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Military: Deb Parsons is a 25 year Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She served in the Services career field performing duties in food service, lodging, recreation, fitness, honor guard and mortuary affairs. She also served as a technical training instructor, First Sergeant, and squadron superintendent. She was stationed in South Korea, Guam, Italy, Texas, Portugal, Ohio, and Florida. She deployed to Korea, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Qatar and Jordan.
Education: Masters and BA in Organizational Management from Ashford University.
Accomplishments: Serves on the firing party and as the publicity chair for the Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment. The team provides military honors to eligible veterans and service retirees at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. She is also a volunteer narrator/producer for a local weekly radio broadcast for Owl Radio in support of those with visual impairments.
Military: Joy Gibson is a 24-year veteran of the US Army. She began her service as a Civil Affairs Soldier. After receiving her Commission, she served as an Ordnance Ammunition Officer and then a Multi-functional Logistics Officer. She was stationed in Alabama (three times), Texas, Minnesota, North Carolina, and New Jersey. She is a combat veteran who deployed to Iraq for 12 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Education: Master’s in Emergency and Disaster Management
Accomplishments: Life Member of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA).
Joy is an artist, an animal lover in general and dogs in particular, an adventurer, a reader, a lover of kayaking, nature, architecture, old Forts, books stores, side roads, and curiosity shops. Not necessarily in that order.
Military: Heather Herrera is a Veteran of the U.S. NAVY, where she retired after 20 years on Active Duty. She served on board the USS Frank Cable and USS Dewey as a Chief Master-at-Arms and Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Teaining Supervisor. She was stationed in Japan, Guam, San Diego, and Afghanistan.
Education: Master’s in Social Work
Accomplishments: Heather moved to San Antonio in 2017. She is currently employed as a Case Manager for a homeless shelter in New Braunfels. Heather Tonya joined WVSA in 2020, as she was searching for a community of like-minded people with a focus on improving the lives of others.
Military: Patricia Niemann is a 20-year Veteran of the U.S. Army. She served as an Information Technology specialist, and was stationed at Yongsan, Korea, Fort Sill, Fort, Mannheim, Germany, Ft. Hood, Ft. Carson, Izmir, Turkey, Mons, Belgium. Trish is a Combat Veteran who deployed for 6 months to United Arab Emirates, 2003 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Joint Special Operations Task Forces attached to Special Operations Central Command. 12 months to OIF timeline continuation, Baghdad, Iraq, Camp Liberty 2009-2010. Turkey 2014, North Atlantic Treaty Organization 2015-2017.
Education: Master’s in business administration 2020.
Accomplishments: Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter #14. Member of the Non-Commissioned Officers Association.