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.

Bobby Borders, Navigator

Bobby Borders is a Unites States Marine (Sergeant) Veteran who has always had a passion working alongside Service Members. Bobby deployed in Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, and understands the importance of the culture and camaraderie shared between Service Members due to their sacrifices. After discharging, Bobby returned home to the cornfields of Indiana, found work and began the grind, but felt that he no longer had a mission. Shortly thereafter he returned to California to take a position managing cruise and cargo ship operations alongside a few old Marine friends. However, due to the recession Bobby found himself turning in a new direction to utilize the GI Bill for an education. After his first semester of school, Bobby realized how important an education can be. He finished a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from California State University Long Beach before applying to the University of Southern California where he completed his Master’s degree in Military Social Work. While working on his Master’s degree, Bobby had the opportunity to work at the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs. He feels this experience highlighted the importance of a Service Member’s transition back into civilian society and the city in which they reside. Bobby feels that by welcoming a Service Member home, helping them find gainful employment or resources, and linking them to the tight knit Veteran network of a city they are encouraged to grow and prosper while benefiting their communities in a powerful way.

Hallie Atengco, Office Assistant

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 and is looking forward to attending graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree in Social Work, with the goal of helping veterans and military families.