Impact100 Global Veterans was established in the winter of 2021 when the founding board of veteran women built the infrastructure and enlisted the assistance of other amazing veteran women globally to make the dream of Impact100 Global Veterans a reality. Since its inception, Impact100 Global Veterans has empowered a diverse group of veteran women of all ages, stages in life, income levels, and backgrounds to come together to fund transformational grants of $100,000 to veteran focused organizations within the 50 United States and its territories. Impact100 Global Veterans is focused on awarding its first grant to a deserving non-profit in 2023. Through collaborative philanthropy, our mission is to build a dynamic and diverse membership of generous veteran women who accelerate positive social change in their communities.
For more information about how Impact100 started, see our council story.
Together, we will make a sustainable
Impact in our community, one
transformational grant at a time.
The Impact100 Model
The Impact100 model is readily available to all communities who wish to implement it. The model is designed to empower women to see themselves as philanthropists and overcome the barriers women have historically faced in this arena. The model is designed for transformational grant-making within local communities, with a minimum grant size of $100,000.
At Least 100 Women Come Together
Each Woman Donates $1,000
$100,000 is donated to a Local Charity
Arts & Culture
Cultural programs, participation in the arts, arts education.
Conservation and preservation of natural resources; environmental justice; parks and recreation; agricultural sustainability; environmental education and climate action.
Health & Wellness
Improvement of people's mental and/or physical well-being.
Educational opportunities for children and/or adults, especially those that address lingering educational disparities affecting our community.
Strengthening and enhancing the lives of children and families, including seniors.
How It Works
The annual $1,000 donations of Impact100 Global Veterans members are pooled into a grant fund to be given away to nonprofit organizations serving Veteran communities within the 50 United States and its territories Global Veterans area. The number and size of grants awarded are dependent on our membership, but our goal is to give incremental grants of $100,000 each year. Grant categories and amounts are announced in the Spring at The Big Reveal event, commencing our grants cycle. Nonprofit finalists are chosen by grant committees through a competitive application process, and grants are awarded based on a membership vote at our annual meeting. Every woman who gives $1,000 or more has one vote
Pollyanna Neely was born in Miami, Florida and grew up between Florida and Nassau Bahamas. The fourth of five children, she has always been destined to serve in the military. Joining the United States Navy in 1987, and pursing her desire to serve her country while obtaining the stability needed as a single parent, she excelled.
Her 25-year career has taken her across the world, and coast to coast. This peaked with her becoming selected as one of the exclusively limited number of women of color to achieve the enlisted rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. Her campaigns included missions in direct support of DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION NEW DAWN.
Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals, five Navy Achievement Medals, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle E, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbons, Overseas Service ribbons, six Good Conduct Medals, and the National Defense Service Medal.
She earned a certification in Global Career Development Facilitation, Undergraduate Certificate in Medical and Billing Coding, Master of Management from Cambridge College, and Master of Public Administration with Concentration in Nonprofit Management from Keller University.
Since retiring, she has Co-Founded Active Veteran With Answers (AVWA), a nonprofit organization focused on educating veterans and family members on benefits earned from the Department of Veterans Affairs and its subsidiaries. AVWA also founded Dimes 4 Homeless Veterans and Vet Girls RISE. In 2018, Pollyanna received the Charlotte Hornets and Bank of America Yellow Ribbon Award for outstanding achievement. Now as the Founder of Impact100 Global Veterans, she aims to enhance organizations that work to enhance the care and feeding of fellow veterans.
She is married to Henry Neely; Master Chief Petty Officer (retired) and they have three sons. The family resides in York, South Carolina.
J. Kanisha Armintia
J. Kanisha Armintia
Kanisha Armintia was born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. After graduating high school, she enlisted in the United States Navy. She began her 20-year active-duty career as an Aviation Electronics Technician in support of counter drug operations throughout Central and South America and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She retired a Navy Counselor Chief where she managed career development programs for Navy Reserve support units and squadrons. In addition, Kanisha participated in a variety of military operations held roles as Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Officer, Security Officer, Equal Opportunity Advisor and Sexual Assault Victim Advocate.
Kanisha’s awards include two Navy Commendation Medals, four Navy Achievement Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, six Navy Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, and Armed Forces Reserve Medal.
Currently, Kanisha works with NASA Langley Research Center as a Program Analyst and on the Mentoring employee resource group leadership team. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Columbia College and a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. She has served since 2016 on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Active Veterans with Answers (AVWA).
Kanisha and her husband have three beautiful children.
Technology Resource Committee
Technology Resource Committee
Dionne Archibald was born in London, England and raised in New York City. After dedicating 30 honorable years to serving in the United States Navy; she currently resides in Newport News VA.
