Cathrene “Cat” Nichols

Title: Administrator
Company: Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Spokane Valley, Washington, United States

Cathrene Nichols, Administrator at the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public administration and civil service.

Ms. Nichols started her career in 1990, working as an ammunition specialist in the Personnel Actions Center of the United States Army. During her service, she completed undergraduate coursework at Central Texas College, and in 1996, she completed her military career. After further undergraduate studies at Gonzaga University, where she completed English language and literature coursework, she accepted a position as a member of the teaching staff at the Beacon Academy Classical School in 2004. That same year, Ms. Nichols began serving as the regional manager supervisor of Pacific Intercultural Exchange. She left her position with the Beacon Academy Classical School in 2006, continuing to work with Pacific Intercultural Exchange until 2007.

In 2008, Ms. Nichols completed her academic pursuits at Eastern Washington University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Spanish, and education. She planned to pursue a career as a teacher, but in 2009, began working as a disabled veterans outreach specialist for the Washington State Employment Security Department. As a veteran herself, she fell in love with taking care of those who have served. Ms. Nichols received the DVOP of the Year Award from the American Legion in 2010 and began serving as a Stevens County Veterans Advisory Board Member. In 2013, she transitioned to the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, where she served as a program manager of financial, transition and reintegration services until 2015.

From 2014 to 2015, Ms. Nichols acted as chairman of the Veterans Employee Resource Group, and since 2015, she has held the position of strategic operations manager with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. The department recognized her for her excellence in service with a Director’s Award in 2016, and in 2017, she took on the role of administrator of Spokane County. In 2018, she also began as the director of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. Ms. Nichols is a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans, and in the coming years, she hopes to become the director of the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs. She plans to continue living by her motto: “Proudly serving those who serve.”

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