MVAA has partnered with the Michigan Association of Counties to improve access to emergency assistance, federal benefits claims and other state and local services for veterans in each of Michigan's 83 counties through the Regional Coordinator Program.
The goal of the program is to better connect veterans to federal, state and local resources and ensure their success in every chapter of their lives. Each regional coordinator will work with a network of county veterans service officers, non-profit agencies, veteran service organizations and state government agencies to identify resources for veterans. They will also seek to improve coordination between agencies and ensure veterans and their families can more easily connect to the service providers that can best help them.
Regional coordinators, who are assigned to each of the state's 10 Economic Prosperity Regions, are:
An Army veteran, Frank Lombard served as an Infantryman from 2005 - 2010 and deployed to Iraq in 2006 and 2008. He previously served as Ontonagon County's Veteran Counselor. He holds a bachelor's degree in social work from Northern Michigan University and a master's degree in social work from Michigan State University. He serves as the Upper Peninsula Regional Coordinator in Region 1 which includes Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Dickinson, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon and Schoolcraft counties.
A retired Navy veteran who served from 1981 to 2002, Keven Johnson's service includes deployments during the Iran-Iraq War, Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He holds a bachelor's degree in social work with a minor in substance abuse from Central Michigan University and previously worked as a homeless resource coordinator and for the Supportive Services for Veterans Families Programs. He is the Northwest Regional Coordinator in Region 2 which includes Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.
A retired Navy Senior Chief who served from 1993 to 2018, Ryan Sanderson's service includes 10 overseas deployments to include Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. He holds a bachelor's degree of science in management from University of Phoenix and previously worked as a Career Readiness Counselor for the Michigan Army National Guard in Grayling. He is the Northeast Regional Coordinator in Region 3 which includes Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle and Roscommon counties.
Currently serving in the Army Reserve, Brandy Walkington holds a master’s degree in family and consumer sciences from Western Michigan University. She previously worked for Army Reserve Family Programs where she provided support to veterans, service members and military families. She is the West Michigan Regional Coordinator in Region 4 which includes Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola and Ottawa counties.
Previously managing the Supportive Services for Veterans Families Program, Nicole Alexander has worked with veterans and their families for more than three years. She holds a master’s degree in forensic psychology from Argosy University. She serves as the East Central Regional Coordinator which includes Arenac, Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties.
A Vietnam-era Air Force veteran, Bruce Freimark previously coordinated a statewide Veterans Internship Program. He is the East Michigan Regional Coordinator in Region 6 which includes Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Tuscola counties.
An Air Force veteran whose six years of service includes three years in the Army Reserves, Obanjoko holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Eastern Michigan University. He is the South Central Michigan Regional Coordinator in Region 7 which includes Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties.
A retired Michigan National Guard command sergeant major with 27 years of service, Michael Wilson was deployed overseas during Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He previously worked with the Army's Survivor Outreach Services support office. He serves as the Southwest Regional Coordinator in Region 8 which includes Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.
Deployed to Iraq in 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom, Josh Parish is an Army veteran with more than eight years of service. He previously served as the program administrator for the Livingston County Veterans Services Veterans Relief Fund. He holds a bachelor’s degree in legal studies from Kaplan University, where he was chapter president for Student Veterans of America. He is the Southeast Michigan Regional Coordinator in Region 9 which includes Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties.
An Army veteran whose 10 years of service includes time on active duty and in the Reserves, Kate Logan was deployed overseas during Operation Iraqi Freedom. She currently serves in the Michigan National Guard. She serves as the Tri-County Metro Regional Coordinator in Region 10 which includes Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.