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TAVA brings a seasoned leader on board



Re: Transgender American Veterans Assn. brings a seasoned leader on board

In mid May 2015, Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA) brought the highest ranking, out, transgender veteran on to our board of directors. Her experience and leadership will take TAVA to higher levels of engagement benefiting America’s transgender veterans across the country.

Sheri Swokowski is a retired Army Colonel with 22 years active and 34 years total service.  COL (Ret.) Swokowski holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior.  She is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College at Ft Leavenworth, KS and the Army War College Strategic Defense Strategy Course, Carlisle, PA.

Sheri is a career infantry officer, has commanded a light infantry company, deployed twice, served on battalion, brigade, state and Department level staffs.  She retired in 2004 as the J1 (Dir of Personnel and Manpower) for the Wisconsin National Guard.  Other assignments included Organizational Force Integration Officer, Strategic Planner, Mobilization Planner and Army ROTC Instructor/Executive Officer at Univ of WI-Stevens Point.

Post retirement, Colonel Swokowski, Ret., was a lead course instructor at the US Army Force Management School, Ft Belvoir, VA; a Senior Analyst for the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management at the Pentagon, and a Regional Human Resource Director for the US Forest Service in Golden, CO.

She has been an advocate for transgender civil rights and Trans military service since she transitioned in 2006.  She has worked with National Center for Transgender Equality and advocated for transgender rights on Capitol Hill.  She has also assisted Service Members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPARTA), an LGBT Military Community and Trans Military.

TAVA’s President, Major Evan Young, Ret., said that, “I am very excited that Sheri expressed interest in joining the TAVA board of directors. With her knowledge and experience, I believe transgender veterans will see a monumental step up in advocacy. I know we can make difference in the treatment and coverage of health care and benefits within the Department of Veteran Affairs.”


Evan Young, TAVA President 616-427-5724;

Denny Meyer, TAVA Public Affairs, 718-849-5665;

Evan Young

Evan Young

Evan Young is originally from Little Rock, Ark. He graduated basic training in 1989, transitioned from a sergeant to lieutenant in 1998, and rose to the rank of Major before retiring. In 1998, Evan graduated from Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a B.A. in English. From there, he continued his studies while on Active Duty and graduated from Nova Southeastern University in Florida with a M.S. in Management Information Systems. He earned his public affairs credentials in 2004 and broadcasting management credentials in 2007. He served in the Reserves, Guard, and Active Duty. He was the Hawaii National Guard as a Public Affairs officer and a Media Officer at NORAD and US NORTHCOM. Evan began transition in 2011. He retired from the Army as a Major in 2013. Since then he began his own web development company, EF Young, has written for OutServe magazine as a blogger, is the former president of the Arkansas Transgender Equality Coalition, and currently serves as the national president of the Transgender American Veterans Association. Evan currently lives in Dover, AR. with his two children.

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