2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year and Licensed Professional Counselor
At the age of 15, Steve Torrence was driving a 160 mph racecar before most of his friends could even drive down a city street. A strong desire to follow in his father’s footsteps motivated Steve to do well in drag racing, a sport that would play a key role in the rest of his life.Steve’s first year of racing went well, finishing 7th in regional competition. Steve’s natural talent behind the wheel didn’t go unnoticed as he was named the 1999 South Central Division Rookie-of-the-Year.
A bright and promising future in racing had to be put on hold in 2000 however, after Steve was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a form of cancer most commonly found in males age 17-25). After months in the hospital, receiving both chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Steve was able to overcome the disease. Steve considers it “The greatest victory I have ever won.”
Steve returned to drag racing the following year, and raced in the amateur division until moving up to the semi-professional category in 2005. Success would once again come quickly for Steve, winning a staggering nine times in only 13 races. The stellar season earned Steve his first world championship, becoming the youngest Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster World Champion in class history. He was also named the South Central Division Driver-of-the-Year.
At the age of 22, and with a world title under his belt, it was time for Steve to move into the professional ranks. In 2006 Steve got his chance, driving Dexter Tuttle’s Top Fuel dragster (arguably the most prestigious category in drag racing). Torrence and Tuttle enjoyed increasing success year after year, with 2010 marking the highpoint as Steve earned his first professional top-ten finish (placing 8th in the final points standings).
In 2011, Steve made the difficult decision to leave Tuttle Motorsports in order to pursue a lifelong goal of starting a family owned Top Fuel team. Torrence Racing is the realization of that dream.
Corie Weathers is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor that works with individuals and families at the Center for Care and Counseling in Augusta, GA. Certified in Prolonged Exposure for use in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the Department of Defense Center for Deployment Psychology. She sees many military members and their families who struggle with the hidden wounds of war. Corie is also certified as a Gallup Faith Strengths Advisor that provides coaching for individuals, couples, as well as businesses who desire to know and excel in their strengths using the Gallup Strengths Finder inventory.
As a military spouse, Corie is passionate about advocating for military spouses, military members, and veterans. She is the Co-Owner of Insightc2 with her husband, Chaplain Matthew Weathers. Insightc2’s mission is to advocate for military marriages and veterans. Together the the two of them work passionately to bring encouragement and resources for families, highlight and promote outstanding non-profit groups and corporations that want to make a difference in military families.
Before all of this, though, She graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary with her Masters in Counseling and is licensed in the states of Georgia and Colorado. She started her internship at the University of Kentucky’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Forensic Department working along side of the country’s leading experts in eating disorders, childhood trauma, and criminal forensic evaluations. She then worked as an individual and group therapist at The Chrysalis House for Women that provided residential substance abuse treatment for women off the streets and paroled from prison. She later served individuals and couples in her own private practice (the birthplace of Insight) specializing in marriage work, divorce, women’s issues, and substance abuse.
Dylan Evers currently works for Microsoft Federal managing their Surface branded hardware sales, government acquisition contracting, and new business development, supporting the Department of Defense. Prior to Microsoft, Dylan led a DoD business for Lenovo, the global leader in PC manufacturing. While at Lenovo, he was awarded one of their highest annual honors, the Lenovo Way Award, having embodied their cultural mission statement “We do what we say and we own what we do”.
From 2010 through 2012, Dylan was the DoD manager for PCMG (formerly PC Mall Gov) a division of PCM (formerly PC Mall), one of the world’s largest DMR’s of information technology hardware and services. Before that, he spent a couple of years working for a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business helping them build out an organizational hardware and services practice supporting the IT mission of the defense community.
With over 10 years of experience supporting the Department of Defense, and having served as an active duty volunteer firefighter for the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Company, in Fauquier County, VA, Dylan is passionate about serving our military service members, veterans, first responders and their families. He continues to support the Marshall Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, and is also active within several membership organizations furthering his support of these deserving communities and advocating for our 2nd amendment rights.
Dylan lives in Marshall, VA with his wife, Sonia, and young daughter, Leyla. They own two dogs, an American Mastiff “Sig”, as well as a Lab/Chow mix “Lexi”. In his spare time, Dylan is an outdoorsman and amateur target shooter, with a growing interest in hunting, and fly fishing.