If someone would have told me 5 years ago, that I would quit my corporate world job and donate my time to veterans.. I dont know what I would have said. Now today, Im the Executive Director of the Military Veteran Project & each day I move forward carrying on my husband 's dying wish, living for him each moment because he can not.
It was a proud moment to be honored by my peers and fellow business men and women in Topeka, Kansas accepting my award for Top 20 under 40 business professional. I accepted the award in honor of the man who forever changed my life.. my late husband SSG Jamie Jarboe.
Jayhawk Area Council Announces 2013 Honorees ofTopeka’s Top “20 Under 40” AwardNow in its fourth year, Topeka’s Top “20 Under 40” Award honors members of the Topeka/Shawnee County community for their commitment and contributions both professionally and personally. Community members are invited to submit nominations for the award, once nominated, the nominee is then sent an invitation to apply. This year over 150 nominations were received. Each year selecting just 20 honorees is a difficult task, this year’s selections were even more difficult as a total of 89 applications were submitted. The honorees are chosen by a selection committee comprised of 20 Topeka community leaders who spent countless hours reviewing each application.
Congratulations to Topeka’s 2013 “20 Under 40” Honorees:Christie Appelhanz, Kansas Action for ChildrenStacie Borjon, Shawnee Heights High SchoolLaura Burton, YWCA TopekaBrandon Evans, Williams ElementaryJayme Green, Topeka Police DepartmentCarrie Greenwood, Kansas Youth Empowerment Academy (KYEA)Zach Haney, Carnival Guy Party Rentals/Teens Taking ActionMelissa Jarboe, Military Veteran Project (Jamie Jarboe Foundation)Marjorie Lathrop-Allen, Hill's Pet NutritionChris McGee, Krumins McGee Financial Group of Wells Fargo AdvisorsCherie McGinnis, Stormont-Vail HealthCareCory Powell, Boys & Girls Clubs of TopekaJohn Ratzenberger, Sheltered Living, Inc.David Richard, Eisenhower Middle School in Topeka Public SchoolsDr. Michelle Schierling, Stormont-Vail HealthcareJennifer Sourk, Midwest Health, Inc.Neal Spencer, The Ernest-Spencer CompaniesTravis Stryker, CAS Constructors, LLCKarily Taylor, Marian ClinicJenny Torrence, Serendipity “On behalf of the 20 Under 40 Selection and Steering Committees as well as the Jayhawk Area Council, I would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations and applications for this year’s awards. Each year we are truly amazed at the outstanding young and talented leaders within our community,” shared Kimberly Qualls, 20 Under 40 Co-Chair and Jayhawk Area Council Board Member. “We are excited to take this opportunity to recognize these honorees and help support the Jayhawk Area Council’s vision to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.”
My name is Melissa Jarboe, military spouse, wounded warrior wife and war widow. Today and everyday moving forward, I will honor the sacrifice of our men and women who selflessly serve our nation.