SPRINGFIELD, Va. (July 11, 2019) – Hope For The Warriors®, a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post-9/11 veterans, service members and military families, recently welcomed Erin Lester as its senior director of transition services.
Lester will be responsible for leading the growth of the Hope For The Warriors transition programs through its well-being model which includes Warrior’s Wish®, Warrior’s Compass, Drive For Hope® and Military Spouse and Caregiver Scholarships.
In addition, she will ensure the overall transition program is aligned with the organization’s strategic plan while developing outcome-based, measurable program goals within each area of the department.
“I am excited to join Hope For The Warriors and support the various transitions our veterans, service members and families experience,” said Lester. “Because of the nature of a military lifestyle, veterans, spouses and caregivers are all too familiar with transition. It’s important to remember that transition isn’t just about leaving the military and settling into a civilian lifestyle; transition happens throughout a lifetime and is about going from one point to another. HOPE’s well-being model and unique programs and services support veterans, spouses, and caregivers before, during, and after a transition.”
Lester has over 20 years of experience working in a variety of roles with government entities, corporations, nonprofits, politicians, active-duty military members, and operating her own businesses.
She began her career in journalism and graduated from The University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. As a military spouse, she shifted her career path to better fit the frequent moves that came with her husband’s role with the U.S. Navy. Her path included working as the volunteer services director for the U.S. Navy, Naval Hospital in San Diego.
While stationed in Rota, Spain for several years, Lester served as the regional chairman to the Armed Forces for the American Red Cross and as the command ombudsman for the U.S. Navy, Naval Hospital.
Most recently, she worked with the eCYBERMISSION program with the National Science Teachers Association and the U.S. Army Education Outreach Program supporting STEM education programs for children in the U.S. and overseas in Department of Defense schools.
“As a military spouse, Erin has firsthand knowledge of the multitude of transitions families experience in the military community,” said Robin Kelleher, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization. “We’re excited to have her join the team and continue to guide the many military members and veterans we serve, as they transition out of the military.”
Lester resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two sons.
About Hope For The Warriors:
Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 19,000 through a variety of support programs focused on clinical health and wellness, sports and recreation and transition. The nonprofit’s first program, Warrior’s Wish, has granted 200 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 25,500 since 2010. For more information, visit hopeforthewarriors.org, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.