Shala Reese

Shala Reese

Shala Reese

Director of Veteran Outreach

Shala Reese is a distinguished U.S. Navy veteran and a passionate mental health advocate dedicated to serving the military and veteran community. With a fervent commitment to helping veterans rediscover and excel in their identity and purpose post-service, Shala leverages her personal experiences to support others through their transitions.

Professional Experience and Community Involvement

After her transition to civilian life, Shala confronted the complexities and stress associated with a change in identity. This firsthand experience ignited her dedication to aiding fellow veterans. In her role as a Military University Development Counselor at Grand Canyon University and as a Military Affairs Committee member of the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce, Shala recognized the widespread nature of these challenges among veterans. She committed herself to forging business relationships and networking with veteran service organizations to establish a more connected and supportive transition system.

Educational Pursuits and Advocacy

Shala is currently studying Behavioral Health Science with an emphasis on trauma at Grand Canyon University. This academic pursuit prepares her to be a trauma-informed mental health advocate and peer support leader. Her goal is to ensure that military families feel seen, heard, and validated throughout their transitions. Shala aims to utilize positive mental health practices to mentor and inspire others, fostering necessary changes to reduce suicidal ideation among transitioning service members.

Leadership and Volunteer Work

In addition to her professional endeavors, Shala is an active community leader within the PNW Vets County coalitions, where she builds and nurtures relationships with other veterans. She volunteers with the Travis Manion Foundation, participating in Operation Legacy Service Projects and serving as a Character Does Matter mentor. In this role, she trains youth to lead with character strengths under the guiding principle, “If Not Me, Then Who.”

Vision and Legacy

Shala aspires to leave a lasting legacy that inspires and empowers positive change within military and veteran communities globally. Her efforts are driven by the belief in the power of community and support systems to facilitate successful transitions for service members.

Inspirational Quotes

“One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others.” – Lewis Carroll