CEO / Founder
Stephanie is a senior military spouse, wife of recently retired R. Admiral Thomas L. Brown (SEAL). She grew up as an Air Force "brat" moving around the country and overseas. Her father was a Vietnam veteran with over 20 years of active duty service. Stephanie has dedicated over 20 years to supporting and advocating on behalf of military families, veterans, and wounded warriors.
Stephanie has been featured in Woman’s Day Magazine (August 2013), U.S. Veterans Magazine (Spring 2014), CBS News Radio, USMC Life, Army Wife Network and more. Stephanie Brown is a member of the Department of Defense Spouse Ambassador Network at the Pentagon and has been presented the Commander's Award for Civilian Service by the Commanding General of Special Operations Command SOUTH.
The Rosie Network was founded after spending hours searching Angie’s List & craigslist for a contractor to do repair work on their home. Not comfortable having someone unknown coming into their house and preferring to hire a veteran, Stephanie set about creating a means for the American public to locate our nation’s military family-owned businesses. Many months later, Rosie’s List was born.
"We are the only non-profit search tool which features verified veteran and military spouse-owned businesses, provides them with a business profile page and doesn’t charge them a dime," says Stephanie. The Rosie Network has also partnered with other like-minded non-profits to provide budding military entrepreneurs the kind of business training and support needed to ensure the greatest opportunity for success. "We actively promote our businesses – we don’t just list them on our site."
Stephanie lives in San Diego with her horses, dogs, chickens, alpacas (Lulu & "Rosie") on what is referred to as the Brown Family Farm.
The daughter of an Army Veteran who served in Germany after WWII, Leona is a lifelong patriot who brings a unique blend of more than 24 years of non-profit, private and public industry, and entrepreneurial leadership experience to The Rosie Network (TRN).
As an entrepreneur and small business owner, she is honored to serve in her role and working with an amazing team of entrepreneurial military spouses and veterans in helping to develop The Rosie Network as a household name for the 70% of Americans who say they want to patronize veteran and military family-owned businesses.
&Our military families give and sacrifice so much at home and abroad during and beyond their service and they represent the heart and soul of our nation. The Rosie Networks is a great avenue for patriots and today’s consumers to give back and to honor our military families and veterans who make up one of the fastest growing segments of small business enterprise, while receiving the highest quality products and services.&
Her unique blend of nonprofit, corporate and private industry expertise includes finance/investor relations, communications, marketing and public/community relations management for high tech privately and publicly held companies, accounting and finance firms and professional sports organizations, as well as start-up corporations. Her operational “Boots on the Ground” nonprofit experience came from large national/international organizations including the American Red Cross and March of Dimes, and San Diego Regional advocacy groups such as Promises2Kids.
In 2008, she founded her boutique PR/Marketing firm specializing in helping local nonprofit, grass root organizations with strategic and event planning, operational development, marketing and fundraising. Clients have included Camp HOPE and the San Diego Family Justice Center, the National Center for Deaf Advocacy, the San Diego Police Foundation, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation to name a few.
A lifelong athlete and outdoor enthusiast, Leona spends her leisure time enjoying her four horses, and many animals who keep her, her husband and daughter quite busy on their small ranch in the picturesque foothills of San Diego County.
Beth is a current military spouse and has been a member of the military community for the last 12 years. She most recently served as a command Family Readiness Group Volunteer and loves to help military families navigate through the process of military life and all the challenges that come with it. She has had experience in many different businesses, from being an entrepreneur, managing a small family business, to working in the finance industry. She took 5 years off from all of that to raise her beautiful little girls and is now ready to get back to work and help military families and the entrepreneurial endeavors.