BOARD OF DIRECTORS

National Board Members for WestCare





James (Jim) L. Wadhams, Chair

Jim Wadhams, attorney, primarily practices in insurance regulation, state taxation and government relations. He had an extensive career in government service in the states of Nebraska and Nevada prior to first joining the Jones Vargas firm in 1981. While serving as General Counsel for the Nebraska Department of Insurance from 1974 to 1975, Jim was responsible for direct communication with Nebraska's legislators on insurance regulatory matters. He participated with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in developing national model laws for claims practices, holding companies and title insurance. Following the next four years of public service in Nevada, Jim served as Deputy Attorney General representing the Division of Insurance, Insurance Commissioner, and Director of Commerce. While serving in these positions from 1978 through 1981, Jim overhauled the auto insurance laws, created an agency to collect unclaimed financial property and set up the state's first industrial development bond program. Since leaving government service in 1981, Jim has been active in representing individuals and businesses before the Insurance Commissioner and other state licensing officials. In the area of public finance, Jim qualified Jones Vargas as the first Nevada based law firm to be listed as qualified bond counsel. In addition to being certified as an expert in several federal and state courts, Jim has also been asked to serve on numerous governmental advisory panels. He currently is on the Property and Casualty Advisory Committee, the Life and Health Advisory Committee, the Institutional Review Board, the Title Insurance Advisory Committee and is Chairman of the Board of the Nevada Captive Insurance Association. Jim graduated from Stanford University in 1968 and The University of Nebraska School of Law in 1972. He is married to Colleen and has 5 children, Jesse, Nate, Katie, Jimmy and Danny. His hobbies include hunting, golfing, skiing and handball.




William (Bill) C. Porter, Vice Chair, West Region

Bill Porter serves as an Attorney in Kingman Mohave County, Arizona and is General Counsel, Kingman Regional Medical Center. Born in Flagstaff, AZ in 1943, Bill served seven years in the Army, including Vietnam, Military Intelligence, and Judge Advocate General Corps. He has been a member of the WestCare board since 1985, and he currently also serves as Past Magistrate for the City of Kingman, President of the Mohave County Historical Society, and President of Heidenreich Adult Center. In the past he has held the positions of Vice President for the AZ State Historical Society, Member/Chairman for the Az. State Parks Board, President of the Az. State History Convention, Director Mohave County Bar Association, President of the Mohave Union High School District, National President for AKL Fraternity, and National President for the AKL Educational Foundation. Bill was inducted in 2008 as one of Arizona's 100 lifetime "Culture Keepers," and he is the 2008 Recipient of the "Al Merito" Award, Arizona's highest recognition for achievement in the field of history. Bill is single with four adult children.




Thomas (Tom) J. Walsh, II, Vice Chair, East Region

Tom Walsh received his Juris Doctor Degree Cum Laude from Stetson University College of Law in 1985. Over the course of his career, Mr. Walsh has served as Court Council for the 6th Judicial Circuit of Florida. As Court Council he assisted the Judiciary with program and policy issues; was Court Liaison with the Bar and agencies; served as a Hearing Officer, Arbitrator and Staff Attorney Supervisor. He was in private practice from 1994 to 2004 as a litigator in family and civil law matters. While in private practice, he was an Adjunct Professor teaching Business Law and Legal Research and Writing. In 2004, he joined the legal staff as Assistant General Counsel for the Florida State Agency for Healthcare Administration and continues to manage and litigate facilities regulations actions and serve as an informal hearing officer. Over the course of his legal career he has been a guest lecturer at his alma mater and mediator. Mr. Walsh has served on the WestCare Foundation Board of Directors since 2004.




Ramón (Ray) A. Abadin, Secretary

Ramón A. Abadin is a founding partner of Abadin Cook who specializes in complex commercial, corporate, civil and insurance litigation. His practice areas also include medical malpractice, premises liability and automobile negligence. Mr. Abadin is admitted to the Florida and Massachusetts Bars, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He has an "AV" rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Abadin was appointed for a three-year term to the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary in August of 2010. The purpose of this Committee is to evaluate the professional competence, integrity, and judicial temperament of all prospective nominees to the Supreme Court of the United States, United States Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Courts, the Court of International Trade, and territorial district courts for the Virgin Islands, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands and to provide that evaluation to the White House, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and to the U.S. Department of Justice to assist in the confirmation process. He is a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors. Within the Board of Governors, he is Chair-elect of the Program Evaluation Committee, and a member of the Executive Committee, the Budget Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee. He now serves as Florida Board of Governors Liaison for Judicial Nominating Procedures Committee and has served as Liaison to Professionalism. He is Section Liaison to General Practice and a member of the Special Committee on Diversity and Inclusion. Most recently (April, 2009), Mr. Abadin was awarded CABA's "Passing on the Leadership" Mentorship Award. He was awarded The Florida Bar G. Kirk Haas Award in 2005; Haitian Lawyers Association Significant Contribution Award in 2006; was a nominee for South Florida Business Journal's Diversity Works Award, 2005; and was Awarded Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite, 2007 – Present; Florida Super Lawyers, 2007 – Present; and South Florida Legal Guides "Top Lawyers in South Florida 2011". He is a graduate of Christopher Columbus High School, Tulane University and Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.




Derrick T. Boazman, Treasurer

Derrick Boazman, a native Atlantan, was born and reared on Atlanta's southside. In 1997, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council and was re-elected for his second term in 2001. Councilmember Boazman resigned his seat on the city council in April 2004. Mr. Boazman is President and CEO of Facilitation Strategies, Inc., which specializes in strategic planning and group facilitation activities. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Morris Brown College, where he began his political career as President of the Student Government Association. He serves as a certified trainer teaching community leadership and organizational development skills for Midwest Academy, an instruction entity that travels throughout the country. Mr. Boazman contends that "education is an equalizer", and lives his life accordingly, by formally serving as a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) officer at Price Middle School and currently as a member of the PTA at Perkerson Elementary School. He is currently very active with the United Youth-Adult Conference (UYAC). In 2000 Mr. Boazman was the recipient of the Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta, Inc.'s "Award for Outstanding Contribution in Politics" and Morris Brown College's "Going the Distance – Career Achievement Award". Being selected as one of ten people to serve on the President's Summit for America's Future Committee, by former United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell, was one of his proudest moments. Councilmember Boazman is an outspoken advocate for the rights of minorities and has appeared on CNN's Talkback Live, Nightline, Court TV, dozens of nationally syndicated radio programs, as well as being interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the New Yorker Magazine. Mr. Boazman is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated and is very active with the Prince Hall Affiliated Masons where he has attained the 33rd degree. Mr. Boazman is a member of Mount Sinai Baptist Church.




Lynn C. Mapes, Emeritus Member

For 30 years Lynn Mapes was employed at the Reader’s Digest. In 1984, Richard McLoughlin, who was promoted to Publisher at the Digest moved Lynn up from Vice President to Associate Publisher. After 30 years Lynn retired from the Digest and in 1987, he joined the Media Advertising Partnership for a Drug Free America which was the largest advertising effort since the bond drives of World War II. Lynn was the volunteer media director. His job was to lead the forces that line up the free space and time that was needed to get the anti-drug message off the ground.

After leaving the partnership he moved to the Florida Keys. His volunteerism continues. His volunteer work has included:

WestCare Foundation Board of Directors
Chairman, Guidance Care Center
Chairman, Sheriff’s Shared Assets Fund
Chairman, Historic Florida Keys Foundation
Marathon Economic Development Council
Pigeon Key Foundation
Rural Health Network
Chairman, Monroe County Planning Commission
Florida Keys Land and Sea Trust
Chairman, South Florida regional Planning Council
National Fatherhood Initiative
Director, Florida Keys Aqueduct Authority




Russell A. Swain, Chair, WestCare FitzHouse Enterprises, Inc.

Russell Swain is the President of GLB Insurance Group of Nevada. According to Russ, the insurance business just runs in the family. He grew up learning about insurance and the surety business from his father, Russell E. (Rusty) Swain, and was given the chance to officially join the business in 1979, when he joined George L. Brown Insurance Insurance Agency just after graduating from high school. He joined the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company as an underwriter trainee in 1981 and worked for the FFIC until 1983. Swain returned to GLB to work with his father, and he became a principal of the firm five years later in 1988. Swain became company president in 2002 and has continued to lead the agency to additional years of steady growth and a notable reputation. Swain assisted personally in the successful merger of both the Holmes Insurance group in 2000 with GLB and Atkin & Prater Insurance in 2004, which formed our current operation known now as "GLB INSURANCE GROUP OF NEVADA" founded by George L. Brown in 1941. Swain obtained his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation in 1997. A respected member of the insurance field, Swain served as President of the Independent Agents of Southern Nevada from 1990-91 and served as the State President of the NIIA from 2007-08, along with many other committee and service commitments in his industry. In his free time, Swain enjoys hiking, snow skiing, boating, motorcycles, bird hunting, ATV's, and spending time with his family.




William (Bill) J. Ekstrom, Jr., Chair, WestCare Arizona I, Inc.

Bill Ekstrom was born and raised in Arizona and accomplished his law degree 1973. Three years later he was offered and accepted a position with the Deputy County Attorney's office in Kingman AZ. In 1979, he was appointed to the position of Mohave County Attorney and was re-elected for six terms of office. During his last term in office, he served as the Vice Chair for the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney's Advisory Council. Bill was instrumental in beginnings victim's programs in Mohave County and in the adoption of the Victim's Bill of Rights for the State of Arizona. Over the years, Bill has been active in many professional and civic activities. In 2012 the Mohave County Bar Association presented him with the Frank X. Gordon Award for outstanding achievement in the practice of law. Bill currently is the Chair of the WestCare Arizona Board of Directors and a member of the Community Action Council. Bill has been married 25 years to his wife Dianne, and has had the joy of raising Hillary and Haydon.




Elaine E. Grissom, Vice Chair, WestCare Arizona, Inc.

Elaine Grissom has been serving the Mohave County Probation Department for more than 26 years. She first began her career writing presentence reports for the adult division. After two years, she was transferred to a newly created position in the juvenile division working as a Juvenile Intensive Probation Supervision (JIPS) Officer. Since that time, Elaine has worked her way up to include JIPS Supervisor, Juvenile Treatment Coordinator, Interim Detention Administrator and now in her current position as Deputy Director. During her tenure, Elaine has served on numerous local and state committees, including the Judicial Merit Commission. Elaine was nominated for Probation Officer of the Year in 2003 and for Supervisor of the Year in 2010. In 2004, Elaine received "A Round of Applause Award" and in 2006 received the "Women Making History Award in the category of Woman of Distinction". An Arizona native and a strong proponent of education, Elaine also serves as Chief Examiner for their GED testing center in Kingman, Arizona. She received a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix in 2005. Elaine is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for Westcare Arizona's Community Action Council.




(Dr.) Toussaint M. Streat, Chair, WestCare California, Inc.

Toussaint Streat has been employed as a physician with Kaiser Permanente since 1983. He has represented the Fresno District in the House of Delegates for the California Medical Association for the past six years. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and served in the past as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine of the Department of Family Practice UCSF.




Rick Ramsay, Chair, WestCare Florida

Richard A. "Rick" Ramsay's strong desire to serve his community led him to attend the Florida Keys Institute of Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Academy class of 1987. Upon graduation Rick began his career with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office as a road patrol deputy. In 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Colonel – Undersheriff of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. While Colonel Ramsay has commanded many areas of the department during his career, he has also continued his education during that time. He attended the prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy and the Southern Police Institute's Command Officers Development Course. He has also been trained in Line Supervision, Middle Management, and Crisis Management. Colonel Rick Ramsay has worked in virtually every area of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office during his almost 25 years of employment, demonstrating integrity, vision and leadership. He remains dedicated to using his skills, knowledge, and honesty for the betterment of his community.




