The AUSA Family Readiness Directorate is excited to announce our first military spouse advisory group. This diverse group is comprised of Army spouses representing active duty, National Guard, reserve component and retired families.
The AUSA Family Readiness Directorate is entering a challenging and exciting time, as pressure to reduce the Department of Defense budget cause increased stress and uncertainty in the military family community. We will look to this group of exceptional spouses to provide insight on issues pertaining to the four pillars of service; education, information, advocacy, and outreach. The Advisory Group will also help develop vision and strategies to help the AUSA Family Readiness Directorate positively move forward.
Jeanne Bower has been a military spouse for over 23+ years remaining resilient through 7 deployments and way too many separations to keep count, and always acting as a vocal liaison for communicating needs and concerns of family members to the leadership at many different levels within the military realm and the surrounding communities. She is a veteran, serving 5 years between active duty and Reserve. 25+years as a parent of three military children (one now serves in the military, and two are in College) Served in every leadership position within a Family Readiness Group, from Key Caller to Senior Advisor at the Battalion and Brigade Level, Army Family Team Building Trainer and Instructor. Volunteered with many other organizations such as the USO, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, Army Community Service, and Enlisted Spouses Club (President and Senior Advisor).
Jill is a former Soldier, Army Brat, DA Civilian Employee and Army Wife of 25 years. She has worked as the Installation Volunteer Coordinator for three Army installations, a master trainer for the Army Family Team Building program, served as the lead facilitator for 3 Department of Army Headquarters, Army Family Action Program conferences, helped develop volunteer job descriptions for Operation Ready, while serving at every level of the Family Readiness Group. She most recently served as the Senior FRG Advisor to the First Brigade, Heavy Brigade Combat Team of the Third Infantry Division of Fort Stewart, Georgia. She is also a graduate of the Master Resiliency Training course for Family members and is currently continuing in that program as a future trainer.
A proud Army spouse of 20 years, Cheryl has experienced the “complete” Army family life cycle from being a newlywed with her own career to family readiness group leader at the battery, battalion, brigade and directorate levels for tactical, training, deployed and service academy units, to transitioning into civilian life and now, to surviving spouse and Army mom. In addition to her many “volunteer” duties, Cheryl maintained a portable career as a marketing and public relations consultant for clients in Hawaii, Oklahoma, Virginia, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. She has served as an AFTB instructor and master trainer, AFAP facilitator, and numerous committee chairs for spouse clubs and chapel boards. Her husband, Army COL Michael Endres, retired in 2012 after 26 years as an artilleryman to develop the Military Service Initiative for the George W. Bush Institute which moved them to Dallas just before the start of their daughter’s senior year in high school. He passed away suddenly just five months into the job. Cheryl continues to serve our military community as the Military Programs Advisor for La Quinta Inns & Suites, as an advisor- consultant with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, and as a consultant with the Warrior Training Program of the Brain Performance Institute at UT Dallas. She is a member of the AUSA North Texas Chapter and volunteers as an advisor with the Combat Wounded Veteran Challenge (nonprofit) and as a mentor for a transitioning veteran through American Corporate Partners. Cheryl is also the very proud mom of daughter Taylor, recognized as a Soldier of the Quarter and is the Soldier of the Year at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Class of 2017.
Ingrid Herrera-Yee is a proud National Guard spouse and the mother of three beautiful boys. She has her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard University. She has worked in the field of psychology for over a decade as a clinician, researcher, advocate, professor and presenter. Ingrid volunteers for various organizations which have included the Semper Fi Fund, Active Heroes, Bare the Burden, American Military Families Autism Support and the Army Family Readiness program. She also serves on several military and civilian boards and mentors spouses through the eMentor and Joining Forces programs. She is the 2014 Massachusetts National Guard spouse of the year and has been named the 2014 Armed Forces Insurance National Guard Spouse of the year.
In November 2012, Ingrid became the co-founder of the Military Spouse Mental Health Professionals Network (MSMHPN). With her co-founder they share employment information, resources and networking opportunities with military spouse clinicians through a Facebook group and a website. Currently, Ingrid is working as a research psychologist assessing for suicide risk among active duty service members, as an undergraduate instructor online for military students, and as a behavioral health social marketer for ed4online. Ingrid also serves as a guest writer and contributor on mental health topics for Military Spouse Magazine, Military Pathways, the Military Spouse Advocacy Network, Military Spouses of Strength and the National Military Family Association. She has contributed mental health content to NBCnews.com and the Air Force times.
Michelle E. Hodge
Michelle Hodge was born and raised in Norton, Ohio. She and her husband, from the same hometown, married after he graduated from West Point. She was an Army Wife for 34 years, until her husband, Jim, retired in 2012. Over the years she has enjoyed her time volunteering in various positions from President of spouse’s clubs, fund-raising, hospitality in a variety of organizations. Besides spouse’s clubs she’s lead and been a member of Family Readiness Groups, The Junior League, The Red Cross, Healthy Women’s Board at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg, VA, and served on a preservation committee for a historic home also in Petersburg, VA. She has had the opportunity to attend many military courses including facilitator training in the FLAGS(Facilitator, Leadership and Group Skills) program at the Army War College in Carlisle, PA, facilitator training for the AFTB(Army Family Team Building) and MCEC(Military Child Education Coalition) training. She’s been afforded the chance to use these skills in being an advisor to several spouse club boards including at their joint assignment at Scott AFB, IL as well as leading FRG groups in her husband’s various command positions, and teaching FRG information to commanders and spouses. Currently she is an AFTB instructor at Ft. Carson, along with other classes in the Family Enrichment Program.
Michelle has been presented with a variety of awards over the years but the most special ones include The Yellow Rose of Texas from former Gov. George W. Bush, The Dr. Mary Walker award from FORSCOM, submitted by the soldiers in the 3rd Infantry Division’s Support Command, and the Department of the Army Commander’s Award for Public Service from the 4th ID and 3rd ID. Upon her husband’s retirement she was presented with the Margaret Corbin Award, The President’s Award for Volunteer Service and The Secretary of the Army Public Service Award.
Besides taking care of other soldier’s families, she is also taking care of her own soldier’s family as she and her husband, Jim, have raised 3 children. Michelle and Jim now reside in Colorado Springs, CO.
Amy Moore is an Army veteran, surviving spouse and mom. She and her husband, COL James (Jim) Moore met while they were serving as Lieutenants in Germany. They were married for 18 years before he was killed along with six other soldiers in a Blackhawk crash on November 29, 2004, in Texas. In May of 2004, Amy retired with 22 years active and reserve service.
As a military spouse, Amy served with Family Readiness Groups (FRGs) at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade levels. She also volunteered with numerous organizations, centered around unit and youth activities. Her roles have included: soccer coach, Girl Scout leader, PTA President, Parent Advisory Committee, American Red Cross, MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition), and AFAP (Army Family Action Plan).
In 2005, Amy and her children moved to Yorktown, Virginia. With a large military presence in Virginia, Amy continues to serve in both civilian and Army Communities in the Hampton Roads area. She is involved with the Spouses Club of Ft. Eustis as Scholarship Chair and Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) and the Survivors Advisory Working Group (SAWG) to the Chief of Staff of the Army. She has attended Resiliency Training as well as CNO/CAO (Casualty Notification Officer/Casualty Assistance Officer) Training. Amy hopes that through continued education, research, outreach, and communication she can help surviving family members.
Her greatest joy is her children. Her daughter, Meghan graduated from The College of William and Mary in 2013 and is living and working in Austin, Texas. Her son, Sean is a cadet in the Class of 2016 at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Jennifer Otero is the Spouse of an Army Officer and has been married for 10 years. She is currently a stay at home mom to two girls, and a Yorkie named Daisy. She has been volunteering since High School and is very happy to start volunteering and making a difference again in the Army Community! She has served in FRGs, on Boards for Spouses Clubs, PTA/PTOs, Girl Scouts, as well as a Garrison Community Mayor . She is an Army Family Team Building & Suicide Prevention Instructor. She believes in the Army’s Family Readiness Mission to empower Families to be self reliant and educating families on all available resources. She takes pride in her family, home, and in all she does. Hobbies include crafting, planning her girls’ birthday parties, and events.
Karen Preston is the spouse of SMA Ken Preston, USA, Ret. and a native of Mount Savage, Maryland. Having met in High School, Karen has been at Ken’s side since their first duty assignment in 1975. An Army spouse for 36 years, Karen has lived in various states and overseas. As the Spouse of the longest serving Sergeant Major of the Army, Karen has served on various family focused advisory boards and has visited with Army families extensively all over the world. In his remarks at the retirement of SMA Preston then Chief of Staff of the Army General George Casey remarked: “From their first duty station in 1975, Karen made a difference in the lives of Soldiers and their Families. In their assignments across the army, Karen developed a reputation as a caring and thoughtful Army spouse. She is someone who could walk into a room full of Soldiers and Family members and immediately make feel immediately and completely at ease”.
