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.
Kerri Childress, Vice President of Communications
Kerri recently retired from the government after 33 years service. She was on the front lines in California when our severely injured troops started coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and saw first-hand the impact of a Fisher House and the difference it made for veterans, their families and VA staff. A Navy veteran herself, she has been serving veterans in some capacity her entire career.
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.
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
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.
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.
Stacy Thomas, Director of Community Engagement
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 the cause-related marketing, 3rd party fundraising, Patriot Challenge, Commemorate a Life and Team Fisher House programs. She enjoys connecting potential supporters with the campaign that best suits their needs at the personal, team or corporate level and helping them make raising funds and awareness for Fisher House easy, fun and meaningful. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two young children.
Coreen Burnett, Chief Accountant
Coreen began working for the Foundation in January 2009. Coreen is our chief accountant and manages the general ledger, in addition to preparing various monthly reports for staff. She is married to a Navy Veteran and they have one son. Her father was a WWII veteran in the Army Air Corps, a brother served in the Air Force and another served in the Navy so she takes the mission of the Foundation very seriously.
Matthew Clifford, Development Associate
Matthew is excited to join Fisher House Foundation after several years working in international politics in New York City and Washington, DC. Prior to that, he was involved with a housing-sector start-up focused on new methods for expanding affordable housing stock in the United States. Both of Matthew’s grandfathers were veterans: one served with the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII; the other served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. Matthew holds a B.A. in International Relations and Hispanic Studies from Brown University, and an M.Sc. in Political Science from Universitat Pompeu in Barcelona, Spain.
Seth Coker, Hero Programs Assistant
Chelsea Davis, Development Associate
Chelsea studied business management at Salisbury University where she grew a love for our nation’s heroes and their families during her school internship. Both of her grandfathers served in the Army. She joined Fisher House Foundation in March 2015 and now supports the Development team.
Lisa DiGangi, Digital Media Coordinator
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 a proud Army brat & having a brother on active duty. Hooah!
Ashley Estill, Senior Communications Specialist
While working for a local magazine after college, Ashley began volunteering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During her time volunteering, she realized how strongly she felt about supporting our military and decided to pursue a career to support that passion. Ashley was hired in January 2011 as the Media Relations Assistant for Fisher House. She has become the Associate Editor of the Foundation’s magazine, The Patriot; the unofficial Foundation photographer; and assists with special events and public relations.
Gillian Gonzalez, Fundraising Coordinator
Gillian’s passion for supporting the military community began while serving in the Air Force. While stationed at Travis Air Force Base she volunteered at the local Fisher House, and before joining the Foundation in 2012 she was a volunteer at the NSA Bethesda Fisher Houses. As part of the Foundation’s Community Engagement team, Gillian is responsible for all Proud Supporter fundraising requests, Celebrate a Special Event requests and assisting Team Fisher House. She resides in Virginia with her husband (USN, ret), her two teenage sons and her two English Bulldogs.
Leanne McCullough, Hero Miles Program Administrator
Kyle Neff, Donations Administrator
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 Donations Administrator, 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, Assistant 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.
Mary-Elizabeth Pratt, Operations Assistant
Vicki Reeping, 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 Deputy of Community Relations 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.
Makenzie Schulz, Operations and HR Coordinator
Makenzie Schulz is a US Coast Guard spouse who has been working with military families her entire professional career. In her position as the Operations Officer, she serves as the executive assistant to the President, Chief of Staff and Board of Trustees; and is responsible for ensuring the daily operational activities of the foundation run smoothly and efficiently. She is dedicated to creating a positive work environment within the office, and maintaining quality relations with donors. The Schulz family resides in Washington, DC and welcomed a baby boy October 2014. They can be found, stroller and dog in tow, heading to brunch to visit friends or at the city parks.
Stacy Toner, Military Race Fundraising Coordinator, Team Fisher House
As an active duty military spouse for the past 14 years, Stacy's connection to Fisher House is personal. During deployments and during daily life in the military, she is put at ease knowing that if an emergency medical situation arises, the Fisher House will be there for her family. As part of Team Fisher House, she enjoys the opportunity to share her background in Exercise Science and the excitement in seeing friends and families of the military become healthier while spreading the word about a wonderful organization doing incredible things for our military families. She is truly honored and humbled to be part of this wonderful organization, to be the Military Race Fundraising Coordinator and Team Coach of such enthusiastic fundraisers, and to be a proud military spouse.
Megan Wynn, Grants Coordinator
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. Working in development, she specializes in donor relations and grants management.