Warrior Writers Governing Body
Governing Body Member Bios
Eddie Falcón served for 4 years in the USAF as an active duty enlisted aircrew member. He was stationed in Little Rock Air Force Base. He completed 4 short overseas tours, 2 in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan, as well as performed medical evacuations in Hurricane Katrina.
After separation from the military, Eddie moved back to his home state of California to start his journey in education under the GI Bill. He has attended San Francisco City College, UC Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. He graduated these schools with a Bachelors in Spanish Linguistics and a Masters in Spanish Language Literature. He is currently working on a teaching credential to teach high school Spanish.
As Mr. Falcón, he has worked in the San Francisco Unified School District as a Special Education Teacher Aide, an in-class, after school, and Summer school math tutor, a student teacher of Spanish for Heritage Learners, and is currently working as a substitute Spanish and Math teacher.
As a political organizer, he has served on the Board of Directors for About Face: Veterans Against War, was a part of the group Dialogues Against Militarism that produced the documentary Occupation Has No Future, has testimony featured in the short documentary Before You Enlist, and works with Full Picture to speak in high schools and youth programs around the Bay Area about the true experience of military recruitment, service, and life as a veteran.
He has been a Warrior Writers artist for many years, attending writing workshops and performing hip hop music around the nation. He has grown into a facilitator for WW and has put on public readings and workshops at the San Francisco Arts Commission and around the Bay Area. He is now serving on the board for WW as a trustee and is on the nominations committee.
Eddie is also a proud member of the Danza Mexica (aka Aztec Dance) community. He practices this indigenous cultural expression at ceremonies and pow wows throughout all of California. Eddie Falcón also produces music, plays the piano, is a cyclist, practices sober-living, enjoys billiards, is a fan of the NBA, reads comic books, and resides in Oakland, California.
Dylan Tête is the Executive Director and founder of Bastion Community of Resilience, an innovative housing community for warriors and families with life-altering injuries. Dylan earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Systems Engineering at West Point, as well as an MPH at the LSU School of Public Health. During a combat tour in Iraq as second-in-command of an Infantry company in 3rd Brigade / 2nd Infantry Division, Dylan established multiple recovery projects in collaboration with the Department of State. He moved to New Orleans in 2005 where he managed the construction of several FEMA housing facilities after Hurricane Katrina. Before his tenure as a civil servant working alongside the New Orleans Deputy Mayor of Public Safety, Dylan was hired by Military.com to assist transitioning military personnel and wounded warriors begin new careers in the civilian workforce.
For ten years he volunteered and mentored military youth at Knights of Heroes, an outdoor adventure camp for gold star children in Colorado. Dylan is certified with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to teach other veterans and health professionals various self-directed, evidence-based techniques that lower stress, promote healing, and improve health. He was awarded seed funding from the Bob Woodruff Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project to support Bastion’s development and eventual groundbreaking in 2016 and aspires to build more Bastion communities in strategic locations. Dylan is the recent recipient of the George W. Bush Military Service Citation and featured contributor of the Aspen Institute’s “Weave the People” campaign.
Gala True is a health services researcher with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Section of Population and Community Medicine at LSU School of Medicine. Gala trained as an undergraduate at University of California at Berkeley with a double major in Anthropology and Psychology and received her PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. Gala lived and worked in Philadelphia for many years and became involved in Warrior Writers during that time. When she moved to New Orleans in 2015, she and Ray Facundo co-founded the NOLA Veterans Arts and Humanities Alliance, a group of local arts organizations, Veteran artists, military caregivers, and civilian allies who create free, art-focused programming and events in greater New Orleans. Through her collaborations with both Lovella Calica and Bastion Community of Resilience in New Orleans, Gala helped start a new Warrior Writers community in New Orleans.
