PRESIDENT | Chuck Atkinson
Chuck is a 27-year Veteran who served in the Coast Guard Reserve, Marine Corps, and Air Force Reserve. Atkinson was the Commander of American Legion Post 146 for seven years, and was named Veteran of the Year by the City of Oceanside in 2014. He has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Diego Veterans Coalition among his many honors. Chuck has dedicated himself to helping Veterans and active duty service people succeed.
VICE PRESIDENT | Mark Desens
Mark is a 30-year Marine Corps Veteran, retiring in 2014. A 1984 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Mark was trained as a CH-46 pilot and had a distinguished career, deploying several times to hot spots around the world. Mark currently teaches Marines at Camp Pendleton.
SECRETARY | Kris Thorsten
Kris Thorsten is a retired “Mustang” Marine Captain having served 25 years in the Corps. He served 13 years reaching the rank of GySgt as an enlisted man, and 12 years as an Officer obtaining the rank of Capt. He held 13 different ranks during his service in the Communications & Electronics Maintenance field. After retirement, Kris has continued to serve his Country and our Veterans through active engagement as past Commander of the American Legion Post, past Chapter President of Vietnam Veterans of America, VA volunteer service, and as the VANC Secretary
TREASURER | Brenda Bomar
Brenda has lived in North County since moving to San Diego in 1980 Brenda loves North County and has supported the VANC mission since the beginning.
EXECUTIVE OFFICER | Michael Walsh
In his 25 years of business experience, Michael has run businesses in the US, Europe, and Asia. He managed the team responsible for planning the manufacturing and shipment of LEGO Products in North America. He has worked in start-up companies, corporations, and his own business. He has volunteered with The Scripps Research Institute and Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad. He served as a Director for the North County San Diego Veterans Stand Down in 2017. He also represents VANC through the Oceanside Chamber and the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee. Michael retired his US Army Infantry Commission as a First Lieutenant. Michael is currently a Financial Advisor in Carlsbad, CA. Michael and his wife Sharon live in Oceanside and have two sons.
TRUSTEE | John Stryker Meyer
John entered the Army on 1 December 1966. Meyer arrived at FOB 1 in Phu Bai in May 1968, where he joined Spike Team Idaho. John is a life member of the Special Operations Association Chapter 78, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the VFW, American Legion, United Veterans Council, the San Diego Veterans Coalition, One VA, and is chairman of Interfaith Community Service’s Veterans Advisory Committee.