We are here to help our nation's military families and veterans.
David Coker, President
After a career in the military and supporting his local Fisher House, Dave was hired as the Foundation's first employee by founder Zachary Fisher. He has spent the last 20 years working with the DOD and VA leadership to identify new projects and build houses as well as implement and grow the various programs of the Foundation. He believes that the military and VA do a great job supporting our military families and we are proud to fill in the gaps of caring for our nation's heroes and their families.
Mary B. Considine, Chief of Staff
Mary B. began her career at Fisher House Foundation as a volunteer, licking stamps and replacing batteries in donated toys for the children at Fisher Houses. Given the opportunity to work full-time as the program expanded, she jumped at the chance. Over ten years later, her love for serving military families and veterans at a time when they need it most has only grown. Whether talking to a donor who has supported the Fisher House mission for 20+ years, or sharing a coffee break in a Fisher House kitchen with a guest, Mary is always excited to explore new opportunities to engage supporters in improving quality of life in the military community.
Brian Gawne, Vice President of Community Relations
After a successful a career in Naval Aviation, Brian landed at Fisher House Foundation in 2010. As a Veteran with a son in the Navy, and a wife and daughter who are registered nurses, Fisher House Foundation’s mission of supporting military families hits close to home. He is grateful to work with the dedicated community groups, Fisher House Managers, Veterans Service Organizations and government workers who are committed to serving those who serve.
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Tish Stropes, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Tish is responsible for the Hero Miles and Hotels for Heroes programs which help keep families connected during the healing process. Tish is especially proud that these programs exist because of the generosity of the public. Tish, along with her husband and two teenage children, are blessed to be part of the ever-expanding circle of Fisher House beneficiaries and supporters.
Denise Dolan, Chief Advancement Officer
Denise joined Fisher House Foundation in 2014 and is honored to use her fundraising experience to serve military veterans and their families. Denise is the proud granddaughter of a World War II veteran who survived for five days - lost in the dense New Guinea jungle. In her role, she oversees the fundraising efforts of the Foundation.
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Michelle Baldanza, Director of Communications
Michelle retired from the Army in 2019 after 21 years. She served multiple oversees tours including in Germany, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Throughout her career she always advocated to friends and family about the Fisher House mission. She is honored to have the opportunity to continue to serve by joining the Fisher House team. Michelle’s husband, Ryker, is also an Army retiree. They have a family of veterans that served in WWII, Vietnam and many conflicts since. In her role, she will help tell the story of Fisher House to bring awareness to the American public. Full Bio
Andrew Kayton, Director of Donations
Andrew has over ten years of experience in nonprofit and political management. He has been in the donations department of Fisher House Foundation since 2007. He currently serves as the director of the donations department, overseeing a small but dedicated staff ensuring the sustainability of the Foundation. He currently resides in Clarksburg, Maryland with his wife Laura and their twins Brody and Ella. He hopes to see the Buffalo Bills win a Super Bowl in his lifetime.
Lisa Kelley, Director of Digital Media
Lisa started with the foundation straight out of college in 2007. She has brought her love of technology and the military to our online presence. In her role, Lisa manages all aspects of social media and the website as well as being a part of the special events team. Her passion for the military and Fisher House comes from growing up in an Army family (hooah!), although she is now married to a former Marine (oorah!). Lisa lives in Falls Church with her Marine, 2 baby girls, and 2 step-daughters.
Bruce Phillips, Director of Operations
Bruce started with the Foundation in early 2010. Before Fisher House, Bruce and his wife Cat served for 8 years at a nonprofit residential program for teens and families in crisis, in Vermont. Bruce loves to share the mission and story of Fisher House and enjoys representing the Foundation at fundraisers and other events.
Angela Ranero, Chief Accountant
Angela joined Fisher House in 2017 with 20+ years of experience in non-profit finance and administration. At Fisher House Angela is responsible for the financial processes, annual audit and various tax returns. Angela graduated magna cum laude from Mount Saint Mary’s University with degrees in Accounting and Business & Finance. Angela is a Certified Public Accountant in Maryland. Angela currently sits on the board of a local non-profit school.
The mission of Fisher House is near and dear to her heart after her family spent time in a hospital hospitality house when her mother had major surgery as she understands the impact a Fisher House has on the lives of those needing their services. Angela, her husband and three children live in Maryland.
Stacy Thomas, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations
Stacy started her journey with the Fisher House program as a former Army spouse in Landstuhl, Germany where she was the Assistant Manager of the Landstuhl Fisher Houses in 2005. She transitioned to the Foundation after moving back to the US in 2008. She oversees corporate and foundation support including cause marketing and grants, and is involved with all aspects of development. She enjoys connecting with potential supporters, whether a small start-up business or a large corporation, to ensure their giving best fits their goals. Stacy resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two young children.
