Our Team

We are all one team. Each team member has a military story, and continues to serve and strengthen the community through their work with ServingTogether. Our team has experienced the culture firsthand, and now serves as a valuable and personable connection for the veterans and military families that reach out for the resources they have earned.

 

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Michael Ball, Director of ServingTogether
mike@ServingTogetherProject.org

Mike served as a Korean Linguist in the Marine Corps from 1989-1993, as a medic in several Guard and Reserve units from 1994-2000, and as a medic in the Air Force from 2000 until retiring in 2013. Michael spent the last ten years of his career transporting wounded as a flight medic in Iraq and Afghanistan and as the Senior Enlisted Supervisor of the Patient Staging Facility in Ramstein Air Base Germany. This experience gave him a deep desire to continue to help these servicemen and women as they recovered from their injuries and transitioned back into civilian work and life. Since retiring, Michael worked for several DC area Veterans Service Organizations, and as the Veterans Services Coordinator for Loudoun County Virginia, before joining the Serving Together team in January 2017. Michael received his BS in Environmental Studies from American Military University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College.

 

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Julie Riggs, Program Manager
julie@servingtogetherproject.org

Julie is ServingTogether’s Program Manager. She brings to the position a boots on the ground perspective with over 10 years’ experience working with military and veterans in the nonprofit sector. As the wife of a United States Naval Chief Petty Officer, she is dedicated to providing our nation’s veterans and families access to the tools and resources they need. Julie holds a BA in English from San Jose State University in California.

 

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Christy Kenady
northernva@servingtogetherproject.org

Christy is ServingTogether’s Program Manager for Northern Virginia. As a military spouse of a United States Airman, she brings strong dedication and passion to aiding military members, veterans and their families with over six years of diverse experience working at military installations throughout the National Capital Region and overseas in Europe. She received her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Stephen F. Austin State University (Nacogdoches, TX) and her master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ). Prior to Serving Together, Christy was a Veterans Affairs Benefits Advisor that supported the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and brings a wealth of knowledge and information about transitioning service members and veterans with benefits and services.

 

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Jennifer Watson
peernavigator@servingtogetherproject.org

Jennifer is ServingTogether’s Veteran Peer Navigator. She proudly served in the United States Air Force and is an OIF/OEF service-connected combat veteran. She understands the needs of the veteran community and has made it her mission to provide support and resources to her fellow veterans and their families. Jennifer received her Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Baltimore as well as her Masters of Science degree in Forensic Science: High Tech Crimes.

 

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Danielle Jackson
peernavigator@servingtogetherproject.org

Danielle is Serving Together’s Veteran Peer Navigator for Northern Virginia. She proudly served in the United States Army. With serving over 6 years in the Northern Virginia and Maryland areas, she is eager to provide the needed support and resources to fellow Veterans and their family members in the Northern Virginia area. While serving in the Army, Danielle worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist working in the Behavioral Health inpatient and outpatient Departments servicing both active duty and veterans with behavioral health concerns; Family Advocacy Program working to help prevent abuse by offering programs to put a stop to domestic abuse before it starts to service members and their families; and Drug and Alcohol Residential Treatment where she worked on a team that offered supportive services for fighting alcohol and drug addictions to service members and veterans. Danielle is currently pursuing her Bachelor in Science in Psychology.