Military Affairs Committee (MAC)

MAC Mission Statement

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) is dedicated to building a strong relationship with Military Service Members, Veterans, Retirees, spouses and families living in the Greater Marysville Tulalip area. The MAC will work with local military organizations to support new families moving to the area. The Committee will connect working family members with employment opportunities, raise community awareness of challenges and needs facing today’s active, transitioning and Veteran service members and their families. As well as build lasting relationships with all military families living in the Greater Marysville Tulalip community.

Engaging the Military Community – January 2022 Presentation

Resources for our Military Community!

Veterans Crisis Line

Are you a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one? You’re not alone—the Veterans Crisis Line is here for you. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call.  DIAL 988 then Press 1

Native & Strong Lifeline

The Native and Strong Lifeline is an American Indian and Alaska native suicide, crisis and help line that provides culturally relevant counseling and mental health support to Indigenous peoples. DIAL 988 then Press 4

Navylife Naval Station Everett | Facebook

Fleet and Family Readiness Programs serve the Navy community through quality-of-life programs and services: Child & Youth, MWR, Navy Gateway Inns and Suites (NGIS), Fleet and Family Support Centers, Galleys and Bachelor and Family Housing. Learn more by visiting https://www.facebook.com/EverettFFR/.

About Fleet & Family Readiness

The Fleet & Family Readiness team provides services and sheltering that enhance quality of life at home and work. Learn more by visiting https://www.navylifepnw.com/about.

Salute 2 Suit

Salute 2 Suit was created exclusively and solely for our active-duty military and veterans to empower and educate them through their wardrobe. Learn more by visiting https://salute2suit.com/.

America’s Mentoring Network for the Military

On demand mentorship for Veterans and Spouses career success! This is a mentoring site for Service Members, Veterans, and Military Spouses to get connected with thousands of mentors: CEOs, recruiters, entrepreneurs, managers, Veterans and civilians. Learn more by visiting https://www.veterati.com/.

Apply for VA Health Care Guide

The full guide to help you get the care you need. Learn more by reviewing this PDF full of resources.

VA Disability-Healthcare links

Checklist and links to help you navigate getting your VA benefits properly. Learn more by reviewing this PDF full of resources.

Aspire Military Spouse Program – Business Impact NW

ASPIRE is a 4-week program that introduces the topics of entrepreneurship within a virtual class setting. 

Veteran Sponsor Partnership Network

Under the Veteran Sponsor Partnership Network (VSPN) initiative, VHA regional offices form non-monetary partnerships with community organizations to help transitioning service members and their families access VA services and community resources, such as employment opportunities, education benefits, housing assistance, and more. 

ETS Sponsorship Program™

The ETS Sponsorship Program, a non-profit organization actively partnering with the Veterans Administration (VA), the Department of Defense (DoD), and local communities, supports service members through the transition process from military to civilian life.

Veterans’ Assistance Program 

Snohomish County Veterans’ Assistance Program is operated by the Snohomish County Human Services Department.   Veterans Assistance Fund provided limited emergency financial assistance to Veterans and their dependents, and serves to be the portal for Veterans in Snohomish county regarding any matter that impacts their lives.

WDVA (wa.gov)

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs helps connect Veterans and their family members to the benefits and services they earned through their military service.    Services include counseling and wellness,  connection to Veterans Service Officers who can help apply for benefits, resources information and information on WDVA long-term care in four State Veteran Homes.

Everett Vet Center | Veterans Affairs (va.gov)

Everett Vet Center offers confidential help for Veterans, Service members and their families at no cost in a non-medical setting.   The Vet Center also serves Active Duty Military.   Services include counseling and referral services.

GMTCC Members supporting our Military Community

Meet the MAC Team

CMDR Jackson

CMDR Jackson

Naval Station Everett

Cmdr. Dillon Jackson is a native of Kemmerer, Wyoming and a 2001 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. He reported for flight training in Pensacola, Florida and was designated as a Naval Aviator in August 2004.

Upon being winged as a Naval Aviator, Cmdr. Jackson completed his initial sea tour with the WARLORDS of HSL-51 in Atsugi, Japan where he served as Training Officer and Operations Officer with Detachment SIX onboard USS LASSEN (DDG-82). After becoming a Helicopter Aircraft Commander (HAC), he deployed as a Maintenance Officer with Detachment FIVE onboard USS GARY (FFG-51) and USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG-85). Other Sea tours include the USS RONALD REAGAN where he served as an Assistant Air Operations Officer and earned his Officer of the Deck qualification. He completed a department head tour with the Scorpions of HSM-49, where he led the successful transition from the SH-60B to the MH-60R airframe. He also served as the Combat Direction Center Officer onboard the USS NIMITZ.

