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Lourdes (Alfie) Alvarado-Ramos

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Alfie Alvarado serves as the Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.  She is responsible for the day to day agency operations.  She is the department’s health officer and represents the agency locally and nationally in all matters related to veterans’ health. 

Alfie was born in Puerto Rico and served 22 years on active duty retiring in August 1993 as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington.  During her military career, she was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations to include the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit, Expert Field Medical Badge, and Meritorious Service Medals. 

Her experience and education center in the management of medical service delivery and human resources.  She is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program, the University of Washington Executive Management Program, and holds a Nursing Home Administrator’s license, having previously managed two state veterans’ homes in Washington State.

Alfie Alvarado is the Chair of the Governor’s Affirmative Action Policy Committee and a member of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Minority Veterans Committee.  She serves on the boards of directors of the Madigan Foundation and Armed Forces Veterans Homes Foundation.  In addition, she is a member of the Resident Councils of Washington Advisory Board, Hispanic Women’s Network, and the National Association of Female Executives.

She has received numerous local, state, and national awards including the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for women in the military from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).  Alfie Alvarado resides in Olympia, Washington.

Sharon Kirkpatrick
Vice President

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  • Master of Arts, Human Development
  • Specialty, Educational Leadership
  • Small Business Owner “When Hearts are Open, Bars Unlock”
  • Facilitator, U.S. Department of Labor, WISE UP curriculum
  •  Adjunct Faculty, Human Services, Western WA University
    (Olympic College campus).  “Non-profit Management”, Sociology, and Human Development classes. 
  •  Instructor, Washington Corrections Center for Women, Interaction Transition Class
  • Boy Scouts Scoutreach Volunteer
  • Selected as 2006 Volunteer of the Year, Boy Scouts Chief Seattle Council, presented by Mayor Bozeman at Bremerton Convention Center
  • 1999-2003, Girl Scouts Beyond Bars (GSBB) Coordinator, GS Seattle Council
  • 2003 - Received the Golden Tennis Shoe Award from Senators Patty Murray and Hillary Clinton for creation of GSBB in WA State
  • 1974-1999 U.S. Department of Labor,  Women’s Bureau, Administrator (retired)
  •  Awarded the NAACP’s Benjamin Hooks Award
  • 1978-2003 -Served 24 years in U.S. Naval Reserve – mobilized into active duty after 9/11/01 for one year (2001/02); retired in January 2003.
  • 2003 – Received Navy Achievement Medal
  • June 1999 - Obtained Master of Arts Degree, Human Development, Pacific Oaks College-- Thesis:  “Children of Incarcerated Parents: When Hearts are Open, Bars Unlock”
  • Employed and volunteered for over 30 years with organizations specializing in women’s employment issues, community resources, children of incarcerated parents, and women/families in transition
  • Rotary member, Kingston, WA (Recently sponsored group of Korean Rotary members and served as mentor to Korean delegation)

Wendy
Ligon-Chapman

President

Wendy Ligon-Chapman serves as a citizen soldier in the Washington Army National Guard, where she holds the rank of First Sergeant.  As a civilian, she works as a Program Manager for Intel Corporation in DuPont, WA.  She is responsible for supporting the manufacturing of early Reference Design Vehicles in a Research and Development environment.

Wendy is originally from Miami Beach, Florida.  She joined the Army right after high school, and served on active duty for 10 years  on assignments that included Ft. Polk, Louisiana, Darmstadt, Germany, and Ft. Lewis, Washington.  In January of 1993, she decided to leave the Active Army, joined the Washington Army National Guard.  This enabled her to return to school full-time, while allowing her to continue to serve her country.  During her military career, she has been the recipient of numerous awards and decorations to include the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and NATO Medal.

While her experience and education span multiple fields, they all converge in management and human resources.  She graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts, and received her Master of Arts from the University of Phoenix in Organizational Management.

Wendy recently returned from an 18-month mobilization in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, in Afghanistan.  She resides in Lakewood, Washington.

Liza Narciso

Liza Narciso serves as the Executive Assistant to the Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.  She is currently our representative for the National Association of State Women Veterans Coordinators.

Liza was born in the Philippines and enlisted in the Army in Hawaii on February 1982.  She attended basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey and her advance training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  Liza was assigned to the following duty stations:  Fort Leonard wood, Missouri and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  She served from 1982-1988. 

Her experience and education center in the Human Resources and Payroll.  She is a graduate of the Perpetual Help College in the Philippines and Central Texas College.  Liza’s work experience ranges from Collection Officer, Bank Single Vendor’s Service Insurance Representative, College Admissions Clerk, Assistant Registrar, Fiscal Technician, and Fiscal Analyst.

During her military career, she was awarded:  Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal and a graduate of Non-Commissioned Officer Primary Leadership School.

Liza is married to Sergio, 1SG, US Army (Ret), they have two children, Ryan and Jessica, and they reside in Olympia.

Patricia Stolle
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Kathryn Hobbs
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Christine Haas  
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Nona Mallicoat
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Trena Payton
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Pam Felton
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