Board Of Directors

Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council Board Of Directors

Our Board of Directors are all unpaid military veterans who volunteer their time, skills and energy to assist the veterans of Mohave County.

2017 Board Of Directors

President- Pat Farrell. Executive VP- Michael Myers VP- Navigator- John Conneally

Secretary- Rob Chilcoat, Treasurer- Doreen O,Banion VP- Womens programs- Charlee Long, VP- Membership- Rachel Duhaime (Not Present: VP- Spiritual Services- Paul Pitts

Dorn “Pat” Farrell
President 
US Navy Veteran

A practiced leader of a Non-Profit organization with the mission of assisting Homeless and at-risk military veterans and their families. Pat has spearheaded the first ever and ongoing At-risk Veterans Stand Downs for the past four years. The 2015 Stand Down included 78 service providers and 130 volunteers. Pat has organized agencies as varied as the Veterans Administration, Arizona State agencies, Mohave County agencies, private companies and various organizations and individuals that provide services to our veteran population. Pat has been the major fund raiser for these Stand Downs collecting over $750,000 in cash donations, In-kind donations and volunteer donations.

Pat is also a member of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #975, AZ State VVA Vice-President, Incarcerated Veterans Program Coordinator, and belongs to the VFW, American Legion and Elks. Pat retired from the US Postal Service as a Postmaster. Other relevant positions were with the AZ DES as a Disabled Veterans Program specialist and with the MTC Corporation as an Inmate Job Coordinator.

Doreen O’Banion Treasurer

Doreen graduated from UNLV with a BA in Accounting. She has resided in Kingman for the past 21 years and was employed by 4 large construction companies performing tasks that included construction accounting, cost accounting, estimating and customer service for 13 years. Doreen also owned and operated her own construction company “On the Wall Lath & Plastering” for past 6 years. In 2015 Doreen changed her career path to a position with Kingman Aid to Abused People (KAAP) as a Victim Advocate Specialist working with sexual assault victims, domestic violence victims and the homeless. She is a proud mom with 4 amazing children.

John Conneally
Navigator for Resources
US Marine & US Navy Veteran

John Conneally passed June 2017. John will be missed by his many friends and the veterans community in and around the greater kingman area.

 

 

John served 2 years in the active Marine Corps, celebrating his 18 birthday at boot camp, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego.  He served two more years in the in-active Marine Corps Reserve, and enlisted in the Navy in 1976. He served nearly 6 years in the active Navy aboard the USS Pluck (MSO 464) then attended Arizona State University but remained in the Active Navy Reserve for 5 more years, where he was promoted to Chief Petty Officer.

Michael Myers
Vice President 
US Marine Veteran

Michael is a 4 year veteran of the US Marine Corps, serving from June 1974 to June 1978, and the son of an Air Force Veteran of 26 years. Michael served on board various Navy ships in the Pacific during the evacuation of Vietnam in 1975. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Virginia University in Business Administration /Accounting. Michael has worked in many areas of business and accounting over the last 28 years. He holds an Enrolled Agents License issued by the Internal Revenue Service and holds a Certified Assisted Housing Manager Certification issued by HUD. He has used his education in business and accounting to assist veterans and veteran’s organizations with various business, accounting and tax issues. Michael volunteers his time to assist the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council and other veteran organizations with accounting and tax issues. He has been a member of the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council for two years. He is a small business owner of a tax and accounting firm Bullhead City, AZ.

