June 17-19, 2020
Virginia Women Veterans Summit
new format. same great event.
The Virginia Women Veterans Summit is now VIRTUAL!
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Northam’s State of Emergency Declaration and subsequent guidelines, we have decided to make the 2020 Virginia Women Veterans Summit a virtual experience.
Join us online from Wednesday, June 17, 2020 to Friday, June 19, 2020 for this impactful event that brings together hundreds of veterans, employers, community leaders and government agencies from the federal, state, and local levels to raise awareness about the services and benefits offered specifically for women veterans through expert presenters, panel discussions and partner networking.
VIRTUAL EXHIBIT HALL
Our Virtual Exhibit Hall will take place from June 17 – 19th. Come prepared to engage and connect with our partners on services and benefits offered for women veterans!
Tips to prepare for the Virtual Exhibit Hall:
Wednesday, June 17
8:30am - 9:00am
Virtual Exhibit Hall
9:00am – 9:10am
Welcome Remarks | National Anthem | Opening Remarks
9:10am – 10:00am
What Virginia Offers to Women Veterans
10:00am – 11:00am
HER Money on a Mission: Managing Day to Day Finances During the Coronavirus Crisis
11:00am – 12:00pm
Panel Discussion with Comcast
12:00pm – 12:30pm
12:30pm – 1:00pm
Virtual Exhibit Hall
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Who’s the Boss? Finding Your Fit – A Discussion on Entrepreneurship
2:00pm – 2:30pm
Female Founders Veteran Small Business Award Overview & Remarks
2:30pm – 3:30pm
LeadHER into Employment
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Virginia Department of Veterans Services Benefits Information Session
4:15pm – 4:20pm
Thursday, June 18
8:30am - 9:00am
Virtual Exhibit Hall
9:00am - 9:10am
Welcome Remarks | “Old Glory”
9:10am - 10:00am
American Job Centers…Where Your Corporate and Federal Career Journey Begins
10:00am - 11:00am
The Power of Women: Reaching Success, Role Models in Business, and Leading in Our Communities presented by Dominion Energy
11:00am - 11:45am
Stay Alert and Grow Healthy – Suicide Prevention
11:45am - 12:00pm
Female Founders Veteran Small Business Award Finalists Boot Camp Highlights presented by PenFed Credit Union
12:00pm - 12:30pm
Virtual Exhibit Hall
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Women in Male-Dominated Industries: Staying True to You
1:30pm - 2:30pm
HERstory: Make Your Mark
2:30pm – 3:15pm
Let’s Stay Motivated – We’re Better Together
3:15pm – 3:20pm
Friday, June 19
8:30am - 9:00am
Virtual Exhibit Hall
9:00am - 9:10am
9:10am - 9:35am
Female Founders Veteran Small Business Award Pitch #1
9:35am - 10:05am
Virtual Exhibit Hall
10:05am - 10:30am
Female Founders Veteran Small Business Award Pitch #2
10:30am - 11:00am
Virtual Exhibit Hall
11:00am - 11:25am
Female Founders Veteran Small Business Award Pitch #3
11:25am - 11:55am
Virtual Exhibit Hall
11:55am - 12:15pm
Awards Presentation (Change Maker & Trailblazer Award, V3 Hiring Awards, Female Founders Veteran Small Business Award)
12:15pm - 12:20pm
Come back often to see an updated lineup of speakers!
Senator | Virginia's 7th District
Jen Kiggans, a former Navy pilot who currently serves as a Nurse Practitioner, was elected to Virginia’s 7th Senate district seat in November, 2019. The seat was previously held by Senator Frank Wagner and includes parts of Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
Jen is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Virginia Geriatrics Society, American Nurses Association, and the American Legion Post 110. She is a recipient of the Boston University Scarlet Key Award for exceptional leadership and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.
As the current representative of the 7th Senate District, Jen serves on the following Senate Committees: Local Government, Subcommittee on Charters, General Laws and Technology, Subcommittee on Gaming, and Rehabilitation and Social Services.
Jen currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, Steve, and their four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking chocolate chip cookies, and long-distance running. She and her family are members of St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Virginia Beach.
