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 one of the original Co-Founders and Chief Operating Officer of the Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce. Her professional background is as a Sr. Military Talent Program Manager for a Fortune 10 company and as a human capital entrepreneur where she successfully placed over 1,600 jobseekers in careers, creating an economic impact totaling 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.
  • 2022 Fort Hood Local Business Person of the Year, Alignable
  • 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

Anthony Gantt

Anthony Gantt

BOARD CHAIR, MSCC FOUNDATION

Anthony Gantt is  a 22+ year retired Marine Major, husband, and father of six, who grew tired of eight different personalities living in one hotel room each time he was relocated to a new base. After three moves in two years, Anthony and his wife Novia, started atease with the mission to simplify the booking and reimbursement process for PCS orders (permanent change of station). atease is a short term rental platform helping military and federal employees and their families find government approved, temporary housing with less time and frustration. atease is founded and operated by active military families and veterans and is dedicated to improving the lives of our heroes and their families.

Beth Conlin

Beth Conlin

MSCC BOARD CHAIR

Beth Conlin is the MSCC Board Chair, and also the Senior Lead for PAN Amazon Business Development at Amazon Web Services.  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.

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.

Justin C. Pearson

Justin C. Pearson

VICE PRESIDENT OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS, AAFMAA

Justin Pearson, is a 20-year Army Veteran, who enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1997 as an Airborne Infantryman. He was assigned duties from Fort Bragg, NC to Hawaii, and many places in-between. Justin is a Bronze Star recipient for Operation Enduring Freedom and was selected for promotion to Sergeant Major before retiring from the Army in 2017.

Justin has been a veteran advocate and mentor to tens of thousands of veterans, military spouses, and transitioning service members.

Justin’s corporate experience includes being a senior manager of marketing, strategic partnerships, and brand management collaborating with fortune 1000 companies to build recruitment programs, campaigns, and initiatives to support the military ecosystem. Justin was part of Wells Fargo, where he assisted in growing their military talent pipeline through social marketing efforts, Veteran service organizations & national partnerships, military base programs, and nationwide events.

At AAFMAA, Justin serves as Vice President of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, focusing on building business relationships with like-minded organizations to develop new channels for membership awareness, growth, and support. 

Justin is also the Founder & CEO of Proper Patriot, a veteran-owned Patriotic Apparel Company that focuses on “Honoring Our American Spirit” while highlighting positivity from the military, first responder, and patriotic communities. Proper Patriot also provides brand-on-demand consultancy and end-to-end full service fulfillment for all types of printing needs.

Honorary Board of Advocates

Amy Schweizer

Amy Schweizer

Founder of Tiny Troops Soccer

Amy Schweizer played for the Cincinatti Ladyhawks, a team in the women’s division of the United Soccer Leagues (USL). She also interned for the Philadelphia 76ers professional basketball team, with an opportunity lined up to work with the Jacksonville Cougars professional football team when her Marine entered the picture.  

Amy is an USMC military spouse of 10 years, mom to three boys, and an expert in youth sport development, with experience in program creation, coaching and program management, and the professional sports industry. She has a B.S. in Finance and M.S. in Sport Management, with certifications in group fitness, behavior change, and fitness nutrition. She is the Founder and Owner of Tiny Troops Soccer, a developmental program for children ages 1-8 with 35 locations worldwide. She loves creating physical activity programs that benefit the overall well-being of military children, families, and the surrounding communities, and is a passionate advocate for military spouse employment. She has recently published her first book – “I Will Be Okay – Adventures of a Military Kid”.

In the annual survey Amy provides to the participants of Tiny Troops, 63% of parents reported their children having less anxiety and acclimating better to new duty station, 94% reported improved happiness/well-being, and 86% reported increased confidence in group settings through participating in the program. Amy has employed over 100 military spouses thus far, which is one of her proudest accomplishments to date.