Irnaliz Aquino, Operations and HR Coordinator
Her passion and family involvement in the military have always been present all her life. While growing up in a military base environment, she participated in many volunteering activities during her school years at Fort Buchannan, Puerto Rico. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and in her position, as the Operations and HR Coordinator, she serves as the executive assistant to the President and Chief of Staff. She also reports directly to the Director of Operations, and is responsible for the Coordination of the HR Department ensuring the daily operational activities of the Foundation run smoothly and efficiently. She resides in Maryland with her husband and two children.
Madison Bump, Senior Development Associate
Madison joined the Fisher House team in late 2016 after leaving his role as a graphic designer in Massachusetts and moving to the DC area. Having multiple service members in his family he is passionate about the work being done to assist the family members of wounded, injured and ill service men and women and veterans. His work at Fisher House has cemented his love for helping others and is excited to see what the future holds for this wonderful organization.
Meagan Carr, Donations Assistant
Meagan is excited to be a part of Fisher House and is dedicated to supporting our service men and women and veterans. Her grandfather is a former Coast Guard psychiatrist who now specializes in PTSD and veterans, and his work at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has given her a passion for assisting those who serve our country and their families. In her role in Donations, Meagan is continually humbled by the generosity of Fisher House’s supporters and is honored to be a part of such an important cause.
Seth Coker, Hotels for Heroes Program Administrator
While attending the College of Charleston, Seth served as his fraternity’s philanthropy chair organizing a week-long fundraiser to benefit Fisher House Foundation. Within two years, they were able to raise over $25,000 for Fisher House! Upon graduating in 2015, Seth wanted to continue to assist military families in need and joined the Hero Programs team. He currently manages the day to day operations of the Hotels for Heroes program.
Vicki Crowley, Community Relations Coordinator
Vicki began working part-time for the Foundation in 2006 while attending college, and accepted a full-time position after graduating from University of Maryland in 2008. Her position as Community Relations Coordinator encompasses many duties including, Fisher House manager liaison, Newman’s Own Awards grant coordinator, and special events team member. Vicki has a very special place in her heart for the military community as her grandfathers were WWII veterans & three of her cousins are Marines.
Nelly Diaz, Operations Administrative Assistant
Nelly graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014 with a BA in Theater Studies. She is a freelance stage manager in the DMV area. She worked as an Office Manager for a small concrete company before finding a home at Fisher House Foundation. She is humbled to work for a nonprofit that serves our military and veterans. Nelly works with the Operations Department to assist in the day to day activities of the Foundation.
Kyle Neff, Senior Development Associate
Kyle studied history at Hood College and spent time working at Ft. Detrick before joining Fisher House Foundation late in 2010. In his role as Senior Development Associate, Kyle ensures donations are handled properly and makes sure each donor is thanked appropriately for their support of Fisher House. Kyle also maintains our ever-expanding donor database with a discerning eye towards detail and a taciturn demeanor towards its upkeep. Kyle is humbled to be part of the Foundation and happy to be able support our deserving military families.
Lorraine Neff, Staff Accountant
After spending 22 years raising her three children, Lorraine Neff rejoined the workforce as an assistant accountant for Fisher House Foundation. Her stepfather, member of the U.S. Navy, served in World War II. Her father-in-law, an Army man, served in Vietnam and her husband served in the Navy for 15 years, including time during the Gulf War. To Lorraine, working at the Foundation is more than a job. It’s a way to support a cause that is dear to her heart, one that provides help and hope to our military heroes who have already given so much for the sake of our country’s freedom.
Nick Popejoy, Hero Miles Program Administrator
Megan Wynn, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations
After finishing graduate school and moving to the D.C. area, Megan joined the Fisher House Foundation staff in 2013. Her first experience volunteering for a nonprofit was with Toys for Tots, since then she always knew that she wanted to work in the nonprofit field and for an organization that supported our military and veterans. In the development department, Megan manages corporate and foundation relationships through cause marketing efforts or grant making activities.
Sarah Stec, Senior Development Associate
A proud Navy spouse, Sarah has over four years’ experience in nonprofit development and understands the importance of providing quality experiences for donors. Her role at Fisher House focuses on Peer-to-Peer DIY fundraising through various events, such as Proud Supporter, Patriot Challenge, and Team Fisher House. In her previous nonprofit roles, Sarah managed volunteers, empowered donors to reach fundraising goals and planned donor-centric events. She is mission-focused and looks forward to supporting the Fisher House mission of helping military families. Sarah’s husband is active duty Navy, pursuing a degree in Master of Health Administration and Policy at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. In her free time, Sarah enjoys playing with her yellow lab rescue, Duncan, and exploring our nation’s capital.
In Memoriam, Kerri Childress
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that our dear Vice President for Communications, Kerri Childress, passed away peacefully late on October 14 after a two-year fight with pancreatic cancer. Her devotion to our service members, veterans and their families was limitless, tireless and full of compassion. She was often the voice behind our Facebook page and magazine. Kerri has left a permanent mark on all of who knew her. Her light and friendship has forever changed so many lives for the better. She will be forever missed and forever remembered.
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