Women Veterans Day
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Tribute to our Heroes
MDVA, Women Inclusions
Hear our Delegates Speak
Delegate Edith Patterson
Chair Women’s Caucus
Delegate Edith Jerry Patterson has a profound
dedication and extensive background in both
secondary and post-secondary education,
education policy and administration. A former
science teacher for the District of Columbia
and Charles County public schools, a
majority of her professional career has been with the College of Southern Maryland where she served as a Counselor and later as the College’s Program Director for the U.S. Department of Education’s Educational Talent Search Program.
Del. Patterson chairs the Women’s Caucus’ Annual Women Veterans Day Program and has received several awards and commendations from the Women Veterans United Committee, Inc. for her advocacy for issues impacting military service women. She is the recipient of multiitudinous local, state and national citations, proclamations, and awards including Maryland State Teachers Association’s “Outstanding Achievement in Community Service Award”, former and Congressman Major R. Owens’ “Women Opening the Pipeline Award”, Charles County Democratic Central Committee’s 2015 Community Award, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity’s “Citizen of the Year”, Maryland State NAACP Conference’s Education Leadership Award, and was recognized during 2014 Women’s History Month by the Diversity Institute at the College of Southern Maryland as one of the 12 Southern Maryland Woman of Influence who made contributions in the fields of business, education, politics culture medicine and science.
A native of Doswell, VA, she was married to the late educator Ralph E. Patterson and is the mother of sons Ralph and Robert Patterson, Grandma Edith to Ryann and Evann and GE to Jerome and Jehnae Linkins. Del. Patterson has a B.S. degree in Biology/Chemistry from Virginia Union University, M.Ed. in Counseling from Bowie State University and Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University along with advanced studies in Biochemistry with the National Science Foundation.
Delegate Anne Healey
Chair of the Rules and Executive
Delegate Anne Healey is a lifelong
Democrat who proudly serves in the
Leadership of the Maryland House of
Delegates as Chair of the Rules and
Executive Nominations Committee. She
has represented District 22 in the House since 1991.
Anne and her husband, Neal, have lived in the same house in Old Hyattsville since their marriage in 1979. “We love our community and chose to raise our family here,” said Delegate Healey. Both Anne and Neal have always been active in their church and community in Prince George’s County.
Anne is originally from Scranton, PA, where she grew up in a blue-collar family. Her Dad was a letter carrier in the Pittston, PA Post Office and served as president of the National Association of Letter Carriers for many years. Her Mom, originally from Jersey City, NJ, nurtured her family as a full-time home maker.
As a young girl, Anne was moved by stories of the Civil Rights Movement and was inspired by President John F. Kennedy. She became active in Democratic politics in 8th Grade, working on a mayor’s race in Scranton. She moved to the Washington area to attend graduate school and began a career in journalism in 1974. She started as a reporter for The Catholic Standard, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Washington, and later became editor of three different weekly newspapers: The Catholic Review in Baltimore, The Prince George’s Post-Sentinel and the Prince George’s Post.
In her years as a member of the House of Delegates, Anne has been a trusted leader in promoting education, public safety and economic development in the State. She has sponsored successful legislation on a wide range of issues, from protecting vulnerable adults from domestic violence to making the tax code fairer and more progressive. She has been an outspoken advocate for working people, for the needy and vulnerable and for Prince George’s County.
Dr. JoAnn Fisher
CEO, Women Veterans United Committe,
Dr. JoAnn Fisher is presently the CEO and
founder of the Women Veterans United
Committee, Inc. (WVUCI) which was
established in 2015 as a 501(c)3.
Dr. Fisher is presently a member of the Joint Veterans Committee of Maryland (JVC) serving as Chief of State and Chaplain. The JVC consists of Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Marine Corp League (ML), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW); and American Veterans (AMVETS). She represents AMVETS as a Delegate to the JVC.
As CEO of WVUCI she leads the organization to organizing Women Veteran sensitive events and opportunities to obtain information for jobs, filing claims to receive benefits, as well as quality assistance for improving their lives. Dr. Fisher’s goal is to reach out to more women veterans and getting them to join the many veteran service organizations in the Maryland. Presently there are over 56,000 Women Veterans in Maryland with more returning from active duty.
She received her Ed.D. December 2014 from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her dissertation, entitled, Female Leaders in a State-Level Disabled American Veterans Organization. Dr. Fisher has a BA in Applied Behavioral Science from National College of Education with an MS in Management from National-Louis University. Her other areas of involvement and concerns are politics, and community activism.
Dr. Fisher is divorced and has 3 children, Phyllis, Ericka, and Steven with 4 grandchildren, Nathanial, Angelo, Angela, and Angel. Her oldest daughter, Phyllis Fisher, retired from the US has served in the Middle East 3 times in combat, her youngest daughter, Ericka Fisher, retired from the US Navy serving on 3 ships, and her son, D. Steven Fisher, is a chef.
President of CTLDomGroup Inc.
Tiffany Daniel joined the Army where her
first combat tour was with the 115th Mobile
Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) in support
of Desert Shield/Storm. During her 2nd
deployment in support of Operation Iraqi
Freedom she was offered a tour to serve at the Pentagon with the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She served with the JCS until her retirement of 26 years with the U.S. Army in 2014.
Tiffany is an analyst by trade, Inspirational Health and Wellness Life Coach, a contributing author of a best seller on coaching and women's empowerment and a talk show hostess for her very own podcast and talk show, Live To Day Health Talk. She is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS), where she is an advocate for veterans. Tiffany currently serves in the following positions; Chaplain for the VFW, State of Maryland and Vice Commander for the NABVETS, Chapter #96.
