Our Mission

Give an Hour’s mission is to develop resilient individuals and communities; to grow our social impact through responsive, scalable, individualized mental health programs aimed at closing access and delivery gaps to mental health care.

Our Vision

Expand no cost, barrier free mental health care for those impacted by human-made traumas by growing and scaling our mental health services and mental health provider network.

“Being part of a team of staff and volunteers working to address the mental health crisis our country is experiencing is profoundly humbling and motivating.”

Dr. Trina ClayeuxCEO of Give an Hour

Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Trina Clayeux

Prior to Give an Hour, Dr. Clayeux served as chief operations officer for social impact nonprofits addressing educational, socioemotional, and affordable housing disparities across low-wealth communities and as a director and assistant dean for both the K-12 and community college systems. Preceding this, and as a military spouse, she served as the director of workforce and economic development for a county of governments charged with multistate coordination of a Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) event, served as chief executive officer of a national military spouse, and veteran workforce development network, and as a sexual assault response coordinator in support of the Army family readiness system.

Dr. Clayeux earned a master of public administration from Portland State University and a Ph.D. in leadership studies from Gonzaga University along with certifications in change management, lean process improvement, and program evaluation. She’s been recognized by the National Association of Development Boards for innovation, the Sailing Award for leadership excellence, and the Chase Foundation for a nonprofit of the year award. In addition, Dr. Clayeux presented at a number of state and national conferences related to human-centered design in workforce education, trauma-informed practices in youth workforce development, and a replication model for program design, delivery, and impact serving vulnerable populations.

In addition to professional experience, Dr. Clayeux co-founded C-Suite Executive Solutions, a fractional consulting business aimed at operationalizing equity and inclusion into the fabric of organizational operations, provides consultative expertise related to youth gang intervention strategies and is writing a book reimagining nonprofit fundraising. She completed a full Ironman, two half Ironman’s, and hundreds of running events and continues to remain active with her husband, a retired veteran of 26 years, and children.

Chief Operating Officer

Jessica Grove

Jessica Grove is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Give an Hour. She joined the Give an Hour team in 2009, but her role has grown and changed in many ways over her time here. Jess currently oversees the day to day operations of the organization to include finances, human resources, program management and much more.

Her people skills and deep knowledge of all things Give an Hour and our many volunteer providers, partners, and collaborators make her the perfect person for this leadership role. Jess came to Give an Hour from the professional theater world where she spent many years as a professional Stage Manager and 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 three children.

Director of Program Development

Erin McNair, MPA

Erin Timmermans McNair, MPA, joined Give an Hour in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Program Development. Erin’s passion is to create positive impact in communities, nonprofits, and organizations by increasing their capacity to serve.

Working in the non-profit arena since 2007; Erin has consulted with businesses, associations and non-profits to pioneer new programs and organizations supporting military/veterans and their families, individuals experiencing disabilities, homelessness, domestic violence or trafficking and more. Through her work, Erin has created and managed a portfolio of programs and curriculum supporting mental health, access to mental health 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.

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.

Director of PR & Communications

Kristin Richardson, MA

Kristin joined Give an Hour in 2012 and has served a number of roles during her tenure.  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.  She lives with her husband and four children in Greenville, S.C.
Director of Give an Hour California

Kristi Thompson

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, CA Dept. of Social Services; leading 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, 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.

Communications Coordinator

Kim Antley

A native Houstonian, Kim Antley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism degree from the University of Houston. A communications, public relations, and marketing professional for more than 20 years, Kim’s efforts have been focused on assisting entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations and small-to-mid-size companies reach their goals through strategy, branding and content management.

Kim is a committed volunteer who advocates for those in need, including her local animal rescue, Animal Justice League. She enjoys entertaining for family and friends, and spending time with her pets, Marky (a Finnish Spitz mix), Roxxi (the OG and a long-haired tortie) and Squishy (a long-haired gray tabby).

Program Manager, Rare Caregivers

Sonja Chapman

Sonja Chapman is the Program Manager for the Rare Caregivers program. She graduated from San Francisco State University with her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Health Education, and a master’s degree in Public Health with a community health education emphasis from California State University, Northridge.  She has spent her career working in the government sector and  nonprofit organizations that serve individuals in various healthcare settings for community services and advocacy. She is passionate about equity, empowerment, and driving change. She believes in educating and supporting others to empower themselves to be the healthiest person mentally, emotionally, and physically.

