OUR TEAM

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors determine priorities and ensure success of the Collaborative’s vision while representing families 

across our broad community.

aLea Lehman

KaLea LEHMAN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/FOUNDER 

KaLea Lehman has a broad range of experience working in healthcare advocacy, communications, and education. KaLea completed her undergraduate education at The George Washington University in 2007 and earned her Master of Education in 2018 from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her work and interests are policy research, analysis, and development. Her research interests include organizational behavior in matrix and high reliability organizations and their intersection with well-being. KaLea and her husband have been part of the Special Operations community for over 10 years and have four beautiful children. In their free time, they enjoy running adventures and traveling to new places.  


Barbara NAGATA

Barbara Nagata is an attorney and former adjunct law professor at the University of Georgia and George Mason University. Barbara is married to a 37-year active duty Army Special Forces officer. Having served as a volunteer and board member of many charitable organizations, Barbara has had the opportunity to improve effectiveness and expansion of organizations charitable mission. Whether working as a senior advisor of military family support groups, president of high school parent groups, or member of interfaith charitable organizations, Barbara’s focus is on providing the best support while effectively using all available resources. 

Joshua SMITH

Joshua Smith retired from the U.S. Army as a Command Sergeant Major, following over 21 years of service, with 10 years of service spent in Special Operations units. Josh is an expert in cyber security and communications and holds numerous certifications to include: Lean Six Sigma Yellow and White Belt, MECPA, CCNA, and CASP. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from the University of Charleston. Josh also graduated from the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy, and Harvard Business School’s Harvard ManageMentor. Josh retired to Texas with his wife and son. He now owns and operates JBS Home Repair, LLC, Liberty Holding Group, LLC. He also serves as the Vice President of Sleigo Enterprises, LLC, but is possibly most proud of his time spent with his son as an Assistant Cubmaster. 

Sofia Bolin

Sofia BOLIN

Sofia Bolin is a Yoga and Meditation teacher and an Expressive Arts facilitator with an M.A in Art History. She is passionate about wellness, creativity, and most specifically the wellness and creativity of our children. Sofia is driven to help adults and children learn mindfulness tools such as yoga, meditation, and expressive arts – teaching self-compassion and self-awareness to improve physical health and well-being. Sofia believes joy and creativity support healing and allow individuals to live each day with presence, refusing stress and anxiety. Sofia is a mother of three boys, a wife, and a student of life. Sofia has been a part of the Special Operations community for nearly 20 years. 

It takes a village.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Barbara NAGATA

Barbara Nagata is an attorney and former adjunct law professor at the University of Georgia and George Mason University. Barbara is married to a 37-year active duty Army Special Forces officer. Having served as a volunteer and board member of many charitable organizations, Barbara has had the opportunity to improve effectiveness and expansion of organizations charitable mission. Whether working as a senior advisor of military family support groups, president of high school parent groups, or member of interfaith charitable organizations, Barbara’s focus is on providing the best support while effectively using all available resources. 

Amy MILES

Family Collaboration Consultant

KaLea Lehman has a broad range of experience working in healthcare advocacy, communications, and

education. Since 2005, her work and interests aligned more with policy

research, analysis, and development. KaLea completed her undergraduate

education at The George Washington University in 2007 and earned her Master of

Education in 2018 from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her research interests

include organizational behavior in matrix and high reliability organizations

and their intersection with well-being. KaLea and her husband have been part of

the Special Operations community for over 10 years and have four children. In

their free time, they enjoy the arts, running, and traveling to new places.  

Kelly GOODMAN

Marketing Consultant

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Rashina BHULA

Brand & Web Consultant

Rashina has launched multiple, successful partnerships in the past eleven years while residing in Nashville. With experience in creative communications with Teach For America and other nationally recognized nonprofits, graphic and brand identity design for national and international companies, and entrepreneurial leadership in launching businesses since the age of sixteen, she has a deep understanding of brand cohesion and management. She is driven by working with people who love what they do.

OUR KEY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The Key Advisory Committee is a diverse group of subject matter experts who provide critical feedback, advise, and guidance for survey/research methods and findings and resource design. 

Dr. Lisa HARMON

Dr. Lisa Harmon has over 13 years of clinical experience working in various government agencies: all-encompassing the mental health needs of adults, children, and families. Dr. Harmon completed her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke and earned her Master of Social Work in 2005 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 2014, she completed her Doctorate Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Harmon worked as an embedded mental health provider at 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Ft. Campbell, KY and was a member of the Preservation of Force and Family program at US Special Operations Command at MacDill, AFB. She currently works at the Department of Veterans Affairs, assisting homeless Veterans and the community to effectively end Veteran homelessness. Dr. Harmon has numerous trainings and certifications in multiple evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Processing Therapy, Mindfulness, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression, and group therapies. Her research interests include the role of cultural and personality influence in PTSD’s symptomology, factors influencing risk and resilience in trauma, application of behavioral models to suicidal behaviors, family support services, trauma and attachment, and the application of evidence-based practice within social work organizations. Dr. Harmon published in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (2016), “A review of the effectiveness of military suicide prevention programs in reducing rates of military suicides.” Lisa and her husband have been part of the Special Operations community for over 18 years. They have three sons.

