ABOUT KRISTINE SCHELLHAAS
Kristine, as the Founder of USMC Life
Kristine speaks Marine Corps. She started USMC Life in 2009 as a way to inspire, connect, and educate military families. Thousands of volunteer hours later, she turned the site into a business after receiving numerous requests from companies to advertise. In 2012, she formed USMC Life into an LLC with 16,000 monthly readers.
Kristine kept growing the company, breaking into the Marine Corps community as an influencer with a monthly organic reach of 2.5 million people in social media. Almost no money has been spent on advertising and she was able to achieve the following
- Facebook (2012) 4,746 fans | (2013) 113,524 fans | (2014) 209,665 fans.
- Website 2013 and 2014: Over 2 million pageviews each year.
- 65% active duty male followers
- 25% active duty military spouse followers
- 10% veteran and community supporters.
She sold the website to Bright Mountain Acquisitions on January 2, 2015 and agreed to stay on and manage the site for the next three years.
Kristine, as a Military Spouse
Kristine speaks military spouse. She has spent 18 years together with her Marine. She and her current active duty Marine have had three children, several duty stations, and a wealth of life experiences to rely upon. She has endured five wartime deployments, been involved in many volunteer programs, clubs, and more.
She understands what it is like moving a brand new baby across the country with a potty-training toddler in tow, and knows the wonderful reunion of her Marine meeting their nine week baby for the first time after returning home from deployment.
Kristine has both a BBA in Business Management and a BBA in HR Management from Boise State University as well as an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. In her spare time she likes to read books and drink copious amounts of red wine with friends.
Kristine, as an Author
Kristine speaks heartbreak and perseverance. She was recently published in ‘Stories Around the Table’ alongside a number of military spouse influencers in the community. She brings light to the heartbreak of losing her one year old son in a tragic drowning incident and how she has kept her family together to find happiness again.
She has written a memoir which is scheduled for release in summer, 2016.
15 Years of War
“Less than 1% of our nation is currently serving in our armed forces – leaving many wondering what’s life really like for military families?
15 Years of War: How the longest war in US history affected a military family in love, loss, and the cost of service, provides a unique he said/she said perspective and tells the story of a dedicated Marine and his equally dedicated spouse.
It offers a first-hand account of their challenges and triumphs from the days just before 9/11 through fifteen years of training workups, separations, and deployments. He answers the call to duty in the Pacific, Iraq and Afghanistan, and she keeps the home fires burning. Worlds apart and in the face of unspeakable grief, their relationship is pushed to the limits.
This story of faith, love, and resilience offers insight into how a decade and a half of war have redefined what it means to be a military family.”
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