Jennifer Hogg, US Army Veteran, Co-Chair
Jennifer is a Co-Founder of Service Women’s Action Network as well as current Vice Chair and Secretary of the Board of Directors. She served five years in the New York Army National Guard (NYARNG) as a 63Y Track Mechanic and left in 2005 at the rank of Sergeant. Jennifer also participated in the 9/11 activation as part of the NYARNG. She received a B.A. in Philosophy from Hunter College of The City University of New York in May 2009 and a J.D. from The City University of New York School of Law in May 2012.
Lieutenant Colonel Dawne Davis, US Army (Ret.), Co-Chair
Dawne Davis is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel and works as a senior analyst for a Defense contractor. She earned her Bachelor of Science from West Point in 1985. She became a member of the Army Acquisition Corps in 1994. LTC Davis earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. LTC Davis served in various tactical and acquisition positions during her 20-year military career. LTC Davis retired Aug. 1, 2005. Upon retirement, she served as founder and CEO of Talon Associates, LLC providing consulting services for leading defense industry clients until 2017. She is married to Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Bruce Davis. They have two children and live in Newport News, VA.
Tim Ross, Treasurer, US Marine Corps Veteran
Tim Ross is a tax partner in Core Tax Services Team within BDO’s Greater Washington D.C. office. Tim has significant experience serving both publicly-traded, and closely-held companies with operations in multiple international and domestic locations. This includes serving many clients that have private equity or venture capital investment. His technical specialties include business entity taxation, tax accounting (ASC 740), commercial transactions and structure, private equity, domestic and global taxation. Before beginning his career in public accounting, Tim served 10 years as a U.S. Marine attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant and is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Tim holds a B.S. in Accounting from Indiana University.
Lieutenant General Flora D. Darpino, US Army (Ret.), Secretary
Flora D. Darpino is a retired Army general officer and military lawyer who served as the U.S. Army’s 39th Judge Advocate General (TJAG). GEN Darpino was appointed as TJAG on September 4, 2013, and served until July 14, 2017, where she was responsible for the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, an organization with approximately 10,000 personnel. She was also the senior military legal adviser to both the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army. She is the first woman appointed TJAG since the establishment of the Army in 1775. Prior to being selected as the 39th TJAG, Gen. Darpino served as the Commander, The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School, Charlottesville, Va.; Commander, The United States Army Legal Services Agency, Fort Belvoir, Va.; and Chief Judge, United States Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Her last field assignments included Staff Judge Advocate, V Corps, in Heidelberg, Germany, followed by her second deployment to Iraq where she served as the Staff Judge Advocate, United States Forces – Iraq, in Baghdad, Iraq.
Captain Donald Fryar, US Army
Donald Fryar holds a B.A. in Public Policy from the University of Virginia and currently serves our nation’s military as a combat engineer Platoon Leader in the Army Reserves. As a first line leader, he directly interacts with soldiers on a regular basis and has been able to serve as a support system for victims of sexual assault and harassment. His strong passion for gender equality and equity reform makes him a perfect fit for SWAN and has prepared him to be a part of the next generation of policy reformers. In addition to his time in the military, he has an expansive knowledge in litigation from his job as a Legal Resource Assistant at Arnold & Porter and is an active volunteer as a mentor to under-served youth in the D.C. Metro area.
Bob is a law partner at Proskauer Rose LLP in New York. He has also been Chairman of the Board of Old Westbury Funds and Pirelli Cable and Tire Corporations. He was a director of the Alliance for National Defense (AND) and the Women’s Research and Education Institute (WREI) and supported its Women in the Military Project for over ten years. He was a member of DACOWITS and the West Point Board of Visitors. Previously he served in the Department of Justice and as Assistant to a U. S. Senator from New York.
Monica Medina, US Army Veteran
Monica Medina is the Deputy Director of the environment program at the Walton Family Foundation. Monica served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, advising him on all issues concerning the environment, energy, climate change, and natural resource management, as well as women in the military. She also served on the transition team for the Obama Administration and held positions at the Pew Charitable Trusts and the U.S. Office of the International Fund for Animal Welfare. She also served as the U.S. Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission. Monica recently ended her term as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services; and sits on the Georgetown Sustainable Oceans Alliance advisory board. She is an honors graduate of Columbia Law School and Georgetown University.
Emily Miller, US Army Veteran
Emily Miller is a social entrepreneur, combat veteran, and LGBTQ activist. She is Co-Founder of Rumi Spice, a for-profit social enterprise that imports premium saffron directly from Afghan farmers. Rumi Spice was featured on Shark Tank and Emily was named one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food & Drink” by Food & Wine magazine. Previously, Emily served as a Captain in the U.S. Army. She led an engineer platoon in Iraq and served on two deployments to Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment as a Cultural Support Team member. Her team was the subject of The New York Times bestseller Ashley’s War. She earned her Bachelor of Science from West Point and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Marjorie Rudinsky, US Army Veteran
Marjorie Rudinksy graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1984 and served as a maintenance officer in Germany, Fort Carson, CO, and at West Point as an associate professor of History. She has worked in the nonprofit, small business, and corporate arena and is currently a performance analyst at the Small Business Administration. She holds a Master’s degree in History from Duke University, and a J.D. from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Bonnie Schweppe, US Army Veteran
Bonnie Schweppe graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1983 and spent eight years in the Army as an Ordnance officer and adjutant general officer. She was a platoon leader, battalion S1, company commander, Division Support Command S1 and division protocol officer, serving in Germany and Fort Carson, CO. Upon resigning her commission, Bonnie became a territory manager for Pfizer, selling medications for heart disease and arthritis. She then moved over to Allergan and worked several territories to include Long Island, Manhattan and New Jersey, selling eye care pharmaceuticals and Botox. Bonnie was recruited to EyeSys, a start-up, and worked selling capital equipment to eye care specialists. She then went to Johnson & Johnson and sold an IV infusion product for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Crohn’s Disease. Bonnie founded a private farm animal sanctuary (Perros Locos Animal Sanctuary), and decided to open a compassionate boutique (Living Eden) selling vegan purses, ethically made clothing and carefully sourced gift items. Following that, she co-founded the Hudson Valley’s first cat cafe (Morgan’s Cat Cafe) devoted to helping orphaned cats find homes. Recently she opened up Wildflower Cafe in Red Hook, N.Y., a vegan cafe.
Melina Selimbegovic is a Private Client Relationship Associate at Brown Advisory. She is a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and has over 10 years of industry experience. Melina is responsible for managing relationships with high net worth individuals and families in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Brown Advisory she was a founding member of American Armed Forces Military Association’s Wealth Management and Trust where she spent seven years working to build the trust company organization and later managing client relationships. Melina holds a B.A. in Psychology and International Relations from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Charles Zielinski is an AV-Preeminent rated lawyer in the Lexis-Nexis/Martindale-Hubbell peer review system. He has focused his professional career on the legal and policy issues presented by economic, safety, reliability and environmental regulation in the energy and telecommunications industries. He served as a member and Chairman of the New York State Public Service Commission and has significant experience serving on boards and committees. He chaired a national committee that produced reports on implementation of the ground breaking National Energy Act of 1978, was a member New York State’s Environmental Board and of Governor Hugh Carey’s cabinet. Charles received his law degree from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.