Meet AFA’s F2 Task Force


Lyndsey Akers

F2 Chair | Air Force Spouse
Lyndsey Akers

Lyndsey Akers is the Founder and Principal of Akers&Co, a boutique public relations firm serving mission-driven brands and entrepreneurs through strategic public relations with a specialty in earned media. Throughout her career, Lyndsey has led highly-visible communications campaigns for global corporations, e-commerce start-ups, national non-profits, and for small businesses. It was through her passion to deeply serve military-connected businesses that she pushed the corporate ladder aside and launched Akers&Co, helping more than 100 small businesses share their stories since launching in 2020. Lyndsey is a proud Air Force spouse and former AFA employee with a passion for serving the military family in her work and personal endeavors, particularly through military spouse employment advocacy.


Melissa Shaw

F2 Vice Chair | Space Force Spouse
Melissa Shaw

Melissa Gilliam Shaw is married to Lt. Col. Nicholas Shaw, USSF, and has been a military spouse for 10 years. She is a communications professional serving rural broadband and electric utility clients nationwide in her role as Vice President of Digital Solutions at Pioneer Utility Resources. She leads multiple digital product offerings, manages a large remote team, and advocates for fully remote military spouse employment opportunities.

Melissa and her husband—commander of the 4th Electromagnetic Warfare Squadron—are an inter-service transfer family from the U.S. Army to the Space Force and are the proud parents of Will (4), Nate (6), and Lorelei (8).


Heba Abedelaal

Air Force Spouse


Tara Brandt

Air Force Guard Spouse

Laura Browning

Air Force Spouse

Kristen Christy

Air Force Reserve Spouse

Aaron Evenson

Space Force Wounded Warrior Caregiver & Spouse


Leslie Janaros

Air Force Spouse

Tonya McGough

Air Force Wounded Warrior Caregiver & Families Program Manager

Jessica Norsky

Space Force Spouse


Anne Parker

Air Force Spouse

Debbie Schiess

Space Force Spouse


Marian Wilcox

Air Force Spouse


AFA Representatives


Janelle Stafford

AFA Board of Directors Liaison

Kari Voliva

AFA VP Member and Field Relations

Christine Brown

AFA Sr. Manager, Community Outreach




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