The Army Women’s Foundation Board is comprised of volunteers whose service to the United States Army and the nation continues through their work with the Foundation, their post-military careers, and other community organizations. Many of them are trailblazers, having held responsibilities in Army jobs that were not traditional for their gender or for their military occupation. They include the first female in the Army’s Finance and Comptroller field promoted to the rank of General Officer; the first woman to command a Pershing Missile Battery; one of the first non-physician brigade level commanders in the Army Medical Command; and the first female command sergeant major of a sub-unified combatant command. Collectively, the 10 members of the Board of Directors have nearly 300 years of Army experience and expertise.
Brigadier General Anne Macdonald graduated from West Point in 1980 in the first gender-integrated class, and subsequently served over 30 years in the Army leading and building highly effective teams. BG Macdonald is a senior Army aviator qualified as an UH60 Blackhawk pilot, a paratrooper and is air assault qualified. She served 4 years in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 18th Airborne Corps, 7 years in the Republic of Korea, 2 1/2 years in Germany before, during and after the fall of the Iron Curtain and 6 years as a General Officer.
She commanded a General Support Aviation Battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky and a Theater Aviation Brigade in the Republic of Korea. She completed two combat tours, one in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Kuwait, the other in Operation Enduring Freedom as the Deputy Commanding General for the NATO Training Mission (Police Development) in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Key assignments in the Army include serving as the Deputy Director of Operations, Military Command Center, Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Pentagon; Deputy Commanding General, 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Colorado later designated Division West, First Army and Fort Carson; and Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia.
BG Macdonald holds a bachelor of science from the United States Military Academy and two masters degrees; one in System’s Management from the University of Southern California and the other in Strategic Studies from the US Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama.
BG Macdonald retired from active duty in 2011 with multiple awards and distinctions. She has over 15 years of executive-level leadership experience, and has developed and trained high-performing organizations and teams around the globe. She serves as an executive coach and seminar facilitator with True Growth Leadership. Additionally, BG Macdonald and her husband, MG John Macdonald, USA, Ret., volunteer to facilitate an annual West Point Ethics and Leadership Seminar for the faculty members of 45 High Schools in the DC Metro area.
The family resides in Alexandria, Virginia.
Command Sergeant Major Cynthia A. Pritchett served as the Combined Forces Command — Afghanistan Command Sergeant Major beginning on May 9, 2004 and relinquished her duties on April 5, 2006. She is the first senior enlisted female to serve as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of a sub-unified combatant command in a time of war.
From May 9, 2004 until April 5, 2006, Command Sergeant Major Pritchett was the principle advisor to the Commander, Combined Forces-Afghanistan on all matters concerning joint/combined force integration, utilization. Her final assignment was to USCENTCOM as the Senior Enlisted Leader of the Headquarters US Army Element CENTCOM. She currently works as the strategic planner for the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and serves as their Liaison to U.S. Central Command in Tampa. She retired on February 28, 2010 after over 36 years of active service.
A native of Concord, New Hampshire, CSM Pritchett entered the Army on July 2, 1973 as a supply specialist. During her career she has served in a variety of leadership positions to include: Squad Leader, Section Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, Operations Sergeant, First Sergeant, Battalion Command Sergeant Major, Installation Command Sergeant Major, Student and Faculty Battalion Commander and Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth Command Sergeant Major. She also served as a Drill Sergeant, an Army Recruiter, and an Instructor at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA).
Her duty assignments include Fort McClellan, AL; Fort Knox, KY, Germany; Philadelphia, PA; Camp Carroll, Korea; Fort Bragg, NC; Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Campbell, KY; Mogadishu, Somalia; Fort Belvoir, VA , Fort Leavenworth, KS, Kabul, Afghanistan and MacDill AFB, FL.
Her military education includes Drill Sergeant School, Recruiting School. She is a graduate of Class 37, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Excelsior College in Administration and Management and Master of Science in International Relations (Global Studies) from Troy University.
CSM Pritchett’s awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, three awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, five awards of the Army Commendation Medal, two awards of the Army Achievement Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the United Nations Medal (Somalia), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, as well as Drill Sergeant and Army Recruiter Badges.
