The Military and Veterans Resource Coalition has strong connections to our nation’s military service and to our community. Our success as an organization is not based on how much funds we raise or how many families we touch over time. Our success is based on assisting one family, one veteran, one service member at a time. maintaining their privacy and dignity. We are able to do that by maintaining a compassionate team of volunteers.
Acting Board Members
Erin Timmermans McNair, MPA (Board Chair) is the proud daughter of a Navy Veteran and former military spouse and has lived in Raleigh for over 14 years. Working in the non-profit arena since 2007, Erin specializes in increasing business capacity through program development and implementation, sound fiscal oversight, creative revenue generation, web communications, and staff development. She has measurable experience in community organizing, marketing, operations, recruitment and retention, and advocacy. Erin serves as the Program Manager for Give an Hour; a national nonprofit with a mission of providing no cost mental health care to military and families of all eras. Prior to working with Give an Hour, Erin served as the Associate Executive Director for the National Association of Social Workers- North Carolina where she was the driving force behind new programming to eliminate barriers for social workers serving the military population. Her other professional roles include serving on AENC’s Board of Directors and serving as a consultant for start-up nonprofits. She also founded and operated two nonprofits; ‘PeaceLovePackages’ and the Young Non-Profit Professional’s Network (Triangle NC).
Christian Grant (Member at Large; Partnership & Outreach Chair)
Leah Hermiller (Secretary) is an attorney at the law firm of Graebe Hanna & Sullivan, PPLC in Raleigh, North Carolina. She practices business litigation, but also serves as a board member on the Military and Veterans Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Leah is medically retired from the military and has a long-standing passion for serving our military community. Leah lives in Cary with her husband, Brent, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division. They attend Hope Community Church in Raleigh. In her free time, Leah spends time with their dog, Hudson and cat, Oliver. Leah is also an avid horseback rider.
VACANT (Member at Large; Fundraising Chair)
VACANT (Member at Large, Volunteer Chair)
Tania S. Malik is the Treasurer for MVRC and the founder of COPE Today, a telemental health company, which was acquired by MindCare Solutions Group in 2013. COPE Today was started in response to soldiers returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars with mental health issues. As Tania was starting COPE Today, she also started COPE Foundation to provide free mental health services to veterans and soldiers and their families. MVRC is part of COPE Foundation and helps to further the mission of helping those that helped us. Tania is an entrepreneur and a lawyer who has been in healthcare for 22 years and spent the last 15 focused on telemedicine solutions. She has held various positions ranging from an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Georgia to a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. She graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Georgia State University School of Law and is a member of the bar in North Carolina and Georgia. She has served on non-profit boards holding the position of Chair and on for-profit boards including a company that was sold to Intuit for $91 million. She has won various awards for her entrepreneurial accomplishments including the 2011 Innovator of the Year for NC (awarded by ATT and Women Impacting Public Policy). COPE Today was featured in Forbes and Tania has been quoted in various magazines including the Wall Street Journal and NY Times.
Laura Malone (Member at Large; Events), wife of 20 years to husband John, and mother to 3 children from ages 7 – 17, hales from Cleveland, OH. She has spent the last 15 years growing a career in mortgage lending and advising potential home buyers and existing homeowners how to purchase and best manage residential real estate. She has specific expertise in VA Home Loans and is committed to serving those who have served, the main impetus for joining the efforts of MVRC. Volunteering is part of who Laura is. She is also a Coach with the Wake Forest Parks and Recreation Department, teaching young girls the fundamental skills of basketball and softball, as well as being a leader and person of character both on and off the court.
Chanel Marshall (Care Coordinator) served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 4 years where she first gained insight on what dedication it takes to serve our country. As she made the transition from military life to the civilian world to pursue an education she started to be more aware of veterans in her community and in the VA hospital system that were having trouble accessing resources that should be readily available for those who have served. Chanel completed her Bachelor’s in Business Management at the University of Mount Olive College and has contributed to openings and operation changes of hotels, restaurants, catering companies and even storage facilities but quickly became burnt out and could not stop thinking about the veterans she kept encountering that were homeless, distressed or angry and needed help. Chanel is currently completing her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling with the goal of working with those who have served in a holistic capacity, understanding that often the first need before working on one’s mental state is to make sure they are healthy, safe and able to support themselves financially.
Sheree’ Patterson (Vice Care Coordinator) proudly served in the U.S. Army for 12 years and recently joined Veteran Health Administration and relocated to Raleigh North Carolina. Sheree’ has two children and one granddaughter, her son is an OEF/OIF U.S. Army veteran. Ms. Patterson has over 16 years of experience in Behavior Health in non-profit organization . She was the Detox Coordinator for the Substance Abuse Program, worked as the Employee Health Nurse, member of Organization Risk Management Committee and supervised the Adult Crisis Stabilization Unit. She volunteered with Rape Crisis Advocacy and Support, American Red Cross and participated on the Pandemic H1N1 Vaccine Distribution and Program Implementation. Sheree obtained her Bachelor Degree in Psychology at Western University and a Masters in Human Resource Management at Webster University. Joining MVRC is Sheree’s way of giving to those who sacrifices make it possible for us to enjoy our freedoms.
