The Steering Committee

Purpose of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is accountable to and made up of  Coalition Members who represent the main stakeholder group and is mainly responsible for ensuring that Coalition decisions are in line with the Coalition's philosophy by overseeing the Policy Committees, voting on measures produced by the Policy Committees and Executive Committee, and hosting the Executive Committee. The Steering Committee is comprised of Coalition Members who volunteer to assume the additional responsibilities of a Steering Committee member.

Composition of the Steering Committee

The Steering Committee consists of the following Coalition Members:

  • Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)*

  • Protect Our Defenders (POD)

  • Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA)

  • Georgia Military Women

  • Service: Women Who Serve

  • Pink Berets

  • Red Feather Ranch (RFR)

  • WINC: For All Women Veterans

  • Northeast Florida Women Veterans

  • Combat Female Veterans Families United

*fiscal sponsor 

The Executive Committee

The Executive Committee controls at-large administrative, financial, and managerial matters of the MWC. The Executive Committee has the responsibility to monitor compliance of Coalition Members with the by-laws/Standard Operating Procedures. The Executive Committee is comprised of executive-level individuals of the Steering Committee. Executive Committee members are elected for staggered, 2-year terms.

The Executive Committee

Paige Jenkins

Red Feather Ranch

Chair of the Executive Committee (2020)

Paige formerly served as:

  • Veteran Program Coordinator at Marin Services for Women, a residential and outpatient substance abuse and co-occuring mental health and trauma recovery treatment program. 

  • Program Manager and Peer Facilitator for Veterans Healing Veterans from the Inside Out at San Quentin State Prison. 

  • Intern at Swords to Plowshares in Community Organizing, Planning and Administration. 

  • Co-facilitator for Veterans Path Women Veterans Retreat at Tassajara Hot Springs – San Francisco Zen Center. 

  • Co-facilitator for The Journey Home a women veterans equine therapy retreat. 

  • Inaugural board member of the California Women Veterans Leadership Council.

Currently she is Chair of the Military Women's Coalition. 
Paige has a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California and is a graduate of Regenerative Design Institute’s 12 month permaculture program. 
She is a compassionate visionary, dedicated to trauma recovery and sustainable living through ancient practices and knowledge, as well as science and creative thinking. She is committed to addressing the intensifying and proliferating concerns of our generation and future generations, one woman veteran at a time. 

Dee Quaranta

Northeast Florida Women Veterans

Vice Chair of the Executive Committee (2020-2021 )

Deloris (Dee) Moton Quaranta is the Founder and Executive Director of Northeast Florida Women Veterans (NFWV).

She retired from the US Air Force after 20 years of service and that career has taken her around the world.

After retirement, she continued traveling with her family in support of the military. This gave her a first-hand account of what it is like as a retiree in the civilian world as well as a spouse who had to root up and move, yet again. After returning home to Jacksonville and working for the state of Florida as a Local Veterans Employment Representative, she was able to understand some of the challenges veterans face, especially women. Answering to the call, she founded the Northeast Florida Women Veterans, Inc, in 2011.

Dee is a graduate of William M. Raines High School and the Community College of the Air Force. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Limestone College of Gaffney, South Carolina and her Master’s in Business Administration from The University of Phoenix.

Amy Stevens

Georgia Military Women

Treasurer of the Executive Committee (2020-2021)

Dr. Amy Stevens, Ed.D. LPC is a mental health consultant and passionate military veteran advocate in Marietta, GA. She works with numerous federal, state and local agencies that seek to provide mental health services to service members, veterans, and their families. She is the Founder of Georgia Military Women which has almost 4000 active members and has numerous activities across the State of Georgia. She is also Chief of Women Veterans and Chief Healthcare Officer on the Board of Directors of VetLanta in Atlanta which brings corporate entities and nonprofits together to serve veterans. Her most recent full-time position was Director of Psychological Health for the Georgia National Guard.  Dr. Stevens is a service-disabled U.S. Navy veteran and is retired from the U.S. Department of Labor. Her undergraduate degree is from Liberty University. She has a Master’s in Education from The Citadel, a Master’s in Applied Behavioral Counseling from Johns Hopkins and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. Dr. Stevens is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Georgia and a volunteer Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Manager.

Adelaide Kahn

Protect Our Defenders

Secretary of the Executive Committee (2020)

Adelaide Kahn received her Masters degree in Criminology from George Washington University and is pursuing her passion to advocate for victims of injustice. She worked for various non-profit organizations before joining POD, including the Family Court Assistance Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and the Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Museum. At the Family Court Assistance Project, Adelaide worked to place potential clients with lawyers and law students offering pro bono legal assistance to the larger Madison community. Although hailing from Los Angeles, CA, Adelaide received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations with a focus on global security from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012.

Policy Committee Chairs

Diana Danis

Service Women Who Serve

Chair of the Policy Committee on Sexual Violence (2020-2022)

Diana D. Danis is a lifelong advocate and activist on behalf of women and veterans. Her world-view focuses on changing cultural paradigms that relegate women to a second-class status and affect their full and equal participation in society. She deeply understands that the use of language, definitions, access, communication and inclusion in research determines how effectively women receive treatment in health care systems. Danis serves as a Senior Advisor to Women Veterans Social Justice (WVSJ) and is a lead administrator for the social media platform of Service: Women Who Serve as well as the women military and veteran’s advisor to People Demanding Action and ERA Action. For 16 years, she and her husband were Care Givers for six family members, gaining a unique insight into insurance, medication, hospital, rehabilitation, nursing home, and hospice systems. Her body of work includes contributions to the first comprehensive women veterans’ health programs legislation for the Department of Veterans Affairs while Executive Director of the National Women Veterans Conference. She contributed to the development of the first McKinney-Vento Homeless Veterans Act as well as the Reasonable Accommodations in the workforce section of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Danis was the first military woman radio network news broadcaster on the American Forces Network while serving in the Army. During her service in Europe, she was one of a handful of women in the International Women’s Coalition for Change that created the first Women and Families Support Centers for the US Army in Europe to address domestic violence. She formerly served on the President Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities, was a member of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Board of Directors and the Veterans Program Director for the International Association for Personnel in Employment Security while serving as a training development instructor and Course Manager at the National Veterans Training Institute. Danis developed and presented the first Diversity Training Course at the University of Colorado at Denver.

