Juanita Perez Williams Lieutenant Commander U.S. Navy
Juanita Perez Williams is a Mexican-American, whose grandparents migrated from Guanajuato, Mexico. Her parents played an important role in her life, always struggling to make ends meet however devoted to activism in the farmworkers movement. As a child, Juanita participated in one of the first Early Head-Start programs, was a recipient of free student lunches, attended college through the Equal Opportunity Program and in 1986 received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. After receiving her law degree, Juanita served five-years in the Navy Judge Advocates Program (JAGC) where she handled high profile criminal cases, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. Upon completion of her military service, Juanita relocated with her family to Upstate New York. In 2001 she accepted a legal position with Syracuse University and soon thereafter was promoted to Associate Dean of Students. Juanita also served as an adjunct professor teaching legal issues in higher education. During this time, Juanita was selected by then Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to be a member of the New York State Military Selection Review Board. In 2008, Juanita was appointed by then Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to serve New York State as an Assistant Attorney General. In 2010, Juanita was appointed by the Mayor of Syracuse to serve as Corporation Counsel and lead the city’s legal office. Prior to announcing her candidacy, Juanita served as the Regional Director for the New York State Department of Labor. Juanita is the mother of 4 grown children and a grandmother. She sits on several Central New York Boards including Onondaga County Catholic Charities, La Liga (Spanish Action League), Clear Path for Veterans, CNY Workforce Investment Board, Bishop Ludden High School Trustee, is co-founder of UMEA, the new minority chamber of commerce, and is a proud member of the Valley American Legion.
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Glenda Martinez Tyson Captain, U.S. Air Force National Guard
Captain Tyson is a first generation American; both parents are immigrants from Honduras. She learned how to speak English in school and became her mother’s spokesperson while she learned English throughout the years. Captain Tyson joined the military after dropping out of high school and obtaining her G.E.D at the residential para military program for at risk youth. The female instructors encouraged her to pursue higher education or join the military and she did both. Captain Tyson didn’t want to go back to the Bronx and become a statistic, pregnant and single. In 1995 Capt Tyson joined the 722nd ASTS in Roslyn, NY as a medic and became a Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician. In 1996 Capt Tyson joined the 105th Medical Group as Senior Airman. She also returned to the New York National Guard Program as a boot camp instructor and mentor where she worked until the program closed their doors in 2002. After graduating the program Captain Tyson continued to mentor graduates of the Challenge Program into military and civilian careers. Capt Tyson personally mentored more than 55 of these graduates which have included men and women which have joined the 105th Airlift Wing. In 2003 Capt Tyson received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Nursing and became a Registered Nurse. In 2006 she was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant and became the Health Promotion Manager for the Wing teaching Wellness for those who did not meet the standards for their Physical Training test. In this program she incorporated Health Living tips and collaborated with base wide Fit Improvement Program managers to aide unit members in meeting the standards guided by AFI 36-2905. In 2007 she became the Officer In Charge of the Immunization Program playing a vital role in the Medical Group met its requirement for their Health Service Inspection. In 2007 Capt Tyson joined the Veteran's Administration and played a role in aiding the Telephone Triage team pass their National Certification Utilization Review inspection. In 2010 Capt Tyson received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing with Cum Laude honors. Capt Tyson recently became the co-chairperson in the Veterans Affairs VETERANS HEALTH EDUCATION AND INFORMATION PROGRAM which ensures the interdisciplinary coordination of patient and family education in the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System to include the Veteran/Patient/Family/Caregiver in health education. Captain Tyson retired from the military after 26 years of service and has continued to work with the Veterans Administration in caring for veterans enrolled in the Hudson Valley VA system. By mentoring others, she provides hope that we as brown and Black women can succeed in whatever goal we pursue and encourage others to reach their maximum potential. It doesn’t matter where we start, it’s the journey that impacts others. Captain Tyson just started a non- for- profit for underprivileged and underexposed girls 9 -12 yr old name Operation Seeing More in Life Everywhere, Inc. with the goal to expose young girls to experiences outside of their communities . Captain Tyson was pushed and mentored to go to school and join the military. She was able to impact not only herself but her family and community. Captain Tyson has two children, a 12 yr old son and 11 yr old daughter and spends much of her time being a sports mom, traveling to gymnastics meets and football games. She is also working on recruiting girls by networking and outreach.
CURRENTLY READING: The Alchemist FAVORITE TEAM: New York Knicks (no matter how bad they are) FAVORITE QUOTE: Decide that you want it more than you’re afraid of it. MESSAGE TO YOUTH: Don’t let money be your motivation, find something that you’re passionate about and feed and nurture it. Don’t let people deter you from your dreams just because they’re araid to pursue theirs.
William "Willy" Nazario Lance Corporate U.S. Marine Corps
Patriot William "Willy" Nazario is a Life Member of William W. Thomas, Chaper 21, joining the Order in 2008. He has been a Chapter Trustee, Department Legislative Officer, Department Commander, Region Commander, National Junior Vice Commander before being elected National Senior Vice Commander in 2015. William Nazario was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in August 1947. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 18 months during the Vietnam War, volunteering to be point man for Fox Company 2, 7th Battalion, and receiving promotion to squad leader. He reached the rank of Lance Corporal. During his service, Nazario earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm and frame, the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star. He’s also served as Co-Chair of the 19th Congressional District Veterans Advisory Council and the Westchester County Veterans Advisory Council, Chairman of the Cortland Hudson Valley Veterans Committee, and is a member of the Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post 1030 in Verplanck. At the 2013 National Convention of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, he was named as the Patriot of the Year, 2011 Male Volunteer of the Year for the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, and the United Auto Workers Region 9A 2009 Veteran of the Year for his volunteer and civic commitments to the community. William Nazario retired from the United States Postal Service. CURRENTLY READING: FAVORITE TEAM: FAVORITE QUOTE: MESSAGE TO YOUTH:
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