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 Former President of Give an Hour

Executive Board

Patricia L. Bowditch

Patricia L. Bowditch: Give an Hour Board Treasurer. 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).

James Byrne

James Byrne: The Honorable James M. Byrne currently serves as an independent consultant, senior advisor and independent corporate board member. He was appointed and later confirmed as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on August 28, 2018. He retired from federal service on February 3, 2020. As the Deputy Secretary, he led modernization initiatives and worked closely with the Secretary as the chief operating officer leading operations of the federal government’s second-largest Cabinet department, with some 385,000 employees in VA medical centers, clinics, benefits offices, national cemeteries, and other facilities throughout the country.

Previously, Mr. Byrne served as VA’s General Counsel, leading VA’s nationwide team of nearly 800 attorneys, paralegals, and staff who support VA’s mission and priorities by providing sound legal expertise, representation, and, as needed, critical problem-solving skills and risk-management advice to the Secretary and other senior VA leaders.

Before arriving at VA, Mr. Byrne served as Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Lockheed Martin Corporation, where he was also the company’s lead cyber and counterintelligence attorney. He served for several years on the board of directors for Pacific Architects and Engineers. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Mr. Byrne served in the career Federal Senior Executive Service as Deputy Special Counsel with the Office of the United States Special Counsel, and as both the General Counsel and Assistant Inspector General for Investigations with the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

Soon after the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Mr. Byrne was recalled to active duty for 18 months with the U.S. Marine Corps in support of the Global War on Terrorism. Lieutenant Colonel James Byrne was assigned as the Officer-in- charge of the Marine Liaison Office at the then-National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Byrne led teams of Marines in DC-metro-area military hospitals and Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, that were responsible for supporting injured and deceased Marines, Sailors, and their families.

Mr. Byrne has over 25 years of experience in the public sector, including service as a forward deployed Marine Corps Infantry Officer and a U.S. Department of Justice international narcotics prosecutor. Mr. Byrne’s professional honors include several DOJ awards and The Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator’s Award for Exceptional Service. He is also a recipient of the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism and several military decorations, including the Meritorious Service Medal.

Volunteering in his community, Mr. Byrne has extensive experience on several non-profit and advisory boards. Until August 2017, Mr. Byrne’s most recent professional engagements included service on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Board and the International Association of Privacy Professionals Board of Directors. For ten years, Mr. Byrne volunteered on the Executive Board of Give an Hour, a non- profit organization that has developed national networks of volunteer professionals capable of providing complimentary and confidential mental health services in response to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society, beginning with the mental health needs of post-9/11 veterans, service members and their families.

Mr. Byrne is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he received an engineering degree and, ultimately, held the top leadership position of Brigade Commander. Mr. Byrne later earned his J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, Florida, and started his legal career as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Malcolm J. Howard, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina.

Sean Howard

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

Fred Knowles: Chairman 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.

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Antonio E. Puente

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

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

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.

Pam Swan

Pam Swan is the Senior Director of Military Relations and Business Development for Veterans United Home Loans. As the spouse of a retired United States Army soldier, Pam develops training for all Military Relations team members. In addition, she creates certification programs to ensure employees are properly trained on all products and services, as well as develops content for internal publications and serves as the media spokesperson for Veterans United.

In addition to working on internal programs, Pam is continually active with the military community. She has utilized her financial background to construct programs that educate military families on their current and future financial stability. She regularly presents to military audiences around the world, with more than 52,000 Service members directly benefiting from her knowledge and expertise in the financial arena. Her personal desire is to enhance the quality of life for all men and women that serve.

Pam is a nationally recognized expert on military personal finance, having authored several articles pertaining to financial successes for military members and appearing on MSNBC to discuss identity theft issues. She is a Certified Identity Theft Risk Management Specialist, Certified Credit Report Reviewer (CCRR), and an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC). She is a recipient of the prestigious Dr. Mary Walker Award, the highest honor given to military spouses for their support and service, and has been inducted as an honorary SGM at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Pam has also received the Citation for Exceptional Service in support of National Defense from AUSA Headquarters.

In her spare time, Pam enjoys running or taking a motorcycle ride through the beautiful scenery of Mid-Missouri and spending time with her husband, John, and two kids, Trece and Erin.

Douglas Wolfire

Douglas Wolfire: Secretary of the Give an Hour Board of Directors. 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.

Randy Phelps, PhD

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, became GAH’s Vice President of Operations in 2018, and was appointed GAH’s Chief Executive Officer in 2019. He formerly worked at American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Health Care Financing, a component of the APA Center for Psychology and Health. In that role he led 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.


Randy Phelps, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer

Randy Phelps, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

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, became GAH’s Vice President of Operations in 2018, and was appointed GAH’s Chief Executive Officer in 2019. He formerly worked at American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Health Care Financing, a component of the APA Center for Psychology and Health. In that role he led 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.

Angela Bates, Social Media Specialist

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Angela (Angie) Bates
Social Media Specialist

Originally from Ohio and graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Communication, Angie Bates joined Give an Hour as a Social Media Specialist in September 2019. Currently residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her fiancé, she is also a volunteer with the Crisis Text Line, an organization providing free crisis intervention via SMS message. In her free time, Angie loves playing video games, reading, and yoga.

Clara Burgess, Program Assistant

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Clara Burgess
Program Assistant

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.

Lisa Calixto, Director of Technology and Social Media

Lisa Calixto
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.

Sally Charney, Director of Marketing and Partnerships

Sally Charney
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 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.

Suzanne Clifford, Senior Advisor of GAH Indiana

Suzanne Clifford
Senior Advisor, Give an Hour Indiana

Suzanne Clifford joined Give an Hour as a consultant in June 2018 to launch Give an Hour Indiana in partnership with the Women’s Fund of Central Indiana and the Marion County Health Department. The initial focus of Give an Hour Indiana is the implementation of an innovative prevention program to promote the wellbeing of diverse girls in underserved communities in partnership with Indianapolis Public Schools. Previously, Suzanne was the Senior Vice President of Integrated Primary Care as well as the Vice President of Behavioral Health and CEO of a community mental health center at a large health system. Prior to that, she was appointed by two governors to lead the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction. She served on many national mental health boards and committees including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) board, National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) board, Chair of the NAMI National Children’s Policy Committee, Chair of the NAMI National Education and Information Committee, Co-chair of the NRI National Quality and Accountability Committee, and the National Behavioral Health Care PTAC for The Joint Commission (JCAHO).

Jessica Grove, Vice President of Operations

Jessica Grove
Vice President of Operations

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.

Sarah Hague, Program Manager

Sarah E. Hague, M.Ed.

Program Manager, Give an Hour Indiana

Sarah E. Hague, M.Ed. joined the Give an Hour team as a Program Manager (Indiana) in January 2020. Receiving her Bachelors of Science from University of Toledo (Toledo, OH), and Master of Education from Wayne State University (Detroit, MI), Sarah’s researched stemmed primarily in programming centered around the Social Economic model of Behavior change, with her thesis specifically addressing bullying in low-income schools. Her career began as a Health Advisor, working in Corporate Wellness where she implemented Health Behavior Change theory into tangible results to clients one on one in a myriad of areas that included: nutrition, pregnancy, and stress management. Sarah then began working in Higher Education, serving as a Health Educator for the University of Michigan before eventually teaching full time at a Community College in Indiana. In addition, she also taught at a Private College, sitting on their Health and Wellness committee, helping the college review and create a Health minor program.

More recently, Sarah was a lecturer at Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, where she taught Epidemiology, Drug and Alcohol Education, Psychosocial Issues in Health Promotion, International Health, Health Behavior Theory, and Community Health. Serving also as a mentor for the Health Promotion club, she helped educate, prepare, and inspire upcoming students who will be entering the Health Education field.

Sarah is excited to bring her expertise on Health Education and Promotion to Give an Hour as she works with 4th – 6th grade girls, educating and empowering them with Drug and Alcohol education as well as Mental Health strategies. In her spare time, Sarah loves hanging out with her 3 children, traveling, decorating, and speaking to different audiences about the importance of education, stress, and mental health awareness.

Lori Haugh, Program Manager

Lori Haugh, LCSW
Program Manager, Give an Hour California

Lori Haugh has joined Give an Hour as a Program Manager at the California location. She has a great deal of experience in the field of prevention, mental health, family strengthening, and child and youth development. Prior to joining Give an Hour, California, Lori acted as the Executive Director of the Partnership for Safe Families & Communities in Ventura County, an organization that oversees the Child Abuse Prevention Council for the County. In addition, Lori has worked in shelter settings as well as military settings where she oversaw a prevention program for families with young children. Lori has extensive experience supervising others working toward licensure (MFT or LCSW) as well as supervising interns working toward their Master’s degree and Bachelor’s level staff who are gaining experience in their respective programs. She is currently in private practice part time, working primarily with clients struggling with anxiety and/or depression and utilizing a mindfulness-based approach. She leads a burnout prevention/ compassion fatigue group and is passionate about emotional wellness. In addition, Lori also has a background in financial services and spent many years working in a Compliance capacity in that industry. Lori lives in Ventura County, California with her husband and enjoys being physically active as well as traveling when she can.

