Our Staff

Support Staff

Leslie Crabtree, Treasurer and Payroll Coordinator

Leslie has served as Treasurer since July 2014 but has been a proud supporter for many years. She is also a dog lover and has seen first-hand the healing power that the love of a dog can possess. Since an early age she has shown interest in design and the arts and in her adult life transitioned that interest into a love of photography. Leslie has been a professional photographer since 2009 and has transitioned to a freelance photographer in 2017 with a shift towards landscape and stock photography. In addition to her photography business, she is also the Payroll Coordinator and Project Officer for This Able Veteran and takes care of some of behind the scenes work. Leslie is currently in the process of becoming a certified Microsoft Office Specialist. When she’s not working she enjoys camping with her family, being a Cub Scout Den Leader and building furniture with her husband Nick.


Trainers

Claire Digman

Claire serves as a trainer for This Able Veteran.  She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Administration of Justice She also has a Master’s degree in Social Work.  Claire’s education,  experience working in the mental health field and her love for both dogs and veterans makes her a well-rounded contributor to the training team. Claire is the owner of Digman Canine Academy  


Jordan Hayes

Jordan’s passion for helping those in need, both humans and animals, led her to volunteer for local animal rescues and shelters while attending Murray State University where she earned a degree in Animal Science.  Jordan joined the TAV family as an intern during the summer of 2012; she has also worked for Extreme K-9.

Jordan is a Certified Trainer through CPDT-KA and an Associate Member of IACP.  Having relocated to Florida, she currently works as a Behavior Consultant/ Trainer/Veterinary Assistant at Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital.  Jordan’s patience and skill with dogs makes us elated that she is an offsite trainer for TAV.


Volunteers

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Cleta Shirley, Sales Coordinator

Cleta is southern Illinois native and payroll coordinator for Southern Illinois Healthcare. Her hobbies include traveling, genealogy, and Bocce Ball, however her first love photography. Photographing the beauty of nature and capturing events in the lives of friends and family is a true passion.

Cleta became aware of This Able Veteran in the spring of 2016 when she attended a volunteer meeting for our “Really close to almost 5k Color Run.”  She loves what This Able Veteran does for veterans with PTSD and is honored to be associated with us.


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Donna Stoodley, Sales Coordinator

Donna’s passion for veterans and those that serve in the military started at a very young age. Her father was career Army, so she has a deep connection with service men and women and their families.  She has seen firsthand the effect that war and military life can have.

Donna lost her father in 2014.  In his final years, as his memory began to fail him, he slowly went back to Korea and Vietnam.  She could see how reliving those memories changed him.  After her Dad’s passing, she began to search for ways to help other veterans. Through a chance meeting with a volunteer from This Able Veteran, she started to get involved and all the pieces fell into place – not only to help veterans but to honor her father and his service to his country.

Donna has been in retail management for many years at Macy’s  Family life is very important to Donna, as is her involvement in her church.  Hobbies include traveling, spending time with friends and family, playing Bocce and taking care of her rescue, Ranger.


Kim Defiori, Co-Director, Events

Kim comes to us from the Army where she served for nine years.  She was medically retired from the service in 2017 after receiving intensive treatment for PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s).  Through her pursuit of finding healing and strength from her past traumas, she used yoga, art, writing, and other nontraditional techniques.  She was involved with the service dog program at Walter Reed and had the opportunity to see firsthand the healing powers they could have.  Kim attended both the dog behavioral psychology class and the trauma resiliency course with her unique and empathetic dog Yardim.  She was recently paired with one of our favorite service dogs, Thor.

Kim is continuing her pursuit to help Veteran’s with PTSD by assisting with the fundraising efforts for This Able Veteran.

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