Meet your KCVC Red Team and leadership champions -  

and in the future, our spotlight profile of the month.

Click on the photo to hear our stories [coming soon].

Ryan profile

Ryan Mielcarek is a Seabee Veteran (OIF), Seattle Stand Down committee member, The Mission Continues, Growing Veterans Peer Supporter,  advocate for nature-based healing,  ShelterBoxResponse Team Member and lastly - Director of Strategic Initiatives for Compass Housing Alliance.  


Advocate for collective impact through compassion, common sense, and authentic relationships.

Monica profile

Monica McNeal is a seasoned executive with over thirty years of leadership experience in the apparel industry. Her commitment to give back to our veterans was spurred with the death of her son, Eric, in 2010 while serving as a Marine infantryman in Afghanistan.


Monica is now the NW Regional Director of FourBlock. Monica has been most active in the Gold Star Mothers of America as the Washington State Chapter President, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and King County Veterans Consortium/Steering committee, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and Heroes to Hometown.

AV profile

Anthony Vincent is a Vietnam-Era Veteran and brings his pro-bono Technical Project Management skills to the KCVC biosphere. He also shares a vast knowledge of Business Development, Web+Software Development and Project Management methodologies to the table as well.


Principal of  IT Project Management consultancy m3group, Anthony also brings 15+ years in the healthcare, small business and non-profit market sectors.  As a certified Peer Support Specialist, WRAP and IPS Recovery Coach, this humble gift brings home the true meaning of service-work in the veteran realm.

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Lindsay  Zike is a Navy veteran turned veteran advocate.  She served from 2008 to 2012 as a CTI (Linguist). During her time in the service, she attended the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA where she learned Persian-Farsi. After two years at a cyber intelligence command, she left the Navy and returned to Seattle.


In 2012, Lindsay began her journey at the UW earning her B.A. in 2014 and M.A. in 2016 and currently the Asst Director of Student Veteran Life at the UW and previous Commander of the American Legion Ballard Post 40.

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Dr. Sam Powers is the Director of Student Veteran Life at UW. She provides oversight of services available to student veterans. As a combat veteran of U.S. Air Force Special Operations where she served as an Aircraft Maintenance officer on the C-130 Gunship Spectres and served in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq.


Most recently, she was the Director of the Washington State Veterans Training Support Center. She volunteers for many veteran organizations and is an adjunct professor at various higher education institutions.

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John Phillips works with veterans, navigating the college enrollment process through the TRiO Educational Opportunity Center at South Seattle College.


John is a Veteran of the Marine Corps Reserve and a member of American Legion Post 160 in West Seattle.

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Johannes Schonberg is a Navy veteran turned veteran entrepreneur.  He served from 2001 to 2012 as a Nuclear Machinist Mate and then Surface Warfare Officer. During his time in service, he attended USNA where he earned a B.S. in English. After 11 years active duty, Johannes transferred to the reserves and returned to Seattle.


In 2012, Johannes started as an intern for Congressman Derek Kilmer of WA 6th District, while earning his M.S. in Global Leadership from USD.  He then worked as operations for a veteran owned tech startup and is currently the Executive Director of Bunker Labs Seattle.