Committee Member Profiles
The National Council is comprised of Coast Guard spouses representing all facets of life. Please read on to learn about our experiences as Coast Guard spouses!
Amy Vanderhaden: Chairperson
Amy is a Coast Guard veteran and has been a Coast Guard spouse for twenty-four years. During this time, she has served in various leadership roles including Vice Chair of the National Council for Coast Guard Spouses’ Clubs 2016-2017, Communications Director for Hire America’s Heroes Military Advisory Board and as Ombudsman for CGC Active. Amy’s involvement in organizations such as Coast Guard spouse’s clubs, National Military Family Association, Habitat for Humanity, Military Child Education Coalition, C.G.World, Navy League(s) and sitting on senior spouse panels at various Yellow Ribbon Reintegration events; demonstrates her dedication to Coast Guard families and also those who support our service.
Professionally, Amy has found fun work in various fields of interest during each PCS tour. Her diverse occupations included veteran and civilian employee of the USCG, Marine Mammal trainer in Hawaii, starting her own small business, and marketing for a small wine maker in CA.
Amy is married to Jason and together they have PCS’d eleven times and have been able to live in all four corners of the U.S. They are currently stationed in D.C. and they have two children, both active duty servicemembers.
Pam Jones: Vice Chairperson
Pam Jones has been a proud Coast Guard spouse since 1985. She has been involved in many spouses' clubs over the years and has enjoyed the camaraderie and fellowship they offer. Since graduating from college, she has managed to be the jack of all trades, master of none… so her passion is to support the future generation of Coast Guard spouses in any way she can. Locally, she has served on the Board for the Joint Armed Forces of Washington Luncheon (JAFOWL) for four years, recently as the Chairperson, as well as co-chairing the DC Spouses' Club Holiday Gift Project for the last two years. This year, Pam is stepping up to serve as the President of the Coast Guard Spouses' Club of Washington, DC. Because of her extensive volunteer efforts, Pam was the recipient of the Swivel Shot Award, which recognizes individuals who distinguish themselves in support of the men and women of the Coast Guard and their dependents. The award recognizes the outstanding leadership and service of those who give long hours of dedicated volunteer service to the Coast Guard family.
Pam is married to recently retired RADM Tom Jones. They have enjoyed duty stations in Norfolk, VA; Puerto Rico; Champaign, IL; Washington, DC and Warwick, RI. They are the proud parents of their daughter Madison, who is attending college.
Mary Vogt: Secretary
Mary Vogt has been a Coast Guard spouse since 1991. She has been engaged in many Coast Guard activities and spouse’s clubs for the past 26 years. While stationed at the United States Coast Guard Academy she volunteered and mentored many cadets in several areas. She also served as the water polo advisor. She was recognized with the “Spirit of the Bear” award for her dedication and mentorship to the cadets.
Professionally Mary worked as a nurse at UCLA hospital until the arrival of her first daughter and she then became a full-time mom. For a period of time she also ran a successful small retail business. She has been active in the local communities where she has been stationed, specifically volunteering at local schools, food banks, church groups and she and her husband became certified foster parents while stationed in Juneau, AK.
Mary is married to RADM Jack Vogt and they have four children and one son-in-law.
Janice Lytle: Treasurer
Janice has been a Coast Guard spouse since 1984. Professionally, for over 20 years, she worked in the finance industry, holding managerial positions in compliance, operations and administration, at both the local and regional level. Currently, she is nurturing her creative side working as a home stager, as well as indulging her passion for all things antique and vintage, by maintaining a shop in an antique mall.
Janice and her husband, Marshall, have enjoyed duty stations in Miami, FL, Groton, CT, and the Washington, DC area.
Monica Day: Communications Director (Newsletter)
Monica has been a Coast Guard Spouse for nearly 11 years. She and her husband have lived across the United States and enjoy the moving and traveling. She is a business owner and recent college graduate. Earning her degree has given Monica a new look on life. She loves helping others and being a resource for new spouses.
Monica is currently the Newsletter Chair for the Coast Guard Spouses' Club of Washington, DC. She has been in this position since July 2016 when she PCS'd to the area. Her background in photography and design helps her create newsletters that are concise, informative, and visually appealing. She is excited to contribute in a similar capacity with the National Council.
Courtney Allen: Communications Director (Website)
Courtney Allen has been a proud Coast Guard spouse since 2001. She was born in North Carolina, earning her Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professionally, she has worked in advertising sales, event planning, college admissions, and free-lance graphic design. She has recently returned to school to earn a Graphic Design Certificate from George Mason University. Courtney and her husband, Ryan, have three children, Kendall, Addison, and Chase. Their Coast Guard adventures have taken them to Portsmouth, VA; Pensacola, FL; Savannah, GA; Jacksonville, FL; Traverse City, MI; and Washington, DC.
At each of their duty stations Courtney has been an active participant in the Spouses’ Club, serving as President in Savannah for two years as well as coordinating weekly Coast Guard playgroups in Jacksonville and Traverse City for seven years.
Kim Allan: Bylaws Advisor
Kim has been a Coast Guard spouse for the last 25 years and, during that time, has been involved in many spouses clubs as a member, Committee Chair, and Board Member. She was on the Executive Board of the Coast Guard Spouses' Club of Washington, DC when the Club reviewed and voted on bylaw changes, and was on the Executive Board of a Navy Spouses Club when the bylaws were changed to be more inclusive. As an Ombudsman she has learned how to work with Command to get information out to families. As a CO's wife, she helps to make sure that all spouses are included in events. Kim genuinely cares about the Coast Guard and its families and her knowledge will be valuable for helping the National Council advise new and existing clubs.