Secretary's Center for Strategic Partnerships (SCSP)
SCSP provides “Endless Possibilities” for Air Force Veteran
April 17, 2019
By Shawn Graham
Communications and Portfolio Manager Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships
Amy Coleman is a management analyst and committed to serving her fellow Veterans. After five years in the Air Force, she decided she needed a change. Once separated, Coleman began her journey into civilian life at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Since starting her journey 12 years ago, she has worked within several Office of Information & Technology (OI&T) portfolios. One day in March 2018, she applied for a detail to support the Secretary’s Center for Strategic Partnerships (SCSP). Coleman hoped the detail would allow her to dust off some skills and develop new ones.
Coleman said she never imagined this opportunity with the SCSP in 2018 would not only further her commitment to serving Veterans, but also widen the aperture in her life, both personally and professionally. During her time with SCSP, Coleman experienced first-hand how both non-profits and companies help Veterans.
“It’s widened the network of those who share my passion to help Veterans,” Coleman said. “I’ve met a lot of people who have the same goal. It’s rewarding to start an initiative, follow it through, and see the outcome.”
Coleman said one of her most significant accomplishments was working with Sanford Health on a free precision medicine initiative that will help 250,000 Veterans receive Pharmacogenetic testing. The testing is a critically important tool for physicians in prescribing the most appropriate medications at optimized dosages.
“I started working on the project last year and I just witnessed the formal announcement on March 12,” Coleman said. “It’s exciting to see all of SCSP’s hard work come to fruition. That partnership is introducing groundbreaking initiatives that will be used to help my fellow Veterans. This is a great example of a partner helping us improve Veterans’ health care and lives.”
Deborah Scher, Executive Advisor to the Secretary, SCSP, said the office was fortunate to have Coleman’s critical thinking, passion, creativity, and commitment to Veterans.
“Her dedication to these partnerships will benefit thousands of Veterans for many years to come,” Scher said. “We are grateful to Mr. Bill James and the Office of OIT for making Amy available to us as a detail. We wish her much success.”
“I enjoyed my tour with SCSP,” Coleman said. “My duties helped me grow both personally and professionally. You’re provided with a framework to get started, but as your work progresses, you’re given a lot of autonomy.”
“You work side-by-side with partners on strategies and turn ideas into reality,” she said. “Our work at SCSP has endless possibilities.”
Doug Carmon, SCSP Director, said Coleman performed well with minimum guidance, leading several initiatives from the beginning to end.
“She’s stepped up to the plate numerous times for us,” Carmon said. “The partnerships she helped develop will have significant impact for Veterans, their families and caregivers for years, if not decades to come. Detail positions like Amy’s are a win for both offices. Our office received a highly skilled person, and their office is getting her back with new and expanded skillsets.”
Coleman said she would recommend SCSP detail assignments to any teammates interested in fulfilling work that helps Veterans, their families, survivors, and caregivers.
“Every day we strive to help Veterans,” Coleman said. “You can›t ask for a more rewarding job.“