First Lady Mary Jo Myers
Mary Jo Myers has a rich background in public service related to military, educational and humanitarian organizations and programs. A military spouse for more than 40 years, Mrs. Myers has won multiple awards for her humanitarian work. She currently serves on the Women's Initiative Policy Advisory Council formed by Mrs. Laura Bush as part of the Bush Foundation. Previously, Myers was appointed to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation in February, 2006 and served through 2009.
She continues her dedication to the military by serving on the Board of Trustees for the Fisher House Foundation, an organization that provides homes near military and veterans' medical centers where military family members can stay free of charge while loved ones are being treated. She was instrumental in establishing the "Hero Miles" program operated by Fisher House Foundation that uses donated frequent flyer miles to purchase tickets for families of hospitalized military members to visit their loved ones.
She also serves on the National Military Family Association Advisory Council. She is a founding member and president emeritus of the Aschiana Foundation which supports literacy and vocational training for street children in Afghanistan. Myers became involved with MediSend, an organization that offers education, as well as medical equipment and supplies to charitable hospitals and clinics around the world. She serves on their board and received their first Humanitarian Award in 2004. Other awards include The Spirit of the USO Award and National Defense University's American Spirit Award in 2005.
Myers is a partner in an online business importing handcrafted items from Russia. She has recently retired as Associate Director of Public Affairs at Hayes and Associates and was an educator in secondary and adult education throughout her husband's military career.
Myers remains active in support of her alma mater Kansas State University. She is currently on the Board of Trustees, and is a co-chair of the Inspiration and Innovation Campaign and has served on the Alumni Board.