She has been married for 21 years, has 2 children, whom she enjoys watching play baseball and softball.

Program Manager

Brittany Chatman, MHA

Brittany Chatman, MHA, joined Give an Hour in 2021 as the Military & Veterans Program Manager. Brittany is the proud wife of an Air Force Veteran. Through her professional and lived experiences, Brittany has learned much about the needs of service members and their families. As a result, she takes great pleasure in having the opportunity to take the lessons she has learned and use them to increase the emotional wellness and wellbeing in military families beyond her own.

With more than a decade of nonprofit and governmental public health experience, Brittany is poised to protect, promote, and improve the health of the communities she serves. Her areas of expertise include targeted strategies in public health promotion, education, and evaluation — through which, she has aided in the creation and implementation of sustainable interventions on local, statewide, regional, and national levels.

Brittany possesses a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and a Master of Health Administration. She also possesses a Graduate Certificate in Public Management. In addition to her accomplishments as a front-line and administrative public health professional, Brittany enhances the quality of workplace morale and performance as a Certified Everything DiSC Workplace® Facilitator.

As a resident of Florida, Brittany enjoys spending time in the backyard with her human and fur family members, brunching by the beach and bay, and volunteering her time with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. — which she has been a member for more than 10 years and currently serves as the Regional Health & Wellness Coordinator for the 2020-2022 administration.

Program Coordinator, Provider Relations

Andrea Cobb

Andrea started her position as program coordinator – providers relations in November 2021. She is passionate about seeing growth in the mental health field and is excited to join the provider relations team.

Andrea has always had an aptitude for assisting others from a young age. Throughout her life, she reconized how important mental health awareness is to our society. With life experience combined with professional experience, she strives to improve the mental health field nationally. For the past ten years, Andrea has been dedicated to aiding providers in our community by offering support, resources, training, and information. Andrea has an extensive background working with mental health providers, assisting with practice setup and policy mandates. She has conducted several volunteer seminars on a state level and has held leadership roles through government-mandated programs. She thoroughly enjoys making a positive impact on the world and hopes to accomplish even more with the Give An Hour team.

In her free time, she searches for ways to better her community and likes to paint, read, go on nature walks and spend time with her family.

Program Coordinator, Route 91

Molly Maurer

Molly was first introduced to Give an Hour by attending our weekly support groups for Route 91 and Borderline Bar and Grill survivors. In March 2020, she became the Peer Lead for the Route 91 Heals TIPS Peer Support project. During that time, she helped guide a group of fellow survivors through Peer Support training and continues to co-facilitate this group in the program.

In January 2021, she became the Project Coordinator for the Route 91 Heals project. With this new role she provides psycho-education opportunities, co-facilitates Peer Support groups, and uses her own experience with mass shootings to help support the Route 91 Heals team to expand and grow.

She enjoys doing anything outside and loves to show her daughter the beauty of the outdoors

Program Manager, Give an Hour California

Shane Meserve, MPA

Shane joined Give an Hour in September 2020 to provide program leadership for the Route 91 Heals project. She comes from 5 years of efforts focused on embedding the Strengthening Families Framework (5 Protective Factors), Trauma-Informed Care, reflective supervision, and other prevention topics into training and consulting activities around the state of California with the Strategies project based in the Department of Social Services.

She also spent 15 years as a Center Director and Senior Program Director for the YMCA and Girls Inc., running school-age child care programs and other recreational and educational programs for children and families. She has a Masters of Public Administration from CSU, Northridge.

Shane is a proud 4th generation Californian! She has two nieces and loves to camp and travel with them. She also loves living in Ventura and walking by the beach as often as possible.

Outreach Coordinator, Give an Hour California

Michael Morisette

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 that 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.

Program Manager, Overdose Prevention for Give an Hour California

Ashley Nettles

Ashley Nettles specializes in Prevention Program Services with expertise in the opioid crisis. Providing innovative strategies to reach high-risk community members and their families through quality education and training. Cultivating integral community partnerships through detailed program management.

Ashley’s passion for her work is fueled by her personal family experience. Her first-hand experience with how addiction affected her family gives her the ability to champion change for families and communities that are feeling the devastating effects of our Nations’ Opioid crisis. Her unique perspective on the opioid crisis primes her to be a force for change in our communities both in the public and private sectors.

