The Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) appointed four new members to serve on the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans (Committee) in early March.
The Committee advises the secretary on issues impacting women Veterans and makes recommendations regarding VA policy, benefits and services created to meet their current and projected needs.
Established by Congress in 1983, the Committee shapes the department’s efforts to modernize and provide equitable and timely services to the nation’s women Veterans. The new appointees will further enhance the Committee’s level of expertise as it relates to understanding the needs of women Veterans and advising VA in meeting their diverse and evolving needs.
The new members on the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans are:
Melissa Castillo, of Garland, Texas. Castillo is a U.S. Navy Veteran and currently serves as an assistant County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO) for Dallas County, where she is responsible for improving access to VA benefits and care for Veterans, dependents and caregivers.
Delise Coleman, of West Covina, California. Coleman is U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and currently serves as a HUD-VASH program certified peer support specialist for Volunteers of America Los Angeles.
Wistaria Joseph, of Land O’ Lakes, Florida. Joseph is a retired U.S. Air Force colonel with service in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom; she currently serves as the founder of an executive leadership coaching small business, and is also a women Veterans/service woman mentor.
Cynthia Macri, of Kensington, Maryland. Macri is a retired U.S. Navy captain and currently serves as senior vice president and chief medical officer for EagleForce Associates, Inc., where she is the subject matter expert on the integration of technology with current and emerging health care models, with special emphasis on maternal health, patient safety and institutional compliance.
Visit the Center for Women Veterans’ webpage at www.va.gov/womenvet, for more information about the Committee’s work and other useful VA resources.