(Dr.) Eugene P. Walker, Chair, WestCare Georgia, Inc.

Dr. Eugene 'Gene' P. Walker represents District 9, DeKalb County Board of Education. He is a native of Thomaston, Georgia and has been a resident of DeKalb County since 1969. Dr. Walker received his Ph.D. in History from Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, in 1978; a Certificate in Southern History from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, in 1968, a Masters of Arts Degree in History at Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1969; and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science at Clark College, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1958. In addition, Dr. Walker was honored with the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship at Duke University, and the Experienced Teacher Fellowship Program at Johns Hopkins University. In the area of public service, Dr. Walker was elected State Senator for the 43rd Georgia Senatorial District. During that time, Dr. Walker served on the following state Senate Committees: Banking and Financial Institutions, Governmental Operations, Urban and County Affairs. Dr. Eugene Walker was the first person of color to hold the position of Majority Whip of the Georgia State Senate and also served as Chairman of the Georgia Reapportionment Committee, which is assigned once every 10 years to provide equity, fairness and projections of the State of Georgia constituency. In January 1995, Dr. Eugene Walker was appointed by Governor Zell Miller and approved by the Board of Department of Juvenile Justice as the Commissioner. He served in this capacity until April 1999 when Governor Roy Barnes appointed him to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles, until December 31, 2006. Dr. Walker also belongs to and holds office in various criminal justice professional organizations, including the American Correctional Association, the Georgia Correctional Association, the national Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice, the Parole Association of Georgia and the American Probation and Parole Association. From 2001-2009, Dr. Walker served as chairman of the Development Authority of DeKalb County, the Private Hospital Authority of DeKalb County and the Senior Residential Care Authority of DeKalb County.




Doris Hope Michaux, Vice Chair, WestCare Georgia, Inc.

(biography coming soon)




(Judge) Peter Szegedy-Maszak, Chair, WestCare FAVA, Inc.

Peter B. Szegedy-Maszak, Esquire, is currently an appellate administrative law judge in Washington, D.C. In a legal career of over thirty years, he has practiced law in senior positions in both the public and private legal sectors, including service as a trial level administrative law judge, senior legislative counsel to a former D.C. Mayor, senior staff attorney in the Office of the D.C. Corporation Counsel (now Office of the D.C. Attorney General), General Counsel to a variety of D.C. administrative agencies and Special Counsel to the Real Estate Group at the national law firm of Arnold & Porter. He has served on the faculty at the American University in Washington, D.C., and Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His work on behalf of veterans includes both his service as Chairman of the Board of the Family Alliance for Veterans of America (FAVA), a multi-service organization operated by the WestCare Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the WestCare Foundation and its Veterans Committee. He has received numerous awards in recognition of his public service.




Charilyn Damigo, Vice Chair, WestCare FAVA, Inc.

Charilyn Damigo has become a nationally recognized speaker and advocate for her son Nathan, who joined the Marine Corps during his senior year of high school. She is actively involved in her local Blue Star Mothers of America chapter (CA39 - Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms) and is currently serving as the National 1st Vice President for the national organization. Nathan served 3 and a half years in the Marine Corps, which included 2 deployments in Iraq. One month after his return from his second deployment, on the anniversary weekend of his best friend's KIA date, Nathan was arrested for a crime he committed while having a Post Traumatic Stress flashback. His story is one of those featured in the HBO documentary Wartorn: 1861-2010.

Charilyn has spent the last several years advocating for her son and other veterans who have been affected by the justice system. She has worked with other families to establish the non-profit, peer-to-peer family support network known as FAVA (Family Alliance for Veterans of America). FAVA is now a subsidiary of WestCare Foundation.

