Erin Timmermans McNair, MPA (Board Chair) is the proud daughter of a Navy Veteran, former military spouse and has lived in Raleigh for over16 years. Erin serves as the Director of Military and Family Programs 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. 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.
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.
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.
Tania S. Malik is 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 was part of COPE Foundation until Aug 2016. 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.
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 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.