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Dr. Borah’s work focuses on conducting research and designing programs to identify effective programming and supports for service members, veterans, spouses, and their families.

Elisa Borah, PhD

Institute Director & Research Associate Professor

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As a veteran spouse, Hannah has served as the Program Manager for the VSN since 2017, implementing supportive programs for military and veteran spouses, partners, and families.

Hannah O’Brien, MSSW

VSN Program Director

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In her role at the institute, Molly wears a number of hats, leading efforts around research, programming, event management, and graphic design.

Molly Platz, LMSW

Program Manager & Communications Specialist

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As a veteran spouse, Ashley is dedicated to applying her passion for mental health wellness focusing on communications, outreach, and delivering resources to veterans and their families.

Ashley Craig, M.Ed

VSN Marketing & Outreach Manager

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Laurianne is a United States Air Force (USAF) veteran, and a military spouse. Laurianne has worked for over a decade bolstering supports and advocating for military families

Laurianne Rodriguez, MS

VSN Program Manager

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Madeline has been a soldier in the Army Reserves since enlisting in 2017. Outside of the Army, Madeline has worked in medicine and biomedical research.

Madeline McCurry, BA

Research Program Coordinator

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Katherine’s research interests include dialogue, conflict resolution, military and veteran family wellness, and community-based research.

Katherine Gower, PhD

Research Associate

Affiliate Faculty

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Director of Training at the Evans Army Community Hospital in Ft. Carson, CO

MAJ Jean Paul ‘JP’ Hare, PhD, LCSW, BCD,
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Installation Director of Psychological Health, Fort Cavazos, Texas; Chief, Behavioral Health Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (CRDAMC); and the DHA Central Texas Market Lead, Behavioral Health

LTC Chris Paine, PhD, LCSW, BCD
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Assistant Professor, Army-University of Kentucky, MSW Program; Associate Dean, Army Graduate School; Medical Center of Excellence, Fort Sam Houston, Texas 

LTC Lataya Hawkins, PhD, LCSW, BCD
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Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Department of Health Social Work, Dell Medical School; Psychiatrist, Seton Ascension

Val Rosen, MD
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Clinical Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

Tammy Linseisen, LCSW, ACSW
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Professor, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin

Kirk von Sternberg, PhD
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Captain Velasquez Jr. is a U.S. Army Social Work Officer with over 14 years of active federal service. Most recently, he served as the Behavioral Health Officer for a Special Forces Group.

CPT Jose “Joey” E. Velasquez Jr., PhD, BCD, LCSW, MBA