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The Young Marines Board of Directors

Our Leadership

As Board of Directors. We are grateful for these talented, committed and generous volunteer leaders who share their time, knowledge and resources so Young Marines can be the best it can be, helping strengthen the lives of America's youth.


William L. Smith
Chairman

Mr. Smith is a semi-retired senior management consultant who currently serves on the Advisory Board of Piedmont Global Language Services and as a Principal Associate with the U.S. Noetic Group, an affiliate of an Australian-based firm.  A retired Marine officer, he continues his service to America as a member of the Board of Directors of the Young Marines since 2008 and Chairman since 2014.

A retired senior consultant with LMI, a not-for-profit government consultancy, Mr. Smith’s diverse assignments included:  business development executive focused on Department of Defense accounts; General Manager, Saudi Arabia operations; and Regional Director, North Africa with on-site management responsibilities in Tripoli, Libya.  Mr. Smith has extensive Department of State assignments to include developing an interagency plan to re-establish U.S. diplomatic presence in Libya and a yearlong effort at the U.S. Embassy Kabul to develop plans for an enduring diplomatic presence in Afghanistan post-2014.  Other key assignments include: supporting the U.S. Institute of Peace and National Defense Panel in a report to Congress on the DoD’s 2009 Quadrennial Defense Review; project lead for year-long effort in Iraq to assist Coalition Force advisors develop sustainment and logistics capacities of Iraqi Security Force ministries; and Lead, Logistics Test and Experimentation Team of Boeing test engineers supporting the Army’s Future Combat System.

Mr. Smith, a retired Marine Colonel, held a variety of operational and staff assignments. His assignments included: Commanding Officer, Officer Candidates School; command of infantry organizations from platoon through battalion; Director, Coalition and Special Warfare Center; United Nations Peacekeeper, U.S. Military Observer Group Palestine; and Director, Drill Instructor School MCRD Parris Island.  His various staff assignments included: Military Assistant to the Assistant Commandant; Deputy for Marine Corps Matters with the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Program Appraisal; Marine Corps Liaison to the Department of the Navy’s Program Information Center; Program Coordination Officer, and Programs and Resources Headquarters Marine Corps.  

Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College.  His degrees include a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Bachelors Business Administration in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. 

 Mr. Smith is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Marine Corps Association.


Richard Yoder
Vice Chairman

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.

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.


Thomas M. Craig, Esq.Thomas M. Craig, Esq.
Board Secretary

Mr. Craig is the Managing Partner with FH + H. Mr. Craig represents, advises, and counsels individuals and entities in a wide variety of matters, including complex civil litigation, sensitive government inquiries and internal investigations, government contracting, export and other regulatory compliance, structuring business transactions, and criminal defense. Mr. Craig specializes in high profile and high risk matters that require comprehensive coordination of legal, media, political, and consulting efforts.

Mr. Craig has extensive experience representing government contractors in high stakes litigation. Mr. Craig assisted a major defense manufacturer in obtaining a nine figure judgment from its principle subcontractor in a case involving allegations of overcharging and trade secret violations. His other matters include breach of contract claims against the government, enforcement of work share agreements, violations of non-competition agreements, bank fraud claims, grand jury subpoenas and alleged trade secret violations. He also has extensive employment law experience, including drafting employment contracts, advising on employment practices and policies, and litigating a wide variety of employment issues.

Before joining FH+H, Mr. Craig practiced law at Williams & Connolly LLP. Mr. Craig earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Illinois and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center when he was also an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.

Mr. Craig also had a distinguished military career, serving over 21 years as an active duty Marine, primarily in intelligence and counterintelligence billets.



David S. Jonas
General Counsel

Mr. Jonas is a Partner at the law firm of FH+H. His practice includes litigation, government contracts, administrative and regulatory compliance, employment law, appellate practice and investigations. He was nominated to be the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy in May 2017. He was successfully voted out of Committee but withdrew his nomination after a lengthy wait for confirmation. He served as Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Energy and on the Defense and Energy Transition Teams and the Energy Landing Team. He was also a Vice President at PenFed Credit Union.  

He was a career member of the Senior Executive Service and served as General Counsel of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

Prior to his civilian government service, he was a Marine Corps officer.  He served as nuclear nonproliferation planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff and is one of the only judge advocates to have commanded two units, including a company in an infantry regiment, the 5th Marines. He argued the case of Davis v. United States, 512, U.S. 452 (1994) at the U.S. Supreme Court becoming the first judge advocate in the history of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to do so. He retired as a lieutenant colonel.  

Mr. Jonas is an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and Georgetown Law.  

Mr. Jonas serves on the Board of Directors of the Naval War College Foundation, the Young Marines National Foundation, and the Marine Executive Association, He also serves on the Advisory Committee of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law and he was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee. He also serves on the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative.

Mr. Jonas holds a B.A. from Denison University, a J.D. from Wake Forest University, 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. 

William Davis
National Executive Director / CEO

Mr. Davis retired as a Colonel from the United States Marine Corps and is currently the National Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League. Col Davis joined the Young Marines in July 2015. He was formerly the Commandant of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy (NOMMA) from June 2011 to June 2015. Col Davis led the creation of NOMMA, a High School serving the New Orleans Metropolitan area, where all students are MCJROTC Cadets and many were Young Marines. Col Davis retired 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 projects across the country. He was the lead Marine Corps negotiator for new Marine Forces Reserve Headquarters.  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 at Joint Task Force Civil Support within the United States Northern Command working 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. Mrs. Davis volunteers for the Young Marines, bringing over 2 decades of family program training experience to the program. They have two sons, Matt is a promotion producer at WVUE TV and Brad is the Content Editor for the National Association of Government Purchasing Professionals.


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 two sons reside in Northern Virginia.


Angela ManessAngela Maness
Board Director 

 Ms. Maness entered the Marine Corps in June 1987 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC and went on to her primary military occupational training school at Camp Johnson, NC. Upon completion of Administrative school, she was assigned to Headquarters & Service Battalion, Quantico, VA, 2d Maintenance Battalion, 2d Fleet Service Support Group, Camp LeJeune, NC, 4th Recruit Training Battalion, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC, Officer Candidate School, Quantico, VA, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Marine Air Logistics Squadron 24 in Kaneohe Bay, HI, Weapons and Field Training Battalion, MCRD Parris Island, SC, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Camp LeJeune, NC, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, Combat Logistics Regiment 3, Kaneohe Bay, HI, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Marine Barracks, 8th & I Streets, Washington, DC and Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Eastern Recruiting Region, Parris Island, SC as her duty locations. She has served forward deployed to multiple combat locations in Fallujah, Iraq and the Helmand River Valley in Garmsir District of Afghanistan from 2007-2011. 

Sergeant Major Maness’ personal decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal. 

On 1 July 2017, Angela retired as the Depot Sergeant Major at Marine Corps Recruit Depot/Eastern Recruiting Region, SC completing over 30 years of service to the Corps and Country. 

She is the 2018 award recipient of the Distinguished Sea Service Award - Senior Enlisted bestowed upon her from the Naval Order of the United States association. 

Ms. Maness is pursuing her degree at San Antonio College and will transfer to the University of Texas in fall 2019. She was nominated and selected as Senior Vice Commandant of the Alamo Detachment, Marine Corps League, San Antonio, TX. She is also a National Officer, 1st Vice President of the Women Marines Association. In her spare time, she likes to play golf, tennis, and racquetball.


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
Board Director

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.


William Walker
Board Director

Major General Walker is Commanding General of the District of Columbia National Guard. 
MG 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. 

MG 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.