Plenty of Heart on Display at the CVN Annual Meeting


Margaret Ostrander and Althea Samuels of the CVN Central Office

The second annual Cohen Veterans Network Annual Meeting was held in New York City last week, and the theme of “I love CVN” was easy to spot as staff from around the country shared their passions for our work and collaborated to support our mission throughout the country.

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Anthony Hassan’s Opening Plenary

The event was opened by CVN President & CEO Dr. Anthony Hassan, who kicked things off with enthusiasm for each Cohen Clinic and the network’s accomplishments at the three-year mark. Other highlights on day one included an interesting team building activity led by the McCrystal Group, some NYC sightseeing on The Ride and a New York, New York themed social hour.

Day two started off strong with a fantastic panel featuring five CVN Board of Directors, hosted by Michael Sullivan, Chief of Staff and Head of External Affairs at Point72. From there, breakout sessions filled the morning with no less than eight workshops ranging from Patient Centered Care, Telehealth and Building Lasting Relationships.

At lunch CVN handed out a series of honors to a set of standout employees around the network in several areas including Outreach Leadership, Case Management and our inaugural Clinic Directors Council featuring Tracy Neal-Walden (D.C.), Lisa Eggebeen (Clarksville) and Amy Williams (Dallas).

The highlight of the evening’s Annual Celebration, held at the new Hudson Yards area in NYC, was the presentation of the Founder’s Award. Watch as CVN Ambassador Kyle White hands that award out to Jeanette James, Clinic Director in El Paso:


In between the sessions and awards, there were several opportunities for learning and networking, as well as an interactive Community Service activity. More than 150 Cohen Clinic employees packaged 300 meals for young military children to be distributed by Hope for The Warriors along the east coast.


By Anthony Guido
CVN Vice President, Communications & Marketing