As a researcher, Gala’s work focuses on improving access to care and the health of individuals and communities through patient-centered and community-engaged research approaches. Her most recent research employs participatory action research methods to collaborate with Veterans, military families, and other key stakeholders on identifying barriers to post-deployment care and proposing solutions for improving community reintegration after separation from military service. Gala is the creator and project director of From War to Home: Through the Veteran’s Len and From War to Home: The Impact of Invisible Injuries, two traveling exhibits of photo-narratives developed in collaboration with post-9/11 Veterans and their family care partners/caregivers. Gala has published dozens of scholarly articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented at academic conferences, but her proudest works involve co-presentations with her Veteran and caregiver collaborators, including an article in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology that describes nearly 10 years of sustained partnered research with individual Veterans and families and grassroots, community-based Veterans organizations.
Gala lives in New Orleans with her husband, Morgan Miller, and their two children. She is dedicated to advocating for Veterans and their families as a central part of her personal life mission and is honored to serve as the Secretary of the Warrior Writers Governing Board.
Camille Turner is an Adjunct Chaplain at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a Director of Outreach at Ujima Friends Peace Center and currently a Pastoral Counseling student at New York Theological Seminary.
She hopes to open a trauma informed and therapeutic women veterans community center that also provides housing support for veterans women and their children. She partners with and directs community outreach efforts to various organizations and individuals throughout the North Philadelphia area that bring art, yoga, meditation, and other evidence based modalities of care to support and empower communities, families and individuals who have been impacted by systematic trauma, military trauma and sexual trauma into a culture of healing.
Camille is a spoken word poetry performer who has spent over 20 years creating, facilitating, and presenting workshops in both community, governmental and organizational settings. As a USMC veteran, and the ex-wife of a USMC veteran, she is aware of the many obstacles that military service creates both internally, and in the world around us. As a chaplain, conflict mediator, advocate and organizer, she believes that conflict is an opportunity for growth and change.
Governing Body Charter for Warrior Writers
The purpose of the Warrior Writers Governing Body is to provide ongoing support and direction for the organization.
The role of the Body is to:
- a. Review and evaluate, on an ongoing basis, the overall effectiveness of the Director and provide feedback to the same.
- b. Screen and interview potential candidates for the position of Director who are judged to fill those needs and meet the criteria for hiring.
- c. Review and make recommendations on issues of conflict, discrimination, or ethics.
- d. Develop and recommend policies on issues related to growth, direction, and planning.
- e. Draft and ratify a comprehensive nondiscrimination policy for the organization.
- f. Develop and ratify mission, vision, and organizational goals.
- g. Make recommendations and decisions on hiring additional staff.
- h. Other duties as needed.
- a. The Body shall have up to 7 but no fewer than 4 members. The Body will be comprised of at least 75% military veterans.
- i. Civilians nominated to the body must have demonstrated a substantial commitment to the organization and its mission.
- ii. Governing body composition shall be reflective of the diversity of the organization.
- i. The initial members shall vote on the GB Chair.
- i. Consecutive absences from two meetings constitutes “for cause” and shall be necessarily brought before the GB for a vote.
- i. Chairperson - The Chair shall convene all scheduled meetings of the GB and shall preside over or arrange for another member to preside over each meeting.
- ii. Secretary - The Secretary shall be responsible for the keeping of GB records, to include minutes of meetings, distribution of minutes and the agenda, and sending meeting announcements.
- a. The Committee shall meet at least four times each year, with additional meetings held as needed to fulfill its responsibilities as described above. Meetings are convened by the GB Chair.
- b. Members may participate fully, to include voting, by means of any telephonic or similar communications equipment that allows all persons participating in such meeting to hear each other at the same time. Electronic attendance shall be considered in-person attendance at the meeting.
- c. Minutes are to be kept of each meeting and maintained as record in an accessible location to be determined by the GB. Minutes from the previous meeting must be approved by the Committee at the start of the next meeting. Minutes are to be available upon request to any Warrior Writers participant or member.
- a. Veterans appointed to the GB are not to be limited on the basis of time in service, characterization of discharge, deployment history, branch of service, or any other service related category.
- b. Members appointed to the GB are not to be limited on the basis of age, sex, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, political, or religious affiliation.