Capital District Women Veterans Program, Inc
The Board of Directors is comprised of diverse, qualified and passionate people who jointly oversee the overall direction of the organization and its programs.
Dr. Christine Rem
COL (R), RN, DNS
Executive Director & Case Manager
Retired Army Colonel, Registered Nurse, Doctor of Nursing Science
Christine Rem is the founder of the Capital District Women Veterans, Inc. With an extensive background in nursing, and as a 30-year Army veteran, Chris is uniquely qualified to lead the organization with the initiation of the supportive housing program at Christopher House.
Education: SUNY–BS Nursing; MS Nursing Administration. Russell Sage College–Doctor of Nursing Science Education & Leadership
Military: Retired Army Colonel–Active & Reserve Duty– US Army Nurse Corps
Experience: 30 years of military service including Reserve and six years of Active duty which included: two tours assigned to the 67th CSH (Combat Support Hospital) at the Würzburg MEDDAC (Medical and Dental Facility) Germany; a tour assigned as the Clinical Officer in Charge of the U.S. Army Reserve Trauma Training Program at Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, NY; a year assigned to Operation Iraqi Freedom attached to Civil Affairs Embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (EPRT) in Ramadi, Iraq; and two tours as the nursing service senior officer with a Soldier Readiness Program (SRP) at Camp Robinson, N. Little Rock, Arkansas.
Civilian experience includes hospital positions as nurse manager and operations manager, NYS Dept. of Health public health preparedness representative and Russell Sage College Clinical Adjunct Instructor at Albany Stratton VA Medical Center.
Distinguished Award: The Bronze Star Medal, awarded to LTC Christine T. Rem, US Army Multi-National Corps–Iraq. For exceptional meritorious service during Operation Iraqi Freedom from April 1, 2007, to March 31, 2008.
RN, MSN COL ( R ) –30 years combined Active and Reserve. Served on Active Duty 5 years after joining the Army Student Nurse program in 1968. COL Wood has held many civilian positions including Nursing Management and Nursing Education in the Capital District and retired from NYS Education Department. Col Wood has a home in Troy, NY and is married to John E. Wood and they are the proud parents of 3 sons and 3 grandchildren.
Barbara B. Caldara
RN, BS, NP, LTC ( R ) – 33 years combined Active and Reserve Service. Served on Active Duty 5 years which included a combat tour in Vietnam from 1968-1969. She is Board Certified Nurse Practitioner and was in private practice for 10 years in Latham, NY and then was the Director of Greene County Family Planning for 18 years. LTC Caldara is married to William Caldara with a home in Earlton, NY and they are proud parents of a daughter and a son.
Joshua D. Bills AD
Joshua is the proud Gold Star stepson of Major Christopher Rem. He has an Associate Degree in Accounting from Hudson Valley Community College. Joshua manages the administrative needs of the CDWV program and provides general organizational support as needed, including project-focused work. He was instrumental in managing the property that became Christopher House for a number of years. Joshua lives and works in Ballston Spa.