Angela Waller served in the Army Reserve as a Medical Laboratory Technician and was nominated to serve as an Army Reserve Career Counselor, later as an Officer Accessions Career Counselor. During her tenure, Angela earned the prestigious honor of being selected as the US Army Reserve Soldier (Career Counselor) of the Year twice. After retiring from the Army Reserve as a Combat Veteran, Angela became certified as a Holistic Health & Lifestyle Coach, Advanced Level Registered Yoga Teacher and is also a published writer.
Angela is an avid volunteer for many organizations including Honor Flight Network, Pennsylvania Horticulture Society and Warrior Canine Connection. She was recognized for distinguished community service with the United Services Organization (USO), earning the President Barack Obama Volunteer Service Award. Angela, appointed in October 2017, also serves as the Military Women’s Memorial Ambassador for the state of Maryland.
In 2017, Angela founded the nonprofit organization, Angel Rain Foundation Inc., created to provide various social and cultural events to underrepresented populations who may not have otherwise had those opportunities.
With the desire to share more Angela embarked on a journey to create a unique space for those needing to "care for self", and in August 2020, Green Wall Yoga & Wellness was born, where she specializes in Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Beginners, Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindful Resilience for Veterans.
This year, Angela achieved Top Ten status in the Ms. Veteran America (MVA) Competition and won the MVA 2021 Selfless Service Award. She is humbled and honored to be an advocate for Women Veterans.
Angela’s websites: angelawaller.com & greenwallyoga.com
Dee Woolridge’s plan was to serve four years in the Navy but her journey turned into a great love and career of leadership of over 30 years. Dee was one of the first wave of women to work in a traditionally male role as an aviation electrician on HS-60B Sea Hawk Helicopters, and part of the first wave of women to serve on combatant ships including USS Kitty Hawk CV-63. Her career took her through various roles, duties and commands, that began as an E-3 aviation electrician to a Navy journalist to a public affairs officer, to a commanding officer and a Naval advisor on Hollywood movies such as Transformers and The Last Ship, ended when she retired in 2018 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LCDR – 04).
Dee is now an international speaker, speaking about leadership, mindset, communication and resilience. She is also an award-winning author, corporate trainer, workshop facilitator, Certified Clinical and Interpersonal Hypnotherapist (CIHt), Certified Spiritual Counselor and Life Coach (CLC), Certified Presenter (CP).
She is the founder of Heart Centered Institute, co-founder of Hands of Heart – an organization that promotes entrepreneurship to young adults on the autism spectrum, and she is a board member of Care Warriors – a non-profit organization that provides independent living services to individuals with special needs.
Lori is a nonprofit management expert with a focus on strategically directing nonprofits for a sustainable and impactful future. As a US Navy veteran and current military spouse, Lori has spent the last decade building national and community efforts to better serve the nation’s veterans and their families. With an MBA from University of Maryland, she brings a strong business acumen to nonprofits where she takes satisfaction in guiding strategy, building the development process, designing marketing initiatives, and strengthening the fundamentals of operational excellence. Lori is a proven fundraising and marketing professional consistently increasing donated and earned revenue as well as raising brand visibility. She is the Chief Development officer for Camp Corral focusing on children and families of wounded and fallen veterans. Lori is a former nonprofit strategy consultant, nonprofit executive director, and most recently, the development and marketing director for American’s Warrior Partnership where she led the growth of their national presence. Lori considers herself a builder having helped many nonprofits with overall growth including significant funding, program, and operational improvement. Lori is the constant advocate of service members, veterans, and military families. She is the volunteer Chief Strategy Officer for VETLANTA, Strategy Development Officer for Proudly She Served, and Guardian Ad Litem for NC Department of Family & Children Services.
Jenna Carlton joined the Navy in 2013 and began training as an Aerographer’s Mate studying meteorology and oceanography. During her four years she went underway on several ships and completed a deployment on CVN 75 Harry S. Truman in efforts of Operation Inherent Resolve.
In 2017, Jenna was honorably discharged and used her GI Bill to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She did a summer internship at the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs where she discovered her passion for helping veterans but was discouraged by the bureaucracy of Congress.
In 2020, while job searching, Navy Veteran Jenna became active in the online veteran community and started a support group for younger veterans and transitioning service members called The Millennial Veterans. The group offers resources, shared experiences, and a lot of laughs through online interactions making veterans feel less isolated and normalizing the hardships of becoming a civilian again. The Millennial Veterans share amazing stories of our veterans and keep positive conversations flowing through weekly interviews on IG Live called Vet Chats.
Jenna currently lives in Southern Maryland with her husband and children. She works full-time for the Navy as a contract specialist. Her free time is spent outdoors with family, reading all sorts of books, and volunteering with her church and local veteran service organizations.
Jennifer Foxworthy is a military combat veteran, business owner, distinguished Toastmaster, an award-winning inspirational influencer, internationally published author, as well as a domestic violence activist and advocate.
Jennifer started out in the Navy as an Ocean Systems Technical Analyst and then attended the elite Naval Aircrew Candidate training program, graduating in 1995. For over 14 years as an Aircrewman, she flew on three different aircraft (E6-A, P-3 and EP-3), flew in combat missions in support of three wars (Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq), logged over 3700 flight hours and received 4 Air Medals. She also knocked down stereotypes by becoming the first African American female Aircrewman, the first African American Aircrewman in the enlisted ranks and the first female In Flight Technician during her squadron tours.
Jennifer changed her focus in the military from Active Duty warfare to Active Duty welfare and in December 2011, she became a certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ADCI). Jennifer retired in 2013 as a Chief Petty Officer, serving 21 years in the Navy.
Jennifer founded Inspirationally Speaking, LLC, which gives her a platform to inspire, motivate, and empower thousands of people around the country to make changes in their life so that they can walk boldly in their purpose. As a change champion and wanting to make a greater impact in the world concerning domestic violence, human trafficking and homelessness, Jennifer is the founder and CEO of Unstoppable You Ministries, Inc., hosting the “Unstoppable You Conference” throughout the country as well as the host for Living Unshackled ON Purpose television show.
Dr. Joy Bloom Wright is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and one of the first women to assist with the integration of women on aircraft carriers. She served as an active-duty Naval Flight Officer, flying the F-14 Tomcat, stationed aboard aircraft carriers. Joy also has a Masters in Psychology from Old Dominion University and a Doctorate in Organizational Development from Alliant University.
Joy co-founded Launch Team Consulting with Ray Leonard Jr – motivational speaker, consultant, and son of legendary boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard and they have teamed up to offer keynotes highlighting topics about facing adversity and rising above and overcoming challenges. Ray has over twenty years domestic and international experience as a professional manager and organizational consultant in the sports and entertainment industries, and has a unique ability to direct complex projects from concept to fully operational status.
Kerri Jeter, Founder of Freedom Sisters Media, served in the U.S. Army for 12-years, starting as a Private First Class and exiting as a senior Captain. During her time in service, she served in Human Resources, Finance, Training, and Public Affairs; building critical and lasting systems for the Army that are still being utilized today.
In 2015, Jeter was crowned Ms. Veteran America. During her reign, Jeter realized that the stories being reported about female vets simply weren’t accurate.
After her own journey of self-discovery and embracing her entrepreneurial spirit Kerri, launched Freedom Sisters Media which tells empowering stories of female veterans. Freedom Sisters is a faith-based, multi-media company that shares the successes of women veterans via the internet. Freedom Sisters creates content, connection, and community for Women beyond the uniform and focuses on guidance for success in life.
Kerri, a mom of five, shares about the podcast “The conversations have been authentic, real, transparent and vulnerable. The show can be summed up like this: It’s women veterans’ soulful stories that help others overcome, heal and thrive. No topic is off the table. This is real life, and our sisters are real ‘sheroes.’ ”
Tara started her military career as an Army interrogator and subsequently received an Army ROTC Scholarship at Syracuse University and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and a commission in the Adjutant General Corps. Tara’s first Army Officer assignment was as the Executive Officer in the 510th Personnel Services Battalion, Ansbach, Germany. While there she earned a Master's degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma.
Tara served in numerous leadership positions with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and the 25th Infantry Division as well as commanding a company of over 150 soldiers and civilians in a U.S. Army NATO unit in Naples, Italy. Tara became an Army Foreign Area Officer to China and was assigned to the Defense Attaché Office, Beijing, China. Tara earned a second Master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School and went on to work at the Defense Intelligence Agency and at the Director of National Intelligence Advanced Campaign Cell.
During Tara’s deployment to Afghanistan she served as the key leader representative to the Commander of U.S. Special Forces, traveling extensively with him across the country as well as work with the only Afghan female special operations unit in Afghanistan. As a Lieutenant Colonel, Tara was assigned to U.S. Army Headquarters in Hawaii working international security assistance programs in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia.
Tara retired in 2020 as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 25 years. She and her family reside in Brookfield, CT. Upon retirement Tara served as the Director of Operations for the Danbury Amazon Logistics center, which she launched in September of 2020. During her time at Amazon she was able to she helped attain a sizeable Amazon monetary contribution for the Woman’s Center of Greater Danbury. She is married to Lieutenant Colonel (retired, USMA ‘86) Tony Carr and they have four children.
Linda is the CEO of Health Educators & Trainers and has over 30 years in the healthcare field including working intensive care units, trauma, emergency medicine and flying with MediVac flights. While working with the Army in the Middle East in 1995, Linda was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained during a bombing attack in Saudi Arabia. Linda has extensive fundraising expertise, including working with the Gary Sinise organization, which honors our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. Linda received the Gary Sinise Foundation Volunteer award in 1997. Linda also served as the Director of Operations and VIP Manager for the GI Film Festival for 9 years. Linda is the Sponsorship Director for Proudly She Served and manages all aspects of corporate sponsorship.