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 | 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.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | Lori Boody
In her 30 years of business experience, Lori has been a successful local business owner, worked for Adventist Healthcare, and worked for the American Cancer Society. Over the past 20+ years, she has volunteered for numerous organizations such as the Oceanside Unified School District, the Oceanside Museum of Art, and the Assistance League of North Coast. She served as a Director for the North County San Diego StandDown in 2017. She also represents VANC through the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber’s Military Affairs Committee.
SECRETARY | <vacant>
We are searching for a talented, motivated, veteran to fill this position. Call 760-722-1277 and ask for Chuck.
TREASURER | Brenda Bomar
Brenda has lived in North County since moving to San Diego in 1980. Brenda is a top realtor for Century 21, loves North County, and has supported the VANC mission since the beginning.
EVENT COORDINATOR | Suzanne Tabrum
Suzanne graduated from Massey University (New Zealand) in 1986. Her accomplishments since include liaison for government departments in New Zealand and France, Computer Lab Instructional Facilitator in Indian Head, MD, Operation Hero Facilitator/Event Coordinator at MCB Camp Pendleton, and finally Director of Events and Community Relations at MCB Camp Pendleton from 2009 to 2018.
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.
34-year Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Throughout his career he served in a variety of challenging command and staff assignments as an enlisted Marine and a commissioned officer. Upon retirement from active duty in 2008, he transitioned to the private sector for a short stint with the Virginia-bases Science Applications International Corporation. He soon accepted positions with the Federal government, serving in leadership positions with the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency; U.S. General Service Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs until his recent retirement in February 2018.