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 a 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 US 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.
Maria was born in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and lived around the US and Germany while growing up. Her father was in the Army and served two tours in Viet Nam. Being around the military life so long, she developed a special place in her heart for soldiers.
Maria now lives in North Carolina. She is Office Manager and Technical Editor for an environmental consulting company. Maria has supported LHCP since she joined in 2008. She served as Secretary on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012. Maria is actually taking back the role of newsletter editor for LHCP. She was the editor for a couple of years while serving on the Board.
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.