Veterans Citizen Oversight Board Members
Nominated by Councilmember Phillips. Mr. Ivarra served with the Americal Division 196th Light Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam Conflict and was awarded a Purple Heart. Upon returning from Vietnam, he earned his M.A. from Western Washington University, and worked on his Ph.D at the University of Washington. His academic career focused on bilingual education and diversity studies at various community colleges and universities. Mr. Ivarra is a long-term member and former office holder of the Americfan G.I. Forum, the largest Hispanic veterans' organization in the nation. In 2002, he helped the Hispanic Congressional Caucus plan the first summit on Hispanic veterans' issues in Washington D.C. From 2002-2003, Mr. Ivarra served as Chairman of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee on Minority Veterans. Mr. Ivarra previously served on the VCLOB from 2006-2011 where his experience, knowledge and perspective were greatly appreciated.
Nominated by Councilmember Reagan Dunn. Mr. Reed had a long career in Forest Service management and Information Technology (IT). He retired in 2008 from Weyerhaeuser as the IT Manager/Director and since then has been actively involved with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Enumclaw Post. He has served in several roles over the years including Post Commander, Post Quartermaster, Treasurer and Secretary. He also serves on the King County Fire Department 28 (Enumclaw) Citizens Advisory Group, analyzing and providing recommendations on the Master Plan to the department. Mr. Reed’s key mission in retirement is serving and honoring veterans and active duty military personnel.
Nominated by Councilmember Dembowski. Mr. McCoy is a United States Army combat veteran, serving two deployments as an Infantryman in Baghdad and Mosul, Iraq. He was awarded a Combat Infantry Badge and an Army Commendation Medal for his service. He is a Wounded Warrior Fellow and former Veterans Caseworker with Washington State’s 9th Congressional District. As a Life Member with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), he continues to help veterans reach vital services in their time of need.
Nominated by Councilmember Gossett. Mr. Richardson has served in multiple director level positions within the United States Army and Federal Government directing personnel training, operations and performance development. He served with the Department of Defense and State, Port of Tacoma Security Department, the United States Army Reserves and Macys, Inc. He currently serves as the Records and Evidence Manager with the Tukwila Police Department and is the recipient of the Cadet Medal for Heroism, Military Excellence Award, Army Achievement Medal and many others.
Nominated by Councilmember Joe McDermott. Mr. Porter has been a health care provider for a number of years. During his early years of practice, HIV/AIDS was having an increasing impact. Moved by the devastation it had, he became a speaker through the American Red Cross informing the public about HIV transmission, infection and prevention. Mr. Porter began providing AIDS case management services as a member of the Visiting Nurse Association. While in the military his efforts in education, volunteering, and disease management continued. He established a private practice in 2002 after his leaving the military and served on the Seattle HIV/AIDS Planning Council from 2011 – 2013. Mr. Porter is interested in making sure that veterans have access to the best care possible in King County.
Carrol M. Stripling, Ms. Stripling a member of Washington Women Veterans Advisory Committee, The American Legion, Women Army Corps Veterans Association, Washington State Armed Forces E9 Association, Judge Advocate General Association Non-Commissioned Officer Corps. She enlisted in the Army in March 1974, was promoted to Sergeant Major in November 1989, and retired in November 2011.
Julia Sheriden is a County Executive nominee. Ms. Sheriden served in the United States Marine Corps during the Cold War and the Iranian Hostage. She was the first women trained as a “combat-ready field cook” and as a Military Affiliated Radio Systems (MARS) Radio Operator in the 3 Marine Air Wing (3MAW). Ms. Sheriden completed her tour of duty attaining Sergeant of Marines in thirty months. After service, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in photo Journalism (1991, Seattle University) and then to work for the federal government at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA/HazMat), then on to retire from the National Park Service in Yellowstone. She has received numerous awards for her writing, her volunteerism, and most notable was her recent Jefferson Award.
Gary Cashman is a County Executive nominee. Mr. Cashman is a member of the King County Veterans Program Advisory Board and resides in district 5. He served in the US Army from 1994 until 2003 and is currently the Warriors to Work Manager for the northwest region with the Wounded Warrior Project, connecting post 9/11 disabled veterans to new careers. He has years of experience working in Japan and Korea with Armed Forces Pacific as an IT administrator, photographer and technical trainer.