BVA Welcomes New Membership Coordinator


Cecilia Montenegro has joined BVA’s National Headquarters staff as the organization’s Membership Coordinator after more than eight years as the Administrative Assistant to the National Service Officer in the Field Service Department’s Region 2.

“Cecilia’s years of experience in the field service area will make her a valuable resource for new members who need guidance on how the program and its National Service Officers can assist them,” said Ed Eckroth, Field Service Program Director.

Born and raised until age 10 in El Salvador, Cecilia’s parents uprooted the family and immigrated to the United States in December 1994. She graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville, Maryland, in 2002. Desiring to more fully express her artistic and creative side, Cecilia attended the American Beauty Academy in Wheaton, Maryland, after high school and became a licensed cosmetologist.

Cecilia originally began at BVA as a volunteer, assisting Claudia Belk with her duties as a National Service Officer in a VA Regional Office in Washington, DC. Shortly thereafter in 2006, she was hired as Claudia’s assistant, where she continued even after Claudia’s recent transfer. Cecilia first became interested in BVA after a few opportunities to interact with blinded veterans, inspiring her to “give back to those who protect us.”

Cecilia has completed Veteran Service Officer Accreditation and Training Responsibility Involvement and Preparation of Claims (TRIP).

“Throughout these past few years I have had great opportunities to help many blinded veterans with VA benefit claims, resulting in a better way of life for them as they secured the funds that they rightfully earned and as they learned about the adaptive equipment that could aid them,” she said.

Cecilia has two sons, 11-year-old Christopher and 6-year-old Diego. They now reside in Silver Spring, Maryland.