While many choose service as a temporary commitment, she embarked on a career which began as a Radioman and led to tours on three United States Navy ships, over five deployments and five military campaigns. This culminated in becoming one of the exclusively limited number of women of color to achieve the enlisted rank of Master Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy. While in service, she received numerous awards and decorations including but not limited to, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, five Navy Commendation Medals, Navy Achievement Medal awards, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.
After retiring as a Master Chief Petty Officer, she transitioned her enthusiasm for service to a passion for Veteran’s needs. She realized that veterans required an informed perspective on transitioning from military to civilian life; this led to her dedication to serving veterans and their families as a founding member of ACTIVE VETERANS WITH ANSWERS (AVWA). As a result, she chose to supplement her B.A. in Organizational Management with a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Military Psychology. As a founding member of Impact100 Global Veterans, she brings a unique perspective and creative approach to the Marketing and Communications Committee. Her viewpoint will focus on veteran organizations as they work through the process of helping many veterans rather than forcing the process on individual veterans.
Grant Review Committee Director
Grant Review Committee Chair
Yvette Bell was born in Bronx, New York. She graduated from Springfield Gardens High School, Queens, NY in June of 1986 and joined the Army shortly after. She completed basic training at Fort Dix, NJ, and Advanced Individual Training (AIT) at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN. She was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 75C Personnel Specialist. Later changed to 42A Human Resources Specialist. She moved through the enlisted ranks and held several key leadership positions to include Platoon Sergeant, Drill Sergeant, Advanced Individual Training Course Director/Instructor, Operations Noncommissioned Officer (NCO) First Sergeant and Senior Human Resources Sergeant.
While serving as a Senior Human Resources Sergeant, Yvette was the by-name trusted agent to Brigade and Battalion Commanders and Sergeants Major on all enlisted personnel matters to include Army policy and procedures. Yvette served at various duty stations to include four overseas tours to the Republic of Korea with combat deployments to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She received numerous awards and decorations throughout her military career to include the Bronze Star Medal for her outstanding service and support during Operation Enduring Freedom. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organization Management from Voorhees University, Denmark, SC in May of 2006. Yvette retired from the United States Army in the rank of First Sergeant in 2013 after serving faithfully and honorably for 27 years.
Continuing her commitment to service she began working in the Federal Government with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Compensation and Pension Department as a Medical Support Assistant, Fayetteville, NC. In this role she was able to learn about disability compensation for veterans and used this knowledge to help veterans and soldiers leaving the service to assist with their disability claims. Yvette is the proud mother of one daughter and one grandson. She has a twin sister and a brother who both served in the Armed Forces. She is a Founder of Impact100 Global Veterans, Lifetime Member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, active Member of the Order of Eastern Stars, and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Yvette currently resides in Spring Lake, North Carolina. The things in life that gives her tremendous joy are spending time with her grandson, community service and doing fun activities with family and friends.
“If there are no consequences for failure, then there is no reason for change.”
Grant Review Committee - Education
Grant Review Committee Chair – Education
Dolores “Dee” Buie was born in Manhattan NY and grew up in Pineville S.C. She is the middle child of four living siblings of which two followed her career path as Navy Veterans. She is the mother of one adult child. She enlisted her senior year of high school, in the U.S. Navy delayed entry program. Upon graduation in 1979, she went on active duty in 1980 to fulfill her childhood dreams of traveling, seeing the world and keeping a promise to her grandfather to get an education.
Her 30-year career in the Navy has taken her from the country roads of South Carolina to tours of duty around the world, overseas, from the west coast of San Diego CA, to the east coast of VA, and DC. Accokeek Maryland is where she now calls home. During her 30-year naval career, she has kept her grandfather’s promise and earned a Bachelor of Science in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Curriculum, Development and Design, with honors from American Intercontinental University. Highlights of her naval career Includes duties as an Instructor, Master Training Specialist, Course Curriculum Model Manager, Recruiter and Force Career Counselor for U.S. Atlantic Fleet and the title of Master Chief Navy Counselor (E9).
After retiring from active duty in 2009, she worked as a Navy Contractor for 6 years before landing her current position with NAVSEA PEO Ships as Manpower Personal Training (MP&T) Lead for DDG 1000 Zumwalt Class Ships. Her current position requires Monitor and report on training curriculum, procurement of training related hardware and Software development. She is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) who leads across (government and industry) personnel in the development and execution of long-range training requirements and execution milestones for DDG 1000 Class Ships, ensuring sailor platform objectives and qualifications standards for shipboard readiness are met. It is her desire to make a difference within Impact100 Global Veterans as the Grant Review Committee Chair – Education.