She currently serves as a member on the JPMorgan Chase Military and Veterans Affairs Advisory Council. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Army Women’s Foundation as the first Vice President. She is currently on the Board of Directors of The Women in Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA). She is a member of Park’s Military and Public Service Advisory Council. She is a member of the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) Advisory Council. She also serves on the St. Stephen Catholic School Advisory Board.
She resides in Brandon, Florida with her dog, Checkers and her cat, Ranger.
LTC Mary Coleman Spring served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1988, serving in assignments in Alabama, Georgia, Washington, DC, Korea, and California. Most notable assignments include Commander, U.S. Army Postal Group, Korea, and Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel and Logistics, U.S. Total Army Personnel Command, Alexandria, Virginia.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, and Master of Business Administration degree from Strayer University. Related to her civilian professional life, Lieutenant Colonel Spring has earned certification as a Senior Human Resources Professional from the Human Resources Certification Institute, and she holds certifications in human resource management and executive leadership from The Disney Institute and Case Western University’s Mandel Center for Nonprofit Management, respectively.
Since retiring from the U. S. Army, LTC Spring has worked primarily in the nonprofit arena – in international, national, and community-based organizations in the Washington, DC, area; she is currently with Georgetown University’s Human Resources Department.
LTC Spring has been a member of the U.S. Army Women’s Foundation since 2001. She has served as Chair of Fundraising Development and Co-chair for the Planning and Development Committee before her current role as 2nd Vice President. She is a member of both the WAC Veterans Association (Northern Virginia Chapter 33), and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation. LTC Spring is also a volunteer or member of ad hoc project teams in such community interests as women’s health, veterans’ benefits, and public libraries.
She and her family reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.
SGM Huron is Secretary of the Army Women’s Foundation.
SGM Huron is the Chief Security Officer and Division Director for Security, Office of Professional Responsibility at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She joined ICE in October 2006 where she first served as the Unit Chief, Personnel Security Unit responsible for administering a personnel security and suitability program including all facets of the background investigation process from start to final adjudication. While the Unit Chief, Ms. Huron led the effort to consolidate four security offices into one in Farmers Branch, TX. As a result of her success, Ms. Huron was promoted to Division Director, OPR Security overseeing the internal security programs at ICE including personnel, physical, information, special security, field operations and the following programs: HSPD-12 and ICE Badge and Credential.
Prior to joining ICE, SGM Huron was assigned as the Associate Director, Personnel Security Division, Office of Security, at the Transportation Security Administration. Before TSA, SGM Huron served for over 25 years with the Department of the Army. She served on active duty for 23 years with the United States Army Military Police Corps where she attained the rank of Sergeant Major. During her career with the Army, she was assigned to Texas, Germany, Alabama, Hawaii, Haiti, and Washington, DC before retiring in August 2003. She had assignments as patrolwoman, investigator, desk sergeant, drill sergeant, drill sergeant instructor, platoon sergeant, operations sergeant, first sergeant, MP senior career advisor, and provost sergeant major.
Upon her retirement from the Army, she served as a senior security specialist with Computer Sciences Corporation with duty at the Pentagon under the direction of the Security, Force Protection, and Law Enforcement Division, Headquarters Department of the Army. Later, SGM Huron accepted an appointment as a security specialist with the Surety, Security and Intelligence Division, Headquarters, Army Test and Evaluation Command where she was the Command Law Enforcement Officer.
SGM Huron earned a Master of Arts degree in Security Management from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas. She graduated from the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, Class 51, Fort Bliss, Texas and is a graduate of the 2009 ICE Fellows Program.SGM Huron resides in Springfield, VA.
CSM Brock is Treasurer of the Army Women’s Foundation.
CSM Donna Brock served more than 35 years in the U.S. Army, all of it in Army medicine. A combat medic, she rose to the top of her career field in position and rank. She served as the Command Sergeant Major of U.S. Army Medical Command and also as the senior enlisted advisor to the Army Surgeon General. At the time of her retirement in 2015, she was the longest serving enlisted woman still on active duty in the Army.
CSM Brock attended Basic Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO and completed AIT as a Combat Medic, 91B at Ft. Sam Houston, TX.
