About

About The Warrior Alliance

Our mission is to help Warriors and their families achieve a fulfilling civilian
life by promoting collaboration between the organizations that can support them
during the transition.

mission anchor

Our Partner-Driven Model

We believe that collaboration drives successful outcomes, and not just for individual Warriors but for the entire veteran services community. That’s why we partner with companies, non-profits and key influencers who share our vision. Together, we can help Warriors navigate their newest mission – civilian life – with confidence and competence.

Leadership

Our day-to-day team of leaders who keeps us marching toward our mission.

Scott Johnson
President & Executive Director
Jarrad Turner
Director of Warrior Engagement
Jason Amerson
IT Coordinator
Nikki Landry
Director of Marketing
Whitney Young
Warrior Navigator Lead
Olivia Garrison
Warrior Outreach Lead
Alexandria Carvalho
Warrior Navigator

Board of Directors

Community leaders, business executives and other key influencers who steer us in the right direction.

Kelly McCutchen
Chairman Executive Director, HINRI
Sean Fennelly
Attorney, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs
Russ Branzell
CEO, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives
Clint Bryant
Director of Athletics, Augusta University
Hunter Hill
Retired Georgia Senator (District 6); Chairman Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee; Vice Chairman Finance Committee; Majority Caucus Vice Chair
Angela Blank
Director, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
John Tien
Managing Director, Citigroup
Robert Mason
Managing Member of Mason Capital Partners
Tim Aligheri
Information Technology Consultant
Juanita Markwalter
Non Profit Director

Scott Johnson

President & Executive Director

Scott has over 30 years of experience as a corporate software and services executive and is a founder of two non-profit organizations in support of people with disabilities and wounded, ill and injured veterans. Scott’s business career spans numerous leadership roles in executive management, sales, operations and services to include Vice President-Global Services, PTC, Inc. and Area Vice President, Keane, Inc. In these positions, Scott’s responsibilities included business strategy, merger and acquisitions, organizational change management, sales organization leadership, market development, outsourcing and operational profit and loss. His business experience spans federal and state government as well as business development across the Americas, Europe, Far East and Asia. Mr. Johnson graduated with high honors from Michigan State University where he received a number of academic awards and is a founding associate of the University of Alabama’s Executive MBA MIS program.

Jarrad Turner

Director of Warrior Engagement

Jarrad Turner served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army for eight years as a 68W Health Care Specialist, 3rd Infantry Division.  Mr. Turner deployed twice to Iraq twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was wounded during an attack.  In 2010, he was medically separated from the military and was later admitted to the Shepherd Center Share Military Initiative for treatment for medical issues related to his injuries. Mr. Turner has dedicated his post-military service to improving the quality and access to resources for his fellow veterans.  Since 2012, he has worked in various veteran service roles for the Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC), the Atlanta VA Regional Office (VARO), and as Senior National Service Officer (SNSO) for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).   In 2017, he secured more than $2.2 million dollars in service connected benefits for WWP alumni in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Mr. Turner graduated from Alabama State University with a Business Management degree in 1999.  During this time, he played football and participated in the gospel choir, and worked at the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Mr. Turner resides in the Atlanta area with his wife and three children.  He enjoys coaching lacrosse, athletic endurance competitions, and participating in volunteer roles with numerous Atlanta area Veteran Services Organizations.

Jason Amerson

IT Coordinator

Jason has over 20 years of experience in the field of Information Technology. Serving as Systems Engineer and Systems Administrator for state/city governments, police and private entities. His responsibilities have included data center build-outs/maintenance, records management, security, and client services. Mr. Amerson has served as a member of the Board of Directors for Systems Engineering with the Technology Association of Georgia.

Nikki Landry

Director of Marketing

Nikki Landry is a 12-year Air Force military veteran. She has served in both Operation Desert Storm and Operation Desert Shield while serving in combat in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield. Nikki is a prior Senior Enlisted Air Force Airman Master Sargent. Her last active duty assignment was at The Pentagon, Washington, DC where Nikki served as a Senior Enlisted Protocol and Ceremonies aide to the Air Force Reserve Commander in Chief. Nikki comes from a radio broadcasting background where she hosted on-air daily shows across the country for multiple radio stations. Nikki has also been a Program Director for radio stations for the second largest media company in the country (Cumulus Media). Part of her primary focus during her Program Director duties, along with hosting a daily 5-hour radio show, included marketing and branding of multi-million-dollar radio stations. Nikki has also just completed her master’s degree in psychology.

Whitney Young

Warrior Navigator Lead

Whitney Young is an Army combat veteran who has served seven years in the US Army as a healthcare specialist. She has been a veteran advocate for the past two years and will continue to dedicate her services to our nation’s finest men and women. In her previous role as a National Service Officer, she assisted veterans with benefits, education, and healthcare with a high rate of success. She is a Purple Heart recipient and current post-graduate student at Emory University. She has helped navigate warriors through issues regarding finance, legal services, housing, appeals involving benefits and much more. Whitney believes that a goal without a plan is a dream. The job of a veteran advocate is to help veterans recognize their goals, then guide them through the often difficult path to accomplish them. With the aid of great leadership, other veteran service organizations, and compassion, we will continue to serve.

