On Saturday, June 11th, National Louis University and the University of Chicago will be partnering with organizations across the state of Illinois to host the 2nd annual Women Veterans Stand Down.
In honor of Women Veterans Day (June 12th), the Women Veterans Stand Down will be an event exclusively for women veterans to network and connect with local veteran resources.
The hybrid event will be hosted virtually and in-person at host sites and will have two sessions to meet the availabilities of attendees. The virtual morning session will host workshops during the time of 9:00AM-12:00PM.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Martha Herb, Rear Admiral (Retired), will present from 12:00PM-1:00PM.
The virtual afternoon session will host workshops during the time of 1:00PM-4:00PM. The workshops hosted in the morning will be the same workshops hosted in the afternoon. Please see agenda by clicking here.
The in-person host sites will stream the virtual workshops and keynote, have veteran organizations in attendance, and will provide gift bags and refreshments during the morning and afternoon session. Please contact the site for more information. Contact information for each site is listed below.
National Women Veterans United (NWVU, Chicago)
Mrs. Rochelle Crump
Hope Manor II (Chicago),
Mr. Gabriel Villagomez, Dr. Stacey Dixon
University of Chicago (Chicago) - International House 1414 East 59th Street (In person attendees should use the main entrance at 1414 East 59th Street)
Dr. Terrell Odom/Dr. Steve Curda
Harold Washington College (Chicago) –
Mr. Marcus Williams
Elks Lodge (Springfield, IL)
Ms. Kourtney Hopkins
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Edwardsville, IL)
Mrs. Telisha Reinhart/ Mr. Kevin Wathan
Veterans Assistance Commission, (Peru, IL)
Ms. Christi Washelesky
Rear Admiral (Upper Half) Martha Herb became one of the first three women in the Navy to qualify as a Mixed Gas Diving and Salvage Officer. Her Navy career spanned thirty-nine years and can be summarized by her perseverance and ability to lead and excel in the face of adversity. She has performed dive operations around the world, from ice diving with our Canadian partners to surveying underwater wrecks with National Park Service. Martha is warfare qualified in both the Surface Warfare and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Communities. She served as Commanding Officer of 5 different units, Officer in Charge of a Joint Cadre at NATO, and Director of the MTAB in Kabul, Afghanistan. Additionally, Martha directed her passion for people as she led the Navy’s “people programs”, focusing on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention, Suicide Prevention and work/life stress issues.
In 2014, she was promoted to her second two star and served as the 25th Director of the InterAmerican Defense College, an international graduate school that delivers its curriculum in 4 languages. She has an EdD, specializing in Counseling and Military Families. As a certified complex trauma specialist, she uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to assist people in overcoming and enjoying personal victory. She provides EMDR case consultation to her colleagues. Under the auspices of her LLC, Lake Oconee Christian Counseling, Martha delivers counseling, coaching, and speaking services to organizations such as NEIL, the Ministry of Defense in Trinidad and Tobago, and other smaller organizations. She volunteers her time on two Boards - Trauma Resiliency and Resources and the Women Diver’s Hall of Fame.
International Houses Worldwide is a consortium of 20 International Houses that are separate, independent, nonprofit institutions which span four continents and are united by one mission: To provide students of different nationalities and diverse cultures with the opportunity to live and learn together in a community of mutual respect, understanding, and international friendship.
OMAC is proud to partner with International House on miitary-affiliated programming done throughout the year.