NANCY ST. CLAIRE

Nancy St. Claire is the Chief Operating Officer for Give an HourTM.  She also serves as the Project Manager for the Community Blueprint Network initiative for Fayetteville, N.C., and Norfolk, V.A.  Nancy has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Anthropology with a focus on ethnographic studies. Her Bachelor of Art’s degree is from Indiana University, and her Master’s in Science is from Purdue University. Serving as a civilian cultural advisor, Nancy was embedded with a Brigade Combat Team in Kirkuk, Iraq, for 7 months in 2008 – 2009. While conducting socio-cultural fieldwork, she accompanied soldiers on missions “outside the wire”—including infantry units, Military Transition Teams, Police Transition Teams, and Military Police. Through this experience, she gained a profound respect for service members and the sacrifices they make.  As a result, she has dedicated her time to giving back to those who serve.  Nancy has a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Phoenix (Tucson, A.Z. campus) and has 13 years’ experience as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is a Licensed Associate Substance Abuse Counselor and a National Certified Counselor. Her clinical work included community mental health counseling on the US/Mexico border with a focus on PTSD and crisis counseling. She also has extensive experience as an administrator in the behavioral health field.   Nancy is married to a combat veteran of the Gulf War, OIF, and OEF. She is a member of Toastmasters International and a recipient of University of Phoenix’s 2012 Community Service Award in Virginia.