Veteran & Military Family Advisory Board
The Cohen Clinic strives to involve veterans, service members, and military family members in our short- and long-term strategic planning and major initiatives. The Cohen Clinic's internal Veteran and Military Family Advisory Board plays a key roll in this effort. The Advisory Board meets bimonthly and provides guidance on the clinic’s operations and helps ensure the clinic stays in sync with the needs of our community.
Anne Cocos currently leads data science and machine learning at Ask Iggy, Inc., a venture-backed, seed round startup. Previously she was the Director and Head, NLP and Knowledge Graph at GlaxoSmithKline, where she built models and infrastructure to enable GSK’s scientists to leverage all the world’s written biomedical knowledge for drug discovery. She also worked as a natural language processing researcher at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Department of Biomedical Informatics. Anne completed her PhD in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was supported by the Google Ph.D. Fellowship and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence Key Scientific Challenges award.
Before focusing on artificial intelligence, Anne served as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy. Her billets included Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence at Commander, FIRST Naval Construction Division, and Imagery Officer for Carrier Air Wing EIGHT. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2005 and subsequently studied at Royal Holloway, University of London (MSc Information Security) and Oxford University (MSc Computer Science) as a Marshall Scholar. She currently lives near Philadelphia with her husband, also a Navy veteran, and their three boys.
A former paratrooper, prosecutor and a member of the State Legislature, Bryan has tried hundreds of cases to verdict. In 1986 Bryan was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry. He was ultimately assigned to the Second Battalion of the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. after completing the Infantry Officers Basic Course and U.S. Army Ranger School. He completed 4 years of active service as an Airborne Ranger Infantry officer.
His first job out of law school was at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office where served for six years developing a specialty in the prosecution of violent gangs and juveniles. While at the District Attorney’s office he began service as a Civil Affairs officer in the Army reserves.
In 1998 his reserve unit was activated for service in Bosnia where Lentz served for 8 months as an Army Captain. He received the NATO Joint Service Commendation for his service in Bosnia. In 2003 he volunteered to return to the reserves in order to command a Civil Affairs unit in Iraq during the second year of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the city of Mosul. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Service for his time in Iraq.
In 2006, Bryan was elected to represent the 161st Legislative District in the Pennsylvania General Assembly where he served two terms. From February of 2011 until October of 2013 Bryan was the Chief of the Philadelphia Regional Gun Violence Task Force. Under his leadership the Task Force investigated and prosecuted straw purchasers of firearms and implemented innovative gun violence reduction strategies like Gunstat and Focused Deterrence.
Nena Stetson is an Army spouse of 20 years who served alongside her husband, LTC Eric Stetson (RET), through four deployments and ten military moves. As a family member representative on the advisory board, Nena advocates for and highlights the unique needs of spouses and children of veterans and service members.
Nena has worked in the child development and human services space for over 20 years, directing children and youth programs for the Department of the Army, teaching and training early care and education professionals, teaching high school child development and human services technology courses, managing early literacy grants, and coordinating family advocacy programs. More recently, Nena provided mental and behavioral health services as a family-based counselor, mobile therapist, behavior specialist consultant and school social worker. Nena currently works as a Licensed Clinical Therapist for Spectra Support Services, LLC. in Broomall, PA. Nena’s education includes a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Family Studies and Family and Consumer Sciences Education from the University of Arizona, Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Leadership from Bank Street College of Education, and Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
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