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Military Spouse Summit & Luncheon


Wednesday 1 May 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM


Military spouses and military members are invited to attend the second annual Military Spouse Summit & Luncheon at this year’s Modern Day Marine Exposition.

Spouses seeking employment will be given the opportunity for networking and education in the military industry and beyond.


Schedule of Events


Quality of Life, Work, and Overall Service 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 

Main Briefing Center Stage in the Expo Hall

This panel presentation will bring together Marine Corps and civilian leaders to discuss what the Marine Corps is doing differently now to improve the quality of life for Marines and their families and its plans for the future.

Introduction by The Honorable Meredith Berger, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Energy, Installations, and Environment/Chief Sustainability Officer

LtGen James Glynn, Deputy Commandant, M&RA
LtGen James Adams, Deputy Commandant P&R
MajGen David Maxwell, Commanding General, MCIC
SgtMaj Carlos Ruiz, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Moderator – Kathryn Paik, Senior Fellow, CSIS


Special Interest Session #1  10:15 AM – 11:00 AM 

Option A – Marine Corps Housing Update
Salon Pre-Function
Eric D. Mason, Sr., Lead, Unaccompanied Housing Program, MCICOM
Tanya Johnson, Family Housing Lead, MCICOM

Option B – Military Spouse Employment
Tun Tavern (Salon ABC)
Erin King, HQMC Marine and Family Programs
Alisha Coleman, MyCAA Program Manager

Option C – Put Your Money to Work for You!
Salon F
Jennifer Bishop, District Advisor, First Command


Special Interest Session #2  11:15 AM – 12:00 PM 

Option A – Maximizing Your Retirement by Minimizing Your Taxes
Tun Tavern (Salon ABC)
Nidhi Talati, CFP, Vice President, Financial Planning, First Command Financial Services

Option B – Healthcare Update: Ensuring Family Wellness in the Marine Corps
Salon Pre-Function
RDML Pamela Miller, Medical Officer of the Marine Corps

Option C – Dependent Care and Education
Salon F
Lori Pickel, DODEA
Kari Ratcliff, HQMC Marine & Family Programs
Jackie Cajina, HQMC Marine & Family Programs


Luncheon & Keynote Panel: Strength in Unity – Marine Spouses Leading the Way  12:30 PM – 1:30 PM 

Tun Tavern

Mrs. Trish Smith, CMC Spouse
Mrs. Mary Mahoney, ACMC Spouse
Mrs. Andrea Ruiz, SMMC Spouse

Moderator – Jennifer Goodale, MMOA

Children under the age of 16, except Young Marines and JROTC members, are not allowed at Modern Day Marine. Infants are permitted, but strollers are not allowed in the Expo Hall.

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