If you're a volunteer here at Grace, it's very likely you've gotten to know (by email) one or more of the fine people below. To the rest of the world, welcome and meet our team! When you’re working with a super keen, super hard-working staff it is hard to get them to lift their heads from the keyboard to brag about themselves. Here is a chance to put a face/description to an email!
"Impressed by the military culture, I knew I wanted to be a part of an organization that instilled pride and commitment...I found that when I joined the U.S. Air Force. Being a part of the first generation of female military pilots certainly had its challenges, but I’d like to think that our generation not only opened doors for women, we took those doors off the hinges. After 25 years of service, becoming a command pilot with 3,700 hours of flying time in six different aircraft, and commanding a KC-135 air refueling squadron, and serving in Iraq, I retired as a colonel. My family and I moved to Texas, near my husband's hometown. Here is where I met the wonderful founder of Grace After Fire, who inspired me to get involved with Grace's exceptional mission of helping women and families. Now, I am truly honored to serve our Veterans as Grace's Executive Director. Our excellent Board of Directors, dedicated staff members, and generous partners are committed to helping women who hurt. Hope you'll get involved too."
Lil SerafineProgram Director
Lil's military experience is as a family member. Her father was a 30 year Veteran of the Air Force and Army serving in World War II and the Korean War. Her mother was a civil service employee at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. She brings 25 years of nonprofit management and financial development experience to Grace. Most recently, she was Regional Executive Director at Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic), a nonprofit founded in 1948 to help World War II Veterans who were visually impaired or blinded from the war. Lil is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism.
Lisa SkierProgram Coordinator
Having served in the military (Air Force) for over 13 years and as a current member of the ISS (Standby Reserves) and a Veteran of the first Gulf Conflict, Lisa is excited to be joining a team of likeminded individuals to help a group of people in their time of need. While in the Air Force she served as a Weather Equipment Technician (E-5) and continued, after graduating, on an ROTC Scholarship, from college as an Administrative and Operations Officer.
She is a native Californian but a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She came from a long line of military Veterans - and family who continue to serve. She has a daughter, step-daughter and step-son along with 5 grandchildren. She is married to a wonderful man who puts up with her love of travel! She is also the secretary for her son-in-law’s Family Readiness Group (FRG).
Stacy KeyteNorth Texas Outreach Coordinator
Stacy enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard during high school and attended basic training in the summer between her junior and senior year. What an experience for a girl that had never been on a plane, much less traveled out of state! Joining the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG) helped change that and allowed her to see many places during 12 years of service. She served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006. She also served on homeland security and hurricane response missions. Her husband is still a member of the TXARNG and is an OIF Veteran as well. He has served on various homeland security, hurricane and other state-side missions. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a BBA degree in May 2010 and plans on pursuing a Master’s degree in Marketing. Her service in the Army National Guard gives her the unique experience of understanding issues that face our National Guard, Reserve Soldiers and their families. Stacy has been an active participant in the Family Readiness program and is passionate about helping others.
Michelle Rosales-KneubuhlTarrant County Outreach Coordinator
Michelle graduated from Austin High School is Austin, TX in May of '95 and by August of that same year she joined the United States Marine Corp and served for 13 years. She was stationed at El Toro and Miramar California as well as Iwakuni, Japan. She was trained in Meridian, Mississippi and attended the Sergeant's Course in Camp Lejune in North Carolina. Michelle is an Expert Rifle marksman, recognized as first class in physical fitness and achieved a grey belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts. Prior to joining Grace, Michelle was with workforce development at the Texas Workforce Commission in Fort Worth.
Mea WilliamsHarris County Outreach Coordinator
Growing up in Cambridge, Ohio and stemming from a family of four daughters, she was the first to join the United States Navy in 1999 and continued her journey for 6 and half years. She served on board the USS Bataan (LHD-5) as part of the Crash and Salvage team and deployed as one of the first ships during Operation Enduring/Iraqi Freedom. She later changed her job and became a Navy Journalist and served at the Navy Public Affairs Center in Norfolk, Va. During her journey, she discovered what it truly meant to live with honor, courage and commitment; and always knew that she wanted to use my military experience to impact the lives of others. She is very excited to be part of this group of dynamic women who have the same passion of supporting and helping those who also served.
Christine EberleBexar County Outreach Coordinator
Christine is a native of the beach resort Ocean City, New Jersey. She entered the Army in March of 1992. Throughout her 20-year active duty career she has served as supervisor and manager for numerous dental clinics in the United States and abroad. Her overseas assignments include Kaiserslautern, Germany and Chuncheon, Korea.
Her military and civilian education includes various military courses including the Equal Opportunity Representative Course, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Course, Instructor Training Course, Cadre Training Course and the AMEDD Senior Leaders Course. She holds an Associate of Arts Degree in General Curriculum from University of Maryland University College European Division and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with minors in Criminal Justice and Sociology from University of Maryland University College. She is currently pursing a Master of Arts in Management with Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio, Texas.
She has two sons and a daughter-in-law that currently serve in the enlisted ranks for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army. They continue to serve in numerous operations and humanitarian missions including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
She is very passionate about helping others and she is happy to have the opportunity to serve with Grace After Fire.
Ashley EdwardsExecutive Assistant to the CEO/President
Ashley's military experience is as an extended family member. The limited exposure to the military has not waivered her appreciation for all the hard work of the men and women that devote their time and lives. She received her bachelor degree in Marketing with an emphasis in International Business from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor; where she was on the collegiate softball team. After completing college she gained work experience at a bank doing teller and loan work.