Derek Coy, New York State Health Foundation
Derek Coy is a former Sergeant in the United States Marine Corp and a Veterans’ Health Officer at the New York State Health Foundation. Derek is a strong champion for better understanding and addressing the needs of veterans in New York State and nationally. In 2018, Derek oversaw a high-profile study that identified strategies for ensuring that private health care providers are equipped to offer timely access to high-quality care that addresses the unique needs of veterans.
Derek is a sought after keynote and panelist speaker, featured at several conferences where he’s spoken on the needs of an increasingly diverse veteran population. Derek has been widely published, most recently in Health Affairs about innovative models for delivering mental health care. He is also leading advocacy efforts for universal access to Veteran Treatment Courts. Derek also gives back as a member of Team Red, White, and Blue and The Mission Continues.
Rye Barcott, With Honor
Rye Barcott is co-founder and CEO of WithHonor.org, a movement to build a cross-partisan coalition of veterans in Congress who can help fix broken politics and put principles before politics. Barcott served previously in the U.S. Marine Corps where he first came across NDI’s courageous and important work enabling elections in Fallujah. Barcott co-founded Carolina for Kibera, an NGO that helps prevent violence and invests in young leaders in the Kibera informal settlement of Nairobi, and he has served as an NDI election observer in Kenya. After the Marines, he worked in the private sector at Duke Energy and co-founded and led the clean energy investment firm Double Time Capital. His book, It Happened on the Way to War, juxtaposes military service and social entrepreneurship.
Rudy Soto, National Indian Gaming Association
Rudy Soto currently serves as the Legislative Director for the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). He joined NIGA after two years on Congresswoman Norma Torres’ (D-CA) staff as a Legislative Assistant, where he was responsible for energy, environment, agricultural, educational, and tribal affairs issues. Rudy is an alumnus of Portland State University, and he also attended George Washington University. He has also served as a Policy Analyst for the National Council of Urban Indian Health. Rudy is a Nampa, Idaho native and is a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Shoshone Bannock Indian Tribe. He has served as both an Oregon and District of Columbia National Guardsman with Field Artillery and Military Police units.
Terri Tanielian, RAND Corporation
Terri Tanielian, senior behavioral scientist at RAND Corporation, has established herself as one of the finest, most renowned researchers studying veterans, their families and caregivers, and the health systems in which they are involved. Much of data used for advocacy on behalf of veterans is based on research unearthed by Ms. Tanielian, whose subject matter expertise encompasses veterans health policy, suicide, sexual assault, healthcare systems, and models of healthcare delivery for military personnel and veterans. Two of her most-read policy-relevant research reports are Invisible Wounds of War and Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers. Without her, our community would know far less about the real issues veterans face and be far less able to use those data to drive important policies at the state and federal levels.