Delegate | Virginia House District 34
Delegate Kathleen Murphy represents Virginia’s 34th District, located in Fairfax and Loudoun County. The House District includes McLean, Vienna, Wolf Trap, Great Falls and parts of Eastern Loudoun. Delegate Murphy is a member of the House Finance and the Privileges and Elections Committees. She also belongs to the Military and Veterans Caucus and the Virginia Environment and Renewable Energy Caucus. She serves on the Board of Veterans Services and chairs the Women Veterans Workgroup.
Prior to her service in the General Assembly, Kathleen was President of Johnson Murphy & Associates - a McLean consulting firm providing strategic counseling and legislative strategies for companies and non-profit organizations. During the Clinton Administration, she worked as a Senior Advisor for International Trade issues at the Department of Commerce and handled Congressional Affairs at USAID. Previously, she was senior staff for Congressman Charlie Wilson (D-TX), where she handled Defense and Foreign Operations appropriations. Throughout her career, Kathleen has held a Top Secret Security clearance.
Kathleen helped found Salute Our Services, which was created to connect deployed service members to their families. She also helped found Kids Serve Too, an organization to honor and support children in military families. Kathleen played a critical role in Women’s Campaign International, an organization dedicated to teaching women in developing countries how to become political leaders, and was a founding member of the Congressional Wives Task Force, an advocacy group that focused on ensuring accurate nutrition labeling on food products and decreasing violence in children’s television.
Kathleen is a member of the McLean Community Foundation. She served on the Human Services Council for Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Health Care Task Force. She serves on a fundraising board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. She graduated from American University magna cum laude. Kathleen is the mother of four children. She and her husband, Bill Sudow, are long time McLean residents.
Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs | Commonwealth of Virginia
Carlos Hopkins currently serves as Virginia’s Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs, the state’s top official for coordinating state and federal resources to support Virginia’s veteran community and liaison with federal defense facilities. Former Governor Terence R. McAuliffe appointed him Secretary on September 1, 2017, following Hopkins’ service over the previous 3 years as Counsel to the Governor where he advised the Governor on the impact current federal and state law might have on the Governor’s policy proposals. Governor Ralph S. Northam reappointed him to a new four-year term.
Deputy Secretary for Veterans and Defense Affairs | Commonwealth of Virginia
Kathleen T. Jabs is Virginia’s Deputy Secretary for Veterans and Defense Affairs where she works to coordinate state and federal resources to support Virginia’s veteran community and liaison with federal defense facilities.
Kathleen has more than 30 years of government, military and academic leadership and communications experience, including involvement with public affairs operations at Navy Chief of Information, NATO's Allied Command Transformation, US Fleet Forces Command, and National Defense University. Her military career spans a variety of active duty and reserve positions, with service in Japan, Hawaii, Panama, the Pentagon and military installations along the East Coast.
Commissioner | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
John Maxwell is a 28-year Navy veteran with experience in private industry and a wide
variety of aviation, shipboard, and program management assignments.
Trained as a P-3C Naval Flight Officer, John guided teams of all sizes in a variety of
missions and environments. Early in his career, he directed crews flying maritime patrol
missions. John advanced into more complex positions leading squadron operations,
directing training, and he navigated an amphibious assault ship. In senior leadership roles,
John commanded a maritime patrol squadron, was the navigator in an aircraft carrier, and
led a post-graduate school for military and civilian national security professionals. John
culminated his career as a Navy Captain while serving as a Carrier Strike Group Chief of
Staff. After leaving the Navy in 2019, John joined a third party logistics company and then
began his service with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in February 2020.
John is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree
in Economics, and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Auburn
Commissioner | Virginia Employment Commission
Ellen Marie Hess, Commissioner, Virginia Employment Commission
Ms. Hess was appointed Commissioner of the VEC on January 12, 2015. She was previously appointed Deputy Commissioner at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) by Governor McAuliffe. There she oversaw the agency’s legislative, legal, and policy functions, as well as the Highway Safety Office. She was with DMV since January 2008 and has more than 20 years’ experience in policy and regulatory functions in state government.
