Dr. Barton Buechner
Professor of Military Psychology and Retired Navy Captain
Executive Director, Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
Wife and Mother
Lake Oswego, Oregon Mayor
Dr. Barton Buechner
Adjunct professor of Military Psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Michigan State Vice-Chair, National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), and Veterans Knowledge Community Coordinator for Region IV-E, National Association of Student Program Administrators (NASPA), and Principal of Vetransitions LLC.
1978 graduate of the United States Naval Academy; Master of Science degree in Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University, Doctorate in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University.
30-year Navy career included both active and reserve service as a Surface Warfare Officer, Public Affairs Officer, and senior joint service assignments.
Presently serving on the Board of Advisers of the Army Transportation Museum; The Board of Directors of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution; Student Veterans of America (SVA) Chapter Adviser at Central Michigan University, and President of the Midland, Michigan Kiwanis Club
Taya Kyle is an American Daughter, an American Mom and an American Wife that women throughout the world can feel a connection with. As a focal point for military and first responder families throughout the United States, Taya has become a beacon of light for women through displaying her tenacity, strength and faith in God in steering her family through tragedy.
Following on from the heartbreaking, sudden death of her husband, Chris Kyle – the author of New York Times best-selling book and Academy Award-winning motion picture, American Sniper – Taya has worked tirelessly to extend his legacy to the American people through the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation.
The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation aims to build a highly connected network of military and first responder families through meaningful interactive experiences.
In her own right, Taya has become a well-respected figure for military and first responder families and American women through appearances in speaking tours such as Patriot Tour with Lone Survivor Marcus Luttrell and regular media appearances representing Chris Kyle and the Foundation.
Taya’s story, American Wife, has given Taya the platform to tell her story, while also teaching on grief, faith and love. It represents the opportunity for Taya to be more deeply connected with American women, tell her story and use her experiences to help others.
Amy Novacek is a Christian wife and mother who is a passionate philanthropic leader in the Fort Worth community. A close friend of Taya Kyle, she is dedicated to supporting military and first responder families while supporting Chris and Taya’s focus on God, Country, and Family.
Mayor Studebaker attended school in Lake Oswego from grade school through high school. After earning his undergraduate and doctor of jurisprudence degrees from the University of Oregon, he served on active duty with the Marine Corps for 3 years. He then practiced law in both governmental and private corporate offices. Following that, he owned his own successful manufacturer’s representative business for 21 years. He served on the Lake Oswego Citizens Budget Committee. Kent is married to Kim, his wife of over 40 years, and has two adult daughters.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year