Exceptional veterans outreach collaborator offering you over 27 years of versatile leadership experience proven successful in spearheading award winning community projects while achieving results others believed to be unattainable. Superior record of ground breaking community engagement in diverse community demographics. Unmatched public speaker; Proven negotiator with county, state and federal resources. Highly passionate and driven to develop organizational collaboration in order to provide superior service to our veteran communities.
Exceptional Organization Skills
2015 recipient Grosse Pointe War Memorial Spirit of Service Award
2015 recipient Wayne County Resolution for Veterans Service
2015 Veteran of the year/University of Detroit Mercy
2015 Veteran of the year/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Bronze Star with Combat Valor Device
Navy Commendation with Combat Valor Device (2nd Award)
Relevant Professional Experience
Vet Center Outreach Specialist10/2016 to 02/2017US Department of Veteran AffairsMacomb, MI
Provided direct outreach to Michigan veterans by providing benefits, program and
resources information available to veterans to veterans' service organizations,
meetings, conferences, and other outreach and external events with stakeholders.
Provided direct advisement with 1 Federal VA Regional Office, 2 Medical centers, 2 Outpatient
Clinics, 4 Vet Centers and 3 Community Mental Health programs in order to enhance communication, awareness and collaboration.
Presented 8 public speaking platforms to inform 4 counties of veteran agencies on the vet center programs.
Participated/Supported 7 Army National Guard drill weekends in order to connect vet center services to the veterans and their families.
Personally connected 37 veteran families to the Macomb Vet Center for services related to PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma, Marriage and Family Therapy and Bereavement support.
Directly supported 5 large families for Christmas providing nearly 500 gifts, 1250.00 in gift cards, 5 complete meals and immediate housing needs for those families.
Regional Coordinator05/2015 to 07/2016MICHIGAN VETERANS AFFAIRS AGENCYLansing, MI
Initiated and developed collaboration teams with Veteran Service Organizations, County Directors, County Counselors, State partnered organizations, Michigan Department of Human Services and non profit organizations.
Developed 23 events with presentations/brochures for over 250 community resources consisting of various military units, private sector and government organizations/officials in reference to veteran Healthcare, Education, Quality of Life and Employment benefits.
Mentored/Advised a 6 county Region in order to develop a Regional leadership committee comprised of 11 members dedicated to the improvement of services to veterans and their families.
Division Director07/2013 to 03/2015WAYNE COUNTY VETERANS AFFAIRSDetroit, MI
Provided direct assistance/oversight to a county population of over 110,000 veterans and dependents in order to determine eligibility and assist in the preparation of applications for County, State and Federal veterans' benefits and programs.
Directed the curriculum development/presentation for 8 transitional briefings to National Guard and active duty transitional veteran families.
Directly influenced the payment of Burial Allowances for each deceased County Veteran from 800 to 1500 cases annually.
Spearheaded, streamlined and implemented a county collaboration of services to include over 250 vital organizations.
Prepared/Conducted over 50 presentations related but not limited to Real Estate Tax Exemption, Veterans Emergency Assistance, Blind and Paralyzed Pensions and Education Gratuity for veterans who are currently rated a 100% Permanent and Total by the Federal Veterans Administration.
Managed and proposed policy changes for a 4.6 million dollar budget.
Directly impacted monthly, quarterly and annual expenditures from the Soldiers Relief fund which increased from an annual expenditure of $750,000 to 1.47 million dollars in my 22 month tenure.
Collaborated with members of local corporations, city/county leaders and private entities to develop and implement a 501c3 specifically designed for program awareness, fund raising and to provide support in emergent situations to peace time veterans and their families that do not qualify for other government programs.
Developed/presented over 60 presentations to County Commissioners, Detroit City Council and the Deputy Mayor regarding veteran related initiatives, collaboration progress and statistics.
Directly responsible for securing over 20,000 dollars of donations in order to support unique veteran needs.
Served as the Guest of Honor to 5 veteran related holidays and parades as well as a committee member for parades.
Designed and implemented a counseling and evaluation program for a staff of 7 veteran resource employees.
Designed county website development and brochure formats to the county executive leadership.
Infantry/Special Operations/First Sergeant12/1989 to 11/2010United States Marine Corps
Served as the Senior Enlisted adviser to 9 Company Commanders
and 6 Battalion
Commanders in training, combat readiness, weapons proficiency and career
Served as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor at Parris Island, South Carolina
Served in countless marksmanship instructor billets since 1990.
Participated in 8 worldwide deployments including multiple combat tours.
Advised, planed and participated in over 300 combat operations
Bachelor of Science: Occupational Studies2017Siena Heights UniversitySouthfield, MI, USABAS complete in October 2017
Physical EducationEureka CollegeEureka, Illinois, USA
Psychology Illinois Central CollegePeoria , Illinois, USA
OIF/OEF Task Force at the John Dingell VA
Mentor Coordinator Macomb County 41B Veterans Court