It's a Military Life's Mission

It’s A Military Life is a military spouse and veterans network advancing resiliency, community involvement, and forging meaningful relationships.

MEET OUR TEAM

Passionately committed to serving our military community

Board of Directors

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, service members, and fellow patriots. Christina looks forward to seeing It's a Military Life grow and serve as many people as possible!

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Vice President

My name is John Randolph, and I am honored to be part of this organization. I am currently an assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at John T. Magee Middle School in Round Lake, Illinois. The education field is a second career for me. After high school I joined the Marine Corps and enjoyed being stationed at Camp Pendleton, Camp Lejuene, and Camp Kinser in Okinawa Japan. During my time in the Corps I was a diesel mechanic (3521) and served from ’89 – ’93. Using the skills I learned while in, I continued as a mechanic/technician for the next 15 years working on older British cars and restoring Jaguars from the early 60’s to the early 70’s. From there I worked for Mercedes Benz as a systems technician for 10 years.

I made the jump to education simply because I wanted to make a difference in our schools and be the teacher I needed as a kid. I began as a science teacher in middle school, jumped to an instructional couch, curriculum and instruction specialist for science, assistant principal at an elementary school, and now back in a middle school as an AP…where my heart is.

This year was my 25th anniversary with my beautiful wife Brandi. We have one daughter who is 23 and we couldn’t be prouder of her! She graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign with a degree in microbiology while going through officer training for the Air Force. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May and is now in Pensacola Florida undergoing training as an Air Battle Manager. Again, very proud of this kid!

Treasurer: Becca Zettwoch

Becca Zettwoch is the Treasurer of IML and joined the team in December of 2021. Becca is an Air Force spouse and currently resides in Florida with their daughter and younger brother. Becca is currently working towards her Bachelor's degree in Accounting. Her career aspirations are to obtain her CPA and work in public accounting.

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Veteran Pen Pal Project Team

Program Director: Camille Deal

Georgia transplant and North Carolina native, Camille Deal is the ultimate social butterfly military spouse. She devotes her time to raising her two sons with her husband Travis while running her own business, Moss and Pine.

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Assistant Program Director: Carolyn Pinheiro

Carolyn Pinheiro is the volunteer Assistant Program Director for the Veteran Pen Pal Project at It’s a Military Life. She was born in southern California but has lived in the south coast of Massachusetts for the majority of her life. Although she has no previous military affiliation, she has always been a patriot for her country and has a strong appreciation for those who have served and continue to serve to protect the people of the United States.

Carolyn has over 20 years of administration/operations experience and continues to build on her professional expertise. She has an Associate’s in Computer Technology, a Bachelor’s in Business Management and is currently working on her Master’s Degree. When she isn’t volunteering, doing schoolwork or working, she either has her nose in a book or is spending time with her husband, daughter and fur-babies.

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Ambassador Program Manager: Amanda Siegner

 

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Ambassador: Megan Stewart

Megan serves as ambassador for the Veteran Pen Pal Project and brings over ten years of volunteer experience to IML.

During her time volunteering with military-centric nonprofit organizations, she has developed a deep passion for helping military families, soldiers, and the veteran communities alike. As a military spouse herself, she understands the needs of this wonderful and unique community and loves to find lasting solutions that help address the challenges they continually face.

In addition to volunteering, Megan works full-time as an Association Manager for New York Women in Communications. Through her professional and volunteer experience, she brings a strong background in program management, event coordination, and volunteer development.

She holds a Bachelor's and a Master's in Healthcare Administration and considers herself a lifelong learner. She and her husband, who is newly retired from active duty, are enjoying spending time with their two children, traveling, and exploring their new forever-home surroundings!

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Social Media Manager: Jeri Baldonado

Hi, I'm Jeri! I'm the social media manager for Veteran Pen Pal Project. I decided to volunteer for It's a Military Life because I wanted to give back to the community that has given so much! I currently juggle being a mom, wife, and analyst at my local military base. I hope that my efforts can help connect others to veterans all across the nation!

