OUR STAFF & INTERNS
Meet Our Staff and Interns!
Founder & CEO
Cindy McGrew worked full time for 18 ½ years, at Legg Mason, now Morgan Stanley, as a Client Service Representative. She left her full time job to devote her efforts full time to Operation Second Chance. She began this mission of hope out of love for our country, pride in being an American and a huge respect for those serving in the military.
In August of 2013, I was called with the opportunity to interview with Operation Second Chance and it has been the biggest blessing I have received! I get to work for an amazing organization, I get to learn from Cindy, and I get to see the difference we are able to make in people’s lives every day. It is an honor and privilege to be part of Operation Second Chance!
Call 301-972-1080/888-672-4838 or email Vanessa.
Military Family Support Liaison
After years of providing volunteer support to active duty service members and their families, becoming part of the team at Operation Second Chance has been an amazing opportunity. My experience as a Command Family Ombudsman, as a military spouse and as a mother of 3 Navy brats will be helpful as I continue to assist our service members and their families. This is our first shore duty tour and I look forward to our time without deployments as well as getting to know our new home here in the D.C. area.
I am excited to be a part of an organization that truly cares about the service member and their families, and that OSC allows me to bring families together to make lifelong friends and connections that may otherwise not be possible. While yes, OSC does help financially, sometimes a conversation over a cup of coffee or a plate of hot wings discussing where you’ve been and where you hope to go from here with someone who understands is also a real need that I love being able to fulfill. OSC and their overwhelming love for our country, its service members and their families makes me honored to be a part of their team.
Lt. Col (Ret) Lourake retired form active duty where he last served as the Director of Plans and Programs under the Air Force District of Washington, and Special Air Missions pilot at Andrews Air Force Base. Until recently, he served as Director of Veteran Outreach at the Minnesota based Veterans Airlift Command. A veteran centric non-profit that provides free air transportation to post 9-11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.
In 2007, Vanessa was awarded the Family Readiness Group Leader of the Year by the 95th MP Battalion. In 2011, her husband was medically retired from the Army due to injuries sustained for his support to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
During her time with her husband at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Vanessa was provided much needed support by Cindy McGrew and Operation Second Chance. After her husband’s retirement Vanessa and her family settled in Tallahassee, Florida. In 2017, with the support of Cindy McGrew, Vanessa started the OSC Veteran Group in Tallahassee, Florida. Providing support to fellow military families is a passion for her.