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.
One of MFAN’s greatest assets is our advisory board: a group of military and veteran spouses who are also leaders in their communities. All of our advisors bring different backgrounds to the table, giving MFAN a fuller understanding of what military families need and value. Through the diverse networks of each advisory board member, MFAN is able to implement a peer influencer model, which allows for real, authentic connection and information sharing across the military and veteran community.
Advisors meet on a monthly basis through video conferences and three times a year for in-person meetings. We talk about what we are seeing, hearing, and experiencing in our military communities, and when a challenge is raised, we work together to find the best solution. During these meetings, advisors also regularly review programs and resources presented by other organizations, providing candid feedback informed by their experiences as members of a military family. This work really is a group effort — and that approach underscores everything we do.
Advisors apply for and are selected to serve two-year terms. The current advisors were selected in July 2017 and will serve through June 2019. Applications for the 2019–2021 advisory board will open in May 2019.
Kellie Artis is an Army spouse, military advocate, and writer. She has been a military spouse for 11 years and constantly immerses herself in the military community. In addition, Kellie serves on the board of a veteran-owned arts nonprofit called Child of this Culture.Learn More
Angela Caban is an Army National Guard spouse, founder of the Homefront United Network, and a passionate writer. Angela also has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in human resources.Learn More
Lakesha Cole is a Marine spouse, author, and entrepreneur. She was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and been a military spouse for 15 years and serves as an invaluable resource for military spouses seeking to turn their ideas into a successful business.Learn More
Melissa Comeau is a Marine Corps spouse, director of the American Red Cross’ Military Veteran Caregiver Network, and a writer. She is known for her book “Sleeping with the War,” published in 2015 by the War Writers’ Campaign.Learn More
Andia Dinesen is an Air Force spouse, a volunteer, and the vice president of communications and operations for the Association of Military Banks of America (AMBA). She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two daughters.Learn More
Christopher Field is an Army spouse and a writer. He enjoys bringing wit and wisdom to the military family conversation through writing for MilitaryOneClick, Military Spouse magazine, NextGen MilSpouse, Macho Spouse, and DC Military Family Life’s magazine and website.Learn More
Reda Hicks is an Army spouse, an active participant in activities through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and a regular speaker for Homefront Rising, a bipartisan initiative that trains military spouses to speak up and run for office.Learn More
Lina Irizarry-De La Cruz is an Army spouse, a volunteer, and an advocate for individuals with special needs. Lina also has eight years of experience as a pharmaceutical sales representative.Learn More
Taylor Miller is a Navy spouse and returning member of MFAN’s Advisory Board for the 2017–2019 term. She is the community outreach manager for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, and she currently lives in Norfolk, Virginia.Learn More
Kim Robertson is an Air Force spouse and returning member of MFAN’s Advisory Board for the 2017–2019 term. She is also the founder of 1200 Miles Away, a blog she started when her husband received orders to go to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.Learn More
T.T. Robinson is a Navy spouse, a freelance writer, the founder of Humans on the Homefront, a website that features the stories of service members and their families, and an active member of Family Readiness Groups and spouses’ clubs.Learn More