Mary Maszy, VP – Veteran Transition

Mary is a veteran of the U.S. Navy who has lived in Jacksonville since 1989. She is a recently retired business owner and currently works with ONU veterans conducting career coaching one-on-ones, redesigning veteran’s resumes and co-facilitating ONU training. Mary also reaches out to the local business community and helps veterans find meaningful employment that supports their life goals.

Prior to selling her company, Mary had worked for 20 years in the employment arena. She worked for ATS Services for much of that time, transitioning her career internally in the areas of staffing, branch operations, sales and Human Resources. Mary also had her own Career Transition business and worked as a consultant prior to taking on the role of Employee Development and Sales Manager of the company that she and her husband owned, Atlantic International Distributors.

During Mary’s four years of active duty service, she worked in the Personnel Support division in compensation and Human Resources, and had been a designated Career Counselor, responsible for the coaching, training and retention of military members. During Mary’s seven and a half years in the Naval Reserves, she worked in the supply department readying equipment and supplies for overseas deployments.

Mary joined the Navy at 16 in the Navy’s Delayed Entry Program following in the footsteps of her grandfather who was in the Navy, her uncles who were Marine Vietnam veterans, and her father who was Army Airborne. She also has a brother who is a retired Marine. All of her experience leads her to working with ONU, and drives her passion to mentor, coach and assist her fellow veterans in landing in a successful career that is disparate with their experience and skills – and ensuring that employers have the opportunity to work with the fine graduates of ONU.

Jeff Robertson, VP – Veteran Training

While navigating the transition from military service, Jeff developed a passion for teaching veterans how to overcome the many challenges within the transition of becoming a non-military professional and continue creating a fulfilling career.  As a graduate of ONU’s Finding the Uniform program and ONU’s VP of Veteran Training, he’s fortunate to pursue his own fulfillment by facilitating and overseeing the scope of ONU’s training programs.

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Jeff deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and Turkey in support of Operation Northern Watch.  During his term of enlistment, he served as an Aviation Electrician on the EA-6B Prowler for Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 3, stationed at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina.

After receiving an honorable discharge following five years of service, Jeff attended the University of Florida where he completed his undergraduate degree in English, and a Master of Science in Management.  Jeff is also an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation.

As Vice President of Veteran Training, Jeff facilitates the training, and oversees the entire scope of Operation New Uniform’s training programs, from veteran recruitment to curriculum development.

April Hayden, Director of Operations

April is the Director of Operations of Operation New Uniform. She is focusing efforts on community engagement, development and fundraising, as well as coordinating operations across all programs within the organization. As the wife of a Navy helicopter pilot, she has seen firsthand the need for ONU’s programs.

As a historian, scientist, and librarian, April brings a unique skill set to the ONU Team. April boasts a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona in Information Science and seven years of experience in various settings in the research field. Her logistic skills and ability to tackle new challenges serves as an asset for ONU while she provides structure for the organization to continue serving veterans.

Shawn Lewis

Shawn Lewis, Director of Veteran Employment

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Shawn is a Navy Veteran having joined the Service in June 1991 and retired after 23 years of service to the Navy in July 2014.  Shawn’s background in helping Sailors manage their careers in the Navy, coaching, training, and encourage Transitioning Service Members to pursue careers in the business arena, adds to our diverse team.

During Shawn’s 23 years of service, he led 6 divisions as the Torpedo Division Chief, Command Drug and Alcohol Program Advisor, Master Training Specialist, Instructor, Department Career Counselor, Range Safety Officer, and Ships Maintenance Manager.  On the submarines he served on, his primary duty was to manage the ships compliment of conventional ordnance which included ADCAP Torpedoes, Tomahawk Cruise Missiles, and various small arms and ammunition.

A recent addition to the ONU Family, Shawn resides with his Family in Kingsland, GA.

Sterling Tyler, Director of Marketing

Sterling began volunteering for Operation New Uniform after she attended Cohort 12 graduation and saw how ONU directly impacted the lives of Veterans. Now in the role of Director of Marketing, she oversees and manages all of the marketing and promotion efforts for the organization.

Sterling graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Communications and Advertising. She spent over 10 years working in agriculture and nutrition, managing advertising, social media, events, sponsorships and collateral development. After moving to Jacksonville, she worked for a local non profit as their Marketing and Events Manager. Along with volunteering for ONU, Sterling also runs her own small business.
While not a veteran herself, she has a lot of family and friends who currently serve or who have served in the past, so the mission of ONU is one she strongly believes in.

Carrie Paul  PHR, SHRM-CP

Director of HR and Strategic Initiatives

A few years ago Carrie decided to take a step back from her professional career to spend more time with her family and focus on volunteer work. It was during that time she attended a Woman’s leadership event and learned about Operation New Uniform. She was inspired by the mission and connected with ONU to see if she could be a part of the work they were doing to assist Veterans transition from the military. Today Carrie works with ONU’s leadership on a variety of strategic initiatives and creates Human Resources policies and procedures. Carrie has over 20 years’ experience in Human Resources specifically focused on performance management, leadership, conflict resolution, and in the creation of recruitment and employee relations strategies. In her previous roles Carrie was a HR leader trusted to provide advice and counsel to executive leadership on HR issues. Carrie has degrees in Human Resource Management and Psychology from Kings College and a Masters in Management from Rosemont College.

Ariane Almalvez, Outreach Coordinator

Ariane has been part of the Operation New Uniform Support Team for over a year. She will continue to work with Operation New Uniform while working towards her degree at University of North Florida. She graduated high school under the International Baccalaureate Program at Paxon School for Advanced Studies. Ariane was an active student at Paxon, participating in clubs such as National Honor society and Bio-Medical Club, and leadership roles as a Senior Class Officer and Student Director in the school’s productions. She finished her senior year with Magna Cum Laude and an International Baccalaureate Certificate. Ariane is continuing her studies at University of North Florida and pursuing her Bachelors in Marketing. After graduating high school, Ariane remains active in the community. While holding a part-time job, being a full-time student, and Membership and Events Manager in the UNF AMA, Ariane still manages to find time to give back to the veterans. Her role in the office as Support Team Leader has taught her numerous skills that she can plans on using in her future career.

Madison Proctor, Support Team Leader

Madison has been volunteering with ONU since 2017. She is currently studying Psychology at the University of North Florida. Her work at Operation New Uniform includes overseeing and planning our fundraising events, sponsorships, program work and coordinating graduations. She is an alumni member of Zeta Tau Alpha and served two years as President of her sorority. While she is not a veteran herself, she grew up in a military town (Pensacola) and has a lot of family and friends who are in the military. Because this tie to the military, she has a developed a passion for helping veterans.