Honoring Women's History Month
Story by: Alisha Reneau
The month of March is formally recognized as National Women's History Month and is set aside to honor women's contributions and achievements in American History. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter initially issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the second week of March "National Women's History Week." In 1987, Congress eventually passed a law designating the entire month of March "Women's History Month."
In honor of Women's History Month, the PaYS Program will highlight women leaders and their achievements.
"Too often, the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength, and love of the women who built America were as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well." - President Jimmy Carter
Army PaYS Celebrates Women Leaders
Story by: Davin Bentley
PaYS would like to highlight three women in leadership for organizations participating in the Army PaYS Program. These leaders are driving forces in their communities and the PaYS Program is very proud to be a part of their legacy.
PaYS Partners Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP), Mount Carmel Health System, and Yale-New Haven Hospital are leaders in the healthcare industry and welcome diversity in their organizations.
Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP)
Since August 2008, Celeste Harrison has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Matagorda Episcopal Health Outreach Program (MEHOP). She is responsible for all facets of the Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), which provides adult medical services, pediatric medical services, obstetrics, gynecology, dental, gastroenterology, ophthalmology as well as a behavioral health services to the counties of Matagorda and Wharton in Texas. MEHOP is certified as a Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Council of Quality Assurance. MEHOP was the third FQHC in the state to receive this certification.
Celeste graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the West Virginia Institute of Technology. Celeste worked for Hoechst Celanese for 18 years in various positions, including Project Director, Hoechst Procurement International with responsibility for sites in U.S. and Germany. She was also the Manager of Order Fulfillment in Dallas with responsibility for distribution of product around the world, and in three different engineering roles in Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia.
Before working at MEHOP, Celeste spent ten years as a wife, mother, and rancher in rural Texas. Both of her sons completed Reserved Officer's Training Course (ROTC) in college. One is a retired Army Captain and her other son is a Captain in the Army National Guard.
Mount Carmel Health System
Lorraine Lutton has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio, since April 6, 2020.
Since 2016, Lutton has been president and CEO of Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH) in Charleston, South Carolina, where she led transformations in clinical quality, culture, governance, and financial strength. She also increased market share and advanced RSFH's regional leadership, opened a new hospital, and built the infrastructure for population health and ambulatory care to serve more people. Before joining RSFH, Lutton was president of St. Joseph's hospital in Tampa, FL which is part of BayCare Health System. Previously, she served in other senior leadership roles with BayCare, including the Chief Operating Officer of St. Joseph's Hospital and St. Joseph's Women's Hospital. She started her career in quality management at UCSD Medical Center.
Lutton is very active in her community. She is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). She received her BS in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA from Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Marna Borgstrom began her career at Yale-New Haven Hospital over 37 years ago. Her varied roles have taken her from a post-graduate fellowship to various staff and management roles, to her promotion in 1994 to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Yale-New Haven Hospital. In 2005, she assumed the CEO of Yale New Haven Hospital and President & CEO of Yale-New Haven Health and now serves as the CEO of both organizations.
Ms. Borgstrom chairs the Healthcare Institute boards and the Coalition to Protect America's Healthcare and is the past chair of Vizient, a Dallas, Texas-based health care company. She serves on several other boards, including the Connecticut Hospital Association and New Haven Promise.
Ms. Borgstrom has been the recipient of several awards recognizing her advocacy and community involvement, including the AHA Grassroots Champion Award, the Anti-Defamation League Torch of Liberty Award, The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Community Leadership Award and, Business New Haven Business Person of the Year. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Quinnipiac University and Sacred Heart University and a Doctor of Business Administration by the University of New Haven. Ms. Borgstrom received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University and was awarded a Master's of Public Health by Yale School of Public Health. She and her husband, Eric, have two grown sons. The PaYS team is very proud of the strength that the diversity of our partners provides. In addition to providing quality employment opportunities for our Soldiers, these leaders serve as an example for young Soldiers to emulate.
PaYS Highlights Women Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA)
Story by: Christy DeLauter
In honor of Women's History Month, PaYS would like to recognize a few of the Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) who support the U.S. Army and the PaYS Program.
The Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) program began before WWI to provide civilian assistance with training Army leaders. As we know it today, the program was revised in 1950 to focus on the promotion of good relations between the Army and the public sector. This vital group of appointed advisors, located across the country, is significant to the Army PaYS program. They lead the way in spreading the message of cooperation between the Army and the local community.
Mrs. Taylor was appointed as the CASA for the state of Utah in December 2019. She is the wife and Gold Star Widow of Utah Army National Guard Major Brent Taylor and the Major Brent Taylor Foundation founder and director. Mother to seven children, she is an active volunteer in the public school system. As a former teacher, Mrs. Taylor has a passion for helping today's youth prepare to become tomorrow's leaders.
