GAO: Getting #women into combat jobs may take 2 years http://t.co/UB59dtBbAr via @MilitaryTimes
Dismantling military's #transgender ban to begin Monday http://t.co/MJy3EymjWD via @usatoday
House Backs Bill to Help #Vets Who've Suffered Sexual Assault http://t.co/quQCjOX3fE
Thanks to everyone who supported this! https://t.co/iVB3R3CfRW
RT @gregjacob01: .@USRepresent passes #HR1607 the Ruth Moore Act. Thx to @chelliepingree for her outstanding leadership on this important #…
What we've been doing this summer! #constantcontact http://t.co/vsQVMLRGGQ
#Marine women challenge #combat limits, pioneering staff assignments for ground forces took adjustment, fortitude http://t.co/chqxw3Dq82
Commissioner Loree Sutton, BG speaks with Fellows on leadership & change @nycveterans http://t.co/oAtYjbYwbu
UNSUNG HEROES: The Female Soldier Who Provided Crucial Medical Treatment Under Mortar Fire via @TaskandPurpose http://t.co/7VOBTQjer6
Probably Not the Kind of Equality Women Had in Mind: Women vets commit suicide at same rate as male counterparts http://t.co/f0n3SI6oHB
.@MilitaryTimes 2015 ServiceMembers of the Year honored: Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Sara Freeman wins Sailor of Year http://t.co/CI1UYZzwFR
#Womenincombat: why America’s next social battlefield is on the actual battlefield via @gaylelemmon http://t.co/mLibJHF12B
Women combat vets gathered @ GWU this week as part of conference to research & document experiences deployed as CST: https://t.co/U1rAYpf8CU
In historic first, three #women tackle #Ranger School's grueling mountain phase http://t.co/SnB2WJLTJ2
RT @gregjacob01: .@servicewomen sponsored a great Hill Day this week with women #veterans who served in #SpecOps units in #Afghanistan http…
RT @gregjacob01: @USArmy reviewing breastfeeding policy Thx @nikiinthehouse for championing this issue for servicewomen http://t.co/tukA8I3…
#MarineCorps Integrated Task Force deactivates at Camp Lejeune: https://t.co/BMke3Wp0my via @dvidshub
Women Sue for Right to Be Drafted in the U.S. Military http://t.co/wnTd6HQAzn via @CourthouseNews
#Pentagon moves to allow #transgender troops to serve openly http://t.co/cOAIstW2Jv via @POLITICO
Female #Ranger students pass Darby Phase on 3rd try http://t.co/Iux9pzQ2aT via @armytimes
#Marine Commander’s Firing Stirs Debate on Integration of Women in Corps http://t.co/3TkpM5nIhs
RT @gregjacob01: Breaking barriers: Women pass first phase of @USArmy 's tough #Ranger School http://t.co/LLnpBLhOy5 @servicewomen
EACH Woman Act Would Lift Federal Bans on Abortion Coverage http://t.co/3W4ZIdOwOC
#Marine Task Force Integrating #Women Into Combat Wraps Up Part of Research http://t.co/V8TvEWkMuB via @nbcsandiego
TED Talk Shows The Role Women Have In Combat via @TaskandPurpose http://t.co/fslXWSTVl0
Dems Push Bold Abortion Rights Legislation http://t.co/NgBrgouR03 via @HuffPostPol
Gen. Dunford could face decision on #womenincombat 2x, "needs to be addressed during confirmation" says @gregjacob01 http://t.co/0B2stOISBU
#WomenInCombat: Lessons Learned from Cultural Support Teams is a long awaited discussion focusing on Women in Combat http://t.co/qPulHqRjoI
RT @WIIS_Global: Save The Date! #WIIS_Global & @CIIWG hosts Women in Combat: Lessons Learned from Cultural Support Teams. Register at http:…
Listen via @nprnews: They Survived Training, Now Female #Marines Await Word On Ground Combat http://t.co/wLCpFqrGOv #womenincombat
#VA will extend veterans benefits to same-sex couples http://t.co/SoVLKU3jmm via @marinetimes
$43.1 million intended for #veterans sat unspent for 3 years, auditors find #fixtheVA http://t.co/PPkOuV4adn