Deputy Commissioner | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Annie Walker is an 18-year employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is the Deputy Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS). She also co-authored an article with partners from the VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) for Transition Innovations, the article was published in The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, “Perceptions of GI Bill Recipients with Disabilities of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) as a Viable Career Choice”. Mrs. Walker also volunteers as a speaker with the Virginia War Memorial Teacher’s Institute.
Virginia Women Veterans Program Manager | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Ms. Beverly served as an officer for 14 years in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps (MSC) after graduation from Howard University Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). While on active duty, she served in a variety of assignments as a Healthcare Administrative MSC Officer including overseas in Germany, Company Command in Texas and two deployments to Iraq. Her last military assignment was as Patient Administration Chief at Fort Lee, Virginia. Ms. VanTull has adopted as her life mission to advocate for veterans like herself after her active service ended in 2014. She has lent her passion and expertise to numerous individuals, Veterans Service Organizations, and non-profits throughout Virginia in establishing programs to assist veterans, women and their families. She is a lifetime member of Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), and the Military Officers of America Association (MOAA). She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women. Ms. VanTull has served in the Virginia Department of Veterans Services as Program Manager since 2016. Beverly assumed the new position of Women Veterans Program Manager in fall 2018 to provide full time support to Virginia’s women veterans and their unique and diverse needs at the state level.
Director of Transition and Employment Programs | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Regional Director | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Carol Berg currently serves as the State Director for Virginia Veteran and Family Support, a program
within the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.
Carol served as an Army spouse for 20-years and due to her husband’s joint assignments with the Navy,
Air Force and Marines, Carol became more involved with how military and family members are impacted
through military service and deployments. Carol actively participated in the military community serving as
the Director of Volunteers for Army Community Service at 4 duty installations both in the United States
Over the past 25 years, Carol has served as a Chapter Services Director for the American Red Cross,
Executive Director of the Newport News Court Appointed Special Advocate Program, COO at Avalon: A
Center for Women and Children, and the Virginia/West Virginia Field Services Director for Operation
Carol has a BS in Education and MA in Counseling from Rider University and currently resides in Newport
Veteran Employment Manager | Virginia Employment Commission
Serena Bermudez is a Veteran Employment Manager in Northern Virginia with the Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program at the Virginia Employment Commission. She has a BA in Psychology, Masters of Science in Human Services and Leadership, and is finishing up her Doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Addiction. Serena served in the United States Navy proudly for almost 9 years in communications in support of Desert Storm/Desert Shield. After completing her military service, she has made it her passion to give back to veterans and specifically women veterans in her community. Her experience as a clinician and continued service assisting veterans and specifically women veterans in need are highlighted in her individual accomplishments in the veteran community which includes volunteering with the Disabled American Veterans where she served as a Woman Commander, Service Officer, and currently serves as Chaplain for the Woodbridge Virginia Chapter. In the past, she has served as the Chairwoman of the Prince William County Chamber of Commerce Veterans Council and works diligently within the community addressing the needs of veterans. She was selected to assist with the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) with the Department of Labor in developing a curriculum for homeless veterans and justice-involved veterans with the end product of assisting the veteran with employment. Serena does presentations at many functions too include women transitioning conferences, and has been the keynote speaker at Women’s Employment Workshops and sits on many panels pertaining to employment and transitioning service members. She has also been part of putting together numerous Women Veteran’s Informational Seminars. Serena believes that providing a “hand up” to a veteran instead of a “hand out” is what it’s all about. Advocating and standing in the gap to help Veterans and specifically Women Veterans obtain employment with the various opportunities makes all the difference. She believes in action as she calls it being on the “front line” helping others. She has assisted placing over 100 Veterans into quality living-wage positions with employers. She will keep leading the charge in having a voice for Women Veterans.
Talent and Policy Services Director | Department Of Human Resource Management
Natalie Brannon is the Talent Management & Policy Services Director for the Department of Human Resource Management. Prior to her role with the Commonwealth, she served in a variety of HR positions in Fortune 500 environments and a non-profit organization. She is an accomplished human capital professional with extensive experience in consulting, employee engagement, immigration, employee relations, benefits, corporate diversity, absence management and recruiting. Natalie received her B.A. in Psychology from Methodist University and her M.S. in Human Resource Management from North Carolina A&T State University. She was born in England and lived in several states as part of an Air Force family, but considers North Carolina home. When not participating in her children’s activities, Natalie continues to enjoy traveling, especially to tropical beach locations.
