Young Marines Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

William L. Smith

Chairman

 

Mr. Smith is employed with LMI, Government Consulting.  Mr. Smith assumed duties as the Director, International Programs in January 2017.  His duties include operational planning for the International Programs Group while concurrently serving as the Regional Director and General Manager for Saudi Arabia operations.  Prior to this assignment he was assigned to the Department of State as the lead planner to develop an interagency plan to re-establish U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya.  During 2013-2014 Mr. Smith served as LMI’s Regional Director in Tripoli Libya.  

He assumed these duties following assignment to the Department of State both in Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan where he was the lead transition planner to establish an enduring diplomatic presence in Afghanistan post-2014.  Preceding this assignment, he was the LMI lead in a study to assist combatant commands improve the development of country cooperation plans designed to build the capacity and capability of select foreign governments’ security institutions. 

As an LMI project lead, Mr. Smith supported the U.S. Institute of Peace and the National Defense Panel that reviewed and reported to Congress on the Department of Defense’s Quadrennial Defense Review.  He also led the on-site Iraqi Strategic Logistics Study team that assisted Coalition Force advisors in guiding the development of strategic sustainment and logistics capacities of the Iraqi Defense and Interior Ministries.  For the Multinational Force–Iraq, he coordinated with the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Embassy and the Iraqi leadership. Prior to this assignment, he served as the LMI lead for the Logistics Test and Experimentation Team of the Army’s Future Combat System where he managed a team of Boeing test engineers that planned and executed logistics system and system-of-systems detailed test plans for the entire program. 

Mr. Smith’s military background includes leading operational units tasked with responding to world-wide contingencies, working in complex political environments to include serving as a United Nations Peacekeeper with the US Military Observer Group Palestine, and leading training organizations to include serving as the Commander, Officers Candidates School and the Director, Security Cooperation Education and Training Center.  Mr. Smith’s varied international, operational, and logistics experience provides a balanced leadership and management capability.

Mr. Smith is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College and has earned a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies, Masters in Business Administration, and Bachelors in Business Administration in Finance from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Young Marines since 2008.  Mr. Smith is also a member of the Society for International Development, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Marine Corps Association.  He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion

 bill.smith@youngmarines.com
 

Melissa Crane

Board Treasurer 

 

Mrs. Crane entered the Marine Corps in 1982 and served in several key administrative positions to include with the Division Inspector General, 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton and as Administrative Chief to the 12th and 13th Sergeant Majors of the Marine Corps.  She was later assigned as the Audit Chief and as the Assistant Director of the Marine Corps Non-Appropriated Fund Audit Service (MCNAFAS), Headquarters Marine Corps.  She retired from the Marine Corps in 2003 after 21 years of service as  Master Sergeant  

Mrs. Crane is a Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Government Auditing Professional. She holds both a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Accounting.  

She is currently with the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC. and serves as the Assistant Director, Assurance and Financial Reporting.  In this assignment she is responsible for providing financial support to the Department of Homeland Security Headquarters’ offices to include the Office of the Secretary, Executive Management, and the offices within the Under Secretary for Management.  She has previously served as a Senior Auditor at the Department of Transportation and Auditor-In-Charge at the Department of Justice.

melissa.crane@youngmarines.com 

 

 

Bill Davis

National Executive Director / CEO 

 

Mr. Davis is the National Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Young Marines. He joined the headquarters in July 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer in transition to becoming the CEO. He was formerly the Commandant of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy (NOMMA) from June 2011 to June 2015. Mr. Davis led the creation of NOMMA, a Type 2 Charter High School serving the entire New Orleans Metropolitan area. All NOMMA students are Cadets of the MCJROTC Program, focusing on college preparation with an emphasis on science technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Mr. Davis retired as a Colonel in 2011 after 24 years in the Marine Corps. His last 5 years were spent as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Facilities at Marine Forces Reserve where he oversaw over $1 billion in construction and other facility projects across the country. He was the lead Marine Corps negotiator for the Federal City and Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters project based in New Orleans. Col Davis has served tours as a staff officer at Headquarters Marine Corps, Marine Corps Systems Command, and Marine Forces Reserve. He was the Regimental Logistics Officer for 24th Marines and a combat veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm serving with 1st MEB and CSSD-131. He also spent 2 years with Joint Task Force Civil Support under United States Northern Command involving international and domestic response to weapons of mass destruction during which he supported the 2006 Winter Olympics and Joint Task Force Katrina. Col Davis and his wife Brenda reside in Northern Virginia. They have two sons, Matt works in New Orleans at WWL-TV and Brad recently completed a Masters of Military History at Norwich University.

