Isa Marie McIntyre
Board Member at Large & Scholarship Committee Chair
Isa Marie served 8 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) Repairer. She completed two deployments in Iraq, totaling in 27 months of combat operations. Her military awards include the Combat Action Badge, the Iraq Campaign Medal with three campaign stars, and four Army Commendation Medals, among others.
In 2012 Isa Marie became caregiver to her husband Alejandro, after he stepped on an improvised explosive device while on deployment in Afghanistan, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. Several years after his injuries Alex turned to beekeeping to provide him a new purpose. Now the two have over 1,000 hives, along with goats, chickens and horses.
In May 2019, Isa Marie graduated from Sacramento State’s Business Honors Program where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior. In November 2019, Isa Marie began managing Farmer Veteran Coalition’s Enhancing Agricultural Opportunities for Military Veterans (Ag-Vets) grant issued by the USDA-NIFA. Though there are several deliverables associated with this grant, the main goal is to recruit veterans for the Center for Land-Based Learning Agricultural Apprenticeship Program and the Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Training Program.
Isa Marie remains active in the veteran community and currently serves that community in the following capacities:
❖ Women Veterans Giving Scholarship Committee Chair- WVG encourages professional development in women veterans by providing scholarships to attend professional conferences.
❖ “Vanquishing the Invisibility” Participant- A portrait project designed to raise awareness that women are veterans too.
❖ The Mission Continues Women Veterans Leadership Program- A program designed to enhance effective leadership skills while empowering women veterans to serve in under-resourced communities.
❖ Legislative Caregiver Advocacy- Meeting with former VA Secretary Shulkin and other key stakeholders to share caregiver issues that were later addressed in the 2018 VA Mission Act.
❖ Fox News Wounded Warrior Experience Participant- A panel of wounded warriors and their caregivers, filmed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C