Our Team

Donna Musil, Executive Director

Courtesy of  Ray Ng Photography

Courtesy of Ray Ng Photography

Donna Musil is a writer, lawyer, filmmaker, and proud Army Brat. The daughter of an Army lawyer and Vietnam veteran, Donna moved twelve times and attended eleven schools on three continents, before her father died of a service-related illness when she was sixteen. She received an ABJ (magna cum laude) and JD from the University of Georgia, then worked as a labor lawyer for the AFL-CIO and IBEW, before pursuing a writing/filmmaking career.

In 1997, Donna reconnected with a group of friends from one of her three high schools, Taegu American High School in Korea, over the internet. They looked different - they were different races, religions, and vocations - but the feelings and experiences they were sharing were practically identical. For the first time, Donna felt like "a real human being with a history that could be touched and tasted and revisited." Shortly thereafter, Donna founded Brats Without Borders and began her 7-year quest to make BRATS: Our Journey Home, the first documentary about "growing up military."

Donna Musil, age 14, Taegu, Korea

Donna Musil, age 14, Taegu, Korea

At film screenings across the country, Donna discovered that young military brats were feeling and experiencing the same thing, but didn't know how to put it into words. That's when she began her awareness-raising efforts that have since evolved into educational workshops, town hall meetings, brats clubs, and Our Own Private Battlefield, a feature documentary work-in-progress about the inter-generational effects of PTSD on military children and how one Marine family is using art to help reunite the family. Donna also co-curated UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show.

Donna's writing credits include  Ananse, a children’s animated film based on African folktales in development with a production company in Ghana; Cypress Gardens, an award-winning screenplay about a modern-day union campaign; and a chapter about making the BRATS film in Writing Out of Limbo: International Childhoods, Global Nomads and Third Culture Kids, published in London in 2012. Donna has won numerous fellowships, including a Henry Clews Art Fellowship in La Napoule, France; Traidhos Arts in Chiang Mai, Thailand; Ragdale in Chicago; Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain; Djerassi in San Francisco; and a Helene Wurlitzer fellowship in Taos, New Mexico. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado.

Lora Beldon, Director, BRAT Art Institute

Lora Beldon is a Marine Corps Brat and a conceptual artist. She is also an educator, visual storyteller, independent curator, and the owner of the Military Kid Art Project. As a “military brat,” Lora grew up everywhere and nowhere. Her conceptual drawings have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe, and her work is in a number of private, corporate, and public collections. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Lora currently lives with her family in Richmond, Virginia.

As a member of Richmond’s punk art group Urban Artists Amalgamated, Lora is no stranger to cutting-edge art and politics. She created Artists for Life, a citywide event that raised funds for AIDS research and featured artist/activist David Wojnarowicz, which author Harry Kollatz recalls in his book, True Richmond Stories. Lora is also an emeritus member and former director of the 1708 Gallery, the nation’s oldest running nonprofit, avant-garde art gallery.

Lora Beldon, the budding artist.

Lora Beldon, the budding artist.

Lora’s most recent series explores the private terrain of one American military family, from the perspective of a child who grew up during the Vietnam War. This exploration led to the Military Kids Art Project, which customizes and teaches art programming with a military kid culture twist. She also co-curated “UNCLASSIFIED: The Military Kid Art Show,” one of six national programs awarded the Newman’s Own Award for helping improve the lives of military families. The award was presented at the Pentagon by the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, along with the Presidents of  Newman’s Own and the Fisher House Foundation, and the Editor in Chief of the Military Times.

Diane Dillard-Broadnax, Director, Social/Emotional Intiatives

Diane Dillard-Broadnax, MSW, LICSW, is an Army Brat, who has worked as a licensed clinical social worker in the Washington D.C. area for more than 23 years in healthcare management, hospital and community-based services, and mental health research.  She is currently leading the Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia Study at the National Institute of Mental Health's Child Psychiatry Branch. In the past, Diane has worked for managed care, directed a community based case management and drug treatment program, worked for KPMG/Bearing Point on the Health Care Financing and Administration consulting team, and served as Community Relations Director for the Psychiatric Institute of Washington.

In 2011, Diane became frustrated with the way her family would "disperse to separate computers each evening," so she took them on a "tech diet." For one week, the whole family stopped using email, texts, Facebook, DVDs and online videos (they don't have a regular TV), expect for work and homework. The Wall Street Journal covered the experiment in their article, "Your BlackBerry or Your Wife: When the Whole Family Is Staring at Screens, Time to Try a Tech Detox."

Diane Dillard heading for the Easter egg hunt.

Diane Dillard heading for the Easter egg hunt.

Because of her father’s 34-year military career, Diane moved 11 times across three continents before attending the University of Michigan, where she earned a BA in Psychology and an MSW in Social Work. Accustomed to change, Diane dealt with the challenges of work and motherhood seamlessly until giving birth to her second child, Anika, at 46. The ultimate juggling act, Diane still finds time (with the help of her husband, Lonnie, another military brat), to volunteer for Brats Without Borders and conduct "BRATS 1.0" workshops at Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Programs around the country. Diane is also writing a memoir about growing up the daughter of one of the first five African-American generals in the Army.

