Meet the 2022-2023 Board
Natalie is an Army spouse of 14 years. She holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from the College of Saint Benedict in MN and a Master's in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin. She has a passion to help others and is currently working as a social worker and counselor at a local private school. Natalie's advice to scholarship recipients is to try something new, be flexible and always have a goal in mind. This will be Natalie's second year serving on the CSF board.
Jennifer is an Army spouse of 17 years. She holds a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing from the University of North Georgia. She has a passion for volunteering and connecting with others to promote important initiatives within the community. Jennifer's advice to scholarship recipients is to not only fulfill their potential but to pay it forward, to reinvest their reward both within their community and in the future youth. This will be Jennifer's second year serving on the CSF board.
Alyssa Ortega Velasquez is an Army spouse. This is Alyssa’s first year serving on the CSF board. She has a passion for history and a dedication to the service of her community, those that serve and their families. Alongside raising her four children, she is working towards acquiring her Master’s in Accounting minoring in the Science of Business Fundamentals through Utah State University.
Tristi is an Army spouse of 2 years. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Public Health from the University of West Florida and works as an epidemiologist for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She also serves as a Soldier and Family Readiness Group (SFRG) coordinator for Bravo Company, 1-1 ARB on Fort Riley. Tristi's advice to scholarship recipients is to celebrate and note small wins and successes; it can be difficult to see progress in the thick of a challenge, but looking back you will be so proud of how far you've come. This will be Tristi's first year serving on the board.
Jodi is an Army spouse of 10 years. She holds Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s in Management from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She currently works as a Senior Budget Analyst at Irwin Army Community Hospital.She has a passion for continually learning, especially through avidly reading. Jodi’s advice to scholarship recipients is to take advantage of every opportunity given to you. Never be afraid to try something new, it may change your life. This will be Jodi’s second year serving on the CSF board.
Danielle is an Army spouse of 17 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a minor in Economics from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio. She made lifelong friendships and lasting memories in college and encourages others to do the same. In her second year as the Ceremony Chair, she hopes to help young people achieve that!
Jen is an Army spouse of 13 years. She holds a Bachelor’s in Public Relations and a Masters in Human Resource Management from West Virginia University and works as a People Partner for Google. She has a passion for supporting service members and military spouses in their transition to private sector careers. Jen’s advice to scholarship recipients is to recognize the resiliency you’ve developed while supporting your service member. Lean on those skills to be bold and courageous as you navigate your education! This year is Jen’s first serving on the CSF board.
Kimberly is an Army spouse of 22 years. She holds Bachelors in Business Administration from American InterContinental University. She has a passion for training & development and serving her community through health and wellness initiatives. Kimberly's advice to scholarship recipients is never forget how special and gifted you are. Share your story and inspire those around you. This is Kimberly’s first year serving on the CSF board.
Lynda is an Army spouse of 26 years. She holds Bachelors in Anthropology and American History from Randolph-Macon Women's College.
She has a passion for the outdoors and serving her community, soldiers and their families. Lynda's advice to scholarship recipients is to
use whatever adversity comes your way to make you the best version of yourself. This will be Lynda's second year serving on the CSF board.
Annette Wiggins was an Army spouse for 34 years with her husband, LTG(R) Perry Wiggins. They made the decision to retire to the Flint Hills region after Perry commanded 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley though it took a few years to get back here. She has volunteered at each level of command from Company level to Theater level command. Presently she is the Recording Secretary in PEO, Treasurer in Lady Troopers of Junction City, worship team at church, and ambassador/ liaison for CSFGFR. Her greatest accomplishment is being Mimi to 6 beautiful grandchildren.