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St. Louis Regional Benefit Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


Cory A. Hawthorne

Director: Cory A. Hawthorne

Cory A. Hawthorne was appointed Director of the St. Louis Regional Office (RO) in May 2012. He administers approximately $71.6 million in monthly federal benefits to 505,900 Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in Missouri. Prior to this, Mr. Hawthorne was Director of the VA Records Management Center.

Lynn Flint

Assistant Director: Lynn Flint

Lynn Flint took this position in May 2011. Before this, she was Director of the Oakland RO, where she served since July 2007. Her prior VA experience included work at the Veterans Health Administration and VA Regional Council.

Stanton S. Nickens

Assistant Director: Stanton S. Nickens

Stanton Nickens took this position in February 2012. He previously served as Assistant Education Officer at the St. Louis Regional Processing Office, a position held since September 2008. He served 22 years in the U.S. Navy.

Corliss Strathearn

Vocational Rehabilitation Officer: Corliss Strathearn

Corliss Strathearn took this position in January 2010. She manages a staff of 23 working in offices in Mt. Vernon, Lee’s Summit, and Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. She began at the St. Louis RO in 2006. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.

Aaron Givens

Veterans Service Center Manager: Aaron Givens

Aaron Givens took this position in March 2011. He previously was Assistant Service Center Manager. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.

Louise Wright

Education Officer: Louise Wright

Louise Wright took this position in May 2008. Prior to her appointment and since June 1999, she served as Assistant Education Officer. Ms. Wright has worked in a variety of positions at the St. Louis RO since starting there in 1987, including Veterans Claims Examiner, Senior Veterans Claims Examiner, and Education Division Training Coordinator.

Richmond H. “Dick” Laisure

Records Management Center (RMC) Director: Richmond H. “Dick” Laisure

Dick Laisure was appointed to this position in October 2012. Prior to this appointment and since June 2008, he was Assistant Director for the Little Rock RO, where he managed day-to-day operations. Mr. Laisure began his VA career in 1991 as Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist in Montgomery. He is a disabled Veteran who served 14 years in the U.S. Army, including as a Medic with the 101st Airborne Division.

Lolita “LaDawn” McClung-Shepherd

Staff Assistant: Lolita “LaDawn” McClung-Shepherd

LaDawn McClung-Shepherd has been Staff Assistant for the Records Management Center since May 2013. She assists the RMC Director with the administration and management of all facility activities. Prior to this appointment, she was Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager at the Montgomery RO. She is a 2012 graduate of VA’s Leadership Development Program.