Mea Williams, MBA
President and CEO | Navy Veteran
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.
Lead Outreach Coordinator | 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.
Harris County 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.
Alamo Regional Outreach Coordinator | Army Veteran
Kalia is a U.S. Army veteran and a Grace After Fire Outreach Coordinator for the San Antonio area. Kalia has a passion for serving underserved populations like women veterans. Most recently she was a Job Readiness Facilitator for Texas Workforce Commission in San Antonio and has several years experience doing outreach in the community.
As an Outreach Coordinator, Kalia 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.
Client Intake Coordinator | Veteran Spouse
Erika is the proud spouse of a U. S. Air Force active-duty member and the daughter of a U. S. Army Veteran. She is from El Paso, Texas and now lives in Katy, Texas with her Husband.
As a dog lover, she enjoys walking her dogs, Sophie, a German Sheppard mix, and Vivi, a Poodle. Erika is family oriented and believes that family and friends are keys to a successful and happy life.
Erika holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from New Mexico State University and is always seeking to become the best version of herself. Being a driven and motivated person, Erika was accepted to the advanced standing Social Work master’s program at Texas State University and completed her degree in December 2020. Erika has worked with non-profits such as Project Amistad as an intern in the Adult Guardianship Program and the Combined Arms Veterans Transition Center in Houston, Texas as an Intake Specialist Intern.
Although Erika has graduated and completed her collegiate goals, professional growth, and the deep desire learn, educate herself and the ones around her remain one of her top priorities and continues to be a very much part of who she is.
With the aspiration to continue working with Veterans and widen her horizons, Erika moved to Katy, Texas in January 2021 to fulfill her goals of empowering Women Veterans and their families.
Today, Erika serves as the Client Intake Coordinator for Grace After Fire, she assists women Veterans by providing program information and connecting them with community resources and partners. She is thankful to be part of an organization who is making such an impact in the lives of women Veterans and their family in and around our community.
Alamo Regional Coordinator | Navy Veteran
Amanda is a Navy Veteran, Navy Spouse, and Veteran advocate dedicated to enriching the lives of women Veterans in her local community. Inspired by her Grandfather and husband’s Navy service, Amanda enlisted in the United States Navy in 2009.
As a Yeoman in the Navy, Amanda served with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Allied Command Transformation Command, Navy Information Operations Command, the Victims Legal Counsel, and Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51- 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve.
In 2013 Amanda was selected to work with the Navy’s congressionally mandated Victims’ Legal Counsel where she aided in providing survivors of a sexual offense with access to a dedicated attorney to help victims understand the investigation and military justice process, guard their legal rights and interests, and obtain additional support in accessing resources that would ultimately assist with their recovery. It was during this period she discovered a passion to serve others within the military community who were much deserving of aid and access to support services.
In 2019, although her passion remained the same, the focus of her calling, however, shifted from Veteran legal counsel to providing support and empowerment in the lives of fellow women Veterans.
Today, Amanda serves as the Alamo Region Outreach Coordinator for Grace After Fire, where she facilitates peer-to-peer initiatives, forge connections and assists women Veterans and their families through the transition from the military back into their homes, the workplace, and their communities.
Development and Outreach VISTA
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.
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.