Elizabeth O’Brien is an accomplished, high-energy leader with expertise in national partnerships, non-profit relationship building, program development, and community engagement. Elizabeth O’Brien currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of Freedom Learning Group – an educational content and services provider powered by a global remote network of Military Spouses and Veterans.
Elizabeth, a Military Spouse, sits on The Blue Star Families Advisory Council, The Military Spouse Corporate Career Network Advisory Council, and The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. She chairs the state of Virginia Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
Previously, Elizabeth served in significant leadership roles as a Senior Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes and as Chairwoman for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Advisory Committee on Veterans Business Affairs, the first Military Spouse named to the role. Prior to joining the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, O’Brien spent over a decade coaching college women’s basketball at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Hofstra University, and The University of Hawaii.
Elizabeth resides in the Washington, D.C. area with her family. On any given day, she and her family can be found competing or cheering one another on at a sporting event.
Nathan Ecelbarger is the Co-Founder of Freedom Learning Group. Nathan is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, Adjunct Professor, former Law Enforcement Officer, and has contributed to many fields with a diversified resume of accomplishments, increasing training and education effectiveness through innovation and creativity.
Nathan and his Military Spouse founded Freedom Learning Group with a mission in mind; to not only virtually employ qualified Military Spouses and Veterans but keep them in their respective fields providing exceptional content delivery in every imaginable discipline.
Nathan finds escape in carpentry, traveling and family adventures with a calling for philanthropy. Nathan and Stacey are blessed with four amazing children.
Stacey Ecelbarger Is the Co-Founder of Freedom Learning Group. Stacey is an accomplished Real Estate Broker with a background in Criminal Justice specializing in training, recruiting, and quality assurance. Stacey is a true entrepreneur at heart with a passion for philanthropy and serving the community.
Stacey and her Service Member founded Freedom Learning Group with a mission in mind; to not only virtually employ qualified Military Spouses and Veterans but keep them in their respective fields providing exceptional content delivery in every imaginable discipline.
Stacey was named 2020 Armed Forces Insurance US Army Garrison Stuttgart Spouse of the Year. Stacey finds freedom in writing, photography, traveling and making memories with her family. Stacey and Nathan are blessed with four beautiful children.
Chief of Staff
Meg is an operations executive and change management leader with over 15 years of success leading high-growth teams, and building a strategy for sustained excellence in operations. Meg is skilled in identifying strategies for growth, increased efficiency and process improvement.
Academy-educated and military-trained, Meg has led operations in the Army as well as in multi-billion dollar corporations such as AAA, where she oversaw Emergency Road Service operations across 7 states with responsibility of 1000+ employees, 600+ vehicles and a $250million P&L. During her time at AAA, Meg’s team boosted customer satisfaction levels to the highest in company history.
Prior to AAA, Meg served as Regional Vice President for Allied Universal Security Services. While there, Meg notably managed the merger of two former competitors, each with a portfolio of over $50million. Meg facilitated a smooth transition to support 2,500+ employees and 200+ clients. Following one of the largest mergers in industry history, Meg led her team to 400bps improvement of GP/EBITDA and increased revenue $1MM within the first quarter that she held P&L responsibility.
As a servant leader, Meg is passionate about empowering every member of her team, building trusting relationships and supporting her employees’ growth and fulfillment. She creates positive, supportive team cultures and believes that the best way to inspire staff is to lead with kindness.
Meg is a veteran and a former military spouse. She and her husband, Zac, live in Austin, TX with their two daughters, Milena and Zoe.
Meg’s professional background is complemented by an MBA from Saint Joseph’s University. She also possesses a Bachelor of Science, in Law and Legal Systems from the United States Military Academy. While at West Point, she was the team captain of the academy’s first-ever Women’s Basketball Team to qualify for the NCAA tournament.
Chief People Officer
Amy Uthe is Chief People Officer at Freedom Learning Group (FLG). In this role she leads efforts related to human resources, recruiting, workforce development and company culture.
Prior to joining FLG, Amy gained broad association management experience during her nearly six years at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. In her most recent role as Director of Strategic Campaigns and Initiatives for the Chamber’s Global Energy Institute, Amy developed and managed division-wide strategy along with issue-specific campaigns. In this role, she also oversaw communications and marketing; operations and event logistics; and strategic partnerships.