Events Committee Director
Events Committee Chair
Kimberly Davis is a retired Air Force Veteran that proudly served for more than 22 honorable years. She was born in Asheville, North Carolina and graduated from Asheville High School in 1987. She enlisted into the United States Air Force in 1988 and was assigned to numerous duty locations with multiple responsibilities. Her assignments included Andrews AFB Maryland, MacDill AFB Florida, Keesler AFB Mississippi, Aviano AB Italy and McConnell AFB Kansas. She started her military career as a Logistics technician and then re-trained as a Medical Laboratory technician and retired as the Wing Career Assistance Advisor.
During her more than 22 years of honorable military service, Sergeant Davis was recognized on numerous occasions for her hard work and dedication. She received the John Levitow Award, the highest honor given to a student upon graduation from Airman Leadership School. She received the Medical Laboratory Honor Graduate award, the NCO Academy Distinguished Graduate and the Senior NCO Academy Distinguished Graduate awards.
Her military awards also include two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals, two Air Force Commendation Medals, two Air Force Achievement Medals, nine Air Force Unit Awards, seven Air Force Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Air Force Overseas Ribbon Long, five Air Force Longevity Service Ribbons, four USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbons, AF Training Ribbon and the NATO Medal.
Kimberly earned a certification in Blood Donor Phlebotomy from the American Association of Blood Banks, a certification in Principles of Instruction, an Associate in Applied Science in Logistics and an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology from Community College of the Air Force. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Development from Southwestern College and a Master of Arts degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University.
Since retiring, Kimberly has been heavily involved in her community with various organizations. She served as a Girl Scout Troop Leader for 8 Years, the Assistant STEAM Camp Director for a non-profit organization providing youth educational programs in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM). She also volunteered at the VA Hospital as the Clinical Pastoral Education Program Assistant, Hands-on-Charlotte at various events and is the Operations Director for Active Veterans With Answers (AVWA), a Veteran centered non-profit.
Kimberly continues to serve Veterans at the VA Hospital as the Center for Development and Civic Engagement (CDCE) Coordinator. In this role she is responsible for the recruitment, placement and management of volunteers, donations, public relations and special events. She says she is blessed to be in a career that allows her to serve others! She enjoys working with Veteran Service Organizations and non-profits assisting Veterans to ensure Veteran needs are met. She is proud to be a founding member of IMPACT100 Global Veterans where she serves as the Events Committee Chair.
Kimberly resides in Concord, NC with her handsome husband William Davis Jr. and has a beautiful daughter, TyDasia Davis of Raleigh, NC. She is also blessed to be back close to home to enjoy her family and friends.
Fannette Brown - Griffin
Fannette was born in Brooklyn NY and grew up between New York and Nassau Bahamas. Growing up in a large tightknit family gave Fannette a passion for helping people. This inspired her to step out on faith and join the United States Navy in 1988, so she could see the world and help others.
During her 20 years of military service, she participated in the following campaigns which included missions in direct support of DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM and OPERATION NEW DAWN.
Her numerous awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Battle “E”, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment ribbon, five Good Conduct Medals, and the National Defense Service Medal.
While honorably serving her country, Fannette had the opportunity to further her educational goals by obtaining the following degrees: Bachelor degree in Management with a concentration in Public Policy, Masters of Management with a concentration in Public Policy and a Masters of Business Administration. Fannette is currently ABD (all but dissertation) completing her Doctoral degree in Business with a specialization in Leadership. She is very active in her community and is a member of Order of the Eastern Stars and Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority Inc. Fannette currently works for U. S. Army Cyber Command as a Liaison Officer to U.S. Cyber Command and NSA/Senior Security Specialist.
She is married to Darryl Griffin, and they have five sons and five beautiful grandchildren. The family currently resides in Odenton, Maryland.
Tevra E. Foy
Tevra E. Foy
Tevra Ezette Foy was born in Warrenton, Virginia to Clarence Williams and Diane Yates (deceased). Coming from a small family of 3 girls, she is the proud mother of five daughter and three sons. She is the grandmother of ten children, five beautiful granddaughters and five grandsons. She is married to her childhood friend; both are military veterans. She was raised in Reston Virginia where she graduated from South Lakes High School in 1986. She did 8 years in the Air Force Reserves as an Information Management Journeymen station at Joint Base Andrew AFB work for 459 Air Refueling Wing / Communication Flight and 759 Air Refueling Wing / Logistics. Tevra currently works as a system engineer with Peraton, Inc.; with over 24+ years of experience in systems engineering. As a contractor she has a wealth of experience supporting many different agencies though out the National Capital Region portion of the Washing Metropolitan Area colloquially known by the abbreviation “DMV” which stands for the “District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia.” She has an A.A.S in Business Management from Northern Virginia Community College, B.A in Business Administration, and a M.B.A with a concentration of Information Systems Management both from Strayer University. She continues to serve her community and is an active member of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority Incorporated; where she holds the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the NVA Delta Chapter in Woodbridge, VA and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated of Psi Omicron Zeta Chapter Manassas, VA. She currently resides in Woodbridge, VA where she enjoys serving her community, reading, traveling, music and life.
