The Center for Women Veterans has five new members who were appointed by the VA Secretary in late March to VA’s Advisory Committee on Women Veterans.

The panel advises the secretary on issues and programs impacting women Veterans and makes recommendations regarding policy and legislative changes.

Established by Congress in 1983, the Committee shapes the department’s efforts to modernize and provide quality, 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:

April Beldo-Lilley, San Antonio, Texas. Retired U.S. Navy fleet master chief currently serving as director of human resources for a company that provides professional services to the federal government. She manages the company’s overall provision of human resources services, policies and programs.
Tiffany Daugherty, Florham Park, N.J. U.S. Army Veteran currently serving as vice president and U.S. head of military and Veterans outreach for an international financial services company.
Marianne Mathewson-Chapman, Treasure Island, Fla. Retired U.S. Army major general, with service in Operation Desert Storm, and currently serving as an independent consultant, collaborating with organizations to improve care, benefits and services for Veterans and service members.
Sandra Miller, Birdsboro, Pa. U.S. Navy Veteran with service during the Vietnam era currently serving as chair of the Vietnam Veterans of America’s (VVA) National Homeless Committee, and has membership on several of VVA’s national committees.
Lachrisha Parker, Gaithersburg, Md. Retired U.S. Army Reserve master sergeant currently serving as senior executive administrator to the vice president of and chief of operation officer for a real estate investment banking group.

The following Committee members have been reappointed for an additional term:

  • Shannon McLaughlin, Sharon, Mass. Active duty, Massachusetts Army National Guard lieutenant colonel.
  • Moses McIntosh, Hephzibah, Ga. Retired U.S. Army chief warrant officer 2.
  • Wanda Wright, Tempe, Ariz. Retired U.S. Air Force colonel.

More Information

Visit VA’s benefits and services webpage for women Veterans or contact the Women Veterans Call Center (WVCC) at 855-829-6636. The WVCC is available to address women Veterans’ concerns, or those of their families and caregivers, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. t0 6:30 p.m., EST.

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  1. S W April 25, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    I would like to know what this committee plans to do to REALLY fix the VA and how it treats women veterans. As a woman veteran who has been using the VA for almost 30 years, I have seen NO changes in attitudes towards women veterans. The VA always has been and will always be a “good old boys” network. While the VA can spend $100,000.00 for an exo-skeleton for a MALE veteran so he can have a better quality of life, they won’t even consider implanting an electrical unit in a FEMALE veteran to help get rid of her pain so she can have a better quality of life.
    Maybe this committee needs to come up here to the sticks of MAINE, we are still a part of the US, and really talk to women veterans. I heard from several who have the same complaint that this VA treats women veterans poorly.

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