Board of Directors

Brittney Hamilton

Executive Director

Brittney Hamilton has spent the last 19 years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital in Seattle, WA as a researcher in mental health and addictions. She earned her Master Degree in Psychology in 2003 from Seattle University. Her husband served almost 15 years in the U.S. Army. Brittney joined Operation Ward 57 in 2007 as a volunteer Administrator before stepping up as Executive Director in 2011. She finds it extremely rewarding to work & volunteer her time for those who have served and those actively serving.

Michael Murphy


Michael Murphy lives in NJ with his wife Pat. They have children and grandchildren. His son-in-law, a Marine Veteran, is married to his oldest daughter, also a Marine Veteran. He enjoys spending time with his family as well as fishing, hiking and traveling.

Siobhan Fuller-McConnell

Vice President

Siobhan Fuller-McConnell lives in NJ, is a single mother of five children, and is a practicing attorney. Her second child, Sgt Derek McConnell, US Army, was injured in Afghanistan on July 23, 2011, and died of his wounds on March 18, 2013. As a Gold Star Mother, Siobhan has stayed active in the caregiver community, and travels often between NJ and Bethesda, MD to visit Walter Reed.

Taylor Rowell

Taylor is a native of Chattanooga, TN, and holds a BS in Sport Management from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She began her career in the non-profit sector in Gainesville, FL; working with United Way of North Central Florida and Catholic Charities of Gainesville. After having the chance to build and maintain two successful school based programs, she decided it was time for a change and moved to the Tacoma area in September of 2012. Her work in the Tacoma area has included Special Olympics of Washington, the Warrior Transition Battalion on JBLM and currently as the Philanthropy Manager for Annie Wright Schools. Taylor and her husband, Joe, reside in north Tacoma with their two dogs, Diesel and Dolly. When not at work, you can find the four of them out and about enjoying all that the Northwest has to offer.

Doug Cox

Doug Cox is the owner/operator of posterGIANT, a guerrilla marketing firm based out of Seattle. He was responsible for the creation, dissemination and sales of the silk-screened posters for Suburban Noize Records, 2007 & 2008 “Strange Noize” summer tours that benefited Operation Ward 57, which came about as a natural outgrowth of his time in the music industry, appreciation of poster art and — most importantly — his respect for the selflessness of the men and women who put themselves in harm’s way for their country.

Nelson Stewart

Nelson Stewart graduated from McMaster University on the Dean’s Honour List with a double major in English and History. He also received a Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario, again on the Dean’s Honour List. He teaches in Canada where he also conducts a stage band, a funk band, and a concert band, and coaches soccer and football. Dubbed “Bon Scottsman” by fans Nelson has been a musician for 35 years in such diverse musical genres as rock, Celtic, funk, punk, blues, folk, jazz, pop, and classical.  He is a singer/songwriter/producer who plays several instruments including piano, guitar, accordion, bass, mandolin, sax, harmonica, bodhran, and various other drums.  When Nelson is not performing with the AMERICAN ROGUES he also appears with other groups. Nelson and The AMERICAN ROGUES have continuously shown their support of the military.  The AMERICAN ROGUE family includes former members of the Army, the Marines, the Air Force, the Military Police, and the Navy.  They have raised thousands of dollars for individual veterans, the U.S. Air Force Aid Society, and have been a close partner with Operation Ward 57 since 2009.  They have performed for the troops in Guantanamo Bay, Japan, Italy, Spain and Guam and they regularly volunteer to perform for WWII Vets at Honor Flights in Washington, D.C.

Lisa Heeter


Lisa Heeter is the franchise owner of Dream Vacations a full service travel agency. As a travel agent she has worked hard to make her customers dream vacations come true. She has volunteered for Operation Ward 57 for several years working on Fundraising cruises, concert fundraisers, holiday events and booths. She enjoys giving back to people who have given so much for us.

Mandi Atkins

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