Secretary, Board of Directors/R4 Alliance
Jeannette Davidson-Mayer graduated from the University of Phoenix in 2012 with a degree in Business Management and Human Resources. Jeannette has the distinguished honor representing Idaho’s caregivers with the Elizabeth Dole’s Fellow Class of 2016. Jeannette grew-up in a family who has a long history of serving in the military. Although she was never able to serve her country through joining herself, but she has always enjoyed supporting the military. In August 2001, Jeannette met DeWayne and 3 years later they were married. During DeWayne’s deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom, Jeannette served as the Family Support Coordinator for his Unit. Following his 5th accident, DeWayne returned home in Oct 2005. By the summer of 2006, DeWayne was diagnosed with traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, spinal injuries, along with a few other medical issues. As a family, they have learned to live together again. It has been a challenging road but one worth traveling.
Over the years, Jeannette and her family have dedicated themselves to other military families, to their community and to helping other caregivers (children to adults). Her focus has been on helping others discover their strengths, veteran’s rights and educating civilians about living with the side effects of war. Most importantly, Jeannette’s dedication has been towards learning and teaching other caregivers how to enjoy life to the fullest. The entire family is committed to one another and acts as a cohesive unit by embracing their every changing daily new normal. Jeannette will admit there are times she misses just being just DeWayne’s wife but feels she is the lucky wife for her husband was able to come home to them. Her goal is helping other families achieve similar joys through research that impacts the quality of recreational services provided so that Military Families can rehabilitate while achieving reintegration back into life.
From 2008 through 2013, Jeannette, DeWayne & their daughter attended events with Higher Ground (HG). In the fall of 2012, following a week-long couples rafting trip with HG, a new bonding experience was created. This experience inspired her to continue the mission nationally and to help other Military Families understand there is life after injuries. Currently residing in the New Plymouth, Idaho, Jeannette strives to continue giving back to our Military Family by keeping humor alive, love flowing, and Our Military Families growing stronger. The R4 Alliance has the opportunity to make this real a reality.