OWF Regional Coordinators

 

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Luis Figueroa (Region 1)

Luis Figueroa
REGION 1 – Northeast
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
lfigueroa@manconinc.com  | (315) 427-5518

Luis is a Veteran of the United States Army, and a Trained Army Career Counselor and Recruiter. A passion for helping those who have given much in support of their country, Luis has spent the last 12 years working with numerous programs that have assisted Service Members transitioning from Active Duty, their dependents, as well as Veterans in reintegrating into the civilian arena utilizing the network of employment and educational resources that he has cultivated through the years. His previous positions have allowed him to assist those transitioning in seeking employment, further education and honing their current skillsets which have allowed them to reenter the workforce, and continue to pursue a good quality of life for themselves and their families. Luis has a very fun and friendly personality, and is able to quickly build a rapport with those he is serving, and finds contentment knowing that his interaction has helped many make a successful transition. In addition to the skills learned while in uniform, Luis is also a Certified Professional Resume Writer and uses every tool available to ensure that the Service Member receives the best services possible.

 

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Chris Daleske (Region 1)

Chris Daleske
REGION 2 & FORT BELVOIR – Northeast
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
Christopher.R.Daleske.ctr@mail.mil | (571) 232-3987

Chris Daleske is a former Army Field Artillery officer and currently serves as a Major in the D.C. Army National Guard. He joined the Office of Warrior Care Policy team in January 2016 and is the Operation Warfighter (OWF) for the Northeast and Fort Belvoir, VA. He is uniquely positioned to understand, relate to, and assist wounded, ill  and injured Service members as he is still a Service member. Chris is able to balance his experiences with the hopes and expectations of Service members in order to find the best path possible for them to meet their desired goals.

 

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Albert Welcher (Region 3)

Albert “Al” Welcher
REGION 3 – Mid-Atlantic (Fort Bragg)
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
albert.d.welcher2.ctr@mail.mil | (757) 339-4750

Albert Welcher is a man of passion and conviction whose purpose in life is to be a blessing to and serve those who have born the burden of combat. He aspires to maintain the creed of the Navy Chief which is to “take care of your people.” He retired from the United States Navy where he served for 24 years with honor and distinction at the rank and grade of Chief Petty Officer.

Albert, is well established throughout the Wounded Warrior and Recovery Care Program domain. His 10 years of federal contract program management experience and five years of front-line operational hands-on experience with Wounded Warriors and their families have been the cornerstone of his success to date with both the Navy’s initial Wounded Warrior Program called VITAL (Veterans Individual Training Assistance Link) and the Office of Secretary of Defense’s Education and Employment (E2I) and Operation Warfighter (OWF) programs.  Mr. Welcher employs four fundamental aspects of management and growth for our Wounded Warriors. They are Leading, Caring, Training, and Maintaining. He is well suited to the challenge of synchronizing on-going Wounded Warrior operations within the respective Military Treatment Facilities with the Education and Employment Initiative.

Albert resides in Suffolk, Virginia. His education includes a Master of Arts, Human Resource Management, B.S. Workforce Development and Education, and Advanced Leadership Training for Senior Enlisted Non-Commissioned Officers.

 

Nathan “Nate” Whiddon (Region 3)

Nathan “Nate” Whiddon
REGION 3 – Mid-Atlantic (Camp Lejeune)
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
natewe2i@gmail.com | (252) 675-1496

Nate Whiddon is a retired Master Chief Hospital Corpsman with over 28 years of military service. He recently joined the Office of Warrior Care Policy serving as the Education and Employment (E2I) Regional Coordinator for Region 3.  Nate spent his military career working in Navy Medicine at Naval Hospitals and Clinics as well as with the Marine Corps infantry and aviation units.  Nate’s military experience in Navy Medicine and as a Command Master Chief for a Naval Health Clinic uniquely position him to assist transitioning wounded, ill or injured service members.

 

Lisa Goenen (Region 4)

Lisa Goenen (Region 4)

Lisa Goenen
REGION 4 – Southeast
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
Lisa.G.Goenen.ctr@mail.mil | (520) 234-1160

Lisa Goenen served 24 years in the US Army and continues to serve as a Master Sergeant in the Army Reserves. She joined the Officer of Warrior Care Policy as an Operation Warfighter (OWF) and Employment and Education Initiative (E2I) Regional Coordinator covering Fort Stewart, GA, as well as installations located in Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. Over the past two years, serving as the First Sergeant of the Warrior Transition Battalion Community Care Unit she was instrumental in transitioning more than 200 Soldiers into the civilian sector. Lisa has developed relationships throughout communities in Georgia, Florida, and Puerto Rico and possesses the knowledge and experience to assist Service members during their transition.

