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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 27 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. Full bio

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. Full Bio

Denise Dolan, Vice President of Development

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. Full Bio

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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Michelle Horn, Vice President of Communications

Michelle retired from the Army in 2019 after 21 years. She served on multiple overseas tours including in Germany, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Throughout her career, Michelle advocated to friends and family about the Fisher House mission and is honored to continue to serve through the Foundation. Michelle and her husband, Ryker, also an Army retiree, come from a family of veterans that served in WWII, Vietnam, and many conflicts since. In her role, she helps tell the story of Fisher House to bring awareness to the American public. Full Bio

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.
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Marshall Banks, Director of Community Relations

Marshall became a part of Fisher House Foundation in 2019 after retiring from a successful career in the military. In his position as the Community Liaison, he will assist and support the Vice President of Community Relations through Foundation interactions with communities hosting an existing Fisher House, as well as those communities seeking a new Fisher House for their local VA Hospital or Military Medical Center. Marshall is grateful for this opportunity and honored to be a part of Fisher House Foundation's mission to support our nation's military members, veterans and their families.

Stephany Bonney, Director of Community Fundraising

Stephany learned early on that she had a passion for people and turned that passion in to a successful peer to peer fundraising career. Before joining the Fisher House Family, Stephany contributed to over $500 million in funds raised through peer programs within the American Cancer Society and March of Dimes.
Stephany said, “From “donate your day” to any “DIY” fundraiser, it’s my job to make your Fisher House fundraising efforts as easy and as successful as possible.” Inspired by her oldest brother, an ’01 Naval Academy Grad, Stephany is honored to be a part of Fisher House Foundation’s mission to support our nation’s military and their families.

When not fundraising she is hanging out in Brooklyn, NY with her “Bonney Bunch”. When she can sneak away from her three young kids and hubby, you can find her on the tennis court!

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.

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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!). Lisa lives outside of Richmond with her 2 daughters.

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Kathleen Kenny, Director of Individual Giving & Major Gifts

Kathleen Kenny is the Director of Individual Giving and Major Gifts for Fisher House Foundation. At Fisher House, Kathleen helps individuals with their philanthropic goals through annual, peer to peer, and leadership giving.
Before her work at Fisher House, Kathleen served the philanthropic community at the ACOG Foundation in Washington, DC; City Opera House in Traverse City, Michigan; Easter Seals in Auburn Hills, MI; and the Boy Scouts of America in Milton, MA, and Morganville.
A daughter of an Army veteran, Kathleen, is honored to be a part of Fisher House Foundation's mission to support our nation's military members, veterans, and their families.
Kathleen graduated from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ with a B.A. in Psychology and resides in Maryland. She enjoys experimenting with new recipes and spending time with family.

Bruce Phillips, Director of Operations

Bruce joined the Foundation in 2010 and is now the Director of Operations. As the resident foodie and BBQ expert he is a favorite at office potlucks. An avid golfer, amateur interior designer, self-proclaimed wine connoisseur, and father of two, Bruce stays busy out of the office too.

Bruce has that rare quality of always making time for everyone. No problem is too big or too small for him to talk to you about. He is always there for everyone in the office, and if you're lucky, you'll get to talk to him when you call the Foundation.

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, Manager of Human Resources

Her passion and family involvement in the military has 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 Buchanan, Puerto Rico. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and in her position, as the Manager of Human Resources, she reports directly to the Director of Operations and is responsible for the Management & 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.

Taylor Bates, Development Associate-Data Administrator

Taylor joined Fisher House Foundation at the beginning of 2022. Before that, he took on multiple roles in development and fundraising for a local school, then a rare disease nonprofit. Taylor is excited to use his years of experience to help our military families in need. In his role as a development associate, Taylor helps to update our donor database, process donations, and to ensure that our donors receive the care and recognition that they deserve. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, live music, cooking, and exploring D.C.

