Sean Mahoney

Sean Mahoney, Executive Director

smahoney@zero8hundred.org

Sean Mahoney has been the Executive Director of zero8hundred since September 2014. A native of Fishkill, New York, Sean served 27 years in the United States Coast Guard, retiring as a Captain. He is a graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Government. He served aboard a Coast Guard Cutter before attending US Navy Flight School and piloting helicopters in Massachusetts, Oregon, California and as an Exchange Officer to the Canadian Forces in British Columbia.  Sean completed the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College Distance Education Program in 2007 and was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Houston, Texas, where he directed aviation responses to multiple hurricanes. He served as the Director of Governmental and Public Relations for the Coast Guard’s 40-state Atlantic Area, and was then assigned to the service’s Mid-Atlantic region, where he oversaw crisis management across 6 states and the western Atlantic. Sean Mahoney served most recently as Captain of the Port of San Diego, and Commander of Coast Guard Sector San Diego.  Sean is enthusiastic about zero8hundred's mission to set transitioning members and their families up for success.

Becky Sanford

Becky Sanford, Lead Navigator

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.

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.

Alfonso Esquer, Peer Navigator

alfonsoesquer@zero8hundred.org

Alfonso feels privileged to join the team at zero8hundred as they are making significant opportunities for America’s active duty and transitioning members of the military to find their individual place within society. He is honored as a former U.S. Marine and Veteran to continue to serve those who have served this great nation. He believes that with his 20 years of experience serving within the Military, Federal Government, and the education he received, he will be able to effectively impact the transitioning military population.  Alfonso received a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California in Social Work/ Behavioral Health and a second Master’s degree from Webster University in Business Management.  He is dedicated to the service of the clients of zero8hundred.