Six of our awesome MSJDN members are among the newly announced nominees for the 2017 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year. Join us in congratulating Patricia Bredlau, JinYoung Englund, Katherine Goyette, Alexia Palacios Peters, Laura Russoniello, and Lindsey Savage on their nominations highlighting their professional accomplishments and service to their communities. The first round of voting lasts for only until February 9th, so don’t wait!
Patricia Bredlau: Patricia is an Army spouse and family law attorney working in Killeen, just outside Fort Hood. She’s the mother to a rambunctious two year old and five year old Husky. She is active in her battalion FRG serving as a company FRG Leader and Co-Leader of the Battalion CARE Team. She also volunteers at the USO Center on Fort Hood every Friday. Patricia is also actively involved with MSJDN. She is the Texas State Licensing leader and helps mentor other military spouse attorneys in the area, as well as connect them with employment opportunities.
JinYoung Englund: JinYoung is a Marine Corps spouse who joined MSJDN to help with her decision to attend law school. Her passion for the economic empowerment of people, especially women, has led her to live in Mozambique to work with orphans and widows, to Washington, D.C. to work with Congress, a presidential transition team, a former U.S. Cabinet Secretary, and a public policy think tank, to internationally representing Bitcoin and the Blockchain. She has also been a speaker at Homefront Rising, MSJDN’s initiative encouraging military spouses to engage in public service as elected officials and influencers.
Katherine Goyette: Katherine is an Army spouse and deputy district attorney in Southern Colorado, where she practices under a military spouse attorney license. She is a critical part of the MSJDN leadership team, currently serving on the MSJDN board as Treasurer. She has also helped lead state licensing efforts in Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, and New Mexico. During 2016, she served as co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the Kansas Bar Association. She has also volunteered with the local Colorado DAR chapters to coordinate care packages for returning soldiers.
Alexia Palacios Peters: Alexia is a Navy spouse, mom to three, and has practiced domestic violence and immigration law for the past eight years. She founded and served at CEO of the San Diego Family Justice Center Foundation, assisting victims of domestic violence. After PCSing to Northern Virginia, she enrolled at the George Washington University Law School where she is pursuing her Master of Laws. Recently, Alexia utilized her legal skills to volunteer at Dulles Airport with those caught up in the new immigration restrictions.
Laura Russionello: Laura is a Navy spouse, mother to four, and divorce and custody mediator. She hopes to bring mediation and a co-parenting program to Okinawa as well as other base installations. Laura joined MSJDN last year and is an active participant. She also volunteers with Milspousepreneur in Okinawa and Legal Assistance on Camp Foster.
Lindsey Savage: Lindsey is an attorney, mother to two, and Navy spouse. Lindsey practices non-profit and business law, and donates significant pro bono time to advising military spouses entrepreneurs. She is actively involved with MSJDN, currently serving on the Board of Directors in an At-Large position and previously having led the Membership and Governance committees. Lindsey has also donated her time to her community by volunteering with Junior League, the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and the Providence Hospice and Home Health Care Foundation.
Since 2008, the Military Spouse Magazine has selected a Military Spouse of the Year. Nominations are accepted from the public and the winner is chosen through online voting and a judges’ panel. The first of three voting rounds occurs over just a few days in February. Voting culminates with the announcement of the Military Spouse of the Year at an awards luncheon in D.C. in the spring.
The first round of voting ends on February 9th, so don’t wait! Vote now to support a military spouse attorney!