Getting to Know You
Getting To Know You: Brooke Freeman
State – California
Position with WBTB – Central California Auxiliary Director, Treasurer
Family – Jimmy (Husband), Haidyn (7), Reilly (2), Coco (Dutch Shepherd)
Intersts or Hobbies – Gym, playing with the kids and meeting new people
Talents – Making people laugh without even trying
Occupation – Accountant
Greatest Achievement – Sounds cliché, but my greatest achievement has been bringing my two boys into this world and seeing them grow up
Favorite Food – Bulletproof Coffee and Chicken Fajita Salad…but what I really want to eat is ICE CREAM!!!
Three things I would want if I were stranded on a desert island – Bulletproof Coffee, my husband and my phone with charger
Secret crush – The Rock
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: Melisa Cross
State - Oklahoma
Position(s) with WBTB – Secretary, BLK Moderator, West Coast Regional Auxiliary Assistant, Event Coordinator, Sheild Magazine, P.O.L.I.C.E. Familes Training Facilitator
Family – Husband Lloyd (Butch) Cross, 4 boys….Oh yes, I am highly outnumbered! My oldest is Matthias, the twins, Tristan and Brenden, and my youngest Jeremiah
Interests or hobbies – Our family loves Renaissance Festivals and we attend OKRF in Muskogee, OK every May. We are also Halloween fanatics and go all out decorating our yard every year, to the point of people asking how much it costs to enter the haunted house. I also cross stitch and do other crafty things. I love photography. to read and have more books than bookshelf space. I also like to do puzzles.
Talents – I sing and was offered a recording contract when I was about 12. I can't thank my mother enough for saying no.
Occupation – For most of the year, I am a stay at home mom, however, during June through the first part of July you will find me at the Castle of Muskogee, working fireworks. Read More
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