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.