Getting to Know You

Getting to Know You: Juli McCoy

State: Maryland

Position with WBTB: Board of Directors, Director – Marketing and Public Affairs, Shield Magazine

Family: husband Jason, daughters Audrey (almost 6!) and Amelia (2…and everyone knows it), Izzy (the pup)

Interests or Hobbies: hunting, being outdoors, computer things – making graphics, learning new programs, crafts, reading, working out

Talents: juggling (as in a career, two kids, volunteering and being in school)

Occupation: Assistant Director for a business-funded not-for-profit association that covers a region of three states and five counties focused on economic growth and prosperity.

Greatest Achievement: becoming a mom

Favorite Food: ice cream



Juli wears many hats for Wives Behind the Badge, Inc.  She joined the organization as a volunteer in MD in 2012 and in 2013, she became the Grants Officer.  In October 2013, Juli was asked to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and to step into the role of Director of Marketing and Public Affairs. 

When asked what WBTB means to her, Juli shared that “WBTB was an unrealized necessity in my life.  My husband had been in law enforcement for a little over three years when I stumbled on the organization.  I was elated that the forums were there to confirm some of the questions, fears, doubts and obstacles I had been living with.  I immediately became part of something and no longer felt alone as a police wife.  When I was asked to take on the different roles within the organization at a national level, I was excited to tap into my creative side, but also honored that my professional background and experience was giving me an opportunity to gain management skills.  I have made friendships that have become invaluable to me and had no other opportunity been presented, those friendships alone are worth more than gold.” 

Juli has been in her position as Assistant Director for The Greater Cumberland Committee for nearly thirteen years and is thankful for the opportunities the job has presented her.  She is currently continuing her education (again) in the computer programming field and is always excited to learn new things. 

It is clear that, although very busy with WBTB, work and school, Juli’s main focus and number one priority is always her children.  An issue during her second pregnancy resulted in many lifestyle changes and a new appreciation for each and every day.  Starting the day with a resolution to be positive and a prayer of thanks to God for a new day is what keeps this proud LEOW going.  


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

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Getting to Know You: Brandi Ober

State: Delaware

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

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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.

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Getting to Know You: Melisa Cross

State - Oklahoma

Position(s) with WBTB – Secretary, BLK Moderator, West Coast Regional Auxiliary AssistantEvent 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

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