"A wise woman knows how to summon her courage and do what is right rather than what is easy" - Suze Orman

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Candyss Bryant, Principal


  • Order of Saint Maurice (Civis), 2004

  • Distinguished Member of the Ranger Training Brigade (Honorary), 2008

  • Honorary Member of the TXARNG 143rd IR (Airborne), 2011

  • Kentucky Colonel, 2013

Candyss Bryant has more than fifteen years of experience in nonprofit development and management as both a professional and volunteer. Bryant found her way to Austin, Texas, from Columbus, Georgia, with her husband Rodney and daughter Jasmin.

Bryant began her professional career in Columbus, Georgia, as a marketing director for a start-up Women’s Professional Fastpitch Softball League. While working full-time positions with the National Infantry Association, Columbus State University and Goodwill Industries, she began independently consulting in 1999 and has since developed Candyss and Associates, LLC.

Candyss' strengths and passion are in the areas of strategic planning, board governance and special event planning/management. Bryant facilitates the non-traditional delivery of specific resources and assistance to military communities using unique vehicles while employing an extensive toolbox of skills (events, social media, etc.) and network.

Bryant is committed to a set of core values. She has nonprofit excellence and capacity building efforts through strategic thought and planning in her cross hair. She has facilitated and/or provided assistance to leadership gatherings, coalitions, boards of directors, planning committees, resource developers, nonprofit professional groups, conference organizers, event managers and many others.

Bryant currently serves on the governing board of Gallant Few, a charitable nonprofit organization with the mission to assist solider reintegration efforts and was recently granted the honor to tandem jump with the Army's Golden Knights.

Community Involvement

4th RTB Ball, 2014

Mogadishu Mile, 2013

30th Anniversary Best Ranger Book, 2013

GallantFew, 2011 - 2013

National Society of Hispanic MBAs, 2010 - 2011

Soldier’s Angels, 2010

Spirit Reins – Strategic Thinking pro bono work, 2010

United States Army Ranger Association, 2010 - 2011

SafePlace – Young Leadership Steering Committee, 2009 - 2010

Capital Area Food Bank – Agency Enrichment Academy, 2009

Department of Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, 2005-2006

Community Assets and Critical Issues Steering Committee, 2003-2006

Muscogee Educational Excellence Foundation, 2002-2006

Family Connection, 2003-2007

Chattahoochee Federal Credit Union, 2003-2004

ROSS Advisory Board, 2002-2003

NETWORK (Member), 2001-2005

Covering Kids and Families, 2003-2006

Association of University Women, 2003-2007

Columbus Hospitality Association (Member), 2001-2003

Georgia Coalition to End Homelessness(Member), 2003

Columbus READS (Mentor), 2003 - 2004

Better Business Bureau (Golf Tournament Committee), 2002

CSU “An Investment in People” (Campaign Volunteer), 2003 - 2004

Relay For Life (Participant), 2003-2006

Mentor (Volunteer), 1999-2002

Damascus Way (Volunteer), 1998-1999

Women in communications (Member), 1996-1997

Public Relations Society (Member), 1995-1997

Special Olympics (Volunteer), 1998

Good Works Homeless Shelter (Volunteer), 1995-1997

Girl Scouts (Assistant Leader), 1994-1996



Alyssa Sudermann

Alyssa Sudermann, is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado with two Bachelor degree's in Journalism and Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising and the other in Communication Studies.  She spent 4 years working with a Top 500 eCommerce company starting entry level and ended her time there in a senior management position.  Previous to that, she spent 3 years at a medium market radio company in the advertising department.  She is a native Coloradoan that enjoys traveling, meeting new people, and hanging in the mountains with her dog.  Working within the veteran community over the past year with as the Chief Marketing Officer, she has found that her strengths are communication, social media, networking, and consulting for small businesses.  She is passionate about purpose-driven work and creating sustainable and long lasting relationships through honesty, loyalty and good ethics.

Community Involvement

New Hope Homes, Rwanda 2010

Association for Women in Communications, 2006-2009

Cans for Candelaria, 2009

Zac's Legacy Foundation, 2008

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Jill Bruce


  • Shield of Sparta, 2014

  • 1-71 Cavalry Volunteer of the Year Nominee, 2014

  • 1-71 Cavalry Volunteer of the Year Nominee, 2013

  • Commander’s Award for Public Service x2, 2013

  • Ali’i Award 2007

Jill Bruce, a graduate of Hofstra University with a Bachelor's degree in Video/Television Production, has a vast array of previous work experience under her belt.  She spent 6 years working on Broadway, Off Broadway, and International Theater, spent two and a half years working with Army Basic Trainees doing Photography, Video and Graphic Design, and has numerous years of event planning and coordinating experience.  She is a Ranger Wife and Mother of two.  She spends as much of her time giving back to the Military Community and supporting the Troops and their families as she possibly can. Jill's strengths are design, social media and special event planning.  She is passionate about leading and learning through honesty, integrity, and dependability.  Jill currently volunteers with the 10th Mountain Division helping the Families of 1/71 Task Force Ghost.


Community Involvement

1-71 Cav FRG Leader, 2012 to date

4th RTB Ball, 2014

Mogadishu Mile, 2013

30th Anniversary Best Ranger Book 2013

4th RTB FRG Volunteer, 2009-2012

1-14 IN FRG Volunteer, 2006-2009

VDAY, 2005

National Broadcasting Society, 2002-2005

Association for Women in Communications, 2002-2005

Danceworks, 2002-2005

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Angela Robertson

Prior to joining the team, she worked as a Student Affairs professional at Austin Community College and Texas State University-San Marcos, focusing on student development, programming and community service initiatives. Angela holds undergraduate (BME) and graduate (MME) degrees in Music Education. She has directed high school bands in Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas. She has also been a judge for Texas Color Guard Circuit. Angela is currently enrolled in the Certificate for Non-Profit Leadership and Management through Austin Community College.


Neelam Noorani

Neelam has over a decade of experience in a variety of professional environments.  Her key strengths include Event Logistics, Communication, Customer Service, Multi-Tasking, and Data Analysis.  She is also a Logistics Coordinator at the Center for Community-Based and Nonprofit Organizations at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.  She graduated from Texas State University with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology.  Currently, she is taking classes to become a licensed Massage Therapist. Neelam is a hardworking and reliable individual with an extremely positive attitude.  She is a self-starter, detail-oriented, and has great communication and organizational skills.  The one thing that all her employers will say about her is that she has exceptional customer service skills.  She has the ability to make individuals feel at ease, regardless of their age/gender. Because of her diverse background and experience, she is able to look at things in a different perspective, thus her unique problem-solving skills..