Leadership & Senior Staff

General Robert B. Neller USMC (Ret.) (TX)

Chairman

General Robert B. Neller served the Marine Corps for more than 40 years, retiring in 2019 as the 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Commander, Marine Forces Command from July 2014 to September 2015 and Commander, Marine Forces Central Command from September 2012 to June...

General Robert B. Neller served the Marine Corps for more than 40 years, retiring in 2019 as the 37th Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Prior to that assignment, he served as the Commander, Marine Forces Command from July 2014 to September 2015 and Commander, Marine Forces Central Command from September 2012 to June 2014.

A native of East Lansing, Michigan, General Neller graduated from the University of Virginia and was commissioned in 1975. He has served as an infantry officer at all levels, including command of Marine Security Force Company Panama during Operations JUST CAUSE and PROMOTE LIBERTY; 3d Light Armored Infantry Battalion during Operation RESTORE HOPE; 6th Marine Regiment; and 3d Marine Division.

General Neller also served as Deputy Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM (05-07); Assistant Division Commander for 1st and 2d Marine Divisions; and President of Marine Corps University.

His Joint assignments include service in the Policy Division of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Casteau, Belgium, and as the Director of Operations (J-3) of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.

General Neller is a graduate of the Armor Officer Advanced Course, Marine Corps Command and Staff College, NATO Defense College, and the Armed Forces Staff College. He holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Pepperdine University.

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Eric J. Candelori (VA)

Vice Chairman

Eric J. Candelori is a Senior Vice President & Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch and has been with the firm for 31 years. He is also the co-founder of EMP180 Weight Loss. Eric has been involved with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for over 40 years and has served in several board leadership positions...

Eric J. Candelori is a Senior Vice President & Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch and has been with the firm for 31 years. He is also the co-founder of EMP180 Weight Loss. Eric has been involved with the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for over 40 years and has served in several board leadership positions including Vice President, Treasurer and Acting President. He is also a member of the board and Vice Chairman for the Navy Mutual Aid Association. Eric served in Marine Corps as a Lieutenant from 1984-1987. He and his wife, Heather Evans live in Vienna, VA.

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Richard "Rick" Stephens (TX)

Treasurer

Rick Stephens retired March 2013 from The Boeing Company as senior vice president, Human Resources and Administration reporting to the Chairman. Stephens, during a 33-year career at Boeing, led a number of business areas at sites across the U.S. and around the world including Homeland Security and Services, Space Shuttle, Tactical Combat Systems and Internal...

Rick Stephens retired March 2013 from The Boeing Company as senior vice president, Human Resources and Administration reporting to the Chairman. Stephens, during a 33-year career at Boeing, led a number of business areas at sites across the U.S. and around the world including Homeland Security and Services, Space Shuttle, Tactical Combat Systems and Internal Services. He worked in finance, engineering, program management and general management.

Stephens received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics in 1974 from the University of Southern California, where he was the Boeing executive focal, and his Master of Science degree in computer science in 1984 from California State University, Fullerton. He is a former Marine Corps officer. Stephens is an enrolled member of the Pala Band of Mission Indians and served as tribal chairman from 1988 to 1989.

Rick and his wife Elane (a native of Brewster County), between them, have 6 children and 9 grandchildren and well understand the important role that parents and community members have in setting expectations of personal accountability and values from the time children are born until they enter the workforce. Today they work together as partners in a not-for-profit organization called Birth2Work.

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Steven Post

Steven M. Post (TX)

GENERAL COUNSEL

Steven Post recently retired as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of L-3 Communications, a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions.  Before assuming that position in 2008, Steve held several positions at L-3 and its predecessor companies, including Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Integrated Systems Group and,...

Steven Post recently retired as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of L-3 Communications, a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions.  Before assuming that position in 2008, Steve held several positions at L-3 and its predecessor companies, including Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the Integrated Systems Group and, prior to that, group counsel and associate counsel positions. Prior to joining L-3, he was an instructor in the Contract Law department at the Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, VA.

He began his legal and military career at the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate in Ft. Dix, NJ, as the contract and fiscal law advisor and as senior trial counsel. Following that assignment, Steve served as a trial attorney in the litigation division for the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon. Post earned his law degree with honors from Indiana University, and his undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton.

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Micheal P. Barrett (IN)

Director

A son, brother, husband and father. United States Marine since 1981. Served as 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps from June 2011 to February 2015.

A son, brother, husband and father. United States Marine since 1981. Served as 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps from June 2011 to February 2015.

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Richard A. Bergen

Richard A. Bergen (NJ)

Director

Richard Bergen has served on the committees for the Scholarship Foundation New York Leatherneck Ball and the Jersey Shore Golf Tournament for 10 years. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1968 with 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, including one year in Vietnam.  He is now an account executive with...

Richard Bergen has served on the committees for the Scholarship Foundation New York Leatherneck Ball and the Jersey Shore Golf Tournament for 10 years. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1965 to 1968 with 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, including one year in Vietnam.  He is now an account executive with R. K. Hughes Insurance and has been involved in commercial insurance for over 30 years. He also has worked with Habitat for Humanity and served on the committee for United Way of Monmouth County, NJ.

He and his wife Maryanne reside in New Jersey. They have three sons.

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Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr. USMC (Ret.) (VA)

Director

MajGen Charles Frank Bolden Jr. USMC (Ret.) was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He began his duties as head of the agency on July 17, 2009 and resigned on January 20, 2017. As Administrator, Bolden led a nationwide...

