Board of Directors
I married Norman Brooks on 06/26/1976 while he was a Private First-Class, stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, NC and instantly became a military spouse. After Norm completed his 4 year tour in 1979, we moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, to attend Liberty University, where I received my Associates of Arts degree 1982. We moved back to Delaware and Norm joined the Delaware Air National Guard in 1984. I began work at Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz in 1983 as a legal secretary and currently work as a patent secretary and visitor program coordinator. I became an active volunteer with the Delaware Air National Guard’s 166th Wing Family Assistance Program shortly after the 9/11 attacks, when in 2002, my son Jeff’s Security Forces Sqdn. was activated and deployed to a classified location in the Middle East in support of operations necessary for the liberation of Iraq. I continued to volunteer and assist military families as my son Jason was deployed in 2003 to Qatar in further support of the liberation of Iraq.
In early 2007, Kathy Greenwell (Army Guard spouse) and I were having breakfast with CMSgt. Dawn Peet of the State of Delaware Family Readiness Office. We discussed with her an idea concerning a non-profit organization that would be able to assist military families in a way that she could not, specifically, using donated funds and volunteer help. And thus Delaware Boots on the Ground was born. We had a lot of great support from our family and friends in the Delaware National Guard. We contacted our friend Kim King, who was the secretary for Camp Colwell (a children’s camp run for the dependent children of Delaware Air and Army Guardsman and retirees) and asked her to be our secretary. Through mutual friends we met Kristen Shaw, a local CPA who assisted non-profits in Delaware and asked her to be our treasurer. During our 2nd year Dr. Jill Biden became a volunteer for DEBOTG. She was a hands on volunteer who didn’t hesitate to take on any task that was assigned to her. Dr. Biden introduced DEBOTG to the world of corporate sponsorship and in particular the military support groups within these corporations. Over the last 4 years we have been able to financially assist hundreds of families and soldiers in Delaware who have been hurt financially and/or physically by their service in support of our nation through the support of individual donations and corporate support and act as an informational resource.
I have my Master’s degree in elementary education from Widener University and have been teaching in the primary grades for the past 27 years in the Interboro School District. The last eight years, I have been teaching Transitional First Grade. I volunteer for the Edward J. Snyder Foundation which supports families in need within the Interboro Community. My son recently graduated from Texas A&M as a member of the Corps of Cadets and Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. He was also commissioned as a 2nd Lt in the Texas Army Nation Guard. My daughter is in her fifth year at Penn State University, Main Campus majoring in Human Development and Family Science.
In 2001, fellow teacher and Air Guardsmen, Chief Dawn Peet, offered to sponsor my children in a Youth Camp for the DE Air and Army National Guard. Since then, I have volunteered for the Children of the Delaware Air and Army National Guard Youth Camp – Camp Colwell as the Camp Secretary. In 2003, when the DE Air Guard was deployed into Iraq, my children and I volunteered with the Wing Family Assistance Program and I met Shirley. May of 2007, then co-presidents Kathy and Shirley asked if I would be interested in being the secretary for a new non-profit they were staring up.
My 30+ year career in the Human Resources discipline includes 14 years with the Campbell Soup Company, and currently as Vice President – Human Resources, Training & Development and Compliance for HBCS. I hold a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and completed graduate coursework in Education from Wilmington University. My connections to the military are deep as my son, Mark, is an Officer in the 82nd Airborne, in Ft Bragg, NC, and my husband has had a lengthy career with both the Delaware and Maryland National Guards. I have long been a fan and supporter of DEBOTG and the important work they have done, and continue to do, to bring attention and support to the challenges faced by our local military heroes and their families. I was thrilled and honored to be asked to join the Board this year (2014) and look forward to carrying on this vital mission.
I am currently a Senior Administrator with Delaware State Government and I have been working in the human services/social services field since 1986. I am also a military brat and, like many other Americans, I was profoundly impacted by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. As National Guard and Reservists were being called to active duty, I saw how their sudden deployment status affected them and their families and I wanted to help. At work, I created an additional responsibility and title as the Military Liaison and I have been representing my division at military related events such as pre and post deployments since 2002. As the Military Liaison, I also assist veterans, including homeless veterans and I am part of the Dover Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. I am the daughter of a United States Army Sergeant First Class (retired), the proud wife of a Lieutenant Colonel of the Delaware Army National Guard and I’m honored to be
a member of Delaware Boots on the Ground since 2008.