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Sara Berndtson Nadeau grew up in Madbury, NH and graduated high school in 1990.  She attended the University of New Hampshire (UNH) with a dual major in Economics and International Affairs.  While in college, she worked as a student teacher, an intern at a local cable company in the Latin Sales Division, and during her junior year she studied abroad in Sao Paulo, Brazil. After graduating from UNH, she attended Boston University (BU) earning her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Arts (MA) in International Relations.

In 1997, after graduating from Boston University, she was recruited as a Commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force (USAF) Medical Service Corps. Sara entered the Air Force in 1998 as a 1st Lieutenant. She served until 2006 when she separated at the rank of Major.

At the start of Sara’s Air Force career, she was stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Belleville, IL.  Armed with degrees in International Relations, she was able to... Read More

When you meet Jilan Hall-Johnson you instantly recognize that she is driven as well as passionate about food and family. The love of food and cooking started at an early age where she would often be found in the kitchen cooking with her family. This passion led her to culinary school and she also continued her education and received her master’s degree in Social Psychology. As a young adult, she was living in San Diego where she met and married her USMC husband DeMarco. DeMarco’s military career enabled her family to travel across the country from coast to coast, giving them the opportunity to sample and savor the best cuisine in different regions of the country. Although full of various experiences, these many moves could be a challenge for Jilan as she had to leave jobs with every new re-assignment. When DeMarco was re-assigned to Billings, MT, she was having a hard time finding a position that suited her. This is when she decided that it was time to take... Read More