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Kyle Beth Harper

Kyle Beth Harper, Chief Strategy and Communications Officer, is responsible for the vision, direction, and communications plan for TAPS. She comes to the role with considerable knowledge of the organization, having served as former Director of Programs, Manager of Program Development, Director of Communications and Special Events, and having worked closely with the Survivor Services and Survivor Care Teams to ensure comprehensive care.

Ms. Harper holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Georgetown University and a M.A. in Women's Studies from The George Washington University. An avid runner, climber, and triathlete, Ms. Harper’s belief in the power of experiential therapy and her commitment to program development guides the organization’s strategic framework, which continues to evolve to ensure institutional relevancy, survivor empowerment, and effective peer-to-peer support programming. An inspiring and dedicated ambassador for the organization, for survivor support, and for the rights of women disenfranchised by armed conflict, Ms. Harper has visited Afghanistan at the invitation of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), presented to the World Bank and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), and spearheaded the creation of TAPS Retreats and Expeditions.

Ms. Harper has been with TAPS since 2008, a year after a roadside bomb claimed the life of her fiancé, Army SSG Michael R. Hullender, in Iraq. She currently in lives in Mountain View, California, where she practices enthusiastic mindfulness with her favorite Yogi, an eight-year old Viszla.

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