Meet Our Team

 

Founders

Stephanie Brown

Stephanie Brown

CEO & CO-FOUNDER

Stephanie is a nationally recognized leader and sought after subject matter expert on military entrepreneurship.  As CEO and Founder of The Rosie Network, Stephanie has been featured on numerous national and local news channels, including national FOX News, CBS and NPR.  She has also been featured in Woman’s Day Magazine, Business Insider, The New York Times, Military Families Magazine and U.S. Veterans Magazine, to name a few.  She is the spouse of retired R. Admiral Thomas L. Brown (SEAL) and the daughter of an Air Force Vietnam veteran. 

Stephanie has dedicated over 20 years to supporting and advocating on behalf of military families, and veterans. Some of her awards include:

  • Department of the Army Civilian Service Commendation Medal
  • SBA 2019 Veteran Small Business Champion of the Year
  • Innovator of the Year, Our City San Diego magazine
  • Small Business Owner of the Year, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Top 10 Most Influential Military Spouse Business Owners 
  • HillVets 100 Award by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • 50 Business Leaders Making a Difference and 500 Most Influential Leaders by San Diego Business Journal

Stephanie is a member of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy, Spouse Ambassador Network and Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) and leads the Military Spouse Entrepreneur Taskforce.  She is a founding affiliate partner of the Coalition of Veteran Owned Business (CVOB), S.D. Regional Chamber of Commerce Chair of the Veteran and Military Affairs Committee, and served on the CalVet Board of Advisors.  The Browns live in San Diego with their horses, dogs and alpacas on what is referred to as the Brown Family Farm.

Jaime Chapman

Jaime Chapman

COO & CO-FOUNDER

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

BOARD CHAIR

Beth Conlin is the MSCC Board Chair, and also 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.

Meet Our Team

Hannah Greene

Hannah Greene

CHIEF OF STAFF

Hannah Greene is a passionate career woman and Military Spouse, and is making it her life’s work to normalize this fulfilling combination. 

Hannah is currently stationed in beautiful Point Mugu, CA with her husband Sean, a TOPGUN Aviator for the Navy. Her passion for helping Military Spouses began with her role as President of the Officer’s Spouses Club for their squadron, VAW 117, and evolved into founding the Modern Women of the Military speaker series to stoke MilSpouse career inspiration during the “COVID Summer” of 2020. In her mind, Military Families sacrifice so much – professional fulfillment should not be one of them.

Hannah’s background is largely in the corporate world, beginning at French investment bank BNP Paribas where she traveled to trading floors from New York to Casablanca conducting regulatory remediations and implementing controls to safeguard against financial crime. Hannah was honored as a 2018 BNP Paribas Woman in Innovation for this work, and won first place in the pitch competition at the 2019 Forbes Under 30 Global Women’s Summit in Tel Aviv. 

Most recently, she served as Deputy Chief of Staff at high-growth startup Sweetgreen in Culver City, CA, where she oversaw implementation of the strategic plan, led task forces on behalf of the executive team and produced monthly Town Hall meetings for the company.  

Hannah holds a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and has held fellowships at several mission-driven organizations including the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC to Impact Amplifier in Cape Town, South Africa. 

Hannah is honored to be working with the Chamber as Chief of Staff, with particular focus on program management and the certification process. In her free time, she loves to explore LA’s restaurant scene, go on road trips (in 47 countries and counting!) and host themed dinner parties.

Babette Maxwell

Babette Maxwell

CHIEF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER

Babette Maxwell most recently oversees Sponsorships and Business Development for the highly popular, San Antonio based Military Influencer Conference which draws entrepreneurs from around the world every year.  Previously, she was hand-sought as the Vice President of Partnerships for MilSpouseFest (2016-2019.  In under two years, Maxwell grew brand revenue by 400%, and oversaw the overhaul of key advertising positioning and partnership strategies to create long-term solvency.  With a highly distinctive skill set and a one-of-a-kind background, Maxwell specializes in developing the right partnerships for the right brands and developing long-term solutions for Corporate America to reach military spouse entrepreneurs and consumers. 

Maxwell is the founding entrepreneur of Military Spouse ™ magazine (2001-2015) and is the thought leader and founder of the Military Spouse of the Year Award ™ Program (2007-2015), which has helped launch countless military spouses into the entrepreneur and influencer space through national recognition and support.

Maxwell built the trailblazer brand, Military Spouse™ and Militaryspouse.com ™ business in 2001 with no prior magazine industry experience. She launched the magazine with an entirely virtual staff. It is one of the very first global businesses built by a military spouse with a completely telecommuting staff and went on to set the stage for what are currently best practices for virtual employees and military spouse business owners.

Specializing in controversial and often complicated legislative and political issues, Maxwell is media trained for broadcast news.

Maxwell has been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s network (OWN) for developing Oprah’s Favorite Things: Special for Military Spouses, Fox News’ “The Kelly Files”, CNN, FOX NEWS proper and many local and regional news broadcasts. She has also been featured in TIME magazine, Newsmax, the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, Jezebel, The Washington Post, and countless local and regional media outlets.

Maxwell was named to Folio’s 2014 Top Women in Media, alongside Rachael Ray and Jane Pratt.

She is a fifth generation military dependent, with 32 moves and 50 years dedicated to military life. She currently lives in Spring Branch, Texas, with her retired Naval aviator and current Delta pilot husband, and their three sons.  

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