Getting to Know You
Getting to Know You: Coreen Kachermeyer
State: New York
Position with WBTB: Board of Directors, Forums Big Sister
Family: just my husband and me and three furbabies. Hoping that will change soon!
Interests or Hobbies: I am a huge knitter/spinner – spin my own yarn, figure skating
Talents: see interests or hobbies!
Occupation: Insurance – commercial lines
Greatest Achievement: Went pro with figure skating – skated in an ice show in Georgia
Favorite Food: Doritos!
Three things I would want if I were stranded on a desert island: Knitting needles & yarn, wine, fire wood
Secret crush: Vin Diesel
Getting to Know You: Brandi Ober
Position with WBTB: National Forums Coordinator
Family: Husband – Dave, Daugher – Marley, Furbabies – Samson, Delilah and K9 Ary
Interests or Hobbies: Gardening, Cooking, Sewing
Talents: OMG! I don't know – LOL!
Occupation: Delaware State Police Telecommunications Specialist (dispatcher/911 operator)
Greatest Achievement: becoming a mother
Favorite Food: Sushi
Three things I would want if I were stranded on a desert island: husband, daughter, cell phone
Secret Crush: Brian Urlacher
Getting to Know You: Jan Miller
State – West Virginia
Position with WBTB – West Virginia Auxiliary Director, East Coast Regional Auxiliary Assistant
Family – Derek (husband), Lacey (10), Charlie (11 months)
Intersts or Hobbies – reading, shopping traveling
Talents – I can sleep just about anywhere and through anything (Derek would call this my talent)
Occupation – Admin
Greatest Achievement – without a doubt, being a mom
Favorite Food – My mother-in-law's baked steak and gravy. I could eat it every day.
Three things I would want if I were stranded on a desert island – coffee, my family, a treehouse like Swiss Family Robinson
Secret crush – Before I met my hot hubby, I was totally in love with the guy who played in the Rocketeer (1991 Disney movie)
Getting to Know You: Amanda Pekarek
State – California
Position with WBTB – Vice President, National H.A.L.O.S. Coordinator,
P.O.L.I.C.E. Family Training Facilitator
Family – Husband Brandon, daughters Kennedie and Frankie and son Brandon
Interests or hobbies – Football, outdoor activities with the family, charity work and just recently have begun to enjoy baking/cooking as a stress reliever
Talents – Make up artist
Occupation – Business-owner, make-up artist
My dream vacation would be – Australia or Africa
My super power is – Extremely good at defusing hostile or stressful situations
Something you can do better than your spouse/significant other – Sports games on Wii
My greatest achievement has been – My children and designing my own cosmetic line
Something that no one knows about me is – I am deathly afraid of spiders, but love snakes
My favorite food is – Sushi
Three things I would want if I were stranded on a desert island are – sushi, iPhone, Malibu rum
My secret crush is – Ryan Hurst
Getting to Know You: LaDonna Kay
State – North Carolina
Position(s) with WBTB – Board Member, National Volunteer Coordinator
Family – I have been married for 10 years, my husband is a Master Deputy with Wake County Sheriffs Office. We have a beautiful 5 year old little girl named Mackenzie Layne.
Interests or hobbies – I am a HUGE Pittsburgh Steelers fan….. and I do mean HUGE. We are highly superstitious, we have to wear the same clothes, sit in the same seats, high five in a certain order… all of it! We have a Steelers room and we have and WILL keep newbies out because they are bad luck.
Getting to Know You: Rose Winick
Since Rose is the founder of our organization, we are featuring her on this page for the whole month of July! We asked Rose to give us a little history of how she started Wives Behind The Badge and this is what she told us:
"I started Wives Behind the Badge after a smaller group I joined shut down. A handful of girls (some of them still members/staff to this day) from the other group started a Yahoo group to keep the support going. After a while WBTB was born. After reading a post where a member was looking to find equipment for her husband we were called into action to find other ways to help our LE community. He was an officer in a small department and they did not supply officers with equipment. She was looking specifically for a ballistics vest. This prompted us to look into other ways of helping our LE community, which is why we became non-profit." Read More
Getting to Know You: Jessie Le Boeuf
State – New Mexico
Position with WBTB – Web & Forum Administrator
Family – My hubby is Ronald. We have been together for almost 29 years. We have 3 children and 5 beautiful grand daughters Interests or hobbies – I love working as the WBTB Administrator. I’ve always enjoyed computer programing, and working with PSP editing graphics. That helps me relax. We recently bought a Harley so we enjoy going for rides every chance that we get.
Talents – Not so sure on Talents!
Occupation – When I’m not working on the WBTB forums, I work my part time job as a Retail Sales Rep for various companies.
My dream vacation would be… taking my family to Disney World! I’d love that and so would they! Read More
Getting to Know You: Parker Sanchez
State – New Jersey
Position with WBTB – National Special Events Coordinator
Family – My husband of 7 years is Pablo Sanchez (Sergeant, Warren County Sheriff’s Department – Division of Corrections). We have an English bulldog named Folsom who was Mr. December in the 2011 WBTB Puppies Behind the Badge calendar. Interests or hobbies – I have a B.A. in American Studies and a M.A. in American History, and I love reading historical non-fiction and fiction and watching historical documentaries. Pablo and I enjoy target shooting (handgun and rifle) at our local sportsmen’s club and playing Spanish card games like Escoba and Chichon. I love watching and competing in pageants (I was Mrs. New Jersey 2008). And of course, I love dancing!
Getting to Know You: Kathy Everman
State – Indiana
Your position with WBTB – Blue Line Kids, Families Behind the Badge, Indiana Director
Family – Husband David, Victoria (14), Vanessa (9)
Interests or hobbies – I collect angels. I like to cook and bake. I also enjoy being creative, and making personalize gifts for friends and family.
Talents – Cooking/baking, candlewicking/embroidering, and/or anything I can be creative with
Occupation – Secretary at Decatur Central High School
My dream vacation would be … To go back to the Florida Keys with David, for at least a week instead of just a weekend this time. Or to visit Australia.
My super power is … helping others.
Something you can do better than your spouse/significant other … Nothing, really. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses.
My greatest achievement has been … My marriage and children.
Something that no one knows about me is … I’m left handed.
My favorite food is … Seafood, Italian food, Sweets
Three things I would want if I was stranded on a desert island are … David, Victoria, and Vanessa
My secret crush is … I really don’t have one.
Getting to Know You: Joy Kuoha
State – California
Position with WBTB – National Blog Coordinator
Family – We have 5 kids – Chris (32), Misty (32), Tony (28), Brittany (21), and Jacob (19), as well as 3 grandkids.
Interest or hobbies – I love to do digital scrapbooking, photography, gardening, and swimming.
Talents – I am a singer and have been in 3 rock bands in the past, performed professionally as a wedding singer with my brother for years, and now just sing at church. I also am a writer and am working on my life story right now.
Occupation – I am a graphic designer and computer programmer, but right now I am working as a web designer. I also sell Mary Kay on the side and I promote Visalus health products.
My greatest achievement has been … I would have to say my family. I love my husband and kids so much and they are the highlight of my life. Nothing else can compare.
My dream vacation would be … I have always wanted to go to Paris, so that would be my first stop, but we are planning on taking a world cruise when DH finally retires… Read More