Dale H. Rowe
Mrs. Dale H. Rowe is a military spouse and mother. She earned an A.S. from Dean Junior College in Franklin, MA and her B.S. in Education at the University of Texas at El Paso. Following graduation from UTEP, Mrs. Rowe worked in the hospitality business in El Paso. During her travels, she taught in the basic skills education program at Fort Stewart, GA and as a substitute teacher while the Family was stationed at Fort Drum, NY. While working in El Paso, she joined the Army as a military spouse through marriage to a career Infantry officer.
While raising four children, she moved her Family 17 times in 35 years across the United States, to Europe and to the Republic of Korea. Wherever Dale went she has found a passion for Volunteer service with the Red Cross, thrift shops, schools, and youth activities. She has served in leadership positions within military spouse organizations to include service with various committee and board positions, President of Seoul American Wives Club and as a senior spouse advisor. Her most satisfying volunteer activity has been support to military spouse supported thrift and gift shops at almost every post. She has coached youth soccer and served as Team Mom for many teams. Dale continues to volunteer with AOWCGWA and AOWCGWA Fort Myer Thrift Shop. Dale lives with her husband Richard (U.S. Army, Retired) in Alexandria, VA.
Sarah Sattelberg hails from Twin Falls, Idaho where she lived until joining the United States Army in February 2003. Upon enlisting in the Army she attended Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas where she was awarded the Military Occupational Specialty 68W, Combat Medic. She served in the United States Army until November 2006, when she gave up her Army Career after getting married to another Service Member. She served both in Yongsan , South Korea and at Fort Hood, Texas. Upon leaving the Army she has served as a government civilian with the Army Substance Abuse Program, as well as with IMCOM. She has been working for the last 8 months with a Government Contractor Threat Tec as a Marketing Specialist. She is married to 1SG Ryan Sattelberg. They have 3 children Audrey (7), Jackson (5), and Reese (3). Their family is currently stationed at Fort Eustis VA but will be making a move to Germany this summer.
Mrs. Sattelberg is an active volunteer, currently serving on the Board and Executive Committee of the Virginia Colonial Chapter of AUSA as well as the CoChairman of the AUSA Young Professionals Committee. Sarah has served as an FRG Leader for Aco 115th BSB and Fco 2-5 CAV during 2 deployments. She also runs on the Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors team during the Army 10 Miler to help raise money for their organization.
She is currently completing her final courses for a B.A in Psychology and plans to get a Masters in Social Work. Eventually she would like to pursue a PHD. Her hobbies include running, photography, reading, writing, volunteering, and cooking.
Alice M. Swan
Alice has been married to Brigadier General (retired) Robin P. Swan for 32 years. They have three children: son, Robin (25), is a 1LT (P) in the United States Army, daughter Mary (21) will graduate from the United States Military Academy in May 2014 and Hannah (19) attends Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Swans have lived in Germany, Virginia, Louisiana, Kansas, Nebraska, Massachusetts, and Texas during BG Swan’s military career and now make their home in Northern Virginia.
Alice is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration – Marketing concentration. Before marrying BG Swan, she worked for General Nutrition Corporation (GNC) and Shopsmith Inc. in their advertising departments. During their military adventure, Alice worked for Army Public Affairs offices in Germany and Fort Polk, Louisiana. She has also been a substitute teacher and tutor for various school districts as the family moved.
She was an active Army volunteer for: Family Readiness Groups, Spouse Clubs, American Red Cross, Army Community Service, Army Family Action Plan, Youth Sports programs and Parent-Teacher Associations at her children’s schools. She has lead deployment support activities during her husband’s command assignments in Germany and Fort Polk.
As a blogger for dcmilitaryfamlife.com, Alice enjoys sharing news about important programs and issues that affect service members and their families in the Military District of Washington and around the world. If in some small way the information in her stories helps at least one military family, she’ll consider it a job well done.
In her spare time Alice enjoys sharing an empty nest with her husband, exploring all the DC area has to offer, reading, and participating in Northern Virginia Senior Olympics.