Adam Youngson, Army Reserve, Iraq Veteran
Adam was a Sergeant with the Army Reserves and was attached to the 1st Cavalry Division, Engineer Brigade during his deployment to Baghdad, Iraq from 2004-2005. He later graduated with a BS in civil engineering from Sacramento State, and currently works as a construction superintendent. Adam is passionate about bringing SCUBA and free-diving opportunities to Veterans through his non-profit organization, Dive Tribe, as a way to promote mindfulness, ease transition and foster connection with other Veterans.
Dr. Felisa Gaffney, PsyD, Air Force Veteran
“Doc G,” as she is known by Veterans, served twenty years in the Air Force, and deployed twice to Kuwait. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and currently serves as a readjustment counselor at the Concord Vet Center.
Matthew Pruett, U.S. Army, Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran
Matt served in the U.S. Army from February 2000 to April 2010 as a Vehicle Mechanic. He deployed to Iraq in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2006. In 2014, he graduated from CSU East Bay with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice.
Noha Basilious. Program Coordinator, Diablo Valley College
Noha currently serves as Program Coordinator for First Year Experience and Student Engagement at Diablo Valley College (DVC). Her interest in working with Veterans began when she served as the VA Certifying Official at DVC in 2006. Her passion and care were integral to the founding of the Veterans Alliance on campus in 2007. Noha also planned and coordinated the 1st and 2nd Veterans annual conference at DVC, providing Veterans with resources, support, and access to a variety of services.
Kira Serna, LCSW, Air Force Veteran
Kira is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in the Transition and Care Management Program assisting post-911 Veterans transitioning out of the military. Prior to that she provided trauma-focused psychotherapy services for over 1,000 combat Veterans, military sexual trauma Veterans and their family members in the VA’s Vet Center Program. She also provides psychotherapy services in a private practice, specializing in Veterans’ issues and trauma-related disorders. She is also an Associate Producer for Veterans Voices of Contra Costa County. Kira received her Master of Social Work from USC with a concentration in mental health and a sub-concentration in Military and Veteran Social Work.
Ryan Berg, MA, Marine, Iraq Veteran
Ryan is currently an English Teacher’s Assistant and Disability Student Service Representative at Diablo Valley College. He also serves as a co-executive producer of Contra Costa County’s television program, Veterans’ Voices. He holds a Bachelors degree in Rhetorical Theory from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Leadership Studies from Saint Mary’s College of California. In June of 2020, he will begin attending Saint Mary’s Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program. Ryan served two tours in Iraq as a Marine, and has worked to support the Veteran community since 2007. He is one of the founding creators of Returning Veterans of Diablo Valley and is managing editor of the RVDV blog, Broken and Unreadable.