Women Veterans Advisory Committee Members

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Lourdes Alvarado-Ramos

Branch of Service: 
US Army
Dates of Service: 
1971-1993
Committee Position/Title: 
Boards of directors of the Patrick Madigan Foundation, National Association of State Veterans Homes, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs and the Association of Washington Generals.
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
An advocate for the benefits and services veterans and their families earned.
Education: 
BS in Health Administration
Major Events in life: 
Becoming the first ever woman Director of WA State Department of Veterans Affairs
Current Employment: 
Department of Veterans Affairs
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
Connecting Veterans and their families with the benefits they earned
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Key individual in the formulation of the Women Veterans Advisory Committee
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Betta Beasley

Branch of Service: 
US Army Security Agency
Dates of Service: 
1975-1978
Committee Position/Title: 
Chair of the WVAC Executive Committee
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility spokeswoman. Advocate for women veterans regarding PTSD, military sexual trauma, and homelessness.
Education: 
Harvard Business School
Major Events in life: 
Becoming a US Army soldier—Army Strong! Completing my educational aspirations in adulthood--never give up!
Current Employment: 
CEO & Founder of 2rbConsulting, Inc.
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
I am proud to have served our country while in uniform and continue to support our women veterans every day through my company.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Strategic leadership, outreach, and support of the membership efforts to promote the committee and its mission and goals.

Christine Haas

Branch of Service: 
US Army
Dates of Service: 
1990-1994
Committee Position/Title: 
Committee member
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Completion of Bachelor degree; 8 years refereeing and 10 years of coaching soccer; implemented and established Veterans Transportation Service Program for the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center.
Education: 
BA, Healthcare Administration; Certificate, Healthcare Analytics
Major Events in life: 
Marriage and having 2 children.
Current Employment: 
Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
As a women who experienced MST, it was through a summit put on by the committee that I got connected to a therapist that helped me in my time in need. I want to be a part of this committee that gets women connected to services and resources.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Eastern Washington Representative
Rosemary Hibbler

Rosemary Hibbler

Branch of Service: 
United States Army
Dates of Service: 
1986- 1992
Committee Position/Title: 
Member
Education: 
Associates in Accounting
Current Employment: 
Program Director Sober Solutions Transitional Housing, Program Director House of Prayer Transitional Housing for Veterans.
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
I aim to Advocate and Support Veterans in all aspects of their life.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Participation in the 2013 and 2014 Women Veterans Summit.
Sharon Kirkpatrick

Sharon Kirkpatrick

Branch of Service: 
US Navy Reserve
Dates of Service: 
1978-2003
Committee Position/Title: 
President/Executive Committee
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
25 year employee of U.S. Dept. of Labor; 23 years US Navy Reserve; Recipient of 6th Annual Patty Murray Golden Tennis Shoe Award; Business Owner, “When Hearts are Open, Bars Unlock; Founder, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars Program, WA State; and Support Group Incarcerated Women Veterans
Education: 
MA, Human Development; Thesis, “Children of Incarcerated Parents"
Major Events in life: 
Mother of 4; grandmother of 15; great grandmother of 2; Foster mother of 20; wife of Vietnam Veteran
Current Employment: 
Business Owner, certified OMWBE/WDVA
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
I am proud to have served as a member of the US Navy Reserve and a Federal employee. My continued service on the committee is a representation of my belief in the strength and integrity of women who serve their country proudly in all capacities throughout their lives.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Leadership, outreach, education, and membership efforts to promote the committee and its mission and goals; service to women veterans including homeless and incarcerated women veterans; employment and other resources for women veterans and nonprofit organizations.
Najla Munshower Neumann

Najla Munshower Neumann

Branch of Service: 
USAF Spouse
Committee Position/Title: 
Committee Member/Special Events
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Moved 4 Children and husband in and out of seven states and two continents.
Education: 
Biology, BA
Major Events in life: 
Being a Wife, Mom, Teacher, Care Coordinator & Case Manager
Current Employment: 
Supportive Services for Veteran Families Case Manager
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
To help is not just a commitment, it is a moral imperative.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Support for single women veterans with children and those re-entering community after Justice Involvement.
Nona Mallicoat

Nona Hillgaertner Mallicoat

Branch of Service: 
United States Marine Corps
Dates of Service: 
1989 - 1999
Committee Position/Title: 
Membership Committee
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Becoming a Marine – The Few, The Proud! Business Owner Successfully balancing work-life with being a great Mom to a wonderful Son
Education: 
BA, Personnel Psychology BA, Business Management & Operations
Major Events in life: 
Being a mom Diving with Great White Sharks in the Indian Ocean Hunting wild game in Africa
Current Employment: 
Director of Programs Administration, Employment Security Department, State of Washington
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
My passion is to help Veterans in all aspects of my life, both professionally and personally.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Streamlining the membership recruitment process; service as Master of Ceremonies for Women’s Veterans Conference.
Liza Narciso

