Mea Williams, MBA
President and CEO | Navy Veteran
Mea Williams, born in Cambridge, Ohio, is a Navy Veteran, a mother 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.
Program Director | Navy Veteran
Tana Plescher is the 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.
Alamo Region Outreach Coordinator | Marine Corps Veteran
Amelia is a USMC Veteran who has a heart and passion for serving her fellow Women Veterans! Amelia served as a volunteer Peer Facilitator of our Table Talk: Color Me Camo Peer Series for a year and a half prior to joining the Grace After Fire staff.
As an Outreach Coordinator, Amelia 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.
In December 2020, Diana graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a minor in Political Science. She plans to utilize that degree in her work with Grace After Fire.
“I admire the vision of Grace After Fire and the holistic impact on Women Veterans and their families. Working with Grace After Fire has helped me grow as a professional because I have the opportunity to learn all aspects of non-profit work, more specifically fundraising and grant writing, that will help me propel my future career. Being part of this team is helping me grow as a person as I realize the impact that my role has, not only on the organization, but more importantly, the Women Veterans.”
Today, Diana Serves as the Development and Outreach VISTA with Grace After Fire and continues to carry out her desire of impacting others.
Originally from Los Angeles, California, and a proud first-generation Salvadoran-American with both parents coming from different parts of El Salvador, Diana moved to Houston in 2006.
Diana enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies, walking, jogging, traveling, and enjoying life with family and friends. She seeks to help other people and aspires to be a positive member of the community by contributing ideas and knowledge to better facilitate growth and prosperity.
Development and Outreach
Outreach Coordinator | US Navy Veteran
Trasa Bass, US Navy Veteran, is the proud mother of three beautiful daughters. She is originally from Detroit, Michigan, and a proud graduate of Texas Southern University with a bachelor's in psychology.
She enlisted into the United States Navy in 2000 as a Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman and was stationed at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, CA. During her time in the military, an exceptional work ethic was apparent, Trasa earned the Good Conduct, National Defense Service, and The Global War on Terrorism medal while serving on active duty. Although no longer wearing, the uniform, Trasa's determination and
dedication did not stop.
Trasa's current focus is to impact and enrich the lives of women Veterans in her local community. In 2015, she worked with Catholic Charities, through the AmeriCorps Program, as a housing navigator for homeless women Veterans. That road became her career path and has allowed her to assist homeless Veterans with housing, employment, and community resources. Recently, Trasa accepted the position of Outreach Coordinator for the Gulf Coast region with Grace After Fire, a nonprofit organization that provides peer-to-peer support, wellness programs and transitional services to women Veterans and their families. Each day, Trasa and the Grace After Fire team strives to create change in t h e community, by providing Hope, Connection and Purpose to other women who also wore the uniform. www.graceafterfire.org.