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Shelley Kimball, Ph.D.

As the research director for the Military Family Advisory Network, she gathers the real-life experience of military families to understand where they most need support and making sure they get it. She has presented MFAN’s research to the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at the Pentagon, where it has been used to shape policy affecting military families.

Dr. Kimball was awarded the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation for her service writing about military families in 2018. She received the Swivel Shot Award in 2014, an award from the commandant of the Coast Guard, in recognition for outstanding service and leadership. She was also recognized as the 2013 Coast Guard Spouse of the Year in 2013 by Armed Forces Insurance.

She holds a doctorate in mass communication, and she teaches qualitative research methods and media law at The George Washington University. Her husband recently retired from Coast Guard aviation after 28 years of service, and they live in Northern Virginia with their teenaged children, Joe and Grace.

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