Jeff Hensley

Jeff Hensley

Leadership Fellow

Jeff Hensley spent 21 years as a fighter pilot in the United States Navy. He completed two combat deployments to Iraq before deciding to pursue his Master’s in mental health counseling from the University of North Texas. Today, Jeff is the Program Counselor for Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship’s veterans program, “Hooves for Heroes”. In addition, he serves as a Leadership Fellow for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a Fellowship Alumnus for The Mission Continues, a member of the North Texas Military Association, and a member of the Frisco Veterans Advisory Board. Jeff resides in Frisco, TX with his three children, three dogs, three cats, and two rats.   Email Jeff
Colleen Ryan

Colleen Ryan

Frisco

Colleen M. Ryan spent over a decade as an Aegis Fire Controlman, Command Fitness Leader, and Career Counselor in the United States Navy. She deployed twice to the Persian Gulf, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, aboard USS O’KANE (DDG 77). Colleen holds a master’s degree in performance psychology, and is currently working toward her Certified Mental Training Certification (CMT), and Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Certification, at Mental Training Inc. in Dallas. Colleen recently moved to Texas, where she immediately joined forces with her IAVA family, in order to nurture fundamental values and community wellness in DFW. Her Squad Track is Wellness and Success.
Brandy Baxter

Brandy Baxter

Dallas

Brandy Baxter is a USAF veteran, military spouse, and Fellow Alumni for The Mission Continues.
Herman Baxter

Herman Baxter

Dallas

Herman Baxter is a USAF veteran.
Neil Sanders

Neil Sanders

Wylie

Neil Sanders spent 4 years as an Infantry Officer in the Army with 3 BDE 4th ID stationed at Ft. Carson in Colorado Springs, after attending Colorado State University and the ROTC program. Neil was deployed to Iraq twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom I and IV. He is currently a farrier (horseshoer) and father to three awesome kids.

Neil discovered IAVA while volunteering at Equest and the Hooves for Heroes veterans program, where he met Jeff Hensley. Neil’s Wylie-based squad is working on several community service projects including adopt-a-highway, the Wylie Veterans memorial refurbishment, and a benefit concert. He joined IAVA to give back to those in need and in doing so stay involved with fellow veterans.

Sara Poquette

Sara Poquette

Plano

Sara Poquette spent 11 years as a broadcast journalist in the Wisconsin Army National Guard. She completed two year-long deployments; the first to Mosul, Iraq in 2004 and the second to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 2008.

Sara recently joined the team at the University of Texas’ Center for Brain Health.

She joined IAVA as a way to reconnect with fellow veterans and immediately felt the sense of camaraderie and purpose she was looking for. Sara’s squad follows the wellness and social track as her passion is using a holistic approach to achieving overall well-being. She is also a member of the Communication squad. In addition, she is on the Board of Directors for Attitudes & Attire and resides in Plano with her husband (also a veteran) and two dogs.

Zach Migura

Zach Migura

Dallas

Zach Migura spent 2 years in the U.S. Army and deployed to Iraq 2003. He currently has 7 years in the Army Reserve and is deployed to Afghanistan.

When Zach isn’t deployed, he is a Veterans County Service Officer for Collin County. He helps with VA claims and finding local resources.

Chris Hampton

Chris Hampton

Flower Mound

Chris Hampton is a 27 year Navy Veteran and Surface Warfare Officer. He spent most of his career in the Cruiser/Destroyer community. He is a veteran of several overseas deployments including three missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In his civilian career he is a management consultant specializing in strategic change execution for clients in the Fortune 500, Government and Non-Profit sectors.

Chris leads a squad for veterans in Denton County. Their focus is on building community through social and networking events and participating in service projects in Denton County.

In addition to his support of IAVA, Chris is a passionate supporter of Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship where he serves as a member of the Board of Advisors and a volunteer for their veterans program, “Hooves for Heroes”. He is also a member of the Denton County Veterans Coalition and a volunteer for Heroes on the Water. He resides in Flower Mound and spends what spare time he can find either riding horses or working in his garden.

Chuck Wright

Chuck Wright

Frisco

Chuck Wright spent 9 years as a CH 46 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. He deployed twice to the West Pacific to Iwo Jima, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Singapore, Guam, Peleliu, Korea, the Philippines, and Okinawa.

Chuck is a financial planner. He joined IAVA to support the Next Greatest Generation and his squad is focused on a Veteran Career Development Program, a one-on-one veteran career mentoring program, and the Collin County Marine Corps League.

Chuck grew up as an Air Force brat so he has seen the military from both sides. Currently, he is active with the Veterans Coalition of North Central Texas mentoring program as well as a Board member of the Frisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. He is married to Michelle and they make their home in Frisco with their son, Travis.

Trey Stapleton

Trey Stapleton

Dallas

Trey Stapleton spent 10 years in the United States Air Force serving during both Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom. After separating from the military, Trey attended the University of North Texas where he earned a degree in Finance.

Trey has held various management positions in both the public and private sectors and has performed political communications for candidates and elected officials at both the state and national levels.

Trey recently returned home to Texas from Washington D.C. where he worked in the United States House of Representatives. He looks forward to pursing his passion for assisting his military brothers and sisters as an IAVA Squad Leader.