RT @WhiteHouse: "Sometimes, there are days like this—when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt…
$2.6 billion #VA shortfall raises more criticism, anger http://t.co/df0viJdxhn via @MilitaryTimes
debate over #womenincombat has put the onus on women...the military’s problem, instead, is with some of its men http://t.co/jtk4MVQKUP
At #Army #Ranger School, admiration - and frustration - in assessment of women http://t.co/JT6sukB9P8
US #Navy Selects First Group Of Female Sailors For Nuclear Submarine Force http://t.co/72SkPIYLnG
.@nytimes Report: #VA Wait Lists for #Veterans Even Longer Today than Last Year http://t.co/GhRJuK2cqm via @Militarydotcom
How Can Women in the #Military Combat the "Brass Ceiling?" http://t.co/EcYgCM2jix
#Pentagon officials preparing to make final decisions about whether to open all combat jobs to #servicewomen http://t.co/rknwF7gQC7
#Army opens 20,000 combat engineer and associated skill positions to #women soldiers http://t.co/F9oOjThsH4 via @armytimes
Measuring War’s Impact on #Women: First-ever book on the topic assesses how female troops fare http://t.co/Eql9MVZPJv via @TIME
RT @MilitaryTimes: $70M to be invested in veterans' mental health http://t.co/eeAIMCrCdy
Women combat pilots smash gender barriers #womenincombat via @winnipegnews https://t.co/izJVZaoRVB
CEO Judy Patterson today at the table for Leader @NancyPelosi VSO roundtable http://t.co/o1s0Kboy4D
Comms Dir Barbara Brown with @BrittanyHuckabee @ Odyssey Network @WomenVetsProject Documentary Communications Event http://t.co/IuLc4qXAKC
#Military sexual assault reform plan fails again http://t.co/P7MLymyThi via @MilitaryTimes
SWAN Statement on today's expected #Senate vote on @SenGillibrand’s #NDAA amendment #passMJIA http://t.co/kexCoIQC1h
The Military Justice Improvement Act Ensures Justice, Despite What Its Critics Say via @TaskandPurpose #passMJIA http://t.co/b8nhbTTtn5
Vote expected Tuesday on @SenGillibrand’s bipartisan amendment to #NDAA to create an unbiased #military justice system #passMJIA
When Americans think of #vets, they rarely think of women, says @missioncontinue survey http://t.co/fDTzqPJSvt
Panel speakers Alesia Moore & Ellen Haring discuss women in #leadership & #military academies w/ our #Fellows http://t.co/J9Eq72F46f
RT @SenGillibrand: Impt @LATimes OpEd by @GayleLemmon on the importance of recognizing the service of the women fighting for our country ht…
NY State Assembly Passes Legislation to Provide Assistance to #Veterans Suffering from #Military Sexual Trauma http://t.co/TuL1frpgRT
#DoD Seeks to Stem Retaliation After Report; "confirms need to professionalize #military justice system" #passMJIA http://t.co/ZoKU1x41CS
#Pentagon Adds 'Sexual Orientation' To #Military's Anti-Discrimination Policy http://t.co/7QQElUxOOu via @HuffPostPol
New @missioncontinue Survey: Women Say They Don't Feel 'Respected And Valued' As #Veterans http://t.co/yvnUiVKTp9 via @HuffPostPol
Watch tonight @ 7pm @servicewomen's @gregjacob01 talks to @TweetTonyHarris on @ajam about @SenGillibrand push to pass #MJIA introduced today
RT @MsTeresaYounger: Great morning @servicewomen Fellowship kickoff...creating collective power and voices @msfoundation http://t.co/wAIXJ7…
@MsTeresaYounger @JudyPatterson @msfoundation Thanks so much for coming Teresa! We loved having you!
RT @gregjacob01: The @servicewomen leadership fellowship for women veterans kicks off today. Excited to talk about SWAN's policy work with …
Watch: @SenatorGillibrand Speaks In Support of The Military Justice Improvement Act https://t.co/zCVdc1Obo8 #passMJIA
.@nytimes Op-Ed: Let #Transgender Troops Serve Openly http://t.co/wMygTvqOqH
