Darin is married to Master Sergeant David Brunstad; they serve in the Air Force National Guard. Darin represented gay military partners to the CRWG at the Pentagon. He and David have many media credits including; “The Story with Dick Gordon” and Darin is “currently blogging their story at Gay Soldier’s Husband.
Andrew is an Army Veteran who served over 8 years in the Indiana Army National Guard. During that time, he served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He has a Bachelor’s of General Studies Degree with minors in Telecommunications and Business Information Technology. Andrew has participated in multiple LGBT speakers panels since 2009, and currently serves as the LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to coordinating LGBT activities and events at the VA, he is also training to become an Equal Employment Specialist in the Veterans Health Administration.
Rebekah is a US Army Reserve Chaplain. As a military chaplain, she is proud to support all of our service members and military families and is honored to offer pastoral, spiritual and religious support to those in need.
Meg is a social worker, working in non-profit program management and completed her Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Southern California in 2012. A U.S. Coast Guard veteran herself, Meg’s partner is currently serving on active duty with the Coast Guard and the couple resides in Richmond, VA with their young daughter.
Beverly Schmidt-Rodriguez, PhD, LPC, RN, CCM
Beverly is a psychologist and nurse, living in National Harbor, Maryland.
She is a sustainer in the Junior League, with an extensive background in public affairs, and human rights advocacy. Being part of a military family has made her acutely aware and sensitive to the issues faced by all military families.
Samuel Toba, PhD
Samuel is the spouse of an active duty service member stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Co-founder of MPFC.. He has over 15 years of non-profit experience in seeking funding, building community outreach projects, and developing programs. Dr. Toba also served as an executive board member to Immigration Equality, a national organization fighting for equality under U.S. immigration law for LGBT and HIV positive individuals.