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 has as private practice in Antioch, CA.
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.
Kira Serna, LCSW, Air Force Veteran
Kira is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and currently has a private practice in Antioch, CA. 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 specializes in Veterans’ issues and trauma-related disorders. 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, RVDV founding creator, MA, Marine Corps Iraq Veteran
Ryan Berg, a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran deployed twice in Iraq. In 2004, he was an infantryman with 2/24 Echo Company, Weapons Platoon, in the Triangle of Death. In 2006, he served in various roles with 1/14 Task Force Military Police and deployed to Fallujah. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric from UC Berkeley, a Master of Arts in leadership studies, and is a current student in the Ed.D. program at Saint Mary’s College of California. He’s married and lives in the SF Bay Area. To reach him, email ryan(at)returningvetsofdiablovalley.org