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General (Ret) Benjamin Griffin, Chairman,
is a native of Emporia, Virginia and retired on 31 December, 2008, after serving a 38 year career in the United States Military as an Army Officer; the last fourteen as a General Officer.
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Brigadier General (Ret) Robert "Bob" Gaylord, Treasurer
is president and CEO of IDEA, an eCommerce business-to-business solutions provider. Previously, he was president and CEO of the Leader-to-Leader Institute in New York City.
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Brigadier General (Ret) Earl Simms, Vice Chairman / Secretary
Brigadier General (Ret) Earl Simms is currently the Vice President Corp Relations
for the Armed Forces Services Corp.
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Barbara Day, Vice Chairman
Barbara Day has been affiliated with the U.S. Coast Guard all her life. She was born and raised in a U.S. Coast Guard family as one of five children and she met and married her husband Bob while he was stationed in Washington, D.C., and she was living and working in northern Virginia.
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Dawn Goldfein, Vice Chairman
Dawn Goldfein grew up in a military family but claims Texas as her home. She graduated with honors from Midwestern State University in 1984 with a bachelors of Science degree in Education and a minor in Biology.
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David G. Henry, Vice Chairman
is a registered patent attorney, intellectual property litigator, and IP Section Chair and specializes in patent, trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution, and transactions.
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Rich Lerner, PhD, Vice Chairman
Richard M. Lerner, Ph.D., is the Bergstrom Chair in Applied Developmental Science and the Director of the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development at Tufts University.
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Cathe Robling, Vice Chairman
Cathe Robling was raised in the Pacific Northwest (Tacoma, Washington) and is a Military Spouse of 37 years. She was selected to study abroad for a year in Auckland, New Zealand as a Rotary International Foreign Exchange Student.
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Robert “Bob” Utley, Vice Chairman
is the Chairman of the Board for The Utley Group, a privately controlled family enterprise active in investments in real estate and operating companies since 1988.
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