Natalie Chernett, Research & Grants Specialist

Natalie joined Fisher House Foundation in June of 2021 after a 15-year career working in nonprofits. Natalie is an experienced researcher and grant writer with degrees in English and Library Science from the University of Maryland. Before working at Fisher House, she worked in the Fundraising Operations department at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She is the granddaughter of two veterans, and her family is active in supporting military and veteran causes. It is not uncommon for her family to host several veterans receiving treatment at Walter Reed for the holidays. Natalie lives in Brookeville, Maryland, with her husband, two children, and four pets.

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.

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.

Jenny Hall, Manager of House Support

Jenny Hall serves as Manager of House Support following nearly 9 years as Manager of the Alaska and JB Andrews Fisher House locations. During her time as Manager, Jenny was instrumental in growing the Air Force Fisher House Program in many ways and she has brought that enthusiasm with her to be able to support and encourage Fisher House Managers around the world.

Jenny is the spouse of a retired career AF Master Sergeant. Following her husband to duty stations around the world, she has been blessed to be well rounded from experiencing different cultures, communities, and work experiences.

Jenny’s passion is honoring and serving our Military and Veteran Families through relationships and giving what she would want given to her and her family in a time of need.

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.

David Nye, Sr. Communications Specialist

David came to the Foundation in 2019 after 12 years of active and reserve duty in the U.S. Army. He’s written for military lifestyle brands as a writer and editor for five years. At Fisher House, he prepares the Patriot magazine and helps edit stories from the wonderful houses for inclusion on the website and in the ePatriot. The former paratrooper now lives in Maryland with his wife, two dogs and a cat that is always in pet jail.

Nick Popejoy, Hero Miles Program Administrator

Nick joined Fisher House Foundation in April 2018 after serving as a recruiter for two years for Phi Kappa Tau. The military always has been an important part of Nick's family. His dad served in the Army and his mom is currently working for the Department of Defense. Nick enjoys helping military families through Hero Miles because he knows how much they sacrifice for our country. In Nick's spare time, he likes to go football games, Old Dominion and Jaguars, outdoor activities such as four wheeling and whitewater rafting, and hang out with his fiancé, Lizzie and dog, Paisley.

Justin Rouch, Livestream Charity Manager

Justin joined Fisher House Foundation in 2021. He’s spent years helping content creators plan, organize, and participate in charity streaming. He has also had family and friends who frequented his local VA for medical treatment. He lived close enough that they were never too far away. Working at Fisher House Foundation is his way of helping families through situations he was fortunate enough to not have to experience.
Outside of the foundation, Justin is an avid gamer and content creator, streaming several times a week himself. He also enjoys spending time in the kitchen, learning instruments, and doing woodworking.

Shannon "Shay" Spencer Watson, Chairman's Award Program Manager & Community Relations Administrator

Shannon “Shay” Spencer Watson joined Fisher House Foundation in 2022. She is a proud Army Veteran with a passion for serving the military and veteran community! She holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Management with a concentration in Marketing. In her previous role, she worked at the Army Historical Foundation, raising $3.6M in two years to help support the National Museum of the United States Army. Prior to that, she trained Law Enforcement around the country on Crimes Against Women at the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
In Shay’s spare time, she enjoys rooting for the Washington Commanders, traveling/blogging, and spending time with her husband, Michael, and daughter, Tahiry.

Christy Wilcox, Sr. Communications Videographer & Editor

Christy is an award-winning broadcast television reporter. As a former reporter covering conflict, disasters, and humanitarian issues in the United States, Mexico, and the Middle East, she likes to dig deeper into stories affecting people. She stayed at a Fisher House during her father’s treatment and that’s when she knew she wanted to work for Fisher House. In 2020, she joined the team as the Communications Senior Videographer and Editor.

Christy has a Homeland Security Masters from Penn State. Her son Gauge is the light of her life. She also enjoys renovating homes, CrossFit, and cycling.