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 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 for mid-career professionals, transitioning military personnel and veterans. Stephanie is married to CDR 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, veterans and their families up for success.
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, veterans and their families. Additionally, she will serve again as a USC Field Instructor, working with zero8hundred navigators who are MSW graduate students.
Peer Navigator - Reservists & National Guardsmen
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 graduated with distinction on the Dean’s List, Order of Arête’. He is the Peer Navigator for Reservists and California National Guardsmen during their demobilization phase with specific focus on resources in Imperial and Riverside counties and is excited to bring zero8hundred to those in need across Southern California.
Having a father that served 32 years in the Navy and a husband with 23 years in the Navy and Army National Guard, Stacey has a heart for the military and their families. She just recently graduated with an MSW from USC and plans to continue on for her licensure. As an intern at zero8hundred, she saw the need for those who are transitioning out of the military and really wished this service was available for both her father and husband during their transition. She is grateful to be part of the zero8hundred team and is committed to helping transitioning service members.
Social Media and Data Manager
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, veterans and their families.
Development & Donor Relations Manager
Kerri Dowling joined zero8hundred as the Development and Donor Relations Manager in May 2018. A native of Northport, New York, Kerri is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Government and Politics. Kerri started her career in management, but her career was interrupted due to her spouse’s military relocations. Since 1992, Kerri has worked and volunteered in the non-profit sector supporting military service members and their families. Kerri has held many fundraising and leadership positions including Head Buyer for the Sand Dollar Too, a non-profit gift shop run by the Naval Officers’ Spouses Club of San Diego and has organized numerous fundraising events. In 2013, Kerri became the Membership Director for the Naval Helicopter Association where she increased overall membership and assisted with the annual symposiums. Kerri left that position to support her spouse's move to Sasebo, Japan. Never one to be idle, Kerri worked as an English Instructor for a local language school and taught cooking classes to local Japanese over their two year tour. Since arriving back in San Diego in 2016, Kerri has volunteered with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society as a Client Services Assistant and a Budget for Baby Instructor. In addition, she volunteered with Support The Enlisted Project as a Grant Researcher. Kerri is married to CAPT Mike Dowling, an active duty Naval helicopter pilot and she has been a military spouse for the past 26 years. During that time, she has raised two wonderful children and experienced 14 military moves. Kerri and her husband now call San Diego home and hope to remain here following his transition. Kerri has been a volunteer, a leader, an advisor, a mentor, and a Mom during her years as a military spouse. Her positive attitude and knowledge of military programs is impressive -- she truly loves helping military families and looks forward to continuing to serve as a member of the zero8hundred team.