VANC Board-2015


PRESIDENT | Chuck Atkinson


TREASURER | Brenda Bomar

SECRETARY | Kris Thorsten

TRUSTEE | John Meyer



PRESIDENT | Chuck Atkinson

  • Retired US Air Force Reserve Chief Master Sergeant
  • Served in US Coast Guard Reserve, US Marine Corps, and US Air Force Reserve
  • Past Commander of American Legion Post 146
  • Associate of Arts Degree, Accounting, Orange Coast College
  • Extensive accounting management experience (Overnight Transportation Corporation, Brunswick Corporation, Science Applications International Corporation, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems)
  • American Legion Life Member

VICE PRESIDENT  |  Mark Desens

  • Retired US Marine Corps Colonel; Pilot
  • Operations Analyst, Senior Principal, ManTech International Corporation
  • President, Serving Vets at Home, Inc.
  • Director, Marine Corps Command & Staff College
  • Commanding Officer, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
  • Deputy Director, Operations Division, Headquarters Marine Corps
  • Associate Director, Manpower & Budget Branch, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel & Readiness (OUSD P&R)
  • Operational Planner, 3rd Marine Air Wing (OIF I), Al Jaber, Kuwait
  • Commanding Officer, Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 261 (REIN)
  • Masters of Military Studies, Marine Corps Command & Staff College
  • Bachelor of Science, Applied Sciences, United States Naval Academy

TREASURER  |  Brenda Bomar

  • Realtor Century 21 Award – Carlsbad
  • Member California Association of Realtors
  • Member North San Diego Association of Realtors
  • Vice President D. R. Bomar & Associates, Inc. – Accounting Services, Real Estate Services & Insurance
  • Attended Brookdale Community College – Studied Accounting
  • Attended Davis University – Studied Equine Management

SECRETARY  |  Kris Thorsten

  • Retired US Marine Corps Captain
  • Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1031, Life Member
  • Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1031, Life Member
  • Marine Corps League, Life Member
  • American Legion Post #146, Life Member
  • Oceanside Senior Anglers, Member

TRUSTEE  |  John Meyer

  • Vietnam veteran; US Army Green Beret
  • Life member Special Operations Association
  • Member Special Forces Association
  • Life member Military Order of the Purple Heart
  • Member VFW/American Legion
  • Associate Director – Interfaith Community Services Veterans Program
  • Chairman – Interfaith Community Services Veterans Advisory Committee
  • Member San Diego Veterans Coalition
  • Former editor/reporter/columnist N. County Times
  • Author, two books: Across The Fence/On The Ground