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Legislation Workshop – Turn Your Angst into Action!

  • 19 Sep 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Zoom

Legislation Workshop – Turn Your Angst into Action!

Dr. Vivianne Wersel, Presenter

Not happy with your benefits and services? Want to become an effective advocate to change legislation that impacts you? As a stakeholder, you have the power and passion to turn your angst into action to help make a difference!  This advocacy workshop will help you effectively communicate with your elected officials, who have jurisdiction over your issue,  from nuts to bolts!

Who: Open to the Public

When: September 19, 2020

1:00- 2:00 PM Eastern Time

  Register in advance:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In this workshop, you will learn how to:

  • Identify your elected officials who have jurisdiction over your issue
  • Make appointments to meet with staffers and or elected officials
  • Understand meeting protocol
  • Conduct meetings professionally
  • Articulate your personal story into legislative passion succinctly
  • Communicate post-meeting
  • Call yourself an ADVOCATE!

Dr. Vivianne Cisneros Wersel, is the widow of LT Col Richard "Rich" Wersel, Jr. USMC. She is the Legislative Committee Chair for Western North Carolina MOAA Chapter and serves on the American Academy of Audiology Government Relations Committee.  She is the  Public Relations Officer for National Gold Star Wives of America Inc. and is the President/founder of Arlington Gold Star Wives. Vivianne has testified on survivor issues before Congress twenty times. She recently received an appointed position with Military Officers Association of America Surviving Spouses Council.

She holds a Doctorate of Audiology from Salus University in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, and is a recent retired staff audiologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Upon retirement she was entered into the Congressional Record for her work to support military servicemembers, retirees and their families, including survivors. 

Dr Vivianne Wersel resides in Asheville, North Carolina.


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