WE Served Retreat

October 3-6, 2019
Adaptive Sports Center - Crested Butte, CO

Full Agenda


They’re service members, family members, caregivers, and so much more. We’re celebrating women who give their all, so they can turn their dreams into reality.

WE Served is an all-expenses-paid retreat that focuses on the holistic well-being of women veterans with disabilities. This immersive and outcomes-driven experience – limited to just 50 attendees – will empower these women to navigate the unique challenges of their everyday lives … and flourish.


Participants will enjoy four days of learning and community-building in an inclusive and supportive environment. PVA has assembled a line-up of experts and thought leaders to provide education on topics including:

  • Benefits of Volunteering
  • Comprehensive Wellness
  • Education as a Path Forward
  • Food Is Fuel
  • PAVE Program – What and Why
  • Stress Management: Change, Coping, and Adaptation
  • Take Charge! Healthcare Decision Making
  • Women and Money: Taking Control of Your Financial Future

Women veterans with disabilities will leave WE Served with the information and tools they need to be UnstoppABLE at home, at work, and in life.


Rebecca Coffin, PhD, RN
Associate Director of Medical Services, PVA

Rebecca began her nursing career 30 years ago as a U.S. Army Registered Nurse. She served four years on active duty at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, and Womack Army Medical Center in Fort Bragg, NC. After serving several additional years in the U.S. Army Reserves, she was honorably discharged as a Major (O4). While developing her civilian nursing career and furthering her education with a doctoral degree (PhD) in Nursing, Rebecca was also a U.S. Army spouse and volunteered countless hours developing and leading Family Support Groups (now known as Family Readiness Groups). Rebecca now continues her lifelong commitment of promoting health and wellness for veterans as an Associate Director of Medical Services with Paralyzed Veterans of America.

Demita Furnner
Director Online Accessibility, Southern New Hampshire University

Demita is an Air Force veteran with more than 10 years of active-duty experience. She initially trained as a security police specialist and went on to pursue her love of education by becoming a PME (Professional Military Education) instructor at the Airman Leadership School. It was during this time that Demita finished her Bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Training and later, using her GI Bill, completed her Masters of Arts in Human Services with a specialization in Family and Marriage Counseling. Demita has always imagined living in a world filled with equitable access to education and the belief that education can transform and heal our world. As the Senior Director of the Online Accessibility Center for Southern New Hampshire University, she assists more than 2,700 students with disabilities who are pursuing their dreams. Her team provides academic accommodations so that each student has equitable access to education. When she’s not discussing how to provide access to online courses, you can find Demita baking a delicious treat with her 11-year-old daughter, giving relationship advice to her 23-year-old daughter, or suggesting to her husband of 27 years to NOT buy another pair of cargo pants, at least not in the same color. 

Kerry Reyna
PVA Member

Kerry Reyna is Deputy Chief, Cyberspace Operations with the 24th Air Force. Her duties include directing cyberspace operations that establish, operate, maintain, and defend Air Force networks to ensure warfighters can maintain the information advantage. Mrs. Reyna is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who has a combined 27 years in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army. Her assignments include Commanding the 192 Repair Parts Supply Company where she deployed in post Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm operations. She also deployed in support of Restore Hope (Somalia) and retired from the Army as a Command Inspector General. 

Margaret (Peggy) Furlong, CLU©, ChFC©, LUTCF, CLTC
Financial Planner, Prudential

Peggy is passionate about providing her clients with the tools and education they need to navigate life’s financial challenges.  With more than 30 years in the financial services industry, all at Prudential, Peggy recognizes the more knowledge her clients have, the more empowered and confident they feel about achieving their goals. Peggy has been a proud lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table since 2013.  She has been a lifelong resident of the south side of Chicago and enjoys spending time with her 30 nieces and nephews.

Mary Hull, MSN, RN
OIF Veteran

Mary S. Hull received her BSN from Northeastern University in Boston in 1989, and her MSN from the University of Missouri in 2000. She is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she served as a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with the 85th Combat Operational Stress Control Detachment (based out of Ft. Hood, TX). Mary is an active health educator and advocate for the military and veteran community. Her specialty area for this population is psychological resilience with an emphasis on supporting individuals affected by the demands associated with uniformed service, including post-service. Mary is happy to volunteer in support of nonprofit veterans organizations.

Katelyn Johnson, BSN, RN
Associate Director of Medical Services, PVA

Katelyn began her nursing career as a critical care nurse at a Level One Trauma hospital in Washington, DC. In caring for the most fragile patient populations she realized the need for effective advocacy and preventative health. She then worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield working on population and preventative health models with a focus on access to primary care. She now works advocating for high-quality veteran-focused care as an Associate Director of Medical Services with Paralyzed Veterans of America. In her free time she teaches a health and wellness class for residents of Washington, DC.

Janet Newsome
Senior Regional Admissions Specialist, The Mission Continues

Janet Newsome was commissioned as an Ensign through the Hampton Roads Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in 2005. She spent 10 years on active duty as a surface warfare officer and human resources officer, serving a tour in Norfolk, VA, as a division officer and then deploying to the Middle East in 2007 in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. She also served in Richmond, VA and Arlington, VA in support of the Navy’s Manpower Personnel Training and Education branch. Following her transition from active duty, she started and built a business as a health and wellness coach, and completed a Fellowship with The Mission Continues. Janet is currently the Senior Specialist, Applicant Experience for The Mission Continues, a national nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service here at home. In March 2020, Janet will begin the next phase of her career by serving as Advisor for her organization’s Women Veterans Leadership Program. She and her husband, Keen, live in Washington, DC, with their three children.


Jennifer Purser, JenniferP@pva.org
Lauren Lobrano, LaurenL@pva.org
Amanda Milisits, BSN, RN, AmandaM@pva.org

Funded in part by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation


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