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
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!
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.
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.
Editor in Chief: Courtney Hickling
Courtney Hickling is the Editor-in-Chief for It's a Military Life. As part of her role, she will be responsible for the editorial direction of the content published on the website, which will ensure that the content is consistent with the organization's vision and mission. As a veteran and military spouse, Courtney is intimately familiar with the difficulties this community faces. She strives to create meaningful and impactful content to help this unique community succeed.
As a Technical Writer for a Defense Contracting Agency, Courtney brings her strong editing and content management background to her role. Among her qualifications, she holds a Bachelor's degree in business administration, a Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing, and a MA in New Media Journalism, and will complete her MBA in October. As an avid reader and writer, she is eager to share engaging content with you.
Veteran Pen Pal Project Team
Program Director: Megan Stewart
Megan serves as the Program Director 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!
Volunteer Assistant Program Director: Carolyn Pinheiro
Ambassador Program Manager: Chantelle Pangburn
Recently retired from the Air Force after 20 years of active duty service. I am married and my husband and I have 5 children, ranging from ages 26 to 13 and a grandbaby! I love to hike, run and spend time with my family! We are located in the Clarksville, TN area and love supporting our community. I am passionate about serving those who have served before me and take pride in our country and its values.
It's a Military Connection Team
Curriculum and Instruction Designer: Kim Lara
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.
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.
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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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.
A place to be a helper as an individual and a family-for all communities. 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.
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!
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