about
Today, there are nearly 2.5 million service women in the U.S, the highest number ever in history. Their voices deserve to be heard.
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

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

Our mission is to support, connect and advocate for service women past, present and future.
Celebrating the strength, abilities and accomplish-ments of the fastest growing segment of the US military
Utilizing people, knowledge and influence to eliminate obstacles and drive change
Facilitating progress through research, education, mentorship and outreach
Fighting for service women’s rights today, paving the way for their growth tomorrow

Our Legacy

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.
board of directors
Providing executive oversight for SWAN’s programs and services, our board includes influential veterans, business and civic leaders with decades of experience helping lead organizations in multiple sectors.
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.
Robert Kaufman
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
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 Zielinksi
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.
team
Our leadership consists of a talented staff and powerful volunteer council of active duty and veteran women.
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
Lory was the Director of the Women in the Military Project at the Women’s Research & Education Institute (WREI) for many years. While in the Navy, she served as a Telecommunications subspecialist including field tours in Iceland, Panama and Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory where she commanded the Naval Telecommunications and Computer Station.  She served at headquarters level on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations, the Chief of Legislative Affairs, and Commander, Naval Forces Europe (London).  A member of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs’ Advisory Committee on Women Veterans for six years, she also served on the Military Advisory Council for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). Captain Manning has provided media commentary on military women for the PBS News Hour, the O’Reilly Factor, Hannity and Colmes, for all the major US networks, the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  She has also been heard on numerous radio broadcasts in both the US and other countries and has provided in-depth background information on women in the military to national and international journalists for both print and electronic media. Captain Manning holds a BA in History from Trinity College, Washington, D.C., a certificate in National Security Affairs from the Naval War College and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.
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.
Martina Chesonis, U.S. Air Force, Director of Communications

Martina recently separated from active duty after seven years as an Air Force Logistics Officer and has transitioned into the Air Force Reserves. Martina received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado in International Relations and her master’s degree from Liberty University in Public Policy. Throughout her military career, Martina has been very active as both a trainer and coordinator for sexual assault prevention and response programs at several Air Force installations. She is excited to work for such a strong organization and proud to contribute toward positive change for our service women and women veterans.

Mojisola Edu, SWAN Fellow, Communications

 

Amanda Huffman, U.S. Air Force, SWAN Fellow, Communications
Amanda is a military spouse and veteran who served in the Air Force for six years as a Civil Engineer including a deployment to Afghanistan. She traded in her combat boots for a diaper bag to stay home with her two boys and follow her husband’s military career. Her blog Airman to Mom incorporates stories from her past military life and how she views life through her unique life experiences of both a veteran and military spouse. She recently launched a podcast sharing the stories of Women of the Military. If you would like to share your story click here. You can check out more about Amanda on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Sasha Georgiades, US Navy Veteran, Case Manager and Policy
Sasha is a Navy Veteran who is going into her second year at Hawaii Pacific University for her Masters in Social Work with a Veteran Concentration. She has a B.S. in Criminal Justice as well as a B.A. in Psychology. She is a sexual assault survivor who uses her experiences to advocate for other survivors, make changes in policy, and continue to educate the public at large as to what it means to be a survivor of sexual assault as a civilian and as a service member.
Ao Yin, Operations Assistant

Ao is a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She has experience working on women’s issues in international organization and think tank including UN Women and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Caroline Croghan, Development and Outreach Assistant

Caroline is a recent graduate from the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelors degree in Government focused on American Politics. During her time at UVA she worked in development for various non-profits and is passionate about non-profit management. Caroline deeply identifies with SWAN’s mission because of her experience growing up with her older brother, a disabled Marine veteran. 

Institutional Donors
We are deeply appreciative of the support of our donors and partners that make all our efforts on behalf of military women possible.
Individual Donors
SWAN recognizes individual donors as Honor Corps members. SWAN is grateful for our donors’ support, and more importantly, for their commitment to our mission to advance the interests of service women regardless of their service affiliation, rank, or years of service.
Corporate and Foundation Donors
SWAN’s partners play an integral role in serving service women past, present and future by helping us raise funds and deliver programs to SWAN members and supporters. If you or your organization is interested in working with us please visit our Corporate Giving page to learn more about ways in which you can participate.

MKM Foundation

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