5-year- old daughter and attend a private education institution pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sound Engineering/Audio Production. Isaac was introduced to MVP by one of his brothers in arms when it first started. Isaac immediately fell in love with the program, realizing he was no longer alone in his life journey. The growth and success of his two daughters, and the members of MVP have become his main drive in life. Read more about Isaac.


John Sterling

Atlanta Chapter Coordinator

John Sterling is a Noncommissioned Officer in the U.S Army and is entering his tenth year of service where he presently functions as a Military Intelligence professional. Recently, John was given the opportunity to transition from the military and serve as Chapter Coordinator for Merging Vets and Players, Atlanta. In this role he is able to fulfill his passion for helping military members and athletes address the unique challenges of transition as they “take off the uniform” and enter a new chapter of life.   

John also works as a behavioral health consultant with student-athletes of the Peach Belt Athletic Conference and advocates for mental well-being along with serving as a Master Resilience Trainer in the U.S. Army where he operates in a similar role with military personnel and their families.  

 John is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Liberal Studies and is pending completion of his graduate program in Applied Sport Psychology from Capella University.

John has been married to his wife Suzanne for 27 years and has two children (McKenna 21) and (Garrison 18). 


Bobby wise

Chicago Program Coordinator

Bobby Wise is a US Army veteran having served as a Blackhawk crew chief out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 2000 to 2006. He deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom twice before returning to his hometown of Chicago. Bobby has been an active member of the veterans community since coming home, supporting local non-profits and providing guidance to elected officials and political candidates on how to best address military and veteran issues. In his spare time Bobby enjoys photography, storytelling, and intensely following team sports local to Chicago as well as those from around the world. Read more about Bobby.


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MVP saved my life and others lives. You’ve kept the suicide rate lower within my deployed unit.
— Sergio, Veteran