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"We believe surviving spouses and dependent children need an organization dedicated solely to their needs, concerns, and welfare.”

Board of Directors

Chair, Board of Directors

Harriet Boyden

Board Secretary

Karen Riecke

Chapter/Region Liaison

Ruth Crocker

Communications/Public Relations

Cheryl Lankford

Community Service

Carol DeVore


Madie Tilman


Taunya Offdenkamp

Internet / Social Media

Ellen McCourt

Legal Compliance

Valerie Morey


Patricia Jacobs


Arlene Murray


Rachel Clinkscale

Service Officer

Vivianne Wersel

Special Events Coordinator

Linda Middleton

VAVS National Certifying Officer - VAVS CONV.

Eileen Patterson

Committees & Appointees

Budget Committee

Betty Crawford 
Jim Ranieri

Constitution, Bylaws, & Standing Rules Committee

Sandra Robertson, Chair
Martha Didamo
Ada McArthur

Convention Coordinator

Crystal Wenum

Convention Guidelines

Kathy Upchurch, Chair 
Betty Crawford
Arlene Murray
Tamra Sipes


To be appointed

Development Committee

Betty Crawford, Chair

Finance Committee

Betty Crawford, Chair (see National Treasurer)
Crystal Wenum
Harriet Boyden
Cynthia Keyes

Government Relations Committee

Donna Eldridge, Chair 
Misty Brammer
Jeanette Early
Cynthia Gibson
Chris Kinnard
Sandra Luhnow
Lupe Maguire 
Pat Miller

IT Committee

Ellen McCourt, Chair 
Harriet Boyden
Debra Kraus
Crystal Wenum
Maia Stanhope
Jim Ranieri 
(Prime Management)


Judi Van Cleave

Snowball Express

Karen Burns Copley

Special Recognition / Shining Star Awards

Kit Frazer


Judy Woodall

Veterans Day Birmingham

Judy Woodall


Office & Other Contacts

MANAGEMENT OFFICE – Prime Management

Maia Stanhope or Jim Ranieri


Lars Anderson


Marie Speer


Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.

Gold Star Wives is a Congressionally Chartered non-profit service organization that is capable of providing services to the active duty and service-connected military surviving spouses.

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Birmingham, Alabama Office
P.O. Box 361986
Birmingham, AL 35236

Phone: 1-888-751-6350

Washington DC Office
200 N.Glebe Road Rm 435
Arlington, VA 22203-3755

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. is a non-profit 501(C)4 National Military Widow/Widowers Service Organization chartered by the United States Congress. Donations are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes but may be deductible as trade or business expenses.

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