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.

Gina D'Arco
Family Member Representative

Bryan Lentz
Veteran Representative

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.

Darcel Rideout
Veteran Representative

Darcel A. Rideout is an 11-year PA Army National Guard veteran, small business owner and mental health advocate. Darcel joined the PA Army National Guard at the age of 17. Now, Darcel owns a graphic t-shirt company and is pursuing a psychology degree at Widener University with the ultimate goal of becoming a Clinical Psychologist. Darcel has been awarded two Army Achievement medals and several Battalion Coins during her service in the PA Army National Guard. As a Veteran Advocate on the advisory board, Darcel serves the veteran community through public speaking engagements to emphasize the importance of eliminating the stigmas surrounding mental health that are significant barriers to care. Since overcoming her own challenges with mental health after seeking care at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic, Darcel has volunteered her time to other various organizations in efforts to reach other veteran, military service members and anyone in the public who is struggling with mental health.

John A. Sestito, MS, RRT, Executive Director, The Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine
Family Member Representative

Nena Stetson, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Therapist, Spectra Support Services, LLC.
Family Member Representative

Nena Stetson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 20 years of experience in the fields of education, human services, higher education, and clinical social work. As an Army spouse of 20-years, Nena served alongside her husband, LTC Eric Stetson (RET), through four deployments and ten military moves. In addition to working for the Department of Defense with children and youth, Nena’s service as a military spouse included multiple volunteer roles, such as Family Readiness Group (FRG) leader, Army Family Team Building (AFTB) instructor, Spouses Club board member, and American Red Cross volunteer.  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 currently serves as Director of Counseling for Neumann University. Nena’s education includes a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Family Studies and Post Baccalaureate in 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 in New York, and Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Thank you to our Past Board Members:

  • Anne Cocos, PhD, Veteran and Military Family Representative

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