Pamela Stokes Eggleston, MS, MBA, RYT500
Pamela is a co-founder of Blue Star Families, a national nonprofit that serves to create a platform where military family members can join with civilian communities and leaders to address the challenges of military life. She is the daughter of an Air Force veteran and granddaughter of an Army veteran who served in WWII. For over a decade, she has been a caregiver to her husband, a three-time Purple Heart recipient who was initially pronounced dead only to survive his severe combat wounds, visible and invisible, during two tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Subsequently, Pamela’s caregiving journey has been arduous: she suffered in silence as a military caregiver, struggling with her new normal. Then in 2011, she was invited to participate in the Maryland Caregiver Support Coordination Council. It was due to this opportunity and her caregiving hardships that re-ignited her passion to stand up for all military and veteran caregivers. Pamela applied this burning enthusiasm, using the Blue Star Families platform, to create, develop, implement and launch the highly praised Caregivers Empowering Caregivers (CEC) Program.
Pamela is a strong and vocal advocate for service members, military spouses and veteran families. Combined with over 20 years of program administration, speaking, and project management expertise, her goal is to raise the collective consciousness of the challenges military families and veterans face upon returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. An accomplished consultant, advisor, published author, national speaker and advocate, Pamela has worked for numerous agencies including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the VA, and the Department of Labor and as an advisor on Congress-supported publications centering on substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice and military and veteran family matters. She often serves as a subject matter expert, speaking passionately about these critical issues. Additionally, Pamela has consulted with DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP) as a grant reviewer, on DOD’s National Resource Directory (NRD), and is a member of the National Black MBA Association and advisory board member of Tee It Up for The Troops. She has an MS and MBA in management from the University of Maryland University College and served as President of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.
A certified and Yoga Alliance registered instructor, Pamela has practiced yoga for 15 years and completed specialized training to include certifications in plant-based nutrition, stress management, prenatal yoga and yoga training to work with service members and veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and combat stress. She serves as the founder and CEO of Yoga2Sleep, an organization that uses yoga and wellness services to promote “better sleep for the best life.” Through the organization’s partnerships, she works with Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans, The Give Back Yoga Foundation, Women Veterans Interactive, Dog Tag Bakery, Hope for the Warriors, the Omega Institute’s Yoga Service Council and others. Pamela has been featured in Mantra Yoga and Health, Essence, the Huffington Post and on MSNBC.