Leah joined Blue Star Families as a volunteer in 2014. A year later, she joined the staff of Blue Star Families as a volunteer training fellow and is now the Assistant Director of Community Outreach. Leah`s career, like that of many military spouses, has been varied. She has held administrative positions in the legal, human resources and real estate sectors, taught history at a high school and is now a volunteer recruiter, trainer and manager. She graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Recreation, Parks and Tourism and a specialization in Event Management. She is married to LCDR Alex Yu-Rank, a mother of her daughter Nora (4 months) and a Goldendoodle named Bodhi (also called “the firstborn”). Anna is a middle-aged child, baker, insatiable reader, passionate about sound music, an old soul and a child at heart. Aleata Louise Whitworth – burglary (commercial, three counts), fraud. She currently lives on the West Coast and supports her disabled veteran as a caregiver. Together they have four beautiful adult children. In addition to working with Blue Star Families and caring for her spouse, Laura volunteers with other SVOs and serves local civic organizations. Ali`s leadership works at the pace of the operation to analyze situations, get the message across, and inspire leaders to look beyond their day-to-day effects to understand the greater impact their organization could have on the world.
Rachel Wissinger Senior Manager of Development Operations Ross lives in Seattle, WA, and has been named Point of Light by Points of Light Institute. Miccia`s husband is currently self-employed as a weapons instructor. Together they have an adult daughter and a son. In her spare time, she loves to travel. Mickia also volunteers as a tutor ad litem, where she helps protect the best interests of children involved in the justice system. Prior to joining Blue Star Families, she held positions such as Special Facility Events Coordinator and Recreation Delivery Program Manager, where she had the opportunity to plan and execute events based on the needs of the community in which she lived and served. Karissa also served as the Community Services Coordinator for a privatized military housing provider, where her role was to plan and organize community events through partnerships with stakeholders and sponsors. She has also worked in finance and insurance, where she worked as a solutions specialist for military personnel and their families. Karissa has over 15 years of experience in event and program management. He planned, organized and executed events that formed partnerships that benefited soldiers, their families and all civilians.
William Edward Bond – aggravated sentence for a controlled substance: possession of a firearm, probation, conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of a firearm by a criminal. Carlandra “CT” Moss is a retired Army sergeant with 24 years of experience in leadership, training and community relations. She is a certified life coach, motivational speaker and fitness influencer. CT Moss is Director of the Racial Equity & Inclusion (REI) Initiative for Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization that supports and serves military families. As Director of the REI, she leads multi-dimensional and cross-sectoral collective action efforts to improve the service experience for Black military families. Kathy has served in the White House and the Department of Defense. In the latter capacity, she was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acting) for her work on defense reform. She also received the Daily Point of Light Award from President George H. W.
Bush and the Chief of Staff of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award. She has served on a number of committees, including the Princeton University Board of Trustees, and was the first to be inducted into the Ford Hall of Heroes of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ashley grew up with her two younger siblings in Norfolk, Virginia. With a grandfather in the Air Force and many friends whose parents were in the military, Ashley developed an awareness of the challenges faced by military families and how civilians can support this unique population. It strives to work for military families and further strengthen relations between them and the civilian population. Marla also works with the Military Spouses Advisory Council for Caliber Real Estate Loans; She educates, collaborates and leads initiatives to prevent and eliminate Veteran homelessness. Her passion is to help people in need. She does this as co-founder and CEO of Bautista Project Inc., a nonprofit organization that cares for members of the homeless community in Tampa, Florida. Prior to joining Blue Star Families, Lauren worked as a social media manager, supporting digital communications efforts for numerous Electric Cooperative organizations across the United States. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication from Towson University.
Marine Corp.`s wife and human resources business partner, Melinda, is the controller at Blue Star Families. Prior to BSF, Melinda spent 25 years in the corporate sector where she held various accounting positions. Charles Andrew Holmes – hunting and fishing without a license, domestic violence (easy). William Whitfield – domestic violence (simple), harassment. Sheila Stevens joined Blue Star Families (BSF) in 2010 as a Chapter Director and volunteer in Jacksonville, Florida. Today, she is Director of Communications Operations. She oversees operations and implementation, and manages and executes all logistical aspects of our Applied Research Team, Communications Team and National Events Team.