A successful mission requires a dedicated, skilled, and strong team. Our staff and advisory boards of experts and innovators in diverse fields help us improve the quality of life for military families
Anthony M. Hassan, Ed.D, LCSW
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
As the inaugural President and CEO of Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), Dr. Hassan leads and executes the strategic, operational, and financial direction for the $275M Network which is tasked with carrying out the establishment of 25 mental health clinics nationwide.
Hassan is a veteran of the United States Army enlisted and Air Force officer with 30 years of experience in military behavioral health, serving as a military social work officer, leader, clinician, and academic. He served during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 on the first-ever Air Force combat stress control and prevention team embedded with the Army. He also led the largest military substance abuse and family advocacy programs in the Pacific. These programs were recognized as benchmark programs and training sites for all other Pacific bases. Hassan’s last military assignment was at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he served as the Deputy Department Head, Leadership Directorate, and led the only graduate-level degree program at the Air Force Academy for top-tier Air Force Commanders.
Prior to CVN, Hassan served as the inaugural Director and Clinical Professor of the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. During his tenure at CIR from 2009-2015, Hassan was instrumental in the exponential growth of the school’s military social work program and community-based research on veterans and military families. Dr. Hassan’s former military and academic roles have positioned him to develop strong relationships with the most senior levels of leadership in the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Washington, D.C. Hassan holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of South Florida and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.
Alice Kim, MA
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
As Chief Operating Officer, Alice Kim oversees the operations and administration of the Cohen Veterans Network and all of its programs and initiatives.
Prior to joining the Cohen Veterans Network, she was the Director of Operations at the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families (CIR) at the University of Southern California School of Social Work. Kim oversaw the day-to-day operation of CIR and managed several large research projects funded by the Department of Defense to enhance the competence and capacity of civilian behavioral health care providers working with military populations. Kim also led the development of numerous cutting-edge programs such as an online training platform for behavioral health professionals, virtual avatar trainers for evidence-based practice and clinical skill, observed structured video examination (OSVE) for military clinical skill assessment, and inter-professional education using military-focused standardized patients. Throughout her career, she has worked for numerous major research initiatives focused on behavioral health care, community development, social welfare, and education. Kim received her BA from the University of Chicago and her MA from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration.
Tracy A. Neal-Walden, Ph.D.
CHIEF CLINICAL OFFICER
As the Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Neal-Walden provides clinical vision and strategic leadership for the network in mental health, psychiatry, substance use, case management and clinical training focusing on the needs of clinical staff as well as our veteran and military family clients.
Neal-Walden leads the development and implementation of network-wide clinical practice guidelines and ensures all clinics within the network meet the highest professional standards of access, empirical quality care, and ethical service delivery.
Neal-Walden is a veteran of the United States Air Force and served for over 24 years as a military psychologist/clinician, officer, leader, and academic; retiring in the rank of Colonel. She served as the Air Force’s Director of Psychological Health and Chief of Behavioral Health, as well as numerous other clinical and senior level leadership positions; developing and implementing policy for 75 military treatment facilities. In addition, she deployed to Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom and led a team of clinicians across 9 different locations to serve our nation’s warriors resulting in her being awarded the Bronze Star Medal.
Prior to CVN, Neal-Walden served as the inaugural Clinic Director of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals and a Senior Vice President at Easterseals from 2017-2020. During her tenure, she was instrumental in leading the clinic to success in attaining CARF accreditation, leading the network in telehealth implementation and utilization, and spearheading new clinical processes and procedures. Neal-Walden is actively involved in the professional community serving on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s National Advisory Council, the American Psychological Association’s Continuing Education Committee’s Advisory Council, and the Editorial Board of Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.
Neal-Walden holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Drexel University-Hahnemann Medical Campus and completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology at Wilford Hall Medical-Surgical Center.
Paul J. Wood
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING OFFICER
As Chief Communications and Marketing Officer and a member of the C-Suite, Paul Wood is responsible for setting overall communications strategy for Cohen Veterans Network and oversees internal and external communications, reputation management, national marketing, brand management, media relations, thought leadership, social & content strategy and storytelling, national partnerships, and community outreach.
Prior to joining Cohen Veterans Network, Wood was a partner at Ketchum, a top global public relations firm, where he held a variety of roles focused on client leadership, practice leadership, client experience, and growth. He has expertise in using strategic communications programming to drive organizational outcomes. While at Ketchum, Wood developed cause and public education campaigns for Michelin, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, The New York State of Health, and other clients.
Prior to Ketchum, Wood worked for other leading agencies such as Burson-Marsteller and Fleishman-Hillard in both the US and Asia. His work on behalf of clients has been recognized through numerous awards programs, including PRSA Silver Anvils, PR Week, Global Sabre Awards and others. Wood is a frequent speaker/commentator on disruption and communications.
Wood received a BA in English from The University of California at Irvine. He also is certified as a Six Sigma Black Belt and holds certificates in Digital Disruption and Digital Marketing and Social Media.
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
As Chief Information Officer, Sheetal Sood is responsible for the strategy, implementation and optimization of CVN’s information systems including business systems, health information and data sciences.
Sheetal also serves as CVN’s information security officer responsible for CVN’s cybersecurity strategy and implementation of the organization’s security program including policy and education, data confidentiality, risk analyses, and incident response.
Sheetal is a healthcare information managment, information security and technology innovation leader with over 20 years of industry experience. She specializes in the areas of information governance, technology risk management, cyber security, business continuity, privacy audits, information systems investigations, security awareness and training programs and healthcare compliance.
Before joining CVN, Sheetal was the Senior Executive Compliance officer and Corporate Records Management Officer at NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest municipal healthcare system in the United States, where she was responsible for all information governance activities around HIPAA privacy and data security. Prior to NYC Health + Hospitals, Sheetal was the Chief Privacy Officer for the NYC Housing Authority and the head of technology audit for the agency. Prior to her government roles, she worked as a technology expert leading digital transformation for companies in various industries including financial, media, transportation, manufacturing and others.
Sheetal is a frequent speaker at information security and healthcare compliance events. She volunteers with Scouts BSA specifically teaching STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) skills to scouts (age 6-18).
Sheetal is certified in information security (GSEC, CISSP), risk management (CRISC), information systems audit (CISA), information privacy (CIPP/US) and healthcare compliance (CHC). She also holds numerous other product-specific certifications and has worked with several frameworks including NIST, HITRUST and COBIT. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering from Shivaji University in India.