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.
Christy Kenady is the Program Director for ServingTogether, a program of EveryMind. For over four years, Christy has supported the growth and connection of public, private and non-profit organizational collaboration as the Northern Virginia Program Manager. She has served as Chairman for the Fort Belvoir Community Collaborative and the Fairfax County Veterans Collaborative, and has facilitated the growth of the Loudoun County Community Veterans Engagement Board, serving on the Executive Committee as Secretary for over 2 years. Christy has been the face of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Community of Practice Champion program, facilitating education and training opportunities within the Mid-Atlantic region for those working with and supporting military and veteran-connected communities. 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 10 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 ServingTogether, Christy has had a wealth of experience in Marketing, Communications, Outreach, Higher Education, Sales, Adult Education, and was a Veterans Affairs Benefits Advisor that supported the Transition Assistance Program (TAP). She brings a wealth of knowledge and information about transitioning service members and supporting veterans with benefits and resources.
Jennifer Watson has been with ServingTogether since 2015, first as a Peer Navigator before moving into the Program Manager role covering Southern Maryland and Washington DC. Jennifer 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.
Jason Marshall is the Program Manager for Western Maryland and the National Capital Region with ServingTogether. Jason, a Marine Corps veteran, has spent the last 18 years working in the non-profit sector. He began his career as an Americorps intern working for the American Red Cross. Through the years he has managed numerous non-profit offices worldwide working closely with active duty service members, veterans and their families. He has a vast amount of experience and success creating and enhancing new programs, partnerships, and opportunities for growth. Jason’s motivation and drive has always been to serve those who serve. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Criminal Justice from Northern Arizona University.
Aimee Stoddard is the Northern Virginia Program Manager for ServingTogether, a program of EveryMind. Aimee’s professional career took a turn when she decided to change my career path from the cosmetic world to returning to college in her 30’s. Aimee received a bachelor’s degree in Human Services with a focus on Addiction. Over the years, she has had the privilege of working as a Rehabilitation specialist on a forensic act team, supporting Military spouses seeking employment and now serving Veterans and Military Families in the Northern Virginia region. Aimee is passionate about serving our Veterans and Military families, as a military spouse for over 18 years, and she also has a long family history of family members that have served our country. Her drive is to provide support, resources, and solutions to a community that she is honored to serve.
Katie Kilby is the Program Manager for the Central Maryland region with ServingTogether. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Katie has worked in Greater Baltimore since she returned to the United States in 2011. Her career has centered exclusively around veteran organizations since 2014, and since then, Katie has worked hard to connect military affiliated individuals with the resources that exist to serve and engage them. In 2017, Katie founded the Baltimore Military Muster as an attempt to build recruiting pipelines for local veteran organizations, while focusing on relationship building and resource sharing across the local community. Drawing on her own experiences as a community builder and Marine Corps Spouse, Katie believes stronger veterans can help build stronger communities, and knows that ServingTogether is primed to ensure collaboration within the veteran landscape.
Senior Peer Navigator
Erica Fatal is the Senior Veteran Peer Navigator for ServingTogether at EveryMind. She is passionate about poverty alleviation, education, and support of veterans and underserved communities. She is driven to help the well-being of others and is known to be versatile, reliable, and culturally competent. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) in 2014 with a BS in Family Science and a minor in Global Poverty. While attending UMD, she worked as an outreach intern for Women Veterans interactive. Through that experience Erica gained firsthand insight into the veteran community. She has worked in Seoul, South Korea, as a Native Speaking English Teacher and holds a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification. Since moving back to the US, she transitioned into family services as a Resident Services Coordinator for Project Access in Silver Spring, MD. There she oversaw the daily operations of a Family Resource Center by facilitating programs that focused on health, education, and employment for low-income families and children in a 542-unit housing community. Erica is ecstatic to join the ServingTogether team and continue her mission of serving others.
Alexander Shamis is the Veteran Peer Navigator for ServingTogether at EveryMind. He is passionate in ending veteran’s unemployment, homelessness, mental health stigma. He has assisted dozens of veterans with their disability claims and thousands of cases for rapid rehousing through SSVF. Alexander created a network of landlords willing to rent out units to homeless veterans as a Housing Director for the NYC Continuum of Care. He was a guest speaker at the Coalition of Homeless Veterans Annual Conference. As a disabled veteran he strongly advocated for expansion of resources for disabled veterans and participated in NYC Veterans Advisory Board meeting, HUD-VASH coordination and SSVF Regional and National Conventions. He graduated from the City University of New York, College of Staten-Island. While attending he participated in the CUNY Veterans Club. Alexander is a Navy Veteran and was stationed onboard the historical USS Kitty Hawk. He participated in Operation Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom. He spent his entire enlistment forward deployed out of Yokosuka Naval Base Japan. He is fluent in Russian, French and speaks broken Hebrew. Native of Uzbekistan he lived in France, Israel, Netherlands, Japan and the US. Learn more about Alexander here.
Community Education Intern
Alana Fader is currently an undergraduate intern for ServingTogether. She is currently a Junior pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a minor in Human Development and a minor in Business at The University of Maryland, College Park. Alana is also an intern for the Education and Advocacy department of EveryMind and is working to help create a bridge between the two departments to ensure a smooth transference of information. She is passionate about advocating for those who struggle with mental health related issues and is interested in learning more about how that effects the veteran community, so she can spread awareness to others.
Marsha Lessard is a former law enforcement officer, a Johns Hopkins graduate, and is currently working on her Masters of Social Work at George Mason University. She has worked in grass roots community organizing, social media marketing and legislative efforts. She is the mother to four children and the wife of a recently retired Army Green Beret. After graduation Marsha aspires to open therapeutic veterans programs with her husband that integrate a variety of functional/holistic modalities.