Mental health is part of the human condition. It’s time we recognize how important our emotional well-being is for all of us.
– Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour
Mental health is part of the human condition. It’s time we recognize how important our emotional well-being is for all of us.
– Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, Founder and President of Give an Hour
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., named to TIME’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the president and founder of Give an Hour™. A licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the Washington, D.C., area for over 20 years, she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991.
Concerned about the mental health implications of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Van Dahlen founded Give an Hour in 2005. The organization has created a national network of mental health professionals who provide free services to U.S. troops, veterans, their loved ones, and their communities. Give an Hour’s nearly 7,000 mental health professionals have given more than 250,000 hours of care valued at over $25M. Give an Hour has also expanded its services to provide for other populations in need including at-risk teens, survivors of natural disasters and survivors of gun violence. Give an Hour also leads the Campaign to Change Direction®, a global initiative focused on changing the culture of mental health, which launched in March 2015 with former US First Lady Michelle Obama as keynote speaker. In just three years, the campaign has gained tremendous momentum and currently has over 600 organizational partners. The campaign has also generated over 300 million media impressions.
Dr. Van Dahlen has received numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation and the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the Manhattan Institute in 2013. In 2014 she was honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant contributions to our military and the United States Army. She also received the 2016 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lifesavers Gala Public Service Award. In 2018, Dr. Van Dahlen received the Public Service Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Dr. Van Dahlen has become a notable source and expert on the psychological impact of war and a thought leader in mobilizing civilian constituencies to create large system change. She has become widely recognized for her work in changing the culture associated with mental health. Dr. Van Dahlen contributes to the Huffington Post and TIME and has been interviewed by major media outlets such as AP, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, USA Today, CNN, NPR, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Newshour, and such military media outlets as Stars & Stripes, AUSA Magazine, and the Pentagon Channel.
Patricia L. Bowditch: SVP, U.S. Operations, Kolaghassi Capital. Former president of Dinwiddie Enterprises, Inc, a single- family office dedicated to providing wealth management and estate planning services. From 2002 through 2010, she was the principal of Bowditch & Associates, LLC, an outsourced financial services company, providing CFO and management services to businesses, primarily in the family wealth management, real estate, and association industries. Prior to founding Bowditch & Associates, Ms. Bowditch was the chief financial officer of several companies in the real estate and construction industries. She has also been responsible for the financial oversight of nonprofit organizations and private charitable foundations. She began her career in public accounting, spending 12 years at Arthur Andersen in its Commercial Audit Division. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Indiana University and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Paul T. Burke: Senior Adviser to the President and CEO of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF). BBRF is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. Since 1987, BBRF has awarded more than $360 million to fund more than 5,000 grants to more than 4,000 scientists around the world. From 2013 to 2017, Mr. Burke was a member of the Board of Directors of BBRF.
Between 2007 and 20016, Burke served as the Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation. Under Burke’s leadership, the Foundation advanced public understanding of mental illness through a combination of educational programs, grants, awards, and numerous partnerships. Foundation initiatives included programs in military mental health, depression education, workplace mental health, and the Typical or Troubled? school-based mental health educational program. Burke helped lead a major collaborative effort to help end the criminalization of people with mental illness. During his tenure as Executive Director of APAF, Burke led the organization in raising over $30 million in support of Foundation initiatives.
In addition to his extensive work in the non-profit sector, Mr. Burke has had a distinguished record in higher education, business and government. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Communications at George Mason University. Early in his career, he was a director of Texaco’s legislative affairs and corporate initiatives in alternate energy, and in this role, served as the Chairman of the Renewable Fuels Association. His public service includes tenure in the Senior Executive Service, as Assistant Administrator for Petroleum Operations in the U.S. Department of Energy. In this role Mr. Burke also served as the United States National Security Officer to the International Energy Agency in Paris, France. Mr. Burke held a staff position in the White House Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention, and was decorated for his service in Vietnam as an officer in the United States Army. Mr. Burke holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Economics from George Mason University and a Master of Arts degree in Government from George Washington University.
Sean Howard, Global Managing Director, WPP Government & Public Sector Practice: responsible for identifying and pursuing government business worldwide within WPP. The WPP Government and Public Sector Practice works with governments and public sector organizations around the world, pioneering the application of excellence in public communications to the challenges of public policy delivery. He advises WPP agencies on federal, national and provincial or statewide bid opportunities and manages the acquisition process that is specialized for successfully placing WPP agencies with government agencies in need of their services.
Sean also acts as the WPP Team Lead for the U.S. Navy business and regularly meets with senior Navy personnel to advise them on non-traditional marketing programs to further define the Navy brand and ultimately drive to the Navy’s annual recruiting mission.
Sean has worked across the marketing spectrum from small digital agencies, to global digital, CRM and traditional agencies and networks.
