Training Director - Indiana
Mike Espinda honorably served with the Indiana Army National Guard for over 29 years of service, including 27 years on active duty. He retired at the rank of sergeant major. Mike is a disabled veteran and enjoys serving those who have served alongside him and fought for our country’s freedom.
After retiring from the National Guard, Mike served over two years as a family assistance specialist for the Indiana National Guard Family Programs Department. During this time, he focused on case management for military service members from all branches of service. His duties included locating financial, employment, legal, TRICARE insurance, crisis intervention, and numerous other community resources that supported military service members. Mike focused heavily on creating community partnerships. He is deeply embedded within the local and military community and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Operation: Job Ready Veterans.
While serving in the military, Mike attended the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy to further his leadership skills. Mike earned his B.S. degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Throughout his career, Mike has completed numerous classes and seminars that have increased his knowledge to better support veterans within the community.
His certifications include Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) accredited representative of the American Legion, STAR Behavioral Health (Tiers 1 and 2), TRICARE Fundamentals, Army Family Team Building Program Net Trainer Online (Levels 1 and 2), and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST).