Marisa Schultz married Michael Schultz in 2007. They have four children, Jackson, Julia, Donovan and Liam (12, 11, 7, 7).
Marisa lives in Effingham IL where she was raised. She attended Parkland College where she earned an Associate degree in Psychology. After getting her degree Marisa joined the Illinois National Guard detachment in Decatur IL. She completed Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and went to AIT at Fort Bliss, TX. After completing training, she continued she education at Eastern Illinois University. During her last year at Eastern Illinois she was deployed Dec 2003 with her Unit 1544th Trans, out of Paris, IL to Iraq. During her deployment she was a gun truck driver and escorted civilian mail trucks all over Iraq. Marisa’s Unit, 1544th Trans lost five soldiers during their year rotation.
After returning in March of 2005, Marisa went on to complete her bachelor’s degree in business in Dec of 2005.
After graduating EIU, Marisa worked as a Human Resource Assistant until she established her own business which she has owned and operated since 2006.
She is Commander of Veterans of Log Base Seitz (VLBS), Experience Lead/Public Relations Coordinator for American Cancer Societies Bark for Life, Past Commander of American Legion Post 2019, Ambassador for Illinois Joining Forces, she has been a guest speaker at Christy Wrights Business Boutique Event, she has been a guest panelist for Facebook, she has been featured in St. Louis Post Dispatch Stories of Honor and is an active member of her church.
Jennifer Hobbs was raised in Lincoln, Illinois where she enlisted into the Army National Guard at 17 years old. In her first year of college, her National Guard 1544th Transportation Unit was mobilized and sent on a year deployment to Log Base Seitz. Resting just 1500 meters from Abu Ghraib, she formed life's strongest bonds with the members of her 1544th family. She went on to finish college and married her husband, who also served with the 1544th, Ryan Hobbs. Ryan Hobbs was hit by a roadside bomb, the same bomb that took the life of Miss Jessica Cawvey. Jessica's memory, as well as our other fallen 4 live on in our hearts and minds forever.
Jennifer attended Southern Illinois University where she completed her Bachelor's degree. Since then she has worked as a Special Education Teacher and a 3rd grade General Education Teacher while she continued her degree. She obtained her Master's in Curriculum in Instruction in 2011 and will finish her second Master's in Educational Leadership in May of 2019.
Jennifer and Ryan have three kids; Noah 10, Brinnley 5, and Carline 1. Between sports, vacations, school and staying active in our local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jennifer and Ryan wait patiently every year for our VLBS retreat where our hearts are refilled with the love we share with our battle buddies.
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Specialist Sarah Smith enlisted with the Illinois Army National Guard on July 23, 1999 at just 17 years old and was assigned to the 1544th Transportation Company in Paris Illinois. She went to basic training and AIT in Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. After training, Sarah attended Olney Central College in Olney, Illinois where she obtained her associate's degree in science. In 2003, Sarah deployed with the 1544 TC to Log Base Seitz, Iraq as a Transportation Specialist. While on tour, Sarah's company lost five soldiers. Sarah's brother also lost his life back at home from an old brain injury. After coming home from deployment, Sarah attended Franklin University in Columbus, OH and received her bachelor's in science in information technology. After graduating with her bachelor's, Sarah got married in 2009 and started a family. Currently, Sarah and her husband Ken have two small boys (3 and 5) and a roudy Bassett puppy. Sarah is currently working full time and attending University of Illinois at Chicago part time to achieve her master's degree in science in health informatics.
Shelly Johns joined the 1544th Transportation Company (TC) out of her hometown of Paris, Illinois at 17 while still a high school student. In 2003, during Shelly’s first semester of her freshman year at the University of Illinois, the 1544th TC was placed on mobilization orders. While deployed, Shelly served as a gun truck driver on various missions throughout the country. The 1544th endured extremely dangerous conditions not only on the hazardous roads of Iraq, but at their living quarters on Log Base Seitz. During their year-long deployment in Iraq, the 1544th would tragically lose five Soldiers with dozens of others suffering injuries resulting in Purple Hearts.
