Meet The Team
Board Of Directors
Randi Cairns, Founder/Executive Director.It was Randi's personal experience that led her to found Home Front Hearts and her professional experience that gives her the knowledge and skills to manage and develop this organization dedicated to helping military families.
As a military spouse and mother of four (Katie, PJ, Connor and Sara), Randi knows firsthand the challenges of military families both when their loved ones are deployed and when they are home. She has been the Family Readiness Group (FRG) Leader for her husband's last several deployments, also served in that role during her husband's time as a Company Commander and has worked continuously with military family support efforts throughout their years together. Randi says that her "hero husband" and her children have been the driving force behind Home Front Hearts.
Randi's professional strengths of community building and advocacy have been the backbone of Home Front Hearts. She has a Masters in Human Services with a specialty in Not-for-Profit Management. She has committed over twenty years of her life to serving vulnerable populations in numerous capacities. She has provided direct care and case management services, hired and trained staff, and prepared individuals for the workforce through supportive employment services.
In appreciation of the important work that Randi does with Home Front Hearts, Randi has been honored with a Chamber Choice Award from the East Brunswick Regional Chamber of Commerce Charitable Foundation for Randi and Ian's outstanding contributions and service to community and country (2009) and with the Chairman's Award from the NJ Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in recognition of her exceptional support of service members and their families (2010). She was recognized by Babble.com as a "mom changing the world" and by Harlequin More Than Words as a "real-life heroine who is improving her community" (both in 2011).
Randi knew as a young child that she wanted to be "a champion for others". Today, as our military protects us on several fronts, she has dedicated herself to ensuring that our country's service members and their families get the much needed support and resources they deserve.
A. David AdesnikA. David Adesnik is a member of the research staff at the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a federally-funded research and development center in Alexandria, VA. The IDA staff includes numerous veterans as well as a number of active duty personnel on assignment from their services. In the winter of 2007-2008, David deployed to Iraq as a civilian, where he worked with Combined Joint Task Force Troy, the Coalition's counter-IED task force. David received his doctorate in international relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He is a native of Manhattan. He and his wife, Susanna, currently live in northwest Washington DC, where she practices law.
Elijah S. DornstreichElijah S. Dornstreich is a Financial Advisor in Bernstein Global Wealth Management's Philadelphia office. He advises individuals and institutions regarding a wide range of financial planning and investment matters, tailoring comprehensive strategies uniquely suited to each client's individual resources, tax situation, risk tolerance and estate planning goals. Prior to joining the firm in 2012, Dornstreich was the founder and president of Fourth Wall Arts, a nonprofit community arts company; in 2011, WHYY Philadelphia and Leadership Philadelphia selected him as a "Creative Connector" for his work there. Before that, he was a vice president with Capital Business Partners, a financial services and lending firm, where he was responsible for hiring, management, training, marketing campaign development and corporate relationships. Dornstreich holds a BA in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel, and also serves on its alumni advisory board. In addition, he is a member of the Jewish Business Network of Philadelphia and the Idea Coalition, a nonprofit group linking young Jewish and African American professionals.
Aaron FischerAaron Fischer CPA is the Chief Financial Officer of Newtyn Partners, LP. Previously, he was the CFO of Tyndall Management, where he worked since March 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Fischer was the CFO of Davidson Kempner Capital Management, Rosenkranz & Co., and McMahan Securities. Mr. Fischer has a long history of serving as the CFO for hedge funds of varying strategy and multi-strategy funds, private equity funds, fund of funds, and broker-dealers. He graduated from Brooklyn College with a B.S. inAccounting. In addition, Mr. Fischer had served as the treasurer of Temple Shaari Emeth for over a decade.
Joan FischerJoan Fischer has a vast and extensive background in both the for- and non-profit sectors. With over 25 years of experience in advertising, human resources and public relations, her skills and knowledge lend themselves to Home Front Hearts and its mission to serve the families that serve our country. As an Employment Specialist she counseled and worked with people with disabilities readying them for competitive employment. Additionally, she met with, and formed alliances with employers, to ease the road for her clients. With a strong commitment to giving back to the community, Joan not only serves on the HFH board, but on several others throughout the area. She has a long track record of serving on her temple's board in capacities ranging from committee chair to vice president of the board of trustees. Joan spearheaded the synagogue's branding campaign and initiated the congregation's participation in various social action endeavors. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Joan attended Brooklyn College. A mother of two grown children, Joan, along with her husband and three dogs, resides in Monmouth County, NJ.
Meghan J. HoernerAn attorney for over fifteen years, Meg began her career in Philadelphia as a tax attorney and then as an Assistant District Attorney before relocating back to her home state of New Jersey where she has been employed as an Assistant Prosecutor for the past nine years, specializing in the prosecution of white collar crimes. Meg received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Ursinus College in 1992, a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law - Camden in 1996, and an L.L.M. in Taxation from Temple University School of Law in 1999. Meg also previously earned her CPA. As a young child, Meg's parents instilled in her the importance of serving the community and her involvement with Home Front Hearts stems from her desire to give back to the families of the thousands of men and women who selflessly put their personal lives on hold to secure the freedoms of all of us. A fiction writer in her spare time, Meg lives in Somers Point, NJ with her husband Pete and their two daughters Edie and Jan where she one day hopes to finish her great American novel.
