COLONEL, USAF (RET.)
There are ten sitting members on MBA’s Board of Directors. Of the ten, seven are elected members. Six are active duty members, three are enlisted personnel and three are commissioned or warrant officers. They’ve lived every type of military life. They know where you’re coming from.
We hold our Annual Meeting on the third Friday of October. All of our members are warmly invited to attend. We hope you will be among them next time.
One thing that sets MBA apart from similar military-based organizations is that we are governed by a group of distinguished and honorable servicemembers who have lived every type of military life imaginable, so, they know where you and your family are coming from.
Below is a brief biography of each of MBA’s current officers. We invite you to get to know the fine individuals behind MBA and their civilian work experience as well as the military experience they gained while serving our county in all different branches of the Uniformed Services.
COLONEL, USAF (RET.)
G. Thomas Collins, Jr. is a Certified Public Accountant. He has practiced as a CPA in his own firm and with partners since 1974 until his retirement in 2010.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of Freedom Bank of Virginia and actively consults with several small businesses on financial and tax matters. He served in the Virginia National Guard for 6 years training at Ft Bliss, TX, while stationed in Lorton, VA. In October 1985 he was elected Treasurer of Military Benefit Association. Mr. Collins is married, with one son and two grandchildren.
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
MASTER SERGEANT, USA (RET.)
MSG David E. Willis retired in April 2011 after almost 27 year of active duty service as a Military Policeman and CID Special Agent. He currently works as a Criminal Intelligence Analyst at Headquarters, US Army Criminal Investigations Command (USACIDC), Intelligence Division, Quantico, VA. He has been a member of MBA since the late 1980’s and a director on the MBA Board of Directors since 2005.
A graduate of Harford Community College, he is presently enrolled in the American Military University working towards a BA degree in History. As a CID Special Agent, MSG Willis investigated felony crimes involving an Army interest and worked in over 35 countries performing personal security duties for the Secretary of Defense and other senior Department of Defense leaders.
A resident of Sumerduck, VA, MSG Willis is actively involved in the ministries at Heritage Baptist Church, Woodbridge, VA. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, reading, history, and politics. He has one daughter, Ashley, who is a student at George Mason University.
VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
SERGEANT MAJOR, USMC
SgtMaj Mitchell joined the Marine Corps in September 1994 with Recruit Training at Parris Island, NC. He has had multiple combat deployments over the years. Currently, he is serving as First Sergeant at Formal Schools, Camp LeJeune, North Carolina. He has been a member of MBA since March 1996 and has been on the Board of Directors since October 2008.
First Sergeant Mitchell’s Personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (4), and Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.
He has a Master of Business Administration degree from Kaplan University, as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University and in Theology and Ethics and Pastoral Counseling from Trinity College & Theology Seminary.
SgtMaj Mitchell is married to the former Kecia Antoinette Stephens from Chicago, Illinois and has two children: Tanathia (16), and Al’Vincent Jr (13). In addition, he is a Black Belt 2nd Degree Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor.
SERGEANT MAJOR, US ARMY
Sergeant Major Peter Alt enlisted in the United States Army in 1993 and was trained as a Tactical Helicopter Repairer. Sergeant Major Alt’s first unit of assignment was 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (ABN). In 2000 he was selected for assignment to Flight Concepts Division serving as a helicopter crewchief, Troop Section NCOIC, Training 1SG, Troop SGM, Operations SGM, and currently is serving as the Unit Training SGM.
SGM Alt’s awards and decorations include: the Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), the Air Medal (6th award), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2 stars), and the Iraqi Campaign Medal (6 stars).
SGM Alt has been an MBA member since 2003 and a director since 2011. He is married to the former Telicia Green of Virginia Beach VA and they have two daughters, Kayla and Ysabella.
Commander Bruce C. Brown serves as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina where he is responsible for the coordination and delivery of regional mission support activities within the Fifth Coast Guard District.
Commander Brown enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1984 and attended Officer Candidate School in 1995, serving in a diverse series of operational and staff assignments including duty aboard United States Naval and British Royal Navy warships. He has served in various Financial/Resource Management and Comptroller positions; his previous assignment was Logistics Department Head and Commanding Officer of Military Personnel at Sector St. Petersburg, Florida.
Commander Brown earned degrees from the University of Phoenix and Charter Oak State College and is an award-winning author of 14 books, a two-time recipient of the Coast Guard Chief Financial Officer’s Award for Excellence, and earned a permanent Cutterman’s Pin in 1996. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Douglas A. Munro Award for Inspirational Leadership as well as the American Society of Military Comptroller’s Award of Excellence. Commander Brown’s military decorations include five Meritorious Service Medals.
He is a native of Bayshore, New York and has been happily married for more than 31 years to the former Vonda R. Randall. They have three sons: Dalton, Jordan and Colton.
CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT, USAF
CMSgt Kevin Lane joined the Air Force in 1994 and is currently stationed at Peterson Air Force Base Colorado. Chief Lane currently serves as the Materiel Management Functional Manager for Air Force’s Space Command where he provides supply policy guidance and resources for five space wings and two cyber wings operating at 9 main bases, 10 stations and 621 sites worldwide. Previous assignments have sent Chief Lane to Royal Air Force Lakenheath and Mildenhall in England, Incirlik AB in Turkey, Araxos AB in Greece, Kadena AB in Okinawa and Joint Base Langley Eustis in Virginia.
During his career Chief Lane has deployed multiple times supporting Operations Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and the NATO Medal.
Chief Lane is the United States Air Force Enlisted Director on the MBA board; he has been a member of MBA since 1995. Originally from Oswego, New York, Chief Lane currently resides in Colorado with his wife Catherine. He is an avid animal lover, and his hobbies include sports, reading and assisting Catherine with her photography business.
Major Lucas enlisted in the Air Force in 1993 and earned her direct commission as a Medical Service Corps Officer in 2004. She is currently serving as Flight Commander of the largest TRICARE Operations and Patient Administration Flight in the Pacific Air Forces at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Anchorage, Alaska. Her previous assignments include duty at the Air Force Information Warfare Center/Air Intelligence Agency at Kelly AFB, Texas and the Defense Health Headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia. Major Lucas has deployed in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT, PROVIDE COMFORT, and DESERT FOX.
Major Lucas attended Airman Leadership School, Squadron Officer School and Air Command Staff College through Air University. Her decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal.
Maj Lucas has been a member of MBA since 1996 and has been a Director on the Board since October 2014. She currently lives in the Anchorage, AK area with her husband, David and two children, Kayla and Steven. She loves the outdoors, mountains, rivers, lakes, and wildlife.
LIEUTENANT COMMANDER, USN
LCDR Kenneth “Ken” Matthias has been proudly affiliated with Military Benefit Association (MBA) since 1995. He has served on the MBA Board of Directors since 2010.
LCDR Matthias enlisted in the U.S. Navy on February 13, 1990 logging over 1,000 flight hours as a Naval Aircrewman. He was commissioned as a Naval Officer in April 2000 and has served in various sea and shore capacities.
LCDR Matthias’ awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (2), as well as various other unit and joint awards. His civilian education consists of a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science degree from the University of Arkansas and the Air Command and Staff College.
DCR Matthias currently resides in Virginia with his wife and is a proud father of three. He enjoys golf, fishing, skiing, and family activities.
MASTER SERGEANT, USAF (RET.)
Robert A. Bovard, MSgt, USAF Retired, is a 26-year Air Force veteran with an extensive background in Human Resource Management. He is currently Chief of Readiness & Integration for Air Force District of Washington.
Throughout his active duty career, he spent nearly 10 years counseling service members on annuity programs offered by the Air Force. He is a recognized expert in this area and has a unique perspective and high regard for the benefits offered by MBA.
Mr. Bovard has been a member of MBA for 19 years and served on the Board of Directors for three terms, including four years as Chairman. He enjoys reading in the field of leadership development and participating in activities with his family.
COMMANDER, USN (RET.)
Clarence W. “Pete” Bowman graduated from The Citadel in 1969 with a degree in Business Administration and entered the US Air Force serving as a pilot on B-52 bombers.
Following service during the Vietnam War he left the Air Force and attended graduate school, earning a Master’s degree in Business Administration concentrated in healthcare administration. Several years later he entered the US Navy as a Medical Service Corps Officer.
He retired from active duty in 1998 and held civilian several positions as a healthcare administrator, including as CEO of two hospitals. Pete has been a member of MBA since 1991 and served on the Board of Directors as a Director and Chairman of the Board, from 1992 until 1998. Since 1998 he has served the Board as an advisor.
Pete and his wife Corliss have two grown sons, one on active duty in the US Army and one granddaughter.
CAPTAIN, USCG (RET.)
An MBA member since 1992, Captain Mark M. Campbell served on the MBA Board of Directors from 2001 through 2008. Since 2008 he has served as an Advisor to the Board.
Following a 29 year military career that included service as both an Army and a Naval Aviator, Captain Campbell retired in 2007 to serve as the Chief of International Interdiction in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
He retired from public service in December of 2012 to spend more time with his family in Fairfax, Virginia.
CAPTAIN, USN (RET.)
Captain Chappell enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1959 as a Hospital Corpsman and was promoted from E-1 to E-8 before receiving a commission. He rose through the Officer grades from O-1 to O-6. His distinguished career includes a tour in Vietnam, and ended with his last assignment as Commander Naval Medical Command Northeast Region, Great Lakes, IL.
