Ms. Hughes’ small business is dedicated to raising awareness of women Veterans through interviews and photographs. In 2010, Hughes started documenting the stories of 1,200 women who serve in defense of our nation. Today her interviews and photographs number over 800 military women. These serve as the basis of her project: “Military Women: WWII – Present”. In 2014, BG Wilma F. Vaught, USAF (Ret.) asked Therese to create a photography exhibit. The exhibit is titled: “In a Heart Beat” consists of 113 women Veterans in 98 portraits with details of service and a quote from their interview. It opened on Veteran’s Day 2014 and showed there for a year.
Prior to owning a small business, Hughes worked in policy analysis and advocacy. She served a year of AmeriCorps/Vista at the Venice Family Clinic (2000 2001). She worked at the Venice Family Clinic as a policy analyst. She worked at District Office of Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez as the Congresswoman’s Senior Representative. Therese served as member and President of the California Women Lead, Los Angeles Chapter.
Ms. Hughes served as one of fourteen citizens on the Wyden-Hatch Congressional Health Committee representing California’s providers of primary, mental and dental health care for underserved populations and their clinics. She is a founding Board Member of the National Association of Free Clinics and, served as a Fellow in the California Women’s Foundation Women’s Policy Institute.
Other work and volunteer experiences include: Senate Summer Fellow in the Senate Health Education and Welfare Committee (Minority). This work entailed working to increase access to organ transplants, raising awareness of transplant shortages with Fortune 500 Companies on behalf of the Honorable E. M. Kennedy (D-MA); Appointed Chair of the Ventura County Grand Jury’s Health, Education and Welfare Committee and local Ventura County committees.
Therese has a MA from UCLA’s – Luskin School of Public Affairs.
Hughes received the Patriotic Service Award from the Conejo Valley Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars for her work on women Veterans. Therese’s mother (Marcelle P. Swanson) served in the WAVES during WWII. Therese’s father (CDR. Harry J. Hicks, Jr, UUSN (Ret.) joined the USN before WWII. He was onboard the USS Pelias docked in Pearl Harbor on December 7th. He retired after 23 years of service.