Abbie’s journey as a veteran started at the age of 17 when she joined the Wisconsin National Guard. By 21, she was deployed to Iraq and faced many transitional challenges when she returned home in 2004. It was during this difficult time that Abbie started to find her voice through peer mentoring and volunteer work for organizations including IAVA, Vets for Vets and the Dane County Rape Crisis Line. She traveled throughout the United States talking to other Veterans, civilians, reporters and elected officials all whilst attending Edgewood College in Madison, WI.
With a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Political Science, Abbie has committed her career to helping other veterans transition out of service, working for the Army’s Wounded Warrior Program, The Wounded Warrior Project, Dryhootch of America, and Illinois Joining Forces.
Abbie has gone on to co-found Phenix Legacy, a non-profit that serves military and first responders through peer mentoring both in and out of the workplace. She has testified before congress and is considered a subject matter expert in veteran transitions, women veterans, and veterans who have been injured while in service. Abbie is a mother of 2 children, Norah and Miles, and is happily married to her best friend, Christopher