Suzie Schwartz – President of Military Spouse Programs
As the wife of recently retired Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz, Suzie has long been a champion for military spouses and families. She has worked tirelessly in support of the military community, helping them achieve their goals. Suzie is active in numerous military related charities, including the Fisher House Foundation. She has also served as an Air Force Aid Society board member and on the Air Force Charity Ball Committee. She is a passionate supporter of the Military Child Education Coalition and worked hard to in from the U.S. Air Force on the benefits the Coalition can offer to military communities and families by increasing awareness of the challenges facing the highly mobile military child, and implementing programs to meet these challenges.
Lindsay Bradford – Vice President of Military Spouse Programs
After being named the 2016 Armed Forces Insurance Navy Spouse of the Year, the opportunity arose to become part of the team that stands behind these spouses, and she immediately knew this is where she was meant to be. In her role, Lindsay oversees the Military Spouse brand, which includes digital, print and the Town Hall and Military Spouse of the Year programs. The brand provides an outlet to ensure the military spouse community is heard and respected, as well as creating an environment of open communication that allow for discussions to solve issues. Lindsay loves the intense passion and drive that you find within the military spouse community, and cannot wait to be part of the 2017 MSOY Week.
Kariah Manwaring – MSOY & Military Spouse Digital Marketing Coordinator
Kariah manages the editorial writers and digital content, executes all digital initiatives and campaigns, and strategizes to make Military Spouse the best resource for military spouses and their families. Kariah also manages the MSOY program and works behind the scenes to make it all come together each year. Kariah loves pursuing her passion to serve others and give back to those who have given so much. She was drawn to this organization by the inspiring and brilliant individuals involved and thoroughly enjoys helping to further the mission to engage with this vibrant, military community. Kariah has been on the team for the 2015 & 2016 Military Spouse of the Year events, and she is truly inspired by the spouses the program recognizes and is so excited to make it even better in 2017 and beyond. She looks forward to growing the MSOY program and encouraging military spouses to be influential in their own communities.
DJ Yokley – Military Partnerships Manager
When it comes to the military and veteran families and their service to our country, there are few as grateful as DJ. He has been working with companies and corporations for nearly 5 years to help them better understand, and develop relationships and programs within the military and veteran communities. DJ is the grandson to a Marine, and a nephew to an Air Force family. He is the pride of East Palestine, Ohio where he lives with his lovely wife, Sarah. The Yokley’s have two pups at home named Boomer, and Toby.
Joe Maiocco – Lead Art Director
Joe is the Lead Art Director for Military Spouse and the MSOY program. He specializes in branding and identity development, illustration, publication design and environment design. There is a good chance you’ve worked with Joe if you have ever been involved in a photoshoot or featured in the magazine. Joe believes that design has the power to make change and improve the lives of others. Being able to showcase and help improve the lives of the military community is an honor he will never take for granted. Joe holds a degree from Pittsburgh Technical College, and now serves as a board member on its Graphic Design Advisory Board. He is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) and Pittsburgh Dribbble chapters.
Anthony Vingas – Video Production Specialist
Anthony is the Video Production Specialist for Military Spouse. If you’re watching a Military Spouse video, chances are he wrote, shot, edited, or produced it. After running live video from the 2016 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year event, Anthony was able to shoot a few interviews with some of the top influencers in the military spouse community. He looks forward to this year’s event and being able to meet and network with a brand new group of military spouses. Anthony holds a degree in filmmaking and has worked visual effects on a few Hollywood films (Soul Surfer, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader).
Laurie Cowin – Managing Editor Military Spouse Magazine
Laurie is the managing editor for Military Spouse. Through her brief time with the brand, Laurie has been impressed with the fierce loyalty and passion of the military spouse community and aims to grow the brand by producing engaging, relevant content. She is excited to participate in her first MSOY and Town Hall events to meet the amazing spouse community. Laurie has been managing content for the past 10 years and has a bachelor of science in journalism with an emphasis in magazine writing and editing from Ohio University. She lives outside of Pittsburgh with her husband, Brian, and lovable mystery mutt, Lexi.