Board of Trustees

Advisory Board

COL(R) Harvey (Barney) Barnum, Jr. USMC

Medal of Honor Recipient

HON Norman R. Augustine

Former United States Under Secretary of the Army

GEN(R) Ronald R. Fogleman, USAF

 15th Chief of Staff of the Air Force           

COL(R) Jack Jacobs, USA

Medal of Honor recipient and       military analyst for NBC/MSNBC                                                  

Mike (“Coach K”) Krzyzewski

Mens Basketball Head Coach at Duke

Honorable Tidal W. (Ty) McCoy

Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Washington Capital Partners, LLC

Nivine Megahed, Ph.D.

President of National-Louis University

GEN(R) Peter Pace, USMC

16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 

Kelly Perdew

           CEO of                                                       

Jan C. Scruggs 

 Founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund      

HON Deborah Wince-Smith

President of the Council on Competitiveness

Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris

Maj Gen, USAF, Ret.

HON R. James Woolsey, Jr.

16th Director of Central Intelligence


VADM(R) Dan Cooper, USN

Former Under Secretary for Veterans Benefits


ADM(R) Thomas Hayward, USN

Chief of Naval Operations for the United States Navy

Sonny Jurgensen

Former NFL quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins

Ray Kurz

          Partner, Hogan Lovells                     

RADM(R) Terry "T" McCreary, USN

        Chief of Naval Information                

William F. Murdy

Former CEO of Thayer Leader Development Group

BG(R) John W. Nicholson, USA

Former Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission

MCPOCG(R) Vince Patton III, USCG

Eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

GEN(R) William R. Richardson, USA

Former Commander of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command

SGM (R) John P. Strock, USA


HON G. Kim Wincup

Chairman of the Reserve Forces Policy Board


Executive Director:  Kristina Kaufmann

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Kristy has served as an advocate for military and veteran families for over 15 years and is a subject matter expert regarding the mental health impacts of war on military families. Her publications and media appearances include the Washington Post, New York Times, NPR, CNN, NBC, FOX and ABC. Kristy has briefed congress on several occasions and speaks at conferences across the country.  In her role as the executive director of the Code of Support Foundation, she combines her first-hand experience as a wartime Army wife with her knowledge of research, programs and organizational strategies to raise awareness, inform policies and facilitate collective effort necessary to meet the needs of the military/veteran families. She is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley, and a native of New Rochelle, NY.

Program Director, Case Coordination: Chelsea Hilton

Chelsea oversees Code of Support’s case coordination program, assisting service members, veterans and families (SMVF) across the country by directly connecting them to the services and support that meet their immediate, short and long term needs.  She helps provide wrap around services by vetting individual cases and organizations, tapping into various types of resources, tracking progression, and following up even after the needs are met.  Chelsea is actively involved in advocating for SMVFs and finding creative ways to help Americans bridge the civilian-military divide. Prior to joining COSF, Chelsea worked in customer service, advocacy, and fundraising positions with The Housing Foundation, TD Bank, Colleges Against Cancer, and Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure. She attended the University of Maine and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Development.  She is the granddaughter of a Vietnam Veteran and a cousin to several active duty service members. Through her passion of serving, she is extremely honored to be working with and supporting our military/veteran communities.

Director of Communications: Shane Cooke

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The son of a Marine Corps Veteran, Shane Cooke grew up in Warrenton, VA and moved to Alexandria after completing his undergraduate degree in political science at the University of Virginia. After graduation, he preceded to fulfill a year of national service through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, volunteering at Code of Support Foundation. At completion of his year of service, Shane took a permanent position as Communications Director with Code of Support. Over the past three years, Shane has helped grow the organization from a small startup, to a nonprofit that helps thousands of veterans and their family members each year. Shane is a passionate nonprofit communications professional and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Public Relations Society of America, and Direct Marketing Association. When he is not busy managing Code of Supports digital marketing efforts, Shane likes to spend time outdoors or watching the Washington Nationals.

To learn more about Shane, check out our blog.

