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David Puente Jr.
Director

David Puente Jr. is the Director of YOUR Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.  He…

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Solomon Gilbert

Solomon Gilbert
Deputy Director

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Director David…

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Mary Forbes
Assistant Director

COL (Retired) Mary Forbes graduated from the US Military Academy in 1983, the US Army War…

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Terry Westhoff

Terry Westhoff
Chief Financial Officer

Terry Westhoff has 36 years of public service experience. This…

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Dan Murray

Dan Murray
State Homes Operations Director

As the State Homes Operations Director, Dan oversees and provides…

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Heidi Audette
Communications and Legislative Director

Born and raised in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Heidi Audette completed her Bachelor of Science…

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Sarah Conly
Human Resources Director

Sarah joined your WDVA HR Team in 2015 and has almost 20 years of diverse human resources…

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Crystal Shienbein

Crystal Schienbein
Chief Information Officer

As a longtime public servant in Washington State and Navy Veteran…

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Rudy Lopez

Rudy Lopez
Washington Veterans Cemetery Director

Rudy Lopez is a 30-year veteran of the United States Air Force, holding various positions in the…

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Morgan Montes
Director of Strategy and Performance

Morgan Montes (she/her) joined WDVA in 2022.  She has over 14 years of…

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Lonna Leno

Lonna Leno
Administrator of the Walla Walla Veterans Home

We are proud to announce the appointment of Lonna Leno as the Administrator of the Walla Walla…

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Matthew Lysobey

Matthew Lysobey
Washington Veterans Home Administrator

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is proud to announce the appointment of…

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Dan Smith

Dan Smith
Administrator at the Washington Soldiers Home

The Washington State Department of Veterans…

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Mark Michaels

Mark Michaels
Spokane Veterans Administrator

The Washington State…

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Steven J. Gill
Veterans Services Administrator and Tribal Liaison

Steven J. Gill is the Veterans Services Administrator and Tribal Liaison for the Washington…

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Keith Meyer

Keith Meyer
Counseling and Wellness Director

Keith has been a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State…

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