Brandon Wilson is currently serving as the Managing Director for the Veterans Services of the Carolinas with Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM). His duties include oversight of Supportive Services for Veterans and Families (SSVF), Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), Healing Outreach Partnerships for Empowerment (HOPE) programs, in addition to leading the regions first service coordination platform for Veterans Service members and their families with NCServes Western. Prior to these roles Mr. Wilson worked in the Mental Health field with VAYA Health to bring awareness and coordination between the community and the Mental Health fields outside the Veterans Administration to better serve Veterans and their families. Previous to this position, Brandon held many positions with the North Carolina Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to include Regional Veteran Service Officer, State Training Coordinator and Deputy Director of the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs. During his time in Raleigh, Brandon served on the NCDVA Senior Leadership Team and was instrumental in the creation of the NC4Vets Resource Guide as well as the transformation and restructure of the agency and the establishment of a new NC cabinet level agency of Military and Veterans Affairs. As the State Training Coordinator Mr. Wilson developed a new training platform for VSO’s which led to a 42% increase in Fully-Developed Claims leading to the growth of North Carolina’s Veteran portfolio by over $1.2 Billion; the fastest growth rates in the United States. He began his career as the Director of Veterans Services with Haywood County in 2009, where he implemented several new programs and non-profits to address veterans and their family members. Brandon is a combat Marine who served in the infantry during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has served as an adviser to the Haywood County Veterans Council, NC State Veterans Commission, NC Veterans Council and served on many local and National VA committees and subcommittees. He currently serves on the State committee for Veterans with SAMHSA, the state steering committee for NC STRIVE, America Serves-Carolinas Community of Practice, co-chair of the Blue Ridge Veterans Community Engagement Board, and currently sits on the State Consumer and Family Advisory Committee.
Assistant Director of NCServes
Hunter Russ is currently serving as the Assistant Director of NCServes with Veterans Services of the Carolinas. Hunter is working with NCDHHS and Veteran’s Bridge Home to provide service coordination to all 100 counties in North Carolina. Previous to this position, Hunter worked for YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, a conference center in Western North Carolina. As well as, Doug Herbert’s Put On The B.R.A.K.E.S., a nonprofit that teaches teens defensive driving techniques all across the country. Hunter holds a Bachelors in Human Services with a Minor in Management from Wingate University, as well as a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from Louisiana State University at Shreveport. Her family has numerous people who have served or are currently serving in the military, including her husband. While this is Hunter’s first role working exclusively with the Veteran population, she is proud to be able to serve those who gave their all in such an impactful way. Hunter is one of VSC’s Mental Health First Aid trainers and utilizes her education background in the VSC grant writing process.
Assistant Director of Outreach Services
Barry Murphy serves as an Assistant Director of Outreach Services for Veterans Services of the Carolinas and manages the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) with Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM). Mr. Murphy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker earning his Master’s degree in Social Work at Western Carolina University. In his current role he implements extensive outreach services targeting Veterans with serious mental illnesses in a multi-county catchment in NC.
Prior to joining ABCCM, Barry worked eight years at the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC. During this time he worked in several departments to include, Primary Care, Specialty Clinics, ER, Women’s Clinic, and Inpatient Treatment. In addition he held various positions to include Dialysis Coordinator and POW Coordinator. Over this time he bridged the relationships between the VA Medical Centers and both state and local Veterans Service Officers, resulting in improved efficiency and efficacy of the claims processes, as well as access to healthcare.
In 2015 he spearheaded a new workflow process between the VHA and VBA for the VHA directive 1059, which vastly improved immediate care for ‘other than honorable discharged’ Veterans struggling with mental health. His work resulted in these cases to be fast tracked at the VARO in order to expedite mental health care and prevent unnecessary billing for Veterans. Mr. Murphy has been recognized for his dedicated service at local, state and national levels. Mr. Murphy serves as a board member for the Veterans Coalition of the Crystal Coast and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.
Jennifer Melton is currently serving as a Care Coordinator for NCServes in the Eastern region of North Carolina. Jennifer is a North Carolina Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist trained in Wellness Recovery Action Planning and Question Persuade Refer suicide prevention. She has been an active board member for the Carteret Warriors for Recovery since September of 2018. Her and other members of this 501c3 provide natural disaster relief to communities of Carteret County in Eastern North Carolina. Jennifer is also an active Rotarian and is currently serving as Club Director and Membership Chair for the Morehead City Noon Rotary.
Network Relations Coordinator
Tim is a Combat Marine Veteran and is currently serving as the Network Relations Coordinator with Veterans Services of the Carolinas. Tim served as the Lead Care coordinator for NCServes coastal previously, and worked as a case manager for NC relief following that position. Tim is a Post Officer for his local VFW and coordinated last year’s Onslow County Veteran’s Stand Down event. Tim also currently sits on the planning committee for the upcoming Veteran’s Stand Down. Tim is in the process of getting his Bachelor’s Degree in social work from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Richelle Jara is a Marine Veteran who is currently serving as the Marketing Manager for ABCCM Veterans Services of the Carolinas. Ms. Jara assists our homeless Veteran population and their families in finding suitable housing and employment within 28 counties in North Carolina. Richelle received her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of North Carolina Asheville. Within her college institution, Ms. Jara aided in providing support to the Veteran Service office, as well as establishing a safe place for student Veterans to congregate and receive resources at UNCA. In addition, Richelle implements electronic campaigns for Veterans Services of the Carolinas to improve awareness and resources for Veterans and their families spanning across North Carolina.