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OUR TEAM

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BRIAN ANDERSON

FOUNDER AND CEO

Brian retired from the United States Army after 14 years of service as both a journalist and a Green Beret. He Joined because of the events on September 11, 2001. Brian served 33 months in combat zones and earned 3 bronze stars, one with Valor, for his actions deployed as a Green Beret. Brian left Active Duty in 2012 and joined the National Guard and while he pursued his education in Social Work. As a citizen-Soldier, Brian started to identify the gaps in services for many of our Veterans returning home and as a BSW student at Saint Leo University, he helped form the Pasco County Stand Down, now known as the One Community Now Stand Down. In 2014, Brian attended the inaugural Post 9/11 Stanford Ignite, at Stanford University through the Graduate School of Business and subsequently developed a plan with partner Janel Norton to open up The Veterans Alternative in November 2014. Brian serves on several boards including the Veterans Transition Task Force, a think-tank for updating military to civilian Transition through legislation and collaboration.

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PAT FRIED

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Patty Fried is a nonprofit executive with over 30 years’ experience.  She initially joined Veterans Alternative in March of 2017 as a business consultant to help position the organization for expected growth in the next several years. After a few months of working with Veterans Alternative, Patty became part of the Team and accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer.
Patty received her Juris Doctorate from Creighton University and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska.  After practicing law for a couple of years, she soon found her passion in helping others in nonprofit organizations.  Patty began her nonprofit career with Eckerd Youth Alternative (EYA). During her 21 years with EYA, Patty held a variety of positions from direct care with at-risk youth to senior leadership positions in the corporate headquarters.  Leaving EYA in 2007 as Associate Vice-President of Quality, Patty went on to be the Executive Director of two other nonprofit organizations. With the foundation of her education, experience in nonprofits, and years of training and development throughout her career, Patty launched her nonprofit consulting business in 2014.  As President of Fried Consulting Services, Patty has helped over a dozen nonprofit organizations grow, develop, and become sustainable. She has a passion for helping in general, and embraces the opportunity to serve the Veteran and Military populations, having many close friends and family members who have served to protect our country.
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KASHI HEYNIS

RETREAT COORDINATOR AND CLINICAL SUPPORT SPECIALIST

As Retreat Coordinator and Clinical Support, Kashi Heynis organizes the retreat program and provides Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Kashi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Upon graduation from Capella University in 2009, Kashi started a private practice, working with individuals and couples. Kashi has also worked in an acute care program for Veterans, and an outpatient program with eating disorder recovery, teaching mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. From the time Veterans Alternative was established, Kashi has been a support and demonstrates a true passion for helping the Veteran population.

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ALISON VOISIN

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Alison Voisin is the clinical director at the Veterans Alternative. She is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy and utilizes this type of therapy at the center to help Veterans and their families overcome PTSD and trauma. Alison received her Masters in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. She is also certified as an experienced registered yoga instructor (ERYT,) and is Level I trained in Integrative Restoration (iRest.) Alison operates from a holistic and mindfulness based perspective, to empower her clients to make meaningful changes in their lives.

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VETERANS ALTERNATIVE

1750 Arcadia Road, Holiday, FL 34690
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