Charilyn's husband is also a Marine veteran and together they have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. She has previously worked in the banking industry, and she has been an educator and school administrator for the past 28 years.




William (Bill) J. Baird, III, Chair, WestCare Kentucky, Inc.

Bill's practice is focused on Civil Litigation, Insurance Defense and General Practice. Bill is a graduate of the University of Pikeville (1966) where he received his B.S. Degree. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1969. He was admitted to the Kentucky Bar in 1969. Bill served two years as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1969-1971. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Pikeville where he serves as Vice Chair of the Board. He also serves as ·Chair of the Board of Directors for WestCare Kentucky. He serves as an Elder and teacher in his church. Bill is very active in the community. He received the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Award for Civic Contribution in 1983; the Kiwanis Citizen of the Year in I987; the Kentucky Fellowship of Christian Athlete's Volunteer of the Year in 1991; the University of Pikeville Alumni of the Year in I 995; the Rotary's Volunteer of the Year in 1996; the American College of Physicians Community Service Award in 1997. In 2005 Bill was the recipient of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award. Bill is a member of the Pike County and Kentucky Bar Associations. Bill and his wife Kaye have three married daughters and nine grandchildren.




(Judge) Wallace C. Taylor, Vice Chair, WestCare Kentucky, Inc.

Judge Wallace C. Taylor graduated Eastern Kentucky University with an Associate's Degree in Agriculture. He has served as Judge Executive of Estill County Kentucky since 2003 and as the manager of Taylor Farms since 1985. His past positions include Finance Officer for Bunt Gross Autos from 1985-1998 and Owner of Taylor & Associates, Insurance 1998-2004. A lifelong resident of Estill County Kentucky, Wallace has worked tirelessly to make life better for all Estill County citizens. As County Judge Executive, he has been proactive in procuring grants, meeting with business owners, senators, congressmen and state leaders. Developing a passion to combat what he has called "the worst form of terrorism facing our nation", the drug epidemic, Wallace began a quest to bring drug treatment facilities to Kentucky and has worked with policymakers to strengthen drug awareness and prevention programs throughout the state. Since 2006, Wallace has organized and hosted the "One Day at a Time March for Drug Recovery" in Estill County. Hundreds of people show up every year to show their solidarity and commitment to ending this devastating epidemic. Wallace has been married to his wife Cathy for 26 years, he has 2 children, daughter CJ and son Chandler.




David E. Youngquist, Chair, WestCare Minnesota, Inc.

(biography coming soon)




Jack Scharrett, Vice Chair, WestCare Minnesota, Inc.

Jack Sharrett is a proven professional and leader with a strong background in organizational leadership, strategic planning & marketing, change management, financial modeling and business development. He has worked domestically and internationally in a variety of roles from leadership in high pressure situations to business consultant during demanding times; from coach and mentor in successful businesses to change agent within resistant organizational cultures. Scharrett is a strong communicator and effective problem solver with an entrepreneurial mindset. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy (U.S.M.A.), West Point, NY June 1991, and he received a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN Dec 2007. He currently serves as Manager, Business Development for ATK, Inc, where his job is to establish and coordinate business development activities for Integrated Weapons Systems for use by the US Army, US Special Operations Command, and other DOD customers. Scharrett is responsible for helping begin VICTRI, a one-of-a-kind business center providing holistic assistance to Veteran entrepreneurs, and he holds the title of Lieutenant Colonel, Commander, Strategic & Operational Planner, United States Army Reserves.




John C. Jeppsen, Chair, WestCare Nevada, Inc.

John C. Jeppsen, attorney at Greenberg Traurig, focuses his practice on corporate and securities law, public offerings and private placements, mergers and acquisitions, and other sophisticated finance transactions. John regularly advises public companies on Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting obligations including Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, stock exchange listing rules and corporate governance matters. Besides serving on the Board for WestCare Nevada, John is a member of the American Bar Association, Clark County Bar Association, and the State Bar of both Nevada and Utah. John was listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, for 2012-2013, and was recognized in "Nevada Legal Elite," Nevada Business magazine, 2009. He received his J.D. from the University of Utah-College of Law, 1991, his M.B.A. from the University of Utah, 1987, and his B.S. from Brigham Young University, 1986.




