Joyce is a military spouse, military family champion, and recognized expert on military families. She’s a farmer’s daughter, mom of a nurse 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. Whether she’s reading our military spouse scholarship applications, singing camp songs with kids at Operation Purple@ camps, or talking with military families she meets through NMFA programs or events, she is overwhelmed by their strength and service. Her mission is to tell the military family story wherever she goes. 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!
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.
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.
Communications Digital Analyst
Kim Ryan has spent more than 15 years working with the NMFA. Her passion is using technology to inform and empower military families. 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.
Content Development Manager
Shannon joined the dream team in 2013 after a stroke of good luck from a Chinese fortune cookie. She’s worked with military families since 2009, and has been recognized for her efforts supporting the service members, families, and leadership of both Marine Helicopter Squadron One and the US Navy Blue Angels. Shannon is NMFA's resident creative copywriting force, innovative storyteller, and diehard Florida State University alum. In her spare time, she loves taking pictures of her dog, channeling her inner foodie, and watching Jeopardy!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Foundations Relations Manager
Jenna is not only a Navy wife of 17 years, but also a Navy Veteran herself. Jenna earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University and a Master’s Degree from George Mason University. During her time on active duty and as a Navy spouse, Jenna’s passion has always been working with military families, believing they sacrifice alongside their military family member. As the Foundation Relations Manager, Jenna hopes to build relationships that will further NMFA’s mission of supporting military families. Jenna’s life outside of work consists of shuttling three active kids to various activities, trying to fit a date night in with her husband and volunteering in her community.
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.
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.
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.
Military Family Programs
Military Family Programs Director
After finding her way to the NMFA team in 2004, Hannah settled into her role as Military Family Programs Director, using experience gained supporting her Marine brother to develop and manage innovative programs that directly impact the lives of 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.
Program Manager, Spouse Education + Employment
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.
Program Manager, Operation Purple® Program
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.
Program Manager, Operation Purple® Program
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.
Assistant, Spouse Education + Employment
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.
Military Family Programs Intern
Elizabeth is a proud Air Force child with more military moves under her belt than she can keep track of. After attending DoDEA schools in Germany, she landed in Blacksburg, Va. to earn her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in literature from Virginia Tech. Elizabeth is a journalist at heart and has worked in military public affairs for five years. She loves writing and sharing military stories – veteran, active duty, and dependent. Beyond writing, she is an avid reader, wine-taster, and rock climber.