Sean Hanna is the Senior Director of Veteran Initiatives at the Meadows Institute. In this position, he leverages his experience and knowledge of statewide peer network development to spearhead innovative projects and policy development focused on meeting the mental health needs of Texas veterans and their families.
At the Institute, Sean supports local, state, and national thought leaders in the development of creative solutions to improve access to and quality of veteran mental health services. He helps local communities implement both novel and established technology solutions to increase collaboration and outreach at the community and state levels, works closely with state and federal agencies to implement collaborative community solutions, and participates in state and national conversations to guide and inform veteran mental health initiatives and broader system development.
Prior to joining the Institute, Sean served as the Director for Veterans Mental Health for the Texas Veterans Commission, and he played an instrumental role in building and supporting the Military Veteran Peer Network (MVPN) across the state. Sean served eight years in the Navy as a Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman, where he deployed to multiple international locations and saw combat action in support of Operation United Shield (Somalia). He also earned his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA) and is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Texas.