Mr. Irby has served in the United States Army and is a war veteran of both the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War. Mr. Irby is actively engage on social issues that surround homeless and at-risk homeless veterans as the Homeless Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Irby holds a Bachelor’s in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. Anthony is married to his lovely wife Karen and has two adorable daughters Azuriah and Aurorah.
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Mr. Lachance served in the United States Air Force for nine years. After his service years, he held various jobs until starting his own business in real estate relocation. He retired in 2002 and moved to Arizona with his family in 2005 (Surprise). He was a member of the board of the Armed Forces Support Group in Surprise. During his membership there he was involved in an annual golf fund raiser for wounded veterans, worked with Home Depot to update some veterans’ homes and was a part of a WWI honors program. He moved to Peoria in April of 2013 with his family. Since moving here he sponsored a WWII honors dinner with over 40 WWII veterans in attendance as well as 150 supporters. He plans on making this an annual event. He has started a club in Westbrook village to support all veterans and is very active in his church. Mr. Lachance has been married to his high school sweetheart for 45 years and has a son and daughter.
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Chuck Strange was born in Denver Colorado. He grew up as an army brat and traveled most of his young life. He joined the army in November 1958, and did tours in Germany, France, Vietnam, and Alaska. Chuck retired in June 1980; he worked in Public Safety along with his own endeavors, and he moved to Arizona in July 1999. He lives here with his wife Rosie. He has two sons, a daughter and five grandchildren scattered all over the globe. He serves on the Veterans Memorial Board, Peoria Chamber of Commerce, Diamond Club, and Sun City Visitor's Center. Chuck enjoys working with military affiliations and giving back to the community.
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Lisa Wakefield is currently attached to the 56th Medical Group, Luke AFB, AZ. She is an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) and works as a Medical Service Corp Officer (MSC).
Lisa has been in the Air Force Reserves for 28 years, and was prior enlisted for six years. She has spent most of her time at Luke Air Force Base; with some time spend in England, Texas and the Pentagon. Lisa was activated during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Desert Storm. She has graduated from Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.
Lisa has a B.S. Degree in Business and a Masters in Education. She currently teaches English Language Learners (ELL) at Greenway High School. She started her service to the Veterans Board in Oct 2011.She lives in Peoria, AZ with her husband and their two children.
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Ben Geiger was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1999, Ben joined the Army Reserve. In 2003, while in college at Winona State University, Ben was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom. After returning from Iraq, Ben completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies. Ben also met his lovely wife Kacey in college. Upon graduation, Ben and Kacey moved to the Phoenix area for better job opportunities. In 2009, Ben was called to Active Duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom once again. In his second tour, Ben worked in the logistics field to plan a successful drawdown. Ben’s daughter was born shortly after his return from Iraq. Ben is a social studies teacher at Westview High School. Ben is a member of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and is proud to serve as a member of the Peoria Veterans Memorial Board.
Ken Lambert was born and raised in Southern California. After high school, he joined the Navy and was medically released in 1986 after 12 years service. He and his family moved to Phoenix after his discharge and relocated to Peoria in 2005. He and his wife, Donita, have three children and five grandchildren. Ken has worked with veterans ministries since 1989. Prior to retiring in 2007, he worked as a Controller for a small business and spent his last two years of work as a CaseManager/Social Worker with homeless veterans.
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Reed Webber enlisted in the AZ Army National Guard the day after he turned 17; 1991. After returning from a Deployment in Iraq (OIF III; 2004-05) he felt compelled to serve his community as a volunteer and was appointed to the newly formed Veterans Memorial Board. He Deployed to Afghanistan (OEF X; 2009-10) to the Hindu Kush Mountains in Nuristan, Afghanistan; a place known to be one of the most hostile areas of the War. He was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and Combat Action Badge. In his absence from the Board, his wife, Tisha, was appointed as an Interim member. Reed recently was Medically Retired from the Army with over 21 years of service. He continues to serve in a volunteer capacity on several Boards and Commissions in Peoria. He is a Wounded Warrior Project Alum, a member of the American Legion and Military Order of the Purple Heart. Reed is currently a full-time student at Glendale Community College. Reed and Tisha have one child, Tyler.
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