Name: Kara Greco
Where were you born and raised?
I was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina and raised in a small town just east of Jacksonville called Swansboro.
What’s a short story around the biggest transition you’ve faced in life?
One of the biggest transitions I have ever faced was when my father retired from the Marine Corps and received a job on the civilian side working with the Naval Criminal Investigation Services (NCIS) in Brunswick, Georgia. At the time, I was about to start middle school and was adjusting to a whole new scene. As a military child, I underestimated how resilient I had become. Moving to a town where my family knew nobody really tested our strength, not only as a family but as individuals.
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a younger you?
“Do what you love, and you will love what you do. Money is a reward, not a goal, and when you do what you love you will become the best — and success will follow.”
Your Personal Why?
To honor and empower others by teaching resiliency during times of adversity.
How does your Why drive you to be a part of the THF Ecosystem?
As a Social Worker, we are taught to seek strengths out of others during times of adversity to show them how resilient they can be. My why drives me to be a part of the THF ecosystem by allowing me to honor those that have given so much to our great country while also teaching them that the strength to move forward lies within them and no one else!
Top 5 Strengths Finder Strengths and how they influence you?
Restorative| Learner| Responsibility| Strategic| Woo
My strengths influence me by making me who I am. I am a Social Worker who loves to interact with others, help solve problems, act as a catalyst for change and grow by learning from those around me.
Military Connection or Why do you respect Special Operators?
I am the daughter of a retired US Marine and the spouse of an Active Duty Marine. I am surrounded by military men in my family including a grandfather who was a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. My passion for our Nation’s military was ingrained in me early on. I respect Special Operators in part because of my father’s active duty career and his connection to the MARSOC community. I respect how driven, dedicated and hardworking they are not only as individuals but as a team.
Favorite THF Value, and why?
The Social Worker in me loves this value. Empathy allows us to see life’s beauty through the eyes of someone else without judgement or critique. We can all learn something from one another and it starts with having empathy for others. People are the experts within their own lives, which means empathy is our golden ticket in understanding someone elses journey.
Area/Industry of expertise (Role at THF)
As the Program Coordinator for the Camp Lejeune Campus, I work with the Director of Programs to organize all programs and events. Within this role, I also establish relationships with Fellows and provide support for them both in and out of the classroom.