Our Team


Jane Spinner, MSW, MBA
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Jane Spinner is a Project Officer for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry. In this position, she oversees the design, development, and implementation of major projects and initiatives that address the mental health needs of special populations, and helps translate clinical research advances in mental health to those in need in Michigan and nationally. Ms. Spinner has over thirty years of experience in the health care field, with a background as a clinician, health care business executive, and an entrepreneur. Ms. Spinner did her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan. She received a Masters in Social Work from Wayne State University, and an MBA from Michigan State University’s Executive MBA program where she was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business School Honor Society. She has specific expertise in strategic marketing planning and center of excellence development for health care systems, physician groups, and corporations.  Ms. Spinner is Project Director for the M-SPAN programs, including the PAVE Program.

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Michelle Kees, PhD
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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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Timothy Nellett, MA
Program Manager
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Timothy Nellett is a Program Manager for the PAVE program (Peer Advisors for Veteran Education). In this position, Mr. Nellett oversees the implementation of the PAVE Program on its partner campuses nationwide, and has held a lead role in program expansion, including the hybrid technology training platform. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Infantry in 2005 and served in 1st Battalion 6th Marine Regiment out of Camp Lejeune, NC. He deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in 2006-2007 and in 2008 he was deployed to Kandahar and Garmsir, Afghanistan. Recognitions from his service include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a Combat “V”. Mr. Nellett graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, and earned his Master’s Degree in Higher Education-Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. During his time there, he served as Secretary of the UM chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA), worked as a Team Leader for PAVE and as a Veteran/Military Student Contact Coordinator within the UM Office of New Student Programs. Mr. Nellett is interested in helping veterans successfully transition from military to civilian life with an emphasis on transitions related to education and employment.


Brittany Risk, LMSW
Program Manager
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Brittany Risk is a Program Manager for Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE), a peer support program for student veterans offered through the Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN) at the University of Michigan. Ms. Risk oversees the grants management of the PAVE Program, and has held a lead role in the development of the curriculum and the roll-out of the hybrid technology training model. As an appointee of the Governor, she also serves on the Michigan Board of Social Work. Additionally, she is a Field Instructor for the University of Michigan School of Social Work. Ms. Risk completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work at Michigan State University, and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan. Ms. Risk also has experience as a Project Coordinator at the Department of Veterans Affairs implementing programmatic research in the areas of veteran mental health, inpatient psychiatry, and substance abuse. She is interested in reducing stigma and barriers to care through innovative approaches for service members, veterans, and their families.

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Alyssa Wealty, MA
Communications and Marketing Manager
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Alyssa Wealty is the Communications and Marketing Manager for PAVE and coordinates the various marketing communications activities for it and all M-SPAN programs. As a native of Military City, USA (San Antonio, Texas), veteran spouse, and former military base employee, Ms. Wealty has a firsthand appreciation of service members, their families, and the sacrifices they make for our country. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and Communications from St. Mary’s University and a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Marist College and has diverse experience working in marketing communications, particularly for non-profit organizations. She focuses on how to use strategic, targeted communications to increase PAVE’s reach and connection to its partner campuses as well as the student veterans it serves.

11/3/16         National Summit of Military and  
                      Veteran's Peer Programs Day 2.

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 Peer Advisors for Veteran Education and HomeFront Strong. 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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Jessica Youngblood, MPP, MPH
Research Specialist

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Jessica Youngblood is a Research Specialist for the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE). She is responsible for leading a qualitative study, facilitating surveys, and providing data management. Ms. Youngblood earned her Masters of Public Policy and Public Health from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Washington. She holds expertise in qualitative interviewing and analyses, having worked as a research assistant at the U-M Medical School on a project exploring pregnant adolescents’ access to pre- and post-natal care, among other research projects. Jessica is a military spouse and draws on her personal connection to student veterans and female veterans to inspire her work.