As a National Advocate, Danis works daily to inform and assist veterans nationwide and regularly contributes testimony to Congressional efforts of benefit to both military and veterans.

Sandra Robinson

Combat Female Veterans Families United

Chair of the Policy Committee on Homelessness (2020-2022)

Sandra Robinson is a Combat Female Veteran and Registered Nurse (RN), with twenty-six years’ experience. Her background has afforded her extensive familiarity with women Veterans’ post-deployment issues and their gender-specific healthcare needs.

Sandra served in the Army Reserve, 846th Transportation Unit and deployed in theater during Operation Desert Storm. She received numerous medals during her years of duty, to include the Kuwait Liberation Medal and the Southwest Asia Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars. While being deployed to war wasn’t something she anticipated, the experience proved rewarding, leaving her with a profound sense of commitment to her sisters in arms.

Since her departure from active military service, Sandra Robinson has been a steadfast and devoted supporter of Veterans and Veteran causes. She is the NC Ambassador for Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA), a VFW Lifetime Member, member of the American Legion, AMVETS, and Military Women Across the Nation. She serves on the boards of two Veteran nonprofit organizations and is Co-Founder of Desert Storm Combat Women (DSCW). She is the State Leader for the National Desert Storm War Memorial and currently acts as the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces Regional Outreach Lead for the Greater Carolina Region. Also, Sandra is the Co-Founder and C0-Chair of North Carolina Coalition of Women Veterans Organizations (NC-CWVO). 

Stephanie Gattas

The Pink Berets

Chair of the Policy Committee on Wellness (2020-2022)

Stephanie Gattas, granddaughter of a WWII Purple Heart recipient, is a United States Navy Veteran. Having served two overseas tours on the USS Simon Lake, she is both a Gulf War and Post 911 Veteran. After service, Stephanie followed her passion of giving back to the military community. In 2015 she founded The Pink Berets, an organization that assists women of the US Armed Forces and veterans who struggle with the invisible wounds of war such as Post Traumatic Stress and Military Sexual Trauma. Most recently, she founded Confidence & Co., which is currently in development to bring stories of our “Unsung Heroes” to the forefront. She also recently Co-founded Reveille Coffee Company which she will launch soon. 

Ms. Gattas attended the University of Incarnate Word with a major in Business Administration. She has sat on the Advisory Board for the Association of the Advancement of Mexican Americans at Risk Youths Programs; the advisory committee for San Antonio Behavioral Health where she was instrumental in the development and launching of the Yellow Rose Unit for active duty service women struggling with addictions and Military Sexual Trauma. Currently, Stephanie sits on the steering committee for the Military Women’s Coalition started by Dr. Ellen Haring, former CEO of the Service Women’s Action Network in Washington D.C. as well as on the committee for the Arts in the Armed Forces. Most notably, she sits on the panel for the MACTeach PTSD project where she educates young men and women on the effects of PTSD within the family system. 

Stephanie has been instrumental in paving the way for women veterans in the Boerne and San Antonio, TX region to receive mental health therapeutic services at no cost.

Steering Committee Members

Service Women's Action Network

Ellen Haring

Dr. Ellen Haring is a research fellow at the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN). SWAN is a nonpartisan non-profit that supports, connects and advocates for service women; past, present, and future. She is also a senior fellow at Women in International Security where she directs the Combat Integration Initiative.  Haring’s research and work focus on women and gender in the military. She is a West Point graduate and a retired U.S. Army colonel. She holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and she has taught at the US Army Command and General Staff College, the US Army War College, and Georgetown University. Haring has published numerous articles and papers on a wide array of military and security-related topics. She guest lectures, has testified before Congress as a subject matter expert and has been a guest on foreign and domestic news shows.

WINC: For All Women Veterans

Tracie Walls

Currently serving as Vice President of WINC: For All Women Veterans, Tracie is a 10 year Army Veteran.  Her career started in 1981 as an Unit Supply Specialist.  Assignments included Ft Benning, GA with the Infantry Training Group; 8th S&T, 8th Inf Div, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; Academy Health Sciences, 3rd Battallion, Fort Sam Houston, TX; Field Station Berlin, Berlin, West Germany and 1120th Sig Battalion, Ogden, UT.

After leaving service, she accepted a position with the Federal government as a Security Police Officer.  During the next twenty one years, she would serve as a Physical Security Specialist, Records Manager and Executive Officer with National Geospatial Intelligence Agency until her retirement in 2017.

Vacant

Women in Military Service for America

Phyllis Wilson

Chief Warrant Officer Five (CW5) Phyllis Wilson joined the Active Army as a Military Intelligence (MI) German linguist Voice Intercept Operator.  During more than 37 years of active and reserve service, she has served at all levels of the Department of Defense. She deployed twice to Iraq with a highly specialized Joint Special Operations Task Force. Chief Wilson served as the 5th Command Chief Warrant Officer (CCWO) for the United States Army Reserve. Chief Wilson’s military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and the Army Parachutist Badge. She was inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame in 2017. She is the President of the Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial Foundation – the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history from the Revolutionary War to today.

The MWC is a project of Service Women's Action Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The MWC is currently under SWAN's fiscal sponsorship.

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