Co-Founder and Executive Director
Operation New Uniform is committed to help veterans develop the skills necessary to interconnect their background into business, network in a professional environment and sharpen communication skills that will lead veterans to the opportunities they deserve in business.
For the last 20 years Michele was the Co-Owner of Sandler Training in Jacksonville. Sandler is a sales and management training development company that focuses not only on technique training, but on behavior and attitude training as the forefront. This empowers their clients with an “up-front”, “no-nonsense” approach to sales. Their goal is to help companies as well as our Veterans to grow within or into the business community. The copy written Sandler Training system powers Operation New Uniform with the curriculum we teach and provide.
On a personal note – Michele was awarded Woman Business Owner of the Year – 2002; in 2011 she was awarded one of the Top 50 Business of Influence as well as one of the Top 25 Influential Women in Jacksonville and has been named the Small Business Leader of the Year for 2013 -South Council. Michele was also appointed the position of Chairman of THE PLAYERS for 2016. She serves on the Board of Governors, and is a Trustee member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.
DR. KIM BYNUM
Director of Veteran Training & Transition
Kim is a U.S. Navy veteran. Her 21 years of military service in the U.S. Navy includes at-sea tours on the amphibious ship USS KEARSARGE (LHD 3), destroyer USS GONZALEZ (DDG 66) and guided-missile cruiser USS GETTYSBURG (CG 64). Her final Navy tour was at UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND (CENTCOM) in Tampa, Florida conducting maritime planning.
Currently, Kim is the Director of Training & Transition Services for Operation New Uniform, a non-profit dedicated to assisting military veterans transitioning from their military careers to the business world. Kim also is a REALTOR and visiting professor at Christian Brothers University and Key West University. Previously, Dr. Bynum served as Chief of Staff, Programs at Wounded Warrior Project, Director of Operations, District 4 Medical Examiner’s Office for the City of Jacksonville, and Deputy Director, Military Affairs and Disabled Services for the City of Jacksonville. Kim has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University, an MBA from Jacksonville University and her doctorate in Econometrics and Management from Jacksonville University.
Kim’s interests include coaching girls’ sports and spending time with her family. She is married to a former Marine, JT, and they have two children, son Raleigh 26 years old and daughter, Tess 15 years old.
Office Manager & Executive Assistant
For the last 15 years Maddie has been a competitive gymnastics instructor and working with 1,000’s of children in the state of Florida. Her passion lies in building from the bottom and helping create solid foundations in the lives of others. Her transition to working with ONU was inspired by her grandfather who served in the Navy and fought in the Vietnam war. Seeing his own struggle to find his place after serving made a lifelong impact. . In addition to being our office manager, Maddie is also a salesforce admin and executive assistant who ensures our day to day operations are run smoothly.
Director of Marketing & Community Outreach
Ashley is a Marketing, PR & Communications Professional, Social Media Expert and Entrepreneur. She has an Associate of Arts degree from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles and a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Marketing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
During her career she has worked with companies from Forbes to the Wall Street Journal in advertising and collaborating and building luxury beauty brand Passport to Beauty. Ashley has an ambitious and hungry nature to succeed at all her expenditures. She has coordinated over 50+ corporate and private events with audiences from 50-1500+.
Her husband is retired Army and she personally connects with the mission of Operation New Uniform having seen what transitioning from the military looks like first hand.
Program & Fundraising Support Lead
Before her time as a volunteer, Christine was a full time nurse for 20 years and school nurse for 10 years in New Jersey. Christine is a wife to an Army Veteran. It is Mike’s commitment to ONU that inspired her to volunteer with the program. She has seen first hand the opportunity ONU provides to veterans and their families. In her role as Support Team Lead, Christine spearheads administrative and creative tasks, as well as many other tasks essential to the organizations success.
Director of Finance
Kim is a CPA (inactive license). She worked for four years at KPMG, both as an auditor and a consultant. She has more than ten years of experience in establishing and maintaining QuickBooks accounting records for small and start up companies.
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