MELISSA JARBOE, 34
Executive Director of the Jamie Jarboe Foundation—Military Veteran Project
However, just as I was taking my partnership in a business I helped create, Jamie was wounded in the Zhari District of Afghanistan. Over the next few months, I learned that no matter what your title is, no matter how much money you make, the things that made me successful in life didn’t cost me a thing.
Christopher Reeves Foundation – Advocate & Speaker
Lazarus Foundation – Volunteer
Gold Star Family- Member & Volunteer
"Seeing how Melissa turned a deep personal tragedy into a cause that she fights for relentlessly is what put her over the top for me. In a short amount of time, she has reached out to so many to start her foundation, and do big things for veterans and military families in the community. The level of dedication and passion she shows for her organization signified to me both personal strength and community leadership at its best."
- Angel Romeo
Melissa was a successful business owner that took a tragic situation and used that experience to make Topeka a better place. Her foundation is already gaining national attention. She stood out because of the positive spin she is putting on Topeka.”
- Brett Oetting