Our Team

Staff Bios

Anne Meree Craig

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Anne Meree served as a civil servant deploying around the world in direct strategic and operational support to the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. In 2010, after having her second child, she left the government and founded Maxemi LLC, a consulting business aimed at relationship navigation, strategy development, and research. She has worked as the Chief Administrative Officer at McChrystal Group and as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Berico Technologies. Her clients included Deloitte and General Dynamics. Anne Meree feels blessed to have not just served at the tip of spear but to also have married into it. She believes it provides her a unique understanding for the work she currently does at COMMIT. Anne Meree is gifted at connecting dots in creating serendipity for our veterans and works to grow the enduring relationships necessary to enable real success. Anne Meree holds a M.A. from Middlebury College and a B.A. from Wofford College. She attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business for Executive Education and was a proud member of the inaugural class of the Stand-To Leadership Initiative at The George W. Bush Institute. Anne Meree hails from the deep south but calls Bozeman, Montana home where she and her husband are prioritizing lifestyle and raising their three awesome kids.

Margaret Riley

Chief Operating Officer

Margaret joins The COMMIT Foundation bringing with her over 15 years of legal, military and veteran nonprofit experience. Having struggled with her own transition out of the military, Margaret has a personal and professional passion for COMMIT’s mission. Prior to joining The COMMIT Foundation, Margaret worked with PsychArmor Institute as the External Relations Director and Wounded Warrior Project as the Community Partnerships and Investments Director. Additionally, Margaret has worked in higher education at the University Of Southern California, Center of Innovation and Research for Veterans and Military Families (CIR) and Chapman University AMVETS Legal Clinic. Margaret earned her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and her law degree from California Western School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Margaret joined the U.S. Army as a direct commission and served as a JAG officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Originally from Long Island, NY, Margaret now lives in Jacksonville, FL with her twin sons and dog.

Shannon Kopp

Chief Development Officer

Shannon Kopp brings a passion for connecting people and organizations for meaningful and strategic impact in our communities for the better. She has over 12 years expertise as a strategic development and fundraising professional. Her experiences include senior fundraising roles with national non profit organizations and the John McCain 2008 presidential campaign. She has offered professional consulting services in nonprofit development, government affairs, philanthropic advisory services focused on strategic organizational development, board cultivation, and capacity building. Her experience also includes work with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Ware Family Office, campaigns for the US Senate and governor, and in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation space. Shannon earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Executive Leadership from Regis University in Denver. She lives in Golden, Colorado with her husband, an Army veteran and a CEO. They have five children, two still at home. Their oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Army.

Scott Walgren

Chief Programs Officer

Scott served in the United States Navy and brings a wealth of expertise in program management and development, executive coaching, and team building to the COMMIT Foundation as the Chief Programs Officer. Scott retired from the Navy after 20 years having commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Atlantic and flown both the MH-60S and CH-46D during his service. His career included a wide variety of operational and staff assignments, highlighted by a tour at NATO School Oberammergau nestled in the Bavarian Alps. That experience identified a connection to an adventurous, active lifestyle inspiring Scott, his wife and two sons to relocate to Bozeman, MT for post-Navy life. He is proud to continue his service contributing to the purposeful and powerful transition offered through The COMMIT Foundation. Scott is a 1998 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a BS in History, and later received an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Tanya Reinhardt

Deputy Director of Programs and Operations

Prior to joining The COMMIT Foundation as the Deputy Director of Programs and Operations, Tanya served more than 20 years as a military officer, working throughout Europe and Asia. She has a myriad of experience in both public and private sectors as a program manager and strategic thinker. Tanya met her husband in the Army and has lived through the challenges of transitioning from the military; Tanya was inspired by the mission of COMMIT and is excited to join the team. Her service extends to the community as well as she is an elected trustee on the Bozeman Public School Board and a Stephen Leader in the United Methodist Church. Tanya earned her MPA from the University of Oklahoma and her bachelors from Montana State University. She lives in Bozeman and has two children in college.

Michele Olive

Senior Director of Veteran Services

Michele Olive is pleased to join the COMMIT Foundation staff, bringing with her expertise in clinical counseling and a wealth of experience in both the military and civilian sectors. She has assisted military service members and their families as a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker via the DoD and Naval Special Warfare for over 10 years. Michele brings her background in assessment and her knowledge of high performing teams to help others achieve their goals. Her experience providing leadership development consulting in the private sector also compliments her role as the Director of Veteran Services. She shares COMMIT’s passion to connect transitioning veterans with opportunities that match their caliber of talent and vision. Michele and her husband Joel enjoy the sunshine and lots of baseball in Virginia Beach with their three sons and two Labs.