Lonni Miller RyanA former Albany capitol correspondent for the New York Post, Lonni is a seasoned public relations specialist who has worked on the successful 1993 and 1994 campaign components that elected former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former NY Governor George Pataki, and former NYS AG Dennis C. Vacco and for the top NYC-based firm Rubenstein Associates Public Relations. Now running her own firm, Miller Ryan Media Relations, Lonni is putting her unique experience and extensive contacts to work for her clients. She also handles various writing, consulting, special event, and freelance assignments. In addition to running her own PR firm, Lonni is a Certified Zentangle Teacher and volunteers her time and professional support to various not-for-profits including Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Passaic County Regular Republican Organization, and Home Front Hearts, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors. Lonni and her husband Billy and their three children and various pets live in Wayne, New Jersey -- where she serves as a Councilwoman-at-Large, Passaic County Committeewoman, and on the Board of the New Jersey Chapter of the Federation of Republican Women.
Kate MiddenKate's background consists of twenty years experience in high tech sales and business development for companies including Digital Equipment Corporation, Ocean Isle Software, STAC Electronics, DBA/Titan/L3, Level 5, Rule Machines and Modus Operandi.Kate's experience includes marketing and promotions for large and small organizations. Her love of writing led to her success as a journalist, writing non-fiction articles and journals, as well as fiction short stories and novels. Over the past two years she has focused her writing talents on grant writing and has won a number of grant awards for several non-profit organizations. Kate has over 4 years experience working in the non-profit sector assisting military family members to overcome employment challenges and currently works with Home Front Hearts focused on uniting communities to assist military families with unmet needs. She is a strong advocate for military families and has "served" for over 50 years as an Army brat, an Army sibling (4 brothers who served), and a military spouse.
Amy SchofieldAmy serves as the go-to person for Home Front Hearts' volunteer program implementation. She is also instrumental in Home Front Hearts' Public Relations campaign. Amy is married to a Navy pilot and currently resides in Maryland. She is deeply passionate about issues affecting all military families, especially the hardships military spouses face each time they are relocated or their spouse is deployed, as well as the struggles wounded warriors and their families face on a daily basis. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University's School of Public Affairs with a specialization in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government. She also has a Master Certificate in Human Resources Management from Villanova University. Prior to working with Home Front Hearts, Amy was a human resources specialist for non-profit organizations in San Diego, CA and Pensacola, FL.
Christine BrugmanChristine is married to Jason Brugman, a USAF Academy graduate and US Air National Guard Communications Flight Commander. She is an experienced Career Services Professional and entrepreneur who helps managers, staffed employees, and job candidates recognize and achieve their occupational goals and career potential. Christine is the President and Owner of Résumés Right Away LLC, a professional résumé writing, career services, and small business recruiting firm located in Colorado Springs, CO. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Management, a graduate degree in Organizational Management, a post-graduate certificate in Human Resources Management, and is currently studying for her Certified Professional Résumé Writer designation. Christine spent three years overseas coaching and mentoring local military spouses, and proudly worked as a Management Consultant Volunteer for NATO where she designed and deployed an executive management workshop at the NATO Programming Centre for both civilian and military personnel concentrating on the installation's unique business and recruiting objectives. She then consulted for a military-affiliated nonprofit organization developing Job Search Assistance training initiatives for military spouse and veteran job seekers, and worked one-on-one educating employment candidates on how to enhance their résumé writing skills and capacity to express the relevance of their professional competencies and strengths to potential employers. Prior to moving overseas, Christine spent eleven years as a Call Center Operations and Talent Management advisor. Christine is an active member of the National Résumé Writers' Association, the Professional Association of Résumé Writers and Career Coaches, the Colorado Springs Military Spouse Career Committee, and the University of Phoenix Alumni Association's Professional Mentor Program where she assists graduate students sccesfully transition from student to alumni sharing insight, advice, and real world experience within the Career Services Industry.
Marian LeavittBorn into a Navy family in Millington, TN, was just the beginning of life as a military dependent. Marian was the youngest of three children, growing up during the end of her father’s active duty career. Before her 10th birthday she had already lived in Memphis (twice), California, and Rota, Spain.
Marian transitioned from a Navy “brat” to a Navy “spouse” after marrying her husband, Mark. They lead busy lives, balancing civilian careers, her husband’s Navy career, and raising two active and adventurous children with social calendars of their own.
Marian has enjoyed a varied professional life that began after graduating from Virginia Tech with an English Degree. Marian joined the business world working with a residential building company for 4 years, making her way into a sales position in the single family home market. Continuing along the sales path, she joined a national harbor cruise company where she was the sole National Sales representative. Marian was ready for a change after numerous years in sales market and moved into the harbor cruise company’s Management Information System Department where she began training staff nationwide on the company’s new reservation system and developing and writing the 200+ page training manual for their customized system. Prior to joining HFH, Marian had delved into the teaching world, working with low-bench mark readers in 2 different schools.