Meet Our Team

 

Founders

Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

Stephanie is a senior military spouse, wife of recently retired R. Admiral Thomas L. Brown (SEAL). She grew up as an Air Force “brat” moving around the country and overseas. Her father was a Vietnam veteran with over 20 years of active duty service. Stephanie is a sought after subject matter expert and speaker on entrepreneurship. Shas dedicated over 20 years to supporting and advocating on behalf of military families, and veterans. Stephanie has been featured on national FOX News, The New York Times, Woman’s Day Magazine, U.S. Veterans Magazine, Military Families Magazine, Business Insider, CBS News, Military Spouse Magazine and more. She is a member of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Spouse Ambassador Network and has been presented the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service by the Commanding General of Special Operations Command SOUTH. The Rosie Network was founded after spending hours searching Angie’s List & craigslist for a contractor to do repair work on their home. Not comfortable having someone unknown coming into their house and preferring to hire a veteran, Stephanie set about creating a means for the American public to locate our nation’s military family-owned businesses. Many months later, Rosie’s List was born. “We are the only non-profit search tool which features verified veteran and military spouse-owned businesses, provides them with a business profile page and doesn’t charge them a dime,” says Stephanie. The Rosie Network expanded to include no cost training and mentorship through it’s national award-winning Service2CEO program, now offered through chapters nationwide. The Browns live in San Diego with their horses, dogs, chickens, alpacas (Lulu & “Rosie”) on what is referred to as the Brown Family Farm.

Jaime Chapman

Jaime Chapman

CO-FOUNDER & VICE PRESIDENT

Jaime Chapman is the Founder & CEO of Begin Within, a staffing agency on a mission to place U.S. military spouses in “careers” and not jobs. She created the Military Spouse Center of Excellence™ consulting program to teach companies how to hire, retain and promote military spouses in the workplace. She has placed over 1,600 jobseekers in careers, creating an approximate economic impact totaling over over $112 million. Jaime has achieved recognition for:

  • #1 Military Spouse Owned Business Overall Award  by Military and Veteran’s Choice in September 2019 at the Military Influencer Conference in DC.
  • 2020 Armed Forces Insurance US Army Garrison Wiesbaden Military Spouse of the Year Award.

Jaime served in the Army for 6-years, and is an active duty Army spouse, hooah! She is a proud career and employment advocate for the military spouse community, actively working to reduce the 24% military spouse unemployment rate through advocacy, consulting, and staffing. She is a boy mom of two young boys, and “manimal” mom of a mean black rescue cat named Vader, and an Irish Wolfhound named Wally weighing in at over 150lbs. 

 

Board of Directors

Beth Conlin

Beth Conlin

AMAZON SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER FOR MILITARY SPOUSE PROGRAMS

Beth Conlin is the Senior Program Manager for Military Spouse Programs at Amazon.  An Army Spouse, Beth has been working on military spouse employment issues since 2013 when an overseas move forced her to quit her job putting both her professional development and family stability at risk.  Working on employment challenges from Germany, she focused on SOFA and the overall high rate of unemployment of military spouses.  Turning to entrepreneurship, she partnered directly with business of all sizes to educate employers on the value of hiring from the military spouse talent pool and connected military spouses directly to long term careers. Outside of her work for Amazon, she is an advisor to MilitarySpouseJobs.org and the Military Officers Association of America, is the Chairwoman of the Board for the newly founded Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce and the Co-Chair for the State of Virginia Military Spouse Economic Employment Zone, and sits on several DoD and White House working groups focused on reducing employment challenges.  

Beth holds an MBA from Chaminade University of Honolulu and a BS in Communications from the University of Idaho.

Jim Wong

Jim Wong

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AT NATIONAL VETERANS TRANSITION SERVICES, INC. AKA REBOOT

As a management consultant for the past 35 years, I have been using an interdisciplinary and open-systems approach to consult with CEOs and founders to improve organizational performance and viability, as measured by the value and confidence customers place in the firm’s products and services and by the firm’s attractiveness to shareholders and potential investors. As technology increasingly opens new pathways to global markets, empowering big and small firms alike, we work with existing companies to renew their competitive strategies and with entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their startups. Towards this end, we are redefining business education, helping individuals and firms to renew themselves continuously as an integral component of their competitive edge. Our team of former corporate executives and successful entrepreneurs delight in partnering with clients to recruit strategic investors.

Christine C.C. Gallagher

Christine C.C. Gallagher

FOUNDER AT MILITARY QUALITY OF LIFE CONSULTING

Christine Carol “C.C.” Gallagher is the Founder of Military Quality of Life Consulting, LLC and the Stressless PCS Kit. She is a highly accomplished recognized leader and sought-after expert who is dedicated to improving the quality of life for military families across multiple industries. C.C. is the spouse of an active duty Army soldier and a mother to two military children. She has experienced six military moves in a decade of marriage, two deployments and countless extended separations.

Lynn Lowder

Lynn Lowder

CEO VETERAN'S BUSINESS PROJECT

A leader with in-depth experience in business, law and the military, Lynn is the co-founder and CEO of nonprofit Veteran Business Project (VBP), which energizes and sustains veteran and military spouse entrepreneurship. Among its services, VBP offers a unique “vharmony” matchmaking process, connecting veterans/military spouses seeking to acquire established businesses with business owners wanting to divest. Lynn is an appointee to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA).

Along with being a former trial attorney, Lynn has held various business leadership positions, to include: General Counsel – Mail Boxes Etc., COO – Colt Firearms, Trustee – Marine Military Academy, Director of Veteran Services – UCM and President – “360 Degree Success.” A Marine infantry officer, he served as a team leader with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company (Special Operations) in South Vietnam where he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for valor, the Bronze Star Medal with combat “v” and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. His combat and business experiences have been profiled in several books.

Lynn is also an author, keynote speaker, mentor and past board member with for-profit/non-profit organizations.

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