“Being a part of something bigger than myself”
Nichelle A. Gautier
Board Development Director
Nichelle A. Gautier
Board Development Chair
Nichelle Anastashia Gautier a retired Master Sergeant (MSG) and was born in Chicago, IL. She was raised partly by her dad, Cecil Purnell since the age of 2. She is the widow to the late Mark Charles Gautier; Sr. and they have two children. Nichelle is the proud mother of two wonderful daughters and 8 grandchildren. She joined the Army as a 92Y in 1987 in the Army Reserves and transferred to active regular Army in 1989. She was assigned to various positions throughout her career. She is currently Career Retired and resides in Charlotte, NC. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management/Human Resources from Park University. She has a life filled with love, great aspirations, and amazing choices with no regrets. Her passion is to help Veterans, their families, and the advocates that support them. She helped others by volunteering as the Lead Facilitator for the Military Veteran Peer Network, for 7 years. Her motto is adopted from someone she truly admires: “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”– Maya Angelou. She is proud to be a member of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority because she loves being a part of an organization that has members with the same lifestyle, interest, and goals for maintaining our Military Heritage through Sisterhood. Her hobbies include spending time with my family and friends, cooking, reading, fine dining, shopping, volunteering, and some plain old me time. She enjoys being able to make a difference in others’ lives and them in hers. Nichelle also wants to assist in the change agent that will make all Military Women as one in Sisterhood! She is a Founder of Impact100 Global Veterans, and President/Charter member of Charlotte Alpha Nu Chapter of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Inc. She truly believes in building brands!
“Many Women have done noble things; we excel them all!” …. Proverbs 31:29
Tara Hill was born in Hazlehurst, Ga to the Reverend LaFayette Hill (dec) and Helen Hill. Being the fifth child of six she was very protected and highly loved by all. She’s the proud mother of two remarkable daughters and the grandmother of two precious granddaughters.
Tara’s primary education was at Hazlehurst High School during segregation. After desegregation, she entered and completed her secondary schooling in the Jeff Davis County school system. She received several accolades during her high school education such as being the first black-crowned on the Homecoming court and to this day she’s the first and only black to have held the position of class president. She graduated in the top three percent of her class. After high school, Tara entered Fort Valley State University to major in Political Science. She soon transferred to Savannah where she received an AS degree in Computer Science. She received her BS in Computer Information Systems from California State University Stanislaus and she completed her educational studies with a MS in Computer Information Systems Security from Strayer University. All degrees were achieved at the Magna Cum Laude distinction level. She joined the Navy in 1986 as an electronic technician. After completing two years of rigorous schooling, she joined the fleet in Okinawa JN at Kadena Air Base. During her three years of duty at Communication Station Okinawa, she received numerous honors and became known as, “The Award-Winning Tara Hill”! Her reputation of determination and attention to detail followed her to her next duty stations of Christchurch, NZ, and Whidbey Island, WA where she continued to grow and achieve as a United States sailor.
After leaving military service in 1996, she pursued her career as a scientist for Intel Corporation of Santa Clara. While in California she continued in service by helping to spearhead a homeless veteran center in Modesto, CA. The center provided shelter, meals, computer training, and job search resources to the homeless veteran community. The center also hosted annual stand-downs for outreach to all veterans. Tara ended her career with retirement from Veteran Affairs in Atlanta, GA. She is very active in community service in her birth town of Hazlehurst, Ga.
Annually she awards an educational grant in recognition of her father’s legacy, The LaFayette Hill Scholarship. She conducts biannual safety compliance drives by installing fire detection devices in homes of the elderly and low-income. She consistently outreaches to veterans in finding shelter and hot meals while helping them with their VA compensation claims. She was honored in 2019 as a “Living Legend” by the GREAT association due to her philanthropic endeavors throughout the town of Hazlehurst with the youth, elderly, and veterans. She currently resides in Pace, FL.
