Military Connected Panelists

 

Meet our panelists for Cohort 15

Buddy Hackett, CVDC

Buddy is a United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran, successful businessman turned Veteran coach and advocate. Buddy has taken his military and business experience of over 25 years and integrating Hawk Eye methods to create a nonprofit, The Veterans’ Collaborative, and Valhalla Associates, LLC to successfully transition veterans and their families in the New England area from military to civilian life. “I am my Brothers’ Keeper.”

 

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Honor Foundation

Jason Martin is a Change Strategist, Master Trainer, Executive Advisor, and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach with significant Fortune 100 experience. He guides dedicated professionals in supporting rapid organizational growth and enduring personal development.

Jason is the architect of manager and leadership development programs for Verizon Telematics’ global operations, encompassing over 3,000 people in more than 30 countries. He was the first training specialist for Home Depot and his 17-year career gave him the opportunity to influence and change what and how the organization trained its employees and managers, including a change initiative that impacted over 150,000 employees.

Jason employs a thoughtful provocation approach to coaching and development. This includes volunteer work with The Honor Foundation where he helps Navy and Marine Special Operators apply their considerable skills and experience to making a positive difference beyond the military. He is also the author of the upcoming book, Never Trust a Happy Dinosaur.

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Tera Salo, PMP (Project Management Professional)
Tera has been in the Navy for over 30 years, initially enlisting in the Nuclear Power program, where she started out in the nuclear power program and was one of the first female mechanics in the training pipe line. She transitioned to USC on an ROTC scholarship, and was commissioned in the Surface line (ship drivers) community of the Navy. After a couple tours of duty in San Diego, she transitioned to the Reserves. Since then, she’s worked primarily in planning, project management and facility maintenance management, including a tour with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Baghdad. Currently she is employed with CBRE in facility planning and works with an awesome maintenance crew in the pharmaceutical industry.
Tera used coaching in returning to the workforce after her tour in Baghdad, and strongly encourages those who are transitioning to consider coaching.

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Meet our PAST panelists (Cohort 14)

Airial W. Dandridge, a Certified Life & Veteran Development Coach, is the founder of The AirialVeteran Woman, LLC., a group dedicated to supporting and empowering female veterans as they transition from soldier to civilian life.

Dandridge, like those she serves, is a 12-year Army veteran that once struggled to find direction during her own transition period. Held back by a lack of direction, limited resources, and personal trauma resulting from domestic violence, sexual harassment and military sexual assault, she felt alone trying to find her place in the world.

It wasn’t until she stumbled upon her own life coach that she found the direction and personal determination she needed to move forward, eventually creating this very program.

Today, she teaches women how to use their military experience as an advantage to both their personal and professional lives; especially those who don’t fit the traditional mom or 9-to-5 roles.

“My passion is to propel women veterans forward by giving them the tools, strategies and moral support needed to make the smooth transition to civilian life.” -Airial Re’nal


debbieDebbie Sprague is the author of bestseller A Stranger in My Bed: 8 Steps to Taking Your Life Back from the Contagious Effects of Your Veteran’s Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  She is also an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow alumnus, and the Education and Training Manager for the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network.

Debbie is a Board Certified Life Coach, specializing in wellness and life solutions for military and veteran caregivers.  She is a Recreation Therapist, and holds a Community College Teaching Credential in Health and Physical Care Services.

Debbie has personally experienced the challenges of caregiving during her son’s losing battle with cancer, caring for her late mother-in-law, and today caring for both her aging parents and her husband.  In 2004, Debbie’s husband, a Vietnam veteran was diagnosed with complications from exposure to Agent Orange and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Life dramatically changed for them, and in 2006, Debbie was also diagnosed with PTSD.  Debbie advocates for military and veteran caregivers, speaking, training and providing education to those who care for, and about our ill, injured, and wounded veterans.

 


Shawn Jones is the Director of Resources and Case Management at the non-profit organization Stop Soldier Suicide, an Adjunct Lecturer with Fayetteville State University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Before his work in nonprofit management, he spent just over twenty years in the United States Military.  He has deployed once to Kosovo and Iraq and twice to Afghanistan.  Shawn has held numerous leadership positions, however being a Drill Sergeant and the Program Manager at the brigade level for resiliency training were his favorites.  He retired in 2014 as a Sergeant First Class.

Shawn obtained his Bachelors of Science in psychology from Troy University and his Master of Social Work from The University of Southern California.  He currently is working toward his Doctorate in Social Work through Walden University and is completing his certification as a Veteran Development Coach.  Shawn has worked with children, teens, and adults in numerous settings dealing with with a wide array of issues.

Shawn Jones is the Director of Resources and Case Management at the non-profit organization Stop Soldier Suicide, an Adjunct Lecturer with Fayetteville State University and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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tori-12-2016Tori Duncan is  a voice-over artist. She served in the US Navy active duty from Feb. 1992 to Feb. 1996. Tori was stationed on the USS Safeguard from June 1992 until May 1994.  She  was an Engineman and a Firefighter on board the ship.  She was then stationed at Port Ops, Pearl Harbor where she scheduled ships and subs movements.

In Aug of 1996 Tori joined the reserves and served in the reserves for the next 10 years. In the reserves, she become a Storekeeper Third Class. and was stationed at Gulfport, MS at the Seabee base.

“I loved working with the Seabees.”

Tori joined the Navy to see the world and she got to see the North Pole, every straight of Alaska, the Aurora Borealis, Canada and of course Hawaii.

“There are things I wish I had done differently, but wouldn’t change what I did get to do.”

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Meet our PAST panelists (Cohort 13)

AirialAirial W. Dandridge, a Certified Life & Veteran Development Coach, is the founder of The Veteran Woman, LLC., a group dedicated to supporting and empowering female veterans as they transition from soldier to civilian life.

Dandridge, like those she serves, is a 12-year Army veteran that once struggled to find direction during her own transition period. Held back by a lack of direction, limited resources, and personal trauma resulting from domestic violence, sexual harassment and military sexual assault, she felt alone trying to find her place in the world.

It wasn’t until she stumbled upon her own life coach that she found the direction and personal determination she needed to move forward, eventually creating this very program.

Today, she teaches women how to use their military experience as an advantage to both their personal and professional lives; especially those who don’t fit the traditional mom or 9-to-5 roles.

“My passion is to propel women veterans forward by giving them the tools, strategies and moral support needed to make the smooth transition to civilian life.” -Airial Re’nal

 


As a strategist, consultant, speaker and author, KARS_headshotKeisha A Rivers Shorty assists clients to fuel their passion, align with their purpose and build their legacy by enhancing their Knowledge of Self, Knowledge of Strategies and Knowledge of Systems.  As the founder and managing consultant of The KARS Group, LTD, Ms. Rivers Shorty specializes in providing personal and professional development services that enable clients to achieve their goals in these three knowledge areas by participating in Released & Ready workshops and retreats, BeastMode Boot Camp strategy development series and FAB Outcomes training sessions.  She effectively weaves her experience and expertise as a grant writer, adjunct instructor, former foundation Executive Director, educator and administrator into a system of facilitating knowledge acquisition that enables her clients to achieve tangible success.


 


Meet some of our PAST panelists (Cohort 12)

 

Chris Knutson, P.E., PMP is a leadership and strategy coach, practicing engineer and program manager. He is co-founder of The Engineering Career Coach…..(Stuttgart, Germany) 

a company providing engineers and engineering companies core skills, leadership, and lifestyle design services enabling them to execute their vision.

Chris is also a retired field grade U.S. Air Force civil engineer officer with over two decades of active duty service leading engineering organizations and multi-million dollar programs around the globe.

His Vision: To help individuals lead and companies succeed.


 

Pamala Cassandra McNeal served in the United States Army for eight years as an Administrative Specialist. Five years were served as an active duty enlisted soldier and the last three years were served as an inactive duty reservist, to complete an eight year contract obligation. During the last three years of Pamala’s inactive duty reservist tenure, she worked in several career environments.

After leaving active duty, Pamala worked as a Medical Records Technician as a Federal Government employee for one year. Shortly after, she worked as a Childcare Provider at a Childcare Center working directly with a Clinical Psychologist for one year. An opportunity presented itself when Pamala was recommended by a current employee, to fill a position in his company as an Administrative Assistant. One day blossomed into ten years of being a contractor for one of the most valued Information Technology companies in the world, Science Application International Corporation (SAIC). Her experience with this fortune five hundred company grew from a career as an Administrative Assistant, a Help Desk Analyst, Computer Operator, all the way to Senior Database Administrator within a ten year time frame. Pamala began a new career working directly with students from PreKindergarten through the twelfth grade as a Visiting Teacher for Queen Annes County Board of Education for six years. She moved forward as a Childcare Provider, Mentor and Tutor, working directly with families for the past six years.

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