Meagan Thrift

Senior Director of Veteran Services

Meagan Thrift is honored to join the COMMIT Foundation team, bringing over 20 years of experience in the career counseling field to include higher education, private sector, government services and independent contracting. As a Nationally Certified Counselor, she has worked with students, civilians, transitioning military and military spouses in all aspects of career transition. She holds two graduate degrees in counseling with a specialization in career counseling from Florida State University. With more than 15 years as a military spouse to a recently retired special operations officer, Meagan understands the military transition process both personally and professionally.

Reggie Mills

Director of Veteran Services

Reggie is thrilled to join the COMMIT Foundation and brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to assist transitioning veterans. Reggie completed a 23-year Navy career in electronic warfare, cryptology, program management, and leadership. His worldwide military tours culminated with his final assignment as Fleet Electronic Warfare Officer for Commander, Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After retiring, Reggie’s desire to help people coupled with his own post-military hurdles found him in the classroom for nearly three years, assisting veterans with their military transition skills. He knows firsthand from his personal experiences and sharing the stories of his students, that the issues facing transitioning members are all too common. He is a true believer in the power of hope, personal connection, and surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Reggie completed his bachelor’s at Brandman University and holds a Leadership Speaker & Coach certification from The John Maxwell Leadership Team. Originally from central New York, Reggie now calls the beautiful state of Washington home where he lives with his girlfriend and their bull terrier.

Sara McNamara

Director of Corporate Education

Sara McNamara joins The Commit Foundation as a Director of Corporate Education, initially focusing on Pursue Your Purpose (PYP) online personal development program, Digital Resource Library and the COMMIT Corporate Education initiatives. She is a recent graduate of the George Bush Presidential Institute’s Stand-To Veterans Leadership Program and former Program Manager of the Hiring Our Heroes DOD Skillbridge Transition Assistance Program for the United States Marine Corps. Prior to her work in military transition and veteran talent management, McNamara spent over twenty years in corporate America with accountabilities in Business Development, Marketing, Leadership Programs and Employee Engagement with corporations including Verizon and T-Mobile, USA. McNamara holds a Master of Science Degree in Global Organization Development (MSOD) from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University. Sara is a twin mom, stepmom and proud military spouse of a retired USMC Veteran. She lives in San Clemente, CA where she enjoys beach bonfires and the adventures of raising middle schoolers.

Amy Taft

Senior Director of Education

Amy is joining the COMMIT Foundation and bringing with her over 7 years of experience in Military transition training and 17 years of experience in workforce development training. Amy has a strong background in adult online learning and curriculum development and uses this knowledge to advance the learning environment in a manner that drives people towards success. Amy was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Bush Institute Veteran Stand to Leadership program and has previously worked with the Institute for Veteran and Military Families and the USMC Marine for Life program. Amy is married to a Navy Veteran, has two daughters, and resides in North Carolina. Amy’s passion for learning and connecting people fuels her desire to see all people become the best version of themselves. Amy has a Masters of Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Learning from Liberty University and a Doctorate of Education from Liberty University.

Patrick Gale

Product Owner of Digital Programs

Patrick Gale joins The COMMIT Foundation after spending a career as a Product Manager in the Photonics Industry and most recently Co-Founding a multi-sided marketplace for high technology products. He is the son of a Vietnam Veteran and he is excited to have the opportunity to serve the Veteran community. Patrick graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering where he also met his wife a Civil Engineer. Patrick and his wife love living in Bozeman, Montana where they are raising two young children and enjoy spending their time outdoors camping, mountain biking and skiing.

Brian Rauch

Director of Information Systems

Brian “Preacher” Rauch joins the COMMIT Foundation team to continue his undertaking to get Veterans on a new personal mission during their transition. He served from 2009 through 2015 as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves, being medically separated from service after injuries while supporting missions for GWOT. His civilian career involved working software development for Palm Inc, HP Global, Check-6 Inc, and PFL. During the 2012 national elections, Preacher ran IT and Data Analytics for a US Congressman’s bid for the US Senate. More recently, he is the leading member of Salesforce’s Vetforce program in Montana were he actively trains and helps Veterans learn the Salesforce platform. Preacher attended University of Montana for his undergrad in Information Systems, and Liberty University for a double Master’s in Military Chaplaincy and Theology. He has a wife and two daughters.