Fred Knowles: Vice President of the Give an Hour Board. Mr. Knowles is Founder and President of eTc, an executive coaching firm specializing in assisting corporate executives who are transitioning out of corporate life to retire, semi-retire or pursue something completely different. Prior to that, Mr. Knowles was Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Under Armour, Baltimore, Maryland. As part of the executive leadership team, Mr. Knowles was responsible for all aspects of human resources at the leading global performance apparel, footwear, accessories and connected fitness brand. Prior to joining Under Armour, Mr. Knowles was Senior Vice President, Enterprise Human Resource Services at Capital One in McLean, Virginia, where he led a group of over 400 human resource professionals in the leadership development, recruiting, diversity and compensation and benefits areas. Before joining Capital One, Mr. Knowles held numerous human resources positions at Mobil and ExxonMobil Corporation. Mr. Knowles lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife Dorothea Vilardo and their four kids. Outside of work, Mr. Knowles spends most of his time with his family and is attempting to produce a sitcom with some of his friends.
Laurie Oseran is a health care marketing executive with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, market research, campaign management, and advocacy in both the public and private sectors. She has developed marketing solutions for new—and often controversial—health issues and products which have changed opinions and behaviors and increased revenue.
Most recently, Ms. Oseran worked for the Department of Health and Human Services where she worked with the team which implemented specific components of the Affordable Care Act. She led the marketing effort for the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan and successfully scaled this initiative through a 50-state outreach and education campaign. She also helped develop the marketing roadmap for the Health Insurance Marketplace.
In addition to her work on health reform, Ms. Oseran has worked for leading health industry players including physicians, hospitals, advocacy and trade groups as both an employee and consultant. She has created public health programs to broaden understanding and support for contentious health issues (e.g., mental health parity, living wills), rebranded clinical services and increased market share for hospitals, and managed strategic partnerships to build revenue.
Ms. Oseran has held several executive positions in the health sector including as Director of the Division of Communications and Marketing for the American Psychiatric Association and Director of Strategic Marketing for Academy Health.
In addition to her experience in the health sector, Ms. Oseran has held leadership roles in campaign strategy, polling and fundraising in several US Senate and House races.
Ms. Oseran is a Managing Partner of Oseran Investment, a real estate development and property management company, in Oregon. She holds a BA degree from Boston University in English and History and a MS degree in Public Communications from Boston University, Graduate School of Public Communications.
Antonio Puente, PhD is Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
He was born in La Habana, Cuba and emigrated to the US in 1960. Puente received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. He has taught at University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) since 1981 and prior to that at St. George’s University School of Medicine. His primary teaching activities include Brain and Behavior, Clinical Neuropsychology and History of Psychology. Puente is founding director of UNCW’s Centro Hispano and his research focuses on the interface between culture and neuropsychology. Puente founded and edited the journals Neuropsychology Review and Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice as well as a neuropsychology book series.
Puente also maintains a private practice in clinical neuropsychology is the founder and co-director of mental health services at the Cape Fear Clinic, a bilingual multi-disciplinary health center serving the indigent. He received the APA’s Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice in 2011.
Puente has also served as president of the N.C. Psychological Association, N.C. Psychological Foundation, the Hispanic Neuropsychological Association, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and Society for Clinical Neuropsychology (Division 40 of APA) as well as President of the American Psychological Association.
Edward Schiff: is currently Senior Counsel at the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in its Washington, D.C. office. Ed was born and raised in New York City, starting his educational career at Pennsylvania State University, where he was a member of the Skull & Bones Honor Society and Chairman of the Student Judiciary Board. He continued his education at the School of Law at Washington and Lee University, where he earned his law degree, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif. In addition to being the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review, he was also President of the Law School Student Body. After graduating from law school, Ed clerked for the Honorable John Minor Wisdom, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, La. Ed led the opening of the Washington, D.C. office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, a 700 person international AM LAW 100 law firm with offices in California (7), New York, Illinois, Washington D.C., London, Brussels, Shanghai, Beijing, and Seoul. Mr. Schiff served as the Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office for its first ten years. Prior to joining Sheppard Mullin, Ed was a partner in the Corporate Practice Group of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld in its Washington, D.C. office and then, after leaving that firm, was Managing Partner for the D.C. office of Schnader, Harrison, Segal & Lewis, a Philadelphia-based law firm. Mr. Schiff is a frequent guest speaker and panelist on finance structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and negotiating strategies.
Bruce Shuttleworth: marketing executive, strategy management consultant, community leader, and former naval officer. Mr. Shuttleworth also ran as the 2012 candidate for U.S. Congress in Virginia’s 8th Congressional District and is president of his civic association. Mr. Shuttleworth is evaluating local and worldwide entrepreneurial telemedicine opportunities. He managed the health care of both his parents through their long-term fight against cancer, while directing marketing communications at Blackboard Inc and marketing operations at MicroStrategy. Prior to that Mr. Shuttleworth served as a strategy management consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. As a Naval Aviator, he led missions over Bosnia and Somalia in support of UN objectives. Mr. Shuttleworth is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. in History and served as an exchange Midshipman to West Point and to the British Royal Naval College. He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Rear-Admiral William Truelove, born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, enrolled in the Canadian Forces in 1981. He attended Royal Roads Military College, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor’s Degree in military and Strategic Studies. After graduation, he completed his initial naval officer training in HMC Ships CHALEUR, FUNDY, SASKATCHEWAN and QU’APPELLE. In 1986, he was posted to HMCS ATHABASKAN, where he served as a Bridge Watchkeeper, Navigation Officer, and Above Water Warfare Officer. The was followed in 1990 by a two-year assignment at the Canadian Forces Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack, B.C.
