Board Member Additions

On August 24, 2013

For Immediate Release

The Transgender American Veterans Association wish to announce the following additions to their Board of Directors. According to Angela Brightfeather, President of TAVA, Major Evan Young (Ret.) and First Sergeant Dayna Walker (Ret.) were appointed to the Board of Directors effective 25 July 2013.

Over the coming months, the board will continue to search for additional world-class directors as well as elect officers for key positions.

Evan Young will immediately head the Social Media Committee while Dayna Walker will focus on Strategic Relationships and Outreach. Both Evan and Dayna have public affairs backgrounds and extensive leadership experience according to Ms. Brightfeather.


Major Evan Young is a retired Army officer. A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, he is a graduate of Northwestern State University of Louisiana with a Bachelors Degree in English. He also earned a Masters Degree in Management Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.

After several years of enlisted service in the signal corps at Army Posts in Illeshiem, Germany, Fort Story, Virginia, and Fort Polk, Louisiana, Evan received a his commission from the U.S. Army in 1998 through a scholarship in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Green-to-Gold program. Immediately following his commission, he was selected to serve as the Gold Bar Recruiter at his university. Following officer basic, he held positions at the 369th Adjutant General Battalion as a company executive officer and at the Adjutant General School as a special project officer, planning and orchestrating the annual Adjutant General Corps Personnel Leader’s Meeting. Major Young was one of five officers in the Adjutant General Corp to be selected for the National Guard Reform Initiative. In addition to his duties as an Adjutant General officer, Evan was also a four-year member of the All Army Softball team.

During his service in the Hawaii Army National Guard, he served as the C-E officer for the 29th Support Battalion, the Information Officer for the 29th Separate Infantry Brigade, Public Affairs Officer for the State Area Command, Hawaii Army National Guard, and Commander of the 117th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment. After transferring to the United States Army Reserves, Evan served as the Broadcast Officer for the 209th Broadcast Public Affairs Detachment in Rome, Georgia. In his civilian occupation, Evan was a web developer for Clayton Homes Incorporated in Maryville, Tennessee. In 2008, Evan was picked up for the Active Guard Reserve program and served as a media officer at NORAD and USNORTHCOM, Peterson Air Force Base, working in the Public Affairs’ Operations Division. Before his retirement, he served as the recruiting officer at the University of Michigan, Army Officer Education Program, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Evan is a graduate of the Broadcast Management Course, Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course, Adjutant General Captain’s Career Course, and Adjutant General Officer Basic Course. Evan was a member of the commandant’s list while attending the Adjutant General Corp Officer Basic Course. His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal (2), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal (3 awards), Alaska Community Service Medal.

Evan lives with his fiancé, Trisha Benaway, in Spring Lake, Michigan. He has two twin daughters, Jordan Rylie and Logan Kiana.


Dayna Walker is a retired Army First Sergeant (Promotable). Raised in LaPorte, Indiana, Dayna enlisted as a Military Police Officer following graduation from high school. Dayna brings over 25 years of military service experience where she served in various capacities as a Military Police Officer and within the United States Army Recruiting Command.

Dayna most recently worked for Humana Military’s Veterans Initiative as a Regional Sales Manager which encompassed Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington. In her role with Humana Military, Dayna developed positive relations with Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs), Community Leaders and Organizations as well as identifying pathways to other military veterans and their families.

Prior to joining Humana, Dayna was a Market Intelligence Officer (S-2) with the United States Army Recruiting Command. She was instrumental in developing senior leadership in conducting market assessments, building community awareness programs and performing as the key liaison with government officials, community leaders and Veteran Service Organizations. Dayna served as a Public Affairs Officer, also with the United States Army Recruiting Command

Dayna’s military assignments include: Squad Leader/Patrol Supervisor, Military Police Platoon, 2nd Armored Division (Forward), Garlstedt Germany; Special Reaction Team Leader, Law Enforcement Activity, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana; Traffic Section Leader, Provost Marshal’s Office, Ft. Clayton, Republic of Panama; Recruiter, Seminole (Florida) Recruiting Station, Tampa Army Recruiting Battalion; Station Commander, Plant City (Florida) Recruiting Station, Tampa Army Recruiting Battalion; Station Commander, Tampa North (Florida) Recruiting Station, Tampa Army Recruiting Battalion; Senior Guidance Counselor, Tampa Military Entrance Processing Station, Tampa, Florida; First Sergeant, Peachtree City Army Recruiting Company, Peachtree City, Georgia and Acting Command Sergeant Major, Atlanta Army Recruiting Battalion.

Dayna holds an MBA from Liberty University and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Troy University where she is a member of the Chi Sigma Iota Honors Society. Additionally, Dayna graduated Cum Laude from Columbia Southern University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration.

Dayna’s military awards include the Meritorious Service Medal (3 OLC), Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (6 OLC) and Humanitarian Service Medal. She is a Gold Badge Recruiter with three Sapphires and has been awarded both the Glenn E Morrell Order of Excellence and Recruiting Ring for her excellence in recruiting. Additionally, Dayna has been recognized as the Distinguished Honor Graduate of four professional military leadership schools.

Dayna is an active member of the Association of the United States Army, American Counseling Association, Disabled American Veterans, American Snipers Organization, World Professional Association for Transgender Health, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, among others. She currently serves as an Advisory Board Member for Empowering Spirits Foundation and is a Founding Advisory Council member California Military Children’s Education Council. Dayna lives with her partner, Michelle, in Stockbridge, Georgia with their daughter Rylee. Her son, Brandon, currently serves as a Geo-Spatial Intelligence Officer in the United States Air Force.

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