Her stateside assignments include 326th Medical Battalion, Ft. Campbell, KY; Brooke Army Medical Center and 232nd Medical Battalion, Ft. Sam Houston, TX; 42nd Chemical Battalion and USA Meddac, Ft. McClellan, AL; USA Meddac, Ft. Knox, KY; United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Ft. Bliss, TX; the 21st Combat Support Hospital and Darnall Army Community Hospital, Ft. Hood TX; Southeast Regional Medical Command and Dwight D Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ft. Gordon, GA.; Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, Bethesda, MD.; and her last assignment was at The Office of the Surgeon General, Fairfax, VA. Her overseas assignments include tours with the 42nd Medical Company (Amb), Johnson Barracks, Fuerth, Germany, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI and the 168th Medical Battalion (AS), Camp Walker, Korea. She has served one combat tour in the Republic of Iraq in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
CSM Brock has served as an Air Ambulance Radio Operator, Ambulance Driver, Emergency Room NCO, Clinical NCOIC, Training NCO, and Operations NCO. She has served in every leadership position including Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, First Sergeant, and Command Sergeant Major. She has performed as a Company Clerk, Personnel Service NCO, Drill Sergeant, and Sergeants Major Course Instructor, Faculty Advisor, and Mentor at USASMA. She also served on the Sergeant Major of the Army’s Board of Directors and as the senior enlisted female advisor and mentor.
CSM Brock’s military and civilian education includes all the Leadership Courses; Air Assault School; Medical NCO Course (91B30); Drill Sergeant School; Battle Staff NCO Course; First Sergeant Course; and the Master Fitness Course. CSM Brock is a graduate of the United States Sergeants Major Academy, Class 50, the Command Sergeants Major Course, the Force Management Course, and Keystone National Defense University (Joint). She earned her Associates Degree from Hawaii Pacific University, Bachelors Degree from Thomas Edison State College and her Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from Trident University.
CSM Brock’s awards and decorations include: the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal (w/ 5 OLC); ARCOM (w/ 4 OLC); AAM (w/ 4 OLC); Good Conduct Medal (9th Award); National Defense Medal (w/ 1 Star); GWOT Expeditionary Medal; GWOT Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon (Numeral 4); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon (Numeral 2); Drill Sergeant Identification Badge; and the Air Assault Badge. CSM Brock was inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit in 1996 and was also selected to be a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels in 1999.
CSM Brock works with True Growth Academy as an executive coach and facilitator at the pre-command course at Fort Leavenworth, KS. She lives in Silver Spring, MD.
COL Carson is an expert in logistics. She is the Senior Director of Business Development, Army Logistics for Fluor Corporation, Federal Government Group. Prior to joining Fluor in March 2012, she was the Account Manager for Army Logistics at SRA, International.
COL Carson served more than 27 years on active duty in the U.S. Army, holding command positions on the battery, battalion and brigade levels. During the first half of her career, she served in non-traditional roles. She was a Combat Arms Officer where very few women were allowed to serve. She was a Field Artillery Officer, and was the first woman to Command a Pershing Missile Battery.
COL Carson retired from the military in 2008 as Chief of Staff, Combined Arms Support Command. Her earlier assignments include Commander, 501st Corps Support Group, Korea; Support Operations Officer, 19th Theater Support Command, Korea; Student, US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, VA; G4, 3rd Infantry Division, Ft Stewart, GA; and Commander, 26th Forward Support Battalion, Ft Stewart, GA.
COL Carson’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Meritorious Service Medal, 5 Oak Leaf Clusters; Joint Service Accommodation Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Accommodation Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Achievement Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; National Defense Services Medal, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Korean Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Service Medal; Army Service Ribbon; NATO Medal; Overseas Service Ribbon; and Parachutist Badge.
COL Carson holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Longwood University, where she also received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physical Education. She earned a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College, and is a graduate of Armed Forces Staff College.
