Educating, Empowering, & Encouraging the understanding of Military Culture!
Educating, Empowering, & Encouraging the understanding of Military Culture!
Geri Lynn is a Military Spouse & Caregiver to her husband Robert. An expert in Military Culture, she has dedicated her Career to assisting others in understanding the uniqueness associated with the military way of life both during and after service. Serving as the Veterans Service Coordinator at Union Institute & University she helped develop the university's inaugural Military & Veteran Program. She is currently working on her Ph.D. in Educational Studies, which is dedicated to the educational needs of Military Spouses, Caregivers, and dependent children.
Currently, Geri Lynn is employed with New Horizons Computer Learning Center in Fairborn, Ohio. Serving as the Career Consultant for the Dayton, Ohio region, she is able to assist transitioning veterans and their families with employment and educational guidance.
Geri Lynn currently sits on the My Veteran Community Committee which is dedicated to serving the veteran community in the Dayton region. Enjoys volunteering with the USO!
She also served on the Southern Ohio Council on Higher Education Veterans Committee from 2015-2018. Serving in the role of Vice Chair from 2017-2018. In addition, from 2015-2017 she was a member of the Tri State Veteran Community Alliance's Veteran's Education Committee.
Operation Mission Insight is dedicated to assisting businesses, educators, and other organizations within communities to help gain an understanding of military culture. Through personalized consulting services, Operation Mission Insight will assist organizations to develop and implement support programs tailored to meet the needs of their military clientele.
To Educate, Empower, and Encourage the understanding of military culture!
Our Military Families are living within communities that Embrace their strengths and seek to understand their challenges!
Nicole lives in Union, KY. She was born and raised in Ashland, OH. She moved south from Northern Ohio after receiving her Master’s Degree from Tiffin University in 2002. She has been very blessed to be able to work in higher education for almost 15 years. Her love for helping students with making college decisions has led her to the path of working in enrollment. Currently Nicole is the Senior Director of Enrollment at Union Institute & University. She believes in the power of education and loves being in a work environment that wants to help others. Nicole loves that Union Institute has a mission that she also holds true to, which is to Engage, Enlighten and Empower adult students, and that mission is what Nicole and her enrollment team do daily. She feels that leadership is the key to keeping a work environment running in a smooth manner. One of Nicole’s favorite books is “The Heart Led Leader” by Tommy Spaulding. She believes that leading from the heart means leading with compassion and care for your coworkers. This mantra is what has made Nicole a loved leader at her places of employment. There isn’t hardly a weekly meeting that doesn’t go by that Nicole doesn’t like to quote from this book to her team. She was lucky enough to experience that method of leading from a Vietnam Veteran, Gregory Hitt, who was also one of Nicole’s first bosses. He brought in his seven army core values to his mostly civilian team daily and Nicole never forgot that.
Nicole came from a very loving family who decided to take a risk on her in the 70’s by adopting her. She was biracial child; age one, adopted into their all-white family. She realized at a young age that not everyone will support your moral decisions. Her family heard from neighborhood friends and even religious leaders that maybe they should “stick to their own kind” when they made the news of the adoption, but Nicole’s parents were determined to give her a good home. In that upbringing, she could become an athlete and decided to take on distance running and basketball. Nicole later was able to keep that love of sports and take it to the college level where she also received her undergraduate degree from Tiffin University with a concentration in Sports Management; she was also a two-sport athlete and then a graduate assistant coach. She still enjoys sports and has ran a full marathon with her husband Erik and competed in a Tough Mudder competition. Erik has also introduced Nicole to the love of golf since Erik was a golf athlete in college. Nicole and Erik share two beautiful daughters, Chloe age 7 and Madison age 3.
She met Geri three years ago at Union Institute & University and had the pleasure of becoming her supervisor. Geri was Union’s Veterans Coordinator and Geri very quickly introduced Nicole into the world of military life and the up and down obstacles of being a caregiver. Nicole fell in love with Geri’s passion and was determined to learn more about the military family. In doing that, Nicole would attend military led conferences with Geri, and daily would learn about challenges in the military culture. Much like Nicole’s recognition to her upbringing and the sacrifice that her parents made, it was very evident that others did not recognize the moral decisions and sacrifices that that caregivers would have to make daily to hold the family together. When Geri brought the idea of Operation Mission Insight to Nicole and explained their mission of Educating, Empowering and Encouraging the understanding of Military Culture, Nicole once again knew she needed to be a part of it. Operation Mission Insight is building a wonderful support program dedicated to assisting business, educators and organizations into a better understanding into the military culture just like Geri did for her three years ago, and she is excited to spread the passion.
Meet Emily! She was just 5 years of age when her father left to serve in Operation Iraqi Freedom and turned 7 years old days after he returned home. Growing up, Emily experienced the medical challenges associated with her father’s service; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and the numerous medical ailments that accompanied the two signature wounds of war.
Emily is a 2016 graduate of Middletown Christian Schools and is double majoring in Psychological Science and Applied Social Research at Miami University of Ohio with a minor in Community Based Leadership. She will be graduating in 2019 and plans on continuing her studies in a Master’s Program at The Ohio State University. Through her experiences as a Military Dependent Child and her pursuit of Psychological studies Emily looks forward to working with and supporting military families.
Brandy is passionate about education!
She's had the privilege of working in higher education for 15 years.
