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North Central National Service Conference Keynote Presenters Info

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Published by: America's Service Commissions on Aug 07, 2013
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North Central National Service Conference: Keynote and General Session Speakers
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth
is an Iraq War Veteranand former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs.Duckworth attended college at the University of Hawaii and then wenton to the George Washington University, where she earned a Mastersof Arts in International Affairs. Following graduation, Duckworth, whois fluent in Thai and Indonesian, moved to Illinois, where she beganpursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at Northern Illinois University.While at NIU she also worked at the School of Nursing researchingpublic health and environmental causes of cancer. Later MsDuckworth worked for Rotary International as a manager for administration of Rotary's clubs in the Asia Pacific Region.In 2004, Duckworth was deployed to Iraq as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard. She was one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedomuntil her helicopter was hit by an RPG on November 12, 2004.Duckworth lost her legs and partial use of her right arm in theexplosion and was awarded a Purple Heart for her combat injuries.Duckworth spent the next year recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. As one of the highest-rankingpatients, she quickly became an advocate for her fellow Soldiers and testified before Congress about caring for our Veterans and wounded warriors.Following her recovery, Duckworth ran for Congress in 2006. After a narrow loss, she became Director of theIllinois Department of Veterans Affairs. In Illinois, she worked to create a tax credit for employers who hiredVeterans, established a first-in-the-nation 24/7 crisis hotline for Veterans, and developed innovative programs to
improve Veterans’ access to housing and health care.
 In 2009, President Obama appointed Duckworth to be Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs. At VA, Duckworthled an initiative to end homelessness among Veterans. She created the Office of Online Communications to
improve the VA’s accessibility, especially among young Veterans, and also worked to address the uniq
uechallenges that Native American and female Veterans face.Duckworth ran for Congress in 2012 to advocate for the practical solutions and cooperation needed to rebuild our economy and ensure that every American has a chance to achieve the American Dream.Duckworth lives in Hoffman Estates with her husband Bryan, an Army Major. Since her recovery, Duckworth hastaken up scuba diving, surfing, skydiving and flies as a civilian pilot. Fulfilling a promise she made at Walter Reed,she has also completed several marathons. She has resumed her Ph.D. studies at Northern Illinois University andis also working toward a Ph.D. in Health and Human Services at Capella University. In her spare time, shevolunteers at local food pantries and enjoys couponing and flea markets. Duckworth declined a military medicalretirement and continues to drill as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard.
North Central National Service Conference: Keynote and General Session Speakers
William (Bill) C. Basl
was appointed as the Director of AmeriCorps in June2012 at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Prior to thisappointment, during the past 40 years, Bill worked in a variety of capacities forthe state of Washington. He served as the initial Executive Director of theWashington Commission for National and Community Service established byGovernor Mike Lowry in 1994 to implement and expand volunteerism andnational service initiatives including AmeriCorps. In 1983, prior to being namedto this position, Bill founded the Washington Service Corps which was the firststatewide youth service initiative in the nation designed to address priority
local education and human service’s needs. Bill was reappointed to this
position by former Governor and current Ambassador to China Gary Locke andin 2005 by Governor Chris Gregoire. He served
as a member of the Governor’s
Small Agency Cabinet. He has assisted agencies and organizations nationallyand internationally to expand and strengthen national service.Bill supported the State Department in promoting national service, requested by Italian government and civicservice leaders to assist in developing new service initiatives. He is the co-founder of Service America, a nationalprogram that placed cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with AmeriCorps members to addresscritical community needs. He has developed the Leadership Forum for National Service Executives at the
University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Affairs, which offers graduate level course work designed to
meet the needs of senior leaders in national service from throughout the country. He has served as a board
member and immediate past Chair of America’s Service Commissions.
From 1970-72, Bill served as a VISTA Volunteer in Walla Walla, WA, helping migrant farm workers establish theirown businesses. In Spokane, where he was a VISTA Volunteer Leader, he helped form a regional legal servicesnetwork. A native of Pittsburgh, PA, Bill received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration fromthe University of Rhode Island. In 2011 The White House named Bill a Champion of Change-Service Innovator.Contact Information:bbasl@cns.govOffice: (202) 606-6790Mobile: (202) 489-5894
North Central National Service Conference: Keynote and General Session SpeakersEngaging Veterans Panelists
 is the Chief Operating Officer of  Leave No Veteran Behind.He is also a Paratrooper and a Non-Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve.Pete enlisted in the military under the National Call to Service Program after the announcement of the Surge into Iraq and has served as a two-timeAmeriCorps volunteer; first teaching in one of America's most violentcommunities and then practicing community development techniques in Chicago's most diverse neighborhood.Pete is committed to service and worksto create opportunities for individuals to improve the quality of life for familiesthroughout the City of Chicago.Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan,
Peter Meijer
served as an Army non-commissioned officer in Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn from the summerof 2010 to the summer of 2011. Peter was as an embedded advisor with the IraqiArmy at Joint Security Stations in the Baghdad area, conducting bilateral trainingmissions, and continues to serve in the Army Reserves.Peter is active in several non-profit organizations, holding the position of StrategicPartnership Coordinator for Team Rubicon USA and serving on the Board of Directors of Student Veterans of America. Peter began working with SVA in thespring of 2008 when he campaigned for the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, andrecently testified before the Senate on veteran education.Today, Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and Political Science from Columbia University and
has worked over a hundred emergency calls as an Emergency Medical Technician with Columbia’s volunteer
EMS. In addition to his role as Strategic Partnership Coordinator for Team Rubicon, Peter is also an activevolunteer. He deployed to South Sudan to conduct humanitarian relief, led the Sandy response in New York, andrecently returned from tornado recovery operations in Moore, Oklahoma. Peter lives in New York when notdeployed with Team Rubicon.
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