Sharmine M. Jones
Grant Review Committee - Health and Wellness
Sharmine M. Jones
Grant Review Committee Member – Health and Wellness
Sharmine Jones enlisted in the service in 1997 while in college. After completing her degree at Jackson State University, Mrs. Jones headed to Officer Candidate School in 2001. Upon commissioning she was assigned to Coast Guard Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile, AL as an Admin Officer and Project Manager. After a short stint at ATC Mobile- Mrs. Jones transferred to Marine Safety Unit (MSU) Mobile and completed the demanding marine inspector developmental program to serve as a Port State Control officer. In addition to the demanding training requirements she served as the Assistant Port State Control Branch Chief and Vessel Arrival’s Branch Chief. She also volunteered as program manager for the defunct Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) program and brought the unit into compliance with EEO/EO directives and policies. During the course of her duty MSU Mobile, became Sector Mobile exponentially increasing her responsibilities as the EEO program manager to provide direction and support to sub-units Collateral duty Civil Rights and ensured EEO/EO directives were implemented across three states.
In 2007, Mrs. Jones transferred to Coast Guard Headquarters where she administered national policy for over 9200 foreign vessels that arrive annually to the U.S. Her tour at CG headquarters included stints as Port Security Intelligence Specialist-Foreign where she served a delegate and assessed the effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures in foreign ports that are maritime trading partners with the U.S. and those countries that could possibly pose a risk to international maritime commerce and the supply chain. In 2013, she left active duty and joined the reserves. In 2021, Mrs. Jones separated from the reserves.
Born in Milwaukee, WI, Mrs. Jones also has a passion for writing and publishes under S.N.M. Jones. As a child, she loved reading and writing and wrote her first short story in third grade. Currently, she has several books available to include her latest and first non-fiction Black Women Need Love Too; A Book About Relationships, Self-Love and Community.
S.N.M Jones has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters in Human Services specializing in Social and Community Program. She actively volunteers in the community and is a Founding member of Impact100 Global Veterans. She also sits on the board for Tomorrow’s Cultivating Youth (TCYouth), Inc and currently serves as the 2nd Vice President and Volunteer Director. TCYouth Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving the youth, by bringing awareness to the necessary financial, social and educational tools needed to survive beyond high school. The org motto is “It takes a village.” She currently resides in Virginia with her husband, son, niece and dog, Freedom.
Brenda Lee McCall
Technology Resource Committee
Brenda Lee McCall
Technology Resource Committee
Brenda Lee McCall was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA. She is the youngest of five children born to Ella and Sandy Robey, Senior. After her graduation from E.C. Glass High School in 1975, she enlisted as a member of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) and served in the Virginia National Guard for one year as a Medical Specialist.
Brenda enlisted in the Regular Army, Quartermaster Corp at Fort Lee, VA in 1976. In her rise from Private to Sergeant Major she has served in a variety of positions and assignments which has included duties as Supply Sergeant, Instructor, Small Group Leader at the NCO Academy-Fort Lee, Property Book Team Chief, First Sergeant, Operations and Directorate Sergeant Major for the Military District of Washington, Ceremonies and Special Events, and Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Logistics Directorate, Joint Task Force Armed Forces 55th Inaugural Committee.
Her awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medals, Army Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War Terrorism on Service Medal, Non Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, Overseas Service Ribbons, and the Korea Defense Service Ribbon. While serving in the Division Support Command, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii she deployed to Port De Prince Haiti in support of Operation Restore Democracy and earned the Humanitarian Service Medal. Brenda retired in from the US Army in 2006 cultimating a thirty year distinguished career of dedicated service to a grateful Nation.
She obtained a Master of Science in Logistics Management and a Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management from Florida Institute of Technology, Bachelor Degree in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, and an Associate Degree in Management from Hawaii Pacific University.
She currently works for the Department of Defense, Defense Health Agency in Falls Church, VA as an Accountable Property Book Officer/ System Analyst. She is devoted in taking care of her 99 year old Mother. She enjoys spending time with her daughters, grandchildren, family and loved ones. She enjoys volunteering and assisting others in need.
She is a Founder of Impact100 Global Veterans, member of DoD Senior Professional Women’s Association (SPWA), member of Kappa Epsilon PSI (KEY) Military Sorority Incorporated, member of Top Ladies of Distinction (TLOD)-Dale City-Prince William County Chapter, and a member of the American Legion Post 55 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She is a team player who believes that teamwork divides the work and multiplies the success.
Brenda currently resides in Triangle, Virginia.
Kimberly A. Napoleon
Kimberly A. Napoleon
Kimberly A. Napoleon is a 1986 Graduate of Arthur Hill High School, in Saginaw, Michigan. She served this country as a member of The United States Army from 1987 until 1996. She served during three conflicts; Operation Just Cause, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, commonly known as “The First Gulf War/Persian Gulf War.”
