Ann enlisted in the Army in 1988 as a journalist, becoming the Public Affairs Officer for Fort Indiantown Gap, PA.
Commissioned in 1992, she served as a rifle platoon leader and executive officer in the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Hovey, Korea, and as instructor/doctrine writer and in a variety of battalion staff positions at the Infantry School. She commanded Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Operations Support Command (Airborne) then the 129h Adjutant General Company (Postal) at Fort Bragg, NC. In 2001, she become the Adjutant General (chief personnel officer) for the Defense Foreign Language Institute/ Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey, CA and took a subsequent tour as the Adjutant (chief personnel officer) for 1st Recruiting Brigade at Fort Meade, MD. Following completion of the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, she was assigned as the Chief of Planning and Deputy G1 (deputy chief personnel officer) for the 10th Infantry Division (Mountain) at Fort Drum, NY and was Deputy J1 for Combined Joint Task Force-76 at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. She completed her military career as the Chief of Officer Accession Policy on the Army staff at the Pentagon. Among her accomplishments at the Pentagon, she was responsible for updating seven Army regulations upon the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Immediately following retirement, she was recalled to active duty to contribute her experience and in-depth knowledge to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs working on improved oversight of recruiting activities following a recruiting scandal. She was also called upon to help the Army’s Diversity officer get the Army Diversity Plan through the complex approval process.
She is currently establishing the Enterprise Risk Management program in the Veterans Benefits Administration. She was the Project Manager for implementation of the Appeals Modernization Act of 2018, and was a strategic planner in the Office of Strategic Planning.
She is a member of the Equality Virginia Transgender Advocacy Speakers Bureau and is a past board member of the Transgender Educational Association.
As a professional speaker, she has provided keynotes for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of the Interior, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the US Military Academy, among others.
She is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Masters of Business Administration. She earned the Project Management Institute Project Management Professional certification in 2012, and the George Washington University certification in Federal Enterprise Risk Management. She is affiliated with the National Speakers Association and is a member of Toastmasters International Her awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Award, Meritorious Service Award, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Parachutist’s Badge, and the German Parachutist’s Badge.
She enjoys sailing, bicycling and is a private pilot. She lives in Springfield, VA with her family.