Paul Pitts
Chaplain
US Air Force Veteran

Paul was a Staff Sergeant, Strategic Air Command, and Combat B-52D bomb wings, having served during Vietnam as a senior maintenance crew chief. Paul is a retired Fire Chief and Medical Reserve Corps Unit Coordinator for Mohave County Public Health Service. Paul is the Lead Chaplain for the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #975, the JAVC, and the U S Air Force Volunteer Auxiliary. Paul is also a member of Patriot Guard Riders. Paul has a College Degree 1968, Paramedic Training 1975, and a Master’s Degree 1989. Work Experience Full Time: Firefighter/Paramedic – over 18 years, and then Fire Chief of Fire Department with 6 stations. Contract employee Cal Fire & US Forest Service Wildfire Management teams – 4 years; also worked for Mohave County Department of Public Health Bio-Defense Division & Emergency Response team – 8 years. His Management Experience includes: Emergency Incident Command and Management for Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Responses. Paul’s Awards include: During Vietnam Combat Service – Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, and USAF Outstanding Unit Award with V, USAF Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, USAF Longevity Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze stars, Vietnam Unit Cross of Gallantry Award, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. They also include the Council of Native American Nations – Warriors Medal of Valor; Fire Service Chief Officer, Excellence in Leadership – 1992; Presidential Volunteer Service Award – Mohave County Medical Reserve Corps, Awarded twice (2007 and 2009).

Rob Chilcoat
Secretary 
US Air Force Veteran

Rob is a high school graduate, and has attained four AAS degrees in General Management, Marketing, Computer Information Systems and Management Information Systems, earned a BS in e-Business. Schools: Seligman High (Seligman AZ), Mohave Community College (Kingman, AZ), University of Phoenix (0nline-Kingman). Rob served in the Air Force as an Aircraft Weapon System Specialist from November 1977 to January 1982. I was stationed at Nellis AFB at Las Vegas, NV and at RAF Lakenheath, England in East Anglia. He attained the rank of Sargent prior to separation. I have worked in the tourism industry since the summer of 1977. I have worked many different types of jobs, small town television, test driver, and assistant manager at a diner. I have worked in the small college setting as part of the telecommunications operations for teaching classes to many locations. Rob formally served on the board for Kingman Army Air Field Historical Society, Inc. and was an officer and the curator for the airfield museum. For over 25 years Rob have been researching the history of Kingman Army Air Field history. And is considered the unofficial base historian. He is in the process in writing two books on the airfield and is considering writing a book on how the Army Air Force trained gunners during World War Two

Charlee’ M. Long
Women’s Program Coordinator
US Air Force Veteran

Charlee has lived in Kingman AZ for the past 22 years. She is a retired United States Air Force (USAF), Chief Master Sergeant and was a paralegal after 25 years of service.  Charlee is also retired from Arizona State, Child Support Enforcement after 12 years on the job. Currently she volunteers time as the Women’s Program Chairperson for the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council (JAVC) of Mohave County. Charlee started from the ground up in 2012 after the Stand Down where only four (4) women self-identified themselves as veterans. Since that 1st Stand Down we saw the need to have a woman veteran to address the issues of military women to include active duty, veteran, wife, family, etc. In 2013, the Women’s Program reached out to women with me as the lead. This learning experience now shows progress with an ever increasing number of women stepping up during our Stand Downs:  2014-17, 2015-28, and 2016-38. Today, our Women’s Program works daily to assist military women members in meeting their needs met that they deserve.

Wm. “Terry” Flanagan
Webmaster
US Marine Veteran

Terry is the current Web Master and Past Vice President of the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council. Terry is the current commandant of the Dean W. Reiter Detachment, Marine Corps League #887 of Kingman, AZ.  Terry served in the United States Marine Corps between 1965 and 1969, with one tour in Vietnam and was honorably discharged from the Marines with the rank of Sgt. Terry recently retired from a 40 + year career as a law enforcement officer having served with the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office in positions of Detective, Detective Sgt, Detective Supervisor, hostage negotiator and held various positions during his 20 year career with the MCSO. During this part of his career he received several awards from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the MCSO for his investigative abilities. After his retirement from the MCSO he worked as the Chief Investigator for the Mohave County Attorney’s Office. Terry is currently a Licensed Private Investigator in Arizona. Terry has an AA Degree in Criminal Justice and has been a certified Community College instructor for Mohave Community College as well as a contract Law Enforcement instructor for the US Department of Justice. Terry is a Past President of the Arizona Narcotics Officers Association (ANOA) and one of its four founding members.