She was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism, the fourth highest medal awarded for serving while in a combat zone (Saudi’ Arabia Southwest Asia).
Kimberly holds a Life Membership in Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States of America. Her Local Post is Wallace C. Schultz/Dwight A. McKinney Jr. Post 9931, where she served as the Post Commander from 2017-2021, Kimberly served as Veterans of Foreign Wars Department of Michigan District 9 Commander from 2020-2021 as the First Female Commander. She is also a Life Member of Disabled American Veterans where she served as Post Commander from 2014-2016 as the first Female Commander.
Kimberly is also a Member of The American Legion and member of local Post 439, she also has membership with The National Association of Minority Veterans of America.
She is a peer leader with the National WoVeN network of women Veteran’s and its BRIDGES program, which supports Women Veterans within 1 year of transitioning from their military service.
Thankfully, she is also a certified suicide prevention specialist with QPR, which exists to help prevent Veteran’s suicide. Kimberly currently serves as a Mentor with Saginaw County Veterans Justice Treatment Court; she is a Commissioner on The Soldiers and Sailors Relief Commission in Saginaw County. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Child Abuse Neglect Council in Saginaw County.
Kimberly is also a member of The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Top Ladies of Distinction Incorporation, Saginaw Chapter, Women of Colors, Member of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Inc. Winter ’21 NL Zeta Epsilon and her local Chapter is Detroit Omicron and she is a founding member of Impact100 Global Veteran’s a philanthropy organization committed to awarding Veteran centric organizations grants to continue their programs of work and a member of the Board of Directors.
Kimberly was recently elected at the Department of Michigan Veterans of Foreign Wars 104th convention as the Department of Michigan VFW’s Jr. Vice Commander, which she is the first Female to be elected to this position in the Department’s history.
Kimberly is the widow of US Army Veteran Mr. Terrill Napoleon and the proud Mother of one daughter, Ms. Ti’Kyra Napoleon of East Lansing Michigan.
Kelley Peak was raised on the shores of New Jersey, however, born in the great state of Alabama. For the past twenty-five-plus years, Kelley served in the United States Army as an Administrative Specialist from entry-level to the highest-level organization within the Active Guard Reserve program. Her passion for maintaining and organizing operations has led to not only a successful military career but possessing the ability to provide excellent customer service and relations, as well as providing reassurance and solutions to a variety of situations.
While serving her country she completed a Bachelor of Business Administration from American Military University and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Southern University. Kelley is active in her community and is a member of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority Inc. and the Outreach team of Elevation Church of Columbia. She is a Breast Cancer survivor and leads a community support group for other survivors. Kelley enjoys taking long walks, reading, journaling, and spending time with family and friends.
GRC - Education/Events Committee
GRC - Education/Events Committee
O’Donna Pittman-Hall was born in East Meadow, NY to Dorothy Gilmore. She is
happily married to Garry Hall and the grandmother of a beautiful granddaughter, Alaina. After
graduating High School, she attended Dudley School of Cosmetology and earned her
Cosmetology License. Her best friend talked her into joining the United States Army in an
Enlistment Option called The Buddy Program where they were allowed to train together in
Basic and AIT. After completing Basic Training at Ft. Jackson, SC and AIT at Ft. Dix, NJ,
O’Donna went on to Ft. Hood, Tx. as a 64C to complete her Active-Duty obligation and another 3 years in the Army Reserves. Since separating from the military, she has earned her Real Estate License and has been a Realtor® for 20 years; also earning the CMRS Designation (Certified Military Residential Specialist); which gives her expertise when working with Veterans and Active Duty Military assisting them in locating affordable, suitable and maintainable housing solutions.
Continuing her commitment to helping others and her love of assisting Veterans, O’Donna has
earned her VA Claims Agent Accreditation, she now represents Veterans in the preparation,
presentation, and prosecute of VA claims for VA Disability Pension and Compensation Benefits.
She is a Founder of Impact100 Global Veterans, an active member of Kappa Epsilon Psi,
Incorporated, Military Sorority. O’Donna currently resides in Charlotte, NC and enjoys shopping, spending time with family & friends and attending concerts.
“A Goal Without A Plan Is Only A Dream”
Barbaraet Rembert was born in Panama City, Florida. After graduating High School in 1978, she followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the United States Army. After completing basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ and AIT at Edgewood Arsenal, MD as a 54B Chemical, Biological, Chemical Specialist, and training as a 71L Administrative Specialist, Barbaraet served in both the active and reserve components of the United States Army. During her over 12.5 years on active duty, she worked with live chemical agents, instructor at NBC school in Pirmasens, Germany and Fort Gordon, Georgia. During Operation Desert Storm, she trained reservist and civilian contractors in chemical warfare in preparation for deployment to Kuwait. Since separating from the military, she continued her education, earning two Associates in Science degrees from Pensacola Junior College, one in Legal Assisting and the other in Instructional Services Technology. She also earned a Bachelor in Science degree in Psychology from Troy State University.
