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Who We Are In Short

A Veteran Community Helping Veterans

As service members we know what it's like to transition. Therefore, we use our experience of leadership to continue our mission to help our peers understand the importance of utilizing resources they may not be aware of. By helping them to transfer their inner core of skills to civilian life, we become a stronger community. We look for strong possibilities and make them become a reality for others who are hoping to bring their visions alive.

Our civilian partners have the passionate drive to deliver positive, resourceful outcomes for our heroes. Supporting with honor to whom honor is due. They realize, it takes courage to serve others who have served you most of their lives. For this very reason, they give back in an enormous way by volunteering and giving their best so that our veterans can have continued success.

Our corporate partners understand what we have experienced, and want to help our veterans continue to grow, lead, and drive our economy in an upward direction. Partners are a key to our resource division, and we welcome positive and resourceful solutions that will provide leverage to our veterans in transition.

Our Team


The Founder/President

Wanda M. Petty, GCDF

After sustaining injuries during her 21 years of service in the United States Army, Sergeant First Class Wanda M. Petty spent 3 years as a wounded warrior at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Along with many other veteran women, she was processed out of the military due to circumstances beyond her control.

Although, Wanda had a plan B. After many years of service, like many women in the military, her future was now uncertain, and the skills and training she gained seemed of no use outside of the military. In many cases, they actually are. In fact, transitioning out of the military was anything but easy for Wanda; there was a lot more dark than light, including depression and thoughts of suicide stemming from a loss of control and independence, and financial stress from the loss of career and stable income. Many veteran women lose their homes – currently, it is estimated there are as many as 50,000 homeless female veterans.

Wanda knew there had to be another way, so she set out to make a change for women returning home from the military services by bridging the gap in advocacy and available resources for veteran women.

In 2009, she founded The National Resource Society for Women Veterans, Inc. headquartered in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan area, to help veteran women and women of veteran families lead inspired lives after military service. She is the Talk Show Host of SHE VET iNSPIRES TV which airs the second week of every month on Fairfax Public Television, and SHE VET Talks Podcast.

Vice President


Victoria has over 20 years of experience in teaching, training, customer service, and leading.  She is a Certified CPR instructor and has been certified for over 17 years. Victoria received her license as registered nurse in 2009.

Providing quality patient care and patient education were her two best attributes while studying to become a nurse.  Her passion for promoting health and wellness was a contributing factor in deciding to pursue a business in health promotion and safety training.

, Victoria is a 20 year retired service member, serving of the United States Army.  As a two time war combat veteran, she understands that every second counts,   especially when it comes to saving a life.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Trident University, Bachelors in Nursing from Howard University, and a Bachelors of Health Science as a Health, and is the CEO/President of the Center for Health Educators and Safety Specialist, LLC.

Project Management Training Director

April O’Koren-Wennerberg, PMP, MBA, CEO & President

April is President, CEO and founder of Project Masters Inc. and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) with over 20 years Project Management experience in a variety of industries. She has extensive experience in software engineering, systems engineering, training and quality management.

She earned an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Management Information Systems, and a BS with concentration in Computer Science, both from the Binghamton State University of New York. She is past President of the Project Management Institute, Baltimore Chapter and a past board member of the Charter/Global Registered Education Providers for the Project Management Institute. April has developed processes and procedures to set-up project management offices (PMO). She has analyzed and recommended the project management software tools, which work the best for the types of projects managed.

She has trained Project Managers in how to use the processes, procedures and software tools, which Project Masters has helped implement. April has extensive consultative experience in Project Management consulting, training, organizational development, facilitation, and auditing. She consults with senior management regarding the design, implementation, training and reengineering of project management within organizations.

Coaching & Career Development Director

Carolyn R. Owens, SPHR, CFCC,CFJST, ELI-MP

A graduate of the Naval War College, Ms. Owens also participated in and graduated from the Institute for Educational Leadership Pennsylvania Education Policy Fellowship Program, and Villanova University Professional Human Resource Management Certification Program.

Director of Marketing

Kelvin Otis

Kelvin, is an Air Force veteran, delivers a strong work ethic along with management and leadership skills that range from the USAF to his present role as an Independent Copywriter and Web Content Strategist. He specializes in blogging, article writing, digital marketing research, social media; and developing conversion-driven content for websites, microsites and landing page initiatives.


John Petty, MBA, Master Fitness Trainer, Wellness Coach

John Petty has over 25 years of logistics, acquisitions, project management, sales and recruiting experience.  John is the President and CEO of JP Fitness, and maintains his Health and Wellness Coach Certification.  He is a retired SR. Logistics Engineer from the U.S. Army.
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Clients Served Since 2011

  • Benefits/Training

  • Immediate Resources

  • Housing Assistance

  • Employment Placement

  • Employment Readiness


About Our Work

Since 2011, NRSWV has been able to provide services (such as food, clothing, self-help training and referral services) to over 210 women veterans worldwide, and a total of over 1489 combined male and females within the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region. We have built relationships with a network of community organizations, and are now poised to provide additional housing-related support to veterans primarily due to the resourcefulness and dedication of its founder Wanda Petty. Our volunteers are passionate about our focus to help women veterans and their families, and relentlessly work as needed to ensure our success.


Total Goal By 2017

We aim to assist women veterans and women of military family with adjusting to transitioning by providing vast resources that will allow them to fulfill visions of their careers, stabilize their homes, and adjust to new environments by the year 2017.

Direct Employment

By creatively developing strategies to drive continuous income to their household, we commit to building bridges that can close the income gaps of women veterans and women of military families.

Affordable Housing

Our partners bring a unique aspect to the veterans community for housing solutions. Through education, financial literacy, and housing donations we're making an impact for veterans to be afforded the opportunity to understand and utilize their VA Home Loans.

Small Business and Procurement

In today's economy, women veterans are more than ever qualified to transfer their skills and drive to develop a successful business. Our resources and partners will provide them in the direction of locating the right business for their talents.

I am truly blessed to share with you and others that as a result of your workshop and my determination to achieve success, no matter what challenges I faced, within 2 weeks I accepted an employment opportunity. I am grateful to God and you for setting the path for this opportunity.

With Love and Appreciation, Terri Pratt

Based off of the referrals provided by Wanda, I have a TESTIMONY to share! My family has a new BEGINNING. When God showed up..HE GAVE US FAVOR. They are being provided with a rental car to relocate to Trenton, NJ, NEW house, food, new clothes, and a job!

Tammy Wright, ABC Wellness & Fitness Center

Hi Wanda, Thank you so much!!! This training is what I have been waiting for!!!

As always many thanks!!! Keep it coming! Lisa Del Duca

Hi Wanda hope all is well just wanted to let you know that I got the job with the US VETS... Thanks for sending out the job listings..

Linda Clark-Holland.


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