Meet The Team

Our team members embody the “Always Beside You” mentality that Raising Raiders was built on.


Dedicated To The Mission

Raising Raiders is the only grassroots founded, local nonprofit that is 100% volunteer-run supporting the MARSOC. That means our team truly has a passion for our mission. It also means that every cent that we raise goes straight to our programs.

Since our inception in 2012, Raising Raiders has had the privilege of flourishing into a team that is capable and prepared as we continue to serve our community.

Executive Board 


Simone Maguire

Simone is a Raider spouse and mom to 2 sweet children. She holds a BA in Sociology, with a minor in Communication: Mass Media. Simone started out as a committee member in 2014, and has held multiple positions at Raising Raiders, to include Event Coordinator, and her current position, Executive Board Chair. In her spare time, Simone enjoys doing anything outside with her family, hosting friends and family at her home, and traveling. She loves being able to see the direct impact Raising Raiders and the Always Beside You Grant have on the MARSOC community, and hopes to use her experiences as a military spouse and volunteer to help Raider families in the best way possible.

Ken Johnson

Ken is an active duty Marine with ten years of service as an MV-22 Osprey Pilot.  Ken has been on the Raising Raiders Executive Board for two years and brings to the team a solid understanding of the military and MARSOC unit, particularly its structure as well as many of the families and Marines of MARSOC. He was motivated to begin working with Raising Raiders after a fatal accident that took place March 10th, 2015, killing 7 MARSOC Raiders, one of which was a personal friend of Ken’s. He saw firsthand, as an outsider, the amazing outpouring of love and support from the Raising Raiders team and vowed to join the board.

Katie Perez

Katie Perez has a passion for working with veterans, wounded warriors, and nonprofit organizations. Katie studied Nonprofit Management at Northeastern University, where she graduated with her Master’s of Science in Nonprofit Management. Katie’s passion for veteran work stems from her own military service. She honorably served in the U.S. Navy for nine years as a hospital corpsman. During her time in service, she treated patients in a hospital setting, deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and also served as a Command Career Counselor. Now as a military spouse, Katie continues to volunteer with organizations that support veterans and military families.

Amanda Tappen

Amanda learned first hand about the support provided by Raising Raiders in March 2015 when her cousin, Captain Stanford H. Shaw, III, was killed in a helicopter crash along with six other MARSOC Raiders. She is thrilled to be on the Executive Board and to bring her experience in finance and financial planning to the MARSOC community. Amanda graduated from Boston College in 2000 where she earned a BS in Finance with a minor in Marketing from the Carroll School of Management. She has previously worked in Investor Relations at Gemstar-TV Guide International and in Equity Research at Bank of America Securities. In 2008, Amanda joined Douglas C. Lane & Associates, a Registered Investment Advisor based in New York City. In her role, she works directly with clients to determine and achieve their needs, goals and investment objectives in the context of their investment portfolios and overall financial plan. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant. A passionate NY Giants and Yankees fan, you can find her watching a game or exploring NYC for adventures with family and friends.

Executive Staff


Abigail Compton

Abigail, a co-founder, of Raising Raiders is currently serving as the Director. The Compton family has been with MARSOC since its inception. Abigail served the MARSOC community as a Family Readiness Assistant prior to co-founding Raising Raiders. Abigail’s husband was medically retired in September of 2013. Abigail hopes she can help MARSOC families by sharing her own family’s personal experiences with TBI and PTSD. She strives to break the stigma associated with invisible wounds and support the families who suffer daily from those invisible wounds. 


Kerry Marquez

Kerry is a stay at home wife and mother of two beautiful girls. She studied Business Administration at Southern New Hampshire University and is a Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA. In her free time, Kerry loves to cook, watch football, spend time with friends and family, and do puzzles with her little ones. Family is extremely important to Kerry and, as a Raider wife, she understands the struggles that Raider children face. She is excited to embrace the kids of our community and find ways to empower and encourage them through the Raising Raiders Kids Club!


Lynn Pfeffer

Lynn was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, where she attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Lynn earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Management, although she has always had a passion for problem solving with numbers. She loves to stay busy, whether it’s crafting or taking on new DIY projects in her home. Lynn also loves Crossfit and attends classes 4 times a week. She has 3 children who are actively involved in sports and other extracurricular activities. Lynn loves volunteering and believes Raising Raiders to be one of the most fulfilling experiences of her life.

Team Personnel


Simrin Herrington

Simrin is the wife of a MARSOC Raider and the mother of two little munchkins. She has a BFA in Interior Design, that she earned while playing college basketball at Chaminade Unversity of Honolulu. Simrin loves being able to give back and feels there is no better way to do so than to support a community that is known for giving to this country. In her spare time, Simrin enjoys working out, spending time with friends and family, and being creative.


Sarah Butler

Sarah is a mother to an amazing child and two labs. The Butler household believes in the mantra “work hard, play hard”, second chances, and praising God for all his blessings in their lives. In her spare time, Sarah spends time on DIY projects, taking her son and dogs to the beach, and trying out new recipes. Sarah is a CDA and loves working to help create beautiful smiles. During the spring of 2017, Sarah discovered a passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures. Her journey with Raising Raiders began as a supportive friend, to volunteering, to becoming the Merchandising Manager.

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