Olivia Garrison

Warrior Outreach Lead

Olivia Garrison, Warrior Outreach Lead, brings many years of experience facilitating collaboration of Atlanta-based Veteran serving organizations. She began her service to others as an AmeriCorps alumni in 2012 and is especially passionate about assisting Veterans and their families. As the local American Red Cross representative for the Community Blueprint in Atlanta, Olivia provided hands-on support of local Reservists, National Guard and Veteran populations in the face of emergencies. She also facilitated the group’s 39-member agencies to address Veterans’ issues and find actionable solutions, which then led to her accepting a volunteer role as Director of the Community Pillar for Vetlanta. Olivia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Master’s degree in Public Administration from Troy University.

Alexandria Carvalho

Warrior Navigator

Alexandria Carvalho is currently a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and has served for over eleven years. Her passion to serve others began when she was stationed at her last active duty command, Wounded Warrior Battalion-East in Camp Lejeune, NC. While at this command, she directly supported Wounded, Ill, and Injured Marines and their families as they prepared for transition out of the military. It was here that she truly saw the struggles our servicemembers, veterans, and their family members endure when going through this difficult transition. She is now dedicated to bridge the gap that exists for our servicemembers when transitioning out of the military, and to give back to those veterans who have also served our nation through past decades. Alexandria graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cleveland State University in 2018 with a Health Sciences Bachelor of Science and Psychology minor. She completed a certificate program for Communication, Culture, & Health at Cleveland State University and was a member of their Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter.

Kelly McCutchen

Chairman Executive Director, HINRI

Kelly is the Executive Director of the nonprofit High Impact Network of Responsible Innovators (HINRI) and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. He is a native of Ellijay, Georgia, and a graduate of Georgia Tech. He was Assistant Vice President in the Trust Department of Trust Company Bank in Atlanta before joining the Foundation in 1993. At the Foundation, he has helped create the Civic Renewal Project that highlights the work of outstanding community-based organizations, the “No Excuses” program to recognize and study high achieving, high poverty public schools, and award-winning statewide report cards on education, crime and taxes. He has served on the boards of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association, Leadership Georgia and the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute and was a founder and Governing Board Chair of Tech High, a math, science and technology-focused public charter school in Atlanta. He currently serves on the board of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Sean Fennelly

Attorney, Parker, Hudson, Rainer & Dobbs

Sean's practice focuses on business and corporate law, with an emphasis on the representation of health industry clients in joint venture transactions, acquisitions and dispositions.  In recent years, Sean has served as outside counsel for a national health care services provider and a member of the Parker Hudson team serving as outside general counsel for the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals.  
Following his graduation from the United States Military Academy, Sean served as an Infantry Officer with the United States Army’s First Cavalry Division, attaining the rank of Captain and earning the Airborne badge and Ranger tab.

Russ Branzell

CEO, College of Healthcare Information Management Executives

Before joining CHIME, Branzell served as CEO for the Colorado Health Medical Group. He previously was the vice president of information services and CIO for Poudre Valley Health System and the president/CEO of Innovation Enterprises and was the regional deputy CIO and executive director of information services for Sisters of Mercy Health System in St. Louis, MO. Branzell served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2008. While on active duty, he served in health care administration positions, including CIO for the Air Mobility Command Surgeon General’s Office. In 1996, he was selected for the Air Force Medical Service Fellowship program and completed a CIO internship at the Unity Health System in St. Louis.

Clint Bryant

Director of Athletics, Augusta University

Providing commitment and care for Augusta University as the Director of Athletics, Clint Bryant has firmly established himself as one of the most reputable administrators and leaders for equality in the state of Georgia, the Southeast and in the nation. The 2017-18 academic year marks Bryant’s 30th in Augusta, overseeing a 13-sport athletics department that has steadily fought for conference and regional honors. On Friday Oct. 28, 2016, Bryant was inducted into the Augusta City Classic Hall of Fame for his contributions in the community over his tenure. Bryant’s career with the Jaguars also includes nine seasons as the Jaguars’ men’s basketball head coach from 1988-1997. He was named the Big South Coach-of-the-Year following the 1990-91 campaign. Prior to his arrival in Augusta, Bryant served as an assistant coach under Bill Foster at Clemson from 1977-84 and as an assistant coach and associate head coach under Foster at Miami (Fla.) from 1984-1988. Bryant earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Belmont Abbey in 1977 and received a master’s degree in Personnel Services in 1980 from Clemson University. At Belmont, he received the Marty Thomas Scholar-Athlete Award, given annually to a student-athlete who demonstrated both academic and athletic excellence.

