Keeran Shumway

                       USAF Veteran


Keeran served in the US Air Force from 1979-1981. She has two sons currently serving in the Air National Guard 109th Airlift Wing.  Keeran is a Blue Star Mom who well knows the hardship of a son or daughter who is deployed.  She understands the difficulties familes experience during and post deployment and brings with her a network of many organizations that assist military families.

Keeran supports our men and women in uniform  volunteering at the Captain John J. McKenna, IV Military Courtesy Room at Albany International airport . The Military Courtesy Room provides a quiet, comfortable place for military personnel on their way to or from deployments.
Keeran's entire life has been dedicated to the military.

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                         William LaBounty

                      US Army Reserve, Retired


William joined the United States Federal Government in 1989 where he conducted the ASVAB (Military Entrance Test).
William transferred to the Department of the Army as a Military Technician for five military units providing administrative services to soldiers.
William joined the United States Army Reserve in 1990, as a Logistical Specialist and was assistant to nine United States Army Reserve Unit Commanders, supervising staff and making decisions in their absence.
William retired January 2016, after 25 years in the military at the rank of Sergeant First Class. 

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                          Debbie Pennock

                      Founder/Director


Debbie began A Beacon Of Love, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, in February 2016 to support military families. She is committed to bridging the gap in services for military families by bringing people and services together to support day to day family needs. Debbie will secure services from organizations, programs, and volunteers, advocating from beginning to end.

Debbie is also the Director of The Third Option marriage/relationship support group held in Johnstown, NY, sponsored by A Beacon Of Love. Inc. The Third Option teaches skills to develop better understanding, greater sensitivity and trust, while using more effective communication and listening skills.

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Bridging the Gap in Services for Military Families
Bringing people and services together

                       Lieutenant Colonel James (Jim) L. Fuhriman
                          United States Army, 8th Medical Brigade,

                           865th Combat   Support Hospital

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) James (Jim) L. Fuhriman joined the United States Army in 1986 where he served as an Infantry Combat Medic.  Several years later he left the Active Duty Army and joined the Army Reserves.

 LTC Fuhriman's deployments include Humanitarian Disaster Assistance missions in Central and South America, several countries in Africa and within the borders of the United States. 

 LTC Fuhriman currently serves as the 865th Combat Support Hospital Operations Officer, the interim 8th Medical Brigade Operations Officer, and the resident NATO Medical Planner for all medical operations supported by the 3d Medical Command Deployment Support based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

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