Mr. Ron Whitfield, Former US Air Force
Retired from the NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services January 2014 as the State Purchasing Officer and met Terry and a group training in Costco one day that month.
Having worked with and around Service Dogs and persons with disabilities, the organization seemed like a good fit for me. I started attending activities in February and later started helping with the training.
I was in the Air Force for 9 years as a Security Policeman and a Computer operator. I graduated from North Carolina Center University with a BA in Business Administration in 1984 and a MBA in 1985.
Mr. Vertis Richardson, U.S. Army, Retired
Vertis R. Richardson III was born and raised in Smithfield, NC. After a 20 year active duty career as non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, he retired in 2015 in the rank of First Sergeant.
His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and two Meritorious Service Medals. During his career he served 11 out of his 20 years at Fort Bragg, NC as a logistician including deployments to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He is married to his wife Anita and they have three children.
Mr. Bruce Campbell, Former US Army Logistics Specialist
Born in Iceland into a family with a strong military tradition, Bruce fell into love with Vets to Vets United when he finished serving in the Army. He first joined our family with his service dog Ozzy as a veteran suffering from the symptoms of PTSD after serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Bruce quickly developed a passion for Vets to Vets and charitable work. Now after four years with us his passion for Vets to Vets is just as strong as ever.
Major Sequeya Hicks, Former US Army
Sequeya was born and raised in Kinston, NC. In 1994 after graduating from Kinston High School, Sequeya attended North Carolina Central University (NCCU) on a full academic scholarship. In 1999 she graduated magna cum laude from NCCU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. In 2012 Sequeya graduated with a 4.0 GPA from Strayer University with a Master of Business Administration (public administration concentration).
Sequeya enlisted in the NC Army National Guard in April 1994, transferred to the US Army Reserve in July 2006, and retired from the military in September 2019 with 25 years of service. During her years of service, Sequeya worked in numerous capacities including medical, operations, finance, logistics, human resources, and program management. Her active duty deployments include tours in Afghanistan and Kuwait, a special mission to Iraq, and a two year stateside tour at Fort Bragg, NC.
Sequeya and her dog, King, have been participants in Vets to Vets service dog training program since January 2018. Since joining the program, she has been a committed participant and consistently volunteers her time to advance the organization. Sequeya is a mentor trainer and Vets to Vets representative at public events. She is also an ordained Elder in The Christian Church and a certified Purpose Development Coach. She is a fearless leader who’s boldly fulfilling the call on her life to be an empowering and uncompromising voice. Sequeya serves people right where they are while building, guiding, and motivating them to walk in their purpose. She has a mandate to educate, empower, and equip others with the skills and tools needed to be happy, successful, and productive citizens.
Cynthia received her B.S. in Communication Disorders at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia and M.S. of Public Health in Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her professional goal is to empower and advocate for underserved and geriatric populations.
Cynthia Height has 25 years of health and human services experience which includes a combination of 5 years with the Federal and State Government as well as 14 years in non-profit case management assisting the Mental Ill, HIV Infected, Elderly in Crisis, Developmentally Disabled and Chronically Ill.
Her current job role is that of Client Coordinator for Access Care where she supports medical practices to achieve goals, assists with project needs that serve Medicaid patients and partners with nurses to assist patients with environmental/social needs.
Cynthia was born and raised in Durham, N.C. She moved to West Palm Beach, Florida after graduate school, where she began her professional career of 18 years. In 2006 she returned to North Carolina. She and her husband currently reside in Mebane, NC with their 2 beloved pets; Goldie, the parakeet and Hannah, the cat.
Laurie graduated from University of South Florida, Tampa, with a BA in Marketing and a BA in Management.
Career focus has been marketing and sales in the consumer products industry for the past 40 years.
Worked as a Sales Consultant for professional hair stylists in Tampa, Florida Keys, and now in North Carolina.
She traveled on medical mission trips to Haiti with the University of South FL Health team where she helped set up a Pharmacy with supplies for the Mission Doctors.
Actively participated in Pet Therapy with her Boxer, Hattie, for Moffitt Cancer Hospital, Tampa, FL., and Hospice.
In addition, she volunteered with Hillsborough Country Animal Services, Tampa, socializing with the shelter dogs.
While looking for local volunteer opportunities, she found Vets to Vets United and instantly knew this was the organization she wanted to volunteer with. She currently lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, an Air Force veteran and their 13 year old poodle, Lola