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.

Paul J. Wood

Chief External Affairs Officer

As Chief External Affairs Officer and a member of the leadership team, Wood is responsible for setting overall communications strategy for Cohen Veterans Network and oversees communications, marketing, social media and public partnerships.

Prior to joining Cohen Veterans Network, Wood was a partner at Ketchum, a top three 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 also 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.

Devon Collins

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, NETWORK SYSTEMS

As Senior Vice President, Network Systems, Collins is responsible for the implementation and integration of a network-wide Electronic Health Record system and leveraging meaningful data at the network, clinic and client level.

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.

Carl J. Marucci

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ADVANCEMENT

With more than twenty-five years of fundraising experience in diverse arenas, Marucci joins Cohen Veterans Network to coordinate the organization’s fundraising efforts to sustain, advance and endow the Cohen Clinics across the nation. With particular success in structuring comprehensive development efforts, including developing major gift, annual giving and planned giving programs, along with prospect research, high level special events, capital campaigns, and board development, Marucci has led fundraising efforts for local, national and international organizations.

Prior to joining CVN, Marucci coordinated the successful capital campaign at Northwell Health’s Peconic Bay Medical Center on Long Island’s East End. He also served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, New York City.  Marucci also served as Executive Director at CCS Fundraising, one of the most comprehensive and widely recommended fundraising firms in the world, providing on-site fundraising counsel and campaign management services to leading non-profit institutions in the academic, healthcare, civic human services, religious, and cultural arenas.

Marucci’s diverse experience encompasses a spectrum of non-profit organizations, from coordinating American Idol’s “Idol Gives Back” Campaign to leading the Vatican’s Path to Peace Foundation here in New York City. In addition to his responsibilities at the Vatican Foundation, Marucci served as a member of the Vatican’s diplomatic staff at United Nations Headquarters in New York City, covering the U.N.’s Third Commission addressing human rights issues around the world. While in that position he planned the historic visit of Pope John Paul II to the United Nations.

 

Rajeev Ramchand, Ph.D

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, Research

Rajeev Ramchand is Senior Vice President-Research at the Cohen Veterans Network (CVN). In this role, he is responsible for designing and guiding CVN’s research agenda and for conducting research within the network.

He comes to CVN after working for 12 years as a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. At RAND, he conducted research on an array of topics including military and veteran mental health, military and veteran caregivers, adolescent delinquency, the impact of disasters on community health, and violent extremism. He has also conducted many studies on suicide and suicide prevention in military, veteran, and civilian populations. This includes epidemiologic studies on risk factors for suicide, evaluations of suicide prevention programs, environmental scans of suicide prevention programs, and has developed tools to help organizations to evaluate their own programs. While at RAND, he received two RAND Gold Medal Awards for his research on suicide prevention and one Presidential Award, RAND’s highest honor, for his work on military and veteran caregivers.

Dr. Ramchand received his B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

 

Crystal Shelton, MSSW, LCSW

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CLINICAL PROGRAMS

As Senior 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.

 

Jerry Altieri, Jr.

VICE PRESIDENT, NETWORK GROWTH

As Vice President, Network Growth of the Cohen Veterans Network, Altieri reports directly to the CEO to ensure strategic growth of the network. Some of the major tasks include research and oversight for the development of future clinic city and partner selection, business venture valuation, complex project management, and preparation of reports.

Prior to joining, he was a Vice President at Point 72 Asset Management, L.P. where he assisted in the development of the firm’s trade surveillance platform and trade auditing functions. Altieri is a former Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he investigated national security matters for seven years. During his time at the bureau, he was detailed to the Department of Justice and assigned to the executive order task force implemented by President Obama to conduct a comprehensive review of the individuals detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Altieri saw assignments to the New York Division, the High-Value Detainee Team, and coordinated closely with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Altieri is a veteran of the United States Army and the Army National Guard with 12 years of experience serving as an infantry non-commissioned officer. He was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005 to 2006.

Altieri received his BA from Norwich University – The Military College of Vermont and is currently working towards a MS in Applied Business Analytics Management at Boston University.

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.

 

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.

Althea Samuels

VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & COMPLIANCE

As Vice President, Althea is 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.

Caitlin Thompson, Ph.D.

VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

As VP, Community Partnerships, Dr. Thompson is responsible for establishing and maintaining critical national and local collaborations between CVN and public-private partners.  She is also the lead for CVN’s suicide prevention initiatives.

She was most recently Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Suicide Prevention, leading VA’s integrated public health approach to suicide prevention for our nation’s 22 million Veterans. She was responsible for the Office’s vision and mission, including the development of VA suicide prevention policy initiatives, education for Veterans and health care providers about suicide awareness and prevention, and dissemination and implementation of assessment and treatment strategies across the Veterans Health Administration. A licensed clinical psychologist, Thompson directed VA’s epidemiological and clinical research in suicide prevention and is recognized internationally as an authority on Veteran suicide prevention. Prior to her work in the VA Suicide Prevention Office, she spent five years as the clinical care coordinator for the Veterans/Military Crisis Line.

Thompson has a BA in music from Brown University and an MEd and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.

Rebecca Moynihan

SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

As Senior Project Manager, Rebecca Moynihan is responsible for developing and managing network-level projects to support the growth of the CVN network and it’s initiatives.

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.

Elizabeth Anderson

PROJECT MANAGER, NETWORK SYSTEMS

As Project Manager of Network Systems, Anderson is responsible for assisting the Vice President of 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 L. Chiarello, MA

PROGRAM EVALUATION MANAGER

As Program Evaluation Manager, Chiarello is responsible for assisting the Central Office with the development and day-to-day oversight of Program Evaluation including monitoring and evaluating various components of the network, its clinics, and processes. In addition, she manages research requests and evaluates how best to incorporate research across the network.