MajGen Charles Frank Bolden Jr. USMC (Ret.) was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the 12th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He began his duties as head of the agency on July 17, 2009 and resigned on January 20, 2017. As Administrator, Bolden led a nationwide NASA team to advance the missions and goals of the U.S. space program.  At NASA, Bolden oversaw the safe transition from 30 years of space shuttle missions to a new era of exploration focused on full utilization of the International Space Station and space and aeronautics technology development. He led the agency in developing a Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft that will carry astronauts to deep space destinations, such as an asteroid and Mars. He also established a new Space Technology Mission Directorate to develop cutting-edge technologies for the missions of tomorrow. During Bolden’s tenure, the agency’s support of commercial space transportation systems for reaching low-Earth orbit enabled successful commercial cargo resupply of the space station and significant progress toward returning the capability for American companies to launch astronauts from American soil by 2017. Bolden also supported NASA’s contributions toward development of cleaner, faster, and quieter airplanes. The agency’s dynamic science activities under Bolden included an unprecedented landing on Mars with the Curiosity rover, launch of a spacecraft to Jupiter, enhancing the nation’s fleet of Earth-observing satellites, and continued progress toward the 2018 launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope.  Bolden’s 34-year career with the Marine Corps also included 14 years as a member of NASA’s Astronaut Office. After joining the office in 1980, he traveled to orbit four times aboard the space shuttle between 1986 and 1994, commanding two of the missions and piloting two others. His flights included deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint U.S.-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew.  Prior to his nomination as NASA Administrator, Bolden was Chief Executive Officer of JACKandPANTHER LLC, a small business enterprise providing leadership, military, and aerospace consulting, as well as motivational speaking.

Born in Columbia, SC, Bolden graduated from C. A. Johnson High School in 1964 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical science in 1968 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. After completing flight training in 1970, he became a Naval Aviator. Bolden flew more than 100 combat missions in North and South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, while stationed in Namphong, Thailand between 1972 and 1973.  Bolden earned a Master of Science degree in systems management from the University of Southern California in 1977. In 1978, he was assigned to the Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, MD and completed his training in 1979. While working at the Naval Air Test Center’s Systems Engineering and Strike Aircraft Test Directorates, he tested a variety of ground attack aircraft until his selection as an astronaut candidate in 1980.  Bolden’s NASA astronaut career included technical assignments as the Astronaut Office Safety Officer; Technical Assistant to the Director of Flight Crew Operations; Special Assistant to the Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston; Chief of the Safety Division at Johnson (where he oversaw efforts to return the shuttle to flight safely after the 1986 Challenger accident); lead astronaut for vehicle test and checkout at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida; and Assistant Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters. After his final shuttle flight in 1994, he left NASA and returned to active duty with Marine Corps operating forces as the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.  In 1997, Bolden was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in the Pacific. During the first half of 1998, he served as Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation Desert Thunder in Kuwait. He was promoted to his final rank of major general in July 1998 and named Deputy Commander of U.S. forces in Japan. He later served as the Commanding General of the 3d Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, CA from 2000 to 2002. He retired from the Marine Corps in 2003. Bolden’s many military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in May 2006.

Bolden is married to the former Alexis (Jackie) Walker of Columbia, SC. The couple has two children — Anthony Chè, a colonel in the Marine Corps, who is married to the former Penelope McDougal of Sydney, Australia, and Kelly Michelle, a plastic surgeon at the Howard University Hospital in Washington.

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Miguel Eaton (MD)

Director

Miguel Eaton is a partner at Jones Day, a legal institution with more than 2,500 lawyers on five continents. For more than a decade, Miguel has helped clients solve complex employee benefits issues with a keen understanding that each matter is not simply about the merits of that particular case, but that each matter presents...

Miguel Eaton is a partner at Jones Day, a legal institution with more than 2,500 lawyers on five continents. For more than a decade, Miguel has helped clients solve complex employee benefits issues with a keen understanding that each matter is not simply about the merits of that particular case, but that each matter presents a business challenge such as a potential impact on the client’s balance sheet, or a potential obstacle to a merger or acquisition. Miguel began his career litigating these issues and over the years has expanded his practice to include counseling clients on benefits issues in M&A deals as well as litigating pension and retiree health benefits issues in bankruptcy. A significant portion of Miguel’s practice involves multiemployer benefit and pension plans, including counseling contributing employers, litigating withdrawal liability and trustee deadlocks, as well as advising on M&A matters. He also advises clients’ benefit committees as they evaluate participants’ claims for pension, welfare, and disability benefits. Miguel’s litigation experience includes defending companies in stock drop cases, breach of fiduciary duty class actions, and retiree health cutback cases, as well as companies being investigated by the Departments of Labor and/or Justice. In addition, Miguel has significant experience litigating employee benefits issues in bankruptcy. He represented the City of Detroit during its historic bankruptcy. More recently, he litigated pension and retiree health issues in the bankruptcies of two significant energy companies — Alpha Natural Resources and Peabody Energy. Miguel’s practice includes pro bono work related to veterans. He is a member of the Washington Office’s Recruiting Committee and co-chairs the Washington Office Diversity Committee.

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Lieutenant General George J. Flynn USMC (Ret.) (VA)

Director

LtGen Flynn is now a member of the Board of Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, having significant operational expertise and proven leadership, management, training and education following a distinguished career of more than 38 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Years of practical experience and graduate level education in national security and...

LtGen Flynn is now a member of the Board of Regents of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, having significant operational expertise and proven leadership, management, training and education following a distinguished career of more than 38 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Years of practical experience and graduate level education in national security and international affairs are reflected in an extensive record across a broad spectrum of defense operations.  While on active duty, LtGen Flynn created the Joint Force Development Directorate at the Joint Chiefs of Staff, managing more than 2,000 people and a $1 billion organization that developed new military operational concepts, doctrine and training.  He supervised all elements of the Combatant Commander Exercise program, which provides staff training and evaluates the mission performance of the largest military command organization in the United States.  He also developed policy for and provided oversight of all professional military education. As Deputy Commandant of the Marine Corps for Combat Development and Integration, LtGen Flynn determined future requirements for all equipment, training, personnel, facilities, and supporting activities of the Marine Corps.  His role as the Deputy Commanding General, Multi-National Corps, Iraq, involved leading combat operations and providing direct supervision of support activities of more than 50,000 service members and civilians, while conducting operational planning and execution to enable coalition operations, including extensive interaction with United Kingdom and Coalition Special Operations Forces.  LtGen Flynn supervised and provided oversight, policy and guidance for Marine Corps training as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Training and Education Command.  As Chief of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, LtGen Flynn supervised all support requirements for a 2,000-person organization, responsible for the planning, direction and financial execution of the headquarters.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has several Master’s Degrees in National Security and Strategy, and International Relations.

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Steve Fusco (CA)

Director

Steve Fusco joined Rewards Network as President in 2018, overseeing the Sales and Partnerships functions and serving in a general leadership position in support of the CEO, Senior Leadership Team and organization at large. As a growth leader, Steve brings a strong background and deep experience in the fields of e-commerce, finance, banking, and technology,...

Steve Fusco joined Rewards Network as President in 2018, overseeing the Sales and Partnerships functions and serving in a general leadership position in support of the CEO, Senior Leadership Team and organization at large.

As a growth leader, Steve brings a strong background and deep experience in the fields of e-commerce, finance, banking, and technology, translating into the successful businesses he built at PayPal and before that, Citigroup.  At PayPal, Steve served in a number of roles of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Steve served as Vice President and General Manager of Global Distribution in which he led a global team responsible for partnership with technology platforms and marketplaces. Prior to PayPal, Steve served in a variety of executive roles at Citigroup, in both the Credit Card and Retail Banking businesses.

A native of New York and graduate of Duke University and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, Steve spent his early career in the Marine Corps and remains active in veteran’s causes.  In 2014, he was recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s “40 under 40.”

Steve currently resides in Northern California with his wife and three children.

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Matthew Gantz (PA)

Director

Matthew Gantz is an entrepreneur.  He served as Executive Vice President for U.S. operations with the global specialty pharmaceutical company BTG International from 2009 until mid-2016. In that role, he had responsibility for BTG’s global specialty pharmaceuticals business and administrative oversight for U.S. business operations. He is a non-executive director of Swedish Orphan Biovitrum. Prior...

Matthew Gantz is an entrepreneur.  He served as Executive Vice President for U.S. operations with the global specialty pharmaceutical company BTG International from 2009 until mid-2016. In that role, he had responsibility for BTG’s global specialty pharmaceuticals business and administrative oversight for U.S. business operations. He is a non-executive director of Swedish Orphan Biovitrum. Prior to BTG, Matthew was Founder and CEO of Acureon Pharmaceuticals, a specialty pharmaceutical company focused in the hospital areas of infectious diseases, transplant and ICU. Prior to Acureon, he was the President and CEO of Hydrabiosciences Inc., a privately held biotechnology company developing novel, ion channel medicines in the pain and cardiovascular area. From 2000 to 2003, Matthew was the VP Europe for Chiron’s Biopharmaceutical Division where he was directly responsible for $100+ million Infection Disease and Oncology business. From 1996 to 2000 he was the GM for PathoGenesis Europe before the company was acquired by Chiron. Prior to Chiron/PathoGenesis, Matthew held a variety of US sales and marketing roles at Abbott Laboratories Diagnostics Division. Matthew served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, earned his MBA from Harvard and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.  Matthew served as a company commander and infantry officer in the Marine Corps. His distinguished service during Operation Desert Storm earned him the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V for “heroic service and courageous leadership under enemy fire.”

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MajGen Tracy L. Garrett USMC (Ret.) (WA)

Director

Tracy Garrett is a career logistician with executive experience in both military and commercial enterprises.  She retired in 2014 as a Major General after 36 years of service in the active and reserve components of the Marine Corps. During her career, she commanded at all levels and directed logistics efforts ranging in size from 1,500...

Tracy Garrett is a career logistician with executive experience in both military and commercial enterprises.  She retired in 2014 as a Major General after 36 years of service in the active and reserve components of the Marine Corps. During her career, she commanded at all levels and directed logistics efforts ranging in size from 1,500 – 12,000 Marines, Sailors and civilian contracted support.  Career highlights include a combat deployment to Iraq in 2004 – 2005, serving as Inspector General of the Marine Corps, the first woman to hold that top post, in 2006 and serving as Commander of Marine Forces Europe and Marine Forces Africa in 2007 – 2008.  Her final assignment was as Special Assistant to the Commander, US Africa Command.  In retirement, she serves on the board of United Services Automobile Association (USAA) which is a Texas-based Fortune 500 diversified financial services group of companies offering banking, investing, and insurance to people and families that serve, or served, in the United States military. Other boards on which she serves include Fujitsu Defense and National Security (FDNS) and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.  She is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Leadership Fellow.

