Cory A. Hawthorne was appointed Director of the Montgomery Regional Office in March 2014. In this role, Mr. Hawthorne provides executive direction to all staff and is responsible for serving over 400,000 Veterans and their families living in the state of Alabama. The Montgomery Regional Office administers a variety of benefits and services including Compensation and Pension, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) benefits.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Hawthorne served as the Director of the St. Louis VA Regional Office. In this role, Mr. Hawthorne led a staff of over 800 full time employees which administered Compensation and Pension, VR&E and Educational benefits to Veterans and their families in Missouri. Mr. Hawthorne began his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2000 as a Veterans Service Representative at the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office, subsequently holding various positions of increased responsibility serving our nation’s Veterans and their families.
Lauran Cox was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Montgomery VA Regional Office in April 2018. She is responsible for assisting the Director in providing compensation benefits for over 400,000 Veterans and their families living in the state of Alabama. Mrs. Cox oversees the daily operations of the Veterans Service Center, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment and Support Services divisions. Prior to her appointment in April, she was the Executive Management Officer of the North Atlantic District serving over 17 stations.
Lolita McClung-Shepherd was appointed to the position of Veterans Service Center Manager in March of 2015. Ms. McClung-Shepherd is responsible for the oversight and administration of all Compensation and Pension claims activity for the state of Alabama, which pays more than $91 million monthly to Veterans and their families. Prior to this appointment, Ms. McClung-Shepherd served as the Assistant Director of the VA Records Management Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Jamie Wilder was appointed to the position of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Officer in November of 2014. Ms. Wilder is responsible for the oversight and administration of the VR&E program for Veterans in Alabama as well as the panhandle of Florida. Ms. Wilder and her staff currently serve approximately 3,600 Veterans in the VR&E program. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Wilder served as a Management Analyst with VR&E Service in Washington, D.C.