OUR TEAM

Stephanie Brown

Founder and CEO

Stephanie is a senior military spouse, wife of recently retired R. Admiral Thomas L. Brown (SEAL). She grew up as an Air Force “brat” moving around the country and overseas. Her father was a Vietnam veteran with over 20 years of active duty service. Stephanie has dedicated over 20 years to supporting and advocating on behalf of military families, veterans, and wounded warriors.

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Leona Sublett

Grant Administrator

The daughter of an Army Veteran who served in Germany after WWII, Leona is a lifelong patriot who brings a unique blend of more than 24 years of non-profit, private and public industry, and entrepreneurial leadership experience to The Rosie Network (TRN).

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Lura Poggi

National Director of Training and Education

Proud Army Mom. Lura Poggi has a Master’s degree in College Student Personnel and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. For 20 years, she worked at public and private universities in the areas of leadership, residential life, alumni affairs, development, student activities, human resources, student government and women’s center programs. She also has 8 years of non profit management having served as an Executive Director of the Associated Students Inc.. as well as an adjunct faculty member in first-year programs for 10 years at California State University San Marcos.

Rachel Medlin

Director of Development

Rachael Medlin is a multi-generational “military brat” and a current active duty Navy spouse. Her experiences growing up within the military community and continued work within this space drives her passion to serve the community that raised her. Rachael holds a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law along with a Non-profit Management Certificate from the University of San Diego. Rachael Medlin is also the Founder of The San Altos Group, a nonprofit management consulting firm that serves the military community.

Jennifer Jordan

Director of Operations and Outreach

Jennifer Jordan is currently married to her husband, Scott Jordan. They met in Military Police basic training in 2002, where they deployed to Iraq from 2003-2004. It was here that their unit took the title for the first longest deployed reserve unit since WWII with 16 months in Iraq & Kuwait.

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Pamela Bolado

Seattle Rosie Chapter Lead

Air Force Wife, Entrepreneur, Mom to 3 amazing boys. Trained and worked globally in Medical Esthetics throughout Canada, USA, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Dubai UAE and Kuwait. Founder & CEO at Le Pamier Modern Skin Care Co. & The Skin Specialist Boutique. 19 yrs experience in the beauty industry, micropigmentation and Oncology trained

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

COL Mike Malone, Ret.

Treasurer

Mike is a CPA, former CEO and has been an executive coach for Vistage since 2005 when he hasn’t been deployed. He was CEO of Gryphone Software Corp. and COO of Stellcom Technologies. He also managed the transition and integration of a significant acquisition by a public company.Malone was founding president of the San Diego Software Industry Council and has been advising venture capitalists and angel investors in San Diego since 1999. He also has a law degree.He spent more than 41 years in the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring in 2011 as a Colonel.

Jenna Harris

Secretary

Jenna Harris is a Military Spouse and Director of Outreach for San Diego Councilmember Chris Cate. In her role, she works closely with community members, businesses and non-profit organizations to ensure community needs are being met and also oversees policy items in the areas of infrastructure, military and veterans’ affairs and the city charter. She is also the owner of J.E. Harris Consulting dedicating to helping non-profits maximize their revenue streams and leverage relationships to expand their reach. Prior to that she was the Manager of Events and Operations for the San Diego Taxpayers Association and a Project Manager for Golden State Consultants, a political fundraising and consulting firm. Jenna is graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University grad. She participated in the LEAD San Diego Impact program in 2017. She serves on the board of The Rosie Network and volunteers her time with local dog rescues, Toys for Tots and the San Marcos Unified Oversight Committee. In her spare time, Jenna enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and kayaking. She and her husband Bobby and their daughter Evelyn reside in Tierrasanta with their dogs Venus and Violet.

Derrick Van Orden

Retired Senior Chief, U.S. Navy SEAL, Author

Derrick Van Orden is a retired Navy SEAL Senior Chief and former Senior Enlisted Advisor, Operations (J3), Senior Enlisted and Compartmented Operations Planner for the Special Operations Command Europe. Derrick served over 26 years on active-duty with multiple combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Derrick is the best-selling author of Book of Man: A Navy SEAL’s Guide to the Lost Art of Manhood and has appeared on national television as a subject matter expert. He is a sought-after speaker, owner of the Butternut Café and Beat It Roach Creations publication company. Derrick is currently attending Mitchell Hamline School of Law for his Jurist Doctorate.

Jim Wong

Chairman of the Board at National Veterans Transition Services, Inc. aka REBOOT

As a management consultant for the past 35 years, I have been using an interdisciplinary and open-systems approach to consult with CEOs and founders to improve organizational performance and viability, as measured by the value and confidence customers place in the firm’s products and services and by the firm’s attractiveness to shareholders and potential investors. As technology increasingly opens new pathways to global markets, empowering big and small firms alike, we work with existing companies to renew their competitive strategies and with entrepreneurs to accelerate the growth of their startups. Towards this end, we are redefining business education, helping individuals and firms to renew themselves continuously as an integral component of their competitive edge. Our team of former corporate executives and successful entrepreneurs delight in partnering with clients to recruit strategic investors.

Stephanie Brown

Founder and CEO, Rosie Network, Board Chair

Lynn Lowder

A leader with in-depth experience in business, law and the military, Lynn is the co-founder and CEO of nonprofit Veteran Business Project (VBP), which energizes and sustains veteran and military spouse entrepreneurship. Among its services, VBP offers a unique “vharmony” matchmaking process, connecting veterans/military spouses seeking to acquire established businesses with business owners wanting to divest. Lynn is an appointee to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs (ACVBA).

Along with being a former trial attorney, Lynn has held various business leadership positions, to include: General Counsel – Mail Boxes Etc., COO – Colt Firearms, Trustee – Marine Military Academy, Director of Veteran Services – UCM and President – “360 Degree Success.” A Marine infantry officer, he served as a team leader with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company (Special Operations) in South Vietnam where he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for valor, the Bronze Star Medal with combat “v” and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action. His combat and business experiences have been profiled in several books.

Lynn is also an author, keynote speaker, mentor and past board member with for-profit/non-profit organizations.

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