Our Founders

Teresa Mankin

Teresa 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.

Teresa’s experiences with military deployments and their aftereffects, including PTSD, have motivated her to partner with Chris to create VS. 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. Her most important job is mom to her 18-year-old son Michael, and she enjoys reading, knitting and hiking.

Chris Clyne

Chris is a traditional National Guard military commander responsible for millions of dollars in equipment and several personnel. Accomplish the mission while saving taxpayer dollars is important. In his civilian job, Chris manages a fleet of drivers who deliver gases all over the Pacific Northwest. He is responsible for managing his departmental budget, payroll and expenses.

A southern California native, Chris enlisted in the Army as an infantryman and served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion for three years before entering the Green to Gold program at Utah State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and his commission in 2003. Chris has taken two infantry units to Iraq and served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Oregon. He is currently a major in the Oregon National Guard and assistant S3 for the 249th Regiment of the Regional Training Institute in Monmouth.

Valiant Seed is his gift to veterans, especially those who have served in an overseas deployment; it is support that he wished he had when returning from Iraq. VS also combines his interest of sustainable home building techniques, permaculture and off-grid living.

In his free time, Chris enjoys photography, hiking, reading and spending time with his teenage kids, Christophe and Violet.

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