Below are members of the WAServes team who help serve the veterans, service members and their families in Washington.
Director, Westcare Foundation
John is a combat Vietnam War Veteran and a retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major. After completing his military service, Lee entered the public sector joining the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. In 1994 he was appointed as the agency Deputy Director and subsequently appointed Director on August 1, 2005 by Governor Christine Gregoire. After 22 years of public service, he retired on January 31, 2013. In January 2013 at the invitation of Dick Steinberg, WestCare CEO, John joined the National Board of Directors for the WestCare Foundation. He was then hired as the Senior Vice President, Northwest Region, in November 2015. He has served on the Army Chief of Staff Retiree Council and is a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Disabled American Veterans, and the Association of the United States Army.
Manager, Westcare Foundation
Ray is a US Army Veteran with four years of service. He started working at V.I.E.W (Veterans Independent Enterprises of Washington) in 1994 and eventually became Executive Director. V.I.E.W. was a Work Therapy program that served Washington State homeless veterans. Ray started working for the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs as a Program Manager in 2005. He received a Washington State Govenors Leadership Award. He developed and opened a Veterans Service Center open to the public as well as in Building 9 Program. The Building 9 team has successfully assisted 360+ homeless veterans in breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Data & Demographics
Andrea worked for Veterans of Foreign Wars/WDVA as an Accredited Service Officer where she conducted interviews with veterans and their dependents. She had to review data on current medical and financial history to obtain information needed to determine eligibility for Federal/State veteran’s benefits. She began working as a Program Specialist for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs in 2013. Andrea provides organization-wide program management to include client services, fiscal, administration, and program policy by overseeing and directly all program activities.
Operation Military Family Cares / Strategic Partnerships & Training
Mike Schindler, US Navy veteran, is a recognized expert on veteran issues, government processes, and leadership development. Known as a “strategic visionary,” Mike has over 20 years of hands-on/boots-on-ground project management, coaching, and executive experience working in and with the military, start-ups, federal and state agencies, non-profits, universities, and Fortune 500 companies. Mike’s passion is to train and equip leaders in a way that will improve morale and profits. Mike is the Founder and CEO of Operation Military Family Cares – a veteran services and consulting 501c3 not-for-profit that focuses on providing pathways to success for our military and veteran families as well as on improving Department of Defense transition processes.