Dominique Vasiloff: Counting Her Blessings
Dominique 'Niki' Vasiloff
It was November 2009, and Niki Vasiloff and her family were enjoying Thanksgiving dinner at the home of Chris Rick, TRACK manager for Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP).
In between slices of turkey – and with one eye checking out the Cowboys and Raiders on TV – Niki and Chris began to talk.
“Chris was in the Navy with my dad, and our families have been friends for the past 23 years,” explains Niki about that night. “I knew he worked for WWP, but I didn’t know much about it. We began to discuss what I wanted to do with my life, and he suggested I apply for the WWP welcome coordinator position.”
Niki wasted no time, applying for the job the next day.
“I started working with WWP on January 4, 2010, and every day since has been completely inspiring and motivating. I worked as a welcome coordinator for a year and nine months before being promoted to the administrative assistant, registrar – TTA in September of 2011 and relocating to San Antonio, Texas.”
It’s a job she places on her top-three list of things she cherishes most in the world – along with family and freedom.
But it’s by no means easy. Niki is responsible for a variety of administrative functions in support of the Transition Training Academy (TTA) and its students. This includes record reporting and updating, scheduling appointments, providing information to callers/visitors, composing correspondence and responding to inquiries, creating presentations, gathering information, and preparing reports.
And the list of responsibilities goes on. However, Niki says her day-to-day work life offers many rewards.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of something that is restoring hope and courage to this generation of Wounded Warriors. I love that I get to see a warrior come in, not sure about what the future holds, and then leave the TTA program with perfect scores on all the exams – well on his or her way of starting a new and exciting career in a growing field.”