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: 
1975-1977
Committee Position/Title: 
Technology Committee Chair / Executive Committee
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Taught incarcerated women to prepare for the GED (General Education Development) exam. 100% of these women passed the GED exam on their first try. Advocate for women veterans regarding military sexual trauma, rape, and domestic violence. Completed 3 marathons and continue to compete in half-marathons.
Education: 
BS, Intelligence Studies, emphasis on Intelligence Analysis 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 veterans every day through my companies and non-profit work.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Technology 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
Dates of Service: 
Committee Member/Special Events
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.
Brenda Milewski

Brenda Milewski

Branch of Service: 
US Army
Dates of Service: 
1983-2008
Committee Position/Title: 
Vice President/Executive Committee Member
Lifetime Accomplishments: 
Nonprofit Business Owner; 22+ Year Career in DoD federal civil service
Education: 
BS, Information Systems Management
Major Events in life: 
My eldest daughter entering into the Navy Public Speaker/Author/Mentor
Current Employment: 
STEPS, Inc/Fountain of Life Dental
Personal Statement regarding serving on the committee: 
In addition to being a privilege to serve, I endeavor to make a difference in the process.
Major Achievements On the committee: 
Launching an initiative to develop an mobile app assisting women in finding support and services
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.