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Katy Stevick

katy stevick

Branch: Army

Duty Station: Fort-Bragg

Number of Deployments: 1

Number of PCS's: 2

About the nominee: I'm currently a financial advisor to military families and a military spouse of 6 years. My husband and I embarked on this military life together as we met in college and celebrated our graduation in a whirlwind weekend - he commissioned on a Friday, we graduated on Saturday and got married on Sunday! It's been an absolute privilege to support him in his service and I've found my own unique ways to serve along the way. My passion is to help military families become financially secure and to help other military spouses embrace this life by finding their calling, starting a business, or finding a way to get involved in the community. I've gotten to do this through a variety of roles, from leading a local group of military spouse entrepreneurs for 3 years to serving as an ambassador for the local Chamber of Commerce, a board member of the Fayetteville Young Professionals, the Association of Bragg Spouses and as an FRG leader a couple of times (though not all this year!). As much as I've enjoyed these leadership opportunities, I've learned that in some seasons the best way I can serve is simply to show up and support our local community groups, meet new faces, and help them get connected and involved in the many opportunities our community has to offer.

Hobbies: My husband and I love to travel (when he can take leave) and recently took a trip to New Zealand for R&R and a Space-A trip to Spain upon his return from deployment. We love to experience local food, art, and history and walk about 10 miles/day everywhere we go! When we're home I love to go hiking with our dog, participate in community events and do yoga. Studying the therapeutic effects of yoga on healing and resilience (particularly in the military/wounded warrior community) is fascinating to me and I recently completed by 200hr yoga teacher certification as well as a certification with Warriors at Ease to work specifically with military populations.

Interesting Facts: I majored in Russian in college.

What is something you’ve learned from being a military spouse? RESILIENCE! In a lifestyle where so much can seem out of our control, I've learned to find happiness and see opportunity in the challenges and be proactive to set myself and my clients up for success in the elements we can control.

In your opinion, what is one of the most important issues facing military families? Opportunity for growth beyond circumstance. Circumstances dictate so much of our lives from frequent moves, deployments, and trainings to simply being stationed in locations with limited economic opportunity and I find that military spouses often have to advocate for themselves when it comes to professional growth and fulfillment. In 2014, it was reported that 90% of military spouses were underemployed! (According to The Military Officers Association of America and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families) I witness this in my financial advisory practice, and while I love helping families who desire to live on one income create a plan to do so sustainably, for many spouses who desire to work underemployment is limiting both on their fulfillment and on their ability to achieve their long term financial goals.

What is one of the best aspects of being in a military family? As military families, we serve a higher calling. We witness, on a daily basis, the meaning of sacrifice, honor and selfless service.

What is one thing you want to accomplish with the Military Spouse of the Year title? I would love the opportunity to shed light on the issue of military spouse underemployment and inspire my fellow military spouses to find or create opportunities for themselves to grow, whether that be through professional opportunities, entrepreneurship, or pursuing a creative passion.

Reasons for nominating:

Katy Stevick is a military spouse living in Fayetteville, NC. As a First Command Financial Advisor, she helps military families shape positive financial behaviors through face-to-face coaching. Katy is also leading the local chapter of The Milspo Project, an organization that helps military spouse entrepreneurs achieve growth beyond circumstance. Katy served as an ambassador for the Greater Fayetteville Chamber and is a member of the Association of Bragg Spouses. She is also a former FRG leader within the 82nd Airborne Division. She hosts a weekly Milspouse Gals Night that sustains her and her wide network of fellow spouses through deployments and trainings connected with the Fort Bragg life. Katy has a BA in International Studies and Russian from Baylor University. -- Hanah Ehrenreich, Fellow Military Spouse

Katy Stevick is a military spouse living in Fayetteville, NC. As a First Command Financial Advisor, she helps military families shape positive financial behaviors through face-to-face coaching. Katy is also leading the local chapter of The Milspo Project, an organization that helps military spouse entrepreneurs achieve growth beyond circumstance. Katy served as an ambassador for the Greater Fayetteville Chamber and is a member of the Association of Bragg Spouses. She is also a former FRG leader within the 82nd Airborne Division. She hosts a weekly Milspouse Gals Night that sustains her and her wide network of fellow spouses through deployments and trainings connected with the Fort Bragg life. Katy has a BA in International Studies and Russian from Baylor University. -- Hanah Ehrenreich, Fellow Military Spouse

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