Below are the members of the NCServes – Metrolina team who are working to help the veterans, service members and their families of Charlotte:
Sara Derebery joined Veterans Bridge Home in November of 2012, as the first Social Worker for the organization. She stood up the first social work program and helped grow the partner foundation for Veteran referrals. Sara later joined America’s Warrior Partnership, a national non-profit organization, where she provided consultancy, coaching, mentoring, and management of new and budding Veterans’ reintegration programs across the nation. While with that organization, she moved into the position of Grants & Compliance Manager, ensuring stewardship and qualitative as well as quantitative program deliverables and metrics. Through these experiences, she gained the insight and knowledge necessary to become a data analyst for the organization, assisting with the interpretation of data, correlation of metrics, and gleaning of the most important data necessary to create movement in the Veteran space, through their annual survey. Graduating with her Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University in New York, as well as receiving her undergraduate degree in Social Work from the University of Anchorage, Alaska, Sara has been able to translate and apply her many experience with the military (active duty enlisted, dependent spouse, and Army National Guard HR Officer) to her career. She has dedicated herself and her work to military, veterans, and their families, and continues to do so in her new role with Veterans Bridge Home as Network Director, ensuring the strength and collaboration necessary to implement this national initiative empowering communities to collaborate and come together using a collective impact model.
Nicole R. French, Psy.D.
Nicole is a clinical psychologist and Army Combat Veteran with a passion for community collaboration in service of promoting the mind health of our veterans, their families, and the Charlotte community. Nicole was a recipient of the military Health Professions Scholarship in 2003 and completed nine and a half years of active duty service across the globe after earning her doctoral degree at Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, CA. She is inspired by recent findings in interpersonal neuroscience which offer considerable hope and advanced understanding of our biological capacity for healing and transformation. These findings influence the way she lives and practices her profession.
Senior Care Coordinator
Patrick Hayes, MSW, LCSWA joined Charlotte Bridge Home in July 2017, after completing his Masters of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During his time at UNC-Charlotte Patrick completed field placements with the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte and the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, NC.
Prior to becoming a Social Worker Patrick served in the U.S. Army as a Logistics Officer for seven years, and continues to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves. He was commissioned through Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and attended the Ordnance Officer Basic course at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Patrick was stationed in North Carolina and Virginia and deployed to Afghanistan in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Rachel Newbery, MSW
Care Coordination Center Supervisor
As a service member herself and having two brothers who have served, Rachel has a strong passion for using her education in Social Work to serve the military community. She recently earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Rachel has over 10 years of case management experience in the social service field. Her desire is to assist others experiencing difficult times and she believes a strengths-based approach is the best way to do this. Rachel believes in encouraging and uplifting people to assist them in regaining their strength and courage so that they can live a life with genuine happiness, fulfillment, and purpose.
Bryce is a Charlotte native. He moved away while he attended college at The Citadel where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. After graduation Bryce moved back to the Charlotte area where he began working with under privileged youth and youth in crisis as a Crisis Counselor for an emergency shelter called The Relatives. Bryce then transitioned to Carolinas Healthcare System where he worked in the behavioral health field before beginning with Veterans Bridge Home as a Care Coordinator in November of 2016.
Bryce’s passion for working with veterans stems from having strong military ties in his family as well as from his time at The Citadel. Working with Veterans Bridge Home Bryce has been able to follow his passion to serve those who have served.