COLD WAR PATRIOTS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Cold War Patriots (CWP) Advisory Committee is made up of subject-matter experts who help provide information about the complexities of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOIPCA) and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). Committee members provide strategic direction to the organization, answer member questions and reach out to former nuclear weapons industry and uranium workers to serve CWP’s robust and active membership.
A native of Maryville, Tennessee, Richard is a retired engineer who served over 20 years at the Y-12 national security complex in Oak Ridge. His late wife, Janine Anderson, was a K-25 worker and became a nationally known advocate for sick nuclear weapons workers. She and Richard were active advocates for nuclear workers in Washington, D.C. and founding members of CWP. Janine served as one of the original nine members of the advisory committee. Just a few days after kicking off the campaign for the National Day of Remembrance, Janine passed away and the advisory committee selected Richard to fill her position. In his spare time, Richard serves as assistant director of the Cades Cove Museum of Maryville, Tennessee.
Christopher H. Hayes
A Tennessee attorney, Christopher has practiced law in the Oak Ridge and Knoxville areas since 1986. He is a former Department of Energy contractor who worked at the K-25 site and the Y-12 national security complex. Christopher’s practice focuses on workers’ compensation, personal injury, product liability, toxic torts and wrongful-death claims. He has appellate experience before the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Court of Appeals and the Tennessee Supreme Court.
Lawrence “Larry” Martinez, Sr.
Hailing from Shiprock, New Mexico, Larry is a member of the Navajo tribe. He started his career serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in the U.S. Army. Larry then worked as an electrician for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority, as the director of Navajo Housing Services, for the Navajo Nation Police Department and the Office of Navajo Uranium Workers. Larry’s grandfather and two uncles helped supply uranium for the U.S. government and eventually died from radiation exposure.
Mr. Lerew serves as Chairman of the Cold War Patriots Advisory Committee. He works to share information about the benefits of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) with nuclear weapons and uranium workers and their families. Mr. Lerew has experience in marketing and outreach efforts for multiple firms, financial and technology companies. Mr. Lerew earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of the Pacific and his master’s degree in business from St. Mary’s College of California.
Sandie A. Medina
Sandie has spent over 40 years committed to the workers of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), which was formerly known as the Nevada Test Site. Since 1996, she has played an integral part in the Former Worker Program (FWP), now operated by the Worker Health Protection Program at Queens College, City University of New York, where she works as a Program Specialist. As part of her work, Sandie extends free medical screening to former workers and ensures they are aware of the FWP and EEOICPA services.
Previously, Sandie worked for 25 years at the NNSS, where she provided clerical and administrative support for atomic weapons testing. In this role, Sandie worked with large segments of the NNSS workforce and developed close ties with these workers. She has been an active member of Nevada’s Laborers’ Union Local #872 since 1998 and served as the administrative secretary for the Laborers’ Retiree’s Council since 2006.
Dr. Maureen Merritt, DO
A former nurse from Iowa, Maureen works as an occupational healthcare consultant to industry and Native American tribes. She earned her medical degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. As a board-certified family practitioner, she became a private-practice physician and occupational medical director for Garlock Inc., where she was instrumental in advancing occupational safety and health programs. Maureen joined the U.S. Public Health Service and worked with various tribes as chief medical officer until her retirement. She created and lobbied for a first-in-the-nation State Office of Advocacy and Technical Assistance for Nuclear Workers in New Mexico and created the New Mexico Alliance of Nuclear Worker Advocates. Maureen helps claimants with EEOICPA claims adjudication and lobbies for EEOICPA reform.
A second-generation nuclear weapons worker, Paul has over 30 years of service at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. He works as a local coordinator for the Worker Health Protection Program, which provides free medical screenings to former and current plant workers. Paul helps nuclear weapons workers file for EEOICPA benefits and Ohio Workers Compensation. He’s been on the executive board of Ohio’s Local 1-689 of the United Steel Workers for the past several years and has served as chair of the Election Committee, the By-Laws Committee. Paul acts as the alternate benefits representative for the local union.
Raised in southern California, Faye worked at the Department of Energy’s Hanford, Washington nuclear weapons plant for three years before becoming disabled by chemical vapor exposure. She became involved with injured Hanford workers and remains active in the effort to get complete and accurate records of exposures, injuries and accidents and helps workers get consideration of EEIOCPA claims. Faye served in the Kansas Air National Guard from 1981 to 1994 as a technical sergeant. She earned her bachelor’s degree in management from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. In addition to volunteering as a CWP Advisory Committee member, Faye also serves on the US Department of Labor’s Advisory Board on Toxic Substances and Worker Health for Part E of the EEOICPA.