Military Family Organization Representative: The National Military Family Association
Term of Service: 3 Years — Beginning in June 2016
Deputy Director, Government Relations
Karen Ruedisueli joined the National Military Family Association as a Deputy Director of Government Relations in May, 2013. In her role, she conducts research, monitors issues, and advocates for families of the uniformed services. Karen’s focus is on military family health care, including the Military Health System, TRICARE, and behavioral health care. In this capacity, she serves as the co-chair of The Military Coalition’s, or TMC Health Care Committee and as the Association’s representative on the TRICARE for Kids Coalition. Karen also handles issues related to wounded warriors and military caregivers.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Karen previously worked as a marketing professional and management consultant. She has extensive experience in market research, brand strategy, and new product/service development. Karen has helped clients such as Sara Lee, Frito-Lay, General Mills and the Chicago Tribune assess the effectiveness of their marketing initiatives and develop new product and brand strategies. She has also been a guest lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management on the topic of brand-based innovation.
As an Army spouse, Karen has had extensive volunteer experience identifying and resolving military family issues. She was an active member of the Family Readiness Group, or FRG and served as a Battery level FRG Leader during the unit’s train up and deployment to Afghanistan. She also served as the Co-Director of Research for Blue Star Families and led the development and analysis of their first Military Family Lifestyle Survey. Karen has lived at Fort Sill, MCB Quantico, Fort Drum and Fort Leavenworth. She and her husband, MAJ G. Kurt Ruedisueli, retired, currently reside in the Washington D.C. metro area with their two children.
About the National Military Family Association: The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, veteran, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit www.MilitaryFamily.org.