In 1992, RAdm Truelove was promoted to Lieutenant-Commander and attended the Operations Room Officer course. On completion, he was posted to HMCS IROQUOIS as Combat Officer until 1995, including a seven-month deployment to the Adriatic Sea in support of the UN Embargo of the former Yugoslavia. In 1995, he was appointed as the Senior Staff Officer, Above Water Warfare in Maritime Command Headquarters, following which he returned to Victoria in 1997 to assume Command of HMCS CHALEUR. In 1998, he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College and was then promoted to Commander and appointed as Executive Officer of HMCS PRESERVER. RAdm Truelove returned to Victoria to command HMCS REGINA from August 2001 to August 2003, including a five-month deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Apollo – Canada’s contribution to the War on Terrorism. He then commanded the Naval Officer Training Center in Victoria, B.C., from September 2003 until June 2004.
In July 2004, RAdm Truelove was selected to attend the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., as a member of the Naval Command College Class of 2005, while also completing a Master’s Degree in International Relations at Salve Regina University. In August 2005, he was appointed as the Canadian Forces Naval Attaché in Washington and subsequently assumed Command of Maritime Operations Group Four in Esquimalt in July 2006. In 2007, RAdm Truelove moved to Ottawa and assumed duties as the Special Assistant to the Vice Chief of Defence Staff until 2008, when he transitioned to Special Advisor to the Chief of the Defence Staff. He was promoted to Commodore in June 2009, and was Commandant and Vice Chancellor of the Royal Military College of Canada from 2009 to 2011. Following a nine-month deployment to ISAF HQ, Kabul, Afghanistan, as the Deputy in the Strategic Communications Directorate, RAdm Truelove was promoted to his current rank in May 2012 and commanded Maritime Forces Pacific/Joint Task Force Pacific from June 2012 until July 2015.
Douglas Wolfire: founder and CEO of MadWolf Technologies, a 16-year-old IT Services firm located in the heart of Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Wolfire’s guidance, MadWolf provides Managed Services in the practice areas of IT Support, System Integration, Custom Application Development, and Data Security and Protection. Prior to forming MadWolf Technologies, Mr. Wolfire brought his management and technical skills to customers inheavy industry as well as the financial and development sectors. He is an expert in process control as well as Knowledge Management. Mr. Wolfire is a 1978 graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University–and apart from a short stint as newspaper reporter in Anthony, Kansas–has worked his entire career in the exceptionally dynamic field of technology. He served as a Board of Trustee Officer for Concord Hill School, in addition to his many years on the Give an Hour Executive Board.
Thomas Dikel, Ph.D.: developmental psychopathologist and neuropsychologist practicing in Gainsville, Florida. He is a licensed clinical psychologist currently doing forensic work in cases of child maltreatment and trauma. Dr. Dikel received a a B.A. in international relations and Master’s Degrees in developmental psychology and educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota. Further, he received a Ph.D from the University of Minnesota’s Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science Program, a highly regarded, multi-departmental, child-clinical psychology program based out of the Institute of Child Development and the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research departments. Dr. Dikel is a courtesy assistant professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. He writes, “As a provider, I am amazed at individuals’ resilience and ability to overcome seemingly insurmountable trauma. As a veteran, I am outraged that, after completing military service, some 22 veterans are choosing suicide as their best option – every day. The active duty military suicide rate is close to one service member — also every day.” Because of these statistics, Dr. Dikel believes the work of Give an Hour is crucial at this time. He provides services in therapy and as a consultant to veterans, active military, and their families.
A leader in the insurance and mental health field for 30 years, Jack has developed and run multiple successful businesses. As a Board member on The Boys and Girls Clubs and Engage Recovery Programs he has lent his expertise to organizations dedicated to the wellbeing of youth in his community. His education in addiction studies and business experience gives him a unique perspective on how to help manage addiction in a financially sustainable environment. After retiring from the insurance industry in 2016, Jack has taken the role of consultant for Give an Hour California in order to bring hope and comfort to those in need.
John Ficken, Ph.D.: executive coach and leadership consultant, living in Minneapolis. Dr. Ficken has over 15 years of experience helping senior leaders and their teams handle increasingly complex business challenges with more passion, focus, and efficiency. He has recently founded the Quotidian Group, a leadership development firm. It was created to help employees at all levels of an organization attain more of what truly matters to them and their organizations, especially in these times of intensifying distractions and stress. Dr. Ficken has an undergraduate degree in psychology with a concentration in math from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Debbie Gregory: CEO of MilitaryConnection.com. Debbie Gregory covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of the Military and Veteran Communities. MilitaryConnection.com is one of the most popular and comprehensive online directories of military and veteran resources for active military, Guard, Reserves, Veterans and their families. Debbie is also the founder of VAMBOA, the Veteran and Military Business Owner’s Association, the fastest growing non-profit trade association in the nation for Veteran and Service Disabled Veteran Business owners. MilitaryConnection.com and VAMBOA have a significant national reach, with more than 1.1M combined fans and followers on social media, in addition to more than 200,000 email contacts. Ms. Gregory uses this reach to do what she truly enjoys-assisting veterans, active duty military, their families, as well the great organizations and nonprofits that serve these communities. She takes great pride in being able to push out their missions, messages, events and needs, with at least one-third of the company’s resources donated to helping non-profits serve their communities. Debbie also serves California’s Employment Support of the Guard and Reserve as the Director of Employer Outreach.
