Publications/Podcasts

La Coronela's Last Command

Writing about personal trauma was more difficult than serving in combat. Full Article

Serving Students Veterans at the University of Texas at San Antonio: Accomplishments and Challenges - Book Chapter

Logan, M., Firmin, L., Dizinno, G. Book chapter can be found in Building Bridges for Student Success: A Sourcebook for Colleges and Universities. Part 4: 387-394. 2013. Get it here

Women Protecting Their Country, Yet Military Fails to Protect Them

It is a profound shame it has taken this long and so many have suffered or died because of failures in the chain of command. No más. The Department of Defense cannot shirk its duty anymore. You owe us. Change. Now. Full Article

Paving the Way - Interview

Showcased in Military Officer Magazine, Paving the Way, October edition, print and online. Full Article

Military Sexual Trauma

VCV CEO Update 8 Aug 2022 with Special Guest COL Lisa Firmin. Listen to Podcast

Into the Light

“I wrote 'Into the Light' as a way to both educate and to help people understand how deeply Military Sexual Trauma (MST) affects those of us who experience it while serving. See publication

A Seamless Military to Civilian Workforce Transition

Veteran’s Perspective: By Lisa “La Coronela”. Full Article

Lack of Hispanic Diversity, and Inclusion in the DoD,

In partnership with Mr. David Cruz, Strategic Communications expert and Salem Media Network, HVLA is conducting a series of podcasts to increase national awareness regarding the lack of Hispanic diversity and inclusion in the DoD and to further our mission. Listen to Podcast

S02 Ep. 04: AFTERSHOCK / La Réplica - Navigator (Finale)

Episode four explores navigating life after war. Tejana Host, Karen Alvarado, shares audio-adapted Latinx stories from the 2019 stage play AFTERSHOCK / La Réplica. Alvarado then interviews combat veterans Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin and Jenny Pacanoswki  Listen to Podcast

The Transition: Colonel to Associate Provost - Book Chapter

The essays in Adapt and Overcome: Essays on the Student Veteran Experience explore issues faced by veteran-students when they confront the demands of college. Written for students, faculty and staff, and university administrators, the text helps readers gain a deeper understanding of the veteran-student experience and addresses how to support these students in order to maximize their chances for success. Get it here

A Call to Action: Sexual Assault And Harassment In The Military

This is a complex, sensitive subject to navigate and extremely difficult for many organizations, especially the military and veterans to talk about. Full Article

S02 Ep. 01: AFTERSHOCK / La Réplica - Suppressive Fire

Episode One (scroll down to find #1) explores Latinx Identity and Women in War. Our Tejana host, Karen Alvarado, shares audio-adapted Latinx stories from the 2019 stage play AFTERSHOCK / La Réplica. Alvarado then interviews combat veterans Colonel Lisa Carrington Firmin and Jenny Pacanoswki about their personal experiences with identity, gender and culture in the US Armed Services. Listen to Podcast

Hispanics: An Untapped Leadership Resource - Research

Hispanics: An Untapped Leadership Resource. Air War College Maxwell Air Force Base. 2002.  Full Article