Program Manager, ViR

Rosie Lee is the Program Manager for the Veterans in Residence program at the D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University. In this role, Rosie provides management and operational oversight of the Bunker Labs Veterans in Residence (ViR) program. In addition, she is responsible for the successful development, launch, and execution of the Home Depot Bunker Buildup program serving skilled tradespeople seeking to develop or grow their own business.

Prior to joining IVMF November 2021, Rosie worked as the Veterans in Residence (ViR) Program Manager for Bunker Labs. There, she was responsible for the daily operations of the ViR program serving more than 600 veterans and military spouses enrolled in the program each year. Rosie supported more than thirty facilitators executing the program across the US, developing relevant workshops, curriculum outlines, and managing Bunker Online to engage the veteran and military spouse community enrolled in Bunker Labs programs or veteran entrepreneur community. Her previous role as Bunker Labs Ambassador Resource Manager served and supported the development of veteran entrepreneurial ecosystems in thirty-plus states where Bunker Labs Ambassadors worked to develop collaborations and unit entrepreneurial resources in their region.

Rosie is a serial entrepreneur with businesses that include, among others, a home daycare facility, mobile DJ business, real estate brokerage, a food truck, author, and professional mobile notary. With a dozen or so miscellaneous enterprises in between, she was part of the gig-economy before the phrase became a movement, working as a virtual assistant, freelance writer, and communication stylist. Rosie is an entrepreneur with a lifetime of experience recognizing and acting on opportunities that serve to support the lives or businesses of others. Rosie is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Action Zone, Inc., an entrepreneur support organization exclusively serving military community entrepreneurs. She is the lead Facilitator for Action Zone Activate, a program guiding new and struggling entrepreneurs in their effort to start or grow a business. Rosie’s company, Action Zone Academy, provides business consulting for early-stage startups and business owners struggling to grow. She never turns away an entrepreneur needing help and focuses on helping senior entrepreneurs (ages 50+) and disadvantaged women needing to find financial security through their own business endeavors. Rosie possesses a bachelor’s degree from University of South Florida-Sarasota Manatee in Professional and Technical Communication and master’s degree from University of South Florida-St Petersburg in Digital Journalism and Design.