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. 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.

 

Aaron “Todd” Dawson (Region 2)

Aaron “Todd” Dawson
REGION 2 – Northeast
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
aaron.l.dawson4.ctr@mail.mil | (703) 397-6608

Aaron “Todd” Dawson is a retired Air Force Senior NCO with 23 years of service. While on active duty he served all 23 years as a Geo-spatial Intelligence Analyst. Following his retirement in 2010, Todd served another eight years as an Air Force Recovery Care Coordinator at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. In that role he provided ardent help and advocacy for wounded, ill, and injured service members and their caregivers, while also assisting in developing comprehensive plans to help families navigate the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration process. Having worked joint assignments, missions, military services and a myriad of agencies while on active duty as an RCC, Todd brings the ability to be an alliance builder and lives by an ethos that dictates compassionate and responsive service to war fighters, their families and caregivers.

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Albert Welcher (Region 3)

Albert “Al” Welcher
REGION 3 – Mid-Atlantic
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 
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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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. 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.

 

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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. 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.

 

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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. 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.

 

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. 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. Craig have 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.

Sandra Ambotaite (Region 10)

 

Sandra Ambotaite
REGION 10 – Southwest
Regional Coordinator (Contractor)
ambotaites@magellanfederal.com | (619) 548-8074

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.

 

 

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