Community Support Staff
Dianna Montoya, MHR
Dianna Montoya, MS, is our Community Support Specialist Program Manager and has worked with The Bindu Institute since March of 2018. She plays an active role by working closely with both the case managers, a local/regional supervisor, and community partners ensuring all potential resources are made available for warriors to successfully reach their goals. She also assists with hiring individuals for the Community Support Specialist position.
Born and raised in Southern California, Dianna enlisted in the Air Force right out of High School and served 4 years as a Logistics Management Specialist. She is a graduate from the University of West Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a graduate degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. Dianna is a certified instructor for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse prevention, intervention, and pretreatment program. She works with the Lakeview DUI School, Florida Department of Corrections, and County Community Corrections. She is also facilitation group counseling for anger management and a certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, IATP CSOTP.
Prior to joining the team at The Bindu Institute, Dianna was a Veterans Advocate and coordinated services for veterans in Florida’s Panhandle covering five counties and its military installations. Dianna is a member of Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast, the Gulf Coast Veterans Advocacy Council, Florida’s League of Women Voters, Pensacola Branch of the NAACP, and on the Board of Evolve n’ Thrive a non-profit dedicated to LGBTQ issues. She has volunteered with organizations that work with Escambia’s Veteran Court, homeless veterans, and women veteran services in the Florida’s 1st Congressional District.
Dianna developed a strong sense of dedication to the non-profit sector even before serving in the military as a volunteer with Animal Rescue organizations, Boys and Girls Club, the American Red Cross, and as a youth mentor/tutor in her high school. She has worked in the nonprofit/NGO community for over 15 years overseas in Japan and in the Non-Continental states of Alaska and Hawaii providing educational services and support for families serving in the military. She has had the opportunity to develop, manage, and coordinate cultural educational functions and events with cultural affairs agencies in various regions.