Ann Hayes: psychiatrist, Bethesda, Md. Dr. Hayes is also on the clinical staff at Georgetown University Hospital (with teaching and supervisory responsibilities) and chair of the Membership Department for the Regional Council of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She graduated from Georgetown University Medical School in 1987 and completed her training at Georgetown University Hospital, where she did her residency in Adult Psychiatry, with a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Ingrid S. Herrera-Yee, PhD: is a Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. She received her PhD from the University of Vermont and served as a Clinical Fellow for several years at Harvard University. Since that time, she has been in private practice, specializing in trauma and treating military families. She has also been an educator, speaker, advocate and researcher. Her research has focused on preventing suicide among military service members as well as in resiliency among domestic violence survivors. Ingrid is a military spouse and the founder of Military Spouse Behavioral Health Clinicians (MSBHC). MSBHC connects military spouse behavioral health clinicians with information, resources, and the tools necessary to help them on their journey as clinicians, all while working towards developing solutions to our military’s mental health crisis. She was named the National Guard Spouse of the Year and received the Edith Hendley Award for outstanding contributions to the lives of women through teaching, research, and advocacy. Ingrid has been published extensively, serves on several advisory boards including the Association of the United States Army and the Military Family Advisory Network, and speaks on military and family mental health issues. Currently, she is the Director of Military and Veteran’s Policy at the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP: professor of psychology at the Catholic University of America, Board Certified in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology). As an internationally recognized suicidologist, he has done empirical research and writing on suicide and produced numerous publications including four books on clinical suicidology. Dr. Jobes is a consultant to the Department of Defense and various VA Medical Centers. He maintains a private clinical and forensic practice at the Washington Psychological Center, PC.
Matt Landsberg: business executive. Mr. Landsberg joined Give An Hour after the sudden suicide of his brother Neil, a multitour special operations officer suffering from PTS. With this first-hand experience, Mr. Landsberg became deeply aware of our nation’s veteran suicide epidemic. He has vowed to advocate, educate, promote, and fundraise to help our veterans get the resources and support they need on both a policy/institutional level and an acute-need/crisis level. Professionally, after several years in structured finance, Mr. Landsberg started two successful companies. The first is a custom clothing company, in business for nearly 10 years, making high-end suits and shirts for some of D.C.’s most prominent executives and politicians and the country’s most recognized professional athletes. His other endeavor is a title and escrow company serving those in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
Margarita Nelms: category analyst, Walmart Team at Campbell Sales Company; vice president, Con Mi Madre, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase the representation of Hispanic women in post-secondary education through a focus on education and social support services to girls and their mothers.
Mark Rivera: musician, musical director, and music business entrpreneur. In addition to playing soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, Mr. Rivera’s musical talents encompass vocals, guitar, flute, percussion, and keyboards. Over the years, he has worked with Hall & Oates, Tycoon, Peter Gabriel, Simon & Garfunkel, John Lennon, Billy Ocean, and Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, while also playing with Billy Joel and his band since 1982 and with Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band since 1995. As well as being passionate about the music business, Mr. Rivera cares deeply about its charitable side. His work with groups like Michael J. Fox’s Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the Miami Children’s Hospital, Cure Autism Now Foundation (CAN),and the Red Cross speaks volumes about his commitment to “giving back” for being so blessed in life. His recent work with Bands of Brothers TV–a web-based show about 12 vets forming three bands and spreading awareness of PTSD among the military–culminated in a live concert and fundraiser at World Café Live in Philadelphia.
Eric C. Rogers, MSW: program specialist at NIH and former executive director of Give an Hour. Mr. Rogers has over 16 years of experience in the military and social service. He has served on the board of a humanitarian organization providing basic needs to orphans overseas, the board of a faith based international social work organization, a local adoption agency and as a Hague Convention peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation. He also participated on a Public Image Task Force for a local township and volunteered to assist Burmese refugees integrate into their new community. Mr. Rogers deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006, and Afghanistan in 2009. Prior to reentering civilian life, he served at the Pentagon under Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum, in Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, a program that seeks to build psychological resilience in soldiers. In 2011, Civilian Jobs News selected him into the “Top 40 Under 40 Military.” In addition to his full time civilian job, Mr. Rogers currently serves as a headquarters commander for an Army Reserve unit in Maryland.
Fernando Sabio: IT consultant, initial manager of the GAH website. Mr. Sabio brings 10 years of information systems administration, Web development, and network engineering experience. Having helped to devise and build our website, he explains, “My family and I are grateful for those who serve our country, and the opportunity to facilitate a service for our armed forces was one I could not pass up.”
Pat Van Dahlen: sales specialist. Mr. Van Dahlen has 20 years of vice presidential and director-level experience in sales, with GlaxoSK, TRW, and Reed Elsevier. His responsibilities have included domestic as well as international sales organizations. A long-time California resident currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area, he received his B.A. and M.A. (in history) from California State University.
Brigadier General (Ret) Marianne Watson serves as Director of Outreach for Center for America (CFA) and Vice Chair of the Campaign Advisory Council of American Jobs for America’s Heroes, a national nonprofit campaign to encourage employers to post jobs for National Guard Members and veterans.
In her role as Director of Outreach and one of CFA’s senior leaders, General Watson works with business associations, military organizations, nonprofits, state and federal agencies to develop ways to expand our collaboration in support of increased employment opportunities for veterans, National Guard members and Reservists.
General Watson also serves as the CO-Chair for Mission: Getting To Next a non-profit organization assisting retiring military women to overcome the challenges of career transition. MGTN brings together an equal number of executive level women and retiring military women in transition, thus, fostering an invaluable exchange between these two groups. Each workshop fosters a non-attribution environment enabling participants to freely explore career opportunities.
She also serves as an advisor to Give-An-Hour a non-profit organization providing free counseling across the country to veterans, service members and their families. Give-An-Hour also has a national campaign titled “Change Direction” aimed at changing the discussion about behavioral health.
General Watson is also an advisor to Corporate America Supports You (CASY) and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN). These two non-profit organizations provide employment programs and meaningful jobs to veterans, National Guard, Reservists and their spouses.
Until her retirement from the National Guard in December 2013, General Watson served as the Director of Manpower and Personnel, (J-1), at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia. In this role she was Chief Human Resources Officer shaping joint policy and programs for the Army and Air National Guards. She had the primary responsibility of leading a National Guard Joint Manpower, Personnel, and Services Team collaborating with a network of strategic partners, fostering and enabling a resilient operational reserve, and advocating for National Guard Service Members, Families and Veterans by leveraging resources and programs across the spectrum of public and private stakeholders.
General Watson received her commission and was selected as the Honor Graduate of the Virginia National Guard Military Academy Officers Candidate School Class 31 at Ft. A.P. Hill. She has served full time as a Company Commander, Detachment Commander in the Virginia Army National Guard and Battalion Executive Officer in the Minnesota Army National Guard. General Watson has served at the National Guard Bureau since 1987. She served as the Officer Management Branch Chief, Personnel Division and later as the Chief, Army National Guard Personnel Division.
General Watson deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan as the Chief, National Guard Affairs. Upon her return she served as the Army National Guard G1 (Director of Personnel) for approximately three years.
General Watson earned a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy at the National Defense University, Fort McNair in 2005. She earned a Masters of Business Administration from Averett University in 1996 and graduated in 1991 from St. Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Management.
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.
Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., named to TIME magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, is the president of Give an Hour. A licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the Washington, D.C., area for over 20 years, she received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland in 1991. Concerned about the mental health implications of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dr. Van Dahlen founded Give an Hour in 2005 to enlist mental health professionals to provide free services to U.S. troops, veterans, their loved ones, and their communities. Currently, the network has nearly 7,000 providers, who have collectively given $19 million worth of services. As part of her work with Give an Hour, Dr. Van Dahlen has joined numerous panels, conferences, and hearings on issues facing veterans. She has participated in discussions at the Pentagon, VA, White House, and Congress, most recently appearing on the White House June 2013 panel about mental health in America, moderated by Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, and testifying in March of 2013 before the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the topic “VA Mental Health Care: Ensuring Timely Access to High-Quality Care.” She has become a notable expert on the psychological impact of war on troops and families and a thought leader in mobilizing civilian constituencies in support of active duty service members, veterans, and their families. Working with other nonprofit leaders, Dr. Van Dahlen developed the Community Blueprint, a national initiative and online tool to assist communities in more effectively and strategically supporting veterans and military families. Give an Hour has implemented the Blueprint approach in two demonstration sites and continues to lead community collaboration projects. Dr. Van Dahlen has received numerous awards. In addition to her selection for the 2012 TIME 100, she received the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Citation and the 2013 Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the Manhattan Institute. In 2014 she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association and honored by the Chief of Staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant voluntary contributions to our military and the United States Army.
Clara Burgess has her BA in Sociology and her MA in International Relations. She joined Give an Hour in the beginning of January 2019, and currently works as a Program Assistant. Her previous experience has taken her globetrotting across Western and Southern Africa supporting education-based programs, and she is happy to be settled back in the DC area to make an impact on her home community. Clara currently resides in the DC area, where she is enjoying spending quality time catching up with family and friends now that she has returned home from living abroad.
Director of Technology and Social Media
Lisa Calixto is a 2006 graduate of American University with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy. She was Give an Hour™’s first intern in 2005 and volunteered for Give an Hour™ until she was officially hired in January 2011 as Manager, Volunteer Program. She currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. She previously worked as the development assistant/fundraiser for Soroptimist International of the Americas. Soroptimist, headquartered in Philadelphia, Penn., is an international nonprofit for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Lisa enjoys photography, dancing, and spending time with her family.
Director of Marketing and Partnerships
Sally Charney has led sustained public education initiatives at two national nonprofit organizations–CureSearch for Children’s Cancer and UCP (United Cerebral Palsy Association). Her experience in marketing, communications, and strategic alliances led to her new role at Give an Hour. As Director of Public Education at CureSearch, Sally led all phases of three unique multimedia PSA campaigns, including the creative and directing the national distribution, resulting in significant in-kind media placement. Sally is most proud of her work on the CureSearch PSAs with Jeff Gordon, NASCAR racecar driver, and the UCP spots with William H. Macy, the actor. She also has developed cause-related marketing programs and managed high-level strategic alliances, including a successful partnership with Greg Norman, The Shark, pro-golfer. Sally actually ran away from the circus to the nonprofit world, after almost 12 years at Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. A native of Philadelphia, Penn., with a B.S.in education from the University of Maryland, Sally enjoys making jewelry, photography, the gym, and road trips to a favorite New Jersey beach. Hanging out with family and friends is top of the list. Sally has two grown children and currently lives in northern Virginia.
Katie Civiletto serves as the Program Manager for GAH’s partnerships with the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. During her undergraduate career, Katie focused on hospital administration, business administration, public health, psychology, and patient experience. After earning her Master of Health Administration, Katie has been working and volunteering with non-profits that serve veterans, military service members, and their families. She has experience in community collaboration, operations, recruitment, retention, and advocacy. Katie worked closely with The Veteran’s One-stop Center of Western New York to develop a Veteran’s peer-to-peer support program for the Buffalo, New York area. Prior to her time with Give an Hour, Katie was a case manager for the Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF) grant in Denver, Colorado. Here she worked with homeless and at risk veterans to gain housing and connect clients to community resources. Katie continues to support military and veteran populations by volunteering for opportunities available in her local community including: R.E.A.L. Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader Training, Fort Carson’s No DUI Response program (discontinued), Team Rubicon, Team Red White and Blue, The Mission Continues, Wreaths Across America and Local VA Mental Health Summit Planning Committees and Panelist.
Administrative Assistant, Campaign to Change Direction
Paulina Colon joined Give an Hour in January 2018. Paulina is a recent graduate from Syracuse University where she studied social work and policy studies. At the moment, she uses her field and internship experiences in data management to assist the Campaign to Change Direction. She is a native from Puerto Rico and currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Director of Finance and Provider Relations
Jessica Grove joined Give an Hour in 2009 as Executive Assistant to the President and Founder. Her role has grown and changed over time to hone in on the two areas she is most passionate about – Finances and Provider Relations. Her people skills and deep knowledge of GAH and our many providers, partners, and collaborators make her the perfect person to lead this work. Jess came to Give an Hour from the professional theater world where she spent many years as a professional Stage Manager and eventually a Production Manager. She considers herself a compassionate and dedicated self-starter. Jess is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a very proud Tar Heel. When she’s not working, she and her husband are strong advocates for families built through adoption and for families with children with all types of special needs. And they enjoy traveling and watching baseball, especially the Baltimore Orioles, with their two children.
Shaida Hossein began working for Give an Hour in May 2015, as the Assistant Project Coordinator for the Community Collaborative project in Tacoma and in 2017 became the lead coordinator. Currently, she is the Project Manager for the University of Phoenix partnership. She served two years on the Board for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Seattle affiliate. In 2016, she became a Mental Health First Aid trainer for the adult curriculum and the Veterans and Families module, and in 2018 became a trainer for the youth curriculum. Additionally, in 2017, she became an Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) trainer. Shaida received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and obtained her Doctorate in occupational therapy with a concentration in mental health and neuro-rehabilitation from Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska. Shaida completed clinicals at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston; Utah State Hospital, Provo; and VA Puget Sound, Seattle. In her free time, she enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest, traveling, and exploring the coffee an food scene in Seattle.
Soma Mandal joined Give an Hour in 2019 as the Referral Specialist. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where she graduated as a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society. Her passion is in helping communities dealing with mental illnesses and trauma, and using data-driven measures to do so. To further this cause, she has worked with service members, survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, and people with disabilities. She also enjoys being with her loved ones, creating art, reading, exploring zoos, and trying new foods.
Project Manager, Fairfax County
Gladys McLean joined Give an Hour in January 2018 as the Project Manager-Fairfax County. She received her BA in Sociology from Davidson College with an Interdisciplinary Minor in Ethnic Studies in 2015 and shortly after discovered her passion for addressing mental illness in marginalized communities. Gladys is eager to begin practically applying sociological theories and research to her work with at-risk teens in Fairfax County as well as other underserved populations. Prior to coming on board with Give an Hour, Gladys was the Training and Underserved Populations Fellow with the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow for Women in Public Policy at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. She has experience teaching early elementary-aged students and extensive history volunteering with youth and teens from a number of underserved backgrounds. Additionally, Gladys has conducted research for ongoing and emerging organizational projects related to gender and sexuality, sexual violence, school pushout, and barriers to women’s economic success.
Erin Timmermans McNair
Director of Military and Family Programs
Erin Timmermans McNair, MPA, joined Give an Hour in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Military and Family Programs. Erin’s passion is to create positive impact in communities, nonprofits, and organizations by increasing their capacity to serve the focus population. Erin has worked in the non-profit arena since 2007, specializing in organizational development, community organizing, program implementation, fiscal management and operational ingenuity. Prior to working with GAH, Erin pioneered new avenues to assist in eliminating the treatment barriers for service members, veterans and families through her work at NASW North Carolina. In addition to her career, Erin serves in multiple community volunteer capacities, including serving as the Board Chair for the Military and Veteran Resource Coalition. In 2009, Erin established the Young Non-Profit Professional’s Network in Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill (YNPN Triangle NC) to address a gap in professional development/mentorship of young professionals. Erin is the proud daughter of a Navy Veteran and a former military spouse. She currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband, children and her two Huskies.
Rebecca Mullaney began with Give an Hour in 2017, and she serves as a program specialist dedicated to serving three veteran service organizations: Team Red, White and Blue, Team Rubicon, and The Mission Continues. Prior to joining the Give An Hour team, Rebecca finished her post-graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling at George Washington University. Additionally, she holds a Masters of Arts in School Psychology and Counseling and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She is also a licensed teacher, licensed school counselor, LivingWorks ASIST trainer, and an EAGALA certified equine specialist in equine assisted psychotherapy. Rebecca’s professional career began as an elementary school teacher to military children on Fort Hood, Texas. She relocated to Northern Virginia in 2012 to begin working for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), combining her clinical skills and personal experience as a surviving military spouse to help survivors of military suicide loss find hope and healing. During her time at GWU, Rebecca served as a counselor to high-risk children and adolescents in an intensive outpatient unit in Maryland. Rebecca loves all things military and mental health and has found a beautiful marriage of the two in her work at Give An Hour. When she’s not working, Rebecca finds herself riding her horse, General Eisenhower, playing with her two dogs, traveling, enjoying the beach in her new hometown of Wilmington, NC, and most importantly spending time with those she loves, including her husband, Brennan.
Project Manager, Everytown
David Pearl-Schwartz joined Give an Hour as the Project Manager, Everytown in January 2018. This is his second stint with Give an Hour as he was an intern for the Campaign to Change Direction in 2015. After getting his degree in psychology from the University of Miami, David moved to Utah, where he worked as a mentor and supervisor at a residential treatment center, helping teenage boys experiencing a variety of mental health issues as they progressed through the treatment process. He then moved to the Washington, DC area to work as the Clinical Practice Program Coordinator at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry where he supported member psychiatrists in their practice and was involved with a variety of other projects including a youth engagement program, federal lobbying, and fundraising activities. He also founded the University of Miami chapter of Active Minds to raise awareness on campus for mental health and is a member of the SAMHSA- Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health Campaign’s Young Adult Council. David spends his free time rock climbing, traveling, cooking, and skiing.
Randy Phelps, Ph.D.
Vice President, Operations
Randy Phelps, Ph.D., served on the Give an Hour Advisory Board for over a decade, was a formal consultant to the GAH Board of Directors in 2017, and became GAH’s Vice President of Operations in 2018. He also continues to direct the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Health Care Financing, a component of the APA Center for Psychology and Health. In that role he leads APA’s advocacy efforts for sustainable health care financing for both health systems and practitioners. He was formerly the APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice, and as well as APA’s liaison to the US Department of Veterans Affairs for a decade and a half. Dr. Phelps received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Utah in 1981. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Distinguished Member of the National Academies of Practice, Clinical Member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and recipient of APA’s Karl Heiser Award for advocacy. He has also received an APA Presidential Citation for his national contributions to professional psychology.
Program Manager, Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma (EDRT)
Nina Ravick, MSSW joined Give an Hour in January 2019 and serves as the Program Manager for Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma (EDRT). Prior to joining Give an Hour, Nina’s background has included a variety of clinical and social administration settings where she has provided both direct counseling as well as program management services to a variety of populations, including women, children, and families. Much to her delight, Nina’s career has always allowed her to work extensively with a range of pro-bono professionals and volunteers, who, Nina knows, are the true heart of our communities. Nina received her Bachelor of Arts from Muhlenberg College and her Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University. Nina lives in the DC area where she is surrounded by the joy and chaos of her three children.
Director of the Campaign to Change Direction
Kristin joined Give an Hour in 2012 as the executive assistant to Barbara Van Dahlen and is now the Director of the Campaign to Change Direction, GAH’s national mental health campaign. Kristin has an MA in Forensic Psychology from Marymount University and a BA in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Before joining the GAH staff, she was the Senior Analyst in the Background Check Unit at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. At NCMEC, she worked in conjunction with the FBI, analyzing criminal background checks for people who wanted to volunteer with children. She lives with her husband and their two daughters in Greenville, S.C.