Azusa International Foursquare Gospel Church, a Northeastern District Foursquare Church, based and driven to promote holistic values for families through spiritual growth and education, physical and mental health, economic and self-empowerment. Tiffany currently oversees the Ministry as the Executive Pastor.
Women Veterans United Committee, Inc. (WVUCI), Tiffany currently serves as the Chair for the Board of Directors and Director of Health and Wellness supporting women
Veterans as an advocate to help them cope with challenges and obstacles that only women face while serving our country.
Tiffany has two loving sons and four darling grandsons. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Christian Education and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology, Institute of Integrative Nutrition Alumni, Crisis Intervention Stress Management Chaplain, Certified Nutritionist, Cleveland Clinic Certificate in Behavioral Health and Wellness, Faith Institute Certified Life Coach, and graduate of Spirit of Faith Bible Institute, Ministerial Studies Class of 2016.
Tiffany has now put all this dedication and experience together to assist her as she operates in her passion as President of CTLDomGroup Inc., a nonprofit organization striving to break health & wellness disparities in the community by ensuring unfair and impartial treatment to our veteran and senior communities cease. She is an Ambassador for Veterans instructing classes for Revelation Wellness and the Veteran Yoga Project. Both these organizations were very instrumental in adapting to teaching fitness, meditation, and other trauma intervention classes virtually during the pandemic.
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Since January 2022, Dr. Jones has served
as an Associate Professor at The Ohio State
University in the College of Public Health,
Division of Health Services Management
and Policy, and the History Department.
In 2016-2017, Dr. Jones co-directed a discussion/education program for veterans, “100 Years of American Women in Uniform,” with the curators of Armed Forces History at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
From 2011 until July 2021, Marian Moser Jones taught in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park, and most recently served as Associate Professor and Graduate Director.
Currently, Dr. Jones is completing a Book, Finding New Fronts, on American nurses who served in World War I and the 1918-19 Influenza Pandemic.
She is the author of the book, The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal (Johns Hopkins, 2012), as well as numerous peer-reviewed articles that place maternal and child health, homelessness, and other topics in historical, ethical, and social context.
Jones was a 2010-2011 De Witt Stetten postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, received her Ph.D. and M.P.H. degrees in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, and received her A.B. from Harvard College.
CW (Ret.) Latia Suttle
Advocate, Women Veterans and
Latia Suttle was born and raised in Fort
Wayne, Indiana. She joined the military
when she was 17 years old and officially
retired from the U.S. Army in 2014. Latia
achieved the rank of Chief Warrant Officer Two. Her MOS’s were 920B Supply Systems Technician and 920AProperty Accounting Technician. Latia had many duty assignments and deployments such as Ansbach, Germany; Dharan, Saudi Arabia; Fort Bragg, NC; Darien, IL; Dangriga, Belize; Camp Casey, South Korea; Fort Lee, VA; Fort Buchanan, PR (Puerto Rico), Baton Rouge, LA; Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; March Air Reserve Base, CA and Iraq.
Currently she is involved in the veteran community through such organizations and affiliations as National Public Relations Chair for the National Association of Black Military Women, Chair of the Armed Serves and Veterans Affairs Committee within the NAACP Beverly Hills/Hollywood Branch, Dual Member of the
American Legion Post #252, Member of Community Coalition and Member of Community Voices. Latia is also a Certified Peer Support Specialist that assist individuals to regain control over their lives and their recovery process.
Latia advocates for Women Veterans and their children stuck in the Family Court and Dependecy Court crisis where children are being taken away from their mothers. Latia is also the recipient of the 2021 Betty Fisher award, a prestigious honor awarded to an individual who demonstrates an outstanding commitment and dedication to the field of domestic violence prevention and
WVUCI, Director of Transgender
Karen Kendra Holmes has dedicated much
of her adult life to serving her country and
community, including more than five years
in the Maryland Defense Force, a volunteer,
state military agency that assists Maryland’s
Army National Guard, Air National Guard, and Emergency Management Agency in fulfill She achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant before retiring in early 2017.
In December 2012, Holmes, a Silver Spring resident, was named NCO Soldier of the Year by the Maryland State Guard Association and the Defense Force. The following year, she received national recognition when the State Guard Association of the United States (SGAUS) honored her as Soldier of the Year. The awards honored Holmes for her leadership, competence, and achievements on the job.
As Brig. Gen. Brian R. Kelm, commanding general of the Defense Force, said after SGAUS honored her in 2013, “Sgt. Holmes perseveres through any and all obstacles in her efforts to complete a mission. She is very deserving of this honor, and she continues to impress us all.”
Clearly, the fact that Holmes is transgender did not negatively affect her ability to serve in the military. In fact, when Holmes, who embraced her transgender identity in 2010 after many years of denial, enlisted in the Defense Force in 2011 the issue did not even come up. With a driver’s license, social security card, and passport reflecting her legal name change and female gender marker, along with the requisite medical sign-off from her personal physician, no one asked Holmes, and “there was never a reason to tell anybody, “She said. At the time, transgender people were not allowed to serve openly in the military.
Holmes acknowledged that hiding a part of herself was difficult. She wanted to be a visible role model for the transgender community
Women's Legislative Caucus History
The Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus is a bipartisan organization of 82 women legislators and eight male associate members serving in the Maryland General Assembly. Our mission is to help women and their families through legislation and to encourage women’s participation in government. The Caucus is a leader in the Legislature on issues including gender-based violence, childcare, pregnant and parenting students, and human trafficking. Founded in 1972, the Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus is the oldest of its kind in the nation.
For more information on the caucus: https://www.mdwomenslegislativecaucus.org