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Welcome to the October edition of Grace After Fire's monthly newsletter.  As an organization we are committed to keeping you up-to-date and informed about what we are planning for the future. Our mission of Grace After Fire is to provide the means for women Veterans to gain knowledge, insight and self-renewal. We are dedicated to helping women Veterans help themselves.
In This Issue
2012 Fall Summit
From the CEO
Texas Veterans Commission
Our Board of Directors
2012 Women Veteran's Fall Summit "Building a Healing Home to Discover the Power of Women Veterans"

On October 13th women Veterans from throughout the state of Texas gathered together to protect, connect and renew.  The day was spent with open discussion among participants and  facilitators about items of interest including money management, preparing to search for job, and nutrition and wellness.


The women were given the opportunity to listen to Rebecca Halstead, BGen USA (ret) talk about "Surviving to Thriving" and Dr. Carol Ann Malizia, co-founder of Girls, Gals and Gurus talk about  " What You Do and Don't Do Determines Your Destiny" .


Additionally the women had the opportunity to learn stretching techniques to help reduce tension and the opportunity to receive facials.  Throughout the day there were door prizes including a Kindle, a weekend at the host hotel, The Marriott Courtyard, Sea World Westover Hills and round trip tickets from Southwest Airlines.  

For more photos from our fall summit visit our Facebook.  

From the CEO

DO YOU VOTE? Those of us who wore that military uniform have a huge responsibility to vote.

Remember the young girl in Afghanistan who got shot in the face? Her crime...wanting girls to get an education. Can't imagine that happening in America? Well, it was within this century that women were imprisoned because they had the audacity to demand the right to vote. And it was within the last five decades that women were forced from military service because they wanted to marry or have children. Why less than 20 years ago, Congress reversed the combat exclusion law for most military career fields opening the doors for women. So when we read in the paper about equality for women in other countries, don't forget we have worked hard for our own rights here in America.


SO, SHOULD YOU VOTE? Women were force fed in prison for your right to vote, ask them if it matters. Our grandmothers were separated from their military service when they got pregnant with us. Think they care? I actually remember the day a friend called to tell me about the combat exclusion law changing for women...I gathered my then 4-year old daughter and told her, "you can do anything you dream of now." Should my sacrifices matter to her generation, should they matter to you?

I believe those of us who volunteered to serve our nation in uniform still bear a responsibility to it, as well as the generations that benefited from our service. Keep the dreams of our daughters alive and honor our collective sisters who went before us.


VOTE, like you mean it.



Saluting Our Partners!
 The American Land Forces Institute

American Land Forces Institute 

ALFI's mission and purpose is to act as the nation's advocate for America's land forces; make American military power as dominant on land as it is in the air, sea and space; prepare our nation's military men and women to survive as well as succeed in all of the challenges that they face; and help them transition successfully to civilian life.


ALFI is one of the nation's leading advocates for active duty and reserve Army, Marine, Special Operating and National Guard forces; Veterans who are working to transition successfully to civilian life; and American law enforcement personnel defending America's communities and borders against terrorists and international criminal organizations.


The nexus uniting all of these active land forces, Veterans and law enforcement officers is that they are essential to protecting national security; they risk death and disproportionately die at the hands of the nation's enemies while serving in uniform; and they need sustained advocacy, support and highly specialized training to survive and succeed in the challenging continuum from training to combat missions to reintegration into civilian society.


ALFI is non-partisan and independent of any federal or state agency, political party, or private concern. Our goal is to get to the 'ground truth' with objectivity and clarity. Our motto is Service with Heart. ALFI is dedicated to bringing both passion and proven experience to every issue we address.  


For more information about ALFI visit their website

 Our Board of Directors

Yolanda Perez

YolandaYolanda D. Perez is a Dallas Baptist University Alumni and operations management executive with more than 20 years of experience in customer service & relations, performance and process improvement, and strategic business planning with recognized organizations such as the American Heart Association and Sprint PCS. With strong interpersonal communication skills she is accustomed to interacting and working with C-level executives and key opinion leaders across industry and cultural lines. Throughout her career she analyzed and developed innovative solutions, developed and implemented formal business practices and technology that improve the overall quality and delivery of services, revenue generation, increased profitability, cost controls and acceleration of business growth. She is an energetic, mission-driven, service excellence professional with excellent problem solving and technical skills.


She is the General Manager/Executive Director (Dale Johnson State Farm Agency) in Richardson Texas, and is an avid community supporter in activities such as mentoring (high school/college students), Habitat for Humanity, March of Dimes, Race for the Cure and Heart Walk. She is a member of the National Association of Professional Women, the Network of Executive Women (NEW), and American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), Contact Center World Association (CCWA), International Customer Service Association (ICSA), National Association of Call Centers (NACC), the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals in Business (SOCAP). Most recently she accepted the role of Customer Engagement Director with ACCENT where she will oversee general operation of a 400-seat customer engagement center and now serves on the Board of Directors for Grace After Fire.

Contact the Grace Team
Kimberly Olson - CEO/President

Lil Serafine - Program Director

Lisa Skier
- Program Coordinator
Christine Eberle - Bexar County Outreach Coordinator
Stacy Keyte - North Texas Outreach Coordinator

Michelle Rosales-Kneubuhl - Dallas & Tarrant County Outreach Coordinator

Mea Williams - Harris County Outreach Coordinator

Tammy Figueroa - Table Talk Coordinator

Danielle Mason - Intern 

Linda Nichols - Grant writer

Amy Hall - Bookkeeper

Ashley Edwards - Executive Assistant to the CEO/President    
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