Watch @nytimes Op-Doc: ‘#Transgender, at War and in Love’ http://t.co/WnHvzOcgal
Welcome SWAN's New CEO http://t.co/5UNwk1OUXD
RT @americamag: New policies needed to fight sexism and sexual assault at military academies @servicewomen http://t.co/cfGEgzNFvD http://t.…
RT @TaskandPurpose: A soldier shares her observations of prosecuting rape cases in the Army both as a victim and an attorney. http://t.co/7…
All 8 women fail #Ranger School: Some Rangers say standards should change (+video) http://t.co/3a0IJ0whBN
Women in #Ranger School fail to finish grueling course; 3 given chance to start the class from the beginning http://t.co/W1oIdDA9NZ
Via @nprnews: On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female #Marines' Combat Readiness http://t.co/0mQu0cXU5t
First female #WestPoint graduate reflects on historic anniversary http://t.co/2EePreX8ho
Rate of sexual asslt & harassment in #CoastGuard is significantly lower than other services: new #RAND report http://t.co/1jNiXXB7ej
#SECNAV: #SEALs should open to women under fair standards http://t.co/F3qD4CHEoq via @navytimes
Listen via @nprnews: Women Fight Their Way Through #Army's Grueling #Ranger School http://t.co/pyvysnX96g
As #MarineCorps tests viability of #womenincombat roles, some have already joined the ranks http://t.co/bUTeMdU1mc
#DOD seeks right standards, policies for #womenincombat http://t.co/XN8PdwOpxr
#Navy Sec Mabus: 1 in 4 #Marine recruits should be women http://t.co/h1QHH6M82S via @marinetimes
A band of sisters on the Special Ops battlefield http://t.co/Au2V2KPdom
Wife, mother, Purple Heart recipient tries to break down barriers #womenincombat http://t.co/34ChR4ye3p
#AirForce testing gender-neutral standards in San Antonio #womenincombat http://t.co/gXOCKKmvEB via @airforcetimes
.@SenatorShaheen: We must provide better access to contraception to #women in the #military: http://t.co/IUj4aWkQRZ via @TIMEIdeas
How we're failing our female #veterans: from ill-fitting equipment to ill-equipped #VA system, we must do better http://t.co/ekWOv9taJe
Announcing the SWAN 2015 Women Veterans in Leadership and Policy Fellows #constantcontact http://t.co/tgfkCVie3U
ICYMI 2016 #NDAA SVCs will have to be in the room with #MilitarySexualAssault survivors during questioning by investigators
ICYMI 2016 #NDAA requires #SecDef to look at feasibility of providing SVCs to civilian survivors of servicemember assault
Lawmakers Back Broader Access to Contraceptives for Women in the #Military #NDAA http://t.co/FAILzy9EvC
ICYMI 2016 #NDAA would allow SVC’s to provide survivors w/ more legal services ie. criminal & congressional proceedings
Rep @nikiinthehouse adds provision to #NDAA that would establish comprehensive breastfeeding policy http://t.co/JF19lVm1sX
#Army’s all-women special ops teams: cemented the importance of putting women in forward-deployed #military roles http://t.co/fJ3ZkHBxaL
ICYMI 2016 #NDAA includes prohibition on retaliation against Special Victims’ Counsels (SVCs)for effectively representing their clients
Experiment tests #womenwarriors at tip of the spear, will help Pentagon decide whether women can fight on front lines http://t.co/38hfoztXOA
ICYMI 2016 #NDAA will improve servicewomen's #birthcontrol access: http://t.co/vgziqHRLCK
More than a dozen provisions in 2016 #NDAA address #MilitarySexualAssault and #ReproductiveRights for #Servicewomen. ICYMI SWAN recaps…
.@SenGillibrand vows to add sexual assault proposal to defense bill http://t.co/ThuIW3vowJ
#Womenincombat: Test failures raise questions about how many can succeed http://t.co/DWCcqON6wG via @washtimes

Staff

Executive Staff

 

Judy Patterson

Chief Executive Officer

Judy Patterson is SWAN’s Chief Executive Officer. She comes to SWAN with more than 20 years of nonprofit and association management. Judy co-founded both the American Gaming Association (AGA) and its charitable research arm, the National Center for Responsible Gaming, and ran the day-to-day operations for each. During her 18-year tenure, she diversified revenues by creating an international trade show and conference and raised more than $25 million through multi-year corporate contributions, special events and conference revenues. She developed corporate social responsibility programs for diversity, volunteerism and environmental sustainability that became hallmarks of the industry. Prior to joining the AGA, Judy served as special assistant to the president of the American Bar Association (ABA), where she developed public-private partnerships to build and sustain support for justice system improvements. She also served the ABA as director of the Public Liaison Office. Judy also served as circulation director of The Washingtonian Magazine, co-developed a monthly newspaper for the information industry, and was a teacher of the deaf.

Judy has a passion and dedication to women’s issues. Most recently, she served as a managing partner of Aspire Ascend, LLC, a professional services firm dedicated to advancing women’s achievement by creating and implementing workplace strategies for retaining and promoting women. She also founded an industry organization called Global Gaming Women to empower women and increase opportunities worldwide in management, executive, and board positions. She developed a first-of-its-kind online mentoring program and created a scholarship program to advance educational opportunities. She also grew the organization to more than 1,000 women worldwide in less than two years.  Judy is known for her ability to connect with diverse constituencies to build trust and respect and has a talent for solving entrenched and complex problems.

Judy is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and a member of the D.C. Bar Association. She holds a Master in Education from Boston University. She is an active member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and is Treasurer of the Washington Independent Review of Books. She is a volunteer domestic violence attorney for the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. Judy lives in Washington, DC and is the proud parent of two adult children.  She is an avid reader, theater-goer and pet-lover.

Hannah Cofalka 

Operations Manager and Executive Assistant

Hannah joins SWAN after serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Spartanburg, South Carolina, improving wellness policies and managing a county-wide health campaign and partnership program. She worked to strengthen access to wellness resources for low-income populations and served on the Spartanburg County Childhood Obesity Taskforce. Her past experience includes More than Me, a grassroots organization providing education for girls in Monrovia, Liberia, where she was a member of a development team that secured a million dollar grant from Chase Community Giving. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Northeastern University with a concentration in Public Policy and Administration. Before graduating, Hannah was able to participate in an intensive practicum on global civil society in Bali, Indonesia, working with local communities addressing the essentials of global citizenship, social entrepreneurship, and NGO development in response to local and global problems.

Kristine Ringler

Fellowship Program Director

Kristine is the Women Veterans Fellowship in Public Policy and Leadership Program Director at SWAN. She has worked with the U.S. Army for 13 years and has served as a Civil Affairs soldier with deployments to Iraq and Kosovo. She has also served as a cultural advisor to the Army in Northern Iraq and as a Trainer at Ft. Leavenworth preparing teams for Iraq and Afghanistan. Kristine later went on to be an instructor for USAID/DAI and traveled throughout Afghanistan training Afghans, U.S. and NATO forces on a program management tool. She currently works at West Point as a research consultant for an African Environmental Stability Project and serves as the Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Veteran’s Yoga Project. While working at West Point, she was part of the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Minerva Research Initiative, where she helped establish a research fellowship program, and now works as a research consultant for an African Environmental Stability Project. She has also worked tirelessly overseas to better understand the perspectives of vulnerable populations and bring that message back to those making decisions. As Program Director of SWAN’s pilot Fellowship program, Kristine’s aim is to incorporate best practices for successful outcomes. Her hope is to see follow on programs in the future so that more women veterans have the opportunity to learn how they can be a voice for change. Kristine holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and Bachelors in Mass Communications from North Dakota State University.

Policy Staff

Greg Jacob

Policy Director

Greg is the Policy Director at SWAN and a former U.S. Marine with 10 years of experience serving both as an enlisted infantry Marine and an infantry officer. Since joining SWAN in 2010, Greg has successfully established SWAN as a leading voice in developing extremely effective solutions to the tough issues facing service members and veterans through legislation, litigation, policy changes and regulatory reform. Greg holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Kentucky and worked as a media professional prior to joining the Marine Corps. After graduating from Parris Island, Greg held leadership billets in the Marines ranging from Fire Team Leader to Company Commander. Greg’s numerous deployments with the Fleet Marine Force and Joint Special Operations Command have taken him to every continent except Antarctica. He had been in Harm’s Way several times and received numerous decorations, including the Combat Action Ribbon. It was during Greg’s last assignment as a Commander of an integrated training company that he witnessed the discriminatory treatment and sexual trauma experienced by service members and learned firsthand the military’s failure to effectively prevent and prosecute these crimes. A solid researcher and prolific writer, Greg has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by members of the military and the veterans’ community and has appeared in media outlets worldwide as a powerful advocate for institutional change. Greg is a member of the Miniconjou Lakota tribe.

