Planting Roots Marketing Team
Rachelle WhitfieldMarketing Team Lead
Larissa TraquairSocial Media-Broadcasting Coordinator
Stacey GibsonSocial Media Coordinator
Courtney WoodruffWeb Manager
Rachelle is the Marketing Team Lead for Planting Roots. She is an Army veteran, Army wife and mom of four boys, two with four paws. She has been a financial counselor in the military community for over ten years, a residential planner for nearly 20 years, a speaker and aspiring writer. She is passionate about helping military women create a lifestyle full of “ABUNDANCE.” Connect with her on Instagram @rachellesamone.
Rachelle loves adventure and travel. She currently resides in South Korea with her husband Chris and their four pawed boys, Pokey and Jack. They have been traveling Asia for the last three year but still have many more places to go. She loves football and is a Cowboy and Missouri Tiger fan until the end. MIZ…
By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4
My name is Larissa Traquair and I am a Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, God-fearing woman who is a recovering perfectionist and is passionate about glorifying God in all I do. I am a scrap booker, card maker, paper planner who knitted for a little while and survived running for 6 months. I am a great friend who loves to do lunch. My motto is: “Everyone has to eat so why not eat together.” I am also a foodie and a very picky eater. I love dark chocolate and hate almost ALL vegetables. I will always prefer eating out over cooking at home.
I am married to a Marine and we are retired in the great state of Texas. We parent a pair of adopted bulldogs (Hope & Chip) who keep us both entertained and humble. God has been known to refine us through our everyday interactions with this, the most stubborn of breads. As a military spouse, I have lived overseas twice; traveled to Thailand & Hong Kong; and even lived in Hawaii for three years.
God has blessed me with many adventures that have allowed me to write for a local blog on the island of Okinawa; host my own craft show; and serve behind bars at the only all-women’s Correctional Center on Oahu. I have served on several P.W.O.C. (Protestant Women of the Chapel) boards and I have had the pleasure of speaking at two local P.W.O.C. events.
My passion is to help other women realize that adopting an attitude of gratitude will make a world of difference in their lives and the lives of those around them. God has given us a sphere of influence, aka a community to do life with, and we get to choose whether we influence this community in a positive or a negative way. To accomplish this purpose I believe God called me to start broadcasting live on Periscope back in 2015. This is where I, the GR8TFUL Chick, Chief Inspirational Officer (CIO) of the GR8TFUL Tribe, get to share an encouraging word daily with the amazing Tribe that God has given me. By equipping me in this manner He gave me this opportunity to introduce our Planting Roots team to this fabulous way of reaching out to military women all over the world. You can find one of our PR Team members broadcasting most weekdays at www.periscope.tv/PlantingRoots1 and you can find the GR8TFUL Tribe at Gr8tfulChick.com. Join us on social media where we are making a difference in the world, one broadcast at a time. We love doing community with other #WorldChangers. Join us and discover that you can change the atmosphere wherever you show up!!!
My name is Stacey. I met my high school sweetheart about 27 years ago and married him a couple years later. He joined the Army shortly after that and we began what would become a 20-year career. We retired about four years ago and bought a little house in the beautiful country side of Kentucky. Then about 2 years later, the Lord let us know He had another plan in mind and so we landed in Alabama at Redstone Arsenal. We have two grown kiddos, Ryan who remained in Kentucky and Caitlyn who is still at home for now and enjoying college, and three fur babies. I am in the half empty nest season of life, a hard thing for someone who absolutely adores babies and motherhood, but I am determined to navigate it the best way I know how, surrounding myself with Godly, military women.
I feel the call to women’s ministry and have served on the board of PWOC at both Ft. Knox and here on the Arsenal. I have also served as a church administrator, MOPS/ Women’s group leader and social media coordinator for our church in Kentucky. I just love social media and the avenue it provides to let everyone know what the Lord has done for us and to be an encourager and inspiration. It’s the best way I know to serve, love and lead those around me and make a positive difference for Christ in my online (and offline) community. I loved being an Army wife and can’t wait to use all my experience and stories to inspire and encourage the women of Planting Roots.
Courtney Woodruff is a military spouse, mom of two boys, writer and web content strategist currently living in the Pacific Northwest. She has a heart for our troops and their families and strives to draw from her own experience to help fellow spouses navigate the challenges of military life. You can connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.