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Shayla Hayward

Assistant Program Director

Shayla is a mental health professional specializing in group therapy and community mental health. She holds a bachelor's degree from The City College of New York and a master's degree in Art Therapy & Counseling from Eastern Virginia Medical School. In addition to clinical experience in hospitals, psychiatric facilities, and drug detox and rehab programs, she has also contributed to research at New York University and the Department of Veterans Affairs, and has taught psychology as an adjunct faculty member at Purdue University.

Shayla is a lifelong supporter of nonprofit initiatives for veterans, the military, and survivors of war and armed conflict. Currently, she is the Sustainer Donor Manager at Paralyzed Veterans of America, a member of the Junior Board of Tuesday’s Children, and an Advisor at Warrior for Life Fund.

"A sense of purpose, strong community ties, and a good challenge are crucial for helping our SOF servicemembers successfully transition careers. I believe there is no greater purpose than serving your country and helping mankind, which makes SOFtoSOM an incredible organization for veterans. I am honored to be part of the team and help scale the organization to build a lasting legacy in the community."


Shayla Hayward

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