Director of Communication Operations
Sheila Stevens joined the Blue Star Families (BSF) team in 2010 as a chapter director and volunteer in Jacksonville, Fla. She now serves as senior advisor for outreach and special events. She oversees operations and implementation and manages and executes all logistical aspects of our VIP special events including the annual Blue Star Neighbor celebration, White Oak Retreat, Military Family Lifestyle Survey launch, and Joining Forces Impact Pledge events. Sheila guides and oversees all of our local and national events and serves as senior BSF representative at selected meetings and events. She is an experienced executive in military family affairs.
Sheila grew up in a military family; her father is a retired U.S. Navy officer. Years of deployments and moves helped her transition from Navy daughter to Navy spouse and now Navy mom. She is a strong leader with a history of success planning and executing military family events. She continues to work with nonprofit organizations developing and managing programs for military members and their families, as is evident in her volunteer role as vice president of family matters for the Maritime Patrol Association, for which she developed and oversees the scholarship program for military dependents. She is passionate about military family readiness during times of war, constant deployments, and defense budget cuts. She has volunteered as an ombudsman and has supported several other VSOs and MSOs. She and her husband, U.S. Navy Captain Mark Stevens, live in the DC Metropolitan area. She is the mother of U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Madeline Stevens and University of Arizona freshman Zachary Stevens.