Women Veteran Empowerment Dialogues: Staying Healthy and Resilient

Join us as we hear from a panel of women veterans who are invested in staying healthy and resilient.


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Kasie Valenti

Kasie is an Army Veteran having served 8 years on Active Duty as a Logistics Officer with 1 deployment to Afghanistan. She held positions such as platoon leader, executive officer, battalion logistics officer, company commander, and command planning specialist. Since leaving the military she has dedicated her work to serving Veterans through her commitment and hard work in supporting Veteran organizations.

Kasie is a first-generation college graduate earning her Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Master’s degree in Management & Leadership, and has completed certifications in Strategic Digital Marketing and Mindful Resilience for Compassion Fatigue. She considers herself a yogi (RYT 200), a lifelong learner, and is extremely passionate about advocating for Veterans and their families.

She is married to an Active Duty Army Officer and is currently stationed in Busan, South Korea with their 3 children.


Brianna Renner

Brianna honorably served in the United States Marine Corps where she served as an avionics shop supervisor and served as a trainer for the MALS-11 Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Course. Brianna joined the Veterans Yoga Project ranks in 2014 as a volunteer. In 2015, became the Assistant Director and in 2016 made the shift to Director of Programs where she oversaw initiatives that increased the accessibility of yoga to our veterans both before and during the pandemic. In 2021, Brianna was promoted to Chief Operating Officer where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of VYP’s service to veterans.

She is a graduate student at the University of Denver, perusing her Masters of Nonprofit Management with a concentration in Mission Driven Operations with a GPA of 4.0 and an expected graduation date of May 2024. As a yoga professional, Brianna holds her 200-hour certification in the Kripalu tradition, her 300-hour certification in alignment, and therapeutic-based yoga. As a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, she has taught over 3,000 hours of classes and workshops for organizations like the Soma Yoga Institute, the Mayfest Yoga Festival, and the California Department of Veterans Affairs, Women’s Division.



Jessica Reid

Originally from Philadelphia, Jessica earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. Jessica served in the United States Army as an intelligence officer for 6 years, including a deployment to Iraq in 2004 as the S2 with the 759th Military Police Battalion. Prior to joining the executive staff of Team Red, White & Blue, Jessica was a public high school history teacher and gym owner. As the Associate Director of the Volunteer Experience for Team RWB, Jessica is proud to work in an inclusive health and wellness community with the mission of enriching veterans’ lives. Jessica currently resides in Portland, Maine and enjoys hiking, cold water dipping, yoga (RYT 200) and meditation.



Robin Myers

Robin is an Army Veteran who has been serving for the past ten years and currently serves in the New Jersey Army National Guard. She has deployed to Djibouti, Africa and has held positions such as platoon leader, medical operations officer, and currently is the company commander of a maintenance company. As a civilian she works for Headstrong as a Care Coordinator, helping connect veterans and active-duty service members to specialized, trauma-focused treatment. Robin earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from The College of New Jersey and her master’s in Social Work, specializing in Clinical and Administrative Social Work from Fordham University. She is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of New Jersey and New York and is working towards a clinical license. Robin is passionate about how the mind and body are equally important in our overall health and has been trained as a Master Resiliency Trainer through the Army. For her own wellness, Robin practices yoga and meditation, loves to cook, and explore local beaches and parks with her dog, Pepper.

Join us for a panel of women veterans speaking about their experiences with their post-military identities as women.

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Cat Corchado

Cat is a National Consultant and Trainer with the Women Veterans Network (WoVeN). She volunteered and was chosen as one of the original Peer Leaders with the WoVeN program in 2017. She has helped lead over 15 in-person and most recently, online peer groups, and she did one of the first WoVeN online Peer Leader Trainings. She is an advocate and champion for all women veterans and helps them to navigate the transition process from active duty to civilian, which is why WoVeN was a perfect fit. Prior to her position with WoVeN, Cat retired from the US Air Force at Charleston AFB, SC, where she spent her entire career in Communications and retired as a Project Manager in Communications. In addition, Cat has spent over 37 years in the fitness industry as a Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor to help women with their health and fitness needs. Cat is also the host of the podcast Sisters-in-Service, where she holds conversations for and about women, veterans, military spouses, and Blue Star/Gold Star families.

Dr. Angela Karnes Padron

Dr. Karnes Padron (“KP”) currently works for Army Medical Command at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany as an Industrial/ Organizational Psychologist. She has worked in Organizational Development, Psychology, and Change Management for 15 years. Angela also runs a consulting company called Olympus Strategies, which focuses on executive/leadership coaching and supporting companies through change.  She was on Active Duty with the Air Force for 7 years prior to this and served in 5 deployments covering OIF, OEF, ONE, and OSW. Her research focus has been on military veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce, specifically the experience of female veterans and their social identity throughout the transition process.  Her focus is to increase awareness of the struggles that military members face during this transition and share the contributing factors that lead to successful employment and smoother transitions.   

Christine Schwartz

Christine Schwartz is a former Army officer and military spouse who is passionate about supporting and enabling veterans as they enter a new phase of their life. A combat veteran herself, Christine spent five years on active duty before working in the tech sector managing programs at both start-ups and a non-profit. Before her role as CEO, Christine served as Service to School’s COO and prior to that as our Director of Undergraduate Operations. Christine was chosen for the George W. Bush Institute’s Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program where she was a scholar in 2018.

Join us for our February Women Veterans Empowerment Dialogues, which will highlight a panel of black women veteran entrepreneurs. WSP alumna and board member Jessica Nelson will moderate the panel, which features Ashley Knight, Kelli Mumphrey, and Charlynda Scales.

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Ashley Knight

Ashley Knight

Ashley Knight is a U.S. Army veteran, author, and owner of Words Unite bookstore, an independent traveling bookstore.




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Kelli Mumphrey

Kelli Mumphrey

Kelli Mumphrey is a U.S. Navy veteran who created MilkSpace, LLC, a business that strives to address the gap in outdoor breastfeeding amenity solutions.





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Charlynda Scales

Charlynda Scales

Charlynda Scales is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a serial entrepreneur. She serves as founder and CEO of Mutt’s Sauce LLC and OH Taste LLC, and the creator of The Empower Collection.

TO JESSICA NELSON, A MARINE Corps veteran who served as a geospatial analyst and intelligence chief, being a Black woman in STEM hasn’t always been the easiest career choice. She’s often faced questions challenging her presence in a typically white and male-dominated space. But she thinks that perception is changing as more women like herself stand up and say, “Hey, I’m doing this, too.” (continued)

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When Gabby Graves-Wake, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, took her first programming class in the fall of 2019, she glanced around the room and made a quick count: There were 56 students, and six of them were women—and she was the only woman of color. At the semester’s end, Graves-Wake would be the only woman remaining in the course.

Her story is not unusual, as women of color account for less than 3 percent of people employed in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. The Warrior-Scholar Project, a nonprofit organization that hosts intensive, college-preparatory “boot camps” for members of the armed services, aims to combat this disparity by offering outreach programs for soldiers who are making or are preparing to make their transition back to civilian life. (continued)

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