Veterans Research Engagement Council

Veterans Engagement.


Our mission is to engage Veteran stakeholders in multiple facets of CfNN research intended to explore new science and develop new treatments to improve Veterans’ health by:
  • Providing feedback on current and planned CfNN research programs
  • Reviewing and providing suggestions on research procedures and materials (including recruitment)
  • Recommending ways of disseminating research findings to stakeholders
  • Identifying additional areas of need for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology research.

Evidence VREC Works

  • Draws upon the strengths, resources, and diversity of individual patients and communities affected by a health issue.
  • Community needs are given equal weight against the priorities of researchers, clinical and academic partners, healthcare organizations, and funders.
  • The expertise and knowledge of patients and community members is honored.
  • Throughout the research there is an emphasis on openness, and building and maintaining trust between partners.

VREC Contact Information

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Elizabeth (Mimi) Sevin, LICSW

Co-Chair , Veterans Research Engagement Committee (VREC)

Clinical Interventionist
VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN), VA Providence Healthcare System


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Steven Magnanti, BS

Co-Chair, Veterans Research Engagement Committee (VREC)
Regulatory Manager/ Lead Health Science Specialist
VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology (CfNN), VA Providence Healthcare System
United States Air Force (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom)
RI Air National Guard

VREC Members

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Justyn Charon

Veteran Outreach Program Specialist Providence Veterans Center United States Marine Corps (Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom)


Jessop Consuelo

Veteran Caregiver -Veteran Caregiver Support Program

Rhode Island’s Dole Caregiver Fellow Advocate – Elizabeth Dole Foundation

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Paul Darcy

Former Research Recruitment Specialist, VA Providence Healthcare System  

United States Army (Operation Iraqi Freedom)



Rachael Garcia, MSW, VFW, DSO

Assistant Director of Veteran Affairs and Military Programs
Dean of Students Office – University of Rhode Island
Air Force (Operation Iraqi Freedom)




Maija Hill

Universal Services Advocate RI/Southeastern Massachusetts

Veterans Inc.

United States Army (Operation Desert Storm)



Lisa A. Levasseur

Interim Assistant Director, Veterans Affairs and Military Programs Rhode Island College

United States Air Force (Operation Desert Storm)

RI Air National Guard