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Frank J. Gaudio (IL)

Director

Frank Gaudio is a member of the Board of Directors, a Trustee, and the Veterans Liaison for the PwC Charitable Foundation. He oversees the Foundation’s Veterans Initiative and is integrally involved in the Foundation’s overall charitable functions. He is also part of the Department of Defense Senior Leadership Engagement Program and a member of the...

Frank Gaudio is a member of the Board of Directors, a Trustee, and the Veterans Liaison for the PwC Charitable Foundation. He oversees the Foundation’s Veterans Initiative and is integrally involved in the Foundation’s overall charitable functions. He is also part of the Department of Defense Senior Leadership Engagement Program and a member of the Leadership Cabinet and Audit Committee for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. In addition Frank also sits on the Strategy Council for the First Tee of Greater Chicago.

As U.S. Deputy Tax Leader, Frank led all U.S. Markets and Operations as well as the Global Strategic Projects for the Tax Business. In addition, as a member of the Tax Core Leadership and the Firm’s Extended U.S. and Global Leadership teams for more than 12 years, he has been instrumental to the Firm’s U.S. and Global strategy. He served as Senior Relationship Partner to several of the firm’s largest clients and coordinated global services in all parts of the world, providing seamless delivery and relationship management. Frank was a member of the Firm’s Board of Partners from 1994-1997. He was the Partner in Charge of the U.S. International Tax practice for 5 years and the Central Region for 5 years prior to his U.S. Deputy Tax Leader role.

He earned his Juris Doctor from the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Chicago Kent College of Law, his Master’s Degree of Law in Taxation from John Marshall Law School, and his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and the Illinois CPA Society. His background also includes a University of Chicago teaching position and membership on the University of Chicago Federal Tax Conference Committee. Additionally, Frank provides ongoing Learning & Development and Strategy consultation to PwC

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MajGen Paul Kennedy USMC (Ret.)(VA) 

Director

Major General Kennedy served 34 years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer with multiple deployments in the Western Pacific and in overseas contingency operations.  He served as both a battalion and regimental commander in combat.  As a general officer he served as the Director of Public Affairs, Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruiting...

Major General Kennedy served 34 years in the Marine Corps as an infantry officer with multiple deployments in the Western Pacific and in overseas contingency operations.  He served as both a battalion and regimental commander in combat.  As a general officer he served as the Director of Public Affairs, Commanding General of Marine Corps Recruiting Command and as Legislative Assistant to the Commandant.  In addition, he led the initial U.S. response to Humanitarian Assistance in both the Philippines and Nepal.  Upon retirement he established Leman-Kennedy LLC and consults across multiple disciplines.

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Robert E. Joyce Jr. (CO)

Director

Rob Joyce is the former CEO and board director of Norican Global A/S (dba Norican Group), a Danish company created in September 2008 through the merger of the Wheelabrator (BVI) and DISA Groups (Denmark). Immediately prior to this, Rob served as President and CEO of the Wheelabrator Group, a position he held from January 2003....

Rob Joyce is the former CEO and board director of Norican Global A/S (dba Norican Group), a Danish company created in September 2008 through the merger of the Wheelabrator (BVI) and DISA Groups (Denmark).

Immediately prior to this, Rob served as President and CEO of the Wheelabrator Group, a position he held from January 2003. From 1996 to 2003 he served in several executive leadership roles of increasing responsibility within USFilter (at the time a NYSE listed company), culminating with the position of Chief Operating Officer. Other career experience prior to USFilter includes: North American Logistics Director, Black & Decker; Senior Manager, Deloitte & Touche Management Consulting; and Facilities Engineer, Merck & Co.

Rob served in the United States Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer Officer from 1984-1988, having earned his commission through the NROTC program at the University of Michigan.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree (cum laude) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is married to the former Colleen Erin Rafferty, and they have two adult sons.

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RADM Margaret Kibben, CHC, USN (Ret.) (VA)

Director

Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben U.S. Navy (Ret.) is the owner and executive consultant for Virtue in Practice, LLC. Culminating a military career of over thirty years active duty as the U.S. Navy’s 26th Chief of Chaplains, she spent her career invested in the development and support of the chaplaincy, providing guidance regarding resiliency, ethics,...

Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben U.S. Navy (Ret.) is the owner and executive consultant for Virtue in Practice, LLC. Culminating a military career of over thirty years active duty as the U.S. Navy’s 26th Chief of Chaplains, she spent her career invested in the development and support of the chaplaincy, providing guidance regarding resiliency, ethics, and character to senior leaders, ultimately including the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Prior to her final assignment, Rear Admiral Kibben served as the Chaplain of the Marine Corps, where she advanced efforts within the Corps to enhance moral and ethical leadership, and increased focus on providing personal and spiritual recovery from combat missions for chaplains and other military caregivers.

Earlier in her career, Rear Admiral Kibben had a variety of positions, working with multiple commands and making multiple deployments, most notably to Afghanistan where she was the Command Chaplain for the Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan and the senior mentor to Afghan leadership U.S. leaders. Upon her return, she was assigned as Director of Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education and then as Executive Assistant for the Chief of Chaplains.

