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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, JPMorgan 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 of Community Partnerships, Cohen Veterans Network
  • Candace Wheeler, Senior Advisor and Policy Director, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
  • Doug Wilson, Board Chair, Vets’ Community Connections

Mission

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

About the Collaborative

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 more than 200 members representing military and Veteran support organizations, other nonprofits, and private, philanthropic, government, and community sectors. The work of the White Oak Collaborative is non-partisan.

Led by a rotating steering committee of member organizations, the collaborative holds off-the-record partners’ calls approximately every two weeks, where members hear updates, share relevant data, and learn about government and military priorities for the purpose of better serving our constituencies.

Participation is by nomination and invitation. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Steering Committee

The steering committee rotates its membership every six months. Current members 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 of 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 and Policy Director, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Partner Organizations

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