The Joint Spouses' Conference Hawaii is a non-profit organization chartered to enrich the lives of military spouses stationed in Hawaii. We are a 501(c)(4) organization, serving the military spouse community by hosting an annual conference providing educational and informative workshops, lectures, and open forums.
Our mission is to service the spouses of active duty, reserve, National Guard, and retired military members of the armed services, and spouses of international military officers assigned to a United States military unit, primarily those assigned to a military installation on the island of Oahu, but not limited to those installations.
The annual conference provides a forum for spouses of active duty, reserves, and retired military members of all services and ranks to learn, network, and help each other in our challenging roles as spouses, parents, professionals, and community leaders through workshops and guest speakers.
Upholding the Legacy
Mrs. Judith "Judi" Bramlett,
Founder of Joint Spouses' Conference
On August 24, 1971, in Lubbock, Texas Judith A. Cassidy married David A. Bramlett and a military spouse was born. Throughout her husband’s career as an Army Officer, Judi profoundly believed Army wives, individually and collectively, possessed extraordinary talent that should be shared with one another.
In 1984, aboard Fort Bragg, NC, Judi introduced the Women’s Information Network (WIN), an innovative series of conferences for and about Army wives. She later carried the idea with her to Fort Campbell, KY in 1986 where it was renamed Interaction 101.
In 1988, aboard Schofield Barracks, Army wives Sharon Gilliam and Judi Bramlett teamed together to develop the first Women’s Conference for Army wives. They recruited workshop presenters from throughout the military community and from professional, educational, and governmental sectors of the state. This proved to be an invaluable template for future conferences. Judi would go on to direct additional Women’s Conferences in Alaska in 1993 and 1994.
Judi returned to Hawaii in 1995 where she introduced her concept to friend and future cochair, Janel Howell, a Marine spouse. Only this time, Judi was reaching for new horizons to include all military spouses. Judi and Janel brought the Joint Women’s Conference - Military Wife: Spirit of Ohana- to fruition. The first conference was held aboard Hickam Air Force Base. The purpose: “To provide a forum for military wives that will enrich, empower, uplift, enlighten, motivate, and strengthen them in their roles as women, wives, mothers, and community leaders.”
On November 20, 2008 at the age of 61, Judith A Bramlett died in her home after a courageous two year battle with lung cancer. Her legacy lives on and her spirit is alive here today.
Director- Laura Fleming
Deputy Director- Jennifer Evans
Corresponding Secretary- Kifferi Franklin
Recording Secretary- Kimberly Lugo
Treasurer- Raele Scott
Webmaster- Andrea Disque
Hospitality- Kris Brown, Co- Kelly King
Info Expo- Emily Boyd, Co- Shannon Helberg
Publicity- Cassie Johannes, Co- Stacy Bilodeau
Catering & Decorating- Tiffany Grooms, Co- Bronwyn Wiggins
Registration- April Gonzalez
Conference Packets- Heather Cooper, Co- Emily Hart
Donations & Fundraising- Jennifer Rokosa, Co- Denise Laakman
Workshops & Facilities- Jodi Peterson, Co-Tanya Webb
Base Liaison & Transportation- Heather Osgood, Co- Erica Brown
Programs and Graphics- Michelle Morgan
Retail Sales- Amber Collins, Co- Brittney Fleming
Volunteer Coordinator- Tracey Harger
Historian- Beca LeMaire, Co- Heather Marrou