2014 Summit on Women Veterans Program
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
CalVet Women Veterans