Program Director, PATRIOTlink™: Simmone Quesnell

Simmone oversees Code of Support Foundation's new initiative PATRIOTlink™, a cloud-based resource navigation platform for service providers. Her passion for supporting the military community stemmed from her father’s service in the Air Force and her work with military families in her AmeriCorps term. Before coming to Code of Support Foundation Simmone spent several years with the National Military Family Association working directly with active and veteran military families providing support through various programs focusing on holistic healing and resiliency skill training. She holds an M.S. in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University with a focus in Leadership. When she is not at COSF, she is most likely exploring hiking trails in the area or learning to cook a new dish. She is honored to have the opportunity to find new ways to best support our nation’s military service members, veterans and their families.

Strategic Partnerships Coordinator: Kelsey Wolfe Davis

Kelsey Wolfe Davis is the Strategic Partnerships Coordinator for Code of Support Foundation's PATRIOTlink™ program . She is from Greenville, Ohio and she graduated from Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. While attending IU East, she was an active member of the campus and worked in a variety of different offices, including the Admissions Office and the Humanities and Social Sciences Advising Office. She currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, Storm – an active duty member of the United States Air Force. Together, they have two adopted rescue dogs, Gilbert and Wrangler.

To learn more about Kelsey, check out our blog.

Information Delivery Specialist: Vince Sullivan

Vince Sullivan is an AmeriCorps VISTA from Roanoke, VA who works to assist in the development of PATRIOTlink, Code of Support’s online searchable database of resources and services. He consistently updates and thoroughly vets PATRIOlink through profiling and engaging new potential organizations. In 2013, Vince graduated with a Bachelor of Art in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. Prior to becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA, Vince was serving a 10 month assignment with AmeriCorps NCCC-FEMA Corps in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. as their National Disaster Recovery Support Coordination Specialist. While in FEMA Corps, Vince successfully completed a variety of different assignments including rewriting the Basic Workshop in Emergency Management for the state of New Jersey, facilitation of emergency preparedness programs, the development of a database for FEMA Corps, and the 100% inventory of all IT equipment for all of FEMA. In his spare time, Vince likes to play basketball and hang out with his pit bull, Boss.

Program Specialist, PATRIOTlink™: Kate Hurney

Kate Hurney joined Code of Support Foundation in February of 2016 as a Program Specialist for the PATRIOTlink program. Having shared office space with COSF at her previous non-profit, Kate witnessed first hand the success of the Case Coordination team in navigating services for those in the military space with complex needs.  Kate has a background in operational management, primarily in the financial and legal sectors.  She looks forward to contributing to the success of the PATRIOTlink program and is proud to have joined the dedicated team at COSF.

Veteran Peer Navigator: Phil McMillan

Phil McMillan is a Veteran Peer Navigator here at Code of Support Foundation.  As a disabled veteran, Phil assists his fellow warriors and their families by providing peer support and assisting them in their time of need. Before joining Code of Support, Phil served three years in the Army as an Infantryman in the 1st Calvary Division where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He also volunteered at the Fayetteville, VA Medical Center as a Veteran Peer Support Specialist where he assisted OEF/OIF veterans with the difficult transition from military to civilian life.  Phil holds a B.A. in Sociology from Fayetteville State University and relishes the opportunity to assist his fellow veterans on a national level. Phil lives in Alexandria with his wife, Felicia, and their two children, Omar and Zoe.

To learn more about Phil, check out our blog.

Veteran Peer Navigator: Steven Routt

Steven Routt is a Veteran Peer Navigator serving veterans and their families with Code of Support Foundation in Northern Virginia. Steve is a veteran himself of the US Army, US Army Reserve, Arizona National Guard, and Hawaii National Guard. He is also head of the support team (along with his two sons Dylan and Heydn) for his wife of 25 years LTC Jennifer Smith-Heys, USA.

Steve has held several MOSs in his military service- 96R Surveillance Specialist, 67R Apache Crew Chief, 68W Combat Medic, and M6 Nurse. He has served in Panama, Honduras, Arizona, Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, Virginia, and deployed in support of OIF/OEF.

Steve graduated from Augusta College in Georgia majoring in Criminology, Sociology, and minoring in Cultural Anthropology furthering his academic desires as a “lifelong learner” at George Mason University. He has earned a Nursing license, Realtor’s license, EMT-I, NRA Rifle/Pistol, Field First Aid instructor certifications and is currently working towards Clinical Massage Therapist certification.

While Jennifer was instructing at Ft. Huachuca with the Officer Basic Course, Steve opened Trail Boss Outfitters, a boutique retail location dealing in firearms, training, and specialty equipment. He continues to pursue entrepreneurial satisfaction through personal business endeavors.