Ashley is currently the Overdose Prevention Program Manager for Give an Hour. She serves as a member of the Rx and Heroin workgroup in Ventura County. Ashley has also been a presenter at the National Rx and Heroin abuse summit.

Program Manager, Enhancing the District’s Response to Trauma (EDRT)

Nina Ravick, MSSW

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.

Program Manager, Ambassadors & Events

Nickie Silverstein, MBA

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.

Jessica Webb
Program Coordinator

Jessica Webb

Jessica Webb is currently the opioid overdose prevention program coordinator with Give an Hour. She joined the team in 2022 after completing a year of AmeriCorps working in substance abuse prevention and youth development at Girls Inc of Boston and Lynn.

During her time at CSU Channel Islands Jessica survived a mass shooting inside Borderline Bar and Grill. In 2021 she earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, the first step in a long term effort to work in reducing community violence. She is an advocate for survivors of mass trauma and believes strongly in the importance of protecting futures.

In her free time, Jessica volunteers as a survivor fellow by sharing her story to bring awareness to community violence. She also enjoys knitting and spending time in nature.

Content & Design Coordinator

Rebekah Wilbur

Originally from the UK, Rebekah joined Give an Hour as executive assistant to the CEO in July 2019 and more recently has expanded her role as a graphic designer for the nonprofit.

With a Bachelors’s degree in Music Performance, Rebekah is currently enrolled in the University of West London Online where she is studying for a post-graduate certificate in Music Therapy. An avid musician and songwriter, Rebekah spends her free time teaching piano as part of a virtual teaching academy and writing with a songwriting team for sync placement opportunities in TV, Film, and Advertising.

Board of Directors

Board Treasurer

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).
Board Member

James Byrne

The Honorable James M. Byrne is the Vice President of Ethics & Business Conduct at Lockheed Martin Corporation. 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, board chair of Give an Hour
Chairman of the Board

Sean Howard

Sean Howard, Global Managing Director, WPP Government & Public Sector Practice: Give an Hour Chairman of the Board. He 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.

Antonio Puente Board Photo
Board Member

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.
Board Member

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.

Board Member

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.

Board Member

Robert Scott

Rob Scott joined Birdon America in November 2021 as the President of their operations in the U.S. Prior to that he held a variety of executive management and operational roles with Bechtel Group Inc. In his last role with Bechtel, Rob helped set up and lead Bechtel’s Operational Technology Cybersecurity Business Unit. In addition, during 2020 he also led Bechtel’s COVID-19 Crisis Response Team answering a national call for help in planning and responding to the pandemic through Alternate Care Facilities.

Prior to joining Bechtel in 2011, Rob had a distinguished 21-year career in the United States Marine Corps. Rob graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He is also a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute and served as a Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow (Executive Fellowship) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Rob has also received numerous honors and awards including the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star medals. Rob volunteers to help transitioning veterans find apprenticeships in the construction field.

Rob currently lives in Houston, TX with his wife Gabriela and together they have four children.

Board Member

Patricia Toledo

Patricia Toledo built her career at the intersection of product innovation, business development, leadership, and tech at financial services, education technology, and social impact companies.

Successfully launching and managing for-profit businesses, and non-profit organizations of $10M – $1B+ P&L, in the US, Europe, and Latin America. She brings 20 years of experience as a strategic & operational leader with a demonstrated track record of building successful products and high caliber teams. Patricia is a lifelong learner. A self-starter with an entrepreneurial mindset, ability to scale businesses, and great passion for mission-driven organizations.

In 2022, she believes we will see a larger focus on ensuring quality mental health care reaches all populations in need, with greater emphasis on access and cost-effectiveness. Now is a good time to expand GAH’s program portfolio, reach, and social impact.