Rear Admiral Kibben is a member of the Princeton Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College, Towson, Maryland, her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

An avid cyclist and gardener, Chaplain Kibben also enjoys spending time with her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Kibben USMC (Ret.) and their daughter, Lindsay.

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Frank Martell (CA)

Director

Frank Martell is a business executive, advocate for financial empowerment, and leader in the housing industry. He is currently the president, chief executive officer, and a member of the board of directors of CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider. Frank serves on the global board of directors of Operation HOPE,...

Frank Martell is a business executive, advocate for financial empowerment, and leader in the housing industry. He is currently the president, chief executive officer, and a member of the board of directors of CoreLogic, a leading global property information, analytics, and data-enabled solutions provider. Frank serves on the global board of directors of Operation HOPE, a best-in-class provider of financial literacy empowerment for youth, financial capability for communities, and financial dignity for all.  He chairs the West Coast Scarlet & Gold Committee of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Frank is also on the board of directors of Bank of the West and the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Frank has over 30 years’ executive leadership experience in the marketing, financial services, and business information industries. In August 2011, he joined CoreLogic, where he served consecutively as chief financial officer and chief operating officer before his appointment as chief executive officer in March 2017. He was named by the Orange County Business Journal as the 2013 Outstanding CFO of a Public Company in Orange County. In 2016, he received the HousingWire Vanguard Award in recognition of his distinguished leadership in the housing industry. Prior to joining CoreLogic, Frank served as the president and chief executive officer of the Western Institutional Review Board, and before that as chief financial officer of Information Services Group, Inc. and Advantage Solutions. From 1996 to 2006, Frank held various leadership positions at ACNielsen Corporation, including vice president and treasurer, chief operating officer, and president of Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets; executive vice president of the Marketing Information Group, and chief operating officer of ACNielsen and president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Frank spent the initial 15 years of his business career in a variety of financial leadership roles at General Electric, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Villanova University.

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Peter McCallum (NY)

Director

Peter McCallum is a Senior Vice President for BBDO, a worldwide advertising agency network headquartered in New York City. The agency began in 1891 with George Batten's Batten Company and later, in 1928, through a merger of BDO (Barton, Durstine & Osborn) and Batten Co., the agency became BBDO. BBDO Worldwide has been named the...

Peter McCallum is a Senior Vice President for BBDO, a worldwide advertising agency network headquartered in New York City. The agency began in 1891 with George Batten’s Batten Company and later, in 1928, through a merger of BDO (Barton, Durstine & Osborn) and Batten Co., the agency became BBDO. BBDO Worldwide has been named the “Most Awarded Agency Network in the World” for six consecutive years. It has won “Network of the Year” at Cannes Lions five times. With more than 15,000 employees in 289 offices in 80 countries, it is the largest of three global networks (BBDO, DDB, TBWA) of agencies in Omnicom’s portfolio. BBDO was named Global Agency of the Year by Adweek in 2011. In 2006, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed January 10 as BBDO day in recognition of the strength of its advertising, as well as its contributions to New York City.  Peter graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in English.

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Susan E. Morrison (IL)

Director

Susan Morrison is a former advertising executive with DDB Needham, Chicago and D’Arcy Masius McManus, London. She is a Founding Director of Women Moving Millions, an international organization whose mission is to catalyze high-impact philanthropy for women and girls worldwide. Susan is also a Trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a Life Trustee of Lake...

Susan Morrison is a former advertising executive with DDB Needham, Chicago and D’Arcy Masius McManus, London. She is a Founding Director of Women Moving Millions, an international organization whose mission is to catalyze high-impact philanthropy for women and girls worldwide. Susan is also a Trustee of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a Life Trustee of Lake Forest Academy, a Trustee of St. Edward’s School in Vero Beach, FL and a former trustee of The Chicago Foundation for Women.  She is also an active member of Chicago’s civic community, serving on the board of Shedd Aquarium, the Women’s Board of Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Steering Committee for the Women in Development program at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Susan is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Board of the Harvard Kennedy School Women and Public Policy Program.

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Dan Nelson (AZ)

Director

Raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Dan graduated from the Naval Academy and served as a Marine Corps infantry officer. He joined Mobil Corporation in 1976 and worked there for 24 years, focused on the Middle East, supply and trading, and the liquefied natural gas and power segments, with assignments in the United States, England, and Saudi...

Raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Dan graduated from the Naval Academy and served as a Marine Corps infantry officer. He joined Mobil Corporation in 1976 and worked there for 24 years, focused on the Middle East, supply and trading, and the liquefied natural gas and power segments, with assignments in the United States, England, and Saudi Arabia. Exxon and Mobil merged in 1999, and Dan was named Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Saudi Arabia. He lived in Riyadh for five years. In 2004, he was named a Corporate Vice President, responsible for government relations and public policy, based in Washington, DC. He retired from ExxonMobil in 2009. Dan has served on the boards of several corporations and of a number non-profits, including the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, the American Petroleum Institute, American Near East Refugee Aid, and Arena Stage. He is currently a director of Mentor Foundation USA. Dan resides in Scottsdale, AZ.

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Greg Parsons (NY)

Director

In addition to leading the business of Semper Capital, Greg serves as Chairman of the Investment and Risk Management Committees and is also a member of the Compliance Committee. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Greg served as an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company in the Financial Services Group. Greg began his career...