Continuing her commitment to service, Barbaraet recently retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs, after 22 years of federal service giving back to those still serving. Her duties included service as Military Services Coordinator, assisting our military members with filing claims for VA disability compensation. She is a Founder of Impact100 Global Veterans, board member of The Honor H.E.R Foundation, Incorporated of Northwest Florida, active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, and inactive member of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Incorporated. Barbaraet is one of four sisters and six brothers, she is the mother of three sons and grandmother of five. She resides in Pensacola, Fl and enjoys reading, crafting, outside gardening, and listening to music. “My service has not ended, the mission continues.”
Membership Committee Director
Membership Committee Chair
Jolanda Rose was born in Detroit, MI and graduated from High School in 1982 prior to enrolling and attending the local community college. In 1984, she joined the United States Army and completed basic and advance initial training at Ft Jackson, SC. Serving 21 years active duty, her assignments included: Fort Jackson, S.C., Ludwigsburg, Germany, Fort Stewart, GA, Fort Shafter, HI, Ft Sill, OK, Camp Stanley (Uijeongbu), Korea, and Carlisle Barracks, PA. Special duties assignments were the Better Opportunity for Single Soldier Program for the Pacific Islands, Drill Instructor at Ft Jackson, SC, Equal Opportunity Advisor for the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA, and Deployment to Honduras in 2000 for victims of Hurricane Mitch and Tropical Depression Keith.
Since separating from the U.S. Army, she earned an Associates in Science from University of Phoenix. Currently employed with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. Her commitment to service continued with deployments to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING Freedom; Puerto Rio in support of Task Force Power restoration after hurricanes IRMA and Maria and Phoenix, AZ borderline construction.
She is a Founder of Impact100 Global Veterans, member of Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America, active International Free and Accept Modern Mason and Order of Eastern Star, active member of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Incorporated.
Jolanda currently resides in Roseville, MI and enjoys traveling, volunteering, outside gardening and crafting.
Sherry Simmons-Coleman, was born in Memphis TN. She is the middle child of three children and the only daughter. She was raised by her paternal grandmother on her mothers’ side. Sherry has four children of her own, three boys and one girl and inherited two bonus daughters after she married Mr. Robert Coleman Jr. of York, AL.
She served over 26 years in the US Army, Active Duty and retired as a Sergeant Major/E-9, February 2011. Her first duty station and last duty station in the Army was Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington DC.
She has worked for the US Army, as a government civilian for over 10 years and has recently retired from the Federal Government, July 2022. Sherry and her husband Robert currently reside in Woodbridge, VA.
Sherry has served in many leadership positions in the organizations she has been blessed enough to be a part of. She has been an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. for over 16 years. She is also an active member of Kappa Epsilon Psi, Military Sorority, Inc. and serves on numerous committees and is also the Chapters’ Historian. She is an active member of FEW (Federally Employed Women) and is an former member of the Order of the Eastern Stars, which she joined in Honolulu, HI.
Sherry has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University and her moto has always been “I make stuff happen!”.
Community Investment Review Committee Director (CIRC)
Community Investment Review Committee Chair (CIRC)
Regina Smothers was born in Columbia SC and raised by Mr. and Mrs. Hall (deceased). Her family consists of two sisters and two brothers (one deceased). She has been married to her husband for over 34 years. She is the proud mother of a daughter who is serving with the Center of Disease Control (CDC). She is the grandmother of one handsome three-year-old grandson. After graduating High School in 1982, she followed in her father’s footsteps and joined the United States Army (reserves). After completing basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ and AIT at Fort Jackson, SC and with further consideration of the armed forces, she decided to join the United States Air Force as an Administrative Specialist. Smothers served in both the active and reserve components of the United States Air Force and United States Army respectively. During her over 9 years on active duty, she worked multiple components of the intelligence arena, in New Mexico; Korea; Greece; and Florida. During Operation Desert Storm, she facilitated multiple special operations taskings to deployed Airmen. While in the Air Force she achieved her Community College of the Airforce Degree (CCAF). Since separating from the military, she continued her education, earning an Associates in Science degree from Okaloosa Junior College, FL. She also earned a Certificate in Paralegal with South University, SC; Bachelor’s in science degree in Legal Administration from University of West Florida, FL; Master of Business Administration with Webster University, SC. Continuing her commitment to service, Smothers, achieved her Real Estate License in 1998 through present and is a founding member with her brokerage; she has over 16 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her duties include servicing as a Quality Review Officer of multiple claims for VA compensation. Currently, she is a Founder of Impact100 Global Veterans, and an inactive member of Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Incorporated. She severed on multiple boards, and positions over the past 20 years. Smothers currently resides in Blythewood, SC and enjoys traveling, reading, family time, listening to music and serving her community. “Continuing to be of service within her communities.”
