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Tana Plescher
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Tana Plescher

President and CEO | 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.

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Lisa Cortinas

United States Marine Corps & Texas Army National Guard

Lisa Marie Cortinas, United States Marine Corps and Texas Army National Guard Veteran served during both Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

At the age of 19, she joined the United States Marine Corps. It was here she realized she was destined for something much bigger than herself. She did four years of Active Duty in the Marine Corps, deploying once to Thailand for a humanitarian mission (Cobra Gold), purifying water and then deploying twice to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

After her active-duty time in the Marine Corps, she joined the Texas Army National Guard where she deployed to Afghanistan, with Operation Enduring Freedom. Once she returned home from her deployment, she returned to Afghanistan as a government contractor assisting the warfighter by providing them with Gunshot Detection Systems and Seismic Sensors for force protection purposes. Lisa Marie is grateful for every role she has served in within the military and civilian sector because she recognizes that they were all significant roles that played a major purpose where she could still participate in helping others.

 

After giving twenty-two years (most all of her adult life), serving in the military and in a military capacity, Lisa Marie continues to serve the Veteran community as the new Intake Coordinator for a nonprofit organization called Grace After Fire (GAF). GAF, provides programs for wellness and peer-to-peer services to Women Veterans and their families after wearing the uniform while empowering the Veteran with knowledge and strength. Serving in this role also allows Lisa Marie to empower herself by making positive impacts and connections within the Veteran community.

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Amelia Peacock

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.

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Virginia Brown

Financial Resiliency Coordinator | Air Force Veteran

Virginia Brown, U.S. Air Force Veteran 1992‐2001, was born in Dallas, Texas. She attended both public and private schools for her secondary schooling and enjoyed sports such as gymnastics and volleyball. She graduated from Huntington North High School in 1989. After deep consideration, she enlisted into the Air Force in February of 1992 as a Material Management Specialist.

Virginia attended Technical School at Lowry AFB, Colorado. A few of her stations included McClellan AFB, CA, Geilenkirchen (NATO) AB, Germany, and Holloman AFB, NM. Her assignments included document control, procurement, and squadron financial resource advisor. She worked her way through the ranks and was promoted to Staff Sergeant.

While attending Northwest Vista Community College and Texas A&M Kingsville System San Antonio, and completing the 2+2 program for her Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science in 2005. During the pandemic shut down, she felt it was an opportunity to retreat and reload on abilities, skills, and knowledge. She completed an Associates of Science Medical Administrative Billing and Coding with Keiser Online University 2022 achieving Dean's List and Phi Theta Kappa. She also completed her certificate program with SA Ready to Work in 2023.


Virginia has worn many hats and gained valuable experience through the years in accounts payables and receivables. She has worked in banking with attorneys for pre and active litigations collections, as well as risk analyst for check forgery, deposit holds, and fraud. While working for a government contractor for a Brooks Army Medical Center in patient admitting, she collected insurance and self‐pay information. She worked with patients from all walks of life to include homeless, incarcerated, civilian, military, and veteran patients. She offered patients social service resources to help them while they recovered from an illness or injury.


She has volunteered as an intake clerk for Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center, served as a board member for City of San Antonio Animal Care Services District 6, City of San Antonio Bond Committee member 2017‐2022, as well as clerical support for New Century Hospice.
Today, Virginia has a focus on increasing hope by empowering women veterans with financial literacy and resources. She is inspired by the dedication and hard work of Grace After Fire, who is working daily on their mission for women veterans to gain knowledge and insight with workshops and self‐renewal with annual retreats for comradery. Virginia is blessed to be part of this important mission with Grace After Fire and to utilize her military core value of “service before self” to serve women veterans.

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