Meredith Lozar, AFC® serves as the Child & Family Programs Director for The National Military Family Association. In this role, she is responsible for the management and direction of NMFA’s Operation Purple® program that includes summer camps for military children, family retreats for military families experiencing the challenges of reunion and reintegration following deployment, and specialized family camps for the wounded and their families. She identifies and promotes various military children and family initiatives and serves as a subject matter expert on issues related to mental health and deployment issues impacting military children and families. A leader in the field of military family support services, Meredith has dedicated her career to improving the lives and overall readiness of today’s military families. She has directed both large and small-scale military affiliated nonprofit programs and served in multiple volunteer capacities for the Marine Corps, Army, and Air Force. Meredith graduated with the highest distinction from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Human Relations from The University of Oklahoma. Her thesis work focused on crisis intervention and secondary traumatic stress. She then went on to be selected as a Military Spouse FINRA Fellow and achieve her Accredited Financial Counseling® (AFC®) certification. Meredith is a Marine Corps spouse and mother and currently resides in Alexandria, VA.