VACANT (Member at Large; Communications Chair)
Patrick Rodriguez (Military Advisor) recently joined the North Carolina District Office team in 2014 and took over the Senior Area Manager position based out of Raleigh. Patrick assists business owners, lenders and government contracting entities access SBA programs and services throughout 21 northeast counties. Previously, Patrick worked as an Economic Development Specialist and Public Information Officer for the Los Angeles SBA District Office. As an Army veteran, he led the office’s veteran outreach including Boots2Business training. A highlight of his job there was coordinating Small Business Week events with the LA Area Chamber of Commerce and LA Mayor’s Office. Before joining the SBA, he worked for Congresswoman Linda Sanchez for five years as her Senior Congressional Aide in her California District Office and was responsible for business, transportation, and veteran issues. Patrick grew up in Austin, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas. He followed his passion for government by working as a legislative aide in the Texas Legislature for three sessions and later managing political campaigns and consulting. Patrick also served in the Army Reserve for eight years where he worked as a Journalist and Military Historian, serving in Kosovo in 2002 and in Iraq in 2006 and was honorably discharged in 2007. Patrick, Brenda and their two sons, Liam and Sean recently settled in Wake Forest.
Advisory Board Members
Michael Bishop is a native North Carolinian from Greensboro. He honorably served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1994, which included Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He went to GTCC and graduated in 1993. He went on to UNCG where he double majored in History and Religion. Michael joined MVRC when it was first forming as WakeCART at a very low time in his life. He was himself homeless and living in the South Wilmington Street Shelter. After seeing what resources were here in Wake County for Veterans he decided to continue with the group to help other Veterans in need. “I believe in what MVRC does to my very core, there are so many times when other groups cannot help right away and for whatever reason the help is needed right then MVRC has been able to help, and that’s what it is all about.” Michael now works for the Durham VA Medical Center. Four years ago the VA decided to make ending homeless a top priority, they started a program call Homeless Veterans Supported employment. Michael was one of three hired for this program in Durham. Three years later when the program was set to end throughout the country Durham decided to keep the program and Michael was made a permanent staff member. This program provides services to any Veteran who is in the homeless program find competitive employment in the community.
Dr. Randy Marsh is a licensed psychologist with 40 years of experience in the field of Behavioral Health, and a husband of 40 years, with three grown sons and two granddaughters. Until November 2013, Randy was a 21 year employee of Wake County Human Services, Raleigh, North Carolina, last serving as the Division Director of Behavioral Health Services. He led three initiatives that won national, state and local awards and recognition. One of these is the Military and Veterans Resource Coalition. Randy is presently semi-retired; working part time in a private clinic and offering other psychological services through his own business, Marsh Psychological Services PLLC. While not a veteran, during the Vietnam War he had several friends and acquaintance who died or were physically or emotionally wounded in service. As a social worker for the VA early in his career, he came to know many more veterans who sacrificed their health and well-being in service to their country. He came to have deep respect for these individuals along with a sorrow for those whose service came at great cost. In 2008, when the Director of Wake County Human Services was looking for a volunteer to explore ways for the agency to do more for military families, Randy stepped forward. From that time, the MVRC has grown into a community partnership of dozens of agencies, businesses, programs and individuals who care about and support our local service members, veterans and their families. It continues to be Randy’s desire that no individual who served, or their family, should be left unsupported in their own communities, during or after service.
Sharon Brown (Partnership/Outreach Committee) helped establish the Military & Veterans Resource Coalition (MVRC) in 2008 and has served on its Executive Board since its founding. Since 1999, in Wake County, she has worked as public affairs director for Human Services and Wake County Government. Currently, her work with Wake County Public Libraries brings her in daily contact with veterans and military service members: many now helping their community in a civilian capacity, others needing critical services. Sharon has extensive experience in public relations and community outreach. She has worked in the news media, the U.S. Congress as a press secretary, international public relations firms, international nonprofit development organizations, and international R&D and technology corporations. Sharon’s commitment to help veteran and military families springs from a number of sources: a sense of civic duty, work with Wake County Human Services and Veterans Services, her first job at The Fayetteville Observer often covering Fort Bragg, and work in the U.S. Congress with members – including Sen. Joe Biden and Sen. Tom Carper — and who served in the military and Guard. Her father and relatives have served in every conflict since World War II. Sharon’s nephew, in May 2015, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. The MVRC inspires and motivates Sharon as she observes firsthand the lasting results that MVRC’s simple connections and timely resources can achieve. Seeing the veteran who can stay in his home with a month’s rent, the single mother who receives a gasoline card to get to her job, the guardsman given money to pay for a textbook and an exam enabling him to land a job — these are the small but vital successes MVRC and its partners make happen. Sharon believes the MVRC is a model that can be replicated statewide and nationwide. To give back to those who have given so much to our country is our obligation and our honor.