Rebecca Feaster

Rebecca Feaster

President & CEO of Feaster & Associates

Rebecca Feaster has more than 25 years of experience providing executive coaching, curriculum development, facilitation and consulting services to federal, state, and local government agencies, non-profits, private industry and individuals. She is experienced in developing communication training curriculum, facilitating multi-cultural/multi-generational community engagements, and providing bias and cultural awareness and sexual harassment training programs. Rebecca completed her undergraduate studies at Tufts University and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University. She served as an Air Force officer during Operation Desert Storm, and worked in state and city government before launching her own firm.  Her professional recognition includes winning the national Women in Business Stevie Award for developing and delivering America’s best community engagement program; national awards for developing executive education programming; and selection to Fast Company magazine’s “Reader’s Choice Fast 50” as a top national business innovator.

Rebecca’s passion for delivering diversity and inclusion-based training has been honed through her personal experiences with unconscious and implicit bias – beginning with her early years covering the activities of the U.S. Defense Department Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, and including her role as a communications associate with The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. She has worked with countless partners during strategic planning sessions in diverse communities across America, and she has developed communications and training programs emphasizing cultural, racial, generational, historical, and unconscious bias complexities.  Rebecca uses her naturally dynamic and engaging personality and her life-experiences when facilitating courses to immediately establish rapport and credibility with participants. Her ability to relate to participants and recount first-hand stories of the impact felt by racial injustice and implicit bias keeps participants engaged throughout training, and ensures clients a solid game plan for their organizations.

Joey Moehrholt

Joey Moehrholt

Director of Communications of Mindful Yoga Therapy

Hey there! I’m Joey Moehrholt, my pronouns are They/Them. I am a queer Army spouse, located for now at Fort Hood. With my husband enlisting in the Army in 2015, I arrived at Fort Gordon and saw a gap in the military spouse community and advocacy for LGBTQ+ spouses.

By trade, I am a digital marketing specialist with a passion for social media, but as an Army spouse, I saw how yoga helped me through PCS and life changes- becoming a yoga teacher in 2017 while at Fort Bragg. Now Director of Communications at Mindful Yoga Therapy, a non-profit company bringing clinically tested and empirically informed yoga teacher training to help those who have experienced traumatic events and PTSD.

As a queer spouse, I look to create advocacy for the untapped LGBTQ+ spouses as well as Male spouses in our vibrant community. 

Chantae Mcmillan

Chantae Mcmillan

USA Olympian, Entrepreneur and Military Spouse

Chantae is a proud US Army spouse and mom, she has been a track and field athlete for almost 18 years. After graduating in 2006 from Rolla High School in Missouri, she competed collegiately at the University of Nebraska and began competing in the heptathlon. The heptathlon is 7 events that are over a 2 day period. Day 1 consists of the 100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, and the 200m dash. While day 2 has the long jump, javelin, and the 800m run. After progressively getting better each year, Chantae decided to continue her career as a professional track and field athlete.

In 2011, right after graduating college, she blew out her patellar-tendon while competing in the high jump. This injury required rehab for 6 months, where she truly learned what being disciplined to reach a goal looked like. In the Summer of 2012, 9 months after the injury, Chantae achieved a lifelong goal of qualifying for the United States Olympic team.

After training 10 years as a heptathlete, she decided to solely focus on javelin with an aim of making the Olympic team in javelin and winning a medal. This is no small task and it will be hard, but that is more the reason why she decided to train for javelin.

Chantae’s hometown is Rolla, Missouri, where she has so much support and so many people who she wants to make proud. She used to train in Dayton, Ohio, but will be training in greater DMV area this year.  

Brand Ambassadors

Adrene Wike

Adrene Wike

Adrene is an experienced community and economic developer with a background in training and development. She has played a key role in the creation of content that has helped to connect military bases and defense communities specifically tailored toward workforce development. 

As an Air Force veteran and military spouse, she placed a heavy emphasis on the need to work with transitioning veterans and their families to help overcome un/underemployment. Given her experience with the military and her experience working with local industries she was able to create pipelines between various organizations and local military installations. 

With a combination of continued education and experience she has been able to strengthen her focus and be a part of some amazing teams. 

Rosa Carmona

Rosa Carmona

Rosa L. Carmona was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and lived there until 2002. Her education includes 4 years in Industrial Chemistry and various educational certificates in the Human Resources field. In 2002, she moved to the United States with her husband who is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. Since then, she has served as a mentor to many military spouses within the Hispanic community to ensure that they have the understanding and awareness of the many benefits and potential challenges while serving in the military. She volunteered her time at schools to help teachers and staff members with daily tasks while serving as an ambassador for new families joining the school.  At one point, she tried to start her own business and realized how difficult the process was for a military spouse due to recurring transfer orders, lack of time in the area, etc. Her passion to advocate for the Hispanic community coupled with 20 plus years of experience as military spouse have equipped her with the knowledge and understanding of the many challenges new military families may encounter.  Been there, done that, right? Her creative mindset is always looking for new ways to give back and help others. She enjoys embroidery, arts and crafts, cooking and traveling with her family.   

