WCS-014: Tina Atherall creates communities around veterans and military families

Tina AtherallTina Atherall offers a wealth of practical advice and insights for non-profits, social workers, and social entrepreneurs gleaned from her work with veterans and military families.

About Tina Atherall:

Tina Atherall is the Executive Vice President for Hope For The Warriors and a Licensed Masters Social Worker.  As a military spouse, Tina has spent her career supporting military families.  She has guided Hope For The Warriors through development of programs and organizational growth since it was founded in 2006.  Tina is instrumental in policy work, program development, advocacy and education for the needs of veterans and military families.

Tina Atherall was nominated by Nancy Carbone in World Changer Session #6.

Personal Mantra:
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“en + theos. Two little Greek words. Put ‘em together and you’ve got enthusiasm—or ‘God within’—the secret sauce to creating an extraordinary life while making a difference in the world.” ~www.entheos.com

One of her greatest challenges:

Tina shares insights about finding balance between personal and professional investment, compassion fatigue, and remaining relevant.

When she knows the work she is doing is making a difference:

Making time to connect on a personal, individual level reminds her that she is making a difference. These usually occur during regular comfort calls which she uses to maintain her community. Tina reflects on the power of involving the entire family and serving the community from end-to-end.

Practical Advice:

Surround yourself with good people through mentorship.  Having a mentor is really important for guidance and networking but also for checks and balances to ensure you’re doing your job well.

“Semper gumby, always flexible.”

Pay attention to the details. You are responsible to the donor dollar and the community you serve.

Personal Practice That Keeps her Going on the Tough Days

Balance. She puts eucalyptus oil on her hands.

Best strategies for funding:

Relationships. You’ve got to be able to go to the people who trust you, know the work you are doing and are committed to keep it going. Tina shares practical advice about connecting and maintaining those most important relationships.

Recommended books and films:

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl – “Those who have a ‘why’ to live can bear with almost any ‘how’.”

Tools or Technology:

The telephone is an often overlooked tool for connecting.

Facebook also helps maintain a transient community.

Twitter and Instagram

Nomination for Upcoming World Changer Sessions Guest:

Dr. Anthony Hassan – Director, USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families (See World Changer Session #22)

How to get in touch:

Websites: Hope for the Warriors


Email:  tatherall@hopeforthewarriors.org