COL Demarais, a native of Wantagh, NY, served for over 30 years as a military nurse in the Navy Nurse Corps and the Army Nurse Corps. A graduate of the University of Maryland School of Nursing, COL Demarais had assignments in Europe, Korea and the United States, to include Alaska. She held staff and leadership positions at all levels throughout her career including non-traditional assignments as a Senior Health Facilities Planner in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the Deputy Corps Surgeon at III Corps, Ft. Hood, TX and the Army Nurse Corps Personnel Proponent Officer, Ft. Sam Houston, TX. COL Demarais’ career culminated as the commander of the US Army Medical Activity and Reynolds Army Community Hospital at Ft. Sill, OK. COL Demarais was selected for this position as one of the first non-physician brigade level commanders in the Army Medical Department.
COL Demarais holds masters degrees from Webster University in Health Facilities Management and from Weidner University in Burn, Emergency and Trauma Nursing. She is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.
Following her retirement from active service, COL Demarais joined the TRICARE managed care support contractor, TriWest Healthcare Alliance, in 2002 as a project manager. She also served as a Market Vice President for six states and as the Phoenix Hub Clinical Director responsible for clinical services for military beneficiaries in a four state area. COL Demarais retired from TriWest in December 2010. She now volunteers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Phoenix and Minneapolis.
COL Demarais is active in the Army Nurse Corps Association and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Honor Society for Nursing. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit, the Field Artillery’s Order of St. Barbara and the Army Medical Department’s Order of Military Merit. Her husband, Richard, is a retired Army Medical Service Corps officer and their son is a Medical Service Corps officer currently serving as a staff officer in Italy.
Sergeant Major (Retired) Farmer served 30 years in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. Although she retired from uniformed service in April 2013, she continues to serve the Army, working at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Fort Lee, Virginia, as a Department of the Army Employee. She is also a student and a teacher.
SGM Farmer enlisted in the Army on April 28, 1983 in her hometown of Castalia, North Carolina. She attended Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey; she graduated as a Food Service Specialist in the Quartermaster Corps.
SGM Farmer’s assignments include: A-6-1 Infantry Brigade, Fort Benning, Georgia 1983-1986; Drill Sergeant Victor and Lima 266th Quartermaster Battalion Fort Lee, Virginia 1986-1990; Dining Facility Manager 44th Engineer Battalion Camp Mercer, Korea 1990-1992; Platoon Sergeant Romeo Company 244th Quartermaster Battalion Fort Lee, Virginia 1992-1993; Equal Opportunity Advisor HHC 3d Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia 1994-1997; First Sergeant Tango Company Fort Lee, Virginia 1997-2000; and Food Service Sergeant Major 3rd Corps Support Command Wiesbaden, Germany 2001-2007. SGM Andrea Farmer also served as the Chief of Quartermaster Enlisted Proponency, at the Quartermaster Center and School Fort Lee, Virginia.
During her assignment as the 3d Corps Support Command Food Service Sergeant Major, SGM Farmer served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, from February 2003-March 2004 and August 2005-September 2006.
SGM Farmer attended numerous schools and training programs to include Primary Leadership Development Course 1985, Drill Sergeant School 1986, Basic Noncommissioned Officers Course 1987, Advance Noncommissioned Officers Course 1991, Equal Opportunity Advisors Course 1993, First Sergeants Course 1997, and United States Army Sergeants Major Academy 2000.
Her civilian education includes an Associates Degree in Food Service Management from Central Texas University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management from St. Leo University and she completed a dual Masters degree in Human Relations and International Relations with The University of Oklahoma in 2009. She is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Management/Acquisitions and Contract Management at Florida Institute of Technology.
SGM Farmer’s awards and decorations include a Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd OLC), Army Commendation Medal (3 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (4th OLC).
SGM Farmer retired from the Army in April 2013, 30 years after her enlistment. Besides working at the Noncommissioned Officer Academy, she also works as an Adjunct Professor at Central Texas College at Ft. Lee, Virginia.
Walt Gunning served 29 years in the U.S. Army in command and staff positions from Lieutenant to Colonel. He has served in the 1st Infantry division, 3rd Infantry Division, 6th Infantry Division, I Corps and Human Resources Command. Colonel Gunning was commissioned in 1970 as a Second Lieutenant of Armor. In 1974 he branch transferred to the Adjutant General’s Corps. His professional education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course, Defense Information School, Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.
