Our Staff

Executive

Joyce Raezer

Joyce Raezer

Executive Director

Joyce is a military spouse, staunch military family advocate, and recognized expert on military families. She’s a farmer’s daughter, mom of a nursing student and a musician, hand bell ringer, choral singer, and former teacher. She knew she found the professional home she was looking for when she attended her first Government Relations meeting at NMFA as a volunteer. She uses the skills developed through years of sorting out clues in mystery novels when analyzing the intricacies of how legislation might affect military families or what the latest change to TRICARE or Impact Aid means. Her message to those in positions of power:” Military families serve in support of their loved ones in uniform. Our troops in harm’s way expect our Nation to keep their families secure and strong. So don’t break faith with them!”

Court Ogilvie

Court Ogilvie

Chief Operating Officer

Court is a long-time non-profit professional that has also spent time in government and the private sector. He is a military brat that was born in Japan and moved around quite a bit before settling in Virginia. Court was drawn to NMFA because he identifies with our mission-although he concedes that military life has probably changed a bit since he was a wide-eyed kid with a moptop. Court enjoys the outdoors, cooking, videography, and travel, and he seems to always be planning his next adventure.

Christina Jumper

Christina Jumper

Finance Director

Christina is the Finance Director for the National Military Family Association, turning numbers into stories. She currently spends her days digging into data and presenting it in a meaningful way, but her work at NMFA began in 2002. Christina has served in key roles in both our Volunteer & Community Outreach and Government Relations departments. When she’s not at NMFA she’s cheering on the Nats as their self-proclaimed #1 fan, reading historical fiction or running in 5ks in support of charities close to her heart.

Jason Reese

Jason Reese

Finance Manager

Jason was born and raised in Northern VA. He graduated from James Madison University. Most of time away from work involves being a personal driver for both of his boy’s activities. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, eating, golfing with friends, and playing sports with his two boys.


Child and Family Programs 

Meredith Lozar

Meredith Lozar

Child and Family Programs Director

Meredith Lozar serves as the Youth Initiatives Director for The National Military Family Association. In this role she is responsible for the management and direction of NMFA’s Operation Purple® program that includes summer camps for military children, family retreats for military families experiencing the challenges of reunion and reintegration following deployment, and specialized family camps for the wounded and their families. A leader in the field of military family support services, Meredith has dedicated her career to improving the lives and overall readiness of today’s military families. She has directed both large and small scale military affiliated nonprofit programs, and served in multiple volunteer capacities for the Marine Corps, Army and Air Force. Meredith is a Marine Corps spouse and mother and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.

Natalie Mizell

Natalie Mizell

Program Manager, Operation Purple® Program Eastern Region

Natalie was born at Fort Meade Hospital to military parents, so she says marrying a military man was inevitable. They have a college-bound daughter and a dog that will never leave home. Natalie's position involves researching questions from and providing information to military members and their dependents. Friends and family always ask her to research things for them because she enjoys learning new things and educating others. Natalie loves being a part of our Association because of our passion for military families.

Alex Insel

Alex Insel

Program Manager, Operation Purple® Program Western Region

Alex joined the National Military Family Association in 2016. He is the Youth Initiatives Program Manager for the Western Region of Operation Purple Camps and oversees the Operation Purple Family Retreat Program. Alex’s previous experience in education and camping sets a perfect stage to support military kids and their families at Operation Purple.

Communications

Besa Pinchotti

Besa Pinchotti

Communications Director

Besa is a recovering journalist who learned to love the military while reporting from Camp Lejeune on Operation Iraqi Freedom. That’s also where she met a guy named Dave, whom she decided to marry despite warnings to “never marry a Marine.” Now 10+ years later, they live on Capitol Hill with their 3 kids. You can find her admiring Impressionist works of art, winning dance-offs against her kids and stuffing her face on Donut Sunday, her favorite day of the week.

Hannah Pike

Hannah Pike

Communications Deputy Director

After finding her way to the NMFA team in 2004, Hannah settled into her role as second in command of the Communications department, using experience gained supporting her Marine brother to develop new and innovative ways to connect military families. She holds the staff record for Most Odd Worldly Experiences, having snorkeled the Great Barrier Reef, lived in a hut and been attacked by a camel. In her spare time, she frequently puts her creative writing degree to good use by writing and performing original music, mostly for her kids.

Kim Edger

Kim Edger

Communications Digital Analyst

Kim Edger is a 20-year military spouse having served nearly 15 of those years with the NMFA. Her passion is using technology to inform and empower military families. As a military spouse, working for NMFA is not just a job; it is an opportunity to connect with military families at a higher level. In her free time, Kim enjoys running, drinking Italian wine, and shuttling her three kids to sporting events. Not at the same time, of course.

Shannon Prentice

Shannon Prentice

Content Development Manager

Between perfecting the art of big hair and being the Official Unofficial Knower of Random Facts, Shannon brings her creative right brain writing skills and coffee drinking expertise to the NMFA team. A Florida State University graduate and native Floridian, she enjoys taking pictures of her dog and channeling her inner foodie. Fun fact: Shannon can quote 95% of the movie Hocus Pocus.

Heather Aliano

Heather Aliano

Social Media Manager

Heather is a proud Air Force spouse and feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel the world with her Airman. Due to the unique challenges of military life overseas, she had to get creative with her job options and chose to start her own business. She dedicated her time to building a website focused on education, travel, and printable resources for kids and learned everything she knows about social media, business relationships and marketing from promoting her own brand. She has also worked for the USO as a volunteer photographer, specialized in capturing the joyful moments of military families, while also creatively incorporating branding and marketing messages in the shot.

Ivory Smith

Ivory Smith

Graphic Designer

Ivory was 15 when she fell in love with design. She believes typography should be a proper noun and enjoys using her design skills to make a difference in the lives of others. Adventurous at heart, she spends her free time visiting new places and trying delicious food. She is a self-proclaimed culinary master, HGTV devotee, and lover of tacos.

MJ Boice

MJ Boice

Staff Writer

MJ is a proud Marine spouse who holds a B.S. in Social Psychology, is the mother of two teenagers (please pray for her) and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Public Administration. She joins NMFA’s Communications team as their in-house Staff Writer and approaches all things with a “90-Nothin’, Grip-It-And- Rip-It” mentality. This is most likely due to the copious amounts of coffee that she consumes. She enjoys engaging in deep discussions, and believes that every story is worth telling. She loves meeting new people, so if you see her out and about please feel free to walk up and say hello!


Development

Jen Pusatere

Jen Pusatere

Development Director

Jen's not sure if it was her experience selling Girl Scout Cookies for her sister, or her time working for the Marist Institute for Public Opinion that led her to a career in fundraising. With a proven track record in cultivating major gifts she understands that every gift regardless of size, is valued and critical to a program’s success. With 20 years of experience working with leading independent schools to national non-profits, Jen is looking forward to connecting with past and current donors to expand NMFA’s giving community.

Lyndy Rohe

Lyndy Rohe

Senior Donor Relations Officer

Dubbing herself “a small town Minnesota girl, with big city dreams,” Lyndy finds herself on the National Military Family Association Development team checking off a few of her ‘big city dreams.’ A Political Science and Pre-Law graduate of North Dakota State University, she’s interned for Congress, was a real estate developer, and owned a restaurant. Her true passion for building community and connecting military families to resources and programs ignited when she married her high school sweetheart, an Air Force Officer. After a hard day’s work raising funds to support military and veteran families, she embraces the chaos of military life, while raising four awesome kids.

Christina Hansen

Christina Hansen

Fundraising and Database Manager

Christina hails from the San Francisco Bay Area where she began her fundraising career before moving to Northern Virginia. She specializes in database management, individual and corporate giving, and special events. Christina is a self-described “data geek” and is thrilled to use her skills to provide the resources necessary to support NMFA’s programs and military families. Many of her family members and friends have served in the military but she got greater exposure to issues impacting service members while working for RAND’s Project Air Force. She holds a BA in Political Science from The George Washington University and an MA in Human Rights from University College London. In her spare time, she watches soccer matches, pairs food with wine, travels, and volunteers with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.

Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray

Foundation Relations Manager

Charlotte is originally from South Carolina and has spent her entire career devoted to non-profits. She is the daughter and granddaughter of service men and a former Army spouse. Charlotte is excited to bring her passion and advocacy for military families to NMFA as the Foundation Relations Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys tennis, cooking, travel and anything traditionally Southern.

Troi Reppart

Troi Reppart

Fundraising and Events Manager

An Air Force veteran of four years and AF spouse of 25 years, Troi joined NMFA as the Executive Admin. Before starting with the Association she spent years volunteering to assist military families, improving her community, guiding volunteers, and coordinating fundraisers and programs to benefit military families. Troi is extremely excited about the opportunity with NMFA to continue assisting military families on a much larger scale.