 
     Herbert N. Harmon 
General Counse
Mr. Harmon retired as a Colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserve on January 1, 1998, after 30 years of military service. For the past 33 years, he has practiced law. He is the managing partner of Harmon & Wilmot L.L.P., a Washington, D.C. based law firm and specializes in civil litigation and general commercial and corporate matters. He is a former President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. From 1973-77 he served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia. He is currently a Mediator and Arbitrator for the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Colonel Harmon holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Detroit and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University.
Harmon served on active duty during the Vietnam War where he received the Purple Heart in 1968 for wounds received in action. He also earned the Combat Action Ribbon, and as a member of the First Marine Division, received the Presidential Unit Citation with Ribbon Bar.
In his civilian activities, Colonel Harmon is a past Treasurer of the Barristers and past President of the Counselors.  He is a member and past President of the Exchange Club of Capitol Hill and past President and Board Member of the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Club. He is also a past President of Serra International, the downtown Washington, D.C. Chapter and General Counsel of the Marine Executive Association.
Colonel Harmon’s professional military affiliations include the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, of which he was National President in 1997. He is a past National President of the Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association and past national Officer of the Marine Corps League. He also served as National Judge Advocate General for the Marine Corps Aviation Association. He is also a Life Member of the Purple Heart Society, the American Legion, PSYOP Association, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
His bar admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the United States Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Military Appeals, and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Colonel Harmon is married to the former Diane Wright of Nutley, New Jersey. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia.
 
   
Andre D. Hollis
 
Board Director
Mr. Hollis is the Chief Executive Officer and majority owner of Tiger International Advisors, LLC, an internationally focused strategic business development, consulting and due diligence Firm with offices in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Tiger Principals possess over 300 years of collective experience in international commerce, law, law enforcement, Government service, banking and other industries.
A 1988 Distinguished Military Graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Hollis earned a commission in the United States Army. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991 and practiced as a commercial litigator in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Counsel and Senior Counsel for the House of Representatives’ Committees on Commerce and Government Reform. Mr. Hollis accepted an appointment as the Department of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counternarcotics in 2001. In that role, Mr. Hollis was responsible for oversight, budget, policy and programming for the Department’s 280 domestic and international programs and a $1.4 billion annual budget. 
Mr. Hollis later joined Van Scoyoc Associates, the largest privately owned government relations Firm in Washington, as a Vice President and focused on Defense, Homeland Security and Intelligence programs. Mr. Hollis became CEO of Tiger in 2006 and majority owner in 2007.
Mr. Hollis has received numerous professional and civic recognitions, including Big Brother of the Year for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capital Area and Scouter of the Year for Boy Scouts of the National Capital Area. The Departments of Defense and Homeland Security recognized Mr. Hollis with their Medal for Exceptional Public Service and Distinguished Public Service Award, respectively.

Mr. Hollis and his wife, Katy, reside in Northern Virginia with their two sons.

andre.hollis@youngmarines.com 

 

 

David S. Jonas         Deputy General Counsel    

Mr. Jonas is a partner at the law firm of Fluet, Huber & Hoang. He was a career member of the Senior Executive Service, and served as General Counsel of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for nearly ten years. He also served as General Counsel of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and Director of Legal Strategy and Analysis at the Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy.

Prior to his civilian service, he was a career Marine Corps officer where he held a wide variety of command and staff billets. He served as nuclear nonproliferation planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff negotiating multiple international agreements and has worked extensively with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Conference on Disarmament, and the United Nations. He is one of the only judge advocates to have commanded two units, including a company in an infantry regiment, the 5th Marines. He received the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Award for Excellence in Legal Writing in 1992 and was selected as the Outstanding Career Judge Advocate in the Marine Corps in 2000. He concluded his military service as a lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Jonas was recently a vice president at PenFed Credit Union and is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and George Washington (GW) University Law School and has also taught at the U.S. Naval War College. He teaches nuclear nonproliferation law and policy and was a pioneer in developing the academic coursework in this discipline. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Naval War College Foundation and the Marine Executive Association. He is also on the American Bar Association Advisory Committee on Law and National Security.

Mr. Jonas holds a B.A. from Denison University, a J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law, an LL.M. from the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals School, an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and an M.A. from the U.S. Naval War College.

 
 

James Laskey         Marine Corps League Liaison

 

Mr. Laskey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 1960 in Boston Massachusetts. Mr. Laskey remained on sea duty from 1960 through 1962, serving aboard the USS Lake Champlain for the recovery operations for Commander Alan Sheppard’s first US manned flight into outer space and later aboard the USS Essex during the Cuba Blockade in 1961. His other Marine Corps assignments include: Platoon Sergeant, Security Platoon, Headquarters Company, Seventh Marines, Chu Lai, South Vietnam. First Marine Division, operational deployment casualty field reporter for the remainder of his tour in the Republic of South Vietnam.  He also served in various capacities in Recruiting, Military Police, Correctional Field, and completed his career as a First Sergeant at Officer Candidate School in 1980.  

