Christina Harner joined the US Army Reserves 17 years ago. Currently, she is a Sergeant First Class (E-7) and has trained all over the United States, deployed to Iraq, and most recently, trained in South Korea. Her military occupations are combat engineer and maintenance supervisor and hold additional identifiers in course instruction and operations. Christina holds a Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy. She enjoys being active, day trips or Army trips, playing board games and exercising, going to the movies or going to the beach, cooking and spending time with family. She has a passion for service, leadership, teamwork, communication, and cooperation.
Executive Assistant to VP at Veterans Village of San Diego
Shivonne N. Ayala joined the United States Navy in 2000 and served for 12 years, both active duty and as a reservist. Her military employment included Aviation Maintenance Administration, Navy Recruiter, and Logistical Support Specialist, earning the rank of E5. She was stationed in Norfolk, VA, Great Lakes, IL and currently lives in San Diego, CA with her husband and 2 children. Mrs. Ayala currently serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Veterans Village of San Diego. She is also a Navy spouse for the last 15 years to her active duty husband who has been serving for the last 21 years in the Navy. Mrs. Ayala holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration. In her free time, she enjoys the beaches, pools, shopping, movies, cooking, playing sports and spending time with her family.
Jennifer brings 16 years of experience as a Navy spouse. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Inter-Disciplinary Studies focusing on Sociology, Psychology, and Childhood Development. She is currently working towards completing her Master’s Degree in Strategic Communication. Jennifer is truly committed to delivering caring service to veterans, military families and community partners.
Nichole Mathis M.S., AMFT, NCC
Nichole completed her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Cornerstone University of Grand Rapids, MI and then her Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chaminade University of Honolulu, HI. Nichole was honorably discharged from the United States Navy after serving her country for seven years and is a spouse of an active duty military member, going on 15 years. Nichole enjoys working with the military community. Nichole is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy “Associate” with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, a Nationally Certified Counselor with the National Board for Certified Counselors, a Certified Trauma Healing Facilitator, and a member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Four years of experience across a variety of treatment settings include; private practice, children and adolescents, adults, families, and groups in the following areas:
• Domestic Violence
• Physical, Emotional, Sexual Abuse, Trafficking
• Anger and Stress Management
• Childhood/Adolescent Trauma
• Criminal Thinking and Behavior
• Marriage and Family Therapy
• Military adjustments and struggles
• Dual Diagnosis
• Mood Disorders
• Christian Counseling
• Parent/Child or Partner Relationship
• Anxiety and/or Depressive Disorder
• Suicide Assessment and Risk Reduction
Nichole is eclectic and uses a blend of Cognitive Behavioral, Attachment, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Emotionally Focused, and Psycho-education. A holistic approach is utilized by exploring with and educating clients about how mind, body, and spirit are interconnected. Nichole believes in a strengths base approach that is client centered.
Carlos served 8 years in the United States Marine Corps. He served two tours of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). His Military Occupational Specialty was Military Police Officer, earning the rank of Sergeant (E5). After leaving active duty, he went on to pursue his education earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, and an Associate’s Degree in Behavioral Science. Currently Carlos is attending Cal State San Marcos is pursuit of his Master’s in Social Work. Throughout his work in the Marine Corps and deployments Carlos has learned the value of human relationships and understands many of the needs required by the Veteran population.
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Veteran Peer Navigator
Michael J. served 6 years in the United States Marine Corps, working as a Jet Mechanic. He learned what team work really was and he currently uses that attitude as a Veteran Peer Naviagator. He enjoys working with fellow veterans to help other veterans and active duty with issues in their lives. He is fulfilling his passion to help others at Courage to Call.
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Veteran Peer Navigator
Kristina Clancy is a Veteran Clinical Navigator at Courage to Call. As a Clinical Navigator, Kristina works to help identify issues that are contributing to suffering and hardship in the lives of Veterans and their families.
Kristina is a Navy Spouse of 18 years and has had a huge passion for working within the military community. She has taken on several volunteer positions such as Family Readiness President, Vice President and Treasurer, along with being a Command Ombudsman CONUS and OCONUS.
Kristina holds a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and is a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. She graduated from Alliant International University as Magna Cum Laude and has been trained in various modalities of psychotherapy.
Kristina is currently an active duty Navy Spouse and mother of 2. She enjoys spending time with her family, going to the movies, and pajama days with endless OREO’s.
Darrell is a 20 year U.S. Navy Veteran. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care/Emergency Management. As a Peer Support Specialist, he provides peer support to Veterans, Active Duty Military Personnel and their families through the provision of accurate information, assistance and referral, follow-up assistance and advocacy for the purpose of helping our customers access the services they need to build and sustain healthy lives.
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Peer to Peer Support Specialist
Diane served in the US Coast Guard for over 6 years. The majority of her service was as a Boatswain Mate performing search and rescue at small boat units along the Atlantic Coast. She grew up in a little town called Durant, MS and now calls San Diego home. She has been with Courage to Call since February 2010. Her passion is to help other and give back to Military Veterans and their families.
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Peer to Peer Support Specialist
Jennifer served in the United States Marine Corps for over 4 years as a motor transport operator. She deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 conducting combat operations to construct forward operating bases, patrol bases and to support infantry units in the area of operation to establish presence and repair routes for locals to use. After leaving the Marine Corps, she attended San Diego State University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in May 2018. Jennifer considers the Marines she served with as family and has a passion for helping veterans, military service members and their families.
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Veteran Peer Outreach Specialist
Earl Childress served in Marine Aviation and Ordinance. During the 13 years in the Marines he also did a tour as a Marine Security Guard assigned to embassy duty at the embassies in Afghanistan, Finland, and Sweden. In addition, he served a tour as Marine Drill Instructor at MCRD San Diego. Upon leaving the Marines, he joined the California Army/National Guard. After being mobilized in support of the Global War on Terrorism he remained on active duty as a member of the active guard reserve where he served as a Recruiter, a Unit Training NCO and a Unit Readiness NCO. After retiring from the military in 2014, Earl joined VVSD as the intake coordinator with the SSVF program. Earl is excited to be working with the Courage To Call team.
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Family Support Partner
Angela Nagel is a Marine Corps Veteran Spouse. She has worked with non-profit organizations for over 5 years. She is very passionate about serving the community she lives in. She welcomes the opportunity to work with military service members past and present as well as their families. As a Courage To Call Family Support Partner, Angela looks forward to serving the men and women who have so bravely served our great country. “Land of the free, because of the brave!”
Sarah Gilliland is the granddaughter of an Army Vet. She is a native San Diegan currently attending Cuyamaca Community College to attain a degree in Business Administration. She is married with 3 children. Outside of work she enjoys competing in statewide BBQ competitions with her husband as well as, catering for local community events and functions. She is passionate about helping those in need, specifically those struggling with substance abuse, homelessness, or families in need of support. Sarah is excited to be a part of the Courage to Call team and looks forward to learning as much as she can in order to better serve our military population.