meet the speakers

Beverly Erskine

State of Iowa '22

General Session Speaker

For the last 3 years Beverly Erskine, BSN, RN, has ensured the Women’s Veteran Program at the Central Iowa VA gives Veterans access to a full scale of health care from primary care to mental health services. With Beverly’s leadership, the Women’s Veteran Program provides critical services and resources that help our female Veterans lead healthy lives, including inpatient medical, surgical, and mental health care; physical rehabilitation; substance abuse treatment; long-term care and pharmacy services; and on-site mammogram services that offer 3-D imaging. Beverly is enthusiastic about advancing the care female Veterans receive. She believes their needs are unique and need to be addressed which include promoting practices that enhance female veterans care such as focus groups, surveys, and outreach events.

Linda Rouse

State of Iowa '22

General Session Speaker

Linda Rouse, Division Administrator for the American Job Center Division has been with Iowa Workforce Development for 15 years. A native of San Diego, California, she enlisted in the United States Marine Corps out of high school and honorably served over 20 years active duty serving at various bases in California, Tennessee, and Okinawa. After retiring, she relocated to Albia Iowa where she resides with her husband. She is passionate about leadership, empowering her team, and ensuring that Iowans are aware of employment and training opportunities that are available to them.

Emily Meier

State of Iowa '22

General Session Speaker

Emily Meier was raised in Waterloo, Iowa the daughter of a nurse and a factory worker. Emily joined the Iowa National Guard in 2013 and served until 2017 when she was medically discharged due to a training injury. Emily attended The University of Northern Iowa from 2015-2022 where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Leisure, Youth, and Human Services with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. Emily currently works for Elevate Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic in Waterloo as a Certified Peer Support Specialist and specializes in Veteran support services. Emily also serves as a mobile crisis responder on the South MCR team. Emily volunteers with many veteran organizations including AMVETS Post 49, Cedar Valley Veterans in the Park, Coffee & Camaraderie, and more. Emily enjoys fishing, being in the outdoors, playing video games, and spending time with her family and friends.

Joseph Shelley

State of Iowa '22

General Session Speaker

Ranger Joe Shelley retired in 2007 after 29 years of active-duty service as the Command Sergeant Major (CSM) of 18th Military Police Brigade responsible for combat operations in Iraq and detainee operations.
Joe has over 40 years of diverse leadership and staff experience in the U.S. Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs. He has served VA as a Program Analyst in the Office of Operations, Security, and Preparedness (OSP). He supports Veterans Affairs in building the On/Offboarding Service to develop and standardize efficient and effective onboarding, monitoring and off-boarding processes for the VA workforce (Employees, Contractors, Volunteers, Health Care Professional Trainees, and Affiliates).
Prior to his current position, he supported the US Coast Guard at their Maritime Law Enforcement Academy and the Navy’s Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Ashore Program in Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia. Joe is a dedicated runner and has completed 9 Marathons.

Taylor Ullom

State of Iowa '22

General Session Speaker

Taylor Ullom is the National Development Director, and Regional and Nebraska Chapter Coordinator for Guitars For Vets (G4V). She started the first G4V Nebraska chapter in Omaha in 2016, and in 2018 a chapter in Lincoln. She was recently promoted to the National Development Director due to her talent for chapter growth, team motivation, and fundraising efforts.

Her career includes 10 years in the United States Air Force, from 1993 to 2003. Assignments included Whiteman AFB, Missouri (1994-1999) and Offutt AFB, Nebraska (1999-2003). Assigned to the 509th Services Squadron, she deployed to Aviano, Italy in 1994 in support of “Operation Deny Flight”; in 1997 she cross-trained into the Education and Training Management field, being assigned to the 393rd Bomb squadron as the Education and Training Manager. In 1999 she was a part of the mission that first launched the B2 Stealth Bomber into active service during the Kosovo collapse, “Operation Noble Anvil”. In 1999, Ullom was assigned to Offutt AFB, 55th Logistics Support Squadron, as an Education and Training Manager for squadrons; 1ACCS, 55 MXS, and 38th RS.

Upon leaving the USAF, Ullom focused on raising her three children and volunteering in her local community. Her motto is, “No matter how big or small, everyone can do something to make the world a better place.” Her passion is battling the “22 a day” statistic in the veteran community and works to unite other organizations in the same battle.

Christina Schauer

State of Iowa '22

General Session Speaker

Christina Schauer, MSN, ARNP, ACNS-BC
Director, Clinical and Professional Development MercyOne Dubuque

Christina Schauer is the director of Clinical and Professional Development, Magnet Program Director, and Military and Veteran Healthcare Champion for MercyOne Dubuque, Clinton, and Dyersville Medical Centers. Christina received her bachelor's degree in nursing from University of Illinois-Chicago and her master’s degree at Loyola University Chicago. She is a board-certified Adult-Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist.