Members of the Board of Directors of Voices for America’s Troops:
CAPT Charles N. Starnes, USN (RET), Chair
Lieutenant Colonel Juan M. Crockett, U.S. Army
Colonel Jeri L. Graham, U.S. Army (RET)
Mrs. Joyce N. Harte
Ms. Alicia Hinds Ward
Officers of the Corporation:
President: Lt. Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (RET)
Secretary: Maj Gen Joseph G. Lynch, U.S. Air Force (RET)
Treasurer: Col James W. O’Brien, U.S. Air Force (RET)
Biographies of Key Leaders
Members of the Board of Directors
Chair: CAPT Charles N. Starnes, USN (RET)
Captain Starnes graduated from West Texas State University with a degree in physics and mathematics and entered the Navy’s submarine service. He commanded the ballistic missile submarine USS George C. Marshall, served as assistant deputy commander for strategic systems at Atlantic Fleet submarine headquarters, and was assigned as Naval Attaché to the Federal Republic of Germany. He holds a Master of Arts from the U.S. Naval War College in Rhode Island, a Master of Science in finance and economics from West Texas A&M University, and a doctorate in economics from Texas Tech University. He is associate dean of the School of Business at Wayland Baptist University in Texas, where he teaches, and is CEO of Palo Duro Supply Inc. He serves on the city council of Plainview, Texas, where he resides.
LTC Juan M. Crockett, USA
Colonel Crockett was commissioned through Tulane University ROTC Program in 1986, and he earned a Bachelor of Science from Southern University in New Orleans. He holds a Master of Science in counseling and psychology from Columbus State University (2005) and a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Care from New Orleans Seminary (1991). He has an earned Doctorate of Ministry and is a national certified counselor.
He serves on active duty as a command chaplain for the U.S. Army at Research, Development, and Engineering Command. He held many command chaplain positions and served a combat tour in Iraq, in Korea, and with U.S. Army Central Command as the area support group command chaplain for Kuwait. He is the son of a Vietnam veteran and has a son who is currently serving and is a veteran of two combat tours.
In addition to his involvement on the Board of Directors for MOAA, he is actively involved in several national, local, and service to Military Community Organizations including Hampton University Ministers (National) Conference, the USO (actively supports USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia), and the Suicide Prevention Task Force (Aberdeen Proving Ground). He is an avid supporter of our veterans and Gold Star Mothers, Families, and Survivors.
LTC Jeri L. Graham USA (RET)
Graham completed a 24-year career as an Army nurse in 2002. She has earned a bachelor's degree in nursing, a Master of Science in nursing, and a Nurse-Midwifery certificate. Graham has held a number of significant leadership positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, North Atlantic Regional Medical Command, and General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital. Upon retirement, she served as president of both the North Carolina Council of Chapters and the Southeastern N.C. Chapter.
Mrs. Joyce N. Harte
Harte was an English teacher while her Marine Corps husband was posted at various stations. When he was severely wounded during a second tour in Vietnam and transferred to Bethesda, Md., she began a second 20-year career in educational administration. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Redlands in California and a second master’s degree and an advanced graduate degree in educational administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She served as an assistant high school principal, middle school principal, and director of community relations in a northern Virginia school district. The Washington Post nominated her as “Principal of the Year” for her innovative and results-oriented school-based programs and leadership skills.
Moving to Florida shortly after her husband's sudden death, Harte received a Life Membership Certificate and pin from MOAA, which led to her joining the Bradenton Chapter and becoming involved with the Junior ROTC Scholarship Committee. She subsequently served as secretary, auxiliary liaison, and chapter president. She became active in MOAA's Florida Council of Chapters and now serves as the auxiliary liaison for the council. She was a member of MOAA’s Auxiliary Member Advisory Committee (AMAC) and was its chair during the last year of her term. She is committed to making sure that promises made will be promises kept.
Ms. Alicia Hinds Ward
bio coming soon
Officers of the Corporation:
President: Lt. Gen Dana Atkins, USAF (Ret.)
Lt. Gen. Atkins is a native of Portland, Ore. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Portland and holds two master's degrees, one in aeronautical science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and another in national security strategy from the National War College.
A command pilot with more than 4,000 hours in fighter aircraft, Atkins has served in a number of key command and staff positions, including commander, 20th Fighter Wing, Shaw AFB, S.C.; commander, 35th Fighter Wing, Misawa, Japan; vice commander, 7th Air Force and U.S. Air Force Korea; director of operations, U.S. Pacific Command; and special assistant to the supreme allied commander Europe during the air war over Serbia. During his career, he flew as a demonstration pilot for both the European A-10 Demonstration Team and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
At the time of his retirement from the Air Force, Atkins served as commander, Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Command; commander, 11th Air Force, Pacific Air Forces; and commander, Alaskan North American Defense Region, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. He and his wife, Laura, were the 2004 recipients of the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award, which recognizes the wing commander and spouse whose contributions to the nation, the Air Force, and the local community best exemplify the highest ideals and positive leadership of a military couple.
Before becoming the ninth president of MOAA, Atkins served as president of Chronicle Media, a print and digital media company based in Augusta, Ga., that serves the southeastern U.S.
Secretary: Maj. Gen. Joseph G. Lynch, USAF (Ret.)
General Lynch is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and Emory University School of Law. He served 10 years on active duty as a judge advocate followed by 22 years in the Air Force Reserve. His final assignment in the Air Force Reserve was mobilization assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Air Force. As a civilian he served as assistant general counsel (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) for the department of the Navy, a career senior executive service position. As corporate secretary for Voices for America’s Troops, he supports and advises the board of directors.
Treasurer: Col James W. O’Brien, USAF (Ret.)
Col O’Brien is a graduate of Norwich University and holds a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Air War College and a senior executive fellow from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. During his 25 year career he served in a variety of financial management positions at all levels of the Air Force, to include four command positions. His final assignment was comptroller for the Air Force Reserve, where he was responsible for nearly $5 billion annually.
A Message from Voices' Chair
This year, we will continue to fight to expand the military’s mental
health benefits, especially for those with Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder (PTSD). And, because we believe pay comparability with private
sector growth is a fundamental pillar of the all-volunteer force, we
will continue to fight for this. Read More >
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