We are
the Women Marines Association

We Are Strong

The Women Marines Association is proud to be the only charitable organization for and about women Marines. WMA is a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization and a member of the National Marine Corps Council and maintains a liaison with Headquarters Marine Corps. Being a woman in the Marines is an honor and privilege and reflects the strength and courage of women Marine veterans and those who are currently serving.

The Women Marines Association was established in Denver, CO, in 1960 to ensure that our legacy and history as women Marines would continue to be shared and the accomplishments and milestones influence the next generation of Marines. WMA is committed to remembering and appreciating all women who have worn the uniform and earned the title of Marine. WMA is united by our comraderie and service to others and our chapters and members across the nation work on community programs that support our military personnel, our women Marine veterans, their families, and the communities in which they live. We see no boundaries and reach across all areas where there is a need.

WMA Vision Statement

The Women Marines Association (WMA) will be the veterans’ organization of choice for female Marines (past, present, and future) looking for camaraderie, mentoring, and support.

WMA MISSION STATEMENT

To preserve and promote the history and traditions of women in the Marine Corps from World War I to the present; to conduct programs for charitable and educational purposes; to promote the welfare and well-being of elderly, disabled, and needy women Marine veterans, as well as women currently serving in the Marine Corps; to provide entertainment, care, and assistance to hospitalized veterans and members of the Armed Forces of the United States; to sponsor or participate in activities of a patriotic nature, particularly those that perpetuate the tradition and esprit de corps of the United States Marine Corps; and to foster the spirit of comradeship of women who have served or who now serve in the United States Marine Corps, regular or reserve components.

Brand Pillars

We Connect

WMA is the bridge that connects experienced Marines with tomorrow’s leaders. We forge life- long friendships and foster opportunities across generations and geography.

We Serve

Across the country, WMA members join forces to make a positive impact on the mental and physical health of our fellow veterans through service and economic support.

We Celebrate

From the women who paved the way to those breaking boundaries today, we are here to celebrate the legacy and stories of women in the United States Marine Corps.

We Stand

WMA stands united for the issues that matter to women in the Marines. We listen locally and engage nationally to create positive change for those serving today, and for generations to come.

WMA NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS

National President
Rhonda LeBrescu-Amtower

Rhonda LeBrescu Amtower was born in Monroe, Louisiana and grew up in San Jose, California. Graduating from San Jose State University in 1975 with a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) in Spanish, she soon thereafter, enlisted in the Marine Corps and enjoyed a 25 year career in both enlisted and officer positions in the Intelligence field.

She had the distinction of being the first woman Marine to graduate from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California studying Mandarin Chinese. She applied for and was accepted into the Enlisted Commissioning Program and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in August 1977. She was assigned the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of Basic Intelligence Officer. She also held the additional MOS’s of Imagery Officer, Chinese Foreign Area Officer and Joint Service Officer.

After several years in assignments in the Intelligence field, in 1986 she was selected as the first female Marine officer to serve in the Defense Attaché program and spent the next two years as the Assistant Naval Liaison Officer in Hong Kong.

Her assignment as the Executive Officer of the Fourth Recruit Training Battalion at Parris Island, South Carolina from 1990-1992 was considered one of the best assignments that influenced her Marine Corps experience.

Her personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy Achievement Medal. She is also the recipient of the WMA National Service Award (NSA).

Rhonda joined WMA in 1989 while stationed in Tustin, California and is a life member of National and of the local DC-l Chapter. She has served in WMA from the Chapter to National level in positions ranging from a Chapter President, National Area Director, 2nd Vice President and 1st Vice President before assuming the position of National President from 2008 to 2012. She continued to serve as a member of the National Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President from 2012-2018. In 2018 she once again assumed the position as the WMA National President and will continue to serve on the Board until the end of the 2020-2022 term of office.

She is married to James (Jim) Amtower LCDR USN (Retired) and they live in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Immediate Past President
Betty Moseley Brown

Betty Moseley Brown, Ed.D., served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1978 until 1992. Shortly thereafter, she began a career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She served as the Associate Director, Center for Women Veterans (beginning in 2004 until 2018).

Betty was the President of the Women Marines Association (2012-2018). The Women Marines Association reminds her of the bonds we all cherish as Marines.

Ann Crittenden
1st Vice President
Ann Crittenden

Professional background:
Retired LtCol, USMC (1 June 1981 to 30 September 2006)

  • Military highlights: Aide to LtGen Carol Mutter, Class President, Command and Staff College, Protocol Officer for the Marine Corps under 32d CMC; Commander, Personnel Administration School, Camp Johnson, NC; Top Level School graduate.
    • Consultant, IBM
    • Manpower and Reserve Affairs Governance analyst (MI Division)
    • Branch Head, Family Readiness Branch, Manpower and Reserve Affairs
  • Fiscal and manpower management oversight of over 450 Family Readiness Officers and Marine Corps Family Team Building employees at the Marine Corps Installations, to include a staff of 12 civilian employees
    Contractor, Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, Quantico, Virginia (present position)