Earlier in her career at the U.S. Chamber, Amy was a member of the Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program. In this role she worked across multiple teams to support the nationwide effort to connect Veterans, transitioning service members, and Military Spouses with meaningful employment opportunities.
Before joining the U.S. Chamber, Amy led the marketing and development efforts for an Arizona based restaurant group. In this role, she assisted in the successful expansion of several branches into new markets across the state in addition to managing company-wide sales, community engagement, and event logistics.
Amy is married to Peter, an Army Veteran, and they live in Northern Virginia with their dog, Gordon.
SVP, Public Affairs
Jennifer Bibby currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Freedom Learning Group. Her corporate experience includes leading the Military and Veterans Affairs, Community Affairs and Civic Engagement portfolio for Starbucks Social Impact group. In this role, Bibby developed and maintained key relationships with Veteran and Military Spouse non-profit organizations increasing engagement, cross promotion and customer campaign awareness year over year. In addition, she launched the Coffee with a Cop program. Partnering with key stakeholders, Coffee with a Cop brought together thousands of employees, customers and law enforcement officials in store across the country. Bibby also led a non-partisan strategy to connect employees and customers to their communities through voting and community service.
Prior to her time at Starbucks, Bibby spent fifteen years in association management, culminating with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Hiring Our Heroes program (HOH). As a Senior Director, she oversaw operations of the nationwide effort to connect Veterans, transitioning service members, and Military Spouses with meaningful employment opportunities. Bibby led cross functional teams overseeing more than 100 events annually, including Mission Transition; a national summit on Veteran employment, HOH Awards Gala and various hiring and networking events throughout the world.
Jennifer is married to Derek, a Retired Marine Corps Harrier Pilot. They live in the Pacific Northwest with their son, Elijah and their three dogs. Traveling, hiking, and skiing are often enjoyed together as a family.
SVP, Business Development
Clint Boeding joined Freedom Learning Group in January of 2021 as the Senior Vice President of Business Development. As a Veteran, he is passionate about serving others and it is his goal to expand FLG’s client base to provide more flexible and virtual career opportunities for Military Spouses and Veterans than FLG ever has before. Prior to joining FLG, Clint was the Head of University Partnerships at Udacity and the Director of Business Development at Pearson Education. During his tenure at Udacity, he supported the company’s growth to form a new Higher Ed vertical and created new and long-lasting strategic partnerships across the collegiate landscape.
Clint is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he studied Secondary Education and minored in Sociology. When he is not working, Clint can be found scoping out his next family adventure with all the mountains have to offer – skiing, camping, mountain biking, hiking, and trail riding his dirt bike. Clint loves to travel and explore the country with his kids in the family camper.
Senior Systems Administrator
Joey Phillips is the Senior Systems Administrator for Freedom Learning Group. Since joining in 2019, his role is to lead and support the IT Systems of a remote workforce spanning over 36 states and 10 countries.
Joey entered the IT world in 2007 initially with a small business start-up. Here, he built a dynamic remote IT department it its entirety learning the industry from the inside out.
Joey is passionate about FLG’s unique social mission along with its exciting work environment. He believes the future of work is built around the opportunities a remote workforce has as it is driven by technology with an eye toward innovative internal and external solutions.
Joey and his wife, Lauren, are proud parents of two beautiful girls. They are also proud to be siblings, children and grandchildren to active duty members and Veterans of the Military.
SVP, Content Operations
Anna Christen is excited to join Freedom Learning Group as part of the Content Operations team. Prior to joining FLG, she was the Director of Events & Engagement at Hiring Our Heroes. In that role, she led a motivated team committed to advancing opportunities for military spouses, veterans, and transitioning service members. In addition to conducting military spouse hiring and workforce development events, her team led the Military Spouse Professional Network, Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zones, a three-year hiring initiative called “Hiring 100,000 Military Spouses”, and curated workshops.
Previously, Anna served as a Human Resources manager after graduating from West Point. While on active duty, she completed a combat deployment before transitioning to finance in the civilian sector.
Anna continues to serve in the Army Reserves, working as a part-time Assistant Professor of Military Science at Princeton University. She earned her MBA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Anna is also a proud military spouse with 3 daughters.