Our Staff

We are here to help our nation's military families and veterans.

Open Positions: 

Social Media Coordinator, Contractor

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 20 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.

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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.

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Kerri Childress, Vice President of Communications

Kerri recently retired from the government after 33 years service. She was on the front lines in California when our severely injured troops started coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and saw first-hand the impact of a Fisher House and the difference it made for veterans, their families and VA staff. A Navy veteran herself, she has been serving veterans in some capacity her entire career.


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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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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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Denise Dolan, Chief Advancement Officer

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.

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Gillian Gonzalez, Director of Peer to Peer Fundraising

Gillian’s passion for supporting military families began while she was serving on active duty at Travis Air Force Base where she volunteered at the local Fisher House. Before joining the Foundation in 2012 she was a volunteer at the NSA Bethesda Fisher Houses. Gillian oversees all Peer to Peer fundraising initiatives, including Proud Supporter Fundraising Events and Golf Tournaments, Celebrate a Special Event, and Team Fisher House. She resides in Virginia with her husband (USN, ret), her two sons and her three English Bulldogs.

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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Bruce Phillips, Director of Operations

Bruce started with the Foundation in early 2010. Before Fisher House, Bruce and his wife Cat served for 8 years at a nonprofit residential program for teens and families in crisis, in Vermont. Bruce loves to share the mission and story of Fisher House and enjoys representing the Foundation at fundraisers and other events.

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, Operations and HR Coordinator

Her passion and family involvement in the military have 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 Buchannan, Puerto Rico. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and in her position, as the Operations and HR Coordinator, she serves as the executive assistant to the President and Chief of Staff. She also reports directly to the Director of Operations, and is responsible for the 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. 

Madison Bump, Development Associate

Madison joined the Fisher House team in late 2016 after leaving his role as a graphic designer in Massachusetts and moving to the DC area. Having multiple service members in his family he is passionate about the work being done to assist the family members of wounded, injured and ill service men and women and veterans. His work at Fisher House has cemented his love for helping others and is excited to see what the future holds for this wonderful organization.

Meagan Carr, Donations Assistant

Meagan is excited to be a part of Fisher House and is dedicated to supporting our service men and women and veterans.  Her grandfather is a former Coast Guard psychiatrist who now specializes in PTSD and veterans, and his work at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center has given her a passion for assisting those who serve our country and their families.  In her role in Donations, Meagan is continually humbled by the generosity of Fisher House’s supporters and is honored to be a part of such an important cause.

Seth Coker, Hero Programs Assistant

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 assists with day to day operations of the program.

Chelsea Davis, Development Associate

Chelsea studied business management at Salisbury University where she grew a love for our nation’s heroes and their families during her school internship. Both of her grandfathers served in the Army. She joined Fisher House Foundation in March 2015 and now supports the Development team.

Ashley Estill, Senior Communications Specialist

While working for a local magazine after college, Ashley began volunteering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. During her time volunteering, she realized how strongly she felt about supporting our military and decided to pursue a career to support that passion. Ashley was hired in January 2011 as the Media Relations Assistant for Fisher House. She has become the Associate Editor of the Foundation’s magazine, The Patriot; the unofficial Foundation photographer; and assists with special events and public relations.

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Lisa Kelley, Manager 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!), although she is now married to a former Marine (oorah!). Lisa lives in Falls Church with her Marine, baby girl, and 2 step-daughters.

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Meredith Moore, Hotels for Heroes Program Administrator

Uplifting military families has been Meredith’s passion since becoming a proud Navy spouse 20 years ago. As the Hotels for Heroes Program Administrator, she places families in hotels close to their loved ones receiving medical care when a Fisher House is not available. Meredith has worked as an elementary school teacher, Navy Family Ombudsman, group fitness instructor, and a volunteer services coordinator at the National Military Family Association. She is most proud of her fifteen years as a volunteer “everything” while staying at home to raise her three fantastic Navy brats.

Kyle Neff, Donations Administrator

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 Donations Administrator, 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, Assistant 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.

Mary-Elizabeth Pratt, Operations Assistant

Mary-Elizabeth joined Fisher House Foundation in 2016. As an Ohio native growing up in a military family, she watched how much service can affect families. After earning degrees in English and Coast Guard history, she worked for the US Coast Guard Museum, the National Museum of the US Air Force, and many small museums. She brings her attention to detail and passion for the military to the Foundation as Operations Assistant. Mary-Elizabeth also serves in the US Coast Guard Reserves at Station Annapolis, MD working in maritime law enforcement.

Vicki Reeping, Community Relations Coordinator

Vicki began working part-time for the Foundation in 2006 while attending college, and accepted a full-time position after graduating from University of Maryland in 2008. Her position as Community Relations Coordinator encompasses many duties including, Fisher House manager liaison, Newman’s Own Awards grant coordinator, and special events team member. Vicki has a very special place in her heart for the military community as her grandfathers were WWII veterans & three of her cousins are Marines.

Megan Wynn, Manager of Corporate and Foundation Relations

After finishing graduate school and moving to the D.C. area, Megan joined the Fisher House Foundation staff in 2013. Her first experience volunteering for a nonprofit was with Toys for Tots, since then she always knew that she wanted to work in the nonprofit field and for an organization that supported our military and veterans. In the development department, Megan manages corporate and foundation relationships through cause marketing efforts or grant making activities.

Social Media Coordinator, Contractor

Job Title:

Social Media Coordinator - Contractor

 Department:

Communications

 Posting Date: July 30, 2018

Posting Expiration Date: August 31, 2018

Start Date: September 1, 2018

Job Summary:

Fisher House Foundation is lookingfor a Social Media Coordinator Independent Contractor to jointhe Communications team. This individual would assist in creating, coordinating and executing the Foundation’s digital media strategy,working across keysocial media channels including but not limited to:Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

The Coordinator will work withthe Digital Media Manager and Vice President of Communicationsto create a consistent voice of the organization that appeals to its various stakeholders which include families, donors, and community members.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Create and schedule relevant, high-quality content for all social media channels
  • Work with Digital Media Manager on editorial and content calendars for the brand
  • Monitor, listen, and respond to users engaging with Fisher House Foundation
  • Work with Digital Media Manager on social promotions and campaigns
  • Creatively contribute to brainstorms for social media projects
  • Provide support for overall strategy and implementation
Education, Experience & Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field -preferred
  • Expertise in multiple social media platforms
  • Ability to deliver creative content
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Self-motivated with ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Military background or knowledge -required

Travel:

Occasional travel

 

Status:

Independent Contractor (Non-Employee)

 

Compensation:

Compensation commensurate with experience

 

How to Apply:

Please submit your Resume/CV and Cover Letter to:

 Irnaliz Aquino

Operations& HR Coordinator Email: HR@fisherhouse.org


Fisher House Foundation, Inc. 12300 Twinbrook Pkwy, Ste. 410

Rockville, MD 20852


Direct: (240) 599-2479 Phone: (301) 294-5860