In the past, Mrs. Taylor has served as the Family Readiness Group Leader servicing the families of 170 National Guard Soldiers throughout the State of Utah.
Mrs. Taylor was inspired to become a CASA because she is "uniquely qualified"
as a Gold Star Widow, a mother, a woman, and a patriot, to serve in this position. She states, "My job is to help the Army in the State of Utah." When asked about her most important duty as a CASA, she said, "I am the conversation starter between the Army and the community. When people have the conversation, that's when the magic happens".
NICOLE R. GILMORE
Appointed as CASA for Massachusetts in October 2019, Ms. Gilmore is an Innovator, Entrepreneur, Educator. Director of Leadership and Management Development at MITRE Corporation, she creates enterprise-level strategies for learning and growth. Skilled at executing a bold vision, Nicole previously led strategy and operations for the New England Venture Capital Association's Hack. Diversity. Before joining the NEVCA, Nicole built Boston based startup - Savanna Technologies. Nicole steered the company through the MassChallenge, Boston accelerator. As an Alumni in Residence, Nicole was Chair of the Women Founder's Network. Before joining Savanna, she worked as a strategy consultant and has extensive healthcare and finance experience. She enjoys teaching Economics at Harvard College and previously taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Nicole is a contributing author to a book on personal finance and has authored economic development research in conflict environments.
Ms. Gilmore is a proud Army spouse who has supported her husband and Army families for more than 22 years. She served as a Family Readiness Group Leader during deployments and believes that families are the Nations Military's backbone. She is also an advocate and supporter of transitioning Military professionals.
Appointed as CASA (Greater Los Angeles) in December 2016, Ms. Janet Chin is a veteran of the United States Army and the California Army National Guard. She currently is the Chief of Public Affairs for the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor and a board member of the California State Guard Foundation. Since 2008, Ms. Chin has served on the U.S. Army Los Angeles Recruiting Battalion Community Advisory Board.
A combat Veteran, Ms. Chin was stationed overseas in South Korea and in Fort Gordon, GA. She deployed to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during Operation Uphold Democracy.
"The Army's PaYS program continues to put the focus on increasing civilian partnerships to benefit our soldiers. This important part of the service spectrum-when an individual goes from being a civilian to becoming a recruit to a professional soldier and one day, back to becoming a civilian once again. It's a highly valued attribute, and the industry knows that. As a female Army combat Vet myself, I applaud those who choose public service and selfless volunteerism for their communities. I give great credit and am inspired daily by those who stand willing to serve, those who are serving in uniform now, and those who came before us who stood proudly and willingly, not only to defend our nation's people and values but who helped shape who we are as Americans."
PaYS Soldier Interviewed and Hired Immediately Following Active Duty
Story by: Alisha Reneau
The PaYS Program "Good News Story" of the month highlights former PaYS Soldier, SPC Kevin Passwater. Kevin's story details his interview and immediate hiring with G4S Security Solutions.
G4S Security Solutions has been a PaYS partner since 2006, and just this year alone, has interviewed three PaYS Soldiers and hired two of them. Among those interviews and hires was, SPC Passwater. Kevin's last day in the Army was January 7, 2021 and he began his training at G4S on January 22, 2021. Kevin served in the Army for three and a half years and his Military Occupation Specialty was Infantryman.
During an interview, Kevin was asked about his enlistment process and what was his thought process behind choosing G4S as his PaYS Partner? He responded, "Being in that line of work of security interested me and still does. Out of all the options, security was the most interesting."
When asked about essential skills or experiences that he felt were important for Soldiers to attain during their Military career, Kevin says, "Some of the useful skills were leadership, accountability, interpersonal skills, and camaraderie in the Army. I don't think I will find that anywhere else."
Kevin also shared his experience after leaving the Army. "When I first enlisted, I completely forgot the PaYS Program existed and was worried about finding employment. I joined the Army at 17 and did not know how to apply anywhere; I was nervous about the process. A day or two after getting out, a PaYS Marketing Analyst reached out to me asking if I would still be interested in an interview with G4S. They were able to walk me through the process."
Is there any advice to other Soldiers who will be going through the same process, in the near future? "Something that helped me was learning how to market the skills I learned in the Army. Find a way to translate what you did in the Military into a useful, marketable skill on a resume."
Kevin states that he enjoys working with G4S, "I have great supervisors, and I've made a lot of friends."
In closing, Kevin shares, "I am very grateful for the PaYS Program, it erased a lot of stress, and I did not have to worry about the transition as much. It's an amazing program, and I am grateful for it. PaYS made the transition from being active duty to civilian seamless."
