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2014 California Veterans Conference: Summit on Women Veterans
Venue :
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Location :
1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Event Start Date :
8/24/2014 10:00 AM
Event End Date :
8/25/2014 5:30 PM


​​If you have any questions, please contact or (916) 503-8334.

​Thank you to our sponsors:

  • VetFund Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Wells Fargo
  • Ashford University
  • California State University
  • PG&E
  • USAA
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Oracle
  • Deloitte
  • CA Technologies
  • The California Lottery
  • Drexel University Sacramento
  • The California Veterans Benefit Fund
  • Association of California Commissions for Women


Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winners: Robin Umberg, Irene Cruz and Starlyn Lara, Lisa Daniels, and Michael Mattoch

At our 2014 Summit, "Bridging Gaps, Breaking Barriers," the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) honors five individuals to receive CalVet annual awards. Each recipient demonstrates exemplary commitment and passion serving our California Veterans. For the first time, there is a tie for Woman Veteran Leader of the Year.

2014 Press Release of Summit Award Winners

2014 California Woman Veteran Lifetime Achievement Award: Robin Umberg 

Robin Umberg Biography 

Robin Umberg of Villa Park

Brigadier General Robin Umberg U.S. Army, Retired, served a total of 36 years as a U.S. Army Nurse and as the Undersecretary for Veterans Homes at CalVet from 2011-2013. Her passion is advocating for Veterans, ensuring they receive the respect and care they deserve.

2014 Woman Veteran of the Year Award: Irene Cruz and Starlyn Lara 


Irene Cruz Biography

Irene Cruz of San Gabriel​

A Veteran advocate and former Marine, Irene Cruz organized the first ever Minority Women Veterans Conference in 2013. Irene devotes her time assisting Women Veterans with employment, housing, and support.


Starlyn Lara Biography

Starlyn Lara of Hayward​

U.S. Army Veteran Starlyn Lara served in the Iraq War and works as the program manager for Women Veterans at Swords to Plowshares in San Francisco. Starlyn serves Women Veterans as an advisor to Women Veterans Connect and other Veteran-focused projects.

2014 California Outstanding Volunteer Award: Lisa Daniels 


Lisa Daniels Biography

 Lisa Daniels of Sacramento​

As the founder of Unsung Heroes Living History Project, Lisa Daniels focuses on recording stories of underrepresented Veterans for the Library of Congress archives. Lisa's grandmother, a Rosie the Riveter during World War II, inspired her to create the project.

2014 California Corporate Leadership Award: Michael Mattoch 


Michael Mattoch Biography

Michael Mattoch of Sacramento

As the Assistant Vice President for USAA's Western Region, Mike creates lasting partnerships in the private and public sectors supporting programs for Veterans and their families. Mike's passion for Veterans comes from his own military service as a former Captain and Judge Advocate General (JAG) with the California Army National Guard/California Military Reserve.


Conference Card

2014 California Veterans Conference: Summit on Women Veterans