Cmdr. Jackson’s shore tours include time with the Shooters of Training Squadron Six (VT-6), where he served as Ground Safety Officer, Student Control Officer, Senior Watch Officer, and Assistant Operations Officer, all while flying over 1000 hours of training in the T34C. His second shore tour was as the Officer In Charge of the Whidbey Island Search and Rescue Unit, where he oversaw the completion of over 150 real-world missions.

Cmdr. Jackson’s awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit citations and deployment ribbons.

Kevin Daniels - Committee Chair

Kevin Daniels - Committee Chair

Homestreet Bank - Everett

Phone: 425-610-7683

Since moving to the Snohomish County area and leaving the Army in April 2020, Kevin has sought to give back to the veteran community by educating veterans and service members the power of homeownership. Kevin has been instrumental in serving the local communities, bringing 6 years of invaluable experience in the mortgage industry. Due to his vast knowledge, continual commitment to quality, and has dedicated his career working to various purchase markets in Washington, Kevin has become a loyal and trusted resource among clients and associates. Whether you are a first-time home buyer or an experienced one, you can rely on Kevin for your home and consumer needs. Kevin is passionate about guiding and educating families on one of the biggest financial decisions they will make. Kevin received his degree from Arizona State University. He is a veteran of 12 years with the US Army. When he’s not finding the perfect loan for his clients, Kevin enjoys hiking, DIY projects, and cooking/baking– chocolate chip cookies are his specialty!

R.D. Burley

R.D. Burley

Sno-Isle Libraries

I recently retired after serving 27 years in the U.S. Navy and my family and I decided to settle in the Pacific NW as we truly felt this was our home. As a career military family, we are very familiar with the challenges facing today’s working military families. I have been a Marysville Tulalip Chamber Board member since 2015 and helped establish the Military Affairs Committee as a way for the Chamber to connect with the military service members, veterans, and their families living in the area. The Military Affairs Committee and the Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce are committed to supporting our military community.

Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson

Guaranteed Rate

Phone: 425- 232-9746

Kim is an experienced professional in the field of mortgage lending and currently holds the position of VP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate. With a deep-seated passion for helping service members and veterans realize their dreams of homeownership, Kim has dedicated herself to serving the military community since 2005.

As a proud spouse of a Navy Veteran, Kim possesses firsthand knowledge of the challenges and sacrifices faced by military families.  She understands the unique needs and struggles they encounter, having experienced them herself.  From being transferred to new duty stations to enduring her spouse’s deployments, Kim has faced and overcome various obstacles throughout her journey.  Notably, she navigated the birth of her first child, which occurred prematurely, while her husband was deployed.  These experiences fueled Kim’s unwavering commitment to supporting military families and fostering community support.

Kim specializes in VA home loans, recognizing the critical importance of affordable housing options for service members and veterans.  Guaranteed Rate supports service members and veterans by waiving all lender fees on VA home loans to ensure those that have served can secure financing without unnecessary financial burdens.

Beyond her professional achievements, Kim has successfully raised two sons, instilling in them the values of dedication, service and community engagement.  This combination of personal experience, professional expertise and a deep commitment to the military community makes Kim an ideal member of the Military Affairs Committee.  Her unique perspective, coupled with her unwavering dedication to supporting service members, veterans and their families, positions her as a valuable advocate for policies and initiatives that enhance their lives.

Michael Gonzales

Michael Gonzales

Evergreen Goodwill

Phone: 425-224-5370

Michael is a dedicated and passionate member of the Military Affairs Committee, committed to supporting and advocating for the needs and interests of our armed forces. With 5 years of experience in Work Force Development, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the committee.

Having served in United States Navy and Naval Reserve for 25 years, Michael possesses firsthand understanding of the challenges and sacrifices faced by our service members. He actively works towards bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, fostering collaboration, and promoting initiatives that enhance the well-being and support systems for our military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Michael is known for his strategic thinking, effective leadership, and strong advocacy skills. He has played a pivotal role in the Military Affairs Community Resource/Job Fairs and other community partnerships with Veterans Organizations, driving positive change and making a lasting impact in the military community.

As a member of the Military Affairs Committee, Michael is dedicated to promoting policies that address the unique needs of our military personnel, advocating for increased resources and support, and ensuring a seamless transition for veterans into civilian life. He actively engages with community leaders, government officials, and key stakeholders to raise awareness, build partnerships, and implement initiatives that promote the welfare of our military community.