She is the daughter, granddaughter, niece and cousin of Veterans dating to the Civil War. Due to her deep family military service, she is compelled to serve the veteran community. She currently works as a Regional Manager of Admissions at New Horizons Computer Learning Center.
An awarded, We Hire Vets organization.
She encourages her team to volunteer within the Veteran Community! Even during their work hours!
She is an active Volunteer at the USO.
Under her leadership, many fellow others have followed suit!
Brandy was also instrumental in creating a partnership with Ft. Knox. This partnership allows soldiers to obtain scholarships in IT training,
This program is an element of their Career Skills Program.
This has enabled soldiers to gain industry recognized credentials which has led to a smooth transition from military to civilian life.
She currently sits on a committee for
The Southwest Ohio Region Workforce Investment Board.
The board develops strategies to strengthen and expand the workforce resources for unemployed, displaced workers and veterans.
Brandy has a Master of Science in Education Administration, specializing in leadership. She has used this knowledge to help Veterans to develop career pathways to help them reach their highest potential.
Ethan Duncan Arguello is a Marine Veteran and is currently a registered volunteer with the USO, Vertereti, Team Rubicon, the Lakota school district and sits on a committee for SWORWIB. Over the years he has volunteered and contributed to several other organizations including the Salvation Army, All Hands and Hearts and the Fisher House Foundation. He began his service in the community through mentorship at the age of 10, when he began tutoring 7 year olds. Ethan’s employment background consists of being a School Teacher, Boarding House Parent, Foster Parent and Marine Combat Veteran. Achieving the tiles of Fire Team Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Mechanic, Ramp Chief, Martial Arts Instructor, Small Arms Weapons Instructor and Drill Instructor, Ethan was instrumental in the development of Americas Finest Fighting Force. With his Marine unit, 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Bn. Delta Co., they conducted combat operations and humanitarian missions in the western province of Iraq. He is currently employed with ResCare as a Youth Outreach Specialist whose main mission is to assist under educated youth to obtain high demand careers and become self reliant. Through his teaching, mentoring, fostering and combat experiences, Ethan has developed a passion for assisting others and is committed to continue supporting those who struggle with balancing the difficulties of everyday life.
Meet Jessica Bell, Jessica is currently a Career Consultant with New Horizons Computer Learning Center. She defines her success by ensuring every veteran she comes in contact with has a smooth transition from the military lifestyle to the civilian side of operations. Jessica’s background is in training and aiding both civilian personnel and military members (both past and present) to enter career oriented schooling and attaining employment to follow. She is VASCO certified (Veteran Affairs School Certifying Official) and has completed a Professional Career Management Course. Specializing in VA educational benefits and being a subject matter expert in LinkedIn, over the last decade, she has personally educated and assisted over 3500 veterans in their transition process into and through the professional work and educational environment. She has developed and implemented several of her own projects including, a mentorship and student support system at the New Horizons center at Killeen/Ft Hood. Through her superior performance and high level of operation, she has received over 50 endorsements and recommendations from her subordinates, peers and superiors. She also received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Warrior Transition Until in Fort Hood, TX for exceptional performance and support of the soldiers and civilians of the Warrior Transition Unit and Fort Hood. Jessica has a deep appreciation for her current and former service members and shows it by her actions as a volunteer and mentor with several veteran organizations including Veterati, Veterans Helping Veterans and Bring Everyone In The Zone whose mission is to provide peer support in a myriad of ways to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF), especially those suffering from PTSD, TBI’s, Military Sexual Trauma and other traumatic events in their lives. Jessica coined the phrase “Your best bet, support our Vets” and we enjoy seeing her show it. We are grateful to have her on our team and look forward to continuing to see her passion for helping others take place with you or someone you love.
"As a military caregiver, transitioning back into the workforce is intimidating. Thank you, Geri, for helping me find a company that appreciates my skills and knowledge as a military caregiver. I would not have been able to both continue on my career path and still provide the care my veteran needs without your help. Operation Mission Insight helped me turn my passion into my profession. Thank you!" - Hols Fischer, Post 9/11 Military Caregiver
We are excited to Announce the Miami Valley Wounded Veteran Fund Scholarship Award winner Ms. ShaunI Kelley-Cowan! Shauni started at New Horizon Computer Learning Center of Dayton in the Security IT Associate Program! Upon completion she will be certified in Security + & Network + Congratulations to Shauni and Thank you for your service!
Educating Schools on the Uniqueness of Military-Connected Students.
Assistance in the development of military recruitment programs. Veterans, spouses, and military caregivers.
Guidance in the development of supportive programs for their military connected employees.
Guidance in the development of military supportive programs. Aid in the identification of military clientele, and implementation of new policies, and procedures.
Aid the development of Military Programs. Recruitment, supportive programs, and career readiness programs for veteran, spouses, and military caregivers.
Provide Guidance and understanding to help identify the unique needs of military-connected students. Aid in the development of academic, social, and developmental supportive programs.
Courses designed to help understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Courses are available and Tailored for:
Businesses & Corporations
Visit the ThanksUSA Blog to read Geri Lynn's Newest article: A Caregiver's Song
As the founder of Operation Mission Insight, Geri Lynn's mission is geared toward providing a view into military culture both during and after service. In an effort to share her story, Geri Lynn has published two articles with Military Spouse Magazine.
Below are the links to each of the articles: