Teresa is the dynamo behind Valiant Seed. Skilled at connecting people and organizations, she has built a solid network of support and partners for Valiant Seed in Oregon. She is also a veteran who enlisted in the Army after her high school graduation. She served eight years as a broadcast journalist with the Fort Carson Public Affairs office, the American Forces Network Europe and the 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment of the Wisconsin National Guard.
Teresa has worked in publishing, fundraising, and nonprofit association management. Her experience working with a board and guiding organizations through budget cycles, projects, conferences and challenges – all while staying in the black — makes her the perfect person to manage the development and direction of Valiant Seed. After leaving the Army, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from Indiana University and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Personal experience with military deployments and their aftereffects, including PTSD, spurred Teresa to create Valiant Seed after creating the concept with a friend. An avid gardener and home canner, Teresa has been interested in organic gardening and sustainability for some time, and was thrilled to be able to combine those interests with providing veterans the support they need.
Teresa is the SkillsUSA Oregon State Director. SkillsUSA is a national membership association serving high school, college and middle school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations. She enjoys reading, knitting and hiking.
Board of Directors
Paula Barreto – A Navy veteran, Paula understands the challenges women and minorities face. Her gift to VS is her expertise in sustainable design and permaculture.
Jennifer Harveland – An Army veteran with broad experience in media, advocacy, and public relations, Jennifer lives in Minnesota.
Danielle Jones – A long-time Portland resident, Danielle is a nurse with special interest in wellness and holistic care.
Amanda McLaughlin – An advocate of social justice and women’s health care through her work with Planned Parenthood, she and her partner live in Portland.
Keith Neanover – A former US Army officer who is now an account manager with Linde Gas, he is interested in helping vets in all aspects of reintegration.
Mallory Parker – Married to a recently separated veteran, Mallory is a native Oregonian and CPA who lives in Chicago.
Ryan Underwood – A native Oregonian, Ryan is the founder and CEO of TRI Leadership Resources. He and his wife Carrie have two daughters and dedicate themselves to service to others.
Teresa Mankin, Ex Officio
Chris Clyne, Ex Officio