Tina Ryan

Tina Ryan

Fairway Independent Mortgage

Phone: 206-799-8775

Tina is a licensed Loan Officer with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation with over 25+years of experience. Throughout her long career, Tina has developed a deep understanding of the home loan process and has helped numerous clients achieve their homeownership goals.

Tina’s passion and dedication to her cliens have earned her a reputation as a trusted and reliable professional with excellent communication.  She takes the time to understand each client’s unique situation and works closely with them to find the best loan options available.   Tina stays up to date on the latest trends and developments in lending so that her clients benefit from her education and years of experience.

Tina chose to work at Fairway Independent Mortgage because of their Core Values and their commitment to their non-profit the American Warrior Initiative (AWI).  Through AWI, Tina and her Teammates were able to raise enough funds to provide two Veterans with service dogs.  Since its inception, AWI has awarded over 300 service dogs, donated over $550,000 to non-profits that serve Veterans, and served over 350 veterans with financial assistance and family grants.

In addition to AWI, Fairway also developed ‘American Frontline Rewards’ which reward Veterans, Active Duty Servicemembers, Teachers, and First Responders with a closing cost credit towards their loan costs.

When not helping her clients with home loans, Tina is active in her community and loves to spend time with her family and their 3 dogs.  Gardening, hiking, camping, and kayaking are just some of the fun activities that keep them busy.

Tina is licensed to help clients with loans in Washington, Oregon and Arizona.

Carin Weier

Carin Weier

Reboot Recovery

Phone: 425-327-8642

Carin’s journey into trauma and grief work was not a deliberate pursuit, but rather a path that unfolded gradually over many years. For over a decade, Carin dedicated herself to supporting her fellow entrepreneurs, whether as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of WISE Women (Women Inspiring Successful Entrepreneurs) or in her role as the Communication Coordinator for a local chamber of commerce. It was in 2022, Carin finally felt the calling to stand alongside those who have endured trauma.

That same year, REBOOT Recovery, a trauma healing organization based in Nashville, established a Regional Operations Center (ROC) in Marysville, WA, offering outcome-based trauma healing courses for military personnel, first responders, and trauma survivors. Carin became the Regional Operations Coordinator, leading efforts to bring comprehensive healing to Washington. REBOOT’s courses are currently facilitated in 44 states and 11 countries.

Growing up in a military community, Carin witnessed many of her family members, including her husband and eldest son, serve in the military. Through these experiences, she saw a disconnect between mental health resources and those who needed them. Motivated by this, Carin sought a different approach to address the issue. Now, she has the opportunity to bridge the gap for Military personnel (past and present), First Responders, and Trauma Survivors by introducing them to the valuable resources provided by REBOOT.

With the Military Affairs Committee advocating for and raising awareness of the available resources for the local military members and their families, Carin serves on this committee to express her gratitude and make a meaningful contribution for those who have sacrificed so much for us.

Shala Reese

Shala Reese

Grand Canyon University

Phone: 602-513-4512

Shala is a local Military University Development Counselor with Grand Canyon University, Online Division, serving the Northern Washington territory. She actively helps active duty, veterans, and their spouses achieve higher education online to promote personal educational goals, financial success, and wellness within the community.

Having served 4 years in the United States Navy, Shala has a deep appreciation and understanding for those who have served and those who support them, as well as how difficult it can be to transition from military to civilian lifestyles. She is currently studying behavioral health science with an emphasis in Trauma at Grand Canyon University to prepare to be a well-informed mental health advocate for her fellow veterans, families, and active duty to make sure they have the resources they need to be successful upon transitioning out of active-duty service.

Shala is honored to serve on the Military Affairs Committee and looks forward to serving her local military community in any way that she can.

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Sherwood Community Services

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Pacific Premier Bank

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Galloway Law Group, PLLC

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Port of Everett

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Marysville Family YMCA

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Mytyl Hernandez, Manager

Hibulb Cultural Center

"Having transitioned out of the military at the beginning of the pandemic, I knew I was looking for organizaions that were involved in the local community.  I met Ivonne and I jumped into the Chamber and their Military Affairs Committee (MAC).  The sense of community, service and action is like no other in the area.  I am fortunate to have developed a sense of community, friendship and giving within the Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce."

Kevin Daniels, Branch Manager

HomeStreet Bank - Everett

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Tulalip Resort Casino & Spa

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Symmetria Integrative Medical

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