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Military: Tonya Sottilo is a Veteran of the U.S. Army, where she served for 9 years on Active Duty. She deployed twice to Iraq and once to Kuwait as an All-Source Intelligence Officer. She has also served as an Offensive Cyber Operations Officer and a Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor at University of California, Davis.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics with Russian Minor; Bachelor of Science in Communicative Sciences and Disorders; Master of Arts in Communication and Learning Disorders.
Personal Note: Tonya returned to her home of San Antonio in 2017, at the completion of her military service, where she lives with her significant other and their two dogs. She is currently employed as a Speech-Language Pathologist Clinical Fellow with the South Texas Veterans’ Healthcare System. Tonya joined WVSA in 2017, as she was searching for a community of like-minded people with a focus on improving the lives of others.
Military: LaLeche Seay is a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force, where she served 4 years on Active Duty. She was stationed stateside at Wilford Hall Medical Center (known now as Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center) on Lackland AFB, Texas as a Pharmacy Technician.
Education: Masters in Adult Education from Trident University International, and Bachelors in Health Science. Nationally certified and Texas State Board of Pharmacy Registered Pharmacy Technician. Certified American Heart Association BLS Instructor.
Personal Note: LaLeche returned to San Antonio at the completion of her spouse’s U.S. Air Force career and has continued employment in education. She is currently employed as a Continuing Education Instructor with the Workforce Training Network at Alamo Colleges District.
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, MAJCOM Functional Area Manager 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.
Personal Note: Serves on the Fort Sam Houston Memorial Services Detachment's Firing Party and as their Publicity Chair . 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, and for books for Learning Ally, in support of those with reading difficulties.
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.