anthony m. hassan, Ed.D, LCSW

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & PRESIDENT

As the inaugural CEO of the Cohen Veterans Network, Dr. Hassan oversees the establishment of 25 mental health clinics nationwide. These clinics are designed to improve the mental health outcomes for post-9/11 veterans and their families, with a particular emphasis on post-traumatic stress, through high-quality, free, and accessible mental health care. In addition, he leads efforts to advance the field through funded research initiatives and training programs to improve care within the network and beyond.

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.

He most recently 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. He has 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.

 

Our Team

Alice Kim, MA

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

As Chief Operating Officer, 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.

Michael Niekamp

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

As Chief Financial Officer of the Cohen Veterans Network, Niekamp is responsible for managing the day-to-day financial operations annual financial audit, and budget preparation process for the central office. Niekamp will be responsible for analyzing and reporting on the financial performance of the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics.

In addition to his financial duties Niekamp will oversee the accreditation process for the clinic network.

He was most recently the Vice President of Financial Operations for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where he oversaw the daily operations of the home office finance and accounting department. He played a lead role in centralizing the accounting and finance functions of the organization.

Prior to his time with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Niekamp spent eight years with the as the AVP, Assistant Controller with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Niekamp has a BS in accounting from Siena College.

DEVON COLLINS

VICE PRESIDENT, PARTNERSHIPS & NETWORK SYSTEMS

As Vice President, Partnerships & Network Systems, Collins is responsible for the implementation and integration of a network-wide Electronic Health Record system and the execution of a community focused outreach strategy with targeted partnerships to enhance clinical operations.

She has worked with the veterans community for nearly a decade, most recently serving as the Chief Operations Officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a leading veterans group for post-9/11 veterans. As COO, Collins managed all finance, human resource, legal, and technology infrastructure operations, as well as played a key role in organizational and programmatic development.

Collins received her BA in sociology from Rollins College.

Todd Dias, MS

VICE PRESIDENT, DATA ANALYTICS

As Vice President, Data Analytics of the Cohen Veterans Network, Dias manages a database and reporting system for information collected at each clinic regarding structure, process, and patient-reported outcomes in order to foster a culture of rigorous, patient-centered care; discovery; and continuous systemic improvement.

Previously, he was Manager of Informatics and Statistics for the Perinatal Data Center at the March of Dimes Foundation, where he gained more than a decade of experience working with maternal and child health data. His work provided key guidance to the foundation and contributed to the mission to reduce premature birth and improve birth outcomes for all women and children.

Dias received his BA from Marist College and his MS from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Sean T. Foertsch, MA

VICE PRESIDENT, OUTREACH & PARTNERSHIPS

 

As VP for Outreach and Partnerships, Sean Foertsch is charged with shaping and executing CVN’s national and local outreach strategies in an effort to increase visibility of the organization in the Veteran and Caregiver communities, and increase the number of engaged clients at each Cohen Military Family Clinic.

Foertsch has spent the past 20 years working on veterans-related and defense policy issues, most recently as Director of Government Relations for Wounded Warrior Project.  He previously served as a presidential appointee and worked as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs following over a decade of service on Capitol Hill as a Congressional staffer.

He was recently selected for promotion as a Commander in the Navy Reserve, having served both on active duty and in the reserves for 17 years – Including deployments to Afghanistan and West Africa.

Sean holds a Masters of Arts from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and is currently earning a Masters in Communication from the University of Miami.

Anthony Guido, MPA

VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING

As the Vice President of Communications & Marketing for the Cohen Veterans Network, Guido is responsible for raising awareness of Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics in the communities the network serves, media campaigns to de-stigmatize mental health care among veterans, and managing relationships with national stakeholders and partners.

He most recently was the Director of Communications at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum where he oversaw daily media relations activities. He played a lead role in the communications initiatives around milestone moments such as the May 2014 opening of the 9/11 Memorial Museum and the September 2015 visit of Pope Francis to Ground Zero.

Guido previously served as Director of Communications at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, leading media efforts around the issues of hunger and poverty in the state. Guido earned a BA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MPA from Rutgers University.

Johanna Longo

VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION

As a VP of Cohen Veterans Network, Longo oversees all of the General Office Management and Administrative needs in addition to assisting with the day to day Finance and HR issues.

She brings almost 20 years of Administrative experience to Cohen Veterans Network, supporting groups in excess of 50 people in her prior role.

Longo holds a BS in Finance from Sacred Heart University.

David Sapp

VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES AND ADMINISTRATION

As Vice President, Managed Care of Cohen Veterans Network, David is responsible for all payor contracting and relationships.

David brings over 20 years of both payor and provider national managed care experience to our team. He holds a BSA in Economics from The University of Georgia.

Crystal Shelton, MSSW, LCSW

VICE PRESIDENT, CLINICAL PROGRAMS

As Vice President, Clinical Programs, Shelton is responsible for the development and day-to-day oversight of Clinical Programs including clinical training, telehealth, clinical innovations, intern and scholars’ programs and works directly to support each clinic to have the clinical resources and expertise necessary to provide the highest-quality clinical services to our veterans and military families.

Following a 2-year post-graduate fellowship at Johns Hopkins, Shelton served as an active duty social work officer in the United States Navy. During her time in uniform, she worked with infantry marines and combat instructors at the Marine Corps School of Infantry offering evidence-based interventions in the clinic and out in the training field. Shelton has worked closely with military leadership on multiple Force Preservation Counsels in an effort to build and sustain psychological readiness. In her final tour, Shelton was part of team that built and led the first-ever mental health clinic at the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East, where she provided clinical care for the USMCs most wounded, ill and injured.

