Lindy Poling

Educating, Uniting & Inspiring Active Citizens

Educating, Uniting & Inspiring Active Citizens

Educating, Uniting & Inspiring Active Citizens


Sam Pressler, W&M student and founder of the Center for Veterans Engagement; John Lesinski, Advisory Board Member at Shenandoah University Center for Public Service and Scholarship; Jose Roman, Asst. Director Advisor Peninsula Higher Education Center; Lindy Poling, W&M (Class of ’75) and Lessons of Vietnam Educator;    Sebastian Munevar, former Army Staff Sargeant, W&M student and W&M Veterans Society Director of External Affairs; Van Black, W&M (Class of ’75) and founder of Staying Connected, the premiere sponsor of the Active Citizen’s Conference; Nate Carabello, W&M sophomore; Karen Kennedy Schultz, W&M (Class of ’75 ) and Director, The Center for Public Service and Scholarship at Shenandoah University.



Building Community with Veterans, One Veteran at a Time

Presenters: Sam Pressler, Lindy Poling, John Lesinski, Van Black, Karen Schultz | William & Mary

Leveraging the knowledge of a panel of subject matter experts, small discussion groups and informational/personal networking, participants will explore how school and individuals are building community with Veterans in creative and personal ways. All Veterans at the Conference and Conference participants/schools with experience in working with Veterans are encouraged to attend, share their own experiences and learn from other participants.

Quotes from Participants:

The presentations and panel discussions at the W&M conference were stupendous! The presentation on Lessons of Vietnam was particularly touching, as it not only bridges the gap between veterans and civilians, but also the gap between young adults and older generations. The discussions were also very productive and addressed important challenges that veterans face as they transition into civilian life. Everyone was engaged and contributed to the conversation in a meaningful way. I am grateful to William & Mary for hosting and I am grateful to all those who participated.  ~ Sebastian Munevar

“It was such a humbling and educational experience to talk with Veterans and others who support Veterans programs to understand how we can continue to build community and address the needs the Veterans and their families face each day.” ~ Van Black

It is crucial that we continue to reach out to our veterans to give them our support and to learn from them.  Knowing that there are such vital ways to do this, as presented by Lindy Poling, is very helpful.

~ Karen Schultz

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