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Meet the Staff: Jennifer Christman

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Jennifer Christman, BSW, MA

Chief and EVP of Behavior Health Programs

President, National Association for Rural Mental Health

 

As Chief and Executive Vice President of Behavioral Health Programs for VetAdvisor® Services, Jennifer implements and directs proactive Veteran coaching and counseling programs for Three Wire Systems. In her current role, she improves Veterans’ access to reintegration services in the areas of wellness, behavioral health, financial and career transition coaching. She has more than 15 years of experience managing personnel providing veteran-related services. During her tenure, she has provided direction and oversight for over 500,000 coaching sessions.

Jennifer has experience in the hiring and supervision of Department of Defense Victim Advocates and as a Victim Rights Manager/Counselor. She is also adept in Government Contract Project/Program Management as well as private sector contracting.

Jennifer has spoken to organizations and at conferences about student Veterans and Veterans in the workplace including benefits of hiring Veterans and retaining Veterans. Her recent speaking engagements have included presentations to the National Behavioral Consortium; World EAP Conference; the PA Veteran Forum; the National Association for Rural Mental Health; APHA; SugarCon; IVMF V-WISE; and the EAPA Pittsburgh Chapter.

Jennifer serves as President of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) and the Saint Francis University Social Work Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of directors for Veterans Community Initiatives (VCI). She is a Certified Peer Support Specialist Supervisor, has a Bachelors in Social Work from Saint Francis University where she was honored with the Social Work Student-of-the-Year for 2003, and a Masters in Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Mount Aloysius College.

Jennifer was selected as a 2019 Service to the Citizen Award winner in coordination with Public Service Recognition Week. She was named to the Top 100 People in Central Pennsylvania and Beyond in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Most recently, Jennifer was also named as one of the 2018 Women Making a Difference Award by the Pennsylvania Business Central and Saint Francis University.

Meet the Staff: Jessica Hunter

Jessica Hunter

Meet the Staff

 Name: Jessica “Jess” Hunter

Position: VA Choice Program Lead

Celebrating her anniversary on February 16, 2019, Jess has been with VetAdvisor®/Three Wire Systems, LLC for four years, currently serving as the Program Lead for VetAdvisor® services. She oversees our Choice contract, which includes managing the VetAdvisor call centers. Jess joined our team after completing her degree at Juniata College and has worked as a Crisis Counselor at UPMC and an Intake and Utilization Specialist at PeerStar.

Q: What is your favorite part of working with VetAdvisor®?

A: My favorite part of the job would have to be the people. Not only those that I work with internally, on my team and within this company, but also the people that we serve. I enjoy working with Veterans on a daily basis, in helping them to find the resources that they need. It is rare to find a position with work that is this rewarding and meaningful, and I appreciate the opportunities that I have found here.

Q: Looking back over your time here, what is your biggest success/why have you enjoyed your experience?

A: Working with the VetAdvisor team, I have enjoyed seeing our programs grow. It is fulfilling to watch our team develop extensively as we bring on more members, knowing that it furthers our work of providing service to those who provide service to others. I have gotten to know and work with some amazing people over the past four years, and the dedication of our team is what makes our programs successful.

Meet the Staff: Josh Mottillo

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Meet the Staff

Name: Josh Mottillo

Position: Behavioral Health Veteran Representative

Josh has been with VetAdvisor®/Three Wire Systems, LLC for two years as a Behavioral Health Veteran Representative for the Choice Program. Before he came to VetAdvisor, Josh was a teacher for seven years. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and his Master’s degree in Business Education. Josh also has a minor in music and spent his undergraduate career as a member of the IUP Marching Band. Following that experience, he has worked for 15 years as the Assistant Band Director at Blairsville High School, which included 2 years as acting Director. For the past two years, Josh has been the Assistant Band Director for Saltsburg High School.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

“My favorite part of my job is the feeling of making a difference. When we are able to get veterans the care that they are seeking and hear how grateful they are for what we do, it is a highlight of my day. Also, I appreciate the work environment and enjoy coming to work with my wonderful co-workers each and every day.”