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It's a Military Connection Team

Program Manager: Suleyka Gonzalez

Suleyka is the Program Manager for IMC. Suleyka is a multipotentiality , mom of 2, USMC spouse and entrepreneur. She also volunteers in the military community providing support, and resources to military spouses who are seeking employment, pursuing a degree or simply needing a friend. During her spare time she freelances as a Virtual Assistant providing, administrative, technical and creative support to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

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Curriculum and Instruction Designer: Kim Lara

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.

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Human Resources Manager: LaPora Lindsey

LaPora Lindsey has been a military spouse for 14 years. She and her husband have two children. After six PCS moves with her family across the country and the globe, LaPora learned the importance of embracing the opportunities that come with many challenges, including volunteering to connect with others, give back, and grow.
With over 14 years in career services with various organizations, LaPora’s passion and heart for helping others have led her to help active duty, military spouses, and civilians with their careers. LaPora is excited to bring her vast experience to the IML team as a Resource Partner and volunteer Human Resources Officer.


 

It's a Military Child Life Team

Program Director: Kirtley Adams

Kirtley is the Program Director for It's A Military Child Life. She coordinates activities, partnerships, and events to help military children and teens according to our mission and vision.

It's A Military Child Life is a community that recognizes, celebrates, and supports our military children and teens.
The mission is to address the needs of our military children and teens by providing valuable resources; to foster meaningful social connections through programs that support the experiences of military children and teens everywhere; and to cheer them on in their unique journey.

Kirtley was born and raised in Indiana. She has been an Army spouse for 12 years, currently residing at Ft. Benning, GA. She has a passion for helping military families. As a mom to 3 kids, her focus is on helping military children and teens navigate the ups and downs of their military life. When she's not volunteering you can find her reading, knitting, or building websites.


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Assistant Program Director: Lourdes Camille Gonzalez

Lourdes is the Social Media Manager and Assistant Program Director of It's a Military Child Life. In her position, she manages IMCL social media accounts, creates a variety of content and interacts with our community.

Lourdes is an Air Force spouse currently residing in Colorado. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, she is bilingual in Spanish and English. Lourdes earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Penn State University. Among her interests are social work, wellness, children and books.
She is passionate about this community and loves connecting with other military families.


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Social Media Assistant: Tracy Gardner

As the Social Media Assistant, Tracy creates engaging content across digital platforms to build connection within the military community. A Navy wife of over 12 years, she has a deep appreciation for this community, and a determination to give back. With a BA in Communications and a Meta Certificate in Digital Marketing, she has a zest for all things social media, digital marketing, and project management.

Nothing lights her up like getting the job done. When she isn’t engaging with her community on social media or building graphics through Canva, you'll find her hiking with her two boys, practicing Pilates, or road tripping across the country for fun.

 


 

It's a Military Outreach Life Team

Program Director: Melissa Tolliver Thicklin

Melissa joined It’s a Military Outreach Life in August 2022 as the Outreach Program Director.

In this new position with IML, Melissa is looking to embed It’s a Military Outreach Life into local community outreach and within the schools as a resource for military families.

Melissa is a former Army wife of 22yrs, with two daughters and one son. Melissa’s education consists of an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies, a Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies and a Master Degree in Public Administration. She is also currently working for United States Space Force, Space Delta 13 as the Commander Executive/Chief of Protocol/Outreach.

Melissa has some previous experience working in the outreach field from her past job at the Air Force Culture and Language Center. Melissa’s love for helping people ha spill over into helping in the community any way she can.

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Marketing

Public Relations: Amanda Anderson

Amanda Anderson is Public Relations and Communications professional based in New York City. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Communications Arts and Technology from the University of Technology, Jamaica.

Webmaster: Marina V. Rodriguez

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.

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Social Media Manager: Jazmin Miguel

I have been in the Digital Marketing Industry for 7 years, and am currently working as a social media manager. Would love to connect!

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Social Media Community Specialist: Ashleigh Morgan

Social Media Community Specialist: Ashleigh Morgan

I’m Ashleigh Morgan, the Social Media Community Specialist for IML. I manage the It’s A Military Life Community Facebook group and facilitate engagement across our social media channels.
I’m an Air Force spouse and mom. In addition to my social media and customer service background, I have 10 years of legal administrative experience including litigation paralegal, court clerk and nonprofit resolution support.

