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.
Laly CholakAlamo Regional Outreach Coordinator
"When Life Throws you a rainy day, play in the puddles." ~Pooh Bear
As an Outreach Coordinator, Laly provides peer support service through Table Talk: Color Me Camo, referral services to women veterans and their families and connects them with external service providers.
She earned her BS in Anthropology at Texas State University focusing on Archaeology and a minor in Geography.
Laly is a 14 year U.S. Army Veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After her military service, Laly began to volunteer with various Veteran Service Organizations which ultimately led her to work in the field of Mental Health specifically with Justice Involved Veterans and Veteran Treatment Courts. She realized that connections with Veterans are very valuable because establishing trust has been more effective among Veteran peers with shared or common experiences.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking, going to museums, creating art, and volunteering in her community.
Tana PlescherHarris County Outreach Coordinator
Tana Plescher is a single mother of two teenagers, a US Navy Veteran OIF/OEF.
She grew up in Irving, Texas and recognized at an early age that she was put on this Earth to help others. That dream eventually turned into a career in medicine.
For well over a decade, Tana dedicated her life to the wellbeing of others. Being a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy afforded her many opportunities in many areas including assisting in the delivery of numerous babies, Pediatrics, Family Practice, and OB/GYN.
Tana has also provided emergency care to those severally injured in combat, and provided lifesaving care during Operation Iraqi Freedom, ultimately playing a small role in bringing America's Heroes home to their families.
Today, Tana continues to serve the veteran community as a Woman Veteran Outreach Coordinator with Grace After Fire.