In addition to leading the business of Semper Capital, Greg serves as Chairman of the Investment and Risk Management Committees and is also a member of the Compliance Committee. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Greg served as an Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company in the Financial Services Group. Greg began his career over 20 years ago and served as a Captain and Infantry Officer in the United States Marine Corps. Greg earned an AB from Princeton University.

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LtCol Melissa Palmisciano USMCR (RET.) (OH)

Director

Melissa Palmisciano is Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary of White Castle System, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.  White Castle, an iconic restaurant brand since 1921, is known for its signature sliders at its approximately 400 restaurants in the Midwest and Northeast.  The company’s products are also found at groceries nationally via White Castle’s thriving...

Melissa Palmisciano is Deputy General Counsel & Assistant Secretary of White Castle System, Inc., headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.  White Castle, an iconic restaurant brand since 1921, is known for its signature sliders at its approximately 400 restaurants in the Midwest and Northeast.  The company’s products are also found at groceries nationally via White Castle’s thriving frozen foods business.

As Deputy General Counsel at White Castle, Melissa handles a wide variety of legal matters ranging from intellectual property, marketing, and real estate to litigation management, contract review, daily HR advice, and government relations.  Additionally, Melissa applies her extensive management experience to leading special company-wide initiatives.  In her unique role, Melissa’s organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills are called upon to support all areas of White Castle’s business.

Prior to joining the White Castle team, Melissa practiced law in the Columbus offices of Baker Hostetler then Jones Day in the areas of labor and employment and complex corporate litigation.  Before entering civilian legal practice, Melissa served over 11 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, initially serving as an Aviation Intelligence Officer at MCAS Miramar, California.  Following law school, Melissa served as defense counsel, prosecutor, and staff legal advisor as a Judge Advocate (JAG) at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina.  Melissa retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in 2020.

A staunch advocate of public education, Melissa was elected to the Grandview Heights Schools Board of Education in 2016 for a four-year term and served as the Vice President for two years. On the Board of Education, she focused on board policy, communications, government relations, finance, and economic development matters, re-negotiating a critical economic development agreement through collaborative work with public and private partners that more than doubled the school district’s annual revenue from the project. Melissa was also a founding member of Operation Legal Help Ohio, a non-profit dedicated to providing pro bono legal assistance to Ohio’s low-income military members and veterans and served on its Board of Directors in various roles from 2013-2019. She is a member of the Columbus Business First Forty Under 40 Class of 2016, a 2018 recipient of the Ohio School Boards Association Award of Achievement, and a 2019 recipient of the White Castle “Made It Matter” Award.

Melissa received her B.S. with Distinction from the United States Naval Academy and her J.D. summa cum laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  She is admitted to the Ohio bar and various federal courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. Melissa and her husband Matt, a retired Air National Guard pilot and former active duty Marine Corps pilot, have three children and reside in Grandview Heights, Ohio.

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Paul "Mickey" Pohl (PA)

Director

Mickey Pohl has extensive trial and appellate experience having handled such cases throughout the country for more than 40 years. He has tried a wide variety of jury and non-jury cases across the United States and has argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts. Mickey has counseled clients on U.S. litigation issues in Europe,...

Mickey Pohl has extensive trial and appellate experience having handled such cases throughout the country for more than 40 years. He has tried a wide variety of jury and non-jury cases across the United States and has argued numerous appeals in state and federal courts. Mickey has counseled clients on U.S. litigation issues in Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. His practice includes product liability, toxic tort, antitrust, corporate governance, telecommunications, natural resources, and health care matters. He is one of few lawyers who has tried massive public nuisance cases.

Mickey is a Life Member of The American Law Institute where he has taught trial advocacy, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also has chaired the Lawyer’s Advisory Committee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice. Mickey is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in four categories, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers has listed him as the “Best Lawyer” in “Bet-The-Company” litigation. In 2017, the Legal 500 publication named Mickey to its inaugural “Hall of Fame” for his litigation successes.

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LtCol Robert W. Schroder USMC (Ret.) (VA)

Director

Robert is senior vice president of International Strategy and Operations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for managing long-term strategic initiatives and the day-to-day operations of the International Affairs Division, the largest international affairs team of any U.S. business association. With a staff of 80 regional and policy experts, the division represents...

Robert is senior vice president of International Strategy and Operations at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He is responsible for managing long-term strategic initiatives and the day-to-day operations of the International Affairs Division, the largest international affairs team of any U.S. business association. With a staff of 80 regional and policy experts, the division represents the Chamber and its members before foreign governments, the U.S. government, and international business organizations. Schroder brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the Chamber. As a Marine Corps officer, he served in multiple combat operations throughout his career as an AV-8B Harrier pilot. From 2009 to 2011, he was the commander of the “Blacksheep” squadron. Beyond the cockpit, he served as a congressional fellow for the 107th Congress and, from 2006 to 2009, as the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) program lead for the Marine Corps. Before joining the Chamber, he was manager of the Global Posture, Strategy, and Plans team for the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In addition to his B.S. from the Naval Academy, Schroder holds M.S. degrees from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Marine Corps University. He received his M.B.A. from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Schroder serves on the USAA Insurance and Financial Services Advisory Panel. He and his wife have four young children and reside in Virginia.

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Harvey Seegers (MD)

Director

Harvey Seegers is the Associate Dean of the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  In addition to his headquarters leadership responsibilities as Associate Dean, Harvey is also a member of the senior faculty.  He is an Associate Professor, teaching Executive Leadership, Operations Management, Quantitative Analysis, and Business Law...

