Narelle Helmer Woods
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Narelle "Elle" Helmer Woods is a former United States Marine Corps officer and a subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary The Invisible War, which details sexual assault in the U.S. military. Woods served in the Marines as a public affairs officer in Washington, D.C., and she was the first female marine in history to march on the ceremonial parade staff. She was also a member of the All-Marine Cross Country and All-Marine Ultra Marathon teams.

After leaving the Marine Corps in 2007, Woods managed a military law firm in North Carolina while attending Duke University. In 2008, she began a successful career in medical sales, leading to numerous national awards and president's club of achievement recognition, while concurrently earning her MBA from Boston University. In 2012, Woods filed a federal lawsuit against the Department of Defense challenging the military's procedures for reporting and adjudicating sexual trauma and assault.

Originally from Boulder, Woods is a 2003 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder. She currently resides near the North Carolina coastline but hopes to return one day to the mountains of Colorado for good. Woods and her husband, Jonathan, enjoy traveling, entertaining, and preparing for the September due date of Baby Woods number one.