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IPMA PD Event - Resources to Assist in Hiring Transitioning Veterans

Event Date and Time: 
Aug 17 2016 - 8:30am - 12:00pm


Understanding the Transitioning Veteran

Military to Civilian Roles

VERG Brief

Veterans Hiring Guide

WaTech Internship Program

Veterans Related Websites


Military Transition Summitt

NW Edge Program

Connecting with Enployers at JBLM


Event Flyer


There is no cost to attend this event. Space is limited. Registration is required. Registration is Closed.


Steve Vincent, tiag
Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, WA DVA
Jennifer McDaniel, WA DVA
Lonnie Spikes, DOL
Jim Sampson, WaTech
Paul Cruz, WA DVA
Robin Baker, NW Edge
Steve Young, IPMA

Intended Audience:

This training is targeted for hiring supervisors, managers and HR staff both in and out of IT.

Abstract of Seminar Contents:

In this training you'll learn about what intangible qualities a veteran brings to the workforce, how to meet with transitioning veterans locally, and resources to help translate military skills to your needs.

Attendees Will Learn:

  • About the Governor’s Executive Order 13-01, Veterans Transition Support.
  • About the intangible qualities a veteran brings to the workforce.
  • How to meet with transition veterans via JBLM’s NW Edge program.
  • About WaTech’s internship program.
  • About the state’s Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG).
  • Available resources to help understand military jargon and translate military skills to your job needs.


Topic Time

1. Welcome and Introductions

- Steve Young, IPMA
- Alfie Avarado-Ramos, DVA


2. Understanding the Transitioning Veteran

- Steve Vincent, tiag




3. Connecting to Local Transitioning Veterans via NW Edge

- Robin Baker, NW Edge
- Paul Cruz, DVA


4. What is the state’s Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG)?

- Jennifer McDaniel, DVA
- Lonnie Spikes, DOL




5. WaTech’s Internship Program

- Jim Sampson, WaTech


6. Available Online Resources

- Steve Young, IPMA


7. Questions and Answers - Panel Discussion


8. Closing Comments


Speaker Bio:


Steve Vincent serves as Senior Client Engagement Manager for TIAG, an Information Technology services and solutions consulting firm with a strong presence supporting federal and state government agencies. Steve supports the Bellevue College led “Health eWorkforce Consortium”, a Department of Labor program designed to increase the number of veterans in the health IT sector. He also serves on the Washington Military Transition Council Career Technical Training Work Group, and is an Advisory Board member for the Washington Center of Excellence for Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Steve regularly speaks to employers and government agencies on the value of a veteran and highlights opportunities for improving veteran accession.

Alfie Alvarado-Ramos
serves as the Director of YOUR Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs.  The Department is the statewide advocate for connecting our veterans to their earned benefits and services. Alfie was born in Puerto Rico and served 22 years on active duty retiring in August 1993 as the Command Sergeant Major of Madigan Army Medical Center and Troop Command, Joint Base Lewis McChord.  During her military career, she was the recipient of awards and decorations that include the Legion of Merit, Order of Military Medical Merit and Expert Field Medical Badge.

Her experience and education center in the management of medical services delivery and human resources management.  She is alumni of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Program, the University of Washington Executive Management Program and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration.  She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator.

As WDVA Director, Alfie is a member of Governor Jay Inslee’s Executive Cabinet and serves as the Chair of the Governor’s Healthy and Safe Communities Council which is charged with fostering the health of Washingtonians from a healthy start to a safe and supported future and Co-Chair of the Washington State Military Transition Council. She is the recipient of local, state and national awards including the Governor’s Distinguished Management Leadership Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award for women in the military from the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) and the Veterans Affairs Secretary’s Leadership Award.

Jennifer McDaniel
has worked for the State of Washington for 18 years. She is currently employed with the State Lottery and is an ARMY veteran, formerly of the 101st Airborne Law Enforcement Command. Jennifer is the current Chair of the Washington State Veterans Employee Resource Group (VERG) and wants every man and woman that has served to be able to transition into a stable job or career that offers them an environment respectful of their service and worthy of their skill sets. She firmly believes that America’s most proficient military fighting force can be Washington’s most efficient civilian work force.

Lonnie Spikes
is the Washington State Dept. of Licensing (DOL) Talent Acquisition and Protected Leave Manager. Lonnie administers DOL’s recruiting, workforce management, and protected leave programs. His experience resolving complex recruiting, staffing, and HR performance issues gives him mastery of knowledge on negotiating and complying with employment and staffing laws.

Lonnie is also a retired military veteran. While in the military, he has held various leadership positions from First Sergeant, Brigade Staff NCOIC, Platoon Sergeant, Team/Section Chief, and Recruiter. He has managed personnel policies for 10-150 individuals regarding recruitment, training, and performance management.
Lonnie holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resource Management, a Bachelor of Science in the Public Management and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Development. He obtained his Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification and has been a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) since 2006. Lonnie has served as both the 2013 and 2011 SHRM Olympia President, Director of Programs and Director-at-large for Olympia SHRM since 2007.

Jim Sampson
has been the internship coordinator at Washington Technology Solutions since the agency was established in July of 2015. His program supports numerous colleges, universities, professional organizations, and veteran support programs throughout the state. Sampson also manages internship programs for other partnering agencies.

Sampson developed the first internship program within the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services and was recognized by Government Technology Magazine as a recipient of their Top 25 Doers, Dreams, and Drivers of 2014 for his work. The program’s success has also been documented in numerous national magazine articles.
Prior to his career with the state, Sampson worked for the Department of Homeland Security –FEMA providing emergency disaster communications. He is a retired veteran with 20 years of service in the United States Air Force.

Paul Cruz
is currently the Washington State Military Transition Council Project Manager with WDVA and was born and raised on Guam. In 1995 he enlisted in the Army as an infantryman and completed Infantry One Station Unit Training and Airborne School at Fort Benning Georgia, after deciding to take advantage of the Army Green to Gold Program he received his degree and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery. During that time, he has held various leadership positions at the Company, Battalion, and Brigade, level. He has also served on the Corps and Army staff and a stint as a US Liaison to the Republic of Korea Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has multiple combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan and is an avid cyclist.

Robin Baker
is the Transition Services Manager (TSM) for Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM).  She manages the Service Member for Life Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) extensive counseling and training for Service Members up to 24 months prior to and 6 months following separation from active duty service.  SFL-TAP also provides transition assistance to family members, separating reserve component Service Members and retirees.  SFL-TAP provides a wide variety of seminars and conducts monthly employer events and large job fairs. Mrs. Baker holds a Master of Education, Early Childhood Education, from Cameron University in Lawton, OK.

Steve Young
is an 18+ year employee of Washington State Government.  He started in the administrative services world at the Departments of Labor and Industries and Social and Health Services before being appointed as Chief Information Officer/Assistant Director for Information Services at the Department of Personnel (DOP) in 2005.  Steve’s first project at DOP was implementation of the SAP-based Human Resources Management System (HRMS) to replace the legacy PAY1 system for HR/Payroll.  Steve currently serves as the Chief Information Officer/Division Manager for Information Technology for the Washington Department of Natural Resources.


Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin's University
5300 Pacific Ave. SE
Lacey, WA 98503-1297
United States