Founded in 2007, the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) is the voice of all military women – past, present and future. We are a member-driven community network advocating for the individual and collective needs of service women. SWAN is guided by the priorities of our members, who include thousands of women and men, service members and civilians alike. We are committed to seeing that all service women receive the opportunities, protections, benefits and respect they deserve. Our goal is to ensure all service women have access to the information, tools and support they need to reach their personal and professional goals during and following their years of service.
Our vision is to be the nation’s largest, most influential and effective network of service women — advancing their rights today, paving the way for their growth tomorrow.
Our mission is to support, connect and advocate for service women past, present and future.
To date, SWAN has played a major role in shaping the outcome of many important issues effecting women in the service including opening all military jobs to service women, holding sex offenders accountable in the military justice system, eliminating barriers to disability claims for those who have experienced military sexual trauma, and expanding access to services for a broad range of reproductive healthcare services. But our work has only just begun.
Our Strategic Plan
SWAN aims to become the nation’s largest, most influential and effective network of service women. Our 2017-2020 strategic plan details precisely how we are planning on doing it.
Read our plan and learn about the goals and objectives SWAN has set for the upcoming years.
Jennifer Hogg, Co-Chair
Dawne Davis, Co-Chair
Tim Ross, Treasurer
Lieutenant General Flora D. Darpino, USA (Ret.), Secretary
Ellen Haring, PhD, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret.), CEO
Dr. Ellen Haring is a West Point graduate and a retired Army colonel. She is also a senior fellow at Women in International Security where she directs the Combat Integration Initiative. Haring’s research and work focuses on women and gender in the military. She holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and she is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Georgetown University where she has taught courses on Human Security and Women, Peace and Security. Haring has published numerous articles and papers on a wide array of military and security related topics. She has been a guest speaker on foreign and domestic news shows and she guest lectures and has been invited to address members of Congress.
Lory Manning, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.), SWAN Fellow, Director of Government Relations
Raquel G. Patrick, U.S. Army (Ret.) SWAN Fellow, Healing Program Coordinator
Raquel’s primary goal at SWAN is to connect current and former service members with vetted organizations that teach service women and women veterans self-healing techniques including: meditation, yoga, equine therapy, art therapy and nature reconnection, etc. The retreats serve as an empowering journey that enable women to take charge of their physical and mental wellbeing by applying newly learned practices. Raquel is a retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Four and spent over 51 months in combat deployments from a tour in Somalia, three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan as a Cultural Support Team Leader (CST). She has participated in the Veterans Heritage Project which partners with students to serve as historical primary sources and archives veteran stories with the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle and is pursuing a Master’s of Science in Adult Education. She currently lives in Alabama where she works as a training developer.
Amy Garlesky, Development and Program Assistant
Amy is a first-year Master’s candidate in Public Policy at George Washington University. In addition to her policy coursework, she is simultaneously attaining a certificate in non-profit management, which she hopes will allow her to further her work in non-profit development. Amy recently graduated in May 2018 from Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, Vermont with Bachelors’ of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio.
Trey Shuler, Communications and Web Assistant
Trey is an enlisted Infantryman in the Virginia National Guard pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at American University. He has experience working in Washington D.C. on political campaigns and Capitol Hill. After graduation, he plans to earn a commission as an officer in the National Guard and pursue law school.