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.

 

 

Carla Foster

Revenue Cycle Manager

As the Revenue Cycle Manager, Carla is responsible for implementing and overseeing the revenue cycle process for all the clinics within the Cohen Veterans Network, including analyzing and implementing revenue cycle processes, third party billing and supporting CVN finance teams. In addition, she manages on-site training and improvement initiatives.

Carla has over 20 years’ experience in Revenue Cycle Management for the health care industry. Prior to joining CVN she was the RCM Manager at Harford Healthcare, were she over saw the day to day RCM operations for Home Care, Hospice and Private Duty.

Carla studied Business Administration at Central Connecticut State University.

 

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, CLINICAL OPERATIONS

Claire Lawless serves as the Project Manager for Clinical 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.

Stephanie Renno, MA, LCSW

TRAINING MANAGER, CLINICAL PROGRAMS

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.

Hope Salley

MEDIA MANAGER, COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING

As Media Manager of Communications & Marketing, Salley is responsible for developing and delivering on earned media strategy and outreach to help raise awareness and understanding of the Cohen Veterans Network brand and service offering.

Prior to joining Cohen Veterans Network, Salley was the Senior Account Executive for Thompson & Bender, a leading public relations, advertising and marketing agency in Westchester County, New York. Her clients included organizations in the nonprofit, retail, hospitality and higher education sectors as well as companies focused in the areas of assisted living/senior care, tourism, development, real estate and law. During her time there, Salley garnered successful national, regional and local media coverage for her clients and was named a 2016 Business Council of Westchester “40 Under 40” Rising Star. Prior to Thompson & Bender, Salley was the Public Relations Program and Editorial Manager for Major Accounts at Engage 121, where she created and managed editorial campaigns for franchise and direct sales companies throughout the country. Salley also has extensive background in journalism, having held the role of reporter for print news publications including The Journal News (Gannett), as well as The Westchester County Business Journal and The Fairfield County Business Journal.

Salley received a BA in history, with a concentration in journalism, from the State University of New York – Purchase College.

Meghann Wraight, Ph.D.

Manager, Clinical Programs

As a Manager of Clinical Programs, Meg is part of an interdepartmental quality assurance team tasked with ensuring the national network of CVN mental health clinics implement and maintain high quality care standards for the services provided to veterans and their families.

Meg brings over 10 years of clinical experience as a practicing psychologist and clinical leader. Most recently, Meg served the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as a Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Denver VA Medical Center. Prior to that, she worked as a Clinical Care Coordinator at VA’s national Veterans Crisis Line. In addition to her federal service at VA, she worked in higher education providing psychological treatment services and taking on successive leadership roles.

Meg has a BS in Psychology & Health Sciences from the State University of New York at Brockport and a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University at Buffalo.

 

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.

 

 

Aaditya Bhat

DATA SCIENTIST

As the Data Scientist, Aaditya will acquire data from internal and external data sources; build systems to maintain and leverage insights from collected data; design data collection systems and strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and data quality. Also, he will monitor integrity and completeness of data, support clinic staff and leadership in obtaining missing or additional data, and ensure data errors are addressed.

Aaditya is a data enthusiast with experience in Data Science and Data Engineering. Over the years he has built and maintained Data Systems in diverse industries such as Manufacturing, Finance and Technology. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Mumbai University and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Northeastern University.

 

Juna Williams

CONTROLLER

As the Controller of Cohen Veterans Network, Juna Williams is responsible for the overall financial and accounting operations of the company and supports the Vice President, Finance and Compliance.

She has over 15 years of accounting experience in varied industries and in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Cohen Veterans Network, she was the finance manager of the Canada Vertical at Exela Technologies.

Williams is a Certified Public Accountant in Connecticut. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of the Cordilleras in Baguio City, Philippines.

Caroline McCowen

NETWORK SYSTEMS COORDINATOR

As the Network Systems Coordinator, Caroline McCowen supports the Network Systems department in the implementation and integration of a network-wide Electronic Health Record system.

She brings previous experience from other health organizations such as project management, clinical research, quality improvement, and patient safety. Prior to joining CVN, McCowen gained experience at an array of hospitals such as Yale New Haven Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. She was also responsible for mastectomy product management in a boutique shop that provides care for breast cancer patients and survivors.

McCowen graduated from Providence College with a BS in Health Policy and Management and a minor in Business.

Ernest Rotili

OFFICE COORDINATOR

As the Office Coordinator for our District of Columbia office, Rotili provides office management support to our secondary location. He also provides administrative and operational assistance to the Clinical Programs team, including our telehealth and learning management systems.

Rotili has provided office management expertise across a wide range of office settings. Most recently he served as an office manager at several locations for Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, where he oversaw all on-site administrative, operational, and scheduling needs to facilitate the organization’s services to clients with learning disabilities. Rotili also served as an administrative and data coordinator at Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services, where he was responsible for streamlining their reporting processes and assisting the non-profit’s work with the local homeless population.

Rotili received his BA in Sociology from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland.

 

Chelsea Griffin

ASSOCIATE, COMMUNICATIONS AND MARKETING

As the Communications Associate at Cohen Veterans Network, Griffin supports the Communications and Marketing department in the areas of social media, events, marketing, and publications in order to promote the services of Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics, as well as de-stigmatize mental health care among veterans.

Griffin has experience in social media management, marketing, and event management from a variety of fields. She holds a BA in Communication from Western Connecticut State University.