Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of Redefining You Foundation. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
Founder & CEO
Shellie Willis is the Founder & CEO of Redefining You Foundation a nonprofit organization that supports and empowers transitioning servicewomen, women veterans, and military spouses redefine their lifestyles and perspectives following military service. She is a 25 year veteran of the US Army and holds a Masters r Degree from the University of Maryland.
Shellie believes that addressing the needs of women in transition post military service assist in finding their voice, embracing their power and living a life of accountability.
To book Shellie, please fill out the form at the bottom. A staff member will get back to you on your request.
Director of Communications
JoAnn Mebane completed 12 years of active duty service in the U.S. Army and currently serves in the Washington Army National Guard as a Public Affairs Supervisor managing public, community, and media relations and implementing strategies focused on integrated communications, media relations and community outreach.
She is a native of Baguio City, Philippines and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Marketing from Ashford University.
JoAnn strives to cultivate lasting partnerships and client relationships in order to help build the most effective community and public support in her military and civilian organizations.
She leads strategic partnerships, marketing, branding, and social engagement while developing ways to activate communities and champion women veterans and spouses.
JoAnn is #REDEFINED
Chief Operating Officer
Evelyn Tuiaana, a native of Carson, California. She is a 20 year Army Veteran and a single parent of 3 children. She is pursuing her Bachelors in Business Administration from American Military University. After her retirement, she continued working with the military by becoming a budget analyst on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington. From her attendance at the first Redefining Your Future Symposium she believed in the mission of Redefining You assisting our women veterans and military spouses in their journey of transition. She continued to give back to her community through her volunteerism with Redefining You that she became the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Redefining You Foundation.
Laura is a retired Master Sergeant (E-7) who served 23 years in the US Air Force in Maintenance. Laura enjoys spending time with family and staying involved with the local community by advocating for veterans and spouses.
For volunteer opportunities, contact Laura by clicking on the email icon below.
JIMMIE A. WIMBERLY
Training and Development Coordinator
Jimmie Wimberly is a native of a small town in Georgia called Albany. He served in the Army for 21 years in the human resources field, where he acquired a strong sense of mentoring, coaching, and development. During his time, Jimmie’s developed skills proved to be valuable upon his transition to civilian life.
Jimmie devotes much of his time assisting transitioning veterans and spouses to achieve their goals. He assists with resume writing, interviewing techniques, and most importantly developing an understanding of who they are during the transition process. He believes in the value of what veterans and spouses bring to any organization. His constant pursuit of providing avenues for them to gain footing for their continued future lives strong within him.
Jimmie is a member of the PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC. He continues to support the community in various ways that shows his dedication to service. He currently serves as the Director of the Sigma Beta Club. This position works with the Tacoma School District to mentor young men of the future.
Jimmie is excited to join the Redefining You Foundation team. He believes in the work that the foundation does and how it complements his own transition story. In the future, his goal is to bring transitioning to the forefront from a male perspective. Partnership, collaboration, and community are the only ways to beat the beast we call transition. Redefining You Foundation is one organization he is proud to be connected with!
For training opportunities, contact Jimmie by clicking on the email icon below.
Advisory Board Member
Manny Martinez is the President of Relentless Leadership LLC., a Crestcom International authorized agent. Crestcom delivers interactive learning experiences in leadership and management which help people produce real business results across 60 countries and 25,000 clients. In October 2018, Manny completed a 30-year career in the United States Air Force, reaching the summit of leadership as Chief Master Sergeant. He served military tours in the U.S., Germany, Italy and Turkey, and deployed to military operations in Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Afghanistan.
Advisory Board Member
Rachael Pease is the full-time vendor diversity program manager at Skanska Diversity Program. She leads the construction industry in meeting diversity and inclusion goals.
Rachael builds community organization, agency, and subcontractor relationships through committed mentorship, creative processes, small business hiring events, industry association meetings, and continuously networking within the local subcontracting community. She also works with small businesses to help them obtain certification with the Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, along with one-on-one mentorship and training to ensure success and business sustainability.
Rachael is also dedicated to local youth programs and is involved with Tacoma Public Schools, Next Move, Graduate Tacoma, Discover U, Youth Build, and the ACE mentorship programs. Her commitment to community involvement includes more than 30 years of volunteer work for local agencies and organizations including, YWCA, Tacoma Community House, Tacoma Housing Authority, Puyallup School District, Associated Ministries, World Vision, and Tacoma Rescue Mission. She is currently serving on the boards for, Tacoma Pierce County Chamber Habitat for Humanity, Downtown on the Go, and Workforce Development Council. Rachael also is a member of AGC Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee, National Association of Minority Contractors, National Association of Women in Construction, and Pierce County Community Engagement task force. Rachael also has received her certification as a Certified Diversity Consultant.
Advisory Board Member
Financial Advisor servicing individuals, families, small businesses, freelancers, creative, career changers and trusts.
Humanizing investing is my goal. While money cannot buy happiness, it is a source of pride, accomplishment and fuels our aspirations. We have an emotional relationship with money and logic can go out the door in times of stress or life changes. That is where a financial advisor can provide value.
I was raised modestly and have worked since I was 16. I pursued my creative passions in art school and realized securing long-term finances was the means to continue it. This led to a 20-year career spanning dotcoms, advertising and creative pursuits that did not fit the typical 9-5 job; I had irregular income, and a need to create my own retirement plans, and understand tax strategies. I draw upon these experiences to help my clients.
Just as no two pieces of art are the same, no two clients have the same financial goals. I want to understand what is important to you to help create a plan for financial security to live richly by spending time with family and friends, building your business or pursuing your passions. I use an established process to build customized strategies to help you achieve your goals, and I will partner with you to help keep you on track.
Giving back is important to me. In my personal time, I am an Angel Investor, mentor to entrepreneurs, guest lecturer at various universities, speaker at groups like the Business Impact NW, Lean In, MIT Forum, and an advocate for diversity and inclusion. My focus areas:
I bring my experience in business and as an Angel Investor. Let’s talk about your special needs.
As someone from the community, there are special considerations. Let’s talk about them.
Socially Conscious Investing
Diversity, inclusion, and equity are important values to me. Let’s leave the world a better place.
As an artist, funding my passions is a top goal. Let me help you.
The modern worker changes careers multiple times, for various reasons. Let's look at what this means for you.
Advisory Board Member
Janet Fuller Thomas is a native of Alexandria, Louisiana and is U.S. Army Retired Command Sergeant Major. After 30 years of service to her country, she is now the CEO and Founder of Accelerated Business Consulting Solutions, LLC and is also a Franchise owner with JaniKing providing commercial cleaning services in the San Antonio, TX regional area. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Trident University International and is currently pursuing a certificate in Medical Coding and Billing. She is an active member in her local Chamber of Commerce as part of the Ambassadors Committee and the Military Affairs Committee (MAC). Janet is a wife and mother of two children with six beautiful grandchildren. Janet believes we become successful by helping others become successful.
Advisory Board Member
Dana Trakel is a SGM in the Washington Army National Guard. She is the CSM for the 1-168 GSAB. She holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Ashford University of Iowa. She is a certified Defense Financial Program Manager and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt. She is the Equal Opportunity Advisor for her organization and the lead instructor for Master Resiliency. She is part of a collective team that teaches Peer to Peer, Resiliency, and Mentorship to the Airmen and Soldiers of the Washington National Guard. Dana is a wife, Mother of four, and Grandmother to two. Dana believes that the military community can do better to support each other in the present and as they transition out into the civilian community. Redefining You Foundation is the perfect platform to promote and educate this pivotal time in a service members career.