News Release 2/25/13

Voices for America’s Troops Names Seven New Members to its Board of Directors

Alexandria, Va. (Feb. 26, 2013) — Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) announced the addition of seven new members to the board of directors of Voices for America’s Troops (Voices). Voices is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization whose purpose is to support a strong national defense and sustain a top-quality all-volunteer force by ensuring fair treatment of all who serve in uniform — past, present, and future — and their families and survivors. 

Voices is a subsidiary of MOAA, the largest military officers organization and the fourth-largest veterans association in the U.S. The primary purpose of Voices is to educate the public on legislative and policy challenges affecting the military and veterans community and to seek the broadest possible grassroots base to support the needs of those who serve and sacrifice — or have served and sacrificed — in hot and cold wars around the globe.

Membership to Voices is open to all ranks and services as well as the general public.

New board members are

Col. Sharon I. Richie-Melvan, USA (Ret), while in the Army, held positions in the Pentagon and at hospitals in the District of Columbia, Texas, Germany, Calif., and Md., and served as Director, Health Services Directorate, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, KY. She was a 1982 White House Fellow. Today, she is a member of the board of MOAA, Excelsior College, and the Florida Veterans Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing, Wagner College; an Master of Science in Nursing, University of Texas; and a Ph.D. from The George Washington University School of Business and Public Management. She is a graduate of the Army War College, the Field Combat Nursing Course, and the Army’s Command and General Staff College.

Col. Gary E. Clark, USAF (Ret)
, was assigned to Task Force Alpha, Thailand, during the Vietnam War and was U.S. Central Command J-1 during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Clark was a combat support group commander for a NATO ground-launched cruise missile wing and served in senior personnel-related positions at the Air Staff, Air Force Military Personnel Center, and Air Training Command. For 14 years, he was executive director of the $500 million Lakeland, Fla., retirement system. He is a certified public pension trustee, retirement administrator, retirement counselor, and public manager. Clark currently is director of Institutional Retirement Plans for CPS Investment Advisors in Lakeland. Clark holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in systems analysis from the Air Force Institute of Technology, Ohio. He is a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Ala., and the National War College, Washington, D.C.

Sgt. Charles Eggleston, USA (Ret)
, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient, served 16 years in the Army, with multiple tours in Iraq. For three years, Eggleston was a “warrior in transition” at the then-Walter Reed Army Medical Center. There he became a strong advocate for his fellow wounded soldiers. Today, he is president and chief executive officer of Three Seven Consulting, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Cornell University, N.Y.; is a Microsoft and Cisco engineer; and has extensive experience as a government contractor and network engineer. He serves as Maryland state commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Maryland Joint Veterans Committee.

Lisa Jennings
is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed), headquartered in Alexandria, Va. She began her career with PenFed in 1984 and was previously the chief financial officer. Prior to joining PenFed, she was an accountant for the certified public accounting firm of Loewinger & Birks, CPAs, and Fairfax County Public Schools. Jennings earned a Bachelor of Science in accounting from George Mason University, Va. She is a certified public accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Institute of Internal Auditors, where she is the past president of the Washington, D.C., chapter.

Brig. Gen. Michael A. Kiefer, USA (Ret)
, has practiced law in Indianapolis since 1973 and also has served as a county prosecutor and as a bankruptcy trustee. He is an expert on creditors' rights, business law, bankruptcy, financial institutions law, and military law. Kiefer served in the National Guard of Indiana, receiving his commission in 1974. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Ind.; the Indiana University School of Law; and the U.S. Army War College, Pa. Kiefer serves on the MOAA board of directors.

Lt. Gen. Michael D. Rochelle, USA (Ret)
, served in numerous command and staff positions worldwide, including commanding general of Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, Ky. He also served as senior military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense. His final assignment on active duty was as the Army's deputy chief of staff, G-1. He now serves as president and CEO of a strategic human capital consulting firm. Rochelle earned his Bachelor of Arts from Norfolk State University, Va., and holds a Master of Arts in public administration from Shippensburg University, Pa.

Capt. Charles N. Starnes, USN (Ret)
, served in the Navy’s submarine service, where 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 a Naval attaché to the Federal Republic of Germany. He currently 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, Tx., where he resides. Starnes is a graduate of West Texas State University with a degree in physics and mathematics. Starnes holds a Master of Arts from the U.S. Naval War College, R.I.; a Master of Science in finance and economics from West Texas A&M University; and a doctorate in economics from Texas Tech University.