About Us


Our vision is to be the foremost provider of a Women Veterans wellness network, affording them opportunities to use their acquired skills and inherent dedication to better their own lives, those of their families, their communities and their country.


The Giordano Foundation is committed to the personal and professional growth of women veterans. We exist as a holistic resource center bringing together business, education, wellness and military community members to provide women veterans with opportunities for long-term economic independence and personal empowerment.

Our Values:

Women Veterans & Families – Serve selflessly, with gratitude and respect

Integrity – Congruency in action and thought

Trust – Honor our commitments and maintain confidentiality

Excellence – Perform at the highest levels

Compassion – Treat people with empathy and non-judgement

Collaboration – Work as a team with each other, community partners, and those we serve

Professionalism – Be accountable & responsible

Sustainability – Serve as a steward of resources

Communication – Practice open, truthful and timely communication

Volunteerism – Serve alongside one another

Education – Strive to continuously expand our knowledge of the needs of women veterans so we may better serve them

Our Board of Directors

The Barbara Giordano Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization overseen by a highly active and supportive Board of Directors.

sample8Virginia Giordano – Board Chair
Jan Cabbell – Board Treasurer
Catherine Mayus, JD – Board Member, Special Events
Angelina Mendes, PhD – Board Member, Veterans Program Strategy
Tashany Myers, Captain Army Nurse Corp – Board Member, Veterans Program Strategy
Kristyn Briez Reed, USAF Iraqi Freedom Veteran – Board Member, Veterans Program Strategy
Phylis Shulman – Board Secretary

The Foundation seeks to augment the Board with new members to assist in the oversight and fulfillment of our mission. In particular Board Members with skills in fundraising, grant writing and marketing are needed as well as new Board Members who are women veterans. If you believe in our mission and wish to apply to serve on the Board, or want to refer a suitable candidate, please contact us via our CONTACT PAGE and one of the Board Members will help you with the application process.



Barbara Giordano

The Foundation is named after the late Barbara Giordano, a nurse, hospital administrator and author who championed the cause for every patient, demanding the best of care for each individual.

While she possessed an incredible knowledge of “traditional” medicine, she had a strong dedication to holistic health education programs for women.


Over the past 20 years…

  • Financial Support: The Foundation has underwritten the cost of state exams for Native American nurses, enabling them to return to their reservations and practice medicine.
  • Meditation Workshops: for oncology nurses and caregivers.
  • Movement and Yoga Classes: for Senior Citizens living on a fixed income, allowing them to participate in a wellness program that supports both health and social connections.
  • College Scholarships: The Foundation has underwritten college scholarships for women victims of domestic abuse, enabling them to become financially independent.
  • Music Therapy: Musical programs for hospice patients, their families and staff members, allowing them to share the joy of music and dance.
  • Annual Day of Healing: For 8 years the Foundation conducted a day long free event for women living with chronic physical, mental or emotional conditions. The day focused on health and nutritional education as well as on massage, Reiki, and other personalized services.
  • Public Workshops and Seminars: A sampling includes: Foods that Heal; Dreams and Their Interpretation; Eliminating Chronic Pain from Your Life; The Healing Art of Feldenkrais and Autism; The Creation and Potential Power of a Personal Vision Board; and The Importance of Laughter.