One Fight Foundation Executive Board of Directors
“Meeting people where they’re at,” is the personal and professional motto that I apply to my everyday interactions. Born in Reading and growing up in Allentown, PA, I was the third oldest of five children, which helped build strong attributes of compassion, empathy, commitment, and dedication.
I learned early on that I had an appreciation for the work ethic and structure that the military offered. While attending William Allen High School, I was an active member in the ROTC program. After high school, I left for college, while childhood friends enlisted in the military. I learned a lot about the commitment and sacrifices that military families make, witnessing lifelong friends being deployed and their families at home anxiously anticipating correspondence with them. In 2005, I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a Bachelors of Arts Degree with a concentration in Sociology.
Later that year, I began my career working as a Youth Counselor and then as a Social Worker for the next six years, focusing on crisis intervention and mental health issues. In 2012, I embarked in a new direction with my career and is currently working in Clinical Research for ICON Clinical Research. I serves as the President of the One Fight Foundation as a means to give back to those who gave so much.
Outside of work, I stay active with my husband David, daughter Brooklyn, and her Yorkie Belle.
vice president of operations and finance
I am the Senior Project Manager for Operations at Lehigh Valley Health Network where I serve as a senior action officer, project manager and business planner for special, large-scale initiatives. I serve as the founding Co-Chairperson for the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC) Healthcare in Our Community project. In this nationally-acclaimed veteran health project, I lead a coalition of Veterans Advocacy Liaison Officers representing 9 hospitals in the greater Lehigh Valley region in advocating for veterans, service personnel, and their families. I am a decorated U.S. Air Force veteran that completed a 6-month tour in Afghanistan in 2011, where I was embedded with the U.S. Army 82d and 101st Airborne units, respectively, as Senior Medical Planner for NATO and Chief of Emergency Planning for Regional Command-East (RC-E) Afghanistan. I served as the architect for the first-ever National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant, U.S. theater of operations-based, Joint Emergency Interoperability Communications Plan (EICP) for which I received the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. I received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for serving as the Senior Medical Advisor to the Deputy Commander for Coalition Forces and for my critical leadership in opening a Role II field hospital in Ghazni Province for and on behalf of NATO and Polish coalition forces. I also have a dual Masters in Public Service and Administration (MPSA) from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.
vice president of strategy
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One Fight Foundation Staff and Ambassadors
Creative artistic Liaison
I am a poet/combat veteran/facilitator/public speaker/actor/curator.
In the Army while deployed to Iraq, I was a combat medic and provided medical support for convoys with the Marines, Air Force and the Army. I also did shifts in the Navy medical hospital. In Germany, I was part of a medical evacuation company.
Currently, I collaborate with Impact Theatre, Aquila Theatre, Intersections International, One Fight Foundation, CUNY, Ithaca College, Syracuse University, Poetic Theater Productions, Bedlam Outreach, Service Together and The Military Resilience Project along with many other organizations. I have founded and act as the director of FVET; Female Veterans Empowered to Transition which is held at Camel’s Hump Farm in Bethlehem, PA. I have performed at the Lincoln Center Atrium, The New York Cultural and Ethical Society, Poetic License: Kicking down Doors, Veterans Special at the Lucid Body House, LaGuardia Community College Veteran Week and Aquila Theatre@ GK arts center. I have been published in, “The War Horse,” “Spring Street,” “Common Ground,” “Reflections; Public Rhetoric, Civic Writing and Service Learning,” “Journal of Military Behavioral Health,” “The Indypendent, online magazine,” “The I’mpossible Project,” and multiple poetry anthologies. As a veteran myself, my goal is to help veterans and civilians by healing the wounds of war and military culture through the arts. I hope by creating smoother reintegration programs; it will facilitate lowering the suicide, homelessness and addiction epidemics that plague our veterans.