Board Member

Ross K. Whitmore

Ross Whitmore (Lt. Colonel, USAF, Ret.) was the first openly gay Commander at the Air Force Special Operations Headquarters. He faced many personal and professional challenges because of this deliberate decision, but still successfully fulfilled his duties as a Commander. His openness provided a safe space for many colleagues to share their own struggles and led to a public speaking invitation by the Gay-Straight Alliance to share his struggles of living under the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

During his career as an officer in the Air Force Medical Corp, Ross provided Command level leadership, policy development, and disaster intervention. Ross has served as Medical Commander in the 1st Special Operations Wing, additionally, he created the 27th Special Operations Wing Clinical and Operational Psych Support Program and was the first-ever Air Force Social Worker selected for both the elite Survival Evasion Resistance Escape training and the Special Operations Combat Rescue Officer Selection Cadre. Overseeing screening and selection of elite operators to rescue US service members stranded behind enemy lines.

As a member of the Surgeon General’s staff for the largest Major Command, Ross was responsible for all mental health services for 13 Bases. Concerned with the rising suicide rate within the Air Force, Ross assembled a task force to develop policy and protocol for the command to care for suicidal and other high-risk service members and their families. This policy mandated close coordination with the base mental health clinic, civilian medical resources, and the supervisor and Commander of the service member. This policy and protocol were then adopted as the standard of care for the entire Air Force in managing high-risk service members.

Ross holds a bachelor’s degree in Educational Psychology with a Major in Special Education from Brigham Young University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from The Ohio State University. After joining the Air Force, he continued his education with Graduate Level Senior Professional Education at the Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College. Ross retired from active duty in 2016. He is the proud father of two daughters.

Board Member

Alena Anotowich

Alena Antonowich is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to beginning graduate school, Alena worked for the NYC Department of Education in the Office of Policy and Evaluation. There, she conducted qualitative research on proposed changes to local school accountability metrics and quantitative analyses to support students with disabilities and English language learners in receiving necessary academic services. She received a Fulbright grant to research intercultural bilingual education policy in Salta, Argentina and presented her research at the University of Buenos Aires. Alena has also worked at the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, focusing on expanding access to childcare subsidy grants for low-income families.

At Duke, she is the recipient of the Helen F. Ladd Fellowship in Education Policy and the founder and President of the Sanford Urban Policy Club. Alena graduated with honors from Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in International and Area studies and Educational Studies. While in college, she served on the Missouri Charter Public School Board, tutored elementary school students, and taught at the Washington University Nursery School.

Founder

Founder

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D.

Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen is the founder of Give an Hour and the former executive director of the PREVENTS Presidential Executive Order Task Force. She is currently the chief executive officer of WeBe Life, a digital health company focused on improving global mental health and well-being.

Named to TIME magazine’s 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, Dr. Van Dahlen is a renowned clinical psychologist and mental health consultant who built the first all-of-government and whole-of-nation effort focused on suicide prevention for Veterans. As a key element of the PREVENTS effort, Dr. Van Dahlen developed the first national public health campaign focused on suicide prevention for all Americans.

Dr. Van Dahlen is widely recognized for her work in changing the culture associated with mental health to remove barriers and increase access to care. She has been a regular contributor 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.

Partners

Our Generous Funders

  • Aetna Foundation
  • Alexion Charitable Foundation
  • Antonio Puente
  • California Community Foundation
  • Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
  • County of Ventura
  • District of Columbia Office of Victim Services
    and Justice Grants
  • Douglas Wolfire
  • Everytown for Gun Safety
  • Fred Knowles
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • James Byrne
  • Indianapolis Public Schools
  • Major League Baseball Players Trust
  • Marion County, IN
  • Joseph Sifer
  • Laurie Oseran
  • Madwolf Technologies
  • Major League Baseball
  • Major League Baseball Players Trust
  • Marion County, IN
  • Nicholas Mindicino
  • Mr. and Mrs. Chris Stapleton Outlaw State of Kind Fund
    of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
  • Patricia Bowditch
  • Paychex
  • Sean Howard
  • Sheppard Mullin
  • Richter & Hampton
  • Stanley R. Levin Fund
  • The Rosendin Foundation
  • The Scoob Trust Foundation
  • Tresemer Foundation
  • umttr
  • University of Phoenix
  • Ventura County Community Foundation
  • Veterans United Foundation
  • The Wasily Family Foundation

Pro Bono Supporters

  • MadWolf Tech
  • Sheppard Mullin

Financials and Documentation

Give an Hour operates in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements and maintains standards in specific areas through related policies and guidelines. We believe it is vital to the success of our organization that we conduct ourselves with honesty and integrity in all of our everyday actions on behalf of Give an Hour.

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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.