Education:
BA, Social Work
MS, Military Security Strategy, Command and Staff College, Quantico
MS, National Security Strategy, National War College, Ft McNair

Women Marines Association Experience:
Life Member since 1996
Active VA-1 Chapter member since 2005
Active WMA Working Group member since January 2020
Designated as Plans and Policy committee chair in July 2020
Designated as 1VP in June 2021
Currently:

Member of the WMA Governance Committee:

  • Responsible for rewriting and reorganizing the WMA Governance structure and position descriptions for board members
  • Assisted in revising nomination and election processes (recused myself when details of nomination and election process were being finalized).
    Member of WMA Logo and Branding Group:
  • Responsible for redesigning logo
  • Worked closely with HQMC Counsel Trademark Office to receive authority to use new logo and approval for authorized merchandise vendors
    Member of new WMA website development team

Personal: Married to LtCol (USMC Ret) Steve Crittenden, 3 children: Zeph (Marine Major, 53K pilot), Michael and Maddie. One grandson, Matthew. I am from Darien, CT and have moved just about everywhere since 1981. We settled in Stafford, VA in 1991 after my husband retired and I moved around as a geo-Marine to finish out my USMC career.

2nd Vice President
Jeannine Franz

Jeannine Franz enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1996 and attended Recruit Training at MCRD Parris Island and the Armed Forces School of Music. Her first assignment was as a musician with the MarForPac Band in Hawaii. Follow on assignments: Musician, Quantico Marine Band; Administrator, H&S Bn, Quantico; Administrator, Headquarters, 9th MCD; Personnel Chief, Group Personnel Administrative Center, II MHG, II MEF; Adjutant Chief, II MHG, II MEF; Marine Combat Instructor, Academics Chief, Company Gunnery Sergeant, Acting Company First Sergeant, MCT Bn, SOI-E; Adjutant Chief, HMH-461, MAG-29, 2nd MAW; and G-1 Adjutant Chief, MARSOC.

Deployments: Personnel Chief and Iraqi Women’s Engagement Program Coordinator/Team Leader, 2d MarDiv, II MEF (Fwd), Camp Fallujah, Iraq, in support of OIF and Adjutant Chief, HMH-461, 2nd MAW (Fwd), Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, in support of OEF.

Personal decorations: Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

Jeannine retired after 20 years of active-duty service as a master sergeant. After retirement, she earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Master of Business Administration, and a certificate in Microsoft Access. Prior to her current position as a Manpower Program Analyst for Defense Contract Management Agency, she began her civil service career as a Human Resource Assistant at Marine Forces Reserve, New Orleans.

Jeannine became a lifetime member of WMA in 2007. She served as the president of the Iraqi Lioness Chapter and Women of War Chapter, after the name change. She has served as the National Second Vice President since 2016.

3rd Vice President
Pat Lewis

Patricia J. Lewis is a financial advisor. A retired U. S. Marine Corps Officer who served for 30 years (1980 – 2010) in finance and as a Public Affairs Officer, with her last assignment as a tour in Iraq. She transitioned into the financial services industry in 2013 and has become a professional in wealth management, financial planning, investment management, budgeting, debt management, family protection, trust management, and finance.

Mrs. Lewis is a graduate of Boston University, where she earned a Master of Science in Business Administration (MSBA), and the University of Memphis, where she earned a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in finance and a minor in real estate.

Her professional affiliations include 3rd National Vice President of the Women Marines Association managing the organization’s budget, parliamentarian of the Women’s Missionary Society and Feeding Ministry member both at Payne Chapel AME Church.

Previous affiliations include National Treasurer of the Women Marines Association, Public Affairs Officer of National Naval Officers Association, Vice President and Financial Secretary of Colorado Springs Chapter of the Links Inc., Treasurer and then Chair of Internal Audit Committee of Colorado Springs Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

Mrs. Lewis has been honored throughout her career and her personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Good Conduct Medal (3); National Defense Medal (2); Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (2); Overseas Service Ribbon (5); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

She holds licenses for life and health insurance in 7 states, annuities, and FINRA Series 6, 63, 65, and 7 securities registrations.

Treasurer
Peggy Reiber

I was born and raised in Western New York between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. I was the only girl in the middle of four brothers. I believe this assisted in my survival in the Marine Corps, and its male dominant environment.

I retired as a Marine Corps 1st Sgt. A majority of years were in Supply administration that included budgeting, Project management, and timely ordering and receipting. After my Marine Corps career, I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

Embarking on a career in nonprofit management, I had the opportunity to work various nonprofits where my duties included oversight of budgeting, bookkeeping, payroll, employee benefits negotiations and administration, as well as employee relations, and federal program adherence. Additionally, I have done grant writing and bench mark reporting, as well as liaison with international offices to oversee expenditures and best GAAP practices.

In Women Marines Association I have served both in California at CA-7 to include 4 years as President, and at WA-3 for 6 years as Secretary. This is in addition to serving as Area Director for Area 9 for a number of years. I have served as Women Marine Association Treasurer since April 2019.
Women Marines Association provides groups of women who I can get along with and not feel an oddity.

