Founder, President, and Packer
During her adult life, she has been involved with each and every branch of the military services as either an employee or volunteer worker. She began her volunteer work with the USO at Andersen AFB, Guam with the 605th Military Airlift Command. She became the Manager of the AFB USO Facility.
While attending Central Texas College in Paralegal Studies, she worked at the United States Air Force Legal Office and the United States Army Legal Office, traveling throughout northern Germany and the Benelux Region in her capacity as a U.S. Tax preparer for Department of Defense personnel.
She has worked for the Combat Equipment Group-Europe, headquartered in Kerkrade, Netherlands, Lockheed Martin Logistics Management in Seckenheim, Germany, During this time she was also TDY to Bosnia, Hungary and Croatia during Joint Guard and Joint Forge with the Stabilization Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Raytheon Aerospace, Moody AFB, Georgia.
Karen has served as the 1st vice president of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 290, Stafford, VA.. She is also a member of the honor society for the women of the legion and the auxiliary,Rippon Salon 737, Eight and Forty.
Karen has been married for 34 years. She is the mother of adult children. One son is serving in the U.S. Navy and a daughter is married to an U.S. Air Force member. She is the grandmother of three.
Karen has been a resident of 10 states and 1 US territory. Karen has also had the pleasure to live, work, and play in 22 countries. During her travels she has visited 42 of the 50 states belonging to the USA. Karen currently resides in Virginia.
Donna was born at Fort Hood, TX, the second child of a young Army couple. She traveled with her family to various military installations and when her Dad retired, the family moved to Norman, OK, where she grew up and married her husband Paul. Then her adventure in life continued as an Air Force wife. During several assignments, Donna held positions on The Wives Club Board and served as Thrift Shop Chairman. She served on the Committee that started the first Aviano AB Italy Bazaar. Paul served 30 years and when he retired, he entered the Financial Planning career field and is the owner of Cornerstone Financial Strategies, LLC. Donna has worked with her husband, Paul, as an Executive Assistant for the past 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. Donna is active in her church, enjoys traveling with Paul, spending time with family and quilting in her free time.
The reason Donna wanted to help Landstuhl Hospital Care Project comes from an example from long ago. During Korea, her Dad was a Mess Sergeant. The Chaplain came to him one day and asked if he had any extra food that he could do without. Dad asked him why he needed it and the Chaplain responded that he and others were trying to take care of several hundred starving children. Dad went to his storeroom and took all of the excess food items and gave it to the Chaplain. Dad then went to the other Mess Sergeants to see if they had excess, so when the Chaplain returned Dad had more to give him and that continued until Dad returned home.
Donna says, “The young people serving today have a special place in our hearts, and I believe that each of us can do something to help those serving have a little easier time. I like the SoL projects, because I get to help and do something I enjoy.”
James currently lives in Idaho but was born and raised in Bay City Michigan. After graduating from high school in 1978 he joined the United States Marine Corps and served on active duty for 8 years. Two of these years he was stationed in the Far East. James graduated in 1991 with a B.S degree in mechanical engineering and has lived with his family
in North Carolina and South Carolina. He is now a self-employed engineering project manager.
James has been supporting LHCP since early 2007. During this time he was the Vice President of LHCP from November 2007 through June 2010. He has represented LHCP at numerous fundraising and other events in Utah, Nevada, and Arizona. He also participated in the 2009 wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery and spent a week in 2010 as a volunteer at LRMC in Germany.
He has been married to his wife Vicky for 30 years, has one daughter that is attending Idaho State University, and too many cats.
Sharon became active with LHCP in 2005 when she began looking to volunteer for an organization that works with wounded U. S. Military service members. When LHCP began the application process to become a non-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization, Sharon accepted Karen’s request to become the Treasurer. Over the years she has volunteered for many organizations. However, she has found her home with the important mission of LHCP.
Sharon has over 36 years of computer software development experience and has taught as a part-time Adjunct Instructor for over 21 years focusing on information technology courses.
She is married to Thomas Buck, a retired First Sergeant in the U S Army. Sharon has one daughter, a grandson and a granddaughter. The Bucks have semi-retired in Alabama, just across the Chattahoochee River near Fort Benning. Tom and Sharon are also “Mom and Dad” to two black lab brothers, Skippy and Kofi.
