Team Fisher House
Wayne H. Walker, CSM, U.S.A. (Ret.), Director
Mr. Walker was selected as the Richmond Fisher House Manager in July, 2007. Born on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, North Carolina, he grew up traveling the world as a member of an Air Force family. Mr. Walker entered the United States Army as a Combat Engineer in 1983, where he attended Basic Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. During an outstanding military career that spanned more than 25 years, he served our nation in virtually every non-commissioned leadership position available, retiring as a Battalion Command Sergeant Major. Mr. Walker brought his U.S. Army Corps of Engineers engineering experiences to Richmond by playing a vital role in the building of the Richmond Fisher House, acting as the contract representative prior to its dedication in July 2008. His education and senior leadership training experiences have prepared him well for the critical role as manager and chief overseer of the home. Mr. Walker earned an Associate Degree from Central Texas College in 1994, a Bachelor of Individualized Studies from Virginia State University in 2001, and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Development from Webster University in 2004. He enjoys assisting families, spending time with his family, L.C. Bird High School football and restoring his ‘55 Chevy.
Willie “Mac” McDonald, Program Support Assistant
Mr. McDonald is a native of the great state of Arkansas. At a young age he joined the U.S. Army where he served his country in Germany and at Fort Eustis, Virginia as a Human Resource Specialist. After his years on active duty, Mac continued to serve his country in the Army Reserve. Mac has been a distinguish member of the Department of Veterans Affairs team for more than 30 years and has been an integral part of the Fisher House Program as a Program Support Assistant since its opening in 2008. He is a member of the Richmond Virginia Toast Masters and has served as the President of the local Chapter. He enjoys reading, learning about different cultures, fine foods and traveling. Mac truly enjoys supporting Veterans and the mission of the Fisher House program.
Avila Porter, Program Support Assistant
Ms. Avila (“Ave”) Porter has been the Program Assistant for the Fisher House at the VA McGuire Medical Center in Richmond since July, 2008. Born and raised in the Philippines, Ms. Porter comes from a hard working family. Her father retired from the Navy and her mother continues to work as a successful businesswoman in the Philippines. In 1987 she left the Philippines for employment in Frankfurt, Germany after being graduated from college. She is married to Col. Grant Porter, a U.S. Army Officer, and is the proud mom of a sailor. In 2004 Ms. Avila was hired as the Assistant Manager of the Fisher House at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. She soon became the Manager and continued to serve in that capacity until her husband was transferred to Richmond in 2007. Following the completion of construction of the new Fisher House at the McGuire VA Medical Center, she was selected as Program Support Assistant and is happy to continue to serve. Ms. Porter strongly believes in the Fisher House mission: “providing a home away from home” for our Veterans and their families in the times of their crises. As a military spouse, she considers it an honor to support our Veterans and their love ones.