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Practitioners Forum Steering Committee

  • Matthew Amidon, Director, Military Service Initiative, George W. Bush Institute
  • Bonnie Carroll, President, and Founder, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
  • Maureen Casey, Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
  • Mark Elliot, Global Head of Military and Veteran Affairs, JP Morgan Chase & Co
  • Donna Hoffmeier, Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications, TriWest Healthcare Alliance
  • Pete Jeffries, National Engagements Director, AARP
  • Koby Langley, Senior Vice President, International Services, and Service to The Armed Forces, American Red Cross
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Director, The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
  • BG (ret) Michael Meese, Ph.D., President, American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA)
  • Rebecca Porter, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
  • Jose Ramos, Vice President of Government and Community Relations, Wounded Warrior Project
  • Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO and Board President, Blue Star Families 
  • Steve Schwab, CEO, Elizabeth Dole Foundation
  • Caitlin Thompson, Vice President, Community Partnerships, Cohen Veterans Network
  • Candace Wheeler, Senior Advisor, Policy Director, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
  • Doug Wilson, Board Chair, Vets’ Community Connections

Mission Statement

The White Oak Collaborative seeks to address the challenges faced by military- and Veteran-connected communities through data-driven, cross-sector collaboration—while applying a whole-of-family lens. The Collaborative seeks to encourage explicit partnerships among its members for direct service and/or policy-level solutions.

Description

The White Oak Collaborative is a cross-sector coalition of organizations committed to supporting service members, veterans, wounded warriors, caregivers, survivors, and their families.

Blue Star Families is the convening authority and secretariat for the Collaborative, WITH 200+ members representing military and veteran support organizations, other non-profits, private, philanthropic, government, and community sectors. The work of the White Oak Collaborative is non-partisan.

The Collaborative is lead by a rotating steering committee of member organizations. Current steering committee members are listed below.

The White Oak Collaborative hold partners’ calls approximately every two weeks, where members hear partner updates, share relevant data, and learn about government and military priorities for the purpose of better serving our constituencies. The meeting is off the record.

Participation in the Collaborative is by nomination and invitation.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Steering Committee

The WOC is presided over by a steering committee which rotates its membership every six months. Current members of the steering committee include:

  • Matthew Amidon, Director, Military Service Initiative, George W. Bush Institute
  • Maureen Casey, Chief Operating Officer, Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University
  • Donna Hoffmeier, Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications, TriWest Health Alliance
  • Pete Jeffries, National Engagements Director, AARP
  • Koby Langley, Senior Vice President, International Services, and Service to The Armed Forces, American Red Cross
  • Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Director, The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
  • BG (ret) Michael Meese, Ph.D., President, American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA)
  • Rebecca Porter, Ph.D., President and Chief Executive Officer, Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC)
  • Candace Wheeler, Senior Advisor, Policy Director, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Participation in the Collaborative is by nomination and invitation.

List of Partner Organizations

AARP

Amazon

American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA)

Armed Services YMCA of the USA

Association of Defense Communities

Blue Star Families

Bob Woodruff Foundation

Booz Allen Hamilton

CareLinx

Child Care Aware of America

Cohen Veterans Network

Combined Arms

Council on Foundations

Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services

EasterSeals DC MD VA

Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Exceptional Families of the Military

Hiring Our Heroes

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

Leidos

M-SPAN at the University of Michigan

May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger

Military Child Education Coalition

Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University

Military Women's Memorial

Modern Military Association of America

Nation's Finest

National Conference of State Legislators

National Consumer Law Center

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Operation Gratitude

Operation Homefront

Our Military Kids

Partners in Promise

PenFed Foundation

Prudential

PsychArmor

Psych Hub

RallyPoint

Robert F. McCormick Foundation

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregivers

Secure Families Initiative

Team Red, White & Blue

The American Red Cross

The Headstrong Project

The Independence Fund

The Mission Continues

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Travis Manion Foundation

TriCare for Kids Coalition

U.S. Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce

United Through Reading

Veterans Education Success

Veterans of Foreign Wars

Vets First

Vets' Community Connection

Walmart

Wear Blue: Run to Remember

Wounded Warrior Project

Semper Fi & America's Fund

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