Kristine Schellhaas’s success as an entrepreneur and nationally known advocate for military families is the result of her unwavering passion, fearless commitment, and unique authenticity. Kristine has spent nearly two decades with her Marine and her journey has provided inspiration and opportunity for those who call the military community their own.
Kristine founded and launched USMC Life in 2009 as a way to connect and educate military families during the daunting task of moving duty stations. She is a co-founder of #KeepYourPromise Alliance to advocate for military families on The Hill. She has dedicated thousands of volunteer hours helping military families aboard military installations as well as developing an online tool that provided its users with access to pertinent information for the whole family.
Within six years, she transformed USMC Life into a marketable business with organic website traffic of 2 million visitors a year, and several million people a month through social media. In January 2015, Kristine sold USMC Life to Bright Mountain Media and remains aboard as the Editor-in-Chief, reaching 10 million people a year.
Kristine and her husband, Ross, a recently retired active duty Marine, have had three children, endured five wartime deployments, and have moved 13 times over the course of their military marriage. Kristine has served as a board member on the Military Family Advisory Network, the Military Officer Association of America’s (MOAA) Spouse Advisory Council, and numerous other volunteer positions within the Department of Defense’s Key Volunteer network. Kristine was named AFI’s Military Spouse of the Year for military installations in 2013 and 2014 by Military Spouse Magazine.
Kristine has both a BBA in Business Management and HR Management from Boise State University and has earned an MA in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She is a published author of an award-winning memoir entitled 15 Years of War, as the anthology Stories Around the Table: Laughter, Wisdom, and Strength in Military Life.