Jeffrey Scher -- Secretary
BA English / Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Jeffrey is a lifelong New Yorker whose career spans two decades with the NYC Emergency Medical Services Command system, as an EMT and as an officer. Jeffrey served in every borough except Staten Island during his tenure, advancing to the rank of Deputy Assistant Chief before medical retirement in 2005. Jeffrey was a frequent contributing writer to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services on EMS operations with the city, and was a founding member of Brooklyn’s Tri-Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Jeffrey also served as Chief of Special Operations at the American Red Cross’ Queens Chapter during the mid-1990s, and managed disaster response to major incidents in NYC and across the US.
Jeffrey was educated at the City University of New York, earning a BA in English and a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at CUNY Graduate School. Jeffrey was a member of the Adjunct Faculty at LaGuardia Community College, and later at Lafayette College in eastern Pennsylvania. An accomplished writer, Jeffrey provides Digital Content Creation for Planewave Instruments, a major aerospace corporation based in Adrian, Michigan, where they are engaged in the development and manufacture of industrial-grade and military telescopes for observatories, universities, and governments around the world.
Jeffrey supports My Brothers House as a Board Member, in the firm belief that no veteran should have to fight for shelter, after fighting for his or her country.
Sherry R. Banks SSG (USA Retired) -- Board Member at Large
US Army Veteran
Sherry R. Banks serves as a Member-at-Large for the My Brother’s House 501(c )(3) Public Charity. As a Member-at-Large she’s an active advocate and ambassador for the organization and fully engages in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for My Brother’s House to advance its mission.
She has been a Telecommunication Supervisor and currently holds the position of an IT System Analyst for the Department of Veteran Affairs since 1997. During her time with the VA she has received numerous awards and recommendations that propelled her during employment. She has extensive experience with forming motivated teams to perform at the highest level. Communication with leadership, staff and contractors to build diverse teams to accomplish the mission, is one of her many great attributes. She strongly believes that when you have the right group of people together, nothing is impossible.
She is a retired Staff Sergeant of the United States Army. While serving, and with her love of helping others, two of her of her favorite assignments were, as a Drill Corporal (Assistant Drill Sergeant) for a cycle of basic trainees and being an instructor at the Basic Noncommissioned Officer Academy. She loved those assignments most because she was able to teach and train soldiers to achieve their next level in their careers. Also, while serving, she volunteered, every year, for a camp that helped children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
One of her ultimate goals is to open a facility to house, teach and provide medical and psychological care for battered woman and children.
Dr. Remolia Simpson -- Founder & CEO
US Army Veteran
Our Founder and CEO, Dr. Remolia Simpson, is a passionate veterans' advocate. Dr. Simpson’s extensive educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Management Studies, Master’s degrees in Human Services (MA), and a Doctorate in Biblical Counseling. Dr. Simpson is a qualified mental health therapist, who has directed a day program serving 360 mental health and special-needs clients, in which she supervised staff counselors and caseworkers in the Washington, DC area.
On Long Island, Dr. Simpson managed a homeless shelter, with wide-ranging responsibilities. She is the driving force behind the rapid growth of our organization, which is expanding to serve cities across America. As a six-year US Army veteran, Dr. Simpson also plans to include services for homeless veterans in our practice. She continues to work tirelessly to bring all our veterans home
Johnnie M. Koch CPT (USA Retired) -- Vice President
US Army Veteran
Johnnie began her military/nursing career when she joined the military in 1977 as a Licensed Practical Nurse. In 1990, she decided to pursue an education as a Registered Nurse and was accepted to the first class of the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) Enlisted Commissioning program. She graduated Sigma Theta Tau and Cum Laude from George Mason University in 1992, with a Bachelor of Science Nursing. Johnnie was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp (ANC) immediately after.
Her first duty station as an ANC officer was Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC). While serving at WRAMC, she applied for and was accepted to the Operating Room (OR) Nursing Course at William Beaumont Army Medical Center. She graduated from the OR course in 1994 and returned to WRAMC and was assigned as the Head Nurse of Urology. During her tenure, she planned, coordinated and instituted the first cryo-surgical procedure for the treatment of prostate cancer.
In 1996, Johnnie was reassigned to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) operating room and appointed Head Nurse of Neurosurgery. Her primary duties included assisting with surgical procedures in the OR and providing post-surgical care for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) casualties.
In addition to her primary duties, she provided much needed support to the Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) to the breakaway states of Russia. Serving as clinical team chief, she oversaw medical equipment training conducted by clinical experts.
In 2002, she retired from the military and continued to serve as a Department of the Army (DA) civilian at LRMC. In 2004, she completed the Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) course and became the first credentialed Neurosurgery RNFA at LRMC. Realizing RNFA skills were an invaluable asset to the medical facility, she was tasked by the Department Chief to design, manage and implement the first Neuro and Stealth monitoring programs for the insertion of neurosurgical hardware.
In 2014, she moved back to the US and became the Head Nurse of the Neurosurgery clinic until her retirement from civil service in 2017. In her free time, she volunteers at the migrant clinic and disability program in San Antonio. She enjoys travel and wine collecting.
Cynthia B. Julien CMSgt (USAF Retired) -- Treasurer
BS Human Resources / MS Technology Management
US Air Force Veteran
She monitors income and expenses and ensures that My Brother’s House (MBH) is operating within its budget to ensure a successful stewardship of the public charity. Cynthia has been a Program Manager for over 30 years in IT Management, (5 years of Data Center management, 15 years of program/project management, 5 years of Offering Development, and 30 years of leading IT professionals). Cynthia has extensive experience forming high performance teams that arise to any challenge.
A graduate of Bellevue University, Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. She also holds a Master of Science Degree in Technology Management from George Mason University and holds a graduate certificate from the Federal CIO in Federal Executive Competencies.
Cynthia has always had a “give back” mentality. She is a retired Chief Master Sergeant, United States Air Force, and while serving, she organized Thanksgiving baskets and Secret Santa campaigns to ensure young military families had help during the holidays. She volunteered for Special Olympics and helped raise funds for homeless and less fortunate children. She also worked as a volunteer at a Women’s shelter helping battered women with transitioning from their old lives to new beginnings, whether it was dressing for interviews, or prepping for interviews.
In her free time, she uses her passion for cooking in her church's Culinary Ministry. She has one son and four grandchildren to keep her busy.