Personnel Files


Tara Crooks, Co-Founder Army Wife Network

Tara is the “Commander” at Army Wife Network and is responsible for the overall guidance and execution of the AWN mission. She is host of Army Wife Talk Radio and creator of and speaker at Field Exercises™. As our resident “networker,” she also handles marketing & sponsorship inquiries. Tara is a coauthor of 1001 Things To Love About Military Life.

She is the proud Work At Home Mama (WAHM) of Wrena and Chloe, and wife to MAJ Kevin Crooks, US Army. She has been married to the military for 17 years. She loves Mexican food, the color red (Field Artillery kind), primitive decorating, crafting, and baking. She is known as a “glass half full” kind of gal who can craft a serious belly laugh. Once she sat still long enough she earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management. She earned some awards along this journey, too. She holds the distinction as one of Military Spouse Magazine’s “Who’s Who Among Military Spouses” for 2009 and she was named the American Legion Auxiliary “Woman of the Year 2008”. In May 2013 Tara was honored as the Armed Forces Insurance™ Army Spouse of the Year. What she is most proud of is attaining the goal of her military journey – to empower military spouses to make the most of their lives. To meet Tara and learn more about her visit


Starlett “Star” Henderson, Co-Founder
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Star, coauthor of 1001 Things To Love About Military Life, is a National Guard Army wife and Army veteran of full-time and Army Reserve components. Since leaving the military, she worked briefly as a budget analyst with the Department of the Army and later returned to school to earn her Master’s of Arts in Professional Counseling. Her desire to return to service for military members and their families drew her to Army Wife Talk Radio where owner, Tara Crooks, and her became fast “battle buddies”. She was awarded the FINRA Education Foundation’s 2011 Military Spouse Fellowship, which provides training to earn the Accredited Financial Counselor® (AFC®) designation.

Star has been married to the military for 18 years and has two children with MAJ David Henderson, US Army National Guard.  She retired from her duties with Army Wife Network in October 2013.  You can  find her now at


Emily Grace, Editor-in-Chief

Emily Grace officially took over the Editor-in-Chief duties from Army Wife Network co-founder, Star Henderson, in October 2013.  Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Emily and her family are stationed in Seoul, South Korea. She is married to a wonderful Army aviator and the mommy of a rambunctious and loving four-year-old. She likes to keep busy (as if being a stay-at-home mom weren’t enough) with her photography and by volunteering with the American Forces Spouses Club.  She is currently holding the position of club president.


Paula Swanson, Virtual Assistant & AWTR co-host

Paula is the very proud wife of Army Reserve SSG Brent Swanson. She has a lot of active duty and reserve time as an Army wife as well as being a SGT herself in the Tennessee State Guard, an all-volunteer arm of the Tennessee Military Department. Paula is a WATT (Work all the Time) wife, mother and grandmother but still finds time to be passionate about volunteer work and supporting many military organizations. She is a 2009 graduate of the FBI Citizens’ Academy and is currently completing her Criminal Justice & Paralegal Studies degrees. Brent and Paula’s permanent duty station is outside of Nashville, Tennessee.


Kristen Smith, Loving A Soldier (LAS) Blog Coordinator

Kristen Smith is the proud mama of one little monkey, wife to CPT Kevin Smith and a professional portrait photographer. She did her undergraduate work in marketing, and has since completed her nutritionist certification and is currently working towards a degree in dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian through Eastern Michigan University. She is also a certified Family Manager Coach and committed to helping families through a balanced approach to the military home.

Kristen enjoys participating in the Army community through volunteer opportunities with Army Family Team Building, FRGs, Army Family Action Plan, and therapeutic riding programs. She believes that the Army offers spouses a tremendous opportunity for growth and development and is committed to helping others make the most of those opportunities. Kristen joined the AWN team as the 2011 Household 6 and has stayed on as the Loving A Soldier Blog Coordinator- helping spouses from across the Army share their stories.


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Janet McIntosh, Social Media Coordinator

Janet is the wife of SSG McIntosh. She is mommy to two beautiful children, Alina and Aiden. Janet began her military journey 17 years ago as a soldier herself, serving 2 years in the US Army active duty and another six years in the Army Reserves.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education. Janet spends a lot of her time volunteering in her community and has devoted her Army Wife Life to making this journey easier for other spouses. She currently works for Blue Star Families as their Books on Bases Program Manager. Janet knows a life in the military is full of ups and downs but also knows there can be many rewards as well. She is eager to pass on her knowledge and experience to other spouses. Janet was also the 2010 Army Wife Network Household 6 winner.


Corrie Blackshear, Field Problems™ Lead

Corrie is a native Chicagoan. She is the wife of newly retired Army SFC Steve Blackshear, and is herself a veteran of both the Army and the Army Reserves. Since leaving the Army she has worked as a DA Civilian and as a contractor facilitating Transition Assistance Program (TAP) workshops for separating and retiring service members, which she loved. She is a portrait photographer and graphic designer. Corrie lives for volunteering, and while on base can be found volunteering through ACS, AFTB, AFAP, FRG and anything else with an acronym. She also volunteers as an interpretive guide for her local National Park site, with several veterans’ groups and with her county’s animal shelter. Corrie has two stepchildren, Nick and Emily, who are smarter than she is. She also has three dogs and lives in a hollow full of aspen trees on a mountain in Colorado, where she and her husband plan to stay after military retirement.


Malori Mayor, Loving A Soldier (LAS) Blog Assistant Coordinator

Just a few years ago, Malori never imagined that she would be an Army wife.  She was born and raised in Texas and earned her Bachelor of Music degree at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. She returned to Texas in 2009, and the next year met her now-husband, CPT Mark Mayor. They are currently stationed at Ft. Huachuca. While Mark goes through the Captains Career Course, Malori is building her business of teaching people how to use essential oils to achieve wellness naturally. Her ultimate goal with her business is to positively impact the lives of our wounded warriors and their families. She is also the newsletter editor of the Ft. Huachuca Community Spouses Club and a member of Toastmaster International.


Jennifer Aloisi, News 6

Jennifer is a stay at home mom of six ranging in ages from five to sixteen. She is married to SFC Michael Aloisi, an Army musician who just hit his twenty year mark in March. With the prospect of all six children being in school full time starting in the fall, Jennifer has resumed her classes in Legal Studies and is working towards her paralegal degree. When she is not busy wrangling the Aloisi tribe, playing shuttle bus driver, or learning how to write legal briefs, Jennifer likes to volunteer in her community and at her children’s schools. She currently lives at Fort Knox, Kentucky.


Alison Pulcher, Post with the Most Segment Leader

Alison is an Army spouse as well as a military community relations professional. Her passion is informing and involving our civilian population in the success of our military families. She currently lives in Maryland with her Husband of 10 years and their 2 small children while her Husband completes a recruiting tour. In her spare time, Alison loves spending time with her family at the beach, watching indulgent TV and baking.



Chelsea Barto, Marketing & Outreach Assistant

Chelsea served in the United States Army as a combat medic. She was stationed at the trauma hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. Along with being in the Army, she was raised around the Military. Her father is retired from the Army and mother is still serving in the Colorado National Guard.

Chelsea currently supports her husband, who is active duty Army and just returned from deployment and also raises their daughter. She has a strong passion for taking care of our troops and veterans and their families due to her pride in the Military.

Chelsea has a bachelors in English  and is working on her masters in human services specializing in Military resiliency. She plans on spending the rest of her life aiding veterans and military members and their families.  

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