Program Specialist for the Campaign to Change Direction
Nickie Silverstein joined Give an Hour in September 2015 as a volunteer and currently serves as a Program Specialist for the Campaign to Change Direction. Nickie grew up in Montana and attended college at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from their business program and is currently pursuing her MBA with them. After graduating and receiving her commission in the Army, she served as a finance officer for nearly nine years. After the Army, she became a government service employee and worked as the Executive Officer to the Garrison Commander for both Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Nickie lives outside of Kansas City with her husband and daughter.
Director of Veterans Programs
Rob joined Give an Hour in March 2014 as the Project Coordinator in Detroit, Michigan for a veteran’s community collaborative initiative funded by Major League Baseball pitcher Justin Verlander’s Wins for Warriors Foundation. Prior to assuming his role as Director of Veterans Programs, Rob served as a Program Manager for a collaboration with Team Rubicon, Team Red, White and Blue, and The Mission Continues to support the mental wellness of their members.
Rob retired from the military in 2009 as a Master Sergeant after having spent 12 years in the U.S. Army as an Indirect-fire Infantryman and 8 years on active duty with the Michigan Army National Guard. He served and trained overseas numerous times included as a Platoon Sergeant for a tour of duty in Sadr City, Iraq in 2005.
Rob is a graduate of Columbia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management and an MBA in Project Management. Prior to joining Give an Hour, he spent 3 ½ years with the Detroit VA Medical Center as a Human Resources Training and Development Specialist.
Rob enjoys an empty nest in Michigan with his wife Cheryl (a Desert Storm veteran), but whenever given the chance… they can be found enjoying travel across the US.
Samantha Terry joined Give an Hour in January 2018 as Executive Assistant to Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen. Samantha grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she also graduated from Randolph College. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2016 as a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society. During college, she had the opportunity to work as an intern for No Kid Hungry Illinois through the Greater Chicago Food Depository; this experience solidified her love and passion for non-profit work. Samantha now lives in Fairfax, Virginia.
Administrative Assistant – Database
LaToya Thomas, MA, BCBA, LBA joins the Give an Hour team with a strong background in mental and behavioral health. An intense passion for military families was ignited in LaToya in 2003 when she became a military spouse and began volunteering on her husband’s ship as an ombudsman. While serving as the ombudsman, LaToya saw firsthand the struggle that many military families endured and vowed to have a positive impact on the lives of those families. Since then, she has created several spouse support groups, provided crisis intervention, counseling, referrals and resources to veterans and their families. Prior to joining GAH, LaToya provided therapy and behavioral intervention to individuals on the Autism spectrum. Whether helping behind the scenes or directly with families, LaToya finds joy in making a difference in the lives of many. When she is not helping others, she enjoys spending quality time with her husband and their five children.
Director of Give an Hour California
Kirsti Thompson joined Give an Hour as part of Give an Hour, California, in July 2017, bringing extensive experience in the field of prevention, mental health, family strengthening, and child and youth development. Prior to joining Give an Hour, California, Kirsti served with Strategies, a project of the Office of Child Abuse Prevention, California Department of Social Services. In that role, Kirsti led a team of specialists in researching and creating family strengthening training curriculum and capacity building projects that were offered throughout California. Kirsti has specialized experience in organizational and program assessment and capacity building, group facilitation, training facilitation, and curriculum development. Furthermore, she provided training and follow up technical assistance on a variety of prevention and early intervention topics to various networks and organizations throughout central California. Kirsti has served in the non-profit, social service field, primarily in child/youth development, training and capacity building, and program quality support for over 25 years and is a Ventura County, California native.
Director, New Populations
Marissa Tisch, MSW joined Give an Hour in January 2018 and currently serves as the Director of New Populations. Marissa received her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies and received her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. Prior to joining Give an Hour, Marissa’s background has included a variety of clinical and school settings where she has provided individual and group therapy to a variety of populations over the last several years. Marissa currently resides in the DC area with her husband, son, and rescue dog Mambo, where she enjoys trying new restaurants, photography, and spinning.
Program Manager – Referrals
Jamie Turner joined Give an Hour in 2016 as the Referral Specialist with a strong military passion and as a military spouse, has been actively involved with the military lifestyle since 2002. She is an advocate for raising awareness of mental health injuries within the veteran community, reducing the stigma associated with seeking help for Post-Traumatic Stress, and connecting veterans and their families with available resources. Jamie can often be found biking, hiking, and RVing the country with her husband, their ridiculously good-looking black lab, and their newest addition – a 3-legged chocolate rescue lab!
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Currently, our volunteer providers donate free, easily accessible confidential counseling to the military community and to survivors of human trafficking. We can respond quickly to many who do not have access to help. Your donations help us reach those in need.
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Give an Hour participates in the Combined Federal Campaign under listing #65498: “Military Families Receive Free Mental Health Care – Give an Hour.” If you work for the federal government, this is an easy way for you to support GAH. Your tax-deductible donation will go directly to our services for military families.
Give an Hour™ is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation; all donations to Give an Hour are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Our tax ID is 61-1493378. Our Maryland State registration number for charitable organizations is 18488.