E2I 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. Luis is passionate when it comes to 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. His passion has also led him to assist family members and Veterans reintegrate 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 their education and hone their current skill-sets. Luis 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 Members receive the best service possible.

 

Denise Williams
REGION 2 – Northeast
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)

Denise Williams (Region 2)

Denise.l.williams8.ctr@mail.mil | (703) 223-1809

Denise Williams, an Army spouse, is the Educational and Employment Initiative (E2I) Regional Coordinator for the National Capital Region (NCR). She is armed with over 23 years as an Army spouse, coupled with 12 years of experience in human services, program coordination, and case management; with recorded success identifying areas of improvement and supporting initiatives to compel change.

During her time with Army OneSource, Denise established working relationships with strategic stakeholders; including but not limited to, state and local agencies, universities, public schools, and government entities to aid Services members, Veterans and their families in the areas of behavioral health services, legal services, faith-based services, and financial services.  Based on her vast amount of experience, Denise is uniquely qualified to provide the assistance and guidance necessary to ensure a seamless transition for wounded, ill and injured Service members as they reintegrate in civilian life.

 

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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 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.  Albert 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 and the Education and Employment Initiative.

Albert resides in Suffolk, Virginia. His education includes a Master of Arts in 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. 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 positions 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. 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.

 

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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 team as the Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) and Operation Warfighter (OWF) Regional Coordinator for Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and installations located in the Florida panhandle. Over the past eight years, he has assisted a large number of soldiers matching them with employment or education opportunities as a volunteer adviser. Biff has forged relationships with a large number of employers both locally and throughout his region. 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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Bill May (Region 5)

William “Bill” May
REGION 5 – South Central
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
WMay@manconinc.com | (682) 216-5896

Bill is a retired Army Command Sergeant Major and serves as the Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) Regional Coordinator for the South Central Region.  Bill has assisted countless wounded, ill and injured Service members in achieving their goals toward education or employment by matching them with strategic partners and agencies that support E2I and its mission.  Bill is committed to leveraging his knowledge, experience and the relationships he has developed in the region to shape the transition and recovery goals of each Service member.

 

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Lance Dowd (Region 6)

Lance Dowd
REGION 6 – Southern
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
LDowd@deloitte.com | (210) 717-4624

Lance is a retired Marine Infantry Officer.  Since 2013, he has been the Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) Regional Coordinator for the Southern Region.  He has developed strategic relationships with more than 150 employers throughout the region and has assisted more than 250 wounded, ill and injured Service members during their career transition by ensuring their readiness, matching them with opportunities, and connecting them with employers.  Lance understands the current and emerging workforce needs for the region and is well positioned to enable a smooth transition for wounded, ill and injured Service members.

 

 

Amy Marohl 

Amy Marhol (Region 7)

REGION 7 – Mid-West
Regional Coordinator
(Contractor)
marohla@MagellanFederal.com | (703) 268-6816

Amy is the Education and Employment (E2I) Regional Coordinator for Region 7.  Amy has worked over 12 years on military installations and worked extensively with transitioning Service Members in the Soldier for Life Program (2012-2016) and more recently as an Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) Advocate (2016 to 2019).  Her professional experiences have provided a great foundation and working relationships that are valuable to accomplishing the E2I mission.  Amy enjoys working with individuals that are in the transition process because it provides a unique opportunity to genuinely help someone during a stressful time.  Amy is passionate about helping Recovering Service Members achieve transition success  by providing tools and resources that empower the Recovering Service Members.

 

 

Amber Hargrave (Region 7)

Amber Hargrave
Region 8 – Great Plains/Rocky Mountain

Coordinator (Contractor)
ahargrave@manconinc.com | (719)298-8455

Amber Hargrave is a Career Coach and military spouse with over 8 years’ experience working the military community. Throughout her career, Amber has established local and national coalitions with over 150 non-profit/ profit organizations and countless corporations focused on advocating and assisting transitioning service members with employment and education opportunities. Currently, Amber sits on the Board of Directors with the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition focusing on ending Veterans homelessness in the state of Colorado. Since 2018, Amber joined the Education and Employment Initiative to continue her passion to support wounded and ill transitioning service members continue to thrive in their careers after their military transition.

 

Ronald “Ron” Metternich

Ron Metternich (Region 9)

REGION 9 – Northwest
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
Ronald.J.Metternich.ctr@mail.mil | (253) 302-9291

Ron Metternich is a retired Army Infantry Officer with 31 years of military service. Ron is the Education and Employment (E2I) Regional Coordinator for Region 9. Ron’s military background and experience working with Soldiers and their families enables him to assist transitioning wounded, ill or injured Soldiers.

 

 

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Christopher Graham (Region 10)

Christopher Graham
REGION 10 – Southwest
E2I Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
CGraham@manconinc.com | (619) 977-5224

Christopher Graham spent over 20 years as a Naval Officer.  Since 2011, Christopher has served as the Education and Employment Initiative (E2I) Regional Coordinator for the Southwest Region, personally assisting over 400 wounded, ill and injured Service members. He has matched more than 150 Service members to employment and education opportunities while developing relationships with countless local employers. Christopher is committed to providing the assistance and guidance necessary to ensure a seamless transition for wounded, ill and injured Service members.

 

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