Community minded with a passion for LGBT equality and inclusion issues. Focused on creating strategic alliances with organizational leaders to effectively align with and support LGBT initiatives. Influential in community efforts and programs to improve diversity and inclusion in local businesses. Outstanding presentation, communication and cross cultural team management skills.
Launched aggressive growth plan that helped increase Veteran registration base from 650 to 11,000 registered users in 23 months
Met and exceeded national goals and measures for Alaska VA MHV Program - receiving national recognition
Established strategic partnerships between Alaska VA and Alaska Chamber of Commerce, Anchorage Economic and Development Corp., and with Identity Inc.
Assisted with fundraising efforts, planning and strategies for events and donor communications
(Collateral Duty) Spearheaded development of LGBT Special Emphasis Program through Equal Employment Opportunity service. Led team to present LGBT Health Awareness week, resulting in an increase in information and training distributed to medical and mental health providers. Member of National VA LGBT Public Relations Work group. Responsible for organizing facility participation in Human Rights Campaign Health care Equality Index (HEI). Anchorage VA was sole recipient of Leadership in Health care Equality award for State of Alaska. Developed program to ensure compliance with Joint Commission on Health care Standards - first program for Alaska VA.
Compiled comprehensive lists describing national product and service offerings for Veterans. Collaborated with VA Public Relations manager to promote and advertise using local media along with facebook, twitter accounts and web mailings. Created publications, pamphlets, training guides and advertising displays for facility. Managed new product and content releases. Collaborated with marketing and communications teams on standardization, design and production of marketing materials. Worked effectively in a heavily cross-functional, fast paced environment. Managed, mentored and developed a team of 2 full time and 3 part time volunteers. Spearheaded the creation of blogs and social media content. Managed all company customer engagement campaigns. Wrote creative and engaging briefs for internal and external agencies. Produced engaging on line marketing campaigns. Partnered with internal stakeholders to define marketing program requirements. Received national recognition for writing through on line publication for VAdvantage. Developed presentations using Power Point, publisher and multi media avenues. Presented at VeHu in Orlando on televised training for pilot program. Chosen out of over 200 staff to present.
Serve as liaison between VISN executives, facility management, service chiefs and front line employees in identifying and initiating system redesign and improvements. Lead facilitator for redesign and improvement efforts throughout the facility. Establish and manage communication events throughout the facility to ensure project information and status is spread facility wide. Actively leads and participates in VISN and local level task groups/committees and updates senior leadership and national on system redesign progress and issues.
Ensures program effectively includes all VHA mandated elements and integrates strategic plans and goals of the VA. Works closely with outside consultants on $1.5 million dollar grant project using systems redesign methodologies across multiple teams to implement the 21st Century Grant Initiative over a period of 3 years. Supports and guides employees and leadership in ongoing SR PI projects to sustain and spread change throughout the facility.
Trained, budgeted and instructed and supervised 10+ Medical Technicians. Redesigned program for medical element to ensure appropriate training was accomplished prior to deployments, and medical equipment was ordered, packaged and inventoried by personnel. Implemented new training requirements/assignments based on evaluation of staffing requirements. Established alliance between squadron commanders to effectively support and maintain deployment objectives. Managed enlisted review process and ensured compliance with State and Federal regulations.
Received Congressional award for Angels in Adoption from Senator Lisa Murkowski Sept 2012
Represented LGBT Adoptive Families to 5 congressional leaders discussing equality and inclusion initiatives Sept 2012
Committee Member of Anchorage Chamber of Commerce and AEDC Live Work Play Initiative for Anchorage 2013
Presenter at National Adoption Day AK Center for Resource Families 2012
Volunteer with 4A's 2006
Volunteer with Fairbanks Food Bank through Alaska ANG
Community College of the AIr Force
American Red Cross
Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Alaska VA Health Care System
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