Hunter Hill

Retired Georgia Senator (District 6); Chairman Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee; Vice Chairman Finance Committee; Majority Caucus Vice Chair

SEN Hill graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Management and Civil Engineering, before joining the United States Army. He went on to graduate from the Airborne, the Air Assault, and the US Army Ranger Schools. In June 2001, Hunter took command of a rifle platoon with the 101st Airborne Division, which he led into battle in Afghanistan in 2002 and in Iraq in 2003. In addition to his combat roles, he also served as a General’s Aide in Iraq, and earned two Bronze Stars, the Meritorious Service Medal and two Army Commendation Medals.

Angela Blank

As a seasoned sales, marketing and branding professional, Angela Blank now dedicates her talents to building and growing causes that she is passionate about. Beginning her career at Graphic Solutions Group, Blank was a fundamental part of growing key brands. From there, Blank became a Premium Sales Executive with Boundless Network. As a leader in building customer relationships and account management, Blank steered influential campaigns that widely increased brand response rates and overall marketing value. Angela Blank commits her diverse skills to enriching the community she resides in. In February 2017, Blank joined the University of Georgia Board of Visitors. As an ambassador for the university, Blank advocates for teaching, research and continued community service. Angela also devotes her time to increasing exposure, funding, education and teen involvement in Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) Georgia. Since 2013, she has served as the co-chair of Walk Like MADD 5k, the organizations largest annual fundraiser. With her leadership and strategic planning, MADD, the Atlanta Falcons and The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation established a year-round partnership to expand MADD’s presence across the state of Georgia.

John Tien

Managing Director, Citigroup

John Tien currently serves as a Citigroup managing director and is the head of Operations, Technology, and Business Solutions Management for Citi’s largest American Express co-brand portfolio. John’s prior roles include head of operations for Citi Retail Services largest co-brand MasterCard portfolio and chief administrative officer for the head of Global Consumer Operations and Technology. As a retired U.S. Army Colonel and Citi’s senior military veteran employee, John also serves as the Consumer Bank leader on the firm-wide steering committee that oversees the Citi Salutes program (www.CitiSalutes.com). In this role, John provides senior-level guidance for Citi’s support of military veterans, military family members, and active duty, National Guard and Reserve members both internal and external to the firm. Nationally, John is the Chairman of the Board for the veterans non-profit, The Mission Continues (www.MissionContinues.org), an organization which focuses on helping transition military veterans from military service to community service in their local neighborhoods. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and a Masters of Art degree from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He is also a Harvard Kennedy School National Security Fellow and a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Robert Mason

Managing Member of Mason Capital Partners

Mason has invested in commercial real estate projects throughout the Southeastern US on behalf of the Mason family and their investment partners for over 25 years. Robert has also worked for some of the most respected firms in commercial real estate including CB Richard Ellis, Tishman Speyer, Hines, and Lincoln Property Company. In total, Robert has been involved in over $4BN worth of transactions and has experience as a principal and an investor in office, hotel, multi-family, retail, and healthcare properties. Robert is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of Vanderbilt University and has earned an MBA from The Wharton School with concentrations in Real Estate and Finance.

Tim Aligheri

Information Technology Consultant

Tim Aligheri is responsible for the oversight of new technology developments, project management, product management and strategic vision for organization business applications.  Tim brings almost 30 years of executive experience in software development, architecture, research and development, as well as product management at Jackson Healthcare, HealthPort, Per-Se Technologies (now McKesson), Cox Interactive Media (now Coxnet), MedAssets and HBOC (now McKesson). A graduate of Georgia Southern University, Tim recently completed Villanova University's Six Sigma Black Belt training.

Juanita Markwalter

Non Profit Director

Juanita Markwalter is a community volunteer, a philanthropist, and the mother of 5 sons. She has been a long–standing member of the Red Cross’ Tiffany Circle, which is a community of woman leaders who advance the American Red Cross mission. Juanita’s love of the arts inspired her to serve on the Alliance Theatre’s Advisory Board, which supports the leading producing theatre in the Southeast. As a breast-cancer survivor, Juanita has sought to help find a cure through her involvement in the Susan G Komen Advisory Board of Greater Atlanta. To relax and spend time with her sons, her husband, Jack, and her friends, Juanita loves to play golf. She is an active member of Cherokee Women’s Golf Association and the Atlanta Women’s Golf Association. Juanita is a graduate of Auburn University of Montgomery. In addition to being an avid golfer, Juanita enjoys travel and spending time with her family.

Advisory Council

Trusted advisors who offer an outside perspective on how we’re doing and what we can do better.

Larry Ellis
Retired Board of Regents, Retired 4 Star Army General; CEO Freedom Jobs; Chairman, HINRI
Marsh Benson
Retired Director Golf Operations, Augusta National Golf Club
Glen Jackson
Co-founder, Jackson Spalding
Michael Miller
President Emeritus, Donald Ross Society
Mark Peevy
Executive Director for Secondary Education Initiatives, TCSG
Michael Edmeades
SVP, Advanced Collaboration Solutions

Sponsors

These companies and foundations fund the work we do, allowing us to focus on serving the men and women who have so faithfully served us.