A Twitter chat is like a meeting on Twitter; it has a specific discussion topic and a scheduled start time. Using the hashtag #MilCents at the end of each tweet, MFAN will ask questions to a group of financial experts.
WASHINGTON — Now in its fifth year, the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) has become a premier resource for thousands of families worldwide who face the challenges of military life, providing tools to help them succeed. To further strengthen its efforts, MFAN is adding two board members, Elisa Basnight and Rory Brosius, who have extensive experience in supporting service members, veterans and their families.The expanded board will usher in the next chapter as MFAN works to reach military families and provide the services they need to thrive.
“MFAN has experienced incredible growth over the last five years. Because of the diversity of the military families we convene and the caliber of their networks, we have become the one-stop shop for insight into real military life,” MFAN Executive Director Shannon Razsadin said. “Elisa’s and Rory’s experience, networks and leadership will allow us to grow and expand to meet the evolving needs of military families.”
MFAN occupies a unique space in the military community, convening influencers and conducting qualitative research to determine how to best serve the modern military family. The organization has developed resources such as MilCents, a financial education program used by thousands of military families, and the Military Family Support Programming Survey, which yielded 5,650 responses that will inform future initiatives.
The new board members who will be contributing to MFAN’s growth are well-established in the military community.
“MFAN is a true network with access to and input from all corners of military life,” said Basnight. “I am excited to join an organization that is committed to understanding and serving military families as identified by direct input and through rigorous research.”
In August, MFAN will host a national summit in Washington, D.C., where current and former advisory board members will join military family stakeholders to address three key issues identified in the Military Family Support Programming Survey: military spouse entrepreneurship, food insecurity and the instability caused by frequent moves.
“The demographics represented in MFAN’s recent survey — which are almost an exact reflection of the force — demonstrate that by connecting with MFAN you truly connect with real military families,” said Brosius. “I am thrilled to join this organization and I look forward to working with the current and former advisory board members as we lay the groundwork for addressing the needs of military families.”