Jonathan E. Sherin, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr Sherin is currently consulting as subject matter expert for Vets Advocacy, Inc., the non-profit formed as a condition of the Valenti v Secretary Bob McDonald settlement
Dr Sherin is a psychiatrist and neurobiologist by trade with a wide range of professional experience. Prior to the Valenti v Secretary Bob McDonald settlement and his current assignment, Dr. Sherin served as executive vice president for military communities and chief medical officer for Volunteers of America, Incorporated (VOA). In these roles, he oversaw the expansion and innovation of services delivered to members of the military community (active duty, reserve, guard, veterans, families) across VOA’s vast national network and brought key medical and scientific expertise to the entire organization.
Dr. Sherin is a leading authority on the care of veterans struggling with reintegration challenges. He has testified in Congress on veteran homelessness and suicide. Prior to joining VOA, he had a distinguished career in the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) where he held clinical, teaching, research and administrative leadership positions. In his last post, he served as chief of mental health for the Miami VA Healthcare System. He has also held various academic appointments, most recently as professor and vice chairman for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of Miami.
Dr. Sherin is an accomplished neurobiology researcher with notable scientific achievements including his work identifying a core sleep circuit in mammals that garnered national and international recognition. In addition, he was a recipient of the prestigious Kempf Award from the American Psychiatric Association for his conceptual model of the psychotic process. Recently, his efforts have focused on developing human service systems that dismantle the myriad access barriers facing vulnerable populations and targeting/studying multidimensional wellbeing as a desired outcome. Dr. Sherin completed his undergraduate studies in neuroscience at Brown University, his graduate work at the University of
Chicago and Harvard Medical School, and his postgraduate training at UCLA. He remains on faculty as a volunteer clinical professor at the University of Miami where he is also an active member of the Center on Aging. He continues to teach and volunteer at the Sepulveda VA Ambulatory Care Center near his home in Topanga, CA.
Veterans Services Adviser
Pete Hegseth was infantry officer in the Army National Guard, serving tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. He holds two Bronze Stars and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge for his time overseas.
He is a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and has a Threshold Editions book coming out in May of 2016 entitled, “In the Arena: Good Citizens, a Great Republic, and How One Man’s Speech Can Reinvigorate America.” Pete is also a FOX News contributor, appearing regularly on FOX & Friends, The Kelly File, America’s Newsroom, and Outnumbered. contributor, appearing regularly on FOX & Friends, The Kelly File, America’s Newsroom, and Outnumbered.
You Served You Deserve
Wally McManigle resides in Belt, MT with his wife Lynda McManigle. Wally enjoys rodeo, races and continuing to serve his veterans.
Served in the US Army from March 6th of 1969 released October 18th of 1970. Serving in Vietnam for 14 months, stationed in Rokkien, Tan Nan, TyNinh, Cho chi and Cambodia.
Machine gunner M60, Point Man and Squad Leader. Currently involved in Vets4Vets, Grace Veterans Home and serving on the board of the Eagles Healing Nest.
Chris Senger resides in Sauk Centre, MN. Chris retired as a full-time member of the Minnesota Army National Guard as a Sergeant First Class after serving over 30 years. During his years of service, he participated in a tour to Bosnia and two tours into Iraq, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. Chris is a current VFW Commander, a past American Legion Commander, Commander of the American Legion Riders Club and was awarded the Civil Servant of the Year for Minnesota, twice. Chris helped open the doors to the Nest and continues his daily involvement with this fine organization helping it grow; he also serves as its Project Manager. Chris has a son named CJ. CJ followed in his Dad’s footsteps and also serves his country.
Served 20 years in the Army, MN National Guard and KS National Guard
He worked along with Blue Star Mothers, supporters, friends and others to open the Nests’ doors. James was of the first Veterans to seek help and guidance at the Nest. He lives in Kansas with his wonderful wife Laurie. They both want to become Missourians because the own land there. They hope to build their dream house soon.
John R. “Jack” Stephens
Jack Stephens was born on November 19, 1948 in Davenport Iowa. His family moved to Minnesota shortly after he was born and then in 1958 moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Jack graduated from Maryvale High School in 1966 and attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona for two years.
In 1969, Jack was drafted into the Marine Corps and completed boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. After boot camp and advanced infantry training, specializing in jungle warfare, he was deployed to Vietnam. Jack arrived in Danang, Vietnam and soon transported Southeast of Danang to Hoa Long, Vietnam, where he was attached to the 5th Communications Battalion.
After his tour in Vietnam, he returned home and joined the Phoenix Police Department.
In 1979 Jack was seriously injured while on duty with the Special Operations Team in the inner-city housing projects of Phoenix. He eventually quit the PD because of his injuries and moved back to Minnesota. After more surgeries and a long recovery, Jack joined the Hennepin County Sheriffs Office in 1984 and served 22 years as a Detention Sergeant before retiring.
Jack and his wife, Heather, are avid motorcyclists. In the summer of 2013, while riding with a large group en route to the Veteran’s Administration, they stopped at the Eagle’s Healing Nest for the first time and knew the “Nest” was something special. They have never quit working and volunteering to help our veterans at the EHN.
Jack is currently a member of the Board of Trustees at the EHN and for the past two years has been teaching painting and drawing, Wood Carving, and Poetry to the veterans two days a week.
Bruce served in the Marines 74-76. He was born and raised in Minnesota. Bruce is proud father of 4 boys and a grandpa of 4 grandchildren. He is active in the Clearwater American Legion and Legion Riders. Bruce came to visit the nest after it first opened and stated he would someday live and be the groundskeeper, he has kept that promise. His commitment to veterans, military members and families is from his heart. In his free time Bruce enjoys his dog, riding bike, fishing and hunting.