"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

Nancy Menagh

Chapter/Region Liaison

Ruth Crocker

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

Debra Kraus

Membership / Outreach

Patricia Jacobs

Newsletter Editor / Social Media Admin

Corinna Gibson-Ashmead

Service Officer

Karen Riecke

Special Events Coordinator

Linda Middleton


Judy Woodall

VAVS National Certifying Officer - VAVS CONV.

Arlene Murray


Committees & Appointees

Budget Committee

Betty Crawford 
Jim Ranieri

Constitution, Bylaws, & Standing Rules Committee

Martha Didamo, Chair
Arlene Murray
Crystal Wenum

Convention Coordinator

Kathy Maiorana

Convention Guidelines

Kathy Upchurch, Chair 
Betty Crawford
Arlene Murray
Tamra Sipes


To be appointed

Development Committee

Betty Crawford, Chair
Suzanna Ausborn
Hope Gallinger-Long
Jane Horton 
Debra Kraus
Karen Riecke
Lars Anderson 
(Washington DC Government Relations Advocate) 
Jim Ranieri 
(Prime Management)

Finance Committee

Betty Crawford, Chair (see National Treasurer)
Judi Van Cleave
Harriet Boyden
Suzanna Ausborn

Government Relations Committee

Donna Eldridge, Co-Chair 
Chris Kinnard, Co-Chair
Misty Brammer
Jeanette Early
Sandra Luhnow
Pat Collins Miller
Nancy Mullen

IT Committee

Ellen McCourt, Chair 
Suzanna Ausborn
Corinna Gibson-Ashmead
Debra Kraus
Marie McRae
Jim Ranieri 
(Prime Management)

Membership Committee

Pat Jacobs, Chair
Rebecca Dreier
Karen Riecke
Sandra Robertson


Alma Birchett

Snowball Express

Karen Burns Copley

Special Recognition / Shining Star Awards

Kit Frazer

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 425
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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