The Team
Minority Vets

The leaders at MVA are committed to fostering connectedness in our community, growing the next generation of leadership, and delivering education, programming, services, and opportunities to our membership.

Lindsay Church

co-founder, Executive Director

Lindsay Church

Lindsay Church (they/them) is MVA’s Executive Director and Co-Founder and has nearly a decade of experience rooted in veteran’s advocacy and grassroots organizing. They have facilitated agency-wide cultural competency trainings and assessments to ensure organizations and governmental entities are able to serve their minority and veteran constituencies effectively and efficiently.
Their previous appointments include LGBTQ Commissioner for the City of Seattle, Co-Chair of Congresswoman Suzan Delbene’s (WA-1) Veterans Advisory Council, and they have participated in Armed Forces Academy selection for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal’s (WA-7).
Lindsay is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where they served as a Cryptologic Technician Interpretative.


The Team


Lead with Minority Vets

MVA leaders are motivated, driven, and innovative leaders who aren’t afraid to build from the ground up. They are creating the community of our future through their work today. We are seeking new leaders who are interested in joining an inclusive team of brilliant leaders and organizers hungry to create belonging and change for our communities. Do you have what it takes?

Leadership Team

Lindsay Church

Executive Director & Co-Founder
Richmond, VA

Andy Blevins

Operations & Policy Director
Washington, D.C.

Crystal Ellington

Communications Director
Seattle, WA

Melissa Margain

Seattle Program Director
Seattle, WA

Stephanie Merlo

Richmond Chapter Leader
Richmond, VA

Jakeshyia “Keshawn” Ballard

Atlanta Chapter Leader
Atlanta, GA

Cassie Gabelt

Communications Manager
Alliance, OH

Tee White

Social Media Coordinator
Prince George, VA

Lele Msibi

Seattle Social Media Coordinator
Seattle, WA

Jitcy Mathew

Operations Program Manager
San Francisco, CA

Joyce Allegra del Rosario

Resource Database Coordinator
Portland, OR

Nathaniel Boehme

Training and Development Manager
Portland, OR

Rachel North

Mental Health Coordinator
Las Vegas, NV

Trina McDonald

Seattle Program Outreach Coordinator
Puyallup, WA

Humaira Ashraf

Grant Writing Coordinator
Seattle, WA

Board of Directors

Uma Mishra-Newbery

Interim Board Chair
Geneva, Switzerland

Marci Hodge

Washington, DC

Katherine Pratt

Board Treasurer & Co-Founder
Seattle, WA

Laila Ireland

Colorado Springs, CO

Jordan Blisk

Denver, CO

Kristine Reeves

Seattle, WA

Fawn Sanchez

Seattle, WA

Lourdes Tiglao

Washington, DC


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If you have general questions about MVA’s Leadership, please reach out to our team at humanresources@minorityvets.org

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