Staff Bios

Anne Meree Craig

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Anne Meree served as a civil servant deploying around the world in direct strategic and operational support to the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community. In 2010, after having her second child, she left the government and founded Maxemi LLC, a consulting business aimed at relationship navigation, strategy development, and research. She has worked as the Chief Administrative Officer at McChrystal Group and as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Berico Technologies. Her clients included Deloitte and General Dynamics. Anne Meree feels blessed to have not just served at the tip of spear but to also have married into it. She believes it provides her a unique understanding for the work she currently does at COMMIT. Anne Meree is gifted at connecting dots in creating serendipity for our veterans and works to grow the enduring relationships necessary to enable real success. Anne Meree holds a M.A. from Middlebury College and a B.A. from Wofford College. She attended The Stanford Graduate School of Business for Executive Education and was a proud member of the inaugural class of the Stand-To Leadership Initiative at The George W. Bush Institute. Anne Meree hails from the deep south but calls Bozeman, Montana home where she and her husband are prioritizing lifestyle and raising their three awesome kids.

Margaret Riley

Chief Operating Officer

Margaret joins The COMMIT Foundation bringing with her over 15 years of legal, military and veteran nonprofit experience. Having struggled with her own transition out of the military, Margaret has a personal and professional passion for COMMIT’s mission. Prior to joining The COMMIT Foundation, Margaret worked with PsychArmor Institute as the External Relations Director and Wounded Warrior Project as the Community Partnerships and Investments Director. Additionally, Margaret has worked in higher education at the University Of Southern California, Center of Innovation and Research for Veterans and Military Families (CIR) and Chapman University AMVETS Legal Clinic. Margaret earned her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and her law degree from California Western School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Margaret joined the U.S. Army as a direct commission and served as a JAG officer with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Originally from Long Island, NY, Margaret now lives in Jacksonville, FL with her twin sons and dog.

Shannon Kopp

Chief Development Officer

Shannon Kopp brings a passion for connecting people and organizations for meaningful and strategic impact in our communities for the better. She has over 12 years expertise as a strategic development and fundraising professional. Her experiences include senior fundraising roles with national non profit organizations and the John McCain 2008 presidential campaign. She has offered professional consulting services in nonprofit development, government affairs, philanthropic advisory services focused on strategic organizational development, board cultivation, and capacity building. Her experience also includes work with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Ware Family Office, campaigns for the US Senate and governor, and in the drug and alcohol rehabilitation space. Shannon earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Executive Leadership from Regis University in Denver. She lives in Golden, Colorado with her husband, an Army veteran and a CEO. They have five children, two still at home. Their oldest son is currently serving in the U.S. Army.

Scott Walgren

Chief Programs Officer

Scott served in the United States Navy and brings a wealth of expertise in program management and development, executive coaching, and team building to the COMMIT Foundation as the Chief Programs Officer. Scott retired from the Navy after 20 years having commanded Helicopter Sea Combat Weapons School Atlantic and flown both the MH-60S and CH-46D during his service. His career included a wide variety of operational and staff assignments, highlighted by a tour at NATO School Oberammergau nestled in the Bavarian Alps. That experience identified a connection to an adventurous, active lifestyle inspiring Scott, his wife and two sons to relocate to Bozeman, MT for post-Navy life. He is proud to continue his service contributing to the purposeful and powerful transition offered through The COMMIT Foundation. Scott is a 1998 graduate of the United States Naval Academy where he earned a BS in History, and later received an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Tanya Reinhardt

Deputy Director of Programs and Operations

Prior to joining The COMMIT Foundation as the Deputy Director of Programs and Operations, Tanya served more than 20 years as a military officer, working throughout Europe and Asia. She has a myriad of experience in both public and private sectors as a program manager and strategic thinker. Tanya met her husband in the Army and has lived through the challenges of transitioning from the military; Tanya was inspired by the mission of COMMIT and is excited to join the team. Her service extends to the community as well as she is an elected trustee on the Bozeman Public School Board and a Stephen Leader in the United Methodist Church. Tanya earned her MPA from the University of Oklahoma and her bachelors from Montana State University. She lives in Bozeman and has two children in college.

Michele Olive

Senior Director of Veteran Services

Michele Olive is pleased to join the COMMIT Foundation staff, bringing with her expertise in clinical counseling and a wealth of experience in both the military and civilian sectors. She has assisted military service members and their families as a board certified Licensed Clinical Social Worker via the DoD and Naval Special Warfare for over 10 years. Michele brings her background in assessment and her knowledge of high performing teams to help others achieve their goals. Her experience providing leadership development consulting in the private sector also compliments her role as the Director of Veteran Services. She shares COMMIT’s passion to connect transitioning veterans with opportunities that match their caliber of talent and vision. Michele and her husband Joel enjoy the sunshine and lots of baseball in Virginia Beach with their three sons and two Labs.

