|Young Marines Board of Directors
|William L. Smith
Mr. Smith is with LMI, Government Consulting. He is currently assigned as the Regional Director, North Africa. Since joining LMI he has supported a wide variety of assignments to include: providing strategic planning at the Department of State and Embassy Kabul; supporting the U.S. Institute for Peace with a congressionally mandated review of the national security strategy; leading the Iraqi Strategic Logistics Study team in Baghdad; and managing a Logistics Test and Experimentation team of Boeing test engineers with the Army’s Future Combat System (FCS) program.
Mr. Smith retired from the Marine Corps as a Colonel. His assignments included Commanding Officer, Officer Candidates School, command of infantry organizations from platoon through battalion, Director Coalition and Special Warfare Center, and as a United Nations Peacekeeper with the U.S. Military Observer Group Palestine. His Pentagon assignments include Deputy for Marine Corps Matters with the Secretary of the Navy’s Office of Program Appraisal and Military Assistant to the Assistant Commandant.
Mr. Smith is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College and has earned a Masters in National Security and Strategic Studies, Masters in Business Administration, and Bachelors in Business Administration in Finance from the McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Young Marines since 2008. He is a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion. Mr. Smith is also a member of the Marine Corps Association.
||Herbert N. Harmon
| Mr. Harmon retired as a Colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserve on January 1, 1998, after 30 years of military service. For the past 33 years, he has practiced law. He is the managing partner of Harmon & Wilmot L.L.P., a Washington, D.C. based law firm and specializes in civil litigation and general commercial and corporate matters. He is a former President of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia. From 1973-77 he served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the District of Columbia. He is currently a Mediator and Arbitrator for the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Harmon holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Detroit and a Juris
Doctor from Georgetown University.
served on active duty during the Vietnam War where he received the Purple Heart
in 1968 for wounds received in action. He also earned the Combat Action Ribbon,
and as a member of the First Marine Division, received the Presidential Unit
Citation with Ribbon Bar.
civilian activities, Colonel Harmon is a past Treasurer of the Barristