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Founders/Board Members

 

Paula Kemp - President/board Member

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I was a Combat Photographer who served in the United States Naval Reserves from 1998 - 2006. I was stationed in San Diego California, I am very proud of my military service. However, after my experience in the Middle East, and being raped during my service, I am now a Disabled Veteran living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). I felt so alone and overwhelmed while going through the claims process with the Veterans Administration. I DID NOT want one more Female Veteran to feel this way if I could help it! I had an idea of starting a Non=Profit Organization where not only do we stand with Female Veterans while they go through the claims process, we walk with them towards HOPE, HELP, and HEALING. I am happily married, I have three children and four grandchildren who light up my life and show me every day how lucky I am.

Tanya VanBeem - Vice President/Board Member

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I served 20 years in the United State Navy, I served at various duty stations across the Country from 1989 -2009. I am a Disabled Veteran living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST). When I went through the Veteran Administrations Claims process I was horrified and felt alone. I learned from this experience that Female Veterans have unique needs. I met Paula Kemp and we began to share our stories, that’s how I became the Co-Founder of Veteran Sisters. This is my passion, if I can help Female Veterans not feel as alone as I did, then I know the trauma I have suffered is not without a positive outcome. I am happily married and have two children, they are my biggest joy in life.

michelle e. Martinez - board member

Michelle has an Associates of Science Degree in Public Health and is an U.S. Air Force Veteran. She served while on active duty, at the 18th Medical Group, Kadena Air Base, Japan from 1992-1996. She is a certified WRAP® Facilitator and is a graduate of Recovery Innovations, Certified Peer Employment Training and Advanced Peer Practices Training. Michelle has assisted in the development of our Internship and Volunteer Training Program. She has mentored Peer Support Specialists, Interns, and Volunteers along with men and women in the community through volunteer services. As a member of the Coordinated Entry System, Home-Connect Navigation Review Council, she assisted Veterans in obtaining housing in Riverside County, resulting in a “Functional Zero” for Homeless Veterans in 2016.  She openly shares her recovery story with Veterans, local Colleges and Universities, and Government Offices. Michelle has used her life experiences with her recovery of mental health challenges, substance abuse issues, homelessness and incarceration to inspire others and fight the stigma’s associated with these challenges. She was recognized by the Mayor of Riverside for sharing her “Valor Veteran Success Story”. Michelle continues to serve her country as a Peer Support Specialist.  

Raven Hilden - board member

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Raven earned her an A.A. in Criminal Justice in 2012 and Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Management at the University of Phoenix in 2014 with honors. She participated on the Ethics Committee at UOP and the Scholarship Committee.

She was also worked for the California State Senate and State Assembly as a District Representative performing case management and as a community liaison for elected officials.

Her education inspired her to start a nonprofit to connect seniors, active military/veterans and over-burdened families to resources in the community. This was the beginning of the Valley Resource Center, a nonprofit that currently supports 100’s of deployed troops all over the world every month, where she currently serves as the CEO.

Raven is a member of the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), Temecula Kiwanis and the Menifee Women’s Club. She has earned the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and 2017. She was nominated by Charity for Charity for best nonprofit in 2017 and has received awards from the State Senate, State Assembly, City of Murrieta, County of Riverside, and the community for her dedication. Raven has been featured in the Press Enterprise, Valley News and Menifee Buzz for her accomplishments.

Her passion for helping others shows in the difference she continues to make in the community as she currently serves on the Menifee Veterans Committee and is a proud Board Member of the Veteran Sisters.