Liza Narciso

Branch of Service: 
US Army
Dates of Service: 
1981-1986
Committee Position/Title: 
Membership, Special Events & Outreach Executive Committee Member
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Serving 5 years in the Army, working for the state for 11 years, proud mother to couple of great kids, 2 years cancer free.
Education: 
BS in Business Management
Major Events in life: 
Being a mom, cancer survivor, helping those in need.
Current Employment: 
Department of Veterans Affairs
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
Assisting and connecting one veteran at a time.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Conducting the first ever Women Veterans Summit in our State.
Kathy Kinsey

Kathy Kinsey

Branch of Service: 
US Army Nurse Corps
Dates of Service: 
1979-1988
Committee Position/Title: 
Member of Finance and Outreach Sub-Committees
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Served in uniform from 1979 to 2004. Retired Captain US Public Health Service Commission Corps. A career working with American Indians and Alaska Natives as a Suquamish Tribal member
Education: 
Master degrees in nursing, public administration and public health and PhD in Nursing
Major Events in life: 
Proud daughter of the sixth Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps and wife of a Navy Veteran
Current Employment: 
Social Work Supervisor and Community Health Nurse for the Suquamish Tribe
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
I am committed to providing trauma sensitive services to Veterans and their families suffering from PTSD, assisting Veterans to transition military healthcare credentials to civilian sector health careers, and investigating how changes in the social support system, employment, sense of accomplishment impact Veteran suicide rates after transitioning from the military.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Regularly outreach to Northwest Tribes, active researching areas of interest
Isabelle Long

Isabelle Long

Branch of Service: 
US Navy
Dates of Service: 
1965-1978 US Navy; 1978-1987 US Naval Reserve
Committee Position/Title: 
Committee Member/Outreach Committee
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
After transferring to the US Naval Reserve, earned a Degree in Nursing specializing in Psychiatry. After 4 years with the VA on a Vietnam Veteran's PTSD unit, transferred to the Department of Defense. Worked for the US Army in Germany in the field of Drug & Alcohol; the US Marine Corps in Family Readiness and with the US Coast Guard in the area of Domestic Violence.
Education: 
BA in Social Studies; Post Graduate Studies in Public Administration; AS in Nursing.
Major Events in life: 
A fabulous forty-three-year marriage to a fellow Naval Officer. Our life together was a grand adventure.
Current Employment: 
Retired
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
With the help of many wonderful people that I met throughout my life, I was able to succeed beyond my wildest dreams. I feel that now is the time for me to "pay it forward."
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Successfully completing two careers in very different fields.
Monique Brown

Monique Brown

Branch of Service: 
US Army
Dates of Service: 
9/1987 – 11/2013
Committee Position/Title: 
Committee Member/Outreach
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Completed two tours to Iraq. Conducting outreach for at risk, low income, and homeless veterans.
Education: 
BS in Criminal Justice
Major Events in life: 
Retiring from the military. CEO and Founder of FOB Hope: An organization supplying veterans with comfort items and necessities while living on the street.
Current Employment: 
Wounded Warrior Project, Combat Stress Recovery Program Specialist
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
Veterans helping veterans, “We all we got!”
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Supports women veterans who are at risk, low income and homeless.
Lisa Kirk Brown

Lisa Kirk Brown

Branch of Service: 
US Air Force, US Air Force Reserves, Maryland Air National Guard
Dates of Service: 
1986-2012
Committee Position/Title: 
Committee Member/Outreach
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Proudly serving and caring for those who serve in harm’s way.
Education: 
BS in Civil Engineering; Doctor of Public Health
Major Events in life: 
Graduating from the 11th class with women at the US Air Force Academy; soloing in a glider; leading a medical research team into Bosnia; White House Fellows National Finalist; medically retiring as civilian from the Naval Hospital Oak Harbor.
Current Employment: 
Motivational Speaker advocating for well being of Disabled Veterans and those living with chronic illness or disability.
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
Research, connect, and provide tools that increase the well-being of the women who have served the United States in uniform.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Outreach to women veterans living with chronic illness or disability.
Carrol Stripling

Carrol Stripling

Branch of Service: 
US Army
Dates of Service: 
Enlisted March 1974 – Retired November 2011
Committee Position/Title: 
Committee Member/Health & Benefits
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Promoted to Sergeant Major in November 1989
Education: 
Bachelor of Science in Legal Administration
Current Employment: 
Retired Army
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
I am honored to be allowed to continue helping warriors.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Member of Washington Women Veterans Advisory Committee, The American Legion, Women Army Corps Veterans Association, Washington State Armed Forces E9 Association, Judge Advocate General Association Non-Commissioned Officer Corps.
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Dee Anne De Angelo

Branch of Service: 
US Air Force
Dates of Service: 
1987 to 1995
Committee Position/Title: 
Committee Member/Outreach Committee
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Created the Washington Female Veterans of Wenatchee Group in 2014.
Education: 
AA in Business & Accounting
Major Events in life: 
Working with women Veterans to understand how therapy and support can help them heal, grow and thrive.
Current Employment: 
Executive Director Washington Female Veterans of Wenatchee
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
Created the Washington Female Veterans of Wenatchee Group in 2014. This group has grown to over 50 members.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Empowering women Veterans to understand how to get out and serve their communities.