Sean Mahoney

Stephanie Kiesel

Executive Director

skiesel@zero8hundred.org

Stephanie Kiesel joined zero8hundred, as Executive Director, in March 2018. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Stephanie is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Communications. Stephanie also earned a Masters of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University in Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law. She was admitted to the California state bar in 2011. Stephanie worked in public relations for the Department of Defense at Headquarters, European Command in Stuttgart, Germany before moving to San Diego in 1994. She transferred to Washington DC in 1999 and worked in non-profit/government public relations and completed her Masters degree before returning to San Diego in 2004 to join the University of San Diego. There, she served as the Assistant Director/Director of their M.S. in Global Leadership program - a business graduate degree designed by DoD especially for transitioning military officers and senior enlisted personnel. In 2014, Stephanie took over as the Senior Director of Graduate Student Services for the University's School of Business where she provided executive leadership for all day-to-day operations and logistics of the University's graduate business programs. She also served as the public face, to the military and veteran community, to drive regional awareness of the school’s graduate business programs and worked closely with community partners, including business executives, senior military personnel, non-profit organizations and military and veteran-focused service organizations, to provide student-centric graduate education programs coupled with internships, career mentoring and targeted educational funding opportunities for mid-career professionals, transitioning military personnel and veterans. Stephanie is married to LCDR Marty Kiesel, who served on active duty in the United States Navy from 1993-2004, and has been a United States Naval Reservist since that time. Stephanie is enthusiastic about using her past experiences to further zero8hundred's mission to set transitioning service members and their families up for success.

Becky Sanford

Program Director

bsanford@zero8hundred.org

As the daughter of a World War II Air Force veteran, Becky Sanford grew up in a military culture. Every uncle on both sides of her family was a combat veteran. Her brother and former husband are combat veterans from the Vietnam War, and her one nephew is currently deployed overseas as an EOD Specialist. Becky says she has a wide “red, white and blue streak” in her and is very tied to serving the veteran community. After a career in education, Becky returned to school, attending USC for her Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) where she specialized in military and veteran issues. Since that time she has worked in Los Angeles with homeless veterans. In addition, Becky was a USC Field Instructor overseeing second year interns. Becky is now an official “San Diegan” and joined zero8hundred, eager to help smooth the road for our transitioning military populations, both veterans and their families. Additionally, she will serve again as a USC Field Instructor, working with our navigators who are MSW graduate students.

Hallie Atengco

Operations + Development Manager

hatengco@zero8hundred.org

As the daughter of a retired Navy Officer, with an extended family history of military service, and as a military spouse to a Navy Corpsman, Hallie has had 20+ years of experience with military culture. Hallie experienced frequent moves and attended 14 different schools, living in places ranging from Hawaii to Germany, and has an understanding of what military life is like for both active duty and veteran service members. She has experienced first-hand the trials of deployments and the unique process of transitioning service members. Hallie graduated from UCLA in June of 2014 with a B.A. in History. She joined zero8hundred in July 2015, and is passionate about working with an organization committed to the well-being of transitioning service members and their families. 

Zoe Amon

Peer Navigator

zamon@zero8hundred.org

A native of Pensacola, FL and a spouse to a Navy pilot, Zoe is familiar with military culture and the unique nature that comes with being part of a military family. She has worked in the field of social work since 2012, and has both her Bachelor's and Masters Degrees in Social Work with concentrations in military social work and substance abuse.

Joey Jerome

Peer Navigator - Riverside & Imperial Counties

jerome@zero8hundred.org

Joey is a retired Chief Hospital Corpsman, an accomplished and highly motivated United States Navy veteran with over two decades of expertise in leadership, management, and training roles. He earned a BS in Criminal Justice Administration and Management, with an emphasis on Constitutional Law from the University of Phoenix. Following a passion to work with veterans, he graduated from the University of Southern California, with a Masters of Social Work, and a sub-concentration in military and veteran families. He also graduated with distinction on the Dean’s List, Order of Arête’. He is the Team Lead, for the Imperial and Riverside counties outreach team and is excited to bring zero8hundred to others surrounding areas of Southern California.