Officers of The Friends of U.S. Military Families, Inc.

The board of directors of Friends of U.S. Military Families, Inc., are volunteers who do not receive compensation. The board meets quarterly to determine donation recipients.

Chase Clelland
President

Chase Clelland is the Vice President of Operations in South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee for Grow Financial Federal Credit Union headquartered in Tampa, FL. Prior to accepting the role at Grow Financial; he served as Business Development Manager of AlliedBarton Security Services, Market Manager of Cintas Corporation, Plant Manager of Cintas Corporation and Service Manager of Cintas Corporation.

Clelland attended The American University in Washington, DC and received his Bachelor of Arts in German from the University of South Carolina. Clelland has also graduated from the Southeast Regional Credit Union Management School held at the University of Georgia.

Clelland serves on the board of directors for Friends of U. S. Military Families, LLC a national non-profit that serves our military families in need, The Members Club in Columbia, SC, The National Association of Campus Safety Administrators Advisory Board and the USO of South Carolina Board of Advisors. Clelland is also the ex-chair of the Health, Safety and Security Committee for the State Chamber of Commerce, Company Advisor for the State Chamber of Commerce Business Week Program and is in the class of 2016 for Leadership South Carolina.

Clelland has been married to Emily for over 13 years and together raise a large puppy, Bruno, our Saint Bernard. He is an avid golfer and former soccer player. Clelland enjoys traveling as has lived overseas twice in his lifetime. He lives by the motto: Be Bold, Be Great and Have Fun!

Bill Cabeche
1st Vice President

Bill Cabeche, CIC, is President of Bill C Insurance, based in Tampa, Florida. He specializes in life, health and supplemental insurance policies such as those offered by Aflac and Tricare.

Prior to starting his own company, Bill was part of Quorum Insurance LLC’s staff, where he helped spearhead the creation of Quorum’s commercial insurance department.

He has more than 30 years experience in insurance and financial services. Bill graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Manhattan College in Riverdale, NY, where he attended on an athletic scholarship and captained the Track & Field team in his senior year.

Bill and his wife Cathy have lived in Tampa since 1986 and have 2 sons, one working for the Department of Labor and the other is an enlisted officer in the US Navy’s nuclear program.

Natalia Spratlen
2nd Vice President

Natalia has a MBA and Bachelors Degree in Education and her banking experience spans more than 15 years. Her favorite part about being a banker is seeing the positive impact in helping individuals and businesses to achieve their financial goals.

Natalia enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family. Many of whom including her grandfather, father and nephew have served in the military. She is an active member of the community with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce. In addition, she is also a part of the MacDill Chiefs Golf Tournament Committee, the MacDill Alliance Committee and is an Honorary Commander for the MacDill AFB.

Christen Burden
Secretary

Christen is the Market Manager for Grow Financial Federal Credit Union’s MacDill AFB store. In addition to working closely with active duty and retired military members, she actively supports the base community by being a participant in the MacDill Alliance Committee, the MacDill Chief’s Golf Committee and the Military Commerce Committee with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. Christen’s personal interests include reading, writing, travel and teaching art classes. She also enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, which include her father who served in the Air Force.

Lorraine Strickland
Treasurer

Lorraine brings more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience to the board with several years of non-profit management success. She earned her undergraduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Florida and her Master’s in Communications from Purdue University. Her father, 3 brothers, brother-in-law and nephew, as well as several of her closest friends have served and continue to serve in the military and that’s why she is so passionate about helping military families.

For general inquiries, please call 813-314-2173.

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