HomeFront Strong Team

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Michelle Kees, PhD
Principal Investigator
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Dr. Michelle Kees is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Michigan.  She holds dual Clinical and Research Without Compensation (WOC) appointments at the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA), and an Adjunct Appointment in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Dr. Kees’ expertise centers on risk and resilience in female veterans, military spouses, caregivers, and families; peer programs supporting veterans in the community and on college campuses; and large-scale dissemination of evidence-based programs. She is the Principal Investigator for HomeFront Strong, a group-based resiliency intervention for military and veteran spouses/partners that is being disseminated statewide via community clinicians. She is the Principal Investigator for PAVE (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education), a national peer mentorship program for student veterans returning to college on the Post 9-11 GI Bill, and the Principal Investigator for the program evaluation of Buddy-to-Buddy, a peer support program for veterans throughout the state of Michigan. Lastly, Dr. Kees is working with colleagues at M-SPAN to develop a new program, After Her Service, that focuses on the intersection of mental health and professional growth in female veterans. She is also the spouse of a former National Guard soldier.

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Jennifer Lamb, LMSW, MS
Program Manager

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Jennifer Lamb is a Clinical Social Worker and Program Manager for HomeFront Strong. Ms. Lamb oversees the HomeFront Strong program, including building and maintaining state-wide partnerships, training community clinicians in the HomeFront Strong model, supervising delivery of the HomeFront Strong intervention, and overseeing participant recruitment and program evaluation metrics. For two years, she worked in partnership with community clinicians and facilitated the HomeFront Strong program with military and veteran spouses. Prior to her position with HomeFront Strong, Ms. Lamb served as a clinical social worker at the University of Michigan providing clinical services to adults and children. Ms. Lamb earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.She holds a Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago and a Master’s in Child Development from the Erikson Institute. Ms. Lamb hails from a multigenerational family of military service. She served in the Marine Corps both as an enlisted Marine and as a commissioned officer, and is also married to a Marine.

Chrysta Meadowbrooke, MA, MSI

Chrysta Meadowbrooke, MA, MSI
Senior Research Specialist

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Chrysta Meadowbrooke is the Senior Research Specialist for M-SPAN, working on research and evaluation for multiple projects, including HomeFront Strong, Peer Advisors for Veteran Education, and After Her Service. She earned her MS in Information at University of Michigan and her MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University. Through several years of experience with community-based health and clinical research projects, Ms. Meadowbrooke has developed skills in both qualitative and quantitative research, such as study design and management, data collection through surveys and interviews, and data analysis. Her professional and personal experiences with veterans and military families help strengthen her person-centered approach to research and her commitment to helping people improve their quality of life.

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Holli Herr, MA, LPC/A
Program Therapist
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Holli Herr is the Program Therapist for HomeFront Strong. She is responsible for co-leading HomeFront Strong group sessions with community providers as well as training community providers in the program model.  Ms. Herr holds a Master of Arts in Psychology: Clinical Counseling from The Citadel Graduate College in Charleston, SC.  Prior to joining HomeFront Strong, Ms. Herr completed training at a Child Advocacy Center and served as a therapist at a college counseling center in South Carolina.  A combination of her education, training, and personal experiences have cultivated a strong interest in working with military families.

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Ali Thompson, BA
Outreach Coordinator

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Ali Thompson is the Outreach Coordinator for HomeFront Strong. She is responsible for coordinating and conducting HomeFront Strong’s outreach and engagement activities with military and veteran spouses. Ms. Thompson also collaborates closely with Michigan’s Active, Reserve, and National Guard military components; the Veteran’s Administration; and military and veteran service organizations across the state. She received a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Toledo and served three years in the Army as a logistician in the Transportation Corps. Ms. Thompson has spent the past 17 years providing support, community outreach and engagement to military spouses and commands at military installations in the U.S. and abroad. As both a veteran and spouse of a veteran, she holds a unique understanding of the value of programs designed for military and veteran families.

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Holly Lubzik, M.Ed.
Child Team Coordinator and Outreach Specialist

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Holly Lubzik is the Child Team Coordinator and Outreach Specialist for HomeFront Strong. She oversees a team of trained volunteers and coordinates activities for the child program that runs parallel to the in-person component of HomeFront Strong. She also assists in outreach and engagement activities with military and veteran spouses. Prior to her position with HomeFront Strong, Ms. Lubzik served as a Program Coordinator and a Volunteer Coordinator for multiple non-profits throughout the state of Michigan and the Chicago area. She holds a Master of Education in Youth Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago. As the daughter and granddaughter of Army veterans, she understands the importance of programs designed for military families.

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Iris Hadziegric, BA
Research Assistant and Child Team Leader

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Iris Hadziegric is a Research Assistant  and the Child Team Leader for HomeFront Strong. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and continues to pursue a focus on understanding the adverse experiences that individuals face, as well as ways to positively influence the outcomes that may follow. Prior to joining the M-SPAN staff, Ms. Hadziegric volunteered on the child team for HomeFront Strong. Her educational studies, past research experiences, and volunteer work with at-risk individuals and unique populations have all led her to M-SPAN, where she has become interested in working to reduce mental health stigma for service members, veterans, and their families.

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Emma Czajka
Research Assistant

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Emma Czajka is a Research Assistant for the HomeFront Strong and After Her Service programs. She is a senior at the University of Michigan pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Biology. Prior to joining the M-SPAN staff, Ms. Czajka volunteered on the child team for HomeFront Strong and assisted with After Her Service research. Her educational pursuits, volunteer work with M-SPAN, and experience as part of a military family have all fostered her desire to help improve the mental health and well-being of service members, veterans, and their families.