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Justin Davis, Director of Alumni Affiars & SHEPHERD

Justin has spent his life in service to this country.  He started in 1987 as a Hospital Corpsman with the US Navy.  He participated in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm as a Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Corpsman with 1st Marine Division in 1990 and 1991.

 

After many years of struggle, Justin finally sought treatment for his Post Traumatic Stress at the San Diego VA Medical Center while living at The Veterans Village of San Diego.

For the past eight years, Justin has been a civilian federal employee with his most recent role working for the Department of the Navy in the San Diego area.  He also has a private practice as a life coach with a focus on veterans and male personal transformation.  He volunteers his time as a San Diego County Veterans Court Mentor and Sponsor of combat veterans. 

 

In 2018, Justin participated in The Sparta Project curriculum with Cohort 009.  His experience there created a series of significant shifts in his wellbeing, his relationship with himself and his over-all life trajectory.

 

Justin has Bachelor’s in Business Management and is a licensed Peer Support Specialist. He has multiple Veteran Program Affiliations including: 

 

• Veterans Village of San Diego- Alumni

• Triple Threat Combat Support Group- Sponsor

• San Diego Veteran’s Court- Mentor

• Team Red White and Blue- Member

• The Sparta Project- Alumni Cohort 009

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Karen Zmora, Alumni Affairs & SHEPHERD

Keran Zmora received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Sociology in 2010 from Binghamton University. In 2018 she graduated with honors with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. 

 

Keran began her journey of advocating for veterans and first responders who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) after getting honorably discharged from the Israeli Defense Forces, where she was a Sergeant in the Special Forces K9 Unit. After volunteering as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 2006, being a soldier, and becoming a US Military Contractor in 2013 she began her own journey of healing. 

 

She underwent a 6 month outpatient PTS program and was later introduced to The Sparta Project in 2018, where she became a participant in a female cohort. The Sparta Project changed her life and connected her to herself and others in ways that she never imagined. Since then Keran has become part of the Sparta team and has helped with social media, fundraising, and has become a sheperd and operations assistant in several cohorts. 

 

By working with participants Keran hopes to redefine the meaning of Post Traumatic Stress for both the participants and civilians worldwide. Her focus is on assisting the participant in finding healing and acceptance, so that they can move forward to leading a healthier and happier life. Keran is dedicated to working on this with every patient she meets on the ambulance, and every patient she greets in the emergency department as well. She  believes that human compassion is one of the first steps to heal human suffering + form connections, and is dedicated to giving back; especially to those who have sacrificed so much for the greater good.

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Forrest Lang, Alumni Affairs & SHEPHERD

Forrest Lang is an author, speaker, and professional tattoo artist. An alumnus of the California foster care system, he joined the Navy at 18 after two years of homelessness. He began his career of tattooing in 2004 while serving as a line corpsman in Iraq. 

Forrest volunteered as a shepard with the SPARTA Project since its inception in 2015.

In 2020, he completed Angel Blue, a memoir about trauma recovery. 

Forrest resides in La Jolla, CA, with his fiancé and daughter.