Marilyn Moran, Vice Chair, WestCare Nevada, Inc.

Jean and Herb Tobman arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada from New Jersey in 1952, with their two small children. They were like so many others searching for the new west, new ideas, a new future, and Las Vegas welcomed them and many others. The new future included establishing a family furniture store on Main Street. The Tobman Family flourished, becoming part of the community. Their four children, like many others road their bikes to school, horses throughout the desert area and made life-long friends. Important to the family was service to their community and over 40 years ago the Tobman family assisted in establishing WestCare. Marilyn married John Moran in 1970 and they continued her family's passionate commitment to WestCare. Today, she servers on the State and National Boards of WestCare Foundation. She and her entire family continue to support WestCares mission of "Uplifting the Human Spirit". Marilyn is a well know supporter of all things Nevada. Her many years of community service has also included a Mayoral Appointment to the City Planning Commission following in her father's footsteps. During her 10 years on the commission, the commission adopted the Southwest Development Plan for Southern Nevada. When not working in the family transportation business, Western Cab Company, or supporting an important cause, you will find Marilyn and her husband John traveling and enjoying the great outdoors with their children and seven grand children.




Mary A.Y. Okada, Chair, WestCare Pacific Islands, Inc.

Mary Ann Young Okada, Ed. D., the first female president of Guam Community College, took the helm of office as President/CEO on June 18, 2007. Prior to serving as President/CEO, Dr. Okada held positions as Vice President of Financial Affairs, Controller, and General Accounting Supervisor at GCC. She has been instrumental in having the college receive, for 11 consecutive fiscal years, a qualified status as a low risk auditee, with no questionable costs or unresolved prior year audit findings. Over the years, Guam Community College has consistently been commended in the private and public sectors as one of the best financially managed organizations in the entire Government of Guam system. Dr. Okada aggressively advocates for the development and growth of career and technical education and training for Guam and the neighboring islands of Micronesia. Dr. Okada received a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix in May 2009, a Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Guam in 1997, and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and Management from the University of Guam in 1988.




Michael John Perez, Vice Chair, WestCare Pacific Islands, Inc.

Michael John Perez received a Doctor of Juris Prudence in 1988 from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Guam in 1979. Before Law School he worked for the Superior Court of Guam, rising to the position of Clerk of Court. From 1989 to 1998 he worked in private practice, and in 2003 he began working in the Guam Legislature. He now serves as the Manager of External and Legal Affairs for TeleGuam Holding Inc., where he is responsible for Grant Research, assisting H.R. Department in formulating employee's policies, reviewing contracts of customers and vendors, and reviewing FCC regulations governing telecommunication operations.




Carl Gumataotao, Secretary, WestCare Pacific Islands, Inc.

Carl Gumataotao brings over twenty years of experience in communications to the Galaide Group. Drawing on his past experience as a television media consultant and producer, Carl’s duties include media and advertising management as well as creative conceptualization and execution. Following his graduation San Diego State University, Carl went on to serve in the Army and also spent a decade in communications for both the Guam Power Authority and Guam Office of Civil Defense.




John E. Lee, Chair, WestCare Washington, Inc.

