Laura Lee Williams
Laura Lee Williams is Founder/President of Laura Lee Designs, a line of one-of-a kind-unique handbags that is exclusively Made in the USA. The line is shown nationally at the Ritz-Carlton hotels, Henri Bendels and Bloomingdales in New York City. She is an advocate of Breast Cancer research with her ‘Positively Pink’ handbag for Estee Lauder and has taken the line International within the last two years. With an undergraduate degree in Economics from UCLA and a Masters degree in International Business from Harvard, Laura Lee supports girls and women at ‘Leadership for Women’ conferences and embraces giving back by being a speaker and mentor at the UVA Darden Business School. Laura Lee grew up in Southern California which influenced her love for athletics. An avid runner, she has competed in 18 marathons: two Boston Marathons and two leading blind runners for the New York Road Runners Club. Her biggest influences come from her Mother and Grandmother. Her Mother always encouraged her to make the impossible possible. And her grandmother had a great quote, “Don’t live the ‘woulda, coulda, shoulda” life wondering what you could have done. Grandma always did say it best.
President & Founder
LuAnn is the President and Founder of PS Charities. Her husband is a retired Marine Officer, and she is a proud breast cancer survivor. Along with PS Charities, she is the President of Professional Solutions (ProSol) a defense contracting company based out of Alexandria, Virginia.
The experiences she had while undergoing chemotherapy treatments is one of the driving forces behind her decision to found PS Charities and focus on the patients rather than research. The typical financial expenses do not stop occurring when you have cancer; instead they pile up under the medical bills. LuAnn is adamant about making sure the money this organization raises goes straight to the patients to assist their financial needs.
After spending 21 years as a Marine Corps wife, she had first-hand experience with the cultural support that comes from a life within the military community. Through PS Charities, she hopes to continue to serve those that serve us by providing support to military members and their families.
As the President and Founder of PS Charities, it is her goal to work hand in hand with other charitable organizations to make a positive difference in the lives of those affected by cancer and to provide support to our Nations military and their families.
Michael E. Dean
Michael E. Dean is CEO of ProSol Associates, and Vice President for PS Charities. ProSol Associates was founded in 2008 in the pursuit of building a company that thrives on customer first environment.
An accomplished entrepreneur, he holds a special place in his heart for philanthropy. Raised in a Marine Corps family, he is passionate about supporting military members and their loved ones. As the son of a breast cancer survivor, he is an avid supporter of those who have been affected by cancer, and bringing awareness to a patients’ needs.
As Vice President of this organization, Michael hopes to help PS Charities reach a global network as it starts to grow. His goal is to “never forget who is most important in our lives…family, friends and the rest of humanity.”
Jacquie is the Accounting Manager at Professional Solutions. She supports the company’s financial operations, and provides an analysis of monthly financial reports while working remotely from Tampa, Florida.
She was raised a Marine brat, married a Marine, and is the proud parent of a Marine. As a Marine Wife she served as a Key Volunteer Coordinator to help the families while their loved ones were deployed. She simply believes in working to make a difference in others lives. As it is easy to see why she supports the families of our Nations warriors, she also believes that cancer can touch a life in more ways than one. She is passionate about helping patients cope while fighting such a horrific disease.
Jacquie wants to help PS Charities expand its’ niche in the local community. She believes “we can become an organization that fosters community awareness for our military families and cancer patients.”
William W. Griffen, Jr.
Bill served 26 years in the United States Marine Corps and was privileged to command Marines at the squadron and group levels. Trained as a carrier based aviator who flew 4,000 hours in various Marine Corps and Navy aircraft, principally the FA-18, Bill worked with all the US military services in various joint and combined exercises and operations in six operational fighter and infantry tours around the globe. It was during a year and a half assignment with 2d Battalion, 8th Marines in northern Iraq that he first worked with the founder of Professional Solutions; they have remained close friends and associates since the 1980’s.
He shares with the president of PS Charities a commitment to honoring the service of military members and their families. A graduate of USMC and USAF command and staff courses, of the US Army’s Defense Language Institute, and of the College Interarmees de Defense at Ecole Militaire in Paris, Bill earned bachelor’s and masters degrees from Harvard University, and served as a national security fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He is a life member of the Marine Corps Association, the Marine Corps Aviation Association, of the US Naval Institute and other military organizations dedicated to celebrating the legacy and professional development of active duty members.
Kyle lives in Wilmington, NC and is employed as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. After attending East Carolina University Kyle landed with Hyatt Resorts spending several years in Key West and Colorado before returning home to North Carolina. Kyle’s Grandfather retired from the Marine Corp, at Camp Lejeune, after serving in WWII.
Kyle is proud to be a part of PS Charities because it supports military families, including local families in the Top Sail areas. Kyle believes military families make one of the greatest sacrifices everyday by supporting their loved ones who diligently serve to protect our country. While there is no way to repay the members of the military and their families for the commitment they uphold, PS Charities leads by example by supporting this important cause.
Mark Woodward is a financial advisor and a principal for Blue Ocean Partners, LLC in Vienna, VA. Mark attended Texas A&M University and after college spent eight years in the Army serving as a combat engineer and then as a Special Forces sniper during Desert Shield/Desert Storm as well as in Bosnia, Rwanda, Somalia and other areas of the world.
Mark is passionate about serving the causes of PS Charities because he has seen firsthand the devastating impact of war and prolonged deployments on our troops and their families mentally, financially, physically and psychologically. Mark and his wife Sara also decided to become involved given her experience with loss and sickness due to cancer.
A career Marine until his retirement from the Corps, David Romley earned a Bronze Star for his service in Iraq, the Defense Superior Service Medal from the Secretary of Defense, and a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his service in Afghanistan.
Prior to joining The German Marshall Fund of the United States as Vice President for Development and Partnerships in 2012, Romley spent 21 years with the United States Marine Corps, most recently as Director of Community Relations at the Pentagon. He also served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2004-06 and as the senior Marine Corps spokesman in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Romley also served as a Military Affairs Fellow in the office of U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) from 1994-96, and followed that with public affairs postings in Okinawa, Japan, with the Marine Corps Bases Japan (1997-98) as a spokesman and press officer; in San Diego, California, with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (1999-2001) as the Director of Public Affairs; and in San Diego with the First Marine Expeditionary Force (2002-03) as the Director of Public Affairs
He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Oklahoma.
Bio courtesy of the The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF)