“Eric brings his unique experience as a soldier, social worker, and leader in nonprofit management to fulfill the Give an Hour mission,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 06, 2011
Give an Hour™, a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities announces the hiring of Eric Rogers as Executive Director.
“Eric brings his unique experience as a soldier, social worker, and leader in nonprofit management to fulfill the Give an Hour™ mission,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour™. “We are fortunate to have someone with Eric’s background in this important position as we continue to grow,” she adds.
Eric began his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Army as a mental health specialist and combat stress control team member in the 10th Mountain Division at Ft. Drum, New York. After deciding to pursue his master’s degree in social work at Howard University, he was accepted as an ROTC cadet with a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty scholarship. While earning his degree, Eric joined the 274th MP Company, DC National Guard, and also worked in various community mental health agencies. Upon completion of his degree, Eric was commissioned into the 11th Psychological Operations Battalion, Army Reserves.
He also spent the next eight years pursuing a civilian career in the field of international adoptions. During this time, he served on the board of a humanitarian organization providing basic needs to orphans overseas, and on the board of an international social work organization. Because of his broad experience in adoptions, he served as a Hague Convention peer reviewer for the Council on Accreditation.
As an active member in his local community, Eric participated on a Public Image Task Force of a local township in Pennsylvania, and volunteered to assist Burmese refugees integrating into their new Pittsburgh community. Eric was called to Active Duty in 2005-2006 to serve as company commander in Iraq. In 2009, he deployed to Afghanistan, to embed with a counter IED team.
Prior to reentering the nonprofit field, Eric served at the Pentagon in Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, a program that seeks to build resilience in soldiers by focusing on a holistic approach to their health. In his free time, Eric enjoys running, working out at the gym, and spending time with his wife and son.
Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour™ has more than 5,400 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam—and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.