Meagan Thrift

Senior Director of Veteran Services

Meagan Thrift is honored to join the COMMIT Foundation team, bringing over 20 years of experience in the career counseling field to include higher education, private sector, government services and independent contracting. As a Nationally Certified Counselor, she has worked with students, civilians, transitioning military and military spouses in all aspects of career transition. She holds two graduate degrees in counseling with a specialization in career counseling from Florida State University. With more than 15 years as a military spouse to a recently retired special operations officer, Meagan understands the military transition process both personally and professionally.

Reggie Mills

Director of Veteran Services

Reggie is thrilled to join the COMMIT Foundation and brings a plethora of knowledge and experience to assist transitioning veterans. Reggie completed a 23-year Navy career in electronic warfare, cryptology, program management, and leadership. His worldwide military tours culminated with his final assignment as Fleet Electronic Warfare Officer for Commander, Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After retiring, Reggie’s desire to help people coupled with his own post-military hurdles found him in the classroom for nearly three years, assisting veterans with their military transition skills. He knows firsthand from his personal experiences and sharing the stories of his students, that the issues facing transitioning members are all too common. He is a true believer in the power of hope, personal connection, and surrounding yourself with like-minded people. Reggie completed his bachelor’s at Brandman University and holds a Leadership Speaker & Coach certification from The John Maxwell Leadership Team. Originally from central New York, Reggie now calls the beautiful state of Washington home where he lives with his girlfriend and their bull terrier.

Sara McNamara

Director of Corporate Education

Sara McNamara joins The Commit Foundation as a Director of Corporate Education, initially focusing on Pursue Your Purpose (PYP) online personal development program, Digital Resource Library and the COMMIT Corporate Education initiatives. She is a recent graduate of the George Bush Presidential Institute’s Stand-To Veterans Leadership Program and former Program Manager of the Hiring Our Heroes DOD Skillbridge Transition Assistance Program for the United States Marine Corps. Prior to her work in military transition and veteran talent management, McNamara spent over twenty years in corporate America with accountabilities in Business Development, Marketing, Leadership Programs and Employee Engagement with corporations including Verizon and T-Mobile, USA. McNamara holds a Master of Science Degree in Global Organization Development (MSOD) from Pepperdine’s Graziadio Business School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from San Diego State University. Sara is a twin mom, stepmom and proud military spouse of a retired USMC Veteran. She lives in San Clemente, CA where she enjoys beach bonfires and the adventures of raising middle schoolers.

Amy Taft

Senior Director of Education

Amy is joining the COMMIT Foundation and bringing with her over 7 years of experience in Military transition training and 17 years of experience in workforce development training. Amy has a strong background in adult online learning and curriculum development and uses this knowledge to advance the learning environment in a manner that drives people towards success. Amy was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Bush Institute Veteran Stand to Leadership program and has previously worked with the Institute for Veteran and Military Families and the USMC Marine for Life program. Amy is married to a Navy Veteran, has two daughters, and resides in North Carolina. Amy’s passion for learning and connecting people fuels her desire to see all people become the best version of themselves. Amy has a Masters of Education with an emphasis on Curriculum and Learning from Liberty University and a Doctorate of Education from Liberty University.

Patrick Gale

Product Owner of Digital Programs

Patrick Gale joins The COMMIT Foundation after spending a career as a Product Manager in the Photonics Industry and most recently Co-Founding a multi-sided marketplace for high technology products. He is the son of a Vietnam Veteran and he is excited to have the opportunity to serve the Veteran community. Patrick graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering where he also met his wife a Civil Engineer. Patrick and his wife love living in Bozeman, Montana where they are raising two young children and enjoy spending their time outdoors camping, mountain biking and skiing.

Brian Rauch

Director of Information Systems

Brian “Preacher” Rauch joins the COMMIT Foundation team to continue his undertaking to get Veterans on a new personal mission during their transition. He served from 2009 through 2015 as a Chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserves, being medically separated from service after injuries while supporting missions for GWOT. His civilian career involved working software development for Palm Inc, HP Global, Check-6 Inc, and PFL. During the 2012 national elections, Preacher ran IT and Data Analytics for a US Congressman’s bid for the US Senate. More recently, he is the leading member of Salesforce’s Vetforce program in Montana were he actively trains and helps Veterans learn the Salesforce platform. Preacher attended University of Montana for his undergrad in Information Systems, and Liberty University for a double Master’s in Military Chaplaincy and Theology. He has a wife and two daughters.