Veteran Spotlight – Lt. Cmdr. Robyn Shavers (USCG, Retired)

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Robyn Ann Shavers was born on March 19, 1968 in Trenton, N.J. to Michael and Dorothy Lorenzo.  She graduated with honors from Atlantic City High School in June 1986 and in October, 1986, arrived in Cape May, N.J. for Coast Guard Basic Training. Her first assignment was in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii, where she worked on the Coast Guard Base as a gate guard, in the administrative office, at the small boat station, and then in medical administration at the Fourteenth District Office.

In 1987 she attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. but decided after four months to return to enlisted status.  The next assignment took her to Hampton Roads, Va. where she served at Station Little Creek, the Fifth District Office, and then at the Finance Center (FINCEN).  She became a Storekeeper through the Coast Guard’s Striker Program and was promoted to E-5 in June, 1991.

In September 1995, Ensign Shavers graduated from Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Va. and received orders to CG Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  While there she worked as a contract specialist in the Office of Acquisitions and as the Assistant Gender Policy Advisor in the Diversity Management Division. In 1997 she transferred to Marine Safety Office San Francisco Bay in Alameda, Calif., where she served in the Port Operations and Planning Departments.  Reassigned in 2001 to the National Strike Force Coordination Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., she administered training and response readiness programs for the CG’s three Strike Teams.  She returned to the FINCEN in 2005 to manage the Financial Procurement Desktop Help Desk and Training Team, and later served as project officer for Undelivered Order remediation and audit coordination. Shavers served as the unit’s first female Comptroller and Executive Officer for military personnel.  As Comptroller she oversaw the unit’s budget, procurement/contracting operations, process improvement and training initiatives and facilities management branch.

From 2010 until retirement, Lt. Cmdr. Shavers was assigned to the Shore Infrastructure Logistics Center in Norfolk, Va., in the Asset Logistics Division as the Comptroller Branch Chief where she served as the budget liaison to the Headquarters Program and Finance offices while providing budget, accounting and audit oversight to the SILC’s internal departments and 20 outlying units.

Shavers shared that some of her most rewarding work was her involvement in response efforts after 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, and several oil spills.  Personal awards include two CG Commendation Medals, the CG Achievement Medal, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and five Meritorious Team awards.  Lt. Cmdr. Shavers earned an Associate of Arts in 1992 and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in Dec 2004 from Saint Leo University, and a Master of Science in Management (MSM) from Troy University in Mar 2012.

VOTM2She attends Greenbrier Church in Chesapeake, Va. where she serves as a member of the Worship Team.  She and her husband, Stevie, have been married since October 1990 and are the proud parents of Steven, 19 and Ryan, 13.

Upon retirement in June 2012 Shavers chose not to go to work, but looked for ways to get involved in the community by volunteering.  She currently serves on the Mayor’s Commission on Veteran’s Affairs and the Tourism Advisory Board.

Shavers also volunteers at Hugo Owens Middle School, where her youngest son is a 7th grader.

She works as a substitute teacher for Chesapeake Public Schools and has had the opportunity to teach at 20 different schools from the elementary to high school level.

She recently began attending training required to pursue certification in Virginia as a Court-Referred Mediator.

“Since retiring last June, I’ve enjoyed spending more time with my family, reading, exercising, working on projects at home, being involved in the community and connecting with friends.  It has been a tremendous blessing to be able to take a hiatus from full-time employment after almost 26 years in the military.  I look forward to continued service in my community and am excited about the next chapter of my life,” Shavers said.

Lt. Cmdr. Robyn Shavers, The Citizen of Chesapeake salutes you and thanks you for your service to our nation.

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