Unit Staff

MGySgt. Jeff Cooper USMC (Ret.) 

Unit Commander

Mr. Cooper enlisted in the Marine Corps in August of 1970.  In his 21 years of active duty service, He spent his first three years as a 0311 rifleman and then was retrained in avionics.  As a radar/computer technician for A6A/E Intruder and EA6B Prowler aircraft, he deployed to WESPAC multiple times with assignment to MCAS Iwakuni, Japan and on-board the USS Midway, CV-41.

Tiffeny Souther

Executive Officer


Mrs. Kathy Cooper 

 Adjutant For the past 38+ years it has been my honor to be married to a 100% United States Marine. UC Jeff Cooper and I spent the first 20 years of our married life together as he served actively in the Corps, and I served behind the scenes at home raising our three children and ironing tons of uniforms! We have experienced many great duty stations together and made life-long friends and fond memories along the way.
 Mr. Jim Hersel Training Officer

I've been a friend of UC Cooper for over 15 years and when he described what he was doing with the Young Marines I felt that it would be an interesting adventure, helping young boys and girls acquire such valuable skills, that I decided to offer my services to help out in the unit. From the first staff meeting when I was volunteered to be training officer until now, I haven't regretted a single moment working with the Young Marines and our Douglas County unit.

While my three daughters are grown and on their own, I've enjoyed working with these Young Marines to teach them many new skills and I've even learned a few from them as well.          


My life consists of computer programming with a large telecommunications company, working on building projects around the house, riding my motorcycle with UC Cooper and others as well as enjoying the blessings God has given me.

 Mrs. Juliann Harvey Parent Liaison Officer

My Young Marines involvement started in 2010 as a parent when my daughter joined as a recruit. In 2012, my daughter was chosen to sing the National Anthem at a Regimental Young Marines Ball with two other Young Marines from other units. Since I was pretty involved in that, I went a step further to join the unit as a staff member. I've contributed in various ways including organizing unit drill activities and field trips, leading Drug Demand Reduction classes, and most recently in charge of the fundraising efforts for our 2015 Pearl Harbor unit trip. In the summer of 2014, I attended National Encampment with the unit in Oklahoma.

When not at drill or working on Young Marines projects I get involved in my town of Wellington (99 miles from drill) by coordinating the Wellington Farmers Market, playing in the town band, and serving on the Design Committee for the Wellington Colorado Main Streets Program. I am also the Events Coordinator and Alternate Board Member for my HOA.

I very much cherish my time with my 3 children, two girls and a boy, and my husband, Matt. Two are in the unit with the youngest just waiting to be old enough to join. Their activities keep us busy as well. I love to read - everything! I also enjoy playing with graphic design, attending church, gardening, and skating in circles with the kids.

 Mrs. Jennie Bills Paymaster Jennifer Bills has been involved with the DCYM unit for 6 years. She has  two sons in the unit, ages 10, and 14 and a younger daughter who is 7.  She has been the DCYM paymaster for 3 years and enjoys working with the  Young Marines and their families. Jennie enjoys her home in the  mountains, reading, fishing, camping, and cooking. Outside of the Young  Marines she loves teaching Sunday school to 2nd graders each week.
 Mr. Corey Kovacs Support Staff  

Mr. Matt Harvey 

Support Staff  
MISSION The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. MOTTO Strengthening the lives of America's youth
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