Liz Cabello

Liz Cabello

Development Assistant

Liz is an Army spouse and daughter from the California Bay Area. She began her fundraising career as a 17 year healthcare professional. Liz is an Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors (2017 NBA Champions) fanatic and avid music lover, especially the 80’s. She likes to spend free time on her Can-Am Spyder (reverse trike motorcycle) in search of the world’s best fish tacos!

Government Relations

Kelly Hruska

Kelly Hruska

Government Relations Director

Kelly likes the National Military Family Association so much she has worked here twice! Once as GR Deputy Director on the Government Relations team and then as our Outreach Coordinator, and now as our GR Director. A Navy spouse of 22 years, Kelly has lived and worked the Navy life. When not advocating for military families, Kelly pursues the world’s most perfect cup of coffee.

Eileen Huck

Eileen Huck

Government Relations Deputy Director

Eileen married into the Navy hoping to see the world, but instead has seen most of I-95. In her 18 years as an active duty Navy spouse, she and her family have lived in Rhode Island (three times), Virginia (twice) and Florida (just once so far). Currently she resides outside of Washington, DC, where she juggles family advocacy with car pools, laundry and high school track meets. In her copious spare time she enjoys going to Washington Nationals baseball games and watching the occasional episode of Scandal.

Karen Ruedisueli

Karen Ruedisueli

Government Relations Deputy Director

Karen is an Army wife of 12 years and a Deputy Director in Government Relations focused on military family health care issues. She loves to dig into the details and relishes the satisfaction of mastering complex topics, which is fortunate given the amount of time her job requires her to pore over TRICARE policy manuals and various research studies. Karen’s husband is just glad that she is now paid to spend all day tracking and discussing military family issues and no longer feels compelled to confront him with the latest Army Times article while he’s trying to eat his dinner. In her spare time, Karen enjoys reading, trying new recipes, and searching for midcentury furniture bargains on Craigslist.

Jenna Lang

Jenna Lang

Legislative Coordinator

Jenna is not only a Navy wife of 16 years, but also a Navy Veteran herself. As a mom of three children and a graduate student of Public Policy at George Mason University, she doesn’t have much free time. However, Jenna loves involving herself in the community whether helping out at the elementary school or volunteering to time a swim meet for her oldest daughter.

Scholarships

KB

KB

Spouse Education + Professional Support Director

Allie Jones

Allie Jones

Program Manager, Spouse Education + Professional Support

A few of Allie Jones’ favorite things include, milspouse scholarships, check lists, and Starbucks gift cards. No longer a noob, Allie recently graduated from her rookie season of military spouse hood with top honors and thinks no one is cooler than her Old Grad hubby.  Forever a Kansas Jayhawk with paperwork to prove it, Allie manages our Association’s scholarship program and is a staunch supporter of spouse education and employment.

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Spouse Education & Professional Support Administrative Assistant

Kelly is a proud 20+ year Air Force spouse from Mt. Zion, Illinois. She graduated from Illinois College in 1994 with a BS in Mathematics and married her high school sweetheart, Steve, in June 1995. They have one daughter, Abigail, who keeps them busy driving to/from dance, Tae Kwon Do, soccer, youth group and spending time with friends. Kelly’s unshakable passion is helping fellow military spouses. Kelly started with NMFA in April 2014 as an Administrative Volunteer for the scholarship program. At the end of her 4 month internship, she asked if she could stay on and continue to help. Since then she was selected as the 2014 Margaret Vinson Hallgren Award recipient and has volunteered over 800 hours. Kelly enjoys math, cats, 80’s music, anything involving sorting & organizing things, and travel adventures with her family.

Volunteer & Community Outreach

Ann Hamilton

Ann Hamilton

Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager

Ann is privileged to work with our Association Volunteers in the Midwest, Eastern States and Europe. Ann's journey with NMFA began when she was a Volunteer at Fort Leavenworth, KS and continues now as a remote employee. An Army spouse and Army Volunteer of 15 years Ann has been humbled to volunteer and serve with military families all over the world.

Pikkwan Boston

Pikkwan Boston

Volunteer & Community Outreach Manager

Pikkwan’s family has been an Army family of 21 years with 11 different PCS assignments along the way. They have done a few Germany rotations through Stuttgart and Heidelberg, a good stretch at Fort Drum and even a year at the Naval War College in Rhode Island. Her family has now settled in Virginia from JBER.

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