Mr. Laskey retired as a First Sergeant after 20 years of service to the Marine Corps. His personal Awards include the Naval Commendation Medal, Naval Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct medal with Silver Star and Marine Corps Competitive Marksmanship Rifle and Pistol badges. 

Mr. Laskey has been a member of the Marine Corps League since 1968. He has held elected offices at the Detachment, Department, Division, and National levels. Mr. Laskey served as the MCL National Commandant from 2008 to 2010 and currently a member of the Past National Commandant Council.  He has served on a number of National Committees. He also served for eight years a Director and Vice President on the Board of the Marine Corps League Foundation. Jim was named as the Department of Massachusetts Marine of the Year for the year 2000, New England Division Marine of the Year in 2009. He has also received numerous League awards, which include the Distinguished Citizen Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Jim is also a member of the Marine Corps Association, a member of the VFW and the American Legion.  

He is married to the former Therese Maynard of Providence Rhode Island and is currently residing in Cumberland, Rhode Island.

 
 

Sheryl Murray

Board Director 

Mrs. Murray retired from the Marine Corps after 34 years of active service, Colonel Murray was subsequently appointed as a member of the Department of the Navy's Senior Executive Service in 2007 and assigned as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs (M&RA), HQ Marine Corps.  In this assignment, she assisted the Deputy Commandant in the operation and management of the entire M&RA Department.  She served as the Acting Deputy Commandant from September 2014 until May 2015 where she was recognized in 2014 as a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award.  She was also awarded the Secretary of the Navy’s Distinguished Civilian Service Award in 2016. 

 Commissioned in 1973, her career included a myriad of manpower and personnel assignments throughout the Corps in both command and staff positions.  Her staff assignments included Head, Promotion Branch at HQMC; Readiness Officer/Inspector/Assistant Chief of Staff, G-7, Marine Forces Pacific; Deputy Director, Division of Public Affairs, HQMC; and as the Joint Staff's Chief, Personnel Services Division, and then as the Vice Director, J1; and Deputy Director, Reserve Affairs HQMC.  Her command tours include Series Commander, Woman Recruit Training Command, Parris Island and as the Commanding Officer of the Education Center Company, Quantico, the 4th Recruit Training Battalion, and the Headquarters and Service Battalion, Marine Forces Pacific.  Throughout her military career, she often served as a military representative to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service.  She served (as an additional duty) from 2001 to 2003 as the U.S. Delegate to the Women in NATO Committee. 

 Sheryl is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.  She majored in Political Science at Huron College, Huron, South Dakota and holds a Master’s of Science in Business Administration from Boston University.   Her personal military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit fourth award, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, the Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Marine Corps Achievement Medal. 

 On 1 September 2016 Sheryl retired as the Deputy Assistant Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs completing over 40 years of total service to Corps and Country. Sheryl and her husband, Freddie, reside in Stafford VA. She also serves on the Toys For Tots Board of Directors. 

 
   H. Gene "SgtMaj" Overstreet  

Mr. Overstreet entered the Marine Corps in June 1966 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA, followed by Basic Infantry Training School at Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon completion of school, he was assigned to the 1st Military Police Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, Republic of Vietnam. Returning to the states, he was reassigned to the Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton.

His promotion to first sergeant in February 1979 led to his second assignment on Okinawa as the First Sergeant, Headquarters and Service Co., 8th Engineer Battalion.

Sergeant Major Overstreet became the Inspector Sergeant Major, MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms. Returning to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, he served as a Battalion and Regimental Sergeant Major in the Recruit Training Regiment. Transferring to Camp Lejeune, N.C., he served as the 6th Marines Sergeant Major, followed by duty as Regimental Sergeant Major, 12th Marines, Okinawa.

On April 6, 1990, Sergeant Major Overstreet was posted as Depot Sergeant Major at San Diego. He was selected as the 12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in April 1991, and assumed the post on June 28, 1991.

Sergeant Major Overstreet’s personal decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal, Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.

 
  

Angela Salinas

Board Director 

Ms. Salinas began her military career as an enlisted Marine in May 1974, earned her commission through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1977 and retired in 2013 as Major General with 39 years of service. 

At the time of her retirement, she earned the distinction as the longest serving woman in the history of the Marine Corps, the senior ranking woman, and the senior ranking Hispanic in the Corps. She commanded at every rank from Lieutenant to Major General and held multiple key staff positions throughout her career.

Ms. Salinas is only the sixth woman in the history of the Marine Corps selected to the general officer ranks. She was the first woman to command a Recruiting District; the first woman assigned as an Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy of a major combatant organization; the first woman to command a Recruiting Station in 1986; and the first woman assigned as a Ground Major’s Combat Service Support Monitor. 