Upon her return home, Shelly graduated from the U of I with a Bachelors in Psychology, hoping to pursue a career in Forensic Psychology, which explains her deep love for crime documentaries and Forensic Files. In November of 2009, dozens of members of the 1544th volunteered to deploy overseas with their sister unit, the 1244th TC out of North Riverside, Illinois. Shelly served as a Convoy Commander during this year-long deployment with convoys ranging in size from six to 50. Upon her return home, Shelly moved to Chicago and remained with the 1244th TC for the next four years serving as a Squad Leader. Shelly transferred to the 1744th TC out of Crestwood, Illinois for a promotion and served as a Platoon Sergeant for four years, recently accepting a promotion as the Truck Master in the same unit.
Shelly currently resides in Chicago where she enjoys being a tourist in her city, cooking, sipping on bold coffee and exquisite wines, binge watching documentaries, The Office, and The Mindy Project, and walking/ruck-marching as much as possible. Shelly has spent the last seven years in the finance and risk industries holding various positions at JP Morgan Chase, Aon, iJet, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. She is currently the Treasurer for Veterans of Log Base Seitz and serves as the 1744th FRG Liaison. Contrary to popular belief, she has zero cats and does not know how to knit. Shelly has two nephews, Jace and Jaxon, that she loves spoiling and pestering as much as possible.
Andrea Green (Bryan) of Carbondale, Illinois is originally from Effingham, Illinois and joined the Illinois Army National Guard 1544th Transportation Company in March 2000, at that time she was eighteen years old and a senior at Effingham High School in Effingham, Illinois. Andrea was in first platoon and was deployed with the 1544th out of Paris, Illinois to Iraq in December 2003. While in Iraq she was assigned to a both a gun truck and radio detail working with base security at Log Base Seitz, Iraq. Upon returning home, Andrea continued to serve the 1544th through March 2008.
At the time of deployment Andrea was attending John A Logan College in Carterville, Illinois persuing a degree in dental hygiene; upon returning home Green was able to finish her degree earning an Associates Degree in Dental Hygiene in the Fall of 2007. She is a registered dental hygienist currently working as a surgical assistant for a leading orial surgeon in Southern Illinois.
In August 2007 she married Michael Green and the couple have two daughters, Darby and Karina. As well as the children, she and her husband also enjoy having their two dogs, Herm and Stink, and Carl, the cat.
Shelly Feller (Burton) was raised in Decatur, Illinois. She enlisted in the Illinois Army National Guard when she was 17 years old and still in high school. She went to basic training at Fort Jackson, SC and AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, MO and was then assigned to the 1544th TC. She was enrolled in college when she was deployed in December of 2003. She made the best friends she could ever make while serving overseas with bonds that could never be made anywhere else or described in any way. After returning home from Iraq, she went back to school to earn her Associates in Arts. She married Jesse Feller in 2007. They have two children, Destiny and Jonah. Shelly is enjoying staying home and raising her children and taking care of their many pets. Shelly has aspirations of becoming a veterinarian.
Jessica Woolum is an HR Professional from Paris, Illinois. She is currently working as an HR Associate for IEA Management Services. Jessica graduated from Harrison College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. She has over 15 years of HR experience, with 12 years working in the nonprofit sector.
Jessica’s connection to the VLBS organization came in 2008 when she married Robert Woolum. Robert served in the United State Army from 1998 – 2002, deploying to the Middle East in 2001. From 2002 – 2006 he was a Chemical Operations Specialist with the 1544th Transportation Company, deploying to Iraq with the unit in 2003. Robert and Jessica still reside in Paris, and their blended family includes 4 children; Blake, Macie, Gage and Bryan.
Jessica is a member of SHRM and an active member of the Wabash Valley Human Resources Association. She is also a member of the PHS Band Parents Association and is involved in many activities through her children’s’ schools. When they aren’t busy with the kids’ activities, the Woolum family enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors, especially hiking and camping with their dog, Walker.
Jennifer Sporleder received a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences with a minor in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University. In 2010, she married her husband Scott. They along with their four children (Leighton, Tanner, Lillian – all age 6 and Trenton-age 3.5) live in the country of Farina, Illinois. Jennifer is a farm wife and mother to her children. She is the bookkeeper for Sporleder Farms and for Country Financial-Scott Sporleder. Jennifer volunteers at her church by teaching the 2’s and 3’s class, 4’s and 5’s class, and singing on the worship team. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, organizing cluttered rooms, and working with numbers. Jennifer is excited to serve on the Board of Directors for VLBS as she is passionate about veterans and showing them the appreciation and gratitude they deserve.
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