"Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your heart, and strong enough to live the life you've always imagined"
Director of Community Solutions
Marine Corps Spouse
Tina Atherall is the Blue Star Families Sr. Advisor for Communities, a Doctor of Social Work (DSW), and an NYS licensed Masters of Social Work (LMSW). She completed her DSW in August of 2018 from the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work focusing on the 12 Grand Challenges for Social Work to eradicate social isolation. Her work focuses on the challenges of military family social isolation and creating an innovative social model for community connections. As a military family member, she has worked extensively with communities educating and advocating for critical support for those who have served and their families. As a social innovation strategist, her expertise is in community development, leadership management, trauma-informed program design, and social impact innovations. Tina has advanced certificates in nonprofit leadership, human-centered design facilitation, military family readiness, and military social work. She is an adjunct professor and military social work advisor for a graduate school of social work in New York City.
Tina is dedicated to community leadership and mentorship. Tina has participated in several community and national committees focusing on women and girls. In 2016, She was nominated to attend The White House Summit, “United State of Women” as a nominated change-maker. Tina was a Division Director for National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York State (NYS) Westchester County and serves on the NASW Social Economic Justice and Peace Committee. She is a member of the Congressional Research Institute for Policy (CRISP) and Social Work leadership committee and has participated in the Student Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. in 2017 and 2018. She received the University of Southern California Suzanne-Dworak Peck School of Social Work Student Alumni Award (2018), NASW NYS Merit Service Award (2014) and NASW NYC Chapter Emerging Leader Social Work Leadership Award (2016). She is a member of the NationSwell Council leveraging cross-sector networks.