Monday, October 17, 2011

Alfie Alvarado newest member of AWG

Alfie Alvarado receives her AWG commissioning certificate
from Commanding General Bill Sperry at the AWG's Oct. 11
board meeting. Alvarado is deputy director of the state's Department
of Veterans Affairs

Lourdes (Alfie) Alvarado-Ramos, deputy director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, has a new title to add to her long resume: Washington General.

She was sworn in as a General at the organization's Oct. 11 Board meeting at the state Capitol in Olympia and will also serve as an AWG board member.

"It's exciting to be able to join the board," Alvarado said. "You've always had access to the department. Now you have access to someone right on the board to address issues of veterans, and I am more than happy to help."

Alvarado said the department strives to get as many veterans as possible become eligible for the benefits to which they are entitled. There are an estimated 670,000 veterans who reside in Washington, and only around 20 percent of those are fully accessing their benefits, she added.

As a preamble to her swearing in, General Ralph Ibarra read portions of a letter from the late Lt. Governor John Cherberg on what the organization is about.

Here is her nomination to the organization:

Alfie Alvarado serves as the Deputy Director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. She is responsible for the day to day agency operations.  She is the department’s health officer and represents the agency locally and nationally in all matters related to veterans’ health.  

Alvarado was born in Puerto Rico and served 22 years on active duty retiring in
August 1993 having served as Command Sergeant Major and Troop Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center in Fort Lewis, Washington.  During her military career, she was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations to include the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit, Expert Field Medical Badge and Meritorious Service Medals.

Her experience and education center in the management of medical service
delivery and human resources.  She attended the Harvard University Executives in Government Program, holds a Masters Degree in Health Care Administration and is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

Alfie Alvarado is the Chair of the Governor’s Affirmative Action Policy Committee. She serves on the boards of directors of the Madigan Foundation and Hire America’s Heroes Foundation. 
In addition, she is a member of the Resident Councils of Washington Advisory Board, Hispanic Women’s Network, and the National Association of Female Executives.

She has received local, state and national awards including the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award for women in the military from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA). 

Alvarado resides in Olympia, Washington.

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