Employee spotlight

Chasiti Herring, 26, joined HVAF in November 2013 as our first Employment Specialist. She meets with veterans to help them improve resumes and job readiness skills before connecting the veteran with employers in the area. She has a Master's Degree in Social Work.

Chasiti, what attracted you to this job?

HVAF is a wonderful organization with such a great cause. The organization has touched the lives of so many veterans and families and has been a pillar of service within the community. HVAF’s mission is dear to my heart because I have witnessed a close relative, who is also a veteran, experience extreme hardships in trying to receive veteran services. Therefore, it is very important for me to play a part in giving back to those have served our country. I am so excited to be a part of the HVAF family!

I love being able to help the guys and being able to connect them with the resources they need for a new beginning and I like being able to put a smile on their face when they are looking for a job.

What do you do?

I work with veterans to provide a variety of holistic services to help them establish employment. My goal is to help clients to become “Job Ready” by providing them with a combination of services such as resume/cover letter workshops, interview prep, computer training, occupational skills assessments, post-employment counseling, job leads/ job referrals, etc. Overall, I really want to see our veterans succeed in the workforce so I do my best to provide them the services they need to find and secure suitable employment and make the transition from the military to the civilian workforce.

What do you enjoy most about working at HVAF?

I enjoy helping to make a difference in the lives of the clients that I work with. Many of our clients face so many barriers in regards to securing employment. I enjoy helping them see that there is light at the end of the tunnel! Helping veterans to establish stable employment helps them to feel a sense of empowerment and self-sufficiency. I enjoy working with this population! Overall, I am truly honored to be able to serve the many men and women who served our country.

How do you enjoy spending your free time?

My family is my rock! Therefore, any free time that I can get is spent visiting with them. Family time is always guaranteed to be full of laughter and fun! I also enjoy relaxing and reading a good mystery/suspense novel.