Suicide Prevention Coordinator | Salem VA Medical Center
Alicia Dudley brings extensive personal and professional experience in programs and services for military,
veterans, and their families. She currently serves as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Veteran
Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Salem, Virginia. In this role, Alicia is the subject matter expert in suicide
prevention efforts. She manages the program ensuring veterans at high risk for suicide receive enhanced
mental health care. She is also responsible for providing consultation to VA employees and providing
trainings to VA employees and community agencies on suicide prevention with veterans. In addition, she
has participated in the statewide Governor’s Suicide Prevention Challenge that takes a public health
approach to suicide prevention. Prior to working at the VA, Alicia was an Air Force Officer. She held many
clinical and leadership positions in mental health at three bases and during her deployment to
Afghanistan, working with all military branches. Prior to the Air Force, Alicia worked as a social worker in
a dialysis clinic at a community hospital. Alicia is from the Boston, Massachusetts area and received a
Bachelor of Arts Degree from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and a Master’s Degree in Social
Work from Rhode Island College. Alicia currently lives in Southwest Virginia with her dog, Vince.
Benefits Deputy Director | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Commander Claudia Flores (Retired) began her career in the Navy as an enlisted Cryptologist, serving as a linguist before earning her Commission as an Intelligence Officer. Tours of duty include assignments overseas, Combatant Commands, the National Security Agency, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Joint Staff. Commander Flores completed combat deployments aboard the Aircraft Carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Claudia Flores currently serves as the Benefits Deputy Director for the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS). She began her career with DVS in 2017 as a Veterans Service Representative, connecting Virginia veterans and their families to earned benefits and services. She became a Regional Director for the Northern and Eastern Regions, managing more than 15 offices. She became the Deputy Director in October 2019.
Claudia holds a BA in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration. Additionally, she is a graduate of the Navy War College. She also attended the Navy Senior Leader Seminar at the Naval Post Graduate School in May 2011.
She is the recipient of several individual, unit and joint awards to include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation, and Navy Commendation Medals.
Media / Community Relations Manager | Dominion Energy
Director, Center for Verification and Evaluation | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
A. Michelle Gardner-Ince serves as the Director, Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE), a directorate under the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU), at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She assumed this position in December 2011 and is responsible for verification of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Veteran-Owned Small Businesses to compete for VA contracting opportunities under the Veteran’s First set-aside acquisition program. Ms. Gardner-Ince works closely with the OSDBU Executive Director to promote business expansion for Veterans and service-connected disabled Veterans to increase participation in the federal marketplace.
A. Michelle Gardner-Ince assignment to this position followed a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force, where she retired at the rank of Colonel. She graduated from the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) via a scholarship at Tuskegee Institute and began her military career in 1982 when she was commissioned by her father, Army Colonel Arthur R. Gardner. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fashion Design and Business from Tuskegee, and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management from Troy State University.
Director, Veteran Entrepreneurship | PenFed Credit Union
Seda is the Director of Veteran Entrepreneurs at PenFed Credit Union and leads the PenFed Foundation
Veteran Entrepreneur Investment Program. She is committed to inspiring, educating, and connecting
veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and innovators.
Seda helps to bridge the gap of investment capital to military veteran entrepreneurs by providing
development, funding and a platform to grow. Her work also focuses on connecting veteran entrepreneurs
to support other veteran entrepreneurs through their successes.
Seda serves as City Leader for Bunker Labs and previously worked at Capitol Post in Alexandria, VA and
founded Lighthouse Global Business to guide international entrepreneurs and US-based start-ups looking
to build or expand their businesses. Seda is an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Kogod School
of Business where she teaches Intro to Entrepreneurship and Business 1.0.
Veteran Service Representative | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Mary Harmon have been with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in Benefits for 9 years. Mary started as an Administrator, now a VSR in the largest Benefits offices in the Commonwealth. Mary is a retired Navy and
have been all over the world on airplanes too big to go on ships. For the last six years, one of her
specialties is assisting transitioning service members with their VA claims and understanding the state
and federal benefits available to them.
