The Soldiers Project is pleased to announce Dr. Marvin Southard and Ms. Teri Kelsall are joining our Honorary Board of Directors.

Marvin Southard is a professor of practice and director of the Doctorate program at the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. A licensed clinical social worker, Southard is a nationally renowned expert in the areas of mental health, homelessness and substance abuse. From 1998 to 2015, he was director of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, serving more than 250,000 clients annually in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the nation. During his tenure, he focused on developing community-based partnerships and initiating children’s mental health programs. Before that, he served in a similar capacity as director of mental health in Kern County, overseeing mental health, substance abuse, public conservatorship and mental health-related HIV services. His past appointments also include seven years as vice president of mental health programs and director of clinical services at El Centro Human Services Corporation in Los Angeles.


Teri Kelsall is a founder of The Jonas Project. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s in General Counseling. Before co-founding The Jonas Project, she served as Vice President of Workforce and Career Development with Goodwill Southern California for nine years. She was instrumental in Goodwill meeting its mission of serving over 250,000 people who were vocationally disadvantaged and/or developmentally disabled by providing training, employment workshops, community job development and job placement, and case management. During her tenure, she supervised the successful operations of five One-Stop Centers; established over 80 collaborative partner agencies and community colleges; developed youth and veteran programs; managed a staff of 188 workforce professionals; managed a budget of $21 million dollars; expanded from five service sites to 27 service sites; and developed a leadership-training course for the Workforce team. Teri also completed the Goodwill Industries International two-year CEO training.

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