Kyle HarperChief Strategy and Communications Officer
Surviving fiancé of Army Staff Sgt. Michael R. Hullender
Kyle Beth Harper, TAPS Chief Strategy and Communications Officer, is responsible for the vision, direction and communications plan for TAPS. She comes to the role with considerable knowledge of the organization, having served as former Director of Programs, Manager of Program Development and Director of Communications and Special Events, and having worked closely with the Survivor Services and Survivor Care Teams to ensure comprehensive care for families of the fallen.
Kyle holds a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in Women's Studies from The George Washington University. An avid runner, climber and triathlete, Kyle’s belief in the power of experiential therapy and her commitment to program development guides the organization’s strategic framework, which continues to evolve to ensure institutional relevancy, survivor empowerment and effective peer-to-peer support programming. An inspiring and dedicated ambassador for the organization, for survivor support and for the rights of women disenfranchised by armed conflict, Kyle has visited Afghanistan, presented to the World Bank and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. She has spearheaded the creation of TAPS Retreats and Expeditions.
Kyle has been with TAPS since 2008, a year after a roadside bomb claimed the life of her former fiancé, Army Staff Sgt. Michael R. Hullender, in Iraq. She currently in lives in Mountain View, California, where she practices enthusiastic mindfulness with her favorite Yogi, a 7-year-old Viszla.