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 served as ServingTogether’s Peer Navigator for over three years and has recently stepped into the role of Program Manager 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 believes 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.
Intern, Peer Navigator
Sam Cooper is a graduate intern Peer Navigator at ServingTogether. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work at the University of Maryland Baltimore, and previously earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in American Studies and English Language and Literature at University of Maryland College Park. Before joining the ServingTogether team, Sam worked as a mentor and behavioral technician with children and young adults on the autism spectrum and with intellectual disabilities. Passionate about service and supporting positive outcomes in human wellbeing, Sam seeks to infuse all of his work with a sense of compassion and humility that recognizes our fundamental connection with and responsibility to each other. Sam is also a community organizer and mindfulness meditation facilitator, and is interested in how collective consciousness change can help uproot some of our society’s deepest and most complex social justice problems.
AmeriCorps Education & Training Fellow
Janay Tyler is the Americorps Education and Training Fellow for ServingTogether at EveryMind. While navigating her own mental health challenges, she became passionate about the importance of mental health education and early access to treatment. While completing her Master in Public Health degree at Georgia State University, she realized that her dream is to create mental health education programs that target youth and their families to aid in early identification of mental health challenges. Janay is excited to join our team at ServingTogether and contribute to our education and training
Data Collection and Analytics Intern
Victoria Owens is a Data Analytics Intern for ServingTogether. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Policy at Georgetown University. Victoria graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2019, with a BS in Psychology, a BA in Government and Politics, and a Neuroscience minor. Victoria is particularly interested in the intersection of societal inequalities and mental health policy. Victoria has a strong background in research and data analysis, from working in neuroscience research labs to other data internships, and she is very excited to bring these skills to the EveryMind Team.
Social Media and Communications Intern
Mona Motamedi is a Social Media and Communications Intern with Serving Together at EveryMind. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2020. Before graduating, she worked in the research laboratory of the University of Maryland’s Department of Management and Organization. There, she had the opportunity to facilitate experiments that examined the role of managerial structure and communication within a team on the team’s overall satisfaction, which deepened her interest in utilizing strategic communication to support nonprofit organizations. Mona has also worked as an intern with the Peace Corps Office of Civil Rights and Diversity, where she worked on projects designed to support the organization’s intercultural competence, diversity, and inclusion goals. In her free time, Mona volunteers as a tutor and mentor for students in underserved populations in Washington DC.
Social Media and Communications Intern
Stephanie Choi is the Social Media and Communications Intern for ServingTogether. She is currently enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park in order to attain a B.S. degree in psychology. She is very passionate about learning more about how she can give back to her community and also learning more about the veteran community. Although this is her first time being a social media and communications intern, she is willing to try her best in order to spread the words about resources and events to veterans who are in need.