Rosalynn Robb

Rosalynn Robb

Rosalynn Robb is a passionate small business cleaning owner and consultant with the sole aim of helping others. Rosalynn caught a vision after engaging in several Louisville Human Trafficking Task Force meetings. She decided to create a business that would elevate domestic work and advocate for human trafficking victims while giving back to organizations helping the most vulnerable.

She believes to whom much has been given, much is expected. She has never forgotten her humble beginnings as an orphan in the Philippines and how her forever family brought her home to Rhode Island at three and a half years of age. Rosalynn believes what touches the heart reaches the heart, and the best way to build a business is to be authentic and focus on relationships over money.

Rosalynn created CleanStart Consulting to help other small cleaning business owners worldwide grow and strengthen their businesses. Rosalynn specializes in building structure in operations, creating a team culture where everyone is 100% committed, and fostering amazing client relationships. She is committed to making sure the cleaning owner is seen, heard, and understood first while building a successful business. Rosalynn is the Chief Editor of CleanStarterMagazine, aimed to inspire, encourage, and support other cleaning business owners worldwide.

Rosalynn married Andrew in 2018, and they have lived in Kentucky, Ohio, and Texas while serving in the United States Air Force.

Stephanie Gerson

Stephanie Gerson

Stephanie Gerson grew up in Southern California and went to college in beautiful Monterey where she graduated with a BA in Global Studies with a Business Minor. After college she stayed in Monterey to explore the area and pursue her career in tourism by working at a hostel and a hotel. Shortly after graduating, she met her soon to be spouse, a Marine who also had a passion for exploring. Determined to not let the transient military life stop her from building her resume, she continued her education with a Non-Profit Management and Grant Writing Certificate. She was also able to explore other career paths and found an opportunity to be a travel agent. She now is an independent travel agent under Passports and Pinots and most recently received a Professional Certificate in Sustainable Tourism Management. Giving back to the military community is also very important to her and she has volunteered with several spouses club’s and is currently on the Stuttgart Community Spouses Club board. She continues to pursue her main passion in community development and tourism management, all while finding time to travel with her husband and 2 young children. 

TaTanisha Jones-Brown

TaTanisha Jones-Brown

TaTanisha Jones-Brown was born in Lubbock, Texas and raised in Sacramento, CA. In 1997, TaTanisha began working with military families at Nellis AFB, in Las Vegas, NV. Her education includes an a AAS in Education and a BS in Public Health.  She is an active volunteer and has a love for traveling and photography. TaTanisha knows her passion in life is helping her community and supporting military families.  She has prided herself in growing into a self-motivated, analytical, and detailed-oriented Child Development Specialist with over 10 years of experience on managing military childcare programs.  She excles in coordinating, managing daily operations, overseeing administrative functions, mentoring personnel, and providing effective resources for military families. As the widow of  a retired Master Sergeant of the Air Force, TaTanisha appreciates the importance of resources, unity and being an active part of the amazing military community.

Yanette Santiago

Yanette Santiago

Yanette Santiago was born and raised in Southern California. In 2017, Yanette began devoting her time to helping those in the military community during her husband’s military service. She spent a few years volunteering for the Military & Civilian Spouses Club of Fort Irwin as the publicity coordinator and special events co-chair, volunteered her time to her spouses’ chain of command as a Co-Family Readiness Group leader and secretary for steering committee meetings, and also helped her community by becoming a community mayor that informed the garrison command of what improvements were needed.  Currently, studying for her Bachelor of Science in Marketing, working full time for a large company, and is an active volunteer for a military nonprofit. She is a mother to a son who was born with a limb difference, one daughter, and has a passion for helping others. Her strengths are communication and connecting with others. With her passion to help the military community, she looks forward to assisting MSCC in providing resources for military spouses to help them succeed.

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