The PaYS Program congratulates Kevin Passwater on a successful transition from the U.S. Army utilizing PaYS Option 50. Thank you for sharing your story. We wish you the best in your future endeavors.
G4S has been recognized with multiple awards for hiring Military Veterans and training initiatives. To learn more click the following link: https://careers.g4s.com/en/military-veterans
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and Army PaYS Fully Engaged and Committed to Veterans
Story by: Samuel Armstrong
The PaYS Team would like to thank the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for their support of the PaYS Program, and congratulate all the PaYS Soldiers they have hired.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office (JSO) has been an Army PaYS Partner since 2005. Since that time, JSO has interviewed 62 and hired 51 PaYS Soldiers, including hiring eight PaYS Soldiers, in the last few months.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is located in Duval County, Florida. It is the primary agency responsible for law enforcement, criminal investigations, and corrections within Jacksonville and Duval County. JSO has over 3,000 employees comprising of nearly 1,800 sworn police officers, 700 corrections officers, and 500 civilian support staff members. The JSO is currently led by Sheriff Mike Williams, who is also a Veteran of the Air National Guard.
Recently, PaYS Marketer, Samuel Armstrong had an opportunity to talk to Jason Fraley, Military Liaison and Recruiter, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and PaYS point of contact. Mr. Fraley is a retired Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer and joined JSO immediately after retiring from the Navy a year and a half ago.
Left - Jason Fraley, Senior Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy Retired
When asked about the process is to join the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, Jason stated, "The process is pretty easy. All you have to do is go to joinjso.com and click on the careers tab. Once you select the position you are interested in, scroll down a bit, and hit "Apply Now." After you complete the employment application, someone from our staff will contact you to get you through the next step in the process. Following that step, another staff member will contact you and invite you to come out and take our fitness test and complete the polygraph packet. If you move forward to the next steps, you will take a polygraph, medical exam, psychological exam, and an oral board (interview). When all of that is done, it's just a matter of waiting for your class-up date."
During the conversation, Jason also provided advice for PaYS Soldiers preparing to work for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. He states, "Apply about 90 to 120 days before ETS or terminal leave. This will give the department plenty of time to process your application before separation."
Jason also shared with Samuel his advice for organizations interested in the PaYS Program. "Take the time to understand the true value of Veterans in your workforce. Once you see what Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines bring to the table, you will never look back."
Jason closes by stating "Being a PaYS Partner is an amazing way to support the Military and Veteran community. As a Veteran myself, I am envious that the Army has established such a successful program. I hope that each branch of service can use this model to support their transitioning service members."
Connecticut Army National Guard Recommends PaYS Program to Applicants
Story by Crancena Ross
This month, PaYS recognizes the Connecticut Army National Guard (ARNG) and the MEPS Guidance Counselors for their outstanding support. Currently, they rank number one in PaYS utilization out of 50 states and four territories for the ARNG. 85 percent of all applicants that join the Connecticut ARNG have the PaYS Option in their contract. The recruiting and guidance counselors are setting the standard for PaYS accessions across all Army components.
Left - Pictured from left to right: Mr. Danny Velasquez, MSG Martin Mulvihill, SFC Michael Biggins, SFC Rafal Wojtowicz, and SFC John McKeon
When asked why the Connecticut Army National Guard is so successful, Mr. Danny Velasquez, Senior Guidance Counselor, Chicopee, MA MEPS shares, "We explain each job to the applicants and then show them PaYS Option 50. We explain the benefits behind them selecting their Army PaYS Partners."
"The main benefit is that they will have a guaranteed job interview and a chance at employment once they complete Basic Training and Advance Individual Training. When they return to the state from training, this guarantee of an interview tends to ease their stress levels." - Mr. Danny Velasquez
The PaYS Team appreciates the dedication and effort displayed by Mr. Velasquez and his team to ensure PaYS Option 50 is a priority during the enlistment process.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day
Story by James "Jim" Meade
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law designating every March 29th as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. We want to highlight the Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army (CASAs) that served in Vietnam. This March, please send your respect and recognition by using #VietnamWarVeteransDay on social media.
Mr. James Balkcom, Georgia (North)
Mr. Joseph Bray, Texas (South)
Mr. H.T. "Ted" Cox, Louisiana (North)
Mr. Joseph DeFrancisco, Virginia (North)
Mr. Sherwood "Woody" Goldberg, D.C.
Mr. Kenneth Inabnit, Montana
Mr. Paul Lima, Wisconsin
Mr. William Murdy, Connecticut
Mr. Michael Popowski, Vermont
Mr. Joseph "Jay" Sweeney, California
Mr. Terry Wiley, Delaware
Mr. Tay Yoshitani, Washington (West)
The Vietnam War Memorial is in Washington D.C. and has 58,320 names inscribed on it that include 8 women. It has two angled walls that stretch over 246 feet that point directly to the Washington Monument on one side and the Lincoln Memorial on the other.
