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.
Amse Heck is the Program Director for ServingTogether at EveryMind. A United States Air Force Spouse, Amse has a proven track record in marketing, business development, and working with military-connected communities. After 15 years in the private sector and after having served on multiple non-profit boards, Amse found her passion in serving military and veteran families. Amse has a strong working knowledge of the obstacles military-connected families face and has developed solutions and a network of partnerships to address these issues. Recognized as a subject matter expert, she has contributed to panel discussions, television interviews, and has experience in working with lawmakers, industry, and other non-profit organizations to address the needs of the military and veteran community. Amse holds a BA in Art History from Bryn Mawr College.
Senior Program Manager
Christy Kenady is ServingTogether’s Senior Program Manager supporting connection and collaboration in Northern Virginia for military, veterans and their families and caregivers. Christy is responsible for managing education and training opportunities within the Mid-Atlantic region for those working with and supporting military and veteran-connected communities. Through community collaboratives, Christy serves as Co-Chair for the Fort Belvoir Community Collaborative and the Fairfax County Veterans Collaborative, and is on the Executive Committee serving as Secretary for the Loudoun County Community Veterans Engagement Board. 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 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.
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.
Melissa Barber is a Program Manager for Serving Together. Melissa has been working with the veteran and military population for 12 years. Most of that time was spent working directly with veterans to obtain behavioral health service and resources throughout Western Maryland as a Regional Resource Coordinator. Melissa has a passion for building connections and collaborative efforts and is responsible for helping to build local veteran provider collaborative groups throughout her target area. Melissa has a strong background in Healthcare and has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a dual MA degree in Health Administration and Business Administration. In addition to her work with veterans, working in the healthcare setting has offered Melissa experience in a variety of areas that include healthcare, mental health, homelessness, chronic illness and caregiver stress. Melissa’s passion for veterans and military families comes from her own lived experience as a family member as well as from her work in the community. Melissa recognized early on that there were misconceptions and a basic lack of understanding about resources available to veterans and their families. Overcoming this barrier has become her mission.
Jason Smith is a Veteran Peer Navigator for ServingTogether and a twenty-year Army veteran who retired from Walter Reed, Bethesda. He served as a combat medic and behavioral health provider. He has worked every facet of military mental health including in-patient and out-patient care, group and individual counseling, education and prevention training. He has a passion for networking, team building, and helping others.
Erica Fatal is the 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.