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OutServe Magazine | February 19, 2015

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Magazine Staff

Magazine Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Angelina Leger ( on Twitter @angelinaleger

Angelina Leger is an award-winning multimedia artist with over 15 years of experience as a project leader, working both for herself and other agencies on the state and national level. Her background includes strategic visioning, communications, marketing, advertising, disaster preparedness, 3D animation, motion graphics, graphic design, art direction, web design, video production and editing. Graduating from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, 3D Animation, Leger was honored with Best of Class Abstract & Experimental Animation, Red Stick International Animation Festival Award; Gold ADDY® Elements of Advertising in Animation, Acadiana Advertising Federation; and Kepler Award, Special Judges Choice Award, Animation of Typography, Acadiana Advertising Federation, for her undergraduate senior thesis in experimental abstract animation. Angelina has also collaborated with teams that have produced other work honored by Millennium Awards, MarCom Awards Service Industry Advertising Awards, Summit Marketing Achievement Awards, Southern Public Relations Federation Lantern Awards, Davey Award, American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Award, andPlanetizen Top 10 Web Sites Award. Recently, she served as Operations + Graphics Director for OutServe Magazine, a graphics specialist contractor for DHS FEMA, and a freelance multi-media artist for clients across the U.S. She currently resides in Washington, D.C.


Executive Editor: Liza Dougherty


After four years in the United States Navy, Liza Swart recently saw a transition from aviation to public affairs, and couldn’t be happier. Graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Huntington College in 2004, she served two years as editor-in-chief of the national award winning Huntingtonian and editor of the campus literary journal, Ictus. After several years in the private sector, she commissioned from Navy OCS on August 29, 2008, eventually earning her wings of gold as a Naval Flight Officer. Most recently, Liza graduated the Defense Information School and was promoted to the rank of O-3. Growing up in Michigan, she is now stationed in Chicago. When not at work, Liza is passionate about scuba diving, traveling, live performance and the internet. She has been a semi-professional singer since the age of fifteen. Swart manages a number of sections within the magazine including “The Bench,” all movie and book reviews, and the travel feature “Let’s Go!” among other duties.



todd burtonTodd Burton (

Todd Burton, a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard, joined the Guard in 1985 and has been serving as an AGR officer since 1997.  He has served on the staffs of the Department of the Army, the Army National Guard, the National Guard Bureau, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  He deployed to Afghanistan in 2012 as the Director of Resource Management for the Kabul Base Cluster Command.  He is currently assigned to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense.

LTC Burton was a founding chapter leader for the Washington DC area and currently coordinates the National Guard and Reserve Chapter and the Senior Leaders forum.  Todd is also a life member of the National Guard Association of the United States, the Association of the United States Army, and the Military Officers Association of America as well as a Federal Club member of the Human Rights Campaign.


Editorial Staff

Online Editor: Aaron Testa ( on Twitter @amtesta

Aaron Testa hails from Cleveland, Ohio, and is a Captain in the Virginia National Guard’s 29th Infantry Division, however he did not storm Normandy on D-day with his unit. Aaron is a 2005 graduate of Fordham University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural anthropology. There, he attained his commission through ROTC. He deployed in 2009 to Iraq with Ohio’s 16th Engineer Brigade as a Public Affairs Officer, earning a Bronze Star for his efforts. In his civilian capacity, he works for the Joint IED Defeat Organization in Arlington, Va., as an outreach specialist. He will complete his Master’s of Science degree in Management with a focus on Leadership from the Catholic University in 2014. Aaron lives with his partner of two years, Bryan, in Washington, D.C., where he enjoys running, cycling and travel. He is a member of the Truman National Security Project’s Veterans Leadership Academy. He is also involved with the Virginia National Guard Association, National Guard Association of the United States, and the Reserve Officers Association.



Associate Editor and Photo Editor: Katie Miller ( on Twitter @KatieMillerOS

Katie Miller spent the first half of her undergraduate education at the U.S. Military Academy. At West Point, she ranked 8th out of her class of over 1,100 cadets when evaluated on academic performance, physical fitness and military leadership. However, Miller could not square her honor as an aspiring Army Officer with the daily half-truths required from her under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In 2010, she publicly announced resignation from the academy on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and was honorably discharged from the military. Miller immediately joined the founding board of OutServe – the association of actively-serving LGBT servicemembers – and served as a spokesperson in major media interviews, including: The New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, ESPN, NPR and the BBC. She also escorted Lady Gaga to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.

A Truman scholar and Point Foundation scholar, Miller graduated in 2012 from Yale University with a B.A. in political science. Miller joined the LGBT Research and Communications team at the Center for American Progress last fall, and she is currently pursuing Marine Corps Officer Candidate School. At 23 years old, she is the youngest board member of a major LGBT organization. She is chair of the board of directors policy committee at OutServe-SLDN. Miller is responsible for the “All Call” and “From the Board” section of OutServe Magazine among other duties as the photo editor.

Associate Editor: Laura Rayburn (

Laura Rayburn is an active duty Coastie currently working in the marine environmental protection field in Hawaii. She got her start as a writer while a student at Mississippi State University, producing a weekly opinion column for the university’s newspaper, The Reflector. After graduating in 2006 with a degree in biology, Rayburn packed up and moved to three different states in three years, hopping from a job at a homeless shelter to one on a fishing boat and another at a research farm during that span of time. In 2007, while working in the Bering Sea, she had her first interactions with the Coast Guard and began entertaining the thought of joining up with the maritime guardians. Two years later, she made her decision, signed on the dotted line, and has not looked back since.

As a Coast guardsman, Rayburn has been assigned to two cutters and one unit ashore while also traveling from coast to coast on deployments and for training. Despite the frequent adjustments in latitude, Rayburn has been writing since she fell in love with it in college. When not protecting the seas or scratching out new ideas with pen and paper, Rayburn enjoys playing soccer, trying new recipes, and ringing cowbells for the Mississippi State Bulldogs during all their sporting endeavors. Rayburn is responsible for the “Families” section of OutServe Magazine among other duties.



Editorial Staff and Topical Contributors

Copy Editors: Eric Minton and Claire Lanier. Services sponsored by
Transgender Issues: Brynn Tannehill (
The Bench: David McKean, OutServe-SLDN Legal Director, (
Fashion+Style: Joshua Ladner (
Health+Fitness: Steven Snyder-Hill (
Ask Sarge: Kody Parsons (
Editorial Assistant: Bobat Camacho (
Research Assistant: James Wilkins(


Operations Staff

Operations Director: Angelina Leger (
Distribution: (
Advertising: (
Social Media Director: Bobat Camacho (