Q: Looking back over your time with VetAdvisor® what is your biggest success and why have you enjoyed your experience?

“My biggest success has been in finding solutions. One example that comes to mind was helping a Veteran who had a difficult time with scheduling find an appointment almost immediately, and hearing the appreciation he had for all of the work we did. This veteran was so grateful for how quickly we provided assistance and care and that was important to me. Along with this, I also consider any veteran we are able to schedule appointments for a success because it means we have done our job and allows me to go home with a sense of accomplishment every day.”

Congratulations Josh on two years with VetAdvisor®/Three Wire Systems, LLC! We are very proud to have you as part of our staff.

Meet the Staff: Stephanie Dostal

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Meet the Staff

Name: Stephanie Dostal

Position: Behavioral Health Veteran Representative and Training Lead

While attending Saint Francis University for her social work degree, Stephanie began an internship at the Conemaugh Hospital Adult and Adolescent inpatient psychiatric units.  From this experience, Stephanie realized her passion for working in the behavioral health field. In 2009, after graduating college, she met VetAdvisor® Chief and EVP, Jennifer Christman at a Saint Francis Social Work Alumni dinner and joined the team as a Veteran Representative.  Since that time Stephanie has worked on several contracts in various roles, including an outside role as a Multi-Systemic Therapist. Stephanie now works with our Veteran Choice Card program, creating resources and training material for new hires. She found that she had a knack and joy for teaching and expanded her role to include training lead as the program grew. Stephanie now is in her current role as Behavioral Health Veteran Representative and Training Lead.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

A: “I can’t imagine any greater privilege than having the opportunity to provide needed services to veterans.  To be looked upon to train our new staff so they can provide the best possible service to our veterans is an honor.  I tell anyone who will listen to me how much I love my job.  My favorite quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson ends with “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”  This has always resonated with me and I leave my job every day feeling like I succeeded because of the amazing staff and the services they are providing.”

Q:  Looking back over your time at VetAdvisor/Three Wire Systems, LLC, what is your biggest success/why have you enjoyed your experience?

A: “My biggest success would be transitioning into the training role.  Had you told me ten years ago I would be in a teaching role I wouldn’t have believed it.  It was just something I’d never considered.  One of the greatest things about working here is that those that support you often see things in you that you can’t recognize yourself.  I am so grateful for the opportunity, encouragement, and support that I have been given.  I successfully completed the ATD Training Certificate Program, made possible by the company, and training has become such an enjoyable and rewarding part of my career.  I find great joy in connecting with our new and current team members and sharing my enthusiasm for the work that we do.” 

Meet the Staff- Brian Powers

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Meet the Staff

Name: Brian Powers

Position: Career and Finance Coach

Brian has been with VetAdvisor®/Three Wire Systems, LLC for eight years in various roles, currently serving as a Career and Finance Coach for VetAdvisor services. Brian is also a Behavioral Health Veteran’s Representative as part of the Choice program. Before working at VetAdvisor, Brian spent ten years in the United States Navy, serving on a Fleet Ballistic Missle submarine with a homeport in Charleston, SC. He was also an instructor at a Nuclear Power Training unit in Windsor, CT, and worked in the civilian nuclear power industry for nearly twenty years.  Brian now works directly with veterans and families, providing coaching and support as well as finding veterans the services needed to improve overall quality of life.

Q: What is your favorite part of your job?

“My favorite part of my job is in assisting fellow veterans. Whether it’s helping them find employment, building and maintaining a budget, planning for their financial future, or finding the assistance veterans need through the Choice program.”

Q: Looking back over your time with VetAdvisor® what is your biggest success and why have you enjoyed your experience?

“Looking back over my time here at VetAdvisor®/Three-Wire Systems, LLC, my biggest personal success was completing my Financial Counselor certification through AFCPE (Association for Financial Counseling & Planning Education®).”

“As for my experience, I find assisting my fellow veterans to be as satisfying to me as when I was in the Navy serving my country.”

 

Congratulations Brian on eight years with VetAdvisor/Three Wire Systems, LLC! We are very proud to have you as part of our staff.