The National Veterans Foundation welcomes three new staff members to our team.
Mary Ann Mayer, Counselor, MSW, ACSW
Mary Ann Mayer brings extensive experience working with veterans, most recently at New Directions on the VA Campus in West Los Angeles, where she conducted individual and group therapy for homeless men and women vets, including crisis intervention. Prior to that, she was with the Clare Foundation in Santa Monica, working with dual-diagnosis homeless adults, securing housing and providing individual and group therapy. Before that, she was a grants researcher and developed volunteer training programs for the Downtown Women’s Center on Skid Row, Los Angeles. She holds a degree in English and an MFA in creative writing. She completed her MSW at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Mary Ann’s father is a Navy combat vet who served in Korea and later joined the Air Force until his retirement. Her mother was an OR nurse in the Air Force. They met on an Air Force Base in Germany. Mary Ann married a Desert Storm Navy combat vet.
“As the daughter of two veterans, I am proud to serve my country by serving those who served. I have always believed in going the extra mile for each and every veteran that is seeking help. The mission of The National Veterans Foundation is in line with my personal ethics as well as my ethics as a social worker. I’m thrilled to be part of such a dedicated and compassionate team!”
Gregory Flowers, US Navy – Information Services Representative
Gregory Flowers served in United States Navy from May 1996 – March 2007 as Machinist Mate 1st Class. He served in the Submarine force on the USS Michigan Blue Crew, USS Houston, USS Hampton and the Deep Submer- gence Unit. Since leaving the service, he’s worked as a Plant Engineer for Cin- tas Corporation, Quality Control Technician for First Wind Energy, and Quality Assurance Inspector at Unical. Greg is working towards a Bachelors degree in Sociology. Greg has 4 grown kids and 2 minor children. He’s been married to his lovely wife Angela for almost twenty years.
“It gives me great pleasure to help people in general, but as a Veteran it is really special to help those that I have so much in common with.”
Leaphy Khim, US Marines – Women Veteran Outreach Coordinator
Leaphy Khim served the United States Marine Corps for 8 years from 2002– 2010 as an Electrician and PWST (Peacetime / Wartime Support Team) officer. She served with the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, Bridge Company Bravo in Folsom, Pennsylvania. During her time in service she supported a few charitable and humanitarian projects which fueled her passion for helping oth- ers. After graduating college and leaving the service, she pursued various roles in the Entertainment/Film industry which include: Production Assistant, Pro- duction Coordinator, Assistant Director and Associate Producer. Currently she is pursuing a career in front of the camera as an actor, stuntwoman and fitness model. She is also a kickboxing instructor and personal trainer. Her husband Chris is also a former Marine.
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