 


 

Administrative

Human Resources Manager: LaPora Lindsey

LaPora Lindsey has been a military spouse for 14 years. She and her husband have two children. After six PCS moves with her family across the country and the globe, LaPora learned the importance of embracing the opportunities that come with many challenges, including volunteering to connect with others, give back, and grow.

With over 14 years in career services with various organizations, LaPora’s passion and heart for helping others have led her to help active duty, military spouses, and civilians with their careers. LaPora is excited to bring her vast experience to the IML team as a Resource Partner and volunteer Human Resources Officer.

Executive Assistant : Meka Murray

An experienced administrative professional with over a decade of experience. I received my Master’s degree from Fort Valley State University in Counseling and my Bachelor’s from the University of Phoenix in Psychology. I enjoy helping others and figuring out ways to make workflows more efficient for my executives, their teams, and the company as a whole.

Volunteer Finance Consultant & Acting Treasurer: Tiffany Slifka

Tiffany has been in the accounting field for over ten years. She was previously the Finance Director for another military affiliated non-profit. Tiffany is an Army spouse and lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, new daughter, and three German Shepherds.
She has a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Economics, a Bachelor's in Accounting, and an MBA. She enjoys her work in the corporate accounting world and hopes to have her CPA license within the next couple years.

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IML Consultant: Immaculate Steve-Igbodo

Immaculate Steve-Igbodo is a process management expert and a Six Sigma champion. She is an associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, the Nigerian Institute of Training and Development and a member of the American Society of Administrative Professional. She has over 15 years experience in Business Administration, Consulting and Process Management.

She has worked with and consulted for various industries including, Oil & Gas, Automotive, Fashion, Consulting to mention a few. Immaculate has designed, managed and facilitated several culture transformation and Process Management Interventions for several organizations. She is also known as the “ Structure Queen”, she has introduced many of her clients to the importance of building proper business structure and systems in to their business which has generated incredible value to not only the effectiveness and corporate productivity of her clients, but also to their organization’s bottom line. She is a director in Edgeecution Consulting where she doubles as the Chief Operations Officer.


 

Finance

Finance Consultant & Acting Treasurer: Tiffany Slifka

Tiffany has been in the accounting field for over ten years. She was previously the Finance Director for another military affiliated non-profit. Tiffany is an Army spouse and lives in Colorado Springs with her husband, new daughter, and three German Shepherds.
She has a Bachelor's in Business Administration and Economics, a Bachelor's in Accounting, and an MBA. She enjoys her work in the corporate accounting world and hopes to have her CPA license within the next couple years.

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Financial Consultant: Tad Dack

I'm a loving husband and father to two amazing girls, Savanna and Reagan. I'm a big Michigan sport's teams fan and I enjoy hanging out with my family and friends. I was in the United States Marine Corp for 4 years and being part of IML allows me to give back to veterans and their families. I have my MBA along with an audit, fraud and project management certification and I'm currently working as an Internal Auditor.

Fundraising Coordinator: Camille Deal

Georgia transplant and North Carolina native, Camille Deal is the ultimate social butterfly military spouse. She devotes her time to raising her two sons with her husband Travis while running her own business, Moss and Pine.

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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.

Get involved-give back and pay it forward!

It’s a Military Life believes it is important to give back to our community, whether it is military or civilian related. We do that, by creating a network of outreach programs to provide volunteer opportunities for military and civilian families. We will help match you with the an opportunity that best fits your outreach interest and commitment level at this time. A place to be a helper as an individual and a family-for all communities.

Be a Part of our Military Child Community

Here you will find community, among other military families, who are looking for resources for their children: advocacy, homeschooling, learning, and more!

DONATE

Donate to one of most popular programs - Veteran Pen Pal Project! Your donation will support our mission to support our veterans through the simple act of writing a letter and creating friendships.

SUBSCRIBE

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VOLUNTEER

Email us at hello@itsamilitarylife.org to sign up! Volunteer to be a writer or join our official professional volunteer team!

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