Advisory Council

The MFRI Advisory Council is an advisory, as opposed to a governing, body. Council members include academics, Purdue University alumnae, practitioners, military representatives, and policy makers who share an interest in supporting military families. The Advisory Council provides guidance to MFRI leaders. At times, members provide feedback and represents MFRI at events.

  • Francesca Adler-Baeder, Ph.D., CFLE
    Director, Center for Children, Youth, and Families
    Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    Auburn University
  • Charlene D. Austin, M.S.
    National Advisor/Advocate, Military Child Education Coalition
    National Advisor/Advocate, National Military Family Association
    Spouse, General Lloyd J. Austin III, Central Command Commander, U.S. Army
  • Adrian Blow, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
    Program Director, Couple and Family Therapy Program
    Michigan State University
  • Bob Bonwell
    Founder, Veteran & Child Bonding Ranch Corp.
    Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Cal Burleson
    Vice President & General Manager
    Indianapolis Indians
  • Ronald M. Davis, Ph.D.
    Vice President for Instruction
    John Wood Community College
  • Bob DeiZoppo
    Assistant Vice President of Strategic Technology Programs
    Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC), Inc.
  • Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jonathan Douglas
    Senior Functional Analyst
    QinetiQ North America
  • Kathleen Gripman
    President
    SLS Associates
  • Christina J. Groark, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Education
    Co-director, Office of Child Development
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson
    United States Navy (Retired)
    Deputy Director for Politico-Military Affairs for Europe, NATO, and Russia, Strategic
    Plans and Policy Directorate, Joint Staff
  • Capt. Maria Harbeson
    Nurse Corps
    United States Navy Reserve
    Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Mike Heard
    Senior Vice President
    Enterprise Operations
    CNO Financial Group, Inc.
  • Patricia Lester, M.D.
    Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor
    Director, Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS)
    Co-director, Welcome Back Veterans UCLA Family Resilience Center
    Medical Director, Child and Family Trauma Psychiatry Service
    Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Cpl. Bryan T. Morris
    Project Engineer
    Integra Construction, Inc.
  • COL (Ret.) Angela Pereira, Ph.D.
    Former regional Mental Health Consultant
    Former Director, Europe Regional Medical Command's Soldier & Family Support Services
    Former Member, Department of Defense Mental Health Task Force
    United States Army
  • Capt. (Ret.) Morgan T. Sammons, Ph.D., USN
    Dean, California School of Professional Psychology
    Alliant International University
  • Trooper Sanders
    Founder
    Wise Whisper
  • Nora Spinks
    Chief Executive Officer
    The Vanier Institute of the Family
  • COL David W. Sutherland, US Army (Retired)
    Co-founder and Chairman
    Center for Military and Veterans Community Services (Dixon Center)
    Chicago, Ill.
  • Ray Weeks
    United States Marine Corps (Retired)
    Veterans Outreach Director
    Team Red, White & Blue-New Jersey