PEER Support Coordinators

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Tonia Russell (Region 1)

Tonia Russell
REGION 1 – Northeast
PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)

Tonia Russell has a Master’s degree in Human Relations and previously taught high school English. Tonia serves as the PEER Support Coordinator for Region 1, which includes MD, DE, MA, NY and NJ.  As a military spouse, mother, and daughter, Tonia has worked with military families for more than 20 years.  Tonia has assisted more than 50 caregivers and helped with multiple resources for various needs.  As a caregiver herself, Tonia feels that it is an honor to serve other caregivers in her region and give them a voice. Tonia also runs a food pantry that serves active duty service members, Veterans, and military families in her local area.

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Dexter Peggins (Region 2)

Dexter Peggins
REGION 2 – Southeast
PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)
Dexter Peggins is a U.S. Army veteran who prior to joining us worked as a hospital chaplain. For over a year Dexter has served as the Peer Support Coordinator (PSC) for region 2, and he supports the caregiver population in Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico. While serving as a Peer Support Coordinator, Dexter has assisted over 100 active and transitioning caregivers. He has aided caregivers in the process of finding the needed resources that would enable them to best serve their wounded, ill, and injured service member. Dexter’s commitment to service and dedication to the caregiver community in which he serves, has allowed him to make meaningful connections throughout the region.

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        Glenn Romano (Region 3)

Glenn Romano
REGION 3 – East South Central
PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)
Glenn Romano is the PEER Support Coordinator for Region 3 which covers South Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Arkansas. Glenn has been a dedicated provider of social services care for 15 years.  He has been assisting military families achieve a better quality of life for the last 6 years. Glenn is well informed of the services and programs available to military families at the installations he serves. He prides himself on not only being a key resource of each installation, but also knowledgeable of the surrounding area as well.  Within his region Glenn has provided information and referrals for health care services, financial services, transition assistance and education and employment guidance.

                     Holly Munoz (Region 4)

Holly Munoz
REGION 4 – East
PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)
Holly Munoz is the PEER Support Coordinator for Region 4 which covers Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Alabama.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.  In the past Holly worked for Army Community Service as a domestic violence victim advocate and sexual assault victim advocate, worked with homeless who were diagnosed with a mental illness, provided mental health therapy to school aged children and worked with students with autism and their teachers.  Holly has been an active duty military spouse for the last 17 years.  She knows many spouses who are in the care-taking role so she understands and can empathize with the struggles they face on a day to day basis and realizes the need for direct support for the caregiver.  Holly is excited to start working with caregivers and provide them with the resources they need.

Andrea Ryan
REGION 5 – East/West Central

Andrea Ryan (Region 5)

PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)

Andrea Ryan is the Peer Support Coordinator for region 5, which covers Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Utah, and both North and South Dakota. She is a USAF veteran who has been involved with the military community her entire life, and has dedicated her time and education to human services, which includes a bachelors in sociology and working towards her masters degree in Social Work. Her experience includes working with mental health facilities, addiction programs, family services, chronic homelessness, at risk elderly, as well as veterans and other service members. She is certified in various mental health interventions and services to include: cognitive and dialectical behavior therapies, ACT, mindfulness, and focused on LENs treatment along with collaborating with Millennial Genetic Services to focus on the science and correlation between genetics and mental health treatment. Andrea has also focused on working with PTSD concerning the veteran population and treatments to treat it.

Andrea has experience with multiple roles in the military community from being active duty herself, being a dependent of a military parent, and also being a military spouse, giving her a unique understanding of both service members, spouses, and children. She has lived in Colorado for about 7 years and grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, so she is familiar with the region she supports and resources available within the communities she services. She has been the PSC for region 5 since February of this year and looks forward to continuing to help caregivers and their families with their needs and concerns.

Gabriela Arias Region 6

Gabriela Arias
REGION 6 – Southwest
PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)

Gabriela Arias is the PEER Support Coordinator for Region 6 which covers the states of California, Hawaii and Nevada. Gabriela received her Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Africana Studies from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Prior to joining the team, Gabriela worked in the field of affordable housing and as a case manager and substance abuse counselor providing services to chronically homeless adults living with mental illness. Ms. Arias has also worked with youth and families involved in the juvenile criminal justice system as an advocate and social worker. She completed a year of national service as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer coordinator at a Connecticut shelter and housing program which serves veterans through a transitional housing site. Gabriela also has extensive experience working with women and children experiencing homelessness including her time as a coordinator of a SAMSHA grant funded program.

As a military spouse of 7 years and current U.S. Navy command ombudsman, she empathizes with the struggles spouses and military caregivers face in supporting their service member’s recovery on a daily basis. She is excited to serve as an advocate for military caregivers and to start getting them connected with the resources they need.

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Jamela Davis (Region 7)

Jamela Davis
REGION 7 – West South Central
PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)
Jamela Davis is an active duty military spouse of 18 years and has a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the Peer Support Coordinator for Region 7, which includes North Texas, Arizona and Oklahoma. Jamela has personally assisted and supported numerous caregivers of wounded, ill and injured Service members by providing resources in finance, education and employment. Through her efforts, she is able elaborate on the range of challenges that impact caregivers and their families on a daily basis.

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Belinda Sell (Region 8)

Belinda Sell
REGION 8 – National Capital
PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)
Belinda Sell is the Peer Support Coordinator, Region 8 (NCR) which includes, Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.  She is a US Army Veteran, a spouse of a Veteran and a mother of a Gulf War Wounded Warrior. Belinda knows all too well what it means to have the perils of war shake your very foundation.  She has served as a caregiver for her son off and on for nearly a decade.  Belinda holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management and has over 20 years of experience in Healthcare Administration.  She served as Director, Ambulatory Services, Business Developer, Managed Care Analyst, and Business Office Manager.

Max Dolan (Region 9)

Max Dolan
REGION 9 – Mid-Atlantic
PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)
Max Dolan is retired from the US Army and has degrees in Law Enforcement, Management and MIS.  He is the PEER Support Coordinator for Region 9, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Max has personally assisted over 100 caregivers with referrals for resources. He has developed a network of approximately 500 stakeholders across the four states that he supports. He is unique in that he has a long history of providing services that includes vocational rehabilitation employment counseling, many years of experience as a training center instructor and director, and VA benefits counseling.

Bobby Silva

Bobby Silva (Region 10)

REGION 10 – Northwest
PEER Support Coordinator (Contractor)
Bobby Silva has worked with Soldiers and their dependents for most of his adult life.  Within the past 5 years, after retiring from Active Duty in the US Army, Bobby has served as an US Army Wounded Warrior Advocate providing support to Veterans, military families, caregivers, and severely wounded, ill,  and injured Soldiers working to reach a state of self-sufficiency during their recovery and reintegration process.  Bobby is the PEER Support Coordinator for Region 10 which includes Washington, Alaska, Oregon, Montana, and Idaho.  He looks forward to assisting Military Caregivers and to help them connect to resources that may affect their everyday life as well as the Military Member.

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