MEET OUR TEAM
Passionately committed to serving our military community
Founder: Christina Etchberger
Christina Etchberger is the Founder and CEO of It's a Military Life Corporation. She is an Army spouse and a mother of two little boys, while currently residing in South Korea. IML began as a lifestyle blog and a community to bring the military community together, and now it has evolved into a nonprofit organization. Christina continues to be a connector, by providing educational and resourceful programs for the military community as a whole. She is very grateful for her professional volunteers consisting of military spouses, veterans, servicemembers, and fellow patriots. Christina looks forward to seeing It's a Military Life grow and serve as many people as possible!
Vice President: Kyra Seeley
Kyra is the Vice President of It's a Military Life, She cultivates relationships with business ambassadors through meetings, phone calls, and emails, and create community awareness for IML through outreach events. Kyra plans and implements in-person and online fundraising campaigns and events. She also manages in-kind donations for Veteran Pen Pal Project and other programs as needed.
Secretary: Jenna Soliani
Jenna is the Secretary of It's a Military life Corporation. In this position she records meeting minutes, votes on new matters, and maintains the organization's records.
Program Director of Veteran Pen Pal Project: Lexie Coppinger
Lexie was born and raised as a military child and lived all over the world with her family. Moving created an opportunity for Lexie to be exposed to different cultures, develop a love of all international foods, and embrace the concept that people are more similar than different. Now, as a military spouse for over 12 years, Lexie still thoroughly enjoys traveling and going on new adventures with her husband, and has taught her own “military”children to savor the adventures! She is an energetic relationship builder, enthusiastic volunteer & event coordinator, & passionate about veteran, spouse, & military family advocacy.
Marina V. Rodriguez: Webmaster
Marina is the Webmaster for It's a Military Life Corporation. She has been a Marine spouse for 20yrs and possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Interactive Media Design. She manages and implements website updates, performs ongoing optimization, conducts site troubleshooting, SEO execution, and UX/UI website innovation. All technical interfaces related to the company's web presence are under her cognizance. In addition, she also collaborates with the Marketing team on blog and social media posts. She is detail oriented, takes the initiative, and is genuinely dedicated to providing informative content to the military community.
Judy Castillo: Editor in Chief
Judy is the Editor in Chief in which she positively represents the brand with relevant and engaging content. She collaborates with marketing team on any social media projects and blog posts to ensure deliverables are met in a timely manner. Planning, management, communication and staying organized are key skills needed to succeed on an ongoing basis.
Curriculum and Instruction Designer: Kim Lara
Kim designs the curriculum for the It's a Military Connection cohort immersion program. Kim also has developed the instruction for the course which will be catered to military spouse and significant others who want to participate in a program that helps guide them on their professional journey.
Program Coordinator: Samson Mogusu - Intern
Samson is our Program Coordinator. His position requires him to work closely with the Program Team Director and assist with establishing program goals and objectives, monitoring and analyzing program performance metrics, generating budget expenditure reports, and evaluating outcomes to determine need for process improvement efforts. His goals include growing in the field of public policy, leveraging experiences and education to further his passion for improving society while making a positive impact in every way possible. He is an expert in managing/building relationships with various internal and external stakeholders in the national and international stage.
Help us Support our Veterans
VPPP connects veteran communities such as veteran centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and VA hospitals with pen pals around the world. We also host large holiday initiatives where we call on our pen pals to send general 'Dear Hero' holiday cards to our participating facilities.
Attention Milspouses and Milso Professionals!
It's a Military Connection provides a voice, resources, and hands-on experiences to military spouses for their professional journey. Through a 12-week cohort immersion series, participants are given the opportunity for professional development and networking opportunities that align closely with their goals.
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