Sharon is employed as a Military Operations Analyst for the Dismounted Incident Analysis Team (DIAT) on Fort Benning.
Stitches of Love Coordinator
Rebecca was born and raised in Annapolis, MD, and she still lives near there! She is a certified public accountant (CPA) and works for a CPA firm in Baltimore, MD. Her hobbies are traveling, hiking, gardening, cooking, and sewing. She has a daughter who is currently attending James Madison University and a long-haired mixed breed German Shepherd/Golden Retriever.
Rebecca has volunteered with many organizations over the years, including the PTA, church, Girl Scouts, knitting blankets for hospitals, Hurricane Katrina (went to Mississippi for a week to join the rebuilding efforts), and of course, LHCP.
She has no straight ties to the military, although her father was a civilian employee at the Naval Academy. Rebecca got started with LHCP when her daughter picked us to help earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. Her daughter worked hard for LHCP and earned her award, and Rebecca stayed with us!
Rebecca started sewing as a teen. She says, “I’m from a family of quilters, but I don’t quilt. I’m more of a crafter.” Still, she began helping out our Stitches of Love group and is now the coordinator.
Special Projects Coordinator
Dianne is a California native who was born in Richmond, CA. She retired after working 32 years at the Cal Poly State University Library (San Luis Obispo) and ten years for the Madera County Branch Library in North Fork. She says she is not a librarian, just a worker bee. Her family lived on the central coast of California (San Luis Obispo) for over 50 years. In December of 1997, Dianne and her husband, Frank, moved to the mountains above the great San Joaquin Valley. We have two grown sons and two grandchildren.
Dianne has had ties to the military and those who support the military her entire life. Her father worked in the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond during WWII. Previous to that, he had been a Border Patrol agent in Nogales, Arizona. Her Aunt Esther was a Marine during the war.
Her husband, who retired from Pacific Gas & Electric, was in the Air Force. His brothers were in the Air Force and Marines, his father and brother-in-law were in the Navy, and he had other family members in each branch of the service. Dianne and Frank have one nephew who just retired from the Army after serving three tours in Iraq and one in Germany. Their grandson Andrew is just completing his first semester in JROTC.
Dianne has always been involved in some type of charity work, but became active with the military charities when her nephew, Michael, was first deployed. She has been involved with another military non-profit which mainly supplies handmade items to the troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan (plus the ships that support them). Her main focus now locally is crocheting items for the homeless shelters and babies at the hospital. Dianne says that when she found LHCP, she knew it was something she could support that would help our “guys and gals.” She says that she hopes that she can help the group by doing “little jobs” long distance.
Historian and Newsletter Editor
Jenna Keyton has been the LHCP Historian since September 2014. She maintains the annual History Report tracking all in-kind and monetary donations made to LHCP. The History Report is an important aspect of recording donations. It is used for our CFC annual application, the annual IRS Form 990 tax form, and our annual financial audit.
She assumed the additional role of Newsletter Editor in 2015. As the Newsletter Editor, Jenna is responsible for compiling news and feature articles for our quarterly newsletter. She is responsible for writing and editing copy, as well as, the layout and publishing of the newsletter. By the way, she is always looking for photographs to be included in the newsletter.
Jenna is a college student majoring in Sociology at the American Public University System. She will earn her Bachelor’s degree in the Fall 2016. She earned her Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts from Chattahoochee Valley Community College. Her future plans are to continue her education to receive her Master’s degree in Sociology.
Jenna has lived in Alabama since 2008 after re-locating from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Her most important role is being the proud mother of two fun-loving children.
Wayne is a senior web developer at AvalonBay. He was a beekeeper for many years even though he was allergic to bee stings. Having survived that, he turned his attention to photography. Wayne experienced the allure of film and darkrooms briefly before the switch to digital.
Wayne and his wife Lisa moved to the Washington DC area in 2009. Now they travel and annoy their friends with happy Facebook posts, sketches, and photos. You can find him @thumeco.
Wayne currently has two nephews in the Marines.