Happy Women’s History Month!
Since 1987, we have been celebrating women’s contributions to history, culture, and society during the month of March. True North partners with five amazing veteran non-profits that look to challenge the community to support veterans. Many of these organizations have strong female leaders who are paving the way for these changes and are passionate about their work.
Therefore, True North would like to acknowledge all the wonderful women we partner with who are constantly looking to change the veteran community for the better. To highlight the great achievements each of these women have accomplished in just a few words will be difficult, as these women have accomplished so much for the veteran community.
Meghan Oglivie – CEO of Dog Tag Inc
Meghan Ogilvie is the Chief Executive Officer of Dog Tag Inc (DTI), a 501c3 that empowers service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers through an innovative five-month fellowship program. Hired as DTI's first employee in 2012, Meghan partnered with DTI's co-founders to bring their shared vision to life: to create a place that equips transitioning veterans and military families with knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue their career goals, post service.
Meghan assumed the role of CEO in 2015 and oversees all aspects of DTI's unique, multi-faceted social enterprise including: managing the Fellowship program, growing Dog Tag Bakery, and guiding the development and implementation of DTI's long-term strategic vision. Prior to joining Dog Tag, Meghan spent several years working in finance in New York; first in the equities sector with Lehman Brothers and Barclays and later in executive management at Macquarie Group.
Meghan comes from a military family, with both her father and sister graduating from the Naval Academy and serving in the United States Marine Corps. Meghan is a 2017 Presidential Leadership Scholar and a recipient of the U.S. Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Award.
Alliy Vetzel – Deputy Director of The Heroes Journey
Alliy Vetzel is the deputy director of The Heroes Journey, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families find their voice and tell their stories to gain an edge in their transition home from service.
Alliy truly has a servant’s heart and a relentless passion for helping others. In addition to serving veterans and their families, she is a licensed EMT, Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories (RTM) Certified Interventionist, and has a background in sports medicine. She accepted her position with The Heroes Journey because she knew she would make a bigger, positive impact in the world by helping our nation’s heroes.
Alliy is also a devoted military spouse and dedicated mother. Her husband, Chris Vetzel, is a former Army infantryman who was significantly wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Together they raise two beautiful daughters, Madison and Kayden.
Ashley Saville- Senior Philanthropic Officer of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Ashley Saville joined the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation in 2014. In her current role as the Senior Philanthropic Officer, she leads the Directors of Development across the nation on identifying, qualifying, and growing the pipeline of major gift investors, as well as prospecting, cultivating, and stewarding new investors. In addition, Ashley coordinates and develops initiatives for principal level partnerships that allow the Scholarship Foundation to work together with top companies, corporations, and organizations to advance our mission of Honoring Marines by Educating Their Children.
As the youngest daughter of dual spouse Air Force Senior Master Sergeants, Ashley felt called to serve her Country. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree at Kennesaw State University, Ashley was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Ashley often jokes that she was looking for a way to have a leg-up on her older brother, Marques, who completed flight school as an Apache pilot in the U.S. Army. While on active-duty Ashley served as a platoon commander in Helmand Province, Afghanistan where she led convoy operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Her last duty station was the Marine Barracks Washington, 8th & I. Ashley feels passionate about creating opportunities for veterans in the workforce and women in sports; she has been a leader and advocate in those arenas. Drawing on her experiences as a collegiate track athlete, Ashley is an advocate in her hometown of Cherokee County, Georgia, as a Title IX keynote speaker. She credits much of her drive to the attributes and qualities she learned as a high school athlete in both track and cheerleading.
Ashley currently resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Major Mark Saville, and their son, Robert.
Suzi Landolphi- Executive Director of Merging Vets and Players
Suzi is the Clinical Director of Merging Vets and Players, a national peer-to-peer support and empowerment organization for combat veterans and retired professional athletes. Located in six major cities and regions, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlanta, New York, and now, Seattle, MVP was founded by Jay Glazer, Owner of Unbreakable Performance Center and Fox NFL Insider, and Nate Boyer, Army Special Forces.
Before MVP, Suzi worked as a Senior PATHH Guide at Boulder Crest Retreat (BCR) in Bluemont, Virginia, a privately-funded retreat for combat veterans, their families, and first responders. Suzi is one of the co-creators of BCR’s, signature program called PATHH, which stands for Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes. PATHH is the nation’s first curriculum-based retreat, based on the science of Posttraumatic Growth. PATHH is now offered, at other VSO’s, around the country.
Her first experience working with veterans started with providing retreats and equine therapy for the Wounded Warrior Project, Save A Warrior, Veteran’s 360, and wild horse gentling retreats for Lifesavers Wild Horse rescue.
Gaby Camargo- Co-founder of Stay In Step: Brain and Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Center
Gaby Camargo is the Co-founder of Stay In Step, a brain and spinal cord rehabilitation center in Tampa, FL. As a military spouse, she was thrust into an unthinkable situation when her husband, Chief Warrant Officer, Romy Camargo, was shot in the back of the neck during a humanitarian mission, leaving him a quadriplegic.
After many months of driving 2 hours a day, twice a week to Orlando for treatment for her husband, Gaby came up with a plan to create Stay In Step. She thought that they needed “to open a rehabilitation center here in Tampa; a center that you can go and guarantee your rehab and at the same time giving the same opportunity to the rest of the community living with spinal cord injury.” After a few weeks, Gaby convinced Romy that together they would create Tampa’s first brain and spinal cord rehab center in Tampa.
Today, Stay In Step helps over 30 patients recover from their life-changing injuries and works to improve their way of life through groundbreaking therapy treatment. Gaby works hard to make Stay In Step what it is today and works even harder to make it better for the future.
To learn more about these amazing women and to follow them in their future achievements, check out their organizations to see firsthand how their work impacts the lives of veterans and their families.
Dog Tag Inc: https://www.dogtaginc.org/
The Heroes Journey: https://www.theheroesjourney.org/
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: https://www.mcsf.org/
MVP-Merging Vets and Players: https://vetsandplayers.org/
Stay In Step: https://stayinstep.org/