CEO | LIA LLC
Acting Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration/Operations, Security, and Preparedness | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd serves as primary advisor to the Secretary on Department policies, programs, and legislation that affect women Veterans. In addition, she oversees the Center’s activities, which include monitoring and coordinating VA’s administration of health care, benefits services, and programs for women Veterans; serving as an advocate for cultural transformation (both within VA and in the general public) in recognizing the service and contributions of women Veterans and servicemembers; and raising awareness of the responsibility to treat women Veterans with dignity and respect. Ms. Hayes-Byrd brings with her experiences in Management, Operations, and Administration and Human Resources. She completed a successful career in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of Major as an Education and Training Officer supporting the needs of thousands of U.S. Air Force enlisted airmen and officers. Ms. Hayes-Byrd has built a career of service both in and out of uniform. Because of her skills, attention to detail and 30 plus years of experience, she was asked to perform in leadership positions at the state level in the administration of the first female governor of the state of New Jersey and at federal government levels for three U.S. Presidents in The White House, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She has also provided leadership in both private and not- for-profit agencies.
Jacquelyn is a member of both the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Leadership Greater Washington Class of 2009.
Senior Resource Specialist | Virginia Veteran and Family Support Program
Kristi Holt is a Senior Resource Specialist for the West Region with the Virginia Veteran and Family
Support and has been working with veterans and their dependents dealing with Military Operational
Stress for more than five years. She received her B.A from Roanoke College in Psychology and her MSW
with a military focus from Radford University. In addition to working directly with veterans, Kristi is a
lead facilitator for Mission Healthy Relationships and is a certified Applied Suicide Intervention Skills
trainer. Kristi is a spouse of an Air Force Veteran and a veteran herself who served eight years in the
United States Army as a Korean and German linguist where she also worked in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom as an intelligence analyst for the 15 th Military Intelligence Battalion.
Military and Veterans Affairs Manager | Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS)
Brandi Jancaitis brings extensive personal and professional experience in programs and services for military and veteran families. She currently serves as the Military and Veterans Affairs Manager at the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). In this role, Brandi leads statewide projects to enhance community-based behavioral health and supportive services for military service members, veterans, and their families. She coordinates the Richmond Mayor’s Suicide Prevention Challenge and statewide Governor’s Suicide Prevention Challenge teams that take a public health approach to suicide prevention. Prior to DBHDS, Brandi served in a variety of roles with the Dept. of Veterans Services, Virginia Veteran and Family Support program including State Program Director and Director of Housing Development for Veterans. Prior to state-level roles, Brandi worked at Richmond Behavioral Health Authority in research and grant development, program evaluation, and prevention services. Brandi is from Southwest Virginia and a graduate of Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University. Brandi is a military spouse and is currently stationed in Virginia with husband Nicholas and their three children.
Senior Technical Recruiter, Strategic Initiatives | 1901 Group
Stacey Jewell is a Senior Technical Recruiter at 1901 Group in Blacksburg, Virginia. In addition to her recruiting duties, Stacey also oversees the company’s Internship program, College and Community outreach and networking efforts, Compliance Standards, and maintaining a robust and diversified workforce of employees. She has over 11 years of recruiting experience in the hospitality, manufacturing, technical, and government sectors where she has grown an extensive network of recruiting contacts throughout the NRV, Southwest Virginia, NOVA, and Southern West Virginia areas. Stacey attended Concord University in Athens, West Virginia where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a minor in Psychology in 2005. She is an AIRS Certified Internet Recruiter earning her CIR certification in 2017. She recently helped 1901 Group to become one of Virginia’s Veteran friendly employers by acquiring V3 certification. Stacey lives in Pembroke, VA with her husband and 5 dogs.
Program Manager, Virginia Values Veterans | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Meagan LoBuglio is the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Regional Program Manager for Southwest Virginia.
A Roanoke native, Meagan enlisted on Active Duty in the United States Air Force in 2001. During her 13
years of service as an Instructor Weapons Director, she provided tactical air control to United States and
Coalition aircraft during exercise and combat missions. In addition she successfully provided leadership
management, on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and direct mentorship to the enlisted
personnel under her supervision and the officer cadre she instructed through initial qualification
training. Meagan is an Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom Combat Veteran with four deployments
and two remote tours overseas.
