WASHINGTON (November 1, 2023) – Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN), a national nonprofit dedicated to serving America’s military and veteran families, has elected four new members to the board of directors with immediate effect.
The additions — Jimmy Anderson, Joe Cardona, Stephanie Crosse, and Sarah Holley — represent the diversity of the military-connected community and add decades of invaluable experience to MFAN’s mission.
“This year marks 10 years of service for MFAN and we are thrilled to welcome an accomplished and dedicated group of professionals to our board of directors during this exciting time of growth,” said Rosemary Williams, Chair of MFAN’s Board of Directors. “Their diverse perspectives, professional acumen, and commitment to this community — military, veterans, their families, caregivers, and survivors — will play an integral role in shaping MFAN’s continued positive impact on military families for many years.”
Each will be presented at MFAN’s 10th anniversary event, “Celebrating a Decade of Service,” hosted in our nation’s capital on the evening of November 1, 2023.
November marks the start of National Veterans and Military Families Month, a fitting backdrop for such a momentous occasion. The 10th anniversary event will showcase MFAN’s contributions to the military and veteran family space since 2013 and pay tribute to the legacies built by those in uniformed service and the families who serve alongside them.
“It’s been the privilege of a lifetime to support military-connected families over these last 10 years,” said Shannon Razsadin, MFAN President and Executive Director. “Our progress is a testament to the strength of those we serve and the steadfast support of our partners. And we’re just getting started.”
Jimmy Anderson is an Associate Partner at IBM Consulting. Jimmy enlisted in the Air Force at 18 and served on active duty for three and a half years before transitioning to the Air Force reserves and attending undergraduate school on the GI Bill. He later returned to active duty as an Air Force intelligence officer. Anderson then became Special Assistant to the Secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, followed by Director of Veterans Engagement, Office of Public Engagement in the White House.
Jimmy has spent over a decade in uniform and continues to serve as a Captain in the Air Force Reserve at the Pentagon. He is dedicated to serving veterans and their families.
Joe Cardona is an American football long snapper for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. As a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Cardona is also an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, holding the rank of Lieutenant. Cardona was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft and is a two-time Super Bowl champion.
Joe is an active participant in his community and works regularly with local schools, businesses, and charities to have a positive impact off the field.
Stephanie Crosse is an attorney with over 20 years of legal experience. As a spouse of an active duty Army Soldier, the daughter of a retired Army officer, and the mother of a military child, Crosse uses her unique knowledge and awareness to support, empower, and advocate on behalf of the military and veteran communities.
Stephanie has held career positions with the Department of the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her volunteer roles include MFAN’s 2015-17 Advisory Board, founding board member for the Military Spouse JD Network, and the Advisory Council for the Military Officers Association of America. Stephanie has also served on the Executive Committee of the Georgia State Bar’s Military and Veterans Law Section.
Sarah Holley is a Senior Brand Manager, Brand Expansion at Nestle. She was named a Top 40 Under 40 Brand Innovator, #15 on the 2021 Research & Equitable Leadership List, and a Leadership Award winner at Nestle USA.
A military spouse for 13 years and advocate for military spouse employment, Holley is a former President of the Military Community Employee Resource Group at Nestle, member of the Combat Military Hunger Task Force, and served as a Commissioner for the City of Alexandria Commission for Women.
Learn more about MFAN’s board of directors here.
If you are interested in scheduling an interview with a board member or an MFAN spokesperson, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About MFAN: The Military Family Advisory Network envisions a world where all military-connected families are empowered to thrive. MFAN’s mission is to understand and amplify the needs of military-connected families and inspire data-informed change.