Our Philosophy

William C. Stacey Post 206 is a hands-on, volunteer-based, and community-driven organization. We work to embody the ideals of Will Stacey and spread his story through our good works.

Our Story

The natural tenacity that Will embodied is not lost through his death though. The tales of his compassion, empathy, and sheer will to do good pervaded many members of the University of Washington, and the inaugural Memorial Day event was centered around Will and his Gold Star Family. Will lives on in the ideals of those who hear of his life, and the compassion he held for so many others will continue to be seen through the American Legion Post 206, which has adopted Will as our namesake.

Although we will never be able to meet Will, we will immortalize his memory in Seattle, and in the American Legion. We will do good in his name, and continue to bear the fruits of his kindness.

Meet the Team

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Joey Hernandez

Co-Founder & Commander

Joey served in the Navy from 2002 to 2015. He had various rates but largely operated as a Master at Arms, Operations Leading Petty Officer, and Personal Security Officer for various officers, such as General Allen. Joey is the token veteran brewer for Seattle and also the propagating force of creating a community for Post 206. Joey currently pushes forward, working on the recognition of veterans in businesses across Washington.


Jordan Houghton

Co-Founder & Adjutant

Jordan served in the US Army from 2009-2013, deploying to Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of OEF 11-12. Jordan served as a Combat Medic (68W10) before leaving the Army in 2013 to attend the University of Washington, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and proceeding to graduate school for his Doctorate of Psychology. Jordan also serves at the Area I Vice-Commander for the Department of Washington.

 

Joey Massa

Co-Founder & Chaplain

Joey served in the Army National Guard of Washington from 2009 to 2015 as a Field Artillery Sergeant. Upon exiting the military, Joey combatted Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, coming back to not beat it once, but twice. Joey is fondly known as the “Back to Back Cancer Champ”, akin to that of the United States is the “Back to Back World War Champ”. Joey also serves at the Department of Washington Chaplain.


Paul Otal

Senior Vice-Commander

Paul served in the US Navy from 2007 to 2013, deploying to the Persian Gulf in support of OIF/OEF, as a Naval Aircrewman and Aviation Rescue Swimmer. During his service, he was stationed with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron SIX, out of North Island Naval Air Station, San Diego. Upon transitioning from the Navy, Paul helped bootstrap a non-profit organization that provides executive education opportunities for transitioning veterans from Naval Special Operations communities. Shortly before leaving San Diego, in 2016, he reentered the tech industry and is currently employed as a Lead Software Engineer in the Seattle area. Paul studied at Western Washington University, earning his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.


Dirk Erickson

Junior Vice-Commander

Dirk served in the USMC as a Captain for civil affairs in 2011, deploying to Marjah, Afghanistan. He had previously studied at the University of Washington from 2002 to 2006, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Currently, Dirk heads the business “Been There, Done That” also known as BTDT.

Sirena Herd

Finance Officer

Sirena served in the USMC from 2003-2007 as a Supply Clerk, deploying to Iraq from 2004-2005 and again in 2006. She went to Johnson Wales University after separating from the Marine Corps, studying Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing, earning her Bachelor of Arts in 2013.

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