Board Members

Mary Ross - President

Mary Ross

Mary is retired Army with over 21 years active duty service where she served in many challenging positions and deployed with the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division during the Gulf War. After becoming a veteran herself, she accidentaly dedicated herself to advocating for all veterans but especially women veterans.  She is active in several veteran organizations, to include Women Veterans of America, Clarksville Women Veterans Network, as well as the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS. Mary was the first woman veteran to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board.  She was the Tennessee Woman Veteran of Year for 2012, was selected as a Woman of Influence for Nonprofit Management by the Nashville Business Journal in 2015 and received the Nashville Business Journal Veterans Award September 2015. 

Her passion is working with women veterans.  Her mission is speaking for women veterans who are unable to speak for themselves.


Catherine Fearn - Past President

Catherine FearnMs. Fearn is President of the Executive Board for the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, a Veteran’s service organization. She also serves as Vice President of Communications for the Austin Peay University Military Alumni Association. She received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland University College in 2010 and a Master of Science in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Leadership in 2012. 
Catherine served in the United States Army as a Water Craft Operator out of Fort Eustis, Virginia. Catherine is the mother of six children and grandmother to one. She and her youngest daughter have lived in Clarksville for the past five years.

Joe Shakeenab – Vice President as of 2015

Joe ShakeenabSpecial Forces Warrant Officer
Army, 5th Special Forces Group
March 1990 – April 2010 (20 years 2 months)
Command Language Program Director / Special Forces Staff Officer, 2004-2010. 
Managed a civilian employee staff of 24 personnel, trained over 1200 personnel annually in various foreign languages, managed contracts, equipped and managed two educational facilities and accounted for an operational budget of over $2M annually. 
Special Forces Operations, 1990-2003. 
Conducted various operations in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Planned for and led training in foreign countries in nation-building efforts. Participated in and led combat efforts.

Henry Moore - Secretary as of 2015

Henry Moore

I have embrace the knowledge from my experience as a healthcare specialist and trauma specialist rendering first hand treatment to traumatically, emotionally and psychologically wounded Soldiers and nationals of different countries. After my 24 years of caring for America's Heroes in battles, conflicts and peacetime my knowledge equips me to be an expert in the areas of trauma care. 
Specialized Area:
Bereavement Support Group Facilitator
Individual Grief and Trauma Counseling/ Conflict Resolution 
Family Grief Counseling
Genogram & Ecomap to Solve Problem
Customer Service for Healthcare Offices/clinic
Emergency Preparedness Planner and Officer/Veteran Liaison 
We Honor Veteran Co-Committee Leader


Lindsey Chantler- Treasurer as of 2018

Lindsey Chantler is the Office Manager for The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Centerstone in Clarksville, TN. Lindsey grew up in Clarksville and began working at the Montgomery County Veteran’s Service Office in 1999. After working with the VSO for nearly 10 years, Lindsey began working for the Montgomery County Juvenile Court and was instrumental in the creation of the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court in 2012. Throughout her career, Lindsey has been connected to the local veteran community and is currently serving as Treasurer for the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition. In her spare time, Lindsey enjoys spending time with her husband and two children and regularly volunteers with their baseball and softball events.


Sherry Pickering, MSW – Executive Director as of 2014

Sherry PickeringSherry Pickering serves as the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition. She was an active duty spouse for 19 years and is currently the spouse of a 100% disabled veteran. She has served the Fort Campbell community through 3 consecutive deployments, as a Battery and a Battalion Family Readiness Group leader, as well as serving on several care teams in service to families of fallen comrades. Sherry is the owner of Just A Wife Publishing and author of the book Homefires: War Through the Eyes of a Military Wife. She graduated from Austin Peay State University with a Masters in Social Work. Her volunteer service within the Clarksville community has included work with the Montgomery County Veterans Treatment Court, Operation Stand Down, and with End Slavery in TN. She serves on the TN State Advisory Board for Recovery Courts. Sherry is a board member of Aseracare Foundation and the Clarksville Sexual Assault Center. Sherry’s leadership ability and commitment to serve past and present military members and their families has resulted in her receipt of numerous awards including the Molly Pitcher Award, the Citizenship Award, the Dr. Mary Walker Award, APSU Military Alumni Excellence Award, and the TN Governor’s Volunteer Star Award.     


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