 

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Biff Hadden (Region 4)

Mayo “Biff” Hadden III
REGION 4 – Southeast
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
MHadden@afsc.com | (706) 615-2455

Biff Hadden, is a retired Army Colonel and served almost 31 years in a variety of Infantry and Special Forces assignments. He recently joined the Office of Warrior Care Policy team as the Operation Warfighter (OWF) and Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) Regional Coordinator for Fort Benning, AL, MS and installations located in the FL Panhandle. Over the past eight years, he has assisted a large number of soldiers matching them with employment or education opportunities as a volunteer advisor. Biff has forged relationships with a large number of employers both locally and throughout Georgia. With his economic development background, he has the experience to discuss the economic landscape in the Southeast Region, and provide the assistance and guidance necessary to ensure a seamless transition for wounded, ill and injured Service members.

 

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Eric Gehring (Region 5)

Eric Gehring
REGION 5 – South Central
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
EGehring@afsc.com | (254) 226-4405

Eric Gehring is a retired Army Master Sergeant. Over the last year, he has personally assisted numerous wounded, ill, and injured Service members in achieving their career goals through Federal internships. Eric is committed to leveraging his knowledge, experience, and the relationships he has developed with Federal agencies in the region to shape the transition and recovery goals of each Service member to achieve success.

 

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Erasmo Valles (Region 6)

Erasmo Valles
REGION 6 – Southern
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
EValles@deloitte.com | (210) 452-5125

Erasmo Valles is a retired Marine officer and has worked as the Operation Warfighter (OWF) Southern Regional Coordinator for over four years. He also has experience assisting wounded, ill and injured Service members and their families as a Recovery Care Coordinator. Over the last six years, he has worked to assist hundreds of wounded, ill and injured Service members recover and transition to a new career. Erasmo has built solid working relationships with Federal agencies and employers in the region that have led to successful internships and potential employment opportunities that positively impact the rehabilitation process.

 

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Ned Hall (Region 7)

Ned Hall
REGION 7 – Mid-West
OWF Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
NHall@manconinc.com | (270) 498-6911

Ned Hall is a retired Army Sergeant Major. He is the Operation Warfighter (OWF) Regional Coordinator for the Mid-West, a position he’s held for almost two years. During this time, Ned has assisted more than 250 wounded, ill, and injured Service members matching more than 80 to internship opportunities, while developing a solid relationship with more than 50 Federal agencies in the region. He is uniquely qualified to discuss the specifics of the economic landscape in the region having been born, raised and residing there. Ned can assist the wounded, ill, and injured Service member seek new skills and opportunities for a confident and successful transition.

 

Craig Whiting (Region 8)

Craig Whiting
REGION 8 – Great Plains and Rocky Mountains
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
cwhiting@manconinc.com | (719)524-0540

Craig Whiting is a retired U.S. Army Officer who served in multiple areas of responsibility during a 23 year military career. He is the Region 8 Regional Coordinator for the Education and Employment Initiative as well as Operation Warfighter. During his military tenure, his assignments included positions as a Company Commander, Military Science Instructor, and Plans and Operations Manager. After his final assignment at Fort Carson, CO, Craig assisted Soldiers as a counselor with the Transition Assistance Program. He resides near Fort Carson in Fountain, CO.

 

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Craig Guffey (Region 9)

Craig Guffey
REGION 9 – Northwest
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
CGuffey@afsc.com | (253) 302-9291

Craig currently serves as an officer in the Washington Army National Guard with over 20 years of service. He is the Operation Warfighter (OWF) Regional Coordinator for the Northwest, a position he has held for more than three years. Over the past three years, Craig has placed over 300 Service members in internships with over 75 Federal agencies. He regularly meets with the Seattle Federal Executive Board Executive Leadership Council. Few people have as much knowledge about Federal agencies in the region as Craig.

 

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Julie Rodriguez (Region 10)

Julie Rodriguez
REGION 10 – Southwest
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

JRodriguez@afsc.com | (858) 888-5316

Julie Rodriguez, a former Marine Corps spouse, recently joined the Office of Warrior Care Policy
team as the Operation Warfighter (OWF) Regional Coordinator for the Southwest Region. Over the last seven years, she has dedicated her career to care management support for wounded ill and injured (WII) Service members and their families. During her time with the Marine Corps’ Wounded Warrior Regiment, she supported more than 2,500 WII Service members working to shape policy and drive positive outcomes for Marines and families in her care. Based on her vast experience, Julie is well equipped to assist WII SMs successfully reintegrate or transition to civilian life.

 

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