Meet The Team

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

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Dedicated To The Mission

Our nonprofit is one out of a few that is 100% volunteer-run. That means that 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, we’ve had the privilege of flourishing into a team that is capable and prepared to lead Raising Raiders as we continue to serve our community.

Executive Board Members

EXECUTIVE CHAIR

Simone Maguire

Simone is a Raider spouse and mother to one young daughter. She holds a BA in Sociology, with a minor in Communications & Mass Media. Simone started out as a committee member and later accepted an official position on the Raising Raider board in 2014. In her spare time, Simone enjoys volunteering on base, doing Crossfit, and being crafty with friends.

Graham Yost

Graham Yost is a former Marine Raider (Golf Co, 2d MRB) who separated from the Marines as a Staff Sergeant after ten years of service. Graham’s wife, Brittany, co-founded Raising Raiders in 2012. He and Brittany are proud parents of three vibrant kids—two girls and a boy. Graham earned a Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, and is pursuing a Masters of Art in Diplomacy. Their family currently lives in southern Arizona where they enjoy exploring the mountains and participating in the growing ice hockey community.

Ken Johnson

Ken is currently serving as a Captain and an MV-22 Osprey Pilot with VMM-365 (Reinforced), and has been in the Marine Corp for almost 8 years. Ken brings to the team a solid understanding of the military and MARSOC unit, particularly its structure and 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.

Kate Winzler

Kate is a New England native, who relocated to North Carolina in 2007. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Environmental Research in Business from the University of Vermont and is currently studying for her sommelier certification. The love of her life is a retired Navy Corpsman, who served most of his 20 years alongside the Marines at Camp Lejeune. Their homestead is packed with vegetable gardens, fruit trees, 6 beehives, 2 pups, and a cat. Having 17 years in mixology, Kate was invited to serve on the Raising Raider’s board after successfully running the Raider Ball bar service in 2016 and 2017. Having lost a dear Raider friend, she is honored to integrate her knowledge and experience in serving the Raider community.

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 join as a member of the Board of Directors and 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

DIRECTOR

Abigail Compton

Abigail is a founding member of Raising Raiders and currently serves as the director. She has previously held the position of treasurer and secretary. The Compton family has been with MARSOC since its inception and 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 and also strives to break the stigma associated with invisible wounds.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

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.

EVENT MANAGER

Hannah Walker

Hannah is a stay-at-home mom to three beautiful children and a caregiver to her husband who was with MARSOC before being medically separated from the Marine Corps in 2012. She has been an Event Coordinator for six years now and is eager to help Raising Raiders and the MARSOC community any way she can. From her own experiences, Hannah understands the difficulty military families go through with deployments, loss, physical and mental disabilities, and more. Her desire is to assist the MARSOC families through their struggles so that they can come out stronger. “Family helps family”, Hannah says. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys running, working out, throwing parties, and spending time with her husband and children.

TREASURER

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.

KID’S CLUB MANAGER

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!

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.

Community Ambassadors

Janice Padron

Janice was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has been married since 2005, and her and her husband have a beautiful daughter and two energetic dogs. In 2012, Janice’s husband became a wounded warrior, but after a year of rehabilitation, he was able to return to active duty status. After one year of volunteering with the Wounded Warrior Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas, she decided to focus on her career and begin using her talents and skills to help other service members and their families. Janice is currently working on a Psychology degree at Argosy University. During her free time (when she is not getting involved in a new project) and when her husband is home, they enjoy trying new restaurants and love international cuisine.

Tiffany Kirkpatrick

Tiffany is the wife of a retired MARSOC Raider and mother of two sons. She is also an entrepreneur, proud owner of Silent Milada’s, and co-owner of A Party In A Bag. Tiffany takes pride in volunteering for organizations that are near and dear to her family, such as Raising Raiders. In her spare time, Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Trish Parent

Trish is a 5th generation Vermonter and moved to North Carolina in 2010. Trish has been married since 2010 and has an active 3 year old son. Her husband has been a part of MARSOC since 2006 and recently retired in August of 2016. Trish worked as a corporate paralegal for nearly 13 years before moving to North Carolina and becoming a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom). Trish enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, scrapbooking, exploring National Parks, and is a compulsive list-keeper.

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