Director of Advisor Orientation
Melissa has previously worked in the medical field as a nursing assistant as well as a surgical assistant. She has several years of experience working in the health insurance industry as a medical claims adjuster and medical biller.
Melissa graduated from Bates Technical College with an Associates of Science in Accounting. She also obtained her Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Western Governor’s University.
Melissa has had multiple family members serve in different branches of the military. She has a great appreciation for American troops and compassion for military veterans. She believes they should be treated with dignity and respect.
Juliet has worked in the non-profit space since she entered the workforce. She enjoys making a difference through creative marketing.
She graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and continues to use her creativity in everyday life.
In her free time, Juliet is an avid disc golfer, competing in tournaments every chance she gets.
She is excited to be a part of the Veterans Drive team and utilize her creativity to help female veterans & widows.
Anna McGarity earned a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and an MA in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore.
Not long after, she decided to venture west, landing in Austin, Texas, where she spent nearly 17 years before moving back to Maryland in the fall of 2021. She has more than 20 years of communications experience within the nonprofit environment, focusing on magazine management, digital communications and association marketing. She has worked with the Texas Association of Counties, Texas Nursery Landscape Association, National Contract Management Association and Capital Idea. She is excited to be a part of the Veteran’s Drive Advisory Board, where she hopes to lend her experience to help build on its current momentum. Anna now lives in Baltimore with her husband, Robbie, and their cat, Lyle.
Michelle Stanley is a native of Alabama (Roll Tide!), who has worked in social services. Michelle has a degree in social work.
She has been dedicated to the values of social justice, service, and the value of human relationships. She has worked with various social programs and has always had a passion for helping families. She is a Breast Cancer Survivor, and has volunteered with the American Cancer Society and volunteers to assist others who have been diagnosed by providing encouragement and resources. Michelle is a wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoys time with her family, music and good books. Michelle is enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve with Veterans Drive.
Riley is a Seattle based marketing professional with an emphasis on social media and email marketing campaigns.
In addition, she has several years of experience working in nonprofit documentary film production for a citizen funded journalist. Riley is an activist and strong advocate for women’s safety and veteran’s rights.
Abby is currently the Communications Campaign Coordinator for GMB, an architectural and engineering firm. Prior to that, she served as Legislative Director for State Representative Christine Morse. After completing her bachelor’s degree at Grand Valley State University, Abby worked as a legislative and campaign intern for Senator Winnie Brinks. Abby has served the Holland community as a board member for the Macatawa Area Transit Authority Board, Holland Museum docent, and a member of the League of Women Voters. In her spare time, Abby enjoys fostering homeless pets, and assisting Next Generation Women as a volunteer social media coordinator.
Randi Fritsch is a Colorado based strategic communications expert who has a BA in both organizational and strategic communications. Since moving to Colorado, she has developed a passion for nature and is an active environmentalist. Randi spent the final two years of her undergraduate participating in women’s and ethnic studies enmeshed in everything from critical race theory to gender and sexuality frameworks. Though currently working professionally in the medical device and equipment industry, Randi is pursuing a career in law and will be attending law school in the fall to earn her J.D. As an advocate for and self-proclaimed intersectional feminist, she hopes to use her J.D. to one day help empower, protect, and serve other women devoted to serving their community through non-profit work. In her spare time, Randi enjoys tending to her bonsai trees and studying Eastern philosophy.