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OWF Regional Coordinators

James West
REGION 1 - Northeast
E2I/OWF Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

James West is a retired Army Sergeant Major with over 22 years of military service. He serves as an Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) and Operation Warfighter (OWF) Regional Coordinator for Region 1. James' military background and experience working with Soldiers and their families enable him to assist transitioning wounded, ill, or injured Soldiers. Also, from personal experience going through a medical retirement, he knows how overwhelming it can be to transition out of the military while maintaining medical requirements. James is committed to leveraging his knowledge of medical transitioning service members and his ties to the community to ensure every service member successfully transitions from the military.

James West Region 1
Natali Esteves
REGION 2 - Fort Belvoir and Northeast
E2I/OWF Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

Natali Esteves has worked and lived around diverse military communities for almost 20 years, during that time she has dedicated herself to outreach roles within federal, private, and non-profit agencies and programs supporting thousands of military community members worldwide. She is driven by compassion and a diligent dedication to provide supportive resources, guidance for transitioning service members and inspiration of academic and professional pursuits. Apart from dedicating herself to round the clock outreach efforts for communities at home and abroad, she was pursuing graduate degrees and certificates that would expand her knowledge and experience. Natali often reminds service members to focus on new the possibilities beyond the uniform and encourages upskilling opportunities that will open more pathways. Natali is a regional coordinator for the National Capital Region’s Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) and Operation Warfighter (OWF) programs.

Natali Esteves Region 2
Antoinette Watson
REGION 1 and 3 - Mid-Atlantic 
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

Antoinette is a retired Army First Sergeant with over 23 years of service in the Medical Corps. She serves as an Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) and Operation Warfighter (OWF) Regional Coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic. Her experience in the Military and as a Recovery Care Coordinator will be beneficial in assisting Servicemembers with their educational, training, or employment goals. Antoinette is dedicated to the success of Servicemembers achieving their goals as they transition from Military Service. 

Antoinette Watson (Region 3)
Marq McLeod
REGION 3 - Mid-Atlantic 
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

Marquadealsandro “Marq” McLeod is a retired 1SG with the United States Army. Marq retired from the United States Army after 24 years of active-duty service. Marq has held a myriad of positions, but none were more rewarding and influential than serving as 1SG. He has assisted a countless number of service members by matching them with employment, education, and internship opportunities. He researches emerging workforce trends and is committed to providing the assistance necessary to ensure a seamless transition for service members. He continues to leverage his knowledge, experience, and relationships within the region to ensure service members can forecast future endeavors.

Marq McLeod (Region 3)

Lisa Goenen
REGION 4 - Southeast
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)


Lisa Goenen served 24 years in the US Army and continues to serve as a Master Sergeant in the Army Reserves. Lisa is an Employment and Education Initiative (E2I) and Operation Warfighter (OWF) Regional Coordinator for 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.

Lisa Goenen (Region 4)

Tony Mayne 
REGION 4 – Southeast
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)


Tony Mayne is a retired U.S. Army Major with 20 years of military service as an enlisted solider and officers. Tony's passion for serving service members and their families is rooted from his transition experience. He participated in the Green-to-Gold officer commissioning program, then went through the medical evaluation board process at 14 years of service. Tony officially retired from the Army at the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) headquarters in Tampa, FL. He is committed to providing recovering and transitioning service members with the best information needed to shape a successful reintegration into the civilian world. 

Tony Mayne (Region 4)
(706) 987-2005
Eric Gehring
REGION 5 - South Central
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

Eric Gehring is a retired Army Master Sergeant. Eric has personally assisted numerous wounded, ill, and injured Service members by assisting with 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.

Eric Gehring Region 5
Erasmos Valles
REGION 6 - Southern
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

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. Erasmo has worked to assist hundreds of wounded, ill and injured Service members recover and transition into new careers. He 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 reintegration process.

Lance Dowd (Region 6)
(703) 397-6499
Ned Hall 
REGION 7 - Mid-West
Regional Coordinator

Ned Hall is a retired Army Sergeant Major. He is the Operation Warfighter (OWF) Regional Coordinator for the Mid-West. Ned has assisted more than 250 wounded, ill, and injured Service members matching them 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 currently residing there. Ned can assist the wounded, ill, and injured Service member seek new skills and opportunities for a confident and successful transition.

Ned Hall (Region 7)
Daniel Stellabotte
Region 8 - Great Plains/Rocky Mountain
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

Dan is a retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant now serving as (OWF) Regional Coordinator for Region 8 Rocky Mountain and Great Plains Region which covers ND, SD, NE, KS, WY, UT, and CO. Having served for 28 years, he embraced his passion for helping people, especially as the Career Assistance Advisor, where he assisted countless Airmen and service members with transition assistance, educational opportunities, and career guidance. Serving as a Medical Group Senior Enlisted Leader, and having personally experienced the medical review board, he understand the demands and and uncertainties transitioning service members face. After two tours totaling 15 years in the Colorado area, Dan has established significant partnerships, and is here to ensure a succesful transition for service members and their loved ones. "Family is my core, people are my passion, and together we make a difference!" - Daniel Stellabotte

Daniel Stellabotte Region 8
Ramon Ubaldo
REGION 9 - Northwest
OWF Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

Ramon is a retired 1SG after 20 years of Active-Duty service in the United States Army in the Armor and Cavalry community. He recently joined Operation Warfighter (OWF) Regional Coordinator for the Northwest Region. His dedication to the overall success of transitioning service members plays a vital role in building rapport and trust to achieve their goals. His goal is to build solid relationships with federal agencies in the region which will enhance the ability to provide successful support and transition for our wounded, ill and injured service members. In his previous role with the Work for Warriors program he has served and assisted numerous service members, veterans, and families enhancing their well-being by mitigating unemployment and under employment that negatively impacted their lives. 

Ramon Ubaldo Region 9
Sandra Ambotaite
Region 10 - Southwest

Coordinator (Contractor)

Sandra Ambotaite is an Army veteran who spent her military career working as a medical administration and operations specialist. Her experience working in the medical field as well as participating in the OWF program in 2012 uniquely prepared her and inspired her to help other recovering Service members to ensure they have a seamless and successful transition. Since separating from the military, Sandra has been deeply involved in the military and veteran community within the San Diego area. Sandra has been an active volunteer and an intern with different veteran/military organization as well as federal agencies such as Homeland Security and Department of State. Sandra’s education includes a Masters in Peace and Justice, B.S. in International Security and Conflict Resolution and Advanced Mediation Training.

Sandra Ambotaite Region 10


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