 

Krista Wyrick

Policy Intern

Krista Wyrick is currently an undergraduate student Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). She is working towards Bachelor’s degrees in Applied Anthropology and Political Science. She plans to conduct a cultural analysis of women’s issues. She is enthusiastic about advocating for a more comprehensive women’s rights, and awareness for military programs supporting service women. Having family members in the military, growing up in Carlisle, Pa., near the U.S. Army War College, traveling across the U.S. and Haiti has enriched her cultural and historical knowledge of military, civil, and international affairs. She joined the IUP Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program in January 2014, and wishes to become an Army Civil Affairs Officer. Krista is also the ad hoc social media manager for Rho Tau Chi, a local based community service Fraternity at IUP in which ROTC members, military veterans, Reserves members, and other individuals help serve veterans in the Indiana, Pa., area through fundraising, public advocacy, and community service initiatives. Her mother, a U.S Navy Veteran, has inspired her to stand for causes she believes in, and is a major catalyst behind her passion for a career in military, civil or international affairs. Krista ultimately seeks to; work to support women’s rights through advocacy, education, and social justice organizations.

 

Communications Staff

Barbara L. Brown

Communications Director

Barbara is Communications Director for the Service Women’s Action Network. She is responsible for leading SWAN’s media and outreach strategies. She has nearly 20 years of experience designing and managing best-of-breed public relations and strategic communications programs to create understanding and acceptance of missions, policies, new products, and/or services as well as, increase business success, performance, stakeholder alignment, and identity of organizations, in the Non-Profit, Government, Media, High Tech, and Telecom industries. Barbara spent the last 12 years as a management consultant identifying solutions to help her clients achieve transformational and programmatic goals. Her work includes multi-faceted project management activities that include strategic planning, needs assessments/stakeholder analyses, content development, design, production, delivery, and evaluation. While serving as a management consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and ICF International, Barbara worked primarily with federal agencies and non-profits to manage and support communications initiatives associated with new policy and key organizational transitions. Barbara has managed multiple federal communications projects and accounts for the Departments of Energy, Defense, Labor, State, Homeland Security, Treasury (IRS), and Veterans Affairs. She has made key contributions to the VA’s strategic initiatives to improve services to veterans including supporting MyCareer@VA, the VA Learning University’s – Career & Employee Development program, VA HR Academy, and the Women Veteran Toolkit for the Department of Labor’s Veteran Employment and Training Service and Women’s Bureau at Department of Labor. She was also responsible for delivery of key communications products to promote continuous change within the Department of Defense – Office of the Secretary, Business Transformation Agency. Ms. Brown developed and executed the Strategic Change Communications Plan for the Defense Business System Acquisition Executive (DBSAE) Directorate which included strategies for internal and external communications for programs including but not limited to the Defense Travel System (DTS) and Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS). Barbara has Bachelors in Print Journalism from American University and a Change Management Advanced Practitioner certificate from Georgetown University. She resides just outside of Washington, D.C. with her two sons, Tre’ and Jackson.

Valerie Smith

Communications Intern

Valerie Smith is a currently an undergraduate student working on receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications at California State University East Bay. She is a Chips Quinn Scholars alumni, which supports diversity in the newsroom, and worked as an intern as a business reporter for The Bulletin, one of Central Oregon’s newspapers. She is an award-winning, former features editor and staff writer for The Collegian, San Joaquin Delta College’s student newspaper. She was also named an Outstanding Student for the Mass Communication Department for her work on the Delta Newspaper and academic achievement. Valerie received scholarships from the Sacramento Press Club, and the National Defense Transportation Association. She is interested in reporting and design, as well as, broadcasting, multimedia and digital journalism. Valerie wishes to enhance her media and communications skills and find a career path that merges policy, politics, and media

Matthew Richter 

Webmaster

Prior to working with nonprofits, Matthew had a long history of multimedia production and documentary filmmaking.  Working independently and with a wide range of collaborators, he has traveled extensively to build the capacity of social justice organizations through multimedia content. Many of his projects have been featured at international film festivals, used as educational tools, and served as centerpieces for grassroots and international advocacy campaigns.  Today, his work also includes strategic development and fundraising as well as advising on a wide range of technical topics including best practices for production, digital workflow, and the utilization of new-media tools.