Board and Advisors

Founder and CEO, WVSJ Network

Ms. BriGette McCoy CEO of Women Veteran Social Justice Network, which she founded online in 2008  to connect and empower women veterans using telehealth concepts, new media, and emerging technology. WVSJ-N leverages peer-support networking, multi-platform information gathering, and collaborative advocacy to raise awareness and provide resources unique to women and veterans.  A fourth generation veteran, BriGette serves as Vice Chair to the City of Atlanta Veteran’s Affairs Commission,  Advisory Board member for Protect Our Defenders, and Treasurer for Atlanta Chapter Federally Employed Women.

She is an Author, John Maxwell Team Coach, New Media Advisor, and Gulf War-Era Service Connected Disabled Veteran.She has developed new research questions related to military sexual trauma and other interpersonal violence, homelessness and poverty, suicide, and underrepresented veteran health care issues.

Ms.McCoy produces live streamed and on demand veteran programming through a collaboration between WVSJ-N and Kennesaw State University. She consulted on the Emmy Award winning documentary Service: When Women Come Marching Home, testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services in 2013, and served on the Surgeon General’s suicide prevention board.  She earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, and completed multiple Masters-level courses in Education with emphasis on media design technology. She also published music, art, and photography.

She can be reached at info@wvsjnetwork.org

Senior Ambassador

Christine Vassar is a US Navy Veteran.  She has served on the WVSJ finance committee and as Treasurer.  She also serves as a youth leadership and education resource and as a Sr Ambassador for 3 years. She has been involved with multiple community programs supporting military families and their children.  She is currently involved with youth leadership development with the United States Naval Sea Cadets program in Cobb County GA.  She has Bachelors degree in Accounting.

WVSJ Secretary & West Coast Senior Ambassador

Kitty Harris is a Navy Veteran, Journalist, Speaker, Military Advocate, Secretary & West Coast Senior Ambassador for Women Veteran Social Justice. Harris served as an Information Technology Specialist in the U.S. Navy. After eight years of honorable service, Kitty pursued her passion for radio and television journalism. Kitty studied Radio,Television and Film at San Diego City College. After receiving her first Emmy award nomination as a student reporter, Kitty debuted as an Assignment Editor for XETV-6 San Diego. In 2012, Kitty joined the Fox 5 San Diego News Team as a Reporting Assignment and Social Media Coordinator. Kitty played a vital role in covering investigative and breaking news stories to television news audiences across the nation.

 

Kitty shares her experiences from active duty to the newsroom with the veteran community through mentor-ship and service. In 2013, Kitty joined Women Veteran Social Justice as Chief Media Strategist and Ambassador. “My mission is to empower our active duty service members and veterans to market and brand their unique talents for success outside of the military.” In August 2015, Kitty embarked on new a journey as Congressional Media Intern serving the 53rd District under the leadership of Congresswoman Susan Davis. “I witnessed first hand the importance of not sitting on the sidelines but proactively engaging with our representatives to enforce change within the legislative process.” Kitty’s currently working on her new venture in the Finest City. Stay tuned for updates on twitter@khmediabuzz

Senior Ambassador

Angela Marie Dias is a mother, community activist, volunteer, lifelong student, Women Veteran Social Justice Network Sr Ambassador, and decorated disabled veteran who served and was honorably discharged from the active duty United States Air Force, Air Force Reserves, and Army Reserves from 1987-2004. During her time of military service she deployed as a Combat Camera technician to Desert Shield/Desert Storm. At this time, she is a part-time student at Kennesaw State University (KSU) working on her degree in the Integrative Studies program, specializing in: Sociology, Leadership and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Through her course work, she has received her Leadership Certificate and her ADR Certificate. She is expecting to graduate Spring 2017 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Studies and connect it to her Leadership and ADR Certificates. During her time at KSU she also become an ArtReach® facilitator, which is a therapeutic process workshop that uses art. As well, she became an Alternative to Violence Project (AVP) workshop facilitator, which is a workshop that provides opportunities to learn about conflict, violence, non-violence, and conflict resolution. She also serves as an ambassador FourBlock, an organization that serves veterans in transitional processes. She recently completed her training, and is now a volunteer docent at Smith-Gilbert gardens in Kennesaw, GA. Her passion is helping others and having learning experiences that provide her with an opportunity to observe life’s situations from different perspectives. Her hope is to make lasting connections that help veterans succeed.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

 

Senior Ambassador

Connie Baptiste serves as a Senior Ambassador with Women Veteran Social Justice Network, having retired from the Air Force after 20 years of combined service in the Active Duty Component, Reserve, and Georgia Air National Guard. She is the 2017 Membership Director of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of Federally Employed Women. Her military career as a Training Manager and Certified Facilitator led to her becoming an Instructor in Culinary Arts and Program Coordinator in two of Georgia’s technical colleges after graduating from Culinary Arts School.  She is a member of Fulton and Henry County Technical Careers Culinary Arts Advisory Boards, and collaborates with several non-profit organizations in the Atlanta Area to create change in the military community.

 

Connie is the owner of Manna from Heaven Catering Group and Services 4 U Apparel, both based in the Greater Atlanta Area. She serves as Military Ministry Leader at Tabernacle of Praise Church International. Awards and honors include the Georgia National Guard Dedicated Service Award, Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, President of the Georgia Chapter of the National Technical School Honor Society, and First Place, Delta Epsilon Chi (DEX) International Culinary Arts Management competition.