Harvey Seegers is the Associate Dean of the Busch School of Business at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  In addition to his headquarters leadership responsibilities as Associate Dean, Harvey is also a member of the senior faculty.  He is an Associate Professor, teaching Executive Leadership, Operations Management, Quantitative Analysis, and Business Law courses to graduate students in the school’s Master of Science in Business program.

Harvey was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps for 12 years on active duty and for 12 years as a reservist. His active duty roles included:  Infantry Company Commander in the 4th Marines; Judge Advocate at Marine Corps Base Quantico; Adjutant of the Marine Barracks in Washington, DC; and Aide-de-Camp to the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General P.X. Kelley. His awards and decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals.

Following his active duty service, Harvey assumed various senior leadership roles in the civilian sector. Highlights include:

  • Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric’s electronic commerce division, a $600 million global enterprise doing business in over 40 countries;
  • Founder and President of The Home Depot’s electronic commerce division, homedepot.com; currently a $5 billion business in North America; and
  • Chairman of the Board, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, a PK-12 Catholic Girls’ School in suburban Maryland with over 700 students.

Harvey received a B.A. degree with distinction from The University of Virginia, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Catholic University, where he was an Executive Editor of the Law Review. He is a Member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court.

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Charles C. Scianna (TX)

Director

Charles Scianna is a Scholarship Foundation American Patriots Campaign Cabinet member and Houston Dinner Scarlet & Gold committee co-chairman.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during college and in Vietnam. Scianna co-founded Sim-Tex in 1986 and is currently the owner and president of the company. He has over 36 years of experience in the...

Charles Scianna is a Scholarship Foundation American Patriots Campaign Cabinet member and Houston Dinner Scarlet & Gold committee co-chairman.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during college and in Vietnam.

Scianna co-founded Sim-Tex in 1986 and is currently the owner and president of the company. He has over 36 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. A native of Bay St. Louis, MS, Scianna earned his bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi and a master’s degree in Business from the University of Houston.

Scianna and his wife, Rita, are active community volunteers in Houston and supportive philanthropists nationally. He has served as president of the Waller Economic Development Corporation and is a member of the Knights of Columbus Council in Bellville, TX. In addition to donating a gift to the Business College of Southern Miss to help fund a building that will bear their name, the Sciannas support St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Boys and Girls Country, a home providing children from families in crisis with security and opportunities to prepare for a successful life, and other foundations.

The Sciannas have two daughters.

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Catherine Thomas (DC)

Director

Catherine Thomas has spent more than three decades supporting Marines and military families. Over the years she has been dedicated to improving and strengthening the military community through spouse networks and Marine Corps Family Readiness programs. Additionally, she has supported Marine spouses and families through several deployments, including multiple combat deployments. Mrs. Thomas has worked...

Catherine Thomas has spent more than three decades supporting Marines and military families. Over the years she has been dedicated to improving and strengthening the military community through spouse networks and Marine Corps Family Readiness programs. Additionally, she has supported Marine spouses and families through several deployments, including multiple combat deployments. Mrs. Thomas has worked professionally in the field of education and training. She has been both an elementary classroom teacher and instructional assistant. She also worked for Junior Achievement assisting in their financial literacy program for middle-schoolers. A graduate of Texas Tech University, she is married to Gen Gary Thomas, the current Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. They have three adult children, two sons-in-law and five energetic grandchildren.

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Bernard J. Willett (NH)

Director

Bernie Willett is a former 45-year executive at American Airlines, retiring in December of 2015 as the Director of Community Relations and Cause Related Marketing. He is a Vietnam era veteran and former board member of the American Airlines Employee Foundation as well as a current Director of the Blue Angels Foundation. He currently lives...

Bernie Willett is a former 45-year executive at American Airlines, retiring in December of 2015 as the Director of Community Relations and Cause Related Marketing. He is a Vietnam era veteran and former board member of the American Airlines Employee Foundation as well as a current Director of the Blue Angels Foundation. He currently lives in Atkinson, NH.

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General William L. “Spider” Nyland USMC (Ret.) (FL)

Chairman Emeritus

General William L. "Spider" Nyland served the Marine Corps more than 37 years, retiring in November 2005 as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. His distinguished career included 122 combat missions with fighter attack squadrons in Vietnam, and subsequent combat sorties in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded VMFA-232, MATSG Pensacola and 2d Marine...

General William L. “Spider” Nyland served the Marine Corps more than 37 years, retiring in November 2005 as the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps. His distinguished career included 122 combat missions with fighter attack squadrons in Vietnam, and subsequent combat sorties in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. He commanded VMFA-232, MATSG Pensacola and 2d Marine Aircraft Wing. He was the first Naval Flight Officer(NFO) ever selected to the general officer ranks. Gen has been a very active supporter of, and faithful attendee at, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation balls and golf tournaments for many years. He resides with his wife, Brenda, in Pensacola, FL.

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Lieutenant General Stephen G. Olmstead USMC (Ret) (VA)

Chairman Emeritus

Stephen G. Olmstead served as chairman of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for six years. He is past president of Partners Against Drug Abuse, Inc. and served on the board of directors of the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association. He was national chairman of the Marine Corps League Exposition Committee, is president of the United...

