The Team at 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 (she/her, they/them) is the Executive Director and co-founder of Minority Veterans of America. 

Lindsay has worked with women veterans’ centers on advocacy and policy where she has testified before, and sat on, roundtables for the Women Veterans Task Force of the House of Representatives. Her advocacy focuses on cultural barriers and systemic challenges women veterans face in the community and when accessing VA services.  


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

Co-Founder, Executive Director
Richmond, VA

Christopher Malsbury

Operations Director
Seattle, WA

Andy Blevins

Policy Director
Washington, D.C.

Cassie Gabelt

Communications Manager
Alliance, OH

Kent Blumberg

Emerging Leaders Program Manager
Aurora, CO

Nathaniel Boehme

Training and Development Manager
Portland, OR

Priyanka Mahapatro

Human Resources Manager
San Francisco, CA

Melissa Margain

Seattle Program Director
Seattle, WA

Victor Rivera

Chapter Programs Manager
Las Vegas, NV

Alex Jones

Project Manager
Seattle, WA

Jitcy Mathew

Operations Program Manager
San Francisco, CA

Pooja Daryani

Website/ UX/UI Designer
San Francisco, CA

Jakeshyia “Keshawn” Ballard

Atlanta Chapter Leader
Atlanta, GA

Stephanie Merlo

Richmond Chapter Leader
Richmond, VA

Tee White

Social Media Coordinator
Prince George, VA

Trina McDonald

Seattle Program Outreach Coordinator
Puyallup, WA

Rachel North

Mental Health Coordinator
Las Vegas, NV

Lele Msibi

Seattle Social Media Coordinator
Seattle, WA

Francheska Salazar

Special Projects
Washington, D.C.

Joyce Allegra del Rosario

Resource Database Coordinator
Portland, OR

Humaira Ashraf

Grant Writing Coordinator
Seattle, WA

Board of Directors

Michael Yaguchi

Chair - Board of Directors
Seattle, WA

Kiersten Downs

Vice Chair - Board of Directors
Tampa, FL

Uma Mishra-Newbery

Secretary - Board of Directors
Geneva, Switzerland

Katherine Pratt

Co-Founder/ Board of Director
Seattle, WA

Perry Gruber

Board of Directors
Portland, OR

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

About Us

Minority Veterans of America (MVA) is a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization designed to create belonging and advance equity for underrepresented veterans.

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PO Box 23054
Seattle, WA 98102

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