Along with hours spent each week in support of Boy Scouts of America Troop 4077 as Scoutmaster, Steve volunteers with his community association, CAUSE, Wounded Warrior Mentor program, and local schools. Steve is an avid photographer. He also finds a moment to mountain bike, fly fish, hike and camp, as well as participating in shooting sports.

To learn more about Steve, check out our blog.

Elizabeth Dole Caregiver Peer Navigator Fellow: Marjorie Pennington

Marjorie is the wife of wounded warrior Matthew Pennington who was severely injured on his third deployment on April 29, 2006, by an IED blast that left her husband with an amputation, limb salvage, PTS and TBI and she is also the daughter of Navy Seal plank holder Mike Ricker.  This is where her love of country and those that defend it came to be what it is today.  Marjorie has roughly 8 years of experience in the Veteran 501c3 community serving as a Co-Director of a specialized work at home program that employed severely injured veterans and their caregivers.  Her knowledge of resources, call center operations, management and a genuine love for those under her she fostered an environment where veterans and caregivers could grow and learn while they endured the treatments and appointments necessary for them to achieve their new normal as they recover from the wounds of war.   Marjorie had the opportunity to further her education in the non-profit sector, Marjorie attended the University of Notre Dame online to earn her certifications in Transformational Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

Marjorie volunteers with a local Non-profit in Maine The JD Foundation which educates on the seriousness of suicide prevention and awareness, and anti-bullying.  Marjorie is currently training to be a Peer Mentor for Caregivers through the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network. While Marjorie is busy with volunteering and caring for her veteran, she enjoys cooking, traveling and spending time with her fur babies, as she is hopeful to start a family with her husband in the near future. 

Marketing and Communications Advisor: Amy McWethy

Amy McWethy is an experienced and results proven public relations professional with an extensive background in consumer, business and crisis communications. As the National PR Director of Ringling Bros. & Motor Sports Entertainment at Feld Entertainment, she was responsible for developing and implementing multi-integrated public relations campaigns for the company's live entertainment brands, new business initiatives, and rapid response situations. Amy was also accountable for final content of media responses, tour publicity budgets and day-to-day management decisions in implementing approved strategies by executive management.

Amy's successes were a reflection of a public relations team who consistently achieved more than $65 million annually in earned media for Feld's live entertainment brands with over 40% of that value obtained under her direction. Amy's communications style promotes transparency and an understanding for professional and personal discretion regarding high profile situations.

Throughout her career, Amy has worked for celebrated and award winning producers and journalists. She has proved successful in securing the pitch, demonstrated diplomacy when interacting with the media, provided content without missing a deadline all while maintaining the integrity the brand. Amy holds a BBA in Marketing from the University of Texas and currently resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Program Specialist: Shawn Taylor

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Shawn Taylor brings her business acumen, passion for philanthropy, and commitment to her family to her work as a Board Member of UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.  Shawn is founding member of the Board and co-founder of two UsA2 networks: WomenAgainstAlzheimer’s and the newly created VeteransAgainstAlzheimer’s.  While working to get the Veteran’s network up and running, Shawn is serving as a Program Specialist for the Code of Support Foundation, located in Alexandria, VA.

Shawn’s connection to Alzheimer’s disease is deeply personal for both her family and her husband’s. Using her expertise in sales and marketing, Shawn served as co-chair of the 2007 Washington Monuments Luncheonfor the Alzheimer’s Association.  When the Chapter first began discussion of a campaign focused on women, Shawn volunteered for the task force to help shape the direction of the initiative.  She was selected as one of the inaugural honorees and played a significant role in the campaign, as a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Giving Circle and as co-chair of the campaign.  She was a major supporter through the luncheon, the National Alzheimer’s Gala, and the new women’s campaign, and takes great pride in the vitally needed funds raised through these efforts.

Shawn’s other philanthropic endeavors and volunteerism have benefited numerous charitable organizations, from her daughters’ schools to highly recognized organizations throughout the Washington region. She is a Member of Partners in Research and an Advocate for Doctors Speak Out at Georgetown University Medical Center, a Member and Advocate for the SCORE Council at Children’s National Medical Center.

Shawn is a Vice President and Trustee for The KPB Corporation.  She holds degrees in psychology and health from the University of Maryland. She, her husband and three daughters live in McLean, VA.