Captain Chappell joined MBA in 1967 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 1980. He served as Vice Chairman of the Board from 1982 to 1987 and as Chairman of the Board from 1987 to 1992. Upon his retirement in 1992, after 33 years Active Duty, the Board of Directors appointed him as an advisor to the Board.
Since his retirement, Captain Chappell has worked as the Executive Director of Hospice of Charles County, Maryland and as an Associate Broker in Real Estate. He and his wife, Margaret, live in La Plata, Maryland.
CAPTAIN, USCG (RET.)
Captain Harry H. Dudley graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1966. His initial sea assignments were in Icebreakers (Arctic and Antarctic). Captain Dudley served a distinguished 34-year career with assignments in port safety and security. He retired from the Coast Guard in 1994, as Chief, Marine Safety Division, in Seattle, WA.
Since retiring from the military, Captain Dudley has served as Chairman, Washington State Board of Pilotage Commissioners; WA Licensed Armed Security Officer (also 25-foot security boat operator); Captain of commercial passenger vessels; Commodore, Port Townsend Yacht Club; Instructor, U.S. Maritime Academy; maritime consultant (including expert analysis of accident cases involving both commercial and recreational vessels); member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary; member of the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band; and President of Hastings Estate Co., Inc.
He became a member of Military Benefit Association in 1972. He served as a Field Advisor to the Board from March, 1981 to September, 1982; and as a Director from September, 1982 to October, 1994. He has since served as an Advisor to the Board of Directors.
CAPTAIN, USCG (RET.)
Captain Maine has been an MBA member since 1984. He is currently serving as the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL, where he oversees all fleet-replacement and proficiency training for Coast Guard pilots as well as standardization and evaluation of all Coast Guard aircrews. Prior to assuming command of ATC Mobile, Captain Maine was the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, serving as the Homeland Defense and Theater Security division chief for the Joint Staff Director of Operations (J-3).
Captain Maine enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1983, then attended Officer Candidate School and received his commission in 1988. He completed Naval Flight Training as a Distinguished Honor Graduate in 1989 and has flown over 5000 hours as a helicopter pilot. He was the Operations Officer at Air Station Cape Cod from 2004-07, and Executive Officer at Air Station New Orleans from 2007-09. His awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Medals, and five Coast Guard Commendation medals. He earned a BA in Organizational Studies from Eckerd College in 1995 and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Alabama in 2002.
Captain Maine lives in Mobile with his wife of 32 years, Annette, and his daughter Hannah, a high school junior. His daughter Sara is married and works as a nurse in Massachusetts.
CHIEF MASTER SERGEANT, USAF (RET.)
CMSgt Marc A. Mazza retired from the US Air Force on 1 Oct 2001 after more than 29 years of service. His last active duty position was as Command Chief Master Sergeant, Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC), Wright-Patterson AFB OH.
In Feb 2002 Chief Mazza became a civil servant with the US Air Force. In Nov 2010 he became the Chief of Staff, Air Force Security Assistance Center, then in Oct 2012 the Chief, Operations Division, Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate, Wright-Patterson AFB OH.
Chief Mazza is an Honor Graduate of the Air Force Communications Command NCO Academy, and a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Senior NCO Academy. He earned a Master of Business Administration specializing in Management, Innovation, and Change from Wright State University in 2010.
Chief Mazza’s decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Southwest Asia Service Medal.
He has been a member of MBA since 1979, a director and former Chairman of the MBA Board of Directors, and has served as an Advisor since his retirement from active duty. He and his wife Sandy live in Fairborn, Ohio.
CAPTAIN, USN (RET.)
Captain Silvernagel attended the University of South Dakota from 1979 through 1983, graduating with a BS in Mathematics. While attending the University, he joined the Navy by enrolling in the Aviation Reserve Officer Candidate program in November 1981. He earned his wings in January 1985 and flew the P-3 Orion aircraft during his tour in VP-17 at Barbers Point, HI. In 1989, he transferred to VP-30 in Jacksonville FL as a pilot flight instructor. In 1991 he transferred to Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned in MS in Electrical Engineering.
In May 2005, Captain Silvernagel took over as the Commanding Officer and Program Manager of the Air Combat Electronics (PMA-209) program office. In August 2008, he retired from active duty with over 25 years of service.
Captain Silvernagel returned to Government service as a civil servant working for the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Cost Department. He is currently the lead for Program Support and Training where he assists Naval Aviation acquisition programs and conducts training for both NAVAIR employees and defense contractor employees. Captain Silvernagel has been a member of MBA since 1990. He served on the Board of Directors from 1998 until 2010, including Chairman of the Board from 2005 to 2008. He now serves as an advisor to the Board.