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Profile: Sandra Thébaud

As part of NVTI's initiative to mentor small Veteran-owned businesses, several contractors are utilized in various training courses. One of those sub-contractors is Sandra Thébaud, Ph.D., a former Lieutenant Commander who spent four years as a Navy Psychologist and consultant to the Marine Corps’ 1st Special Forces Group.

As a NVTI contractor, Thébaud can be found in the Labor & Employment Specialist course and soon will provide training in the Promoting Partnerships for Employment class. One of the areas in which she has special knowledge is in dealing with stress management issues. While in the Navy she was tasked with teaching stress management to the medical staff and then also began facilitating groups for her patients, as well. Additionally, she founded a firm called Paramount Transitions, a business dedicated to providing learning in the areas of stress management and emotional intelligence.

NVTI Director Vaune Shelbourn said, "Sandra has been a great addition to NVTI with her strong background and facilitation skills."

Thébaud has learned about Title 38 and other legislation that affect Veterans and also about how programs involved with VETS work together. She said, "That understanding has helped me put DVOP and LVER positions into perspective and I've become more confident and the training has become more rewarding."

Training at NVTI has reminded Thébaud of something she missed. "I really enjoy working with veterans. I didn't realize how much I missed the military environment until I started working as a contractor for NVTI," Thébaud said. "I have a very high opinion of active duty military members and Veterans--reliable, dependable, accountable, honest, etc, etc. As a Veteran, I feel an instant camaraderie with other Veterans." She also said the NVTI staff has been the best group of people she's ever worked with "and I've worked with a lot," she said. "All of the staff (whether Veteran or not) can be held in high esteem. The team works well together and holds true to the mission of serving those who serve our Veterans. I couldn't be more proud to be a part of this team."

Thébaud feels that her years of military service gives her a slight advantage as a trainer in that she speaks the same "language" as the participants. She said, "Even though I've had a different military experience, having been on active duty creates a shared experience that leads to faster rapport building and credibility."

Five Random Questions:

1. Where were you born? I was born in New York City. Some people think it's a scary place to raise kids but I think it was the best place to grow up. It's one of the most culturally diverse places on earth and you don't need a car! If I could afford it, my kids would be growing up there too.

2. What is your guilty pleasure? Reality TV (Amazing Race, Survivor)

3. Last book you read? Read? I have a 4 year old and a 2 year old! :) I think it was The 30 Day Consciousness Cleanse by Debbie Ford (Great book I plan to read again).

4. Most exotic place you’ve visited? Exotic (as in most fantasy-like?) Bahamas. But my favorite anywhere is Switzerland.

5. What was the last thing you laughed at? My kids trying to justify bad behavior.

And lastly, what does Thébaud cite as her most proud professional accomplishment thus far? "I recently published a book called The Art of Loving Life. It's based on one of my workshops that has changed many lives for the better," she said. "I am very proud of what I've accomplished through my workshop and I hope to help even more people through my book."



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