Elaine Lowry Brye, Army brat turned ROTC candidate turned military wife, is the mother of four military officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Her book, Be Safe, Love Mom: A Military Moms Stories of Courage, Comfort, and Surviving Life on the Homefront, has been called a service manual for military moms. Elaine’s mantra is simple “We have to be braver than our kids.” She motivates Americans to remember their strong roots and band together. She speaks on raising patriots – brave children who can meet the challenges of life. Elaine believes that life in the empty nest can be filled with purpose and speaks to women about finding their passion in the later part of life.
Ann Medlin is a seasoned military wife with 16 cross-country and overseas moves under her belt. With every move, she learned to redefine herself professionally, drawing from her passion for sports and her many years of volunteer service. Ann learned at an early age, working for her family’s restaurant and catering business that service to others was her calling. She honed her event planning and project management skills as a Logistics Coordinator for Samaritans Purse World Medical Missions, and later indulged her passion for teaching as In-Home Preschool Pilot Program Facilitator. While life as a military spouse meant career changes with every PCS move, Ann never let it get in the way of dedicating her talents to a worthy cause, teaching, coaching, or simply cooking up delicious food for a homesick soldier or a family new to post.