We value and respect all women Veterans seeking support. We demonstrate visionary leadership. We create an environment that fosters committed community integration, belonging and social connectedness, for the women we serve, our employees, key stakeholders and partners. We engage in and promote the access of resources to all women veterans and improve their quality of life. We practice the highest ethical behavior and personal integrity. We implement responsible financial management in the development of resources and programs.
Mea WilliamsPresident / CEO
Mea Williams, born in Cambridge, Ohio, is a Navy Veteran, a mother, a wife and the President/CEO of Grace After Fire, an organization that assists women Veterans with the transition process and reintegration back into the civilian sector after their military service. In her role, Mea directs and oversees all efforts and activities related to developing and implementing Table Talk ™ Color Me Camo, an innovative peer-to peer program and other Veteran focused efforts led by the organization .
In 2000, Mea began her military journey in Norfolk, VA working on board the flight deck of Amphibious Assault Ship USS Bataan (LHD-5) as part of the crash and salvage team, personnel who are on standby ready to respond to any mishaps that may happen on the deck during takeoff and landing of aircraft. Upon returning from a seven-month deployment as part of the crew of one of the first ships to respond to the September 11th attacks, Mea decided it was time to change paths to do something she had always loved - journalism. After three years on sea, Mea became a Navy journalist stationed at the Navy Public Affairs Center in Norfolk. There, she toured the States and many bases interviewing people highlighting newsworthy events and writing featured stories that captured the true essences of what Navy sailors do. In 2006, Mea ended her Navy career as a Journalist and later moved with her family to Houston, Texas.
After serving her country for 6 and half years, Mea earned both her Bachelor's degree in Business Management and her MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University. Due to her unrelenting determination, passion to see others reach their full potential and strong people skills, Mea was nominated by her peers' and mentors for and then selected to participate in Leadership Texas 2015. Now a resident of Katy, Texas, Mea carries out her purpose of effecting change in the lives of many in and around her community.
Melissa McKennonProgram Director
Melissa McKennon joined the Army at age 17, and attended Basic Training during the summer of her Junior and Senior year at Sidney Lanier High School. She served 8 years in the United States Army as a Patient Administration Specialist and was stationed at Weisbaden, Germany and Brooke Army Medical Center in her home town of San Antonio, TX. Her duties included record keeping, billing and coding, scheduling appointments, admissions and dispositions, medical boards and Air EVAC. She has a Bachelor's degree in Human Services from Wayland Baptist University and is pursuing her Master's in Psychology. She can relate to being an Active Duty Soldier, Army Spouse, Veteran, Full-time student, and mother of Xaidyn 5, and Xasha 1. The ability to have and continue to serve in different ways allows her to connect with others in multiple ways. Melissa is known to travel the world but does it in the company of her husband of 7 years Jason, and their two children. She is an active member of her community as youth coach, PTA, and exercise partner.