A Big Thank You to these Partners Celebrating their March PaYS Anniversaries:
Bast Hatfield, Inc. 7-Mar-02,
Raleigh Police Dept. 4-Mar-03,
Maryland Transportation Authority PD 27-Mar-03,
New England Motor Freight, Inc. 3-Mar-04,
FABCO Equipment, Inc. 9-Mar-05,
Louisville Metro Police 14-Mar-05,
Transport Corporation of America, Inc. 6-Mar-06,
Ranger American of Puerto Rico 6-Mar-06,
Glendale Police Dept. 6-Mar-06,
L-3 Communications Linguist Operations & Technical Support 6-Mar-06,
RTI International Metals, Inc. 6-Mar-06,
Echostar Satellite L.L.C. 15-Mar-06,
PGT Trucking 5-Mar-07,
Wells Fargo Bank N.A. 5-Mar-07,
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. 5-Mar-07,
The Town of Enfield, CT 16-Mar-07,
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office 18-Mar-07,
National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK) 22-Mar-07,
Ventura County Sheriff's Department 10-Mar-08,
Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department 10-Mar-08,
Wake County Sheriff's Office 16-Mar-08,
EOD Technology, Inc. 22-Mar-09,
Six Flags, Inc. 30-Mar-09,
Town of Yauco, PR 17-Mar-11,
MediaOne of Utah 17-Mar-11,
Stewart Enterprises, Inc. 17-Mar-11,
Zions First National Bank 17-Mar-11,
Santa Fe Cattle Company 17-Mar-11,
City of Cleveland 17-Mar-11,
ManTech International Corporation 29-Mar-11,
Samaritan Health Services 2-Mar-12,
Lithia Motors, Inc. 5-Mar-12,
Orlando Police Department 6-Mar-12,
United Petroleum Transports, Inc. 6-Mar-12,
Nueces County Sheriff's Office 6-Mar-12,
Securitas Security Services 24-Mar-12,
Rasmussen College, Inc. 30-Mar-12,
McCoy Group, Inc. 30-Mar-12,
Shearer's Foods, Inc. 7-Mar-13,
Coast to Coast Computer Products, Inc. 7-Mar-13,
BBVA Compass Bancshares, Inc. 23-Mar-13,
JR Moody Inc. 4-Mar-15,
UnitedWeb, Inc. 11-Mar-15,
Indiana Department of Corrections 13-Mar-15,
Iron City Services, LLC Affiliate 1800gotjunk 13-Mar-15,
RockSolid, LLC 20-Mar-15,
Wyoming Medical 20-Mar-15,
Mid Georgia Ambulance 20-Mar-15,
Master Piper Distribution Company, LLC 2-Mar-16,
Universal Truckoad Services, Inc. 2-Mar-16,
Volt Workforce Solution 23-Mar-16,
Veteran Strong, Inc. 23-Mar-16,
Logistics Health Incorporated 23-Mar-16,
Allan Myers 1-Mar-17,
City of Salisbury, NC 12-Mar-17,
Hempstead Financial Group LLC d/b/a Northwestern Mutual 12-Mar-17,
OldCastle Inc. 12-Mar-17,
Northwestern Mutual (NC) 7-Mar-18,
Calfrac Well Services 7-Mar-18,
Wisconsin Nationwide Transportation, Inc. 14-Mar-18,
Schierl Inc. 22-Mar-18,
Sentara Healthcare 22-Mar-18,
Unversal Inc. 22-Mar-18,
Schierl Sales Corp 22-Mar-18,
PROCEPT Biorobotics 1-Mar-19,
Henley Enterprise, Inc. 1-Mar-19,
Jackson Health System 14-Mar-19,
The Martz Group 14-Mar-19,
City of Houston 8-Mar-19,
Steris Corporation 28-Mar-19,
The Regional Medical Center 28-Mar-19,
Sanford Health 28-Mar-19,
Concord Police Department 28-Mar-19,
Reborn Cabinets, Inc. 28-Mar-19,
University of Utah Health 9-Mar-20,
Andrews Distributing 9-Mar-20,
Smiths Detection, Inc. 11-Mar-20,
Yavapai County Sheriff's Office 16-Mar-20,
Young's Environmental Cleanup, Inc. 20-Mar-20,
Architectural Metals, Inc. 20-Mar-20,
Emerson Express CO., Inc. 20-Mar-20,
Aldevra, LLC 24-Mar-20,
Smithfield Foods, Inc. 24-Mar-20
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