Erin Timmermans McNair, Director of Recruitment and Business Practices

Erin Timmermans McNair
Director of Recruitment and Business Practices

Erin Timmermans McNair, MPA, joined Give an Hour in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Recruitment and Business Practices. Erin creates positive impact in communities, nonprofits, and organizations by increasing their capacity to serve through programmatic development, operational efficiency, outreach, and engagement. Working in the non-profit profession since 2007; Erin has consulted with businesses, associations and non-profits to pioneer new programs and support military/veterans and their families, individuals experiencing disabilities, homelessness, domestic violence and trafficking. 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. Erin is the proud daughter of a Navy Veteran and a former military spouse. Residing in the heart of North Carolina, Erin volunteers often in her free time; leading and launching multiple successful nonprofits serving her local community. Through her work, Erin has created programs and curriculum supporting mental health, access to care, military culture, service animal handling and rights, disability rights education/training, as well as assisting in eliminating the treatment barriers for service members, veterans and families.

Michael Morisette, Outreach Coordinator

Michael Morisette
Outreach Coordinator for GAH California

Michael Morisette first came to Give An Hour as a volunteer, where he advocated the message of the Campaign to Change Direction among those who were living through a local mass trauma. Not unlike so many others who serve in this ‘behind the scenes universe’ of responders, providers, advocates, and resource organizations. Michael has a lived-experience which changed his life and his perspective forever. Through processing his own grief and trauma, he is developing a desire to serve others who have experienced these of their own. This is not unusual, or special, but he feels it is profound enough to initiate a vocational adjustment. Michael comes with decades of experience in customer service, sales & marketing, supervision & training, communication & compliance, and staffing & recruiting. Working mostly in retail corporations and facilities, he also learned from his years in the staffing industry, and briefer ventures into home-based insurance and sales businesses. Michael had worked with the public in many settings such as vendor booths, and as event staff in outdoor events, and as a volunteer in faith-based ministries. Michael was born and raised, and attended Community Colleges in Los Angeles County, but now resides in Ventura County, California with his family, and enjoys the opportunities that life brings in a Coastal California lifestyle.

Nina Ravick, Program Manager

Nina Ravick
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.

Kristin Richardson, Director of the Campaign to Change Direction

Kristin Richardson
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.

Nickie Silverstein, Program Manager

Nickie Silverstein
Program Manager for the Campaign to Change Direction

Nickie Silverstein joined Give an Hour in September 2015 as a volunteer and currently serves as a Program Manager. Nickie grew up in Montana and attended college at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio for her undergrad and later her MBA. 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 children.

Fabian Sydnor, Administrative Coordinator

Fabian Sydnor
Administrative Coordinator

Coming soon.

Kirsti Thompson, Director of GAH California

Kirsti Thompson
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.

Jamie Turner, Program Manager

Jamie Turner
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.

Advisory Board

Thomas Dikel

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.

Jack Edelstein

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

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

Debbie Gregory: CEO of Debbie Gregory covers all the bases when it comes to serving the needs of the Military and Veteran Communities. 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. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Marianne Watson

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.

Founder and Former President

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 founder and former 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.

Our Generous Funders

  • AARP Foundation
  • Aetna Foundation, Inc.
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • Amgen Foundation
  • Ariadne Getty Foundation
  • Art of Living Foundation
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Charity Bomb
  • Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • Everytown for Gun Safety
  • Hawthorn
  • Humans of Fashion Foundation
  • Laurie Oseran
  • M Maro Engel
  • Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • Muller Family Foundation
  • Music for Relief
  • Musicians Benevolent Fund t/a HMUK
  • My Brain Solutions
  • Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants
  • Pasadena Community Foundation
  • Rufflife Recordz
  • SpartanNash Foundation
  • Stand Together
  • Teladoc Health
  • Triad Foundation
  • University of Phoenix
  • Ventura County Behavior Health
  • Ventura County Community Foundation
  • Veterans United Foundation
  • Veterans United Home Loans
  • Wasily Family Foundation
  • Women’s Fund of Central Indiana

Pro Bono Supporters

  • MadWolf Tech
  • Sheppard Mullin


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