Stephen G. Olmstead served as chairman of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation for six years. He is past president of Partners Against Drug Abuse, Inc. and served on the board of directors of the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association. He was national chairman of the Marine Corps League Exposition Committee, is president of the United States Marine Youth Foundation and past president of The Chosin Few, a Korea veterans organization. He retired from the United States Marine Corps as a lieutenant general in 1989 after more than 40 years of distinguished service.

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Lieutenant General Jeffrey W. Oster USMC (Ret.) (VA)

Chairman Emeritus

Lieutenant General Jeffrey Oster served in a civilian capacity in Iraq from February through June 2004 as the Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), one of two principal deputies to Ambassador L. Paul Bremer. He remained in Iraq to assist in the transition of governance from the CPA to...

Lieutenant General Jeffrey Oster served in a civilian capacity in Iraq from February through June 2004 as the Deputy Administrator and Chief Operating Officer of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), one of two principal deputies to Ambassador L. Paul Bremer. He remained in Iraq to assist in the transition of governance from the CPA to Iraqi sovereignty and to support the establishment of the US Embassy.

During the last five of his 35 years on active duty, LtGen Oster served and commanded at every level of the Marine Corps Operating Forces. Additionally, he has focused on Christian ministry, philanthropic and service activities, including serving as the chairman of the Executive Committee of the Military Ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International; as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Marine Corps Association; and as vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the Navy Mutual Aid Association.

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Martin R. Steele

Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele, USMC (Ret.) (FL)


Chairman Emeritus

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1965. He rose from private to three-star general, culminating his military career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies, and Operations at Headquarters, US Marine Corps, in Washington, DC in August of...

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Lieutenant General Martin R. Steele enlisted in the Marine Corps in January 1965. He rose from private to three-star general, culminating his military career as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans, Policies, and Operations at Headquarters, US Marine Corps, in Washington, DC in August of 1999.

Upon his retirement from active duty in 1999, he served as President & CEO of the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, the largest naval museum in the world. LtGen Steele also served as the Associate Vice President for Veterans Research, the Executive Director of Military Partnerships, and Co-Chair of the Veterans Reintegration Steering Committee at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, until his retirement in December of 2016.

LtGen Steele is a graduate of the University of Arkansas where he obtained a BA degree in History (’74) and was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. He also holds three Masters Degrees from Central Michigan University, Salve Regina College, and the Naval War College.

Married to the former Cynthia Bayliss of Little Rock, Arkansas, they are the parents of three adult children, and have three grandchildren. Their son, David, is a selected Colonel in the Marine Corps having served three tours of combat in Afghanistan.

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L. Morgan Porter, Jr.

Of Counsel

Morgan Porter practices general business law in the Chicago area with expertise in tax matters, as well as trusts and estates. He was a member of the Chicago Marine Scholarship Ball committee for over 20 years. His expertise in taxation, estate planning, corporate and administrative law has enabled him to provide invaluable support and counsel...

Morgan Porter practices general business law in the Chicago area with expertise in tax matters, as well as trusts and estates. He was a member of the Chicago Marine Scholarship Ball committee for over 20 years. His expertise in taxation, estate planning, corporate and administrative law has enabled him to provide invaluable support and counsel to the Scholarship Foundation.

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Margaret B. Davis

President Emerita

As President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation from 2009-2017, Margaret Davis led the Foundation through nine year of record-setting mission success. Upon retirement from the Foundation, the Board of Directors named her President Emeritus, only the second in the Foundation's history. Prior to the Scholarship Foundation, Margaret's experience spanned a 30-year professional...

As President and CEO of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation from 2009-2017, Margaret Davis led the Foundation through nine year of record-setting mission success. Upon retirement from the Foundation, the Board of Directors named her President Emeritus, only the second in the Foundation’s history.

Prior to the Scholarship Foundation, Margaret’s experience spanned a 30-year professional career in nonprofit management, communications, and resource development, as well as almost 20 years of volunteer leadership with Marine Corps Family Readiness programs.

Her work at the civic and national levels included being Associate Dean at Washington National Cathedral and of counsel or on staff with National Children’s Museum, the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Ravinia Festival, and Northwestern University.

In addition to her years of volunteer family support work with major Marine commands (including Marine Forces Reserve, Marine Forces Europe, and Marine Corps Mobilization Command), she was awarded the Department of the Navy Superior Public Service Medal in 2008. With a life-long commitment to education and family welfare, Margaret has also served on the boards of Milton Academy, Family Focus, and Chicago Children’s Museum. She is a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College.

Margaret is a granddaughter of a WWI Marine Corporal. She and her husband, retired Marine Major General Andrew “Drew” Davis, live in Annapolis, MD, and have two daughters, Caroline and Captain Katharine Davis USMC.

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Dr. James Weinlader

President Emeritus

Dr. Weinlader has been actively involved with the Foundation since 1977, serving with the Chicago Marine Scholarship Ball committee for seventeen years, and on the Foundation's Board of Directors beginning in 1983.  Jim's dedication culminated in his election as President of the Foundation in 1994, a position he held until the end of 2004.  A...

Dr. Weinlader has been actively involved with the Foundation since 1977, serving with the Chicago Marine Scholarship Ball committee for seventeen years, and on the Foundation’s Board of Directors beginning in 1983.  Jim’s dedication culminated in his election as President of the Foundation in 1994, a position he held until the end of 2004.  A retired Marine Corps Reserve colonel, he spent his working career in education, serving for two decades in college teaching and administration and sixteen years with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

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