Shelton received a BA in English from San Francisco State University and an MSSW from University of Texas, Austin, School of Social Work.

 

Kathryn Porta, MBA

SENIOR EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

As the Senior Executive Assistant at Cohen Veterans Network, Porta serves as the primary support for the CEO and COO, as well as the entire CVN team.

She brings nearly a decade of experience working as an Executive Assistant for C-level executives, across multiple industries. Her most recent experience was assisting the CEO and CRO at buildOn, a global non-profit organization headquartered in Stamford, CT.

Porta has a BS in Education and Psychology from Western Connecticut State University and an MBA from University of Phoenix.

 

 

Elizabeth Anderson

PROJECT MANAGER, NETWORK SYSTEMS

As Project Manager of Network Systems, Anderson is responsible for assisting the Vice President of Partnerships & Network Systems in the implementation and integration of a network-wide Electronic Health Record system. Anderson has previous experience working in non-profit organizations providing social and human services. Anderson previously worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer increasing wraparound services to children and families in New Haven, CT. Prior to joining Cohen Veterans Network, Anderson was an analyst for a regional human services provider. In this role, Anderson provided project management expertise in the rollout and system administration of an electronic documentation system.

Anderson graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Psychology and is currently attending Fairfield University for her Masters in Public Administration.

Heather Chiarello, MA

PROJECT MANAGER, CLINICAL PROGRAMS

As Project Manager, Clinical Programs, Chiarello is responsible for assisting the Vice President of Clinical Programs with the development and day-to-day oversight of Clinical Programs including clinical training, telehealth, clinical innovations, intern and scholars’ programs and works directly to support each clinic to have the clinical resources and expertise necessary to provide the highest-quality clinical services to our veterans and military families.

Prior to joining the Cohen Veterans Network team, Chiarello was a staff member at the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In that role, she worked with committees of experts on numerous consensus studies throughout the National Academies and most recently staffed studies focusing on military and veteran population health. She has worked on Congressionally mandated studies sponsored by both VA and DoD concerning service members and veterans of all eras on topics such as mental health, exposure issues, and healthcare treatment and services.

Chiarello graduated magna cum laude from Central Michigan University in 2007 with a BS in political science accompanied by a concentration in public administration and a minor in legal studies. She obtained a Master’s degree in sociology with a focus on military sociology in 2014 from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

 

Elise Harte

PROJECT MANAGER, COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING

As Project Manager of Communications and Marketing, Elise Harte focuses on working to expand the reach of the clinics to increase care to veterans and their families, as well as de-stigmatize mental health issues.

Harte has experience working in the marketing and event industry for a variety of businesses and non-profits specializing in outreach growth, events, fundraising and traditional marketing campaigns.

Harte graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Psychology.

 

Claire Lawless, MSW

PROJECT MANAGER, CLINIC OPERATIONS

Claire Lawless serves as the Project Manager for Clinic Operations. Lawless will develop and manage network-level clinic-related projects to support the growth of the CVN network and it’s initiatives.

Prior to joining CVN, Lawless served at the Senior Veteran Transition Manager for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s Rapid Response Referral Program (RRRP), providing individualized case management and advocacy for veterans and their family members. Lawless lead on the national scaling of RRRP, implemented a national effort to introduce Mental Health First Aid to the veteran community, and advocated on Capital Hill for improved mental health services for veterans. Lawless has previously worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles, Volunteers of American Los Angeles, as well as the American Red Cross of Northern Indiana as a AmeriCorps volunteer.

Lawless received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and her MSW from the University of Southern California.

Rebecca Moynihan

PROJECT MANAGER, FINANCE & COMPLIANCE

As Project Manager, Finance & Compliance, Rebecca Moynihan is responsible for key finance, compliance and project management duties to ensure the smooth operating of the network and clinics.

She brings over 10 years of non-profit experience to Cohen Veterans Network, recently serving as Director of Special Projects at the March of Dimes Foundation. In that role, she was responsible for managing and executing all aspects of the foundation’s national conferences, trainings and events, as well as managing the foundation’s military initiative, Mission: Healthy Baby.

Moynihan previously served as Director of Special Events at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, leading their annual Winter Wish Gala which raised $1.95 million annually. Moynihan studied English Literature and Dance in her native England, graduating from Havering College.

Stephanie Renno

PROJECT MANAGER, FINANCE & COMPLIANCE

As Training Manager, Clinical Programs, Renno oversees the network-wide training of clinical evidence-based practices and works directly to support each clinic in delivering state of the art clinical services to our veterans and military families.

Renno has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense. At VA, she provided clinical treatment to veterans, service members and their families, in addition to serving as a National Master Trainer and consultant for an evidence-based practice training roll out. At DoD Renno piloted a program combining DOD and VA resources to provide mental health care to active duty military and their families at Fort Detrick in Maryland. Prior to joining the Cohen Veterans Network team, Renno was a clinician at the Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center.

Renno has a BS in psychology from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Social work from the University of Chicago and is currently earning a doctorate in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Althea Samuels

CONTROLLER, FINANCE & COMPLIANCE

As the Controller, Althea will be responsible for managing all accounting and day- to-day financial operations from monthly reporting, annual audit as well as assisting with forecasting and budgeting processes and regulatory compliance filings and requirements.

Althea most recently was the Controller at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for three years where she managed the monthly financial close process, annual audit and played a vital role with the implementation and merging of all local affiliates into one consolidated Society.

She previously worked eight years at The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as the Accounting Manager responsible for the monthly close, financial reporting and all states regulatory compliance filings. Throughout her career Althea has enjoyed mentoring her team. Althea graduated from Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business with a BBA in Accounting.