Upon her transition to the civilian sector, Meagan built a successful business in direct sales where she
was lauded top producer and international trainer achieving the highest self-promoted rank within the
company. During her six years there, Meagan coached sales teams around the globe to high levels of
Meagan continue’ s Veterans advocacy by connecting businesses in Virginia and throughout the United
States with deserving and highly qualified service members, Veterans, and military spouses.
Meagan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland University
College, was voted The Roanoker Magazine “40 under 40” class of 2020, and regularly attends personal
and professional development seminars.
Supply Chain Inventory Management Coordinator | Dominion Energy
Cheryl Marin is a Supply Chain Management Coordinator for Dominion Energy. Cheryl optimizes inventory and reduces total financial impact on supply chain. She applies innovative solutions, process improvements, and predictive analytics to solve tough challenges. Cheryl serves the Dominion Energy Veterans Resource Group, Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium, Women in Nuclear, and Women’s Resource Group.
Cheryl’s leadership, engineering, and operations experience includes implementing global supply chain management systems. This US Air Force veteran supported 26 NASA and DoD space launches. Her certifications and training include Acquisition Management, Engineering, Program Management, Avionics, Academic Instructor, Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL v3), and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Cheryl completed a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, University of Central Florida, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University. She is a passionate veterans and k-16 STEM advocate.
Senior Community Affairs Representative | Dominion Energy
Director | Healing Sounds, LLC
Anna is the Director of Healing Sounds, LLC and board-certified music therapist, licensed music educator, certified rehabilitation counselor, and a licensed professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is a 2004 graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Music Therapy and Music Education. Upon graduation, Anna completed her internship and contracted services through Musicworx of California in San Diego, California, where she served in diverse settings ranging from hospitals and cancer survival groups to public schools and private homes. Anna has extensive experience working as a music therapist, including providing therapy services and crisis stabilization to detained teenagers in the Richmond area. Through her work in state-operated programs within Virginia’s department of education, she has co-authored standards and a curriculum for art and music therapists in education programs as part of the regular school day. She coordinates and leads training regarding social and emotional learning, and speaks at regional and national conferences about her experiences in therapy. Additionally, Anna teaches at VCU, her graduate school alma mater, as an adjunct professor instructing music therapy coursework. She enjoys employing mindfulness-based practices and helping others reach their best potential.
Director of Communications | U.S. Army Soldier for Life
Lieutenant Colonel Olivia Nunn was commissioned as an ROTC Military Graduate through Radford University ROTC program in 2001. LTC Nunn has served in command and staff positions within the United States Army, including three combat deployments to Iraq. LTC Nunn has served as an official Army spokesperson, executive officer to the Chief of Army Public Affairs and as the lead Strategic Communication Planner for the Office of the Chief of Army Public Affairs.
LTC Nunn holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from Radford University, Radford, VA, a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management from Webster University, and a Master of Professional Studies in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. LTC Nunn and her husband, LTC Lawrence Nunn, have been married for 15 years and have two children; Sabella and Gideon.
Investment Director | CIT GAP Funds
Jennifer O'Daniel joined CIT GAP Funds in 2003, where she leads seed and early stage investments in tech companies with a concentration on cybersecurity and enterprise software. A key member of the investment team, O’Daniel has led over 50 investments in seed and early stage companies as well as investments for MACH37, a cybersecurity accelerator. She is a board observer for several Virginia-based companies, including VividCortex, Canvas, Latista, HyperQube, RunSafe, Zoomph and ThreatQuotient, all highly successful companies that received investment from CIT GAP Funds in their early stages. O’Daniel co-hosts the CyberScoop podcast, Securiosity, where she recaps cybersecurity news and interviews industry luminaries. O’Daniel is a Venture Partner at NextGen Venture Partners, and was the Co-Founder and Managing Director of VT Investor Network (VTIN), a 75+ member angel group that invests in Hokie-led startups. Prior to CIT, O’Daniel worked at a private equity firm in Slovenia and was part of the founding team of several startups.
