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Elliot J. Tommingo, Director,  [email protected]


Sharod Wade, Director of Operations, [email protected]
A native Washingtonian and proud alumnus of the 2003 graduating class of HD Woodson high school. Four days after high school graduation, Sharod enlisted in the US Marine Corps to serve active duty. Upon completing recruit training aboard Parris Island, SC. LCpl Wade was stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC serving as 3381 Food Service Specialist. From 2005-2006, Sharod deployed with 2nd Marine Logistics Group conducting counterinsurgency operations with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).

Upon being honorably discharged from active duty in 2007, Cpl. Wade returned home to Washington, DC and became very active in the veteran community. Sharod has most recently served as a Program Specialist at the Board of Veterans Appeals with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Sharod is also an alumnus of the Dog Tag Fellowship program.

Sharod remains a proud native of Washington, DC. Sharod and his wife Brittany, have five children (4 girls and 1 boy) and reside in the Congress Heights neighborhood. The Wade family are loyal supporters of all the Washington sports teams. #HTTR Semper Fi.

Carole McDowney,  Community Outreach & Benefits Specialist,  [email protected]
Carole D. McDowney is a native Washingtonian and lifelong Ward Seven resident.  Ms. McDowney is a proud “Green Wave” alumna of Spingarn High School. Upon completion of academic studies, Ms. McDowney honorably served her city and country by enlisting in the US Army National Guard; serving as a soldier in the D.C. National Guard located at the D.C. Armory.  As a mother to five beautiful children, as well as five precious grandchildren, Carole considers family as her greatest treasure. 
Ms. McDowney continues to serve by diligently working to increase awareness of services to veterans as well as their spouses, caregivers, and dependents. Ms. McDowney is a devoted supporter of the returning citizen’s population in D.C.  When she’s not advocating on behalf of the Districts’ veteran community, you can find Carole enjoying a good book, bowling, or catching the latest episode of NCIS from her home in the Greenwood neighborhood of southeast D.C.
Robert C. Pearson Jr.,  District Veteran Service Officer,  [email protected]  

Robert Pearson is a native of Boston, MA and has lived in Washington, DC since 2014. Mr. Pearson comes from a large family with a deep history of military service. Both of Robert’s younger brothers are combat veterans and still serve actively in the US Air Force and the Massachusetts National Guard. Robert served as a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade - stationed in Vicenza, Italy and deploying to Afghanistan in 2005. Since exiting his active duty service with the US Army, Mr. Pearson was drawn to veteran service after a difficult experience navigating the Department of Veteran Affairs. Robert has worked as a veteran service representative in numerous capacities with multiple organizations before joining the Mayor’s Office of Veteran Affairs.

Robert lives in SE Washington with his wife, Amanda, and their dogs, Daisy and Mousse. Even with his avid fandom of his beloved Boston sports teams, he is a fervent supporter of the Washington Nationals. A proud Georgetown Hoya, Robert takes pride in the DC community that has adopted him, and works tirelessly to serve veterans and families of our District.

Toni D. Williams, Outreach Specialist and Public Information Officer, [email protected]

Ms. Toni D. Williams is a native of Memphis, TN, a University of Tennessee of Chattanooga Alumni and Graduate of Strayer University Masters of Education Program. She is an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Marines Corps. During her tour of duty, she was Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Vice President of the Single Marine Program, and Program coordinator for Community outreach: Grate Patrol DC Metro & Mentor. While stationed at Joint Base Fort Myers, Henderson Hall, Toni fell in love with Washington, D.C. and decided to make Washington, D.C. her home, currently as a ward six resident. 

Since transitioning from active duty with the United States Marine Corps Ms. Williams has advocated for veterans in the DC community with various organizations and agencies. A creative, passionate and a leader, Toni joins MOVA as a former employee of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Veteran Appeals.

Toni continues to provide support to veterans and when she is not supporting and advocating for veterans, she enjoys talking to family, planning events and exploring the DC area with friends. Semper Fi.