President’s Farewell

After three wonderful years, I am retiring from my post as President of the Women In Military Service For America Foundation. I plan to officially step down from my role this fall.

I am profoundly grateful for having had the opportunity to lead the Women’s Memorial Foundation in its mission to honor the devoted service, commitment, and patriotism of the nearly three million women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces since the American Revolution. I am most appreciative of your support and engagement during my tenure.

In expectation of my retirement, the Foundation Board’s presidential search committee has been diligently conducting a national search for my replacement with input from a variety of quarters.

I am thrilled to announce that Phyllis J. Wilson, US Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 (Retired) has been selected to be the next president of the Women’s Memorial Foundation.

Chief Wilson is an accomplished leader and has the right background in nonprofit operations to lead the Foundation into the future. She impressed the selection committee with her well-thought-out ideas and forward-looking direction for WIMSA both internally and externally.

Chief Wilson comes to the Women’s Memorial Foundation following a 37-year military career and most recently as a senior intelligence analyst. She founded and led a nonprofit, Wounded Warriors Have Families Too, Inc; has advised the U.S. Army Warrant Officer Association; and has served on numerous boards, including the Allied Forces Foundation and the Army Women’s Foundation. She has been involved with the Women's Memorial Foundation for a long time and knows our mission well – serving as a volunteer Ambassador (Alabama and Florida) and as a member of the Foundation’s Circle of 500.

In the coming months, I look forward to working with Chief Wilson to ensure a smooth transition. She’s demonstrated the ability and enthusiasm to continue the evolution of the Women’s Memorial and lead the organization in not only surviving but thriving.

It has been my honor and privilege to lead the Women’s Memorial Foundation. I am continually humbled by your generosity and commitment to the Memorial, its mission and America’s servicewomen.

With gratitude and thanks,
Major General Dee McWilliams