As Kariah pursues her passion to serve others and give back to those who have given so much, she leads the Digital Marketing production for Military Spouse and works behind the scenes to make it all come together. She was drawn to this organization by the inspiring and brilliant individuals involved and has thoroughly enjoyed helping to further the mission and engage with the vibrant military community. Kariah is truly inspired by the spouses the program recognizes. She looks forward to encouraging the military community to be influential in their own communities.
Jen McDonald is an experienced editor and writer who’s been published in numerous national publications and several books. She’s also a coffee addict, wine lover, insomniac, and homeschool mom. She and her amazing Air Force husband have lived all over the world and have four kids, one who is now also serving in the Air Force. Look for her upcoming devotional book for military spouses! She loves to connect with other military spouses at jenmcdonald.net, on Facebook at facebook.com/jenmcdonaldwriter, and on Twitter and Instagram as @jenmcdonald88
MJ Boice is a proud Marine Spouse who holds a B.S. in Social Psychology, is the mother of two teenagers (please pray for her).. She's also the Staff Writer for the National Military Family Association. Her passions include: free-lance writing, volunteering and serious coffee consumption; all of which contribute to her “90-Nothin’, Grip-It-And-Rip-It” mentality.
Ashley is a California girl, born and raised in San Diego, California. She is a Paralegal by day and pursues her passion for writing by night. She also spends at least one weekend a month volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, a cause she strongly believes in. She married her husband, who is active duty Navy, after dating for 7 years in 2014. They currently reside in California with their extremely spoiled and extremely sweet golden retriever. Ashley first started reading Military Spouse after her marriage to her husband because she didn’t have any military spouse friends and was looking for more information on the military lifestyle. She has since started writing for military spouse and says she loves the sense of community and friendship she feels Military Spouse Magazine brings to both herself and other spouses.
Stacy Huisman is a freelance writer and advocate with a passion for military spouses and children. She is a mother of two, reader of news and lover of wine. Being married to the Air Force for a decade has given her a front row seat into the life and struggles of the military family. She’s a strong advocate for military children and their challenges in education and transition.
In her “other” life, she worked in public affairs and project management for the city of Las Vegas for 14 years. She was the Executive Director for the Las Vegas Centennial. She had a hand in baking the world largest birthday cake, hosting a 100,000 person parade, marrying 100 couples at once, organizing an amazing Red Hot Chili Peppers concert and managing 450 other events, programs and public relations celebrating her hometown birthday!
She met her husband while he was stationed at Nellis AFB. She was whisked away on a crazy military spouse journey around the globe and hasn’t looked back since – only forward.
Stacy is connected to many aspects of military life. She writes for one of our other Victory Media publications - GI Jobs Magazine - where she features successful transitioned Veterans in the workforce. She continues to write for myriad of websites and blogs, including a mini-think tank she co-founded called Families on the Home Front. Stacy was published in the popular book Stories Around the Table - Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength in Military Life. She is also a judge for Operation Homefront's Military Child of the Year 2015.
Ashley Jacobs is a television news anchor and reporter, currently working at FOX 5 San Diego. She is a proud Marine Corps spouse and thrilled to parent two healthy children. Ashley has loved to tell stories for as long as she can remember and takes great pride in writing articles that matter to military spouses and families. Some of her career highlights include covering President Obama's visit to Savannah, Georgia, a one-on-one interview with Condoleezza Rice, and countless stories embedded with Fort Stewart'sThird Infantry Division during training exercises before deployments. Working as a military correspondent for years for both ABC and FOX affiliates proved to be challenging and rewarding and Ashley looks forward to telling stories for years to come!
Military Spouse Team
Rebecca Alwine is the President of the Fort Huachuca Community Spouses’ Club and has worked as a career counselor for transitioning service members. She has a Masters in Emergency Management from American Military University and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Mary Washington.
Lauren is a USMC spouse and mother to three beautiful, spunky girls. She loves to write about fitness, health and wellness, current events, education, and real mommy moments. When she isn't working out, writing, or chasing her kids you can find her drinking several cups of coffee and volunteering around her community.
Kiera Durfee is an eleven-year military spouse veteran and is an avid writer, teacher, Netflix operator, doughnut eater, and procrastinator. She represented Utah National Guard spouses as the 2014 Utah National Guard Spouse of the Year and feels strongly about military spouses finding the communal and spousal support needed to navigate the tumultuous storms of military living. Kiera enjoys eating, exercising (in that order), singing, ignoring the laundry, and being with her husband and three little girls who are the very center of her life and who simultaneously drive her mad. In addition to being well-versed in hearty wit and sarcasm, she knows all of the state capitals.
I'm the wife of an amazing Marine, and mommy to our toddler twin girls. I'm also the Founder/CEO of Covered Cubs ~ a kids apparel brand that uses a little sarcasm & a lot of honesty to say what parents are thinking, while getting them to be more assertive about protecting their children. I'm also a public speaker who works with MOMS to give them the confidence, tools and GUTS to fiercely protect their kids and trust their instincts!
Develda Edgington, MFTI
Develda L. Edgington, MFTI
Founder and CEO, DLE Enterprises, LLC
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