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 Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce. Her professional background is in human resources and recruitment where she has placed over 1,600 jobseekers in careers, creating an 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.
  • 2020-2021 Armed Forces Insurance US Army Garrison Wiesbaden Military Spouse of the Year Award.
  • Scholar, George W. Bush Stand-To Veteran Leadership Program, Class of 2021.

Jaime served in the Army Reserves for 6-years, and is currently an active duty Army spouse with her family stationed in Texas. She is a proud advocate for the military community, actively working to reduce military spouse unemployment and underemployement. In addition to her work at the Military Spouse Chamber, Jaime provides professional speaking and consulting services for organizations who are looking to hire, retain, and promote military spouse and veteran talent.

 

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.

Board of Advisors

Dan Grundvig

Dan Grundvig

MANAGER OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

Dan is a Manager of Supplier Diversity responsible for the Heroes Supply Here, and Sustainability categories for The Walt Disney Company. He joined the Walt Disney Company after a highly successful 30 year career as a US Army officer.

Dan has extensive leadership, operations, and logistics experience. Dan Started his military career as an enlisted soldier, and worked his way up to the rank of Sargent, before going school and getting his commission as a Second Lieutenant and retiring as a Colonel. He has held command and responsibilities at all levels from Platoon to Brigade. Dan has been deployed all over the world in support of combat and non-combat operations. Dan spent much of his career supporting and participating in operations in Central and South America based out of the United Stated Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) in Miami Florida.

Dan joined Disney following a very successful stint as the company’s first ever US Army/Chamber of Commerce Fellowship program participant. This program is intended to help military personnel successfully transition back into the civilian workforce.

Dan is passionate about Veterans and Veteran programs at TWDC and has worked countless hours to grow not only the fellowship program but many others, as well and being active in SALUTE, the Business Employee Resource Group (BERG) for WDW to help enhance the lives, and careers of veteran cast members.

Deb Kloeppel

Deb Kloeppel

FOUNDER & PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE AMERICA SUPPORTS YOU

Deb Kloeppel is the Founder and President of Corporate America Supports You (CASY), aka VetJobs, and Military Spouse Corporate Career Network (MSCCN), aka Military Spouse Jobs, two of the largest and most powerful nonprofit organizations in our nation for military families. CASY and MSCCN provide personalized one-on-one job placement services, customed career exploration, and a ground-breaking industry specific Train2HireTM program. The leaders in military installation workshops, career seminars, and virtual live and on-demand employment services, CASY and MSCCN continue their trailblazing tempo of unmatched and verified job placement success of over 67,000 military-affiliated candidates. CASY and MSCCN are the premiere employment programs for the National Guard and Reserve Communities. Both nonprofits hold a seventeen-year history of proven successful and verified job placement metrics, literally unmatched in their military-to-civilian transition and job placement services to our global U.S. military community.

Deb is trusted and called upon by all Branches of the Military Services for her thoughtful generosity and thorough knowledge and expertise in the area of military spouse transition, career trauma, workforce recovery, and up-skilling and re-skilling military spouses to take their rightful place in the workplace.

Prior to MSCCN, Deb built her career within American Airlines and Concentra Health Company as a Senior Vice President, Operations. At the same time, Deb founded and maintained a graphics art and sporting goods retail store for thirteen years.

Deb has earned numerous awards for her work, which include the Department of the Navy’s Meritorious Public Service Award and the DOD sponsored Homefront Diversity Award for being a leader in diversity employment, in 2008. Deb was honored to receive the prestigious National Guard Minuteman Award on behalf of CASY and MSCCN.

Currently, Deb is launching two powerful programs which level the playing field for equal employment to military spouses in the corporate workforce: Arm-Me Up Careers CampaignTM for Army Spouses and Women’s Workforce Recovery Program (WWRP).

Reena Bhatia

Reena Bhatia

FOUNDER & CEO PROPOSAL HELPER

Ms. Reena Bhatia brings more than 28 years of experience in business development, account/capture, and proposal management for various international markets and the US Federal contracting sector. She has helped large, US defence contractors with strategy planning, international market entry, developing bid strategies and capturing opportunities with a high probability of win.

Prior to starting Proposal Helper, Reena was the Director for International Business Development with L-3 Communications where she was involved with the capture of a multi-billion-dollar command and control integration project in Saudi Arabia and assisted in expanding business across the Middle East through strategic alliances, collaboration across borders, and by cultivating relationships to achieve common goals. She, also, maintains significant contacts in the Asia Pacific region having done business in India, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. Reena has held senior strategic capture and proposal management positions with L-3, CACI, Genpact/Headstrong, DMI Inc., and other fast-growing global companies.

Ms. Bhatia holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a bachelor’s degree in Management from Trine University.

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.  

Join Our Newsletter