The Marine Gift Shop is run primarily by volunteers, but we do have four paid staff members overseen by our volunteer Board of Supervisors.
Sabrina Cicchi – Operations Manager
Sabrina and her family moved to Okinawa in June 2018 from Yuma, AZ and shortly after she began volunteering at The Marine Gift Shop. Her background is in Real Estate Operations, working remotely for the largest real estate team in the US and owning/operating Jump Jet LLC. She has a BS in International Business, and is excited to finally get to put it to some use! Sabrina was drawn to The Marine Gift Ship for the community, camaraderie, and leadership opportunities that come with volunteering within the local spouse community.
Heather Stephens – Merchandise & Inventory Manager
Heather moved to Okinawa with her family in August of 2016 from Cherry Point, NC. After volunteering with local organizations on island, Heather found her place as a staff member at The Marine Gift Shop. Her experience in the corporate retail industry and love for merchandising were a perfect fit for the team. She enjoys the relationships built with volunteers by time spent in the stockroom, and getting first eyes on all the new pretty things to enter the store.
Tyeler Ramey – Marketing & Floor Manager
Tyeler moved back to Okinawa with her husband and pup in June 2018. She started volunteering at The Marine Gift Shop shortly after in hopes of meeting other spouses in the community. Tyeler is a results-driven digital marketer successful in email marketing, marketing automation, and marketing analytics. Though most of her experience has been working with tech startups, she is excited to be working in a new industry and developing her marketing skills while helping to contribute to some great local charities alongside an awesome team of staff, board members, and volunteers.
Nicole Bridge – Accounting Manager
Nicole moved to Okinawa with her family in February of 2018 after a tour in Ramstein, Germany. Shortly after arriving on island, Nicole found herself employed at the Marine Gift Shop. She has been an avid volunteer in the military community, earning herself a variety of positions on various spouse club and leadership organization boards. Nicole was awarded the 2016 Joan Orr Air Force Spouse of the Year Award for her accomplishments and dedication in these roles. She enjoys being a part of the background work that goes into running a successful non-profit organization, and is excited to be putting her skills to use at the Marine Gift Shop.