Membership
Jennifer Homan

Jennifer served 23 years in the Marine Corps as both an active duty and reserve Marine working in nine MOS that include aviation radar repair, aviation ordnance, aviation supply, career planning, recruiting, and all things admin. She retired in 2013 from MWSG-47 at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Michigan as a Personnel Officer.

With a strong family of military service having grandfathers that both served in WWII in the Army and the Navy respectively, her father served in the Coast Guard, which brought her to Florida as a child where she did K-12 and a bit of college before joining the Marine Corps from West Palm Beach, Florida.

She is married to another retired Marine and they have four children with the oldest currently serving in the Air Force as a respiratory therapist, and the second working for the Navy as a mechanical engineer. Following Marine Corps retirement, she has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs finding it to be a natural extension of service on active duty.

Being a part of the Women Marine’s Association as a member, chapter officer, and National Board member has afforded her the opportunity to stay connected with Marines she has served with and meet many others. It is a way to share the very unique experience of being a woman in the Marine Corps with others and to preserve the knowledge and traditions of those who have gone before.

Secretary
Mary Ellen Stone

I was born in Massachusetts the oldest of seven children. My father was the lighthouse keeper (1948-1950) of Boston Lighthouse on Little Brewster Island, which sits in Boston Harbor. This was my first adventure.

Military background:

  • Marine Corps active duty from 1965-1968, drilling reservist from 1975-1985, active duty again from 1985-2001. Retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant.
    • Administrative Chief, Legal Services Court Reporter
    • Small Computer Systems Operator
    • Earned Naval Aircrew Wings
  • Awards include Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Service Awards include Good Conduct (7), Selected Marine Corps Reserve Medal (3), National Defense Service Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (SHG), Kuwait Liberation Medal (K).

Professional background:

  • Worked as the Administrative Officer for NOAA’s, National Weather Service, Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City.
  • Returned to the Marine Corps as a civilian Marine working for Programs & Resources Department, Technology Services Organization, Total Force System Division, TFS Mission Support Branch. Testing the MCTFS system as an IT Specialist.

Education:

No formal education other than high school. My experience and tons of military training and civilian training is the crutch of my school of hard knocks education. Sometimes just being the best at what you do is better than any degree, and I was paid well.

Women Marines Association:

  • Life Member since the early 1990s
  • Former Area 5 Director (Acting Area 1 & 5 Director currently)
  • National Secretary
    • Serve on the following committees:
      • Scholarship
      • Nomination
      • Convention Coordinating/Planning, and as Convention Treasurer (3)
      • SOP & Bylaws
    • MO-2 MO-KAN Chapter Treasurer and former President

Previously served as a Board member of Kansas City’s Korean War Veterans Memorial, a member of the Marine Corps League, American Legion, and the VFW.

Currently, I think I’m fully retired but I am busier than ever and work just as hard for our Association which I hold near and dear to my heart. I have three children and five grandchildren. I travel quite a bit.

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  • WMA Chapter Officer Information: To include changes to any officers of the chapter. Please check to ensure that all dues are current and current information is provided.
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  • Death of a WMA Member: Send the name of the deceased, including first name, last name, maiden name, service name, name and address of next of kin  (e.g. son, daughter, friend, husband, etc.) or submit online.
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Membership | New or Renewals: Applications are available online and in the quarterly WMA ‘Nouncements. You may renew/join by completing the online application and dues payment, or by sending completed application and physical check for dues to:
Women Marines Association | 401 Edgewater Place Suite 600 | Wakefield, MA 01880

Donations to any of the WMA Funds: You can donate quickly and easily here or send check to:
Women Marines Association | 401 Edgewater Place Suite 600 | Wakefield, MA 01880
• Donations are accepted in memory of or in honor of a loved one and other options listed online. Unless otherwise specified, donations received will go into the WMA General Fund.
• Consider making monthly donations via the “I Pledge” program.

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GOVERNING DIRECTIVES

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WMA STANDING RULES

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WMA PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENTS

Genevieve M. Dooner ^: 1960-1962
Helen Hannah Campbell ^: 1962-1966
Helen E. Moore ^: 1966-1968
Olga C. Bullock ^: 1968-1972
Ruth Hammond Broe ^: 1972-1974
Theresa “Sue” Sousa: 1974-1976
Nita Bob Warner ^: 1976-1978
Jewell S. Schultz ^: 1978-1980
Mary G. Knapp ^: 1980-1984
Virginia Allred ^: 1984-1988
Helen H. Laukes ^: 1988-1992
Sarah N. Thornton ^: 1992-1994
Dorothy C. Durkin: 1994-1998
Doris R. Keane: 1998-2000
Carol A. Mutter: 2000-2004
Lucille “Lou” Teixeira ^: 2004-2005
Paula Sarlls: 2005-2008
Rhonda LeBrescu Amtower: 2008-2012
Betty Moseley Brown: 2012 – 2018

^:Deceased

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