Financial Planner | Prudential Financial
With more than four years in the financial services industry, including two at Prudential, Kennah enjoys
working with people from all walks of life to help prepare them for their financial future. She is an
educator and a resource for her clients as she addresses their financial concerns in a collaborative
Kennah holds a bachelor’s degree from Hawai’i Pacific University where she studied International
Business. Kennah has completed the necessary coursework and testing process necessary to achieve
the designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®). She
has also received specialized training allowing her to provide unique expertise to Military Members and
Kennah enjoys giving back to the community and has been a member of several charitable and church
organizations. Kennah and her husband Terry, live in Washington D.C
Financial Planner | Prudential Financial
Terry is passionate about providing his clients with the tools and education they need to navigate life’s
financial challenges. With more than eight years in the financial services industry, including two at
Prudential, Terry recognizes the more knowledge his clients have, the more empowered and confident
they feel about achieving their goals.
Terry holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University where he studied Economics, Psychology,
and Mathematics. Terry has completed the necessary coursework and testing process necessary to
achieve the designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP®), Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC®),
Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®), and Wealth Management Certified Professional (WMCP®). He has
also received specialized training allowing him to provide his unique expertise to Military Members and
Terry enjoys giving back to the community and has been a member of several charitable organizations,
including the United Way. Terry and his wife, Kennah, live in Washington D.C.
Co-Founder & CEO | StreetShares
Mark L. Rockefeller is the Co-Founder & CEO of StreetShares, Inc., a venture-backed startup that uses social trust to derisk the lending industry. He is also a contributor to Forbes, writing on entrepreneurship, fintech, and veteran-owned businesses. Mark began his career as a military officer, attorney, and federal prosecutor. Following military service in Iraq and a social enterprise project in Africa, he joined the Wall Street law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He left the firm to co-found StreetShares in 2013. StreetShares launched in 2014, has raised over $200MM in debt and equity investment, and beat nearly 200 startups to win the 2015 global "Best Investment" award from the Harvard Business School New Venture Competition. Mark has been listed as a "40 Under 40" entrepreneur, and has been quoted or featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Huffington Post, American Banker, Washington Business Journal, INC., and Entrepreneur Magazine. He holds a bachelor's degree in finance, MBA and law degrees. He was a Stone Scholar at Columbia Law School and is a term member in the Council on Foreign Relations.
Director of Social Services | Chesterfield County
Kiva is a dedicated professional who has devoted her career to public service. She has been employed by Chesterfield county since July 2001. During her tenure, she has served in a variety of roles with the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services. Throughout her educational and professional journey, Kiva has worked with individuals, families, systems and communities to improve the lives of those she serves. Kiva was promoted to Director in February 2016. As Director she is driven to lead organizational change that transforms the lives through public service.
Kiva holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kiva is a license clinical social worker and has provided outpatient counseling to individuals and families.
When not working, Kiva enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family. Kiva’s favorite quote is “The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken places” by Ernest Hemingway. Her mission in life is to help strengthen broken places.
Retired Chief Master Sergeant | United States Air Force
Retired CMSgt Deborah Rothwell is a bona fide celebrity in military
circles. Chief Rothwell has performed the tribute “Old Glory” for both
military and civilian events since 2002. It all started as a favor for a
good friend’s retirement ceremony, where she read the poem on
short notice. Since then, she has performed “Old Glory” close to 500
What makes her rendition so unique is not just her delivery, but the
currency of events she has woven into the stanzas. “Anytime
something significant happen to America, like September 11, the
Boston Bombing, Sandy Hook, or the events in Charlottesville she
tries to make it a part of “Old Glory”. I just want to keep the message
going, so that we never forget them. Especially for the fallen and
No matter how many times she’s performed, she hasn’t lost sight of
why she started doing this in the first place. When I do “Old Glory” I
want to give a comprehensive view of what the flag really stands for,
which is love for our country.
Chief Rothwell dedicates her performances to her late husband of 35
years, Master Sergeant Leon Rothwell Sr.
Assistant Manager of Talent Acquisition | Navy Federal Credit Union
Meredith Singer serves as the Assistant Manager of Talent Acquisition for Navy Federal Credit
Union, the world's largest credit union, where our mission is to serve and enrich the lives of
those in the military community.
