Staff members execute the day-to-day operations of the Military Assistance Project and ensure we reach the military personnel who seek aid.
The current staff of Military Assistance Project is comprised of the following individuals:
Dr. Cecilia M. Cardesa-Lusardi
Dr. Cardesa-Lusardi joined MAP in June 2017 where she is responsible for its overall leadership and management. She brings into her management expertise a trauma-informed approach on the role of trauma and resilience among individuals, organizations and communities. Whether through her work with women religious with African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) or as Chief Strategy Officer for Chariot Companies, a social impact organization, Cecilia uniquely bridges her international experience into the strategic alignment and direction of local organizations through her human rights and venture creation lens.
In 2011, Dress for Success Worldwide hired Cecilia to create and execute the strategic turn-around management of its local Philadelphia affiliate along with creating a sustainable growth strategy, sound financial forecasting and organizational positioning. Prior to serving as CEO of Dress for Success Philadelphia, she spearheaded the change management and holistic turn-around of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as a senior member of leadership team at its U.S. Headquarters. Before that, Cecilia served as the Executive Director of Voices without Borders, Inc. Dr. Cardesa-Lusardi began her career working for an affiliate of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS).
She has served as Delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women and Hong Kong’s Social Enterprise Summit. Dr. Cardesa-Lusardi has received numerous awards and recognition for her commitment to community development, and has served on numerous local, regional and national boards. Most recently, she received the 2016 VERA MOMEMTUM Award based on her work with start-ups in El Salvador through Business Council for Peace (BPeace).
Staff Attorney and Director, Pro Bono Projects
Sheila is a resident of Atlantic City, New Jersey and an attorney at the Military Assistance Project, where she assists veteran clients as well as directs the organization's Pro Bono Projects program.
Assistant DIRECTOR, Veterans Administrative Law Division
Richard serves as an Equal Justice Works Fellow (sponsored by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP) and as the Director of the Veterans Administrative Law Division. He joined the MAP staff in January 2017 as the Assistant Director of the Division to help foster and grow the practice area. He is a graduate of the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.
Case Management Intake Specialist
Harry serves as Intake Specialist for the Military Assistance Project.