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.
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.
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.