With more than twelve years of progressive human resources and talent experience, she comes
most recently from Amazon, where she served as the Senior Human Resources Business
Partner and previously as the Director of Human Resources for a large Dominos franchise in the
Mid-Atlantic and embodies a "people first" mentality.
While not at work, she is an avid photographer, loves hiking and is a music aficionado. She
enjoys spending time with her daughter and dog.
Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP) Northern Virginia Coordinator | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Senior Community Engagment Policy Director | Dominion Energy
Maria Pia Tamburri is senior community engagement policy director at Dominion Energy. In this role, she leads the company’s community engagement efforts across Dominion Energy’s footprint.
Before joining Dominion Energy, Maria led global public affairs and crisis management for Allegion, plc. in Carmel, Indiana. Prior to this role, Maria lived in Stuttgart, Germany where she served as the Chief of Strategic Outreach Initiatives for U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Department of Defense. From 2001 until 2008, Maria held a variety of roles as a political appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush. Her time in the administration provided her with the opportunity to work as Senior Advisor for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs at the Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Director of Specialty Media and Hispanic spokesperson in the White House Office of Media Affairs. She also served in the Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Earlier in her career, Maria worked in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Judiciary Committee and House Government Reform Committee.
Maria is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She also studied Latin American politics at the Universidad de Belgrano in her native city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She is married to Alexander G. Flakas and has two young daughters.
Talent Acquisition Manager | Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc.
Recruiting/HR Strategist, Problem Solver, Expert Organizational and Leadership skills with 20+ years’ experience; Subject Matter Expert in Producing Results in Talent Acquisitions, Onboarding Programs, Strategic Workforce Management, Execution in strategic planning, Full Cycle Recruiting/Onboarding and Management of Human Resources. Army Recruiter with DOD experience in generating enlistments for the United States Army.
Business Acumen: Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS), Proficient in new hire onboarding process, Applicant tracking systems (TALEO, Paycom), Payroll systems, Subject matter expert in Strategic Partnership/Networking; Direct Marketing, Event Planning and Execution, Employee Relations, Conflict Resolution, Training and Development.
Benefits Director | Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Mrs. Donna Williams is the Director of Benefits for the Virginia Department of Veteran Services. Donna oversees the management of 34 Benefits Offices, with 111 assigned personnel. These offices provide one-on-one counseling and claims development service to veterans and their family members as they seek approval of the state and federal veterans’ benefits they have earned. She joined the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in November 2014.
Donna’s experience includes serving as a Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialist (DVOP) for the Virginia Employment Commission. She also worked in the Compensation and Pension Department at the McGuire VA Medical Center.
Donna is a retired, disabled, veteran from the United States Air Force. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Virginia State University. She earned a Masters in Administration from Central Michigan University. Donna is married and has two adult sons and 2 grandchildren.
President | Women In Military Service For America Foundation, Inc.
CW5 Wilson was selected to assume the role of President as of September 1, 2019. During more than 37 years of active and reserve service in the U.S. Army, she has served at all echelons from tactical to strategic, with duty in Germany, Iraq and the United States.
Chief Wilson holds a Master’s Degree in Management from Webster University, two Bachelor of Science degrees: nursing (registered nurse) and liberal arts (sociology/German) and three Associate of Science degrees. She has attended the Defense Language Institute for German and Spanish as well as the Defense Strategic Debriefer Course. She is a 2008 graduate of the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course and has studied at the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, completing the Program for Advanced Security Studies in 2009. She also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Duke University. She is pursuing a second Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Non-Profit Organizations focused) from Excelsior College.
Chief Wilson’s military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Army Parachutist Badge. She was inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame in 2017.
As a Citizen-Soldier, Chief Wilson is a Registered Nurse and has held positions as a Director of Nursing; a Director of Clinical Operations; a Social Worker; a Home Health and Hospice Nurse and a Loan Officer. She has eight children: Joseph, Jeremy, Rebekah, Matthias, Rachel, Jared, Maria and Jesse. Four sons: Joseph, Jeremy, Matthias, and Jared are in the military and are all combat veterans.