Dog Tag, Inc. Fellowship Program Alumni
Class of 2014
Dog Tag Inc. fellows represent a sample of the talent and drive that exists in the veteran community. Success looks like the faces and stories below now gainfully employed in government, non-profit and corporate enterprises, or entrepreneurs launching their own endeavors!
Sedrick Banks is an Army veteran as well as a member of the first Dog Tag, Inc. class of Fellows. He is also an entrepreneur having launched his own organization after the conclusion of his program at Dog Tag. You can learn more about The Genuine Life Institute here:
Anthon Calix-Hestick is the oldest of 2, born February 14th 1985 on Luke Air Force Base, Glendale Az. He lived in Florida, South Carolina, Egypt, South Korea, Connecticut, and Ohio. Anthon enlisted for the Marine Corps out of Cincinnati Ohio in Dec of 2004, shipped to boot camp at Parris Island, SC on March 7 2005. He was trained in the exceptional field of0811/ Field Artillery Cannon Crewman at Ft. Sill, OK. After training, Anthon was assigned to C BTRY in 1st Battalion 10th Marine, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina where he deployed in March of 2006 and Sept. 2007 to Iraq. In January of 2010 he was assigned to the Artillery Instructor Battery in Quantico, Virginia to help with the training of newly commissioned officers for the call for fire portion at The Basic School. There he stayed until discharge in March 2013. He has 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls.
Maurice is an Army veteran and a member of the first class of Dog Tag, Inc. Fellows. He has since completed a MPS in Technology Management from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, and holds a position in the US government.
Senora Malone was born in the South and prides herself on being a southern girl. Born in Mississippi into a family that loved helping others, she was raised by integrating pioneers of education, civil service and public health. Growing up around so many community leaders and driven people she aspired to one day serve others in her own capacity. With the dream of being a philanthropist and civil activist since she was 6 years old it wasn't surprising that she has such a great heart and a service spirit. She set off to college, then shortly after joined the United States Armed Forces. While both she and her husband proudly wore their uniforms, they had three amazing children. When Senora’s husband was injured the first time and at the time nurturing their youngest child who came into the world suffering from many medical conditions, she was put on humanitarian orders and requested not to continue on serving her country but to serve her family. After their son got to a healthy place and her husband was back on full duty the desire to give back started to resurface. Senora worked for American Red Cross overseas, in the government sector, then as a Liaison for the Exceptional Family Member Program, a pilot program for the military that helped families with special needs to thrive and sustain while their service members fulfilled their duties. She and her husband juggled deployments, raising children and trying to keep marriage intact. When Senora’s husband was hurt the second time and sustained debilitating injuries, they then had to prepare to retire from a life they knew and loved. Through the transitioning process Senora was told about a program that would teach and give experience in a job market that she always had a passion for, nutrition and non-profit. Once accepted, she entered into an entrepreneurial program called, Dog Tag Inc. As a fellow, she had hands on experience in what it took to not only build your company, but the tools to become a successful in business and establishing your impact on society.
Outside of her role as a Veteran, Caregiver, Mother, Sister, Battle buddy and Mentor, Senora hopes to continue on her journey of serving others by getting involved in her new community while still reaching back to the one she loves and respects. With the goal of having her own non-profit and feeding business that seeks assistance, resources and respite for families dealing with TBI and PTSD she aspires to care for the small community of families that have given so much yet ask for little.
Milena Mateo graduated from Colorado Technical University Online with her MBA shortly after completing the Dog Tag, Inc. Fellowship Program. As a military spouse, her main job is caring for her wounded warrior husband, also a Dog Tag Fellow. After working for almost fourteen years with the Department of Health in Miami, she had the opportunity to embrace education and it is a road that she enjoyed the most. In addition to her education, she is engaged in guiding and educating military spouses and their family members in how to get their benefits and opportunities to better their life quality, during and after their service member is retire from the armed forces. She also collaborates with different entities that assist the wounded warriors and their families. Recently, she and her husband assisted a service member with his wedding, through different volunteers they secured donations from the grooms suit to the engagement reception and their honeymoon suite, some of the cooperators were Jos A. Bank, The Hilton Suites, Freedom Petals and more. All the volunteers that made this special weekend a time to remember surprised the Groom and Bride and her parents. Milena enjoys volunteer work, expending quality time with my family while helping her husband continue recovering from his wounds.
Lizandro is an Army veteran and a member of the first class of Dog Tag, Inc. Fellows. He completed the program along side his wife and caregiver Milena, and continues to manage his recovery after a number of medical set-backs. He offers counsel and guidance to other veterans as they begin the retirement process.
Mary is a veteran of the US Army and a graduate of the class of 2014 Dog Tag Fellowship program. She now works for the VA as a claims specialist based in Kansas.