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Did you know… Our Mission: Milspouse Board of Directors has 119 years of combined total military experience!

Julie Cooley

Board President

Military Spouse, 18 years
Prior Active Duty Air Force, FT Air Guard
Currently Air Reserve
Bossier City, LA

Julie loves being a military spouse, an entrepreneur, an advocate, and a community leader. As a leader with Every Warrior, Julie worked to develop strategic plans and innovative leadership practices with a team of 20 lead volunteers and directors.

Julie’s advocacy efforts have helped to secure funding for military spouses to obtain transferable employment skills, and nationally has consulted on such projects as the Department of Labor project focusing on Military Spouse Occupational License Legislation implementation and best practices.

Julie is an avid volunteer serving on numerous boards and committees in each community she is located. As a Reserve spouse, she advocates for understanding and support of our Guard and Reserve families through leadership opportunities with organizations like Louisiana’s ESGR and is proud to serve as the lead for our local Military Spouse Professional Network with Hiring Our Heroes. As an Air Force mother, Julie focuses on taking care of our youngest and newest members as they transition into the military.

Sarah Robichaud

Board Secretary

Military Spouse, 12 years
Active-Duty Army
Rochester Hills, MI

Sarah is a Maryland native who married her husband, Andrew, in 2012. Since then, she has had the opportunity to live in Georgia (twice), Germany, Texas, Virginia, and now Michigan. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Salisbury University and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from Liberty University.

The majority of Sarah’s time is spent rocking the stay-at-home-mom life with her two amazing children, Emily (7) and Logan (5). She also has two small dogs and an out-of-control vegetable garden. During her free time, you can probably find Sarah out for a jog or playing at the beach.

Chrissy Gibbs

Board Treasurer

Military Spouse, 12 years
Active-Duty Army
Grafenwoehr, Germany

Chrissy married her husband in 2010 and jumped right into her milspouse role. She knew that life would be more adventurous and sometimes more difficult, but it would always be worth it.

She had previously received her teaching degrees from Niagara University in Special Education and spent a few years teaching, but once she began having children, she chose to put those talents to work in her own home. Chrissy is a mother to four energetic boys and one husky pup (also a male), so you could say she’s the queen of the castle! Chrissy and her family are currently living in Germany!

In her free time, you can find her working out, at a playdate with close friends, on the hunt for the next geocache, or hiding away binge-watching her favorite guilty pleasure TV shows.

Chrissy has served on the Mission: Milspouse Command Team since 2020, first as Content Curator and now as Director of Development.

Kathleen Palmer

Interim Executive Director

Military Spouse, 25 years
Active-Duty Army
Washington D.C.

Kathleen is an educator and project seeker from Texas. In her 25 years as an Army spouse, Kathleen has taught and coached in six different states and Germany. Kathleen has a big heart for both Army families and soldiers, having served as a Soldier for Life counselor in both Germany and Korea. Her favorite part of Army life is her acquired community of battle buddies!

Kathleen loves words (both speaking and writing them) and has contributed to AWN, NMFA, The Fort Hood Sentinel, The Army Spouse Handbook, Inside Abu Ghraib, Memoirs of Two US Military Intelligence Officers, and The Army War College at Carlisle. Her favorite writing piece about being an Army wife is “The Lady in the Grey Suit” which was published in 2015 in Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors (Vol.3).  You can find her on InstagramFacebook, or on her website, Life Is Messy, Love Big. Just like Kathleen, the site is a WORK in Progress!

 

Major Joseph Mason

Board Member, At Large

Military Chaplain
Active-Duty Army, 20 years
Fort Carson, CO

Chaplain (MAJ) Joseph R. Mason, of Salem, OR serves as the Deputy Division Chaplain for 4th Infantry Division, and is stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado. He entered the Army in 2002 through Officer Candidate School, receiving a commission in the Ordnance Corps. He began service as a chaplain in 2012. His most recent assignment as chaplain was serving as Command Chaplain for Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve, forward deployed in Erbil, Iraq (21-22), before transitioning to his current role in CO. 

Chaplain Mason is an ordained minister of the General Baptist Convention of Texas. In addition to his Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., Chaplain Mason holds a Master of Divinity degree from Faith Evangelical Seminary in Tacoma, WA, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.  

Chaplain Mason is married to his wife of 21 years, Candace. Together they have four children: Wyatt (18), Owen (16), Ruby (13), and Chloe Joy (8). 

Anna Larson

Board Member, At Large

Military Spouse, 22 years
Retired,  Army
Killeen, TX

Anna Larson is a copywriter and digital marketing strategist. She is passionate about three things: supporting entrepreneurship, building up military spouses, and finding adventures. As owner of NomadAbout, Anna helps entrepreneurs and other business owners showcase what they are passionate about and how they do it better than anyone else through social media, custom-designed websites, and marketing campaigns. She co-hosts the 15{ish} Minute Coffee Chat – a weekly live stream/podcast for small business owners and contributes regularly to a number of military publications with a focus on supporting transitioning and retiring military families. Previously, she served as an experience blogger for Army Wife Network.

After 22+ years supporting her active-duty military spouse and moving across Europe, Africa, and the United States, her family made the leap into military retirement. They are forging new paths together – two kids and two dogs in tow! She’s a long-time homeschool mom that loves dance parties, popcorn, camping, and snorkeling in the ocean. In her spare time, you’ll find her traveling the world and seeking out adventures with her family.

Heidi Kock

Board Member, At Large

Military Spouse, 4 years
Air National Guard
South Dakota

Heidi has been married to her husband Mark for 17 years and together they have five amazing children: Landan (15), Eva (14), Paytan (13), Ella (11), and Marcus (9). As a family, they have always lived on a farm raising cattle and pigs. Heidi was a stay-at-home mom until her youngest went to school, and since then has helped open a number of coffee shops in four different towns.

She currently is a customer service representative for a local bank. Four years ago, she became a milspouse when Mark joined the South Dakota Air National Guard and has since weathered her first deployment. Heidi enjoys hanging out with friends and family and loves to travel, bake, and scrapbook. Her faith in the Lord is what gets her through life and all the changes over past years.

Mission: Milspouse is a
501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

EIN Number: 88-1604492

Contact:

hello@missionmilspouse.org

P.O. Box 641341
El Paso, TX 79904

 

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