Goldsboro nonprofit founder and Air Force veteran Katelyn Tinsley advanced to the final round of the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year contest.
Tinsley, founder of Homefront Room Revival, earned the title of Air Force branch of the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award Friday.
She was one of three finalists and will now advance to the final round of the competition, competing against winners from all other military branches to determine military spouse of the year. Tinsley is one of six competing for the top award, which includes spouses from the Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard and the National Guard.
“I am very grateful for the support we have received in the community,” Tinsley said. “It’s extremely exciting, and I’m beyond humbled for this honor.”
The Military Spouse of the Year award recognizes the contributions and commitment of military spouses to the military community and the nation. The award is presented to one military spouse from each branch, as well as the national winner.
The fourth and final round of voting for military spouse of the year will run Thursday through Friday. The winner is determined through a popular vote, weighted 25 percent; a judge advisory panel, weighted 25 percent; and the military spouse of the year panel, weighted 50 percent.
The popular vote is conducted through https://msoy.afi.org.
Tinsley received multiple nominations for the Air Force branch award and became a finalist for the competition after an on-base vote and a vote from the Military Spouse of the Year panel.
Tinsley joined the Air Force after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Shortly after joining, she met her husband and the couple started a family.
In 2016, Tinsley founded Homefront Room Revival, a nonprofit organization that provides repurposed handmade furniture donations, creative artwork, personalized outreach or home renovations to military families in need. In the last two years, more than 200 military family volunteers have provided nearly 30 military families customized home renovations across five military branches.
Tinsley will attend the Military Spouse of the Year Town Hall in Washington, D.C., with all military spouse branch winners. Results for overall military spouse of the year will be announced on May 9.
Even if she does not win in the final round, Tinsley said she is incredibly excited for the opportunity to give Homefront national and global recognition. She said she hopes to someday have the resources to create chapters all over the country.
“This entire thing has grown from my garage,” Tinsley said. “We have requests to start chapters all over the world.”