Artist Council

ASAP's Artist Council is designed to provide a meaningful outlet for professional artists to engage with the veteran/military population. Artist Council members support our community by advising on our program model, leading classes and workshops, mentoring our veteran artists, and making strategic introductions to individuals in the arts and entertainment. This approach allows the Artist Council to serve as an important bridge between ASAP’s community and the arts/entertainment world.


Roman Baca, USMC

Founder, Exit 12 Dance Co.

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Joseph Bathanti

North Carolina Poet Laureate


Chris Coccia

Stand Up Comedian

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JP Connolly, USMC

Stand Up Comedian


Dion Flynn, Army

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

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David Gewanter

Poet, Writer

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Justine Elena, USMC

The Daily Show

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J. Ford Huffman

Artist, Editor, Designer, Writer


Kelly Kennedy, Army

Author, "They Fought For Each Other"


Jack Mandaville, USMC

Comedy Writer, Actor

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Benari Poulten, Army

Comedian, Comedy Writer


Deana Ricks

Improviser, Actress


Sofia Starnes

Virginia Poet Laureate


Paul Szoldra, USMC

Founder, Duffel Blog

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PJ Walsh, Navy

Stand Up Comedian

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Kayla Williams, Army

Author, "Love My Rifle More Than You"