Dr. Brian HITE

Dr. Brian Hite has over 12 years of professional experience, developing and teaching skills and strategies for performance enhancement with both military and non-military populations, spanning diverse areas of performance expertise. He has over 6 years of experience as a Master Resilience Trainer and Performance Expert working with the military force and family. Dr. Hite received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2004, Master of Science in Sport Psychology from Capella University in 2006, and his Doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Walden University in 2015. He currently serves as a Senior Dissertation Chair at the Grand Canyon University. His numerous publication and presentation topics include: maintaining motivation, performance enhancement training protocols, utilizing mental imagery, goal-setting, mental skills and toughness training, and consulting in unfamiliar cultural environments. Dr. Hite has over 20 years of experience as a stuntman and stunt coordinator, where he actively tests and utilizes the performance and resiliency skills he continues to teach and research. He resides in Tennessee with his family, where he also continues to teach resilience and performance enhancement to both conventional and unconventional military populations.

Dr. Carly HUNT

Carly Hunt completed her BA in psychology from Georgetown University and dual master’s degrees in psychology and kinesiology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Carly completed her doctorate in counseling psychology, and is currently a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research explores the psychological factors that support physical health and best performance under stress. Clinically, she has provided sport psychology consulting and general counseling services to NCAA Division I athletes, Navy Seal aspirants, and ROTC candidates. Carly takes an integrative approach to counseling and is particularly passionate about helping clients develop mindfulness skills to support resiliency and overall wellness. She also prioritizes helping clients effectively communicate their needs in relationships in order to grow meaningful connections with others. 

Amy STURM

Amy Sturm grew up in Franklin, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master’s in Social Work. In her current position as a therapist with Catholic Charities of Tennessee, she serves children, adults and families. After working in the mental health field for over 15 years, Amy has had the opportunity to serve various client populations. She has been involved in numerous civic organizations including, the Refugee Resettlement Mentoring Program, Flourishing Families, Clarksville, TN VA Clinic, Habitat for Humanity and Head Start. Amy believes deeply in the power of social connection, and she looks forward to supporting families as they navigate their unique life situations and transitions.Married for over 22 years, Amy and her husband live in Clarksville, TN with their two teenage sons. She counts yoga, hiking and reading among her myriad of interests.  

OUR COLLABORATIVE TEAM

Dr. Christi D. LUBY

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH ASSISTANT  

Dr. Luby is the daughter of a lifelong Law Enforcement Officer, and wife of a B-52 combat Veteran and Homeland Security federal civilian servant. She strives to understand the issues that affect US Service members (active and Veteran), First Responders, their spouses, and their families. She provides a voice in support of their biopsychosocial well-being, resiliency, and post-traumatic growth. As a published author, she offers guidance to civilian community leaders and providers to promote and improve military and First Responder culturally competent care. Christi received her Bachelor’s degree with Distinction in Psychology, Biology, and Sociology and her Masters of Public Health at the University of Oklahoma. As Top Graduate, she received the Outstanding Student Award from both the College of Public Health and Dept of Health Promotion Sciences, as well as, the Joan K. Leavitt Commissioner of Health Award. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist and Compassion Fatigue Educator. She received her PhD in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Her dissertation, Health Assessment for Loved Ones: Development and validation of a new instrument to measure well-being in military spouses, focused on the effects of indirect exposure to trauma, and received the Outstanding Dissertation Award.

Kelly GOODMAN

COMMUNICATION & COLLABORATION DIRECTOR

Born and raised in St. Louis, Kelly graduated from Missouri’s Truman State University with a Bachelor’s degree in marketing. Over the last decade, she worked in marketing and communications in Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee. Her experience spans public relations, marketing strategies and implementation, SEO, and social media management. Kelly and her husband have two children and have been members of the Special Operations family for the last decade.

Jen SORBI

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH ASSISTANT  

Jen has over a decade of experience implementing DoD funded research centering on service member wellness. Her previous experience also includes work executing research-based behavioral intervention programs. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Studies and a Master’s of Science in Health and Human Performance. Her research interests focus on primary prevention, group behavioral change, and evidence-based practices. Jen enjoys swimming, cycling, reading with her children, and chocolate. 

Mary Duffy

Mary DUFFY

CONTENT WRITER  

Mary Duffy is from Georgia. She has been an educator for over ten years, with classroom teaching in GA, NC, CO, and FL. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in English Education. In 2018, she received her Masters in Education from the University of Kansas. Mary and her husband have two children and have been part of the Special Operations community for ten years. She enjoys reading, cooking, and being outside.

Richelle FUTCH

Richelle Futch is a Marine Corps Veteran and Military Spouse for the last 9 years to an Army Special Forces NCO. She has over 15 years of clinical experience working with government agencies as well as in private practice. She received her undergraduate degree from Washington State University and her Masters in Social Work from the University of Washington. Before starting her private practice in 2013, she worked in the juvenile justice system as a counselor and treatment coordinator, and at the Warrior Transition Battalion counseling Soldiers and their families. Richelle specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and created a program for parents called Solution Focused Parenting. She has assisted in creating and implementing a program to train government and private employees working with disabled clients, and has run skills groups for parents of children with disabilities. She is the author of Her Ruck: Inside the Emotional Backpack of Military Wives and leads workshops for military and veteran families under the same name. She is currently volunteering with the Green Beret Foundation Steel Mags program while also serving on the Military Spouse Behavioral Health Clinicians survey team. She also volunteers with multiple other organizations including the Girl Scouts of America, and multiple other organizations supporting military families. Richelle was recently awarded Armed Forces Insurance Fort Bragg Military Spouse of the Year for 2019. 


To learn more about the work that led to MSOF, 

read KaLea’s white paper exploring well-being in the Special Operations community.