Claiming a Seat at the Table- Part 1

March 17, 2022

Episode 212

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The Staff of STOMP-Specialized Training of Military Parents discuss the important role that parents have in advocating for the emotional, medical, and educational needs of their loved ones with exceptional needs.

Thanks to the Naval Officers Club of San Diego for sponsoring this episode.

Show Notes


Guest Host: Marie McGarry

Marie, a native of Massachusetts, has lived in in 5 different States and two foreign countries during her 20 years as a military spouse. She currently calls Springfield, VA home.

Marie has a son and a daughter, both in High School. Marie has a Master’s Degree in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction and was an Elementary School teacher for 11 years.

Marie has been an Educator with the MCEC® since 2017.  In her free time Marie enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.


Dee Bosworth:

Over twelve years of marriage to her Active-Duty sailor, Dee has been a Navy Command Ombudsman for six years (cumulatively) while raising their child with exceptional needs. She is a mom, teacher, therapy facilitator, and active volunteer with state and national programs for persons with disabilities. As a Political Science major and a graduate from her state’s Partners in Policymaking Program, Dee is passionate about advocacy and empowering military parents to advocate for a better world for our loved ones with exceptional needs.

Jolynn Lee

Jolynn Lee is the spouse of a Marine Veteran and a mother to three adult military-connected children. With two children still at home, Jolynn is also the mother of a child with exceptional needs. Jolynn worked as a Special Education teacher for 11 years and has a Master’s degree in counseling. She has utilized her military-life experiences to facilitate a site branch of Reboot Combat Recovery, a 12-week PTSD recovery program for military personnel, veterans, and their families. Motivated by a passion for supporting military families in need, Jolynn is eager to help bring awareness and training within the military community. She knows first-hand the challenges faced raising a child with exceptional needs. One of her favorite mottos is, “People only know what they know, but we can work together to expand that knowledge base as we learn and grow together.”

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