Joanna M. Guldin-Noll
Joanna M. Guldin-Noll has built a freelancing portfolio that includes bylines with Military Spouse magazine, Military.com, The Huffington Post, and many others. She is the voice behind Jo, My Gosh! a popular military spouse lifestyle blog, and co-authored the book The Modern Military Spouse (2015). Most recently, Joanna was the managing editor of MilitaryOneClick. She experienced five years of military life while her husband served in the Navy. After he transitioned out in 2016, they opened Swatara Coffee Co. LLC, an independent coffee shop in Joanna’s hometown near Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. She is the senior produced media manager for Blue Star Families.
Matthew J. Hefti
Matthew J. Hefti is the author of A Hard and Heavy Thing, which was named a top 10 book of 2016 by Military Times, a top 10 first novel of 2016 by Booklist, and a Great Group Read of 2016 by the Women’s National Book Association. He spent 12 years as an explosive ordnance disposal technician. While enlisted, he earned his B.A. and M.F.A. After leaving the military, he earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He edits fiction at The Wrath Bearing Tree.
Sue Hoppin works to bridge the cultural gap between government, private and public groups, and military communities. In 2012, Sue was appointed by President Obama to the Board of Visitors of the United States Air Force Academy, completing her tenure in 2018 as the board’s vice chairman. In 2010, Sue founded the National Military Spouse Network, a professional development and networking membership organization supporting the professional career and entrepreneurial goals of military spouses. Sue holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University.
Mike Lee is the manager of brand and creative services at Team Rubicon. Over the past decade, Mike’s commitment to serving others led him to attend a Jesuit university where he organized service trips for students and staff to Costa Rica, the Gulf Coast, Haiti, and Tanzania. Mike became involved in working with our nation’s returning veterans, first through the student veterans organization at Loyola Marymount University and as a volunteer and staff member at Team Rubicon. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife, Liz, and an uncoordinated polydactyl cat named Pilar. He is a long-suffering Chicago sports fan who may or may not have openly wept when the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.
Kate Logan served in the U.S. Army as a mechanic, member of a female security detachment, and a public affairs specialist. She deployed to Baghdad, Iraq, with the 1st Infantry Division in 2007–08, joined the Army Reserves in 2009, and finished her service in the Michigan Army National Guard. Kate is a Central Michigan University graduate, earning both a bachelor’s degree in public administration and community development and a master’s degree in health services administration. Kate was the founding member and president of two Student Veterans of America chapters and now works for the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency as the Metro-Detroit regional coordinator. She is a board member for the Women’s Alliance of Oakland County and is an advocate for women in public office.
Sally Ma is a research librarian in the defense industry. She was a community blogger for HamptonRoads.com, a regional guide to southeastern Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology from California State University, Long Beach, and a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A California native, she currently lives in El Paso, Texas, with her family. She enjoys being outdoors, trying new foods, and volunteering in the community.
Samantha Moorhead grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. She moved to Columbia, South Carolina, where she met her wife, Kirsten, playing rugby for the Columbia Bombshells. Samantha has played rugby for 11 years for four different teams. She currently plays for the D.C. Furies. Samantha will graduate from the University of South Carolina Beaufort in December with a degree in human services. She will be pursuing a master’s degree in counseling. When she’s not on the rugby field, Samantha is an avid hiker, climber, and reader.
Molly Pearl is a social worker specializing in community organizing. She reserves the right to be critical of the things she loves. She is passionate about economic justice, dis/ability, and investigating the space between science fiction and reality. She hails from a long line of neurotics, artists, and caregivers. Molly resides in Brooklyn with her husband and sphynx cats. Her dreams live in Vermont.
Elizabeth Persaud-Lawler is an educator, committed to student-centered learning and changing school culture. She holds a bachelor’s in early childhood education and sociology from the University at Buffalo and a master’s in special education from Hunter College. Elizabeth is currently working on a post-master’s degree in educational leadership from George Washington University. Elizabeth was born and raised in New York City and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia, with her husband and two dogs.
Sara Poquette is an experienced communications and community engagement professional. Her background is comprised of military public affairs and service member support, leadership development, and nonprofit community relations and communications management. Sara has a servant spirit and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all individuals through her advocacy efforts and effective engagement of community resources.
Angela Ricketts is an Army brat turned Army wife who has spent her entire life submerged in the often secretive and tightly knit subculture of Army infantry families. She holds a master’s degree in social psychology. Her first book and memoir, No Man’s War: Irreverent Confessions of an Infantry Wife, was critically lauded and featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. Angie has appeared on MSNBC and CNN and is a reluctant and frequent guest of Fox News. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her husband of 26 years, a retired infantry officer with eight combat tours during his 31 years of military service. Together they have three spirited children. Angie is hard at work on her second memoir.
For the past decade, Sarah Schmidt has advocated for children and families across the United States and overseas. Sarah has worked as an early childhood educator; director; preschool coordination, family resource, and referral specialist; and currently as a parent educator. The majority of her professional experience has been serving children and families who are considered “at-risk.” Sarah has volunteered with various Marine Corps Family Readiness commands all over the world since 2009 and was recognized as an Outstanding Military Spouse in 2012 for her commitment to serving military families. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys being a soccer mom and managing the chaos of her two brilliant and beautiful children, random acts of kindness, and spending time in the Northwoods of Wisconsin sipping an old-fashioned.