Meet the Staff
Our CVSOs are trained to determine whether or not clients are eligible for County, State and/or VA Benefits. We must collect enough information to do so. We will assist you in applying for benefits and will follow your case throughout the process. If approved, we will assist the Veteran in maintaining benefits, up to and including survivors' benefits.
Loni Kuhlmann, Executive Director/CVSO
Hello, My name is Loni Kuhlmann & I am the new Executive Director here at the Woodbury County Commission of Veteran Affairs. A little about me, I was raised in Charter Oak, IA & am the daughter to Donald E. & Leila R. Kuhlmann. I am a third generation Service Member, my Grandfathers, Ervin Kuhlmann (Army – World War II(, Gordon Owens (Army – Korean War) & my father Donald Kuhlmann (Air National Guard – Vietnam), he is the current Commander of the UTE VFW Post 5065, which my Grandfather Gordon Owens was 1 of the 13 Veterans to start that post. Prior to accepting this position, I served as the Yellow Ribbon Support Specialist since May 1, 2017 for the 185th ARW. Prior to this position, I was working as a Temp Tech at the 185th ARW. I am also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars out of Ute IA.
I have been proudly serving in the U.S. Air Force since April 5th 2003, as Security Forces for the first 6 years of my career then joined the 132nd FW in Des Moines as a Knowledge Operations Manager for Civil Engineering prior to moving back the 185th in 2014 to continue my career.
I preciously served on the board for Support Siouxland Soldiers as the boards Vice President. I Graduated from Iowa Central Community College in 2007 with my Associates Degree in Psychology and Human Resources, after which I then Graduated from Buena Vista in 2011 with my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resources and Psychology.
I look forward to meeting & working with the Veterans of Woodbury County.
Sasha Downs, CVSO
Hi, My name is Sasha Downs and I am the new Service Officer at the Woodbury County Commission of Veteran Affairs. I was originally born in West Covina, CA but have been a resident of the Siouxland area for over 20 years. I have worked for Woodbury County since 2014 as a clerk in the Sheriff’s Office and the County Attorney’s as a legal secretary.
I am currently a First Lieutenant in the Iowa Army National Guard here in Sioux City. I work as the Human Resources Officer for Headquarters Troop, 1-113th Cavalry Squadron and have been in the guard since 2007. I started out as a Human Resources Specialist and deployed to Afghanistan from 2010-2011. I had a short break in service in 2015 and enlisted again in 2017 where I chose to take my career further as an officer. I also previously served as a board member for Support Siouxland Soldiers. I received my Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of South Dakota in 2013.
I look forward to assisting the Veterans of Woodbury County in obtaining their entitled benefits.