Christy Plant McAnally, Director, BRATS Clubs


Christy McAnally is a Marine Corps Brat and a teacher by trade. She is also the Director of BWB's BRATS Clubs and volunteers as a facilitator for BWB at Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Programs throughout the United States. She founded the very first BRATS Club at Landstown Middle School in Virginia Beach! She was also actively involved in the successful campaign of "Brianna's Bill," a piece of legislation, spearheaded by Chris Stolle, that prohibits public school 'transfer rules' from applying to military children who move because of their parent's service. An English teacher for twenty years, Christy has also served as the Coordinator for the Military Academic Support Program in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. 

Welcome home, Dad! Christy Plant McAnally and her father, Marine Fighter Pilot Col. "Rocky" Plant.

Welcome home, Dad! Christy Plant McAnally and her father, Marine Fighter Pilot Col. "Rocky" Plant.

Christy's family is steeped in military service. Both her parents were military brats. Her maternal grandfather was Admiral Byrd's chief pilot in the 1941 South Pole Expedition and her father is a Viet Nam Vet and former Marine F-4 Fighter Pilot. Like many brats, Christy attended thirteen schools around the world, including three high schools, before going to college. She earned her BS in Education from the University Of Texas in El Paso and recently received her Graduate Certificate in Military Child and Families Studies at Old Dominion Univeristy. She lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and has three children - Kelly, Kaitlyn, and Megan.

Donna Jobert, Director, Social Media

Donna Jobert is an Army Brat and BWB's Director of Social Media. She is also a Financial Manager at the City of Boulder and a single mother of four. Her son, Ryan, made the movie, Mama Picchuabout their hike up Machu Picchu together. If you have a moment, take time to watch it - it's very inspirational!

Donna and her brother visiting their parents in Uruguay (her father was the embassy's military attache) on Christmas break from college.

Donna and her brother visiting their parents in Uruguay (her father was the embassy's military attache) on Christmas break from college.

Timothy Wurtz, Media Advisor

Timothy Wurtz is an award-winning writer-producer of feature films and TV movies. A former reporter, Tim grew up living in London, England, Ankara, Turkey, Munich and Nurnberg, Germany. His dad worked for the U.S. government. He earned a BA from the University of Denver, then served in the U.S. Army.

Mr. Wurtz has written numerous film and television projects. He has had film projects with the major studios and prime time television projects with broadcast and cable networks. He has written and produced two award-winning independent features and co-produced the award-winning documentary feature BRATS: Our Journey Home, the first non-fiction film about growing up military, and BRATS Raw: Kristofferson & Schwarzkopf, the unedited interviews of military brats and American legends, Kris Kristofferson and the late General Norman Schwarzkopf, for the BRATS film.

Tim, age 17, somewhere in Turkey, 1969.

Tim, age 17, somewhere in Turkey, 1969.

As an advocate of the essential, seminal role of the writer and writing in the film and TV industries, Mr. Wurtz founded the Writers Guild of America's Media Relations Committee. His knowledge of media and publicity, and the work of the committee, has resulted in a number of highly successful WGA programs and events that have taken the coverage of film and TV writers from virtually nothing, to commonplace.

Tim has taught screenwriting at UCLA Extension, the American Film Institute's Public Service Program, Saddleback Community College and currently at the Writers Guild Foundation Military Veterans Writers Project.

Keiti Pierce, Virtual Assistant

Keiti Pierce is a writer and a freelance virtual assistant. Daughter of a retired Army major, Keiti bounced between Germany, where she was born, and the United States until she was eighteen. She can’t remember exactly how many times she moved (trying to count it all gives her a headache of major proportions), but from the time she was eleven she had attended Atterbury Elementary School, Frankfurt American Junior High School, and Frankfurt High School, before graduating from Fort Knox (Go Eagles! in either high school case). She earned a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from Agnes Scott College and a MLitt in The Gothic Imagination from University of Stirling in Scotland.

Keiti sometimes hates modern technology, but is thankful it has allowed her to easily re-connect with Brat friends from her childhood. While she knows growing up as a Brat is an experience many consider extraordinary – and in some ways she can’t disagree – she’s always viewed it as nothing more than her life. All the moving and losing track of friends and, as more and more bases close, the vast majority of her childhood haunts, is just something that was and is. It’s never seemed like anything out of the ordinary because she didn’t know anything else. The most difficult part of growing up was the culture shock she experienced when moving back from Germany to the States when she was sixteen. She’s never quite gotten over that.

Keiti’s writing credits include Fractured: essays on love, friendship, and the nightmares in between (under K.J. Pierce); a February 2015 re-release of her first noval, From Poe to Know (under the pen name Ceit E. McIntyre); Bethany and the Belfry Bat, a children’s play; and other projects. She currently lives in Melbourne, Florida, with her cat Dorian Gray, who lives up to his name by striving to be the state’s most prolific lizard serial killer.