He is a graduate of Norwich University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.
Following active duty Walt was the EDS Corporation Personnel Enterprise Systems- Army (PES-A) Client Delivery Executive having P&L responsibility for over $120 million in Army contracts. He was responsible for IT operations and software development. Upon retirement from EDS he joined Booz Allen Hamilton and served as the functional lead assisting the Army in the largest HR ERP implementation in the United States. Presently, he is the owner of Gunning Group LLC assisting firms with business development activities and client strategy.
Walt serves on the board of directors of the Norwich University Alumni Association and is the current president of the association. He is a member of the National Ski Patrol and the Adjutant General Corps Regimental Association. He and his wife Kathy currently reside in Fairfax, VA.
LTC Roberts served more than 22 years in the U.S. Army, where she helped shape personnel policy for professional career development and later became an expert in Continuity of Operations for emergency planning. A graduate of Old Dominion University and Marshall University, LTC Roberts had assignments in Germany, Korea and the continental U.S.
She retired from the Army in December 2006, as the Personnel and Administrative Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In that role, LTC Roberts served as the Chairman’s Emergency Planning Coordinator, and, working with other Joint Staff Directorates, instituted more efficient business processes that resulted in increased efficiency and effectiveness of emergency relocation reception procedures during Continuity of Operations (COOP) operations. Her duties also included serving as the senior personnel and administrative expert for the top five most senior military general and flag officers on the Joint Staff.
Following her Army career, LTC Roberts has continued to work in national defense and preparedness. She held positions involving Continuity of Operations and emergency response at the U.S. Senate, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Army Test and Evaluation Command. She is currently employed by SRA International Inc., as Senior Continuity of Operations Analyst and Emergency Planner for the Joint Staff.
LTC Roberts holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Old Dominion University, a Master’s Degree from Marshall University and earned a Certificate of Business Continuity Professional from Disaster Recovery Institute International.
M. Isabelle Slifer serves as a United States Army Reserve Ambassador for Virginia. In that appointed position, LTC Slifer promotes awareness of the Army Reserve and the goals and objectives of the Chief, Army Reserve.
LTC Slifer recently retired as the Assistant Director for Army Reserve Affairs at the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). In 2005 she retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserve as an Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Officer.
LTC Slifer received her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Secondary Education from the State University College at Buffalo, New York. While teaching high school Social Studies she enlisted in the Woman’s Army Corps (WAC), United States Army Reserve in 1975. Two years later she was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserve after completing Officer Candidate School (OCS).
She continued to teach high school while serving in various Troop Program Units (TPUs) through out Western New York. Isabelle entered active duty as an AGR Officer in 1983.
While on active duty LTC Slifer held both personnel and operational type positions that included assistant Operations Officer for an Army Reserve Reception Battalion, Assistant Professor of Army Senior ROTC, Mobilization Officer at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, Chief of Enlisted Personnel Office and Secretary of the General Staff, 99th Regional Support Command, Pennsylvania, and TPU Policy Officer, Office of the Chief Army Reserve, Washington, DC. On September 1, 2005 Isabelle retired from the United States Army Reserve as the Reserve Component Branch Chief for Personnel Policy Integration, Army G-1, Pentagon.
LTC Slifer is a recipient of the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal; the US Army Achievement Medal; Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Army Forces Reserve Medal; Army Service Ribbon; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and the Army Staff Badge.
Besides serving on the board of the Army Women’s Foundation, LTC Slifer is a member of the Association of the U.S. Army, American Legion, Reserve Officer’s Association, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Blue Star Mothers of America, Military Officers Association of America, Civil Affairs Association and is a Charter member of the Women in the Military Service of America Foundation. As a retired teacher, she is a member of the Retired Teachers Association of New York State.
LTC Slifer and her family reside in Woodbridge, Virginia. She is married to LTC (Ret) Gediminas Naujokaitis. Their older son, Pranas, lives in Chicago, IL and their younger son Juozas is a Combat Infantryman Paratrooper veteran currently serving in the Maryland Army National Guard Troop C, 158th Cavalry Squadron (Long Range Surveillance).