John E. Lee, a Vietnam War veteran and retired Command Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army, was appointed director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs on November 1, 2005, by Governor Christine Gregoire. As agency director, his responsibilities include advocacy and outreach for the state's more than 670,000 veterans and their families, as well as overseeing three veterans homes throughout the state. A native of West Virginia, Lee entered the U.S. Army in 1968, and spent the next 21 years serving in the Army's Infantry. He served in the Republic of Vietnam with the 173rd Airborne Brigade and assignments with the 82nd Airborne Division, Drill Sergeant, Fort Jackson, SC, First Sergeant in the 3-60th Infantry (Berlin Brigade), and multiple assignments as Command Sergeant Major. He finished his Army career as the Command Sergeant Major of the 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis, retiring in 1990. After completing his military service, Lee entered the public sector, joining WDVA as an administrative assistant. In 1994 he was appointed as the agency Deputy Director and has served with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs for a total of 21 years. He holds three degrees, including a Masters in Health Administration. He has served on the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council, he is the co-chairman for the Fort Lewis Retiree Council, and is a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disable Veterans of America, and the Association of the United States Army. Mr. Lee and his wife Tammy reside in Olympia. They have 2 adult sons, 4 grandsons, and one granddaughter.




(Senator) Spencer Coggs, Chair, WestCare Wisconsin, Inc.

Sen. Spencer Coggs, a former city health officer, postal worker and industrial printer, serves on the Wisconsin State Senate representing District 6 on Milwaukee's northwest side where he has been a lifelong resident. Coggs received degrees from Milwaukee Area Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. First elected to the Assembly in 1982 and running unopposed since 1986, Sen. Coggs is known as a leader in education, health care, labor relations, and criminal justice issues. He currently serves on the Senate Committees on Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs, Insurance and Housing, Transportation and Elections, Education Communications Board and the Milwaukee Child Welfare Council. He is also Vice-Chair of the State Tribal Relations Committee. Sen. Coggs is a member of the State Childhood Lead Elimination Task Force sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. He established Wisconsin's first Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Abatement Program, the state's aggressive stance against lead paint poisoning affecting children. Coggs is also author of Total Prescription, or T-Rx, which would provide prescription drug discounts to approximately 1.1 million uninsured residents in Wisconsin. The program was later adopted by Gov. Doyle and named Badger Rx. Coggs serves as Vice-Chairman of the State Tribal Relations Committee and has authored several pieces of legislation relating to the interaction between the state and Indian tribes. He is also the former Chairman of the Business Opportunity Advisory Commission, and the former Chairman of the Governor's Commission on Reducing Racial Disparities in Wisconsin's Criminal Justice System. Coggs sits on numerous state and local boards and committees. He is Chairman of the Board of Milwaukee Health Services Inc., one of the largest non-profit health organizations in the state, which operates the Isaac Coggs Community Health Center, and the Martin Luther King Heritage Health Center.




Richard Rodgers, Vice Chair, WestCare Wisconsin, Inc.

Richard Rodgers was born in Memphis, TN in 1950. He attended Milwaukee Area Technical College, Memphis State, and the University of Colorado at Denver. Richard entered into the United States Navy in 1968 and was honorably discharged in 1970. In 1971 Richard began his career in veterans advocacy and service where he was hired as a part-time Veterans Outreach Specialist for the Milwaukee Veterans Services. He was later promoted to Manager of the NAB-V Temporary Services which was owned and operated by the National Association for Black Veterans Inc. Richard's career path continued in when he was successfully recruited by the State of Wisconsin, Job Service Division, to serve as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Specialist (DVOP). He was promoted to the position of Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER), and was later promoted to the position of State Regional Coordinator with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. He retired from State service in 2005 and was soon hired by the Center for Veterans Issues Ltd. as Director of Management Services where he assisted veterans groups in their development. His mission soon changed to focus on veterans' advocacy on the national level. In his new capacity, Richard was successful in assisting over eighty five veterans groups in establishing chapters in cities from coast to coast. In 2008, Richard was promoted to National Director of Organizational Development where he continued to successfully serve the veterans on the national level. Most recently in May 2011, Richard was promoted to Vice President of Administration for the Center for Veterans Issues Ltd. where he is responsible for Human Resources, IT Services, Legal Services, Food Services, and assistance with national veterans services coordination. He presently serves at the direction of Executive Vice President, Ms. Dawn Nuoffer, who in turn reports to the CEO, BG (Ret.) Robert A. Cocroft. Richard has earned over 45 prestigious awards throughout his career.