Eyamba A. Sowers
GRC - Health & Wellness Committee
Eyamba A. Sowers
GRC - Health & Wellness Committee Chair
Eyamba A. Sowers chose to begin a career of service at the young age of 18. She chose to serve God, her country and her fellow American by enlisting in the United States Army. Her 27 years of military experience have provided her with valuable training and work experience. Some of the opportunities and strengths she has acquired and used in the uniformed services include the following: Dependability, Integrity, Decision-Making, Looking Out for Others, Initiative, Tenacity, Professional Presence, Adaptability, Impartiality, Standards of Quality and Commitment to Excellence.
Her military career was both rewarding and fulfilling and has afforded her the opportunity to serve in the following capacities: an Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Respiratory Therapist (CRT), Lead Trauma Instructor, an Observer and Trainer and a Sexual Harassment/Assault and Prevention Victim Advocate. Additionally, while serving in the military as a Reservist, she has had the opportunity to serve non-military personnel as a Texas, New Jersey, and South Carolina licensed Respiratory Therapy Technician, Staff Respiratory Therapist, Travel Respiratory Therapist, Lead Respiratory Therapist, and Department Manager of Respiratory Therapy.
Eyamba Sowers is well-traveled and very family-oriented. As a service minded individual, she enjoys learning, interacting and sharing her knowledge with others. Upon the completion of her military career, her need and desire to serve others remained strong. Eyamba decided to embark upon several new career opportunities as Adjunct Instructor with Fortis College, a licensed South Carolina and North Carolina Realtor servicing the Midlands, the Tri-County areas of the Low Country of SC and the Charlotte, NC areas. Eyamba has obtained her Military Relocation Professional Designator and her At Home With Diversity Real Estate Designator. Eyamba is the owner of Brave Defense, LLC where she is a SLED certified firearms instructor focusing on the safety of women. Eyamba is currently enrolled as a student of National University where she is scheduled to graduate with her Master’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management in December 2022.
Although, employment and business success are great and rewarding for her, Eyamba’s greatest accomplishment was receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit on July 1, 1990. When she is not traveling, she attends and serves on the campus security team and auditorium team at Elevation Church, Columbia SC where her campus pastor is Taylor Shytle. But, she’s often in her hometown where she attends her home church Moncks Corner Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ where her pastor is District Elder Samuel Spann. Eyamba has been blessed to have several spiritual fathers throughout her spiritual journey to include Apostle JP Steadman of Seguin, TX where she was known as his daughter named “Tollipop”, Apostle Fred Rubin of Manalapan, NJ and Pastor Tommy Hatcher of Tacoma, WA. Eyamba remains closely affiliated with Cathedral of Faith Ministries Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Irmo, SC where the pastor is Bishop Richard Johnson.
God has allowed Eyamba to become the mother of three beautiful children and the grandmother of 5, where she is known as their “GiGi”.
Eyamba firmly believes in the scriptures and her favorite verse is I Corinthians 15:58 that simply says, “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
Serving is her passion as she continues her mission with various other groups to include Kappa Epsilon Psi Military Sorority, Inc. and Rotary International. As a Retired Army Veteran, Eyamba has partnered with other female Veterans across the globe to help establish Impact 100 Global Veterans.
Technology Resource Director
Technology Resource Committee
Cindy Villavaso was born in New Orleans, LA. She resided in Marrero, LA., and at the age of 19 entered the United States Navy. She joined the Navy in 1986 as an E-1. Her career spanned 20 years serving overseas, and across the United States. She served on two aircraft carriers, and one amphibious ship. She was the first female pinned “Chief” onboard the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), and retired as a Lieutenant.
Her campaigns included missions involving Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Enduring Freedom.
Her awards include 2 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, 6 Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medals, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Global War on Terror Service Medal, 2 Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbons, Navy Unit “E” Ribbon, 5 Good Conduct Medals, 3 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medals, Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, and Overseas Service Ribbons.
Upon retiring, she volunteered 11 years at a Christian school in Richardson, TX. She now serves as a Founder and member of the Website and Communication Committee of Impact100 Global Veterans. She is currently residing in Westwego, LA. She is single, and is enjoying being close to her family.