Ms. Salinas received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dominican College of San Rafael, California; her Master of Arts Degree from the Naval War College; and she is a graduate of the Army War College, the College of Command and Staff, Naval War College and the Amphibious Warfare School. 

Her personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit with gold star; the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars; the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.

Her civilian awards and accolades include the U. S. Hispanic Leadership Institute's Dr. Hank Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award; the Hispanic Heritage of Texas Estrella's de Texas; Lifetime Achievement awards from Latina Style Magazine and North Star; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership Award; San Diego’s Athena Chairman’s Award for Community Leadership. She has been named Women of the Year for California District 74, named one of six women who move the city by San Diego Magazine and one of 15 Phenomenal Women by Latina Magazine. 

Ms. Salinas is a 2014-2015 Masters Leadership Program participant and currently serves on the board of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. She is also the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. She serves on the First Tee of San Antonio, the local chapter of an international youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

 
   

Howard Snow

Board Director 

Mr Snow retired from the Marine Corps as Leiutenant Colonel.  During his service, he worked within the Marine Corps Office of Legislative Affiars in the Pentagon and served as Military Legislative Assistant to Congressman Jim Saxton (NJ). 

In the recent past, Mr. Snow has served as both the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Installations, Facilities andEnergy as well as the Special Assistant fowell as the Special Assistant for Installations andEnvironment in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs.

Mr. Snow also oversaw the programming, and led the defense of budgets within OSD and to Congress, for Navy and Marine Corps construction programs totaling over $8B. His efforts resulted in the significant recapitalization of the Navy and Marine Corps infrastructure and improved quality of life for Department personnel.

Additionally, he served as a Weapons Company Commander, Combat Replacement Company Commander during Operations Desert Storm, OIC of Sub Unit 1, Support Arms Coordinator for the Range/Missouri Battle Group, an Aerial Observer in VM-2 with over 100 combat flight hours, and as an Operations Officer for a MAG.

Mr. Snow holds a BA inBusiness, a Masters of Science in Education, and is enrolled in a  doctoral program. Currently, he acts as a Federal Business Access Coordinator for Defense Firms. 

howard.snow@youngmarines.com
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
William J. Walker
Vice Chairman
 
Brigadier General Walker is Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard Land Component.
BGen Walker also served with the U.S. Army National Guard Military Intelligence Corps.  He has served in a variety of command and staff positions of increasing responsibility to include service with the NATO International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.  BGen Walker is a graduate of the Joint and Combined War-fighting School, the Inter-American Defense (War) College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the National Security Course and the U.S. Army Defense Strategy Course. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Medal. 
In January 2014, Mr. Walker retired from civilian government service after 30 years as a Special Agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He was appointed a DEA Special Agent at the Chicago Field Division and served in a variety of domestic and foreign criminal investigative positions as well as several Headquarters administrative staff assignments. BGen Walker held supervisory, management and senior executive service positions in New York, Florida, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.  Promoted to the Senior Executive Service rank in August 2002 and to Deputy Assistant Administrator in 2004, his last position was Director, DEA Office of Strategic Warning. 
BGen Walker was educated at the University of Illinois (BA), Chicago State University (MS), the National Intelligence University (MS) and American University (MA).  He completed the National and International Security Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University; the National Security Studies Program at George Washington University; the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Executive Leader’s Program at the Naval Post Graduate School and is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for International Studies, Seminar XXI fellow.
william.walker@youngmarines.com 
 
 
 
 
 

Richard Yoder

Board Secretary 

Mr. Yoder was engaged in the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program from 2008 to 2014. He was responsible for the strategic planning, operational development and tactical implementation of an experimental immersion training program for civilians of the Department of Defense.

Mr. Yoder retired as a Colonel from the Marine Corps in 2008; having served for 31 years. He served as G-1, 3d FSSG, Okinawa, Japan; Director of Manpower, MCB Quantico, VA; Chief, Personnel Readiness Division, J1 Joint Chiefs of Staff; as well as Vice Director, J1, Joint Chiefs of Staff. In his last post, Mr. Yoder served as Branch Head, Promotion Branch, Headquarters Marine Corps.

 

Mr. Yoder earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from Rutgers University (1977). He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School (1985), Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1993), and a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College (2003).

 

Mr. Yoder achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts as a youth and continued volunteer service in the communities he has lived in. He served as an Assistant Scoutmaster, Cub Scout Den Leader, Varsity Assistant Football Coach, 22 seasons as a Head Coach in youth sports, and served as the Pop Warner Football Commissioner for Northern Virginia.  

 

rich.yoder@youngmarines.com