Linda M. Davidson
Linda M. Davidson is co-founder and Executive Director of Our Military Kids, Inc. Prior to Our Military Kids, Inc., Ms. Davidson was Vice President of Administration & Finance for another non-profit serving military families.
Other previous work experience includes 19 years with International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) in their National Federal Marketing Contracts Department, Commission Accounting, and in Sales Administration servicing federal government customers. Prior to IBM, Ms. Davidson served as an accountant and membership campaign director for the Madison Chamber of Commerce in, Madison, Wisconsin.
Ms. Davidson holds a degree in Accounting with additional studies from University of Wisconsin.
Jeannine P. Fesler
Jeannine Fesler serves as the Development Associate at Our Military Kids. In her position, she coordinates all matters dealing with donor relations and works to spread excitement of Our Military Kids’ mission with corporations, foundations, and individuals.
As an Air Force veteran and current military spouse, Jeannine understands the importance of Our Military Kids in helping children adjust to life during a deployment or after a parent has been injured. Prior to joining Our Military Kids, Jeannine served in the Air Force as the director of Officer Recruiting and Training at the University of Alaska Anchorage and as an Aircraft Maintenance Officer in Mountain Home, Idaho. Jeannine served as a spouse deployment readiness leader during her husband’s command at Langley Air Force Base. She also assisted the widow of a fallen airman in the establishment of a memorial scholarship fund for the University of Alaska Anchorage Air Force ROTC program.
Jeannine holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from The University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah. She grew up in Leonardtown, Maryland, and is a busy soccer mom to three elementary-aged military kids. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, skiing, and playing outdoors with her family.
Michelle L. Nelson
Michelle L. Nelson serves as Director, Family Programs and Community Relations of Our Military Kids, Inc. In this position, Ms. Nelson serves as the point of contact for the families of the deployed National Guard and Reserves and as the interface with the military. Michelle’s responsibilities include raising awareness and support in the local communities from which the National Guard and Reserve units are deployed.
Ms. Nelson has firsthand knowledge of the challenges families face when a unit is deployed; she was extremely effective in her role as Family Readiness Group leader for her husband’s National Guard unit which was deployed to Afghanistan. In addition to working with the unit’s families, Michelle mobilized local community support by utilizing the news media to keep the community informed as to the needs of the families and the well-being of the troops. Ms. Nelson was an effective fundraiser, developing and implementing a plan that engaged support from the local business community.
Ms. Nelson holds a BA in Russian Studies/Russian Language from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.
Gregory J. O’Brien
Greg O’Brien serves as the Public Relations and Marketing Associate for Our Military Kids. He communicates with a variety of audiences, including grant recipient families, donors, lawmakers, and the media. This includes writing newsletters about happenings within Our Military Kids, developing social media strategies, and performing other duties to spread the word about the grant program.
Prior to joining Our Military Kids, Greg worked as a newscast producer for the NBC affiliate in Roanoke, Va. where he was responsible for writing and preparing all news content for each morning’s live broadcast. He also worked as an account executive at a public relations firm, garnering positive media for clients including a youth-based nonprofit organization.
Greg grew up in Fairfax, Va. He received his bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Virginia Tech and his master’s degree in Public Communication from American University.
Michelle N. Tran
Michelle Tran is the Family Programs Coordinator and Events Specialist. She is responsible for receiving and reviewing all grant applications as well as coordinating special events for local DC metropolitan area military families. Additionally, Michelle maintains the Our Military Kids, Inc. website and social networking sites.
Prior to working at Our Military Kids, Inc., Michelle worked in the hospitality industry for Hilton Hotels and for a hospitality software company. Growing up, she was extremely active in many extracurricular activities including ballet, gymnastics, piano, basketball, and softball. In college Michelle continued to participate in sports and served as a mentor to several kindergartners. She recognizes the positive difference that extracurricular activities and tutoring programs can make to a child.
Michelle grew up in Chantilly, Virginia. She holds a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech.
Terry R. Morrow
Terry Morrow works part time at Our Military Kids as the Accounting and Development Coordinator. Recently retired, Terry wanted to find a job that would allow her to give back and has found Our Military Kids to be a perfect fit. With over a decade of experience in accounting and office management, Terry handles all of the general accounting responsibilities. Prior to coming on board at Our Military Kids, Terry worked for Long & Foster Real Estate Company, the Merritt Group, and Hayes, Domenici & Associates. In her free time Terry is an avid reader and world traveler.
Terry attended Vanderbilt University and Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri, and holds a BA in English.