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Jing Lisanby

Branch: Air Force

Duty Station: Keesler Air Force Base

Number of Deployments: 0

Number of PCS's: 5

Share your military spouse story:
I am an Air Force spouse of 11 years, a mom, a financial and fitness coach. After graduating in college, I came to the states from China to advance my education. It was at UAB ( University of Alabama), I met my "future" spouse in the department of Microbiology in 2015. After a few years of long distance dating, we eventually tied the knot in 2010. Being a military spouse for 11 years has taught me to be adaptable. I switched my career from a microbiology immunologist to a financial advisor. From studying autoimmune diseases to helping clients with their family financial needs, I continue to embrace my passion of serving others and making positive impacts to people's lives. In my free time, I teach at the local gyms. I connected with members and together we work hard to create a fitter, healthier community. The last 11 years have been exciting, we had one oversea assignment, and 5 PCS. Today we are stationed at Keesler AFB.

Share an example of your leadership experience within the military community:
I served as the Admin Treasurer for the WPAFB Officer Spouse club for two terms. I oversee an annual operating budget of $25K and a $50K overall budget. I am also on the Exe Board of director to overall and approve budgets for all events.

Describe your involvement in the military community:
As a financial advisor, I helped a lot of military families to start or updating their financial plan. I have a deep understanding of all military benefits. Educating military families on what they have currently while on AD and what they will lose once they separate from the service has been very rewarding. Knowledge is power. Nothing is more rewarding than empowering people with the right knowledge and confidence!

Describe how you support your community:
I love people and always passionate about helping people. My motto is "creating positive impact in life, one person at a time". Whether it is financial planning or helping others with their fitness goals, I try my best to connect, inspire and help everyone who is reaching out.

What do you advocate for? Why?
Empowering and educate military family on their benefits. I have came across a lot of families that who are in need for financial help. They try their best to support the mission, however, along the way, their family financial life falls apart. A lot could have been done before that. I am passionate about educating and spread the knowledge on military benefits.

How have you spread the message of your platform/advocacy?
Be proactive, reach out first whether anyone asks for help or not. I am passionate about my mission and nothing is holding me back. I am using social media platforms to spread my mission.

What do you hope to accomplish with the AFI Military Spouse of the Year® title?
Help more military families and make bigger positive impacts.

Nominations

Jing is a First Command Financial Advisor for 130 client families in which 95 are Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, separated, or retired members. She mentored two clients to pursue a follow-on career with First Command; a firm that continues to assist military families. Jing is a member of First Command’s Military Spouse Advisor Council, a support organization for military spouse advisors within First Command to discuss issues that are unique to the military spouse community, including relocation and transition due to PCS. She assists over 125 military spouses in this role. Jing is/was a member of the Wright-Patterson AFB and Keesler AFB spouse clubs. At Wright-Patterson, she was the Treasurer for an annual $25,000 operating budget and $50,000 overall budget with a membership totaling 225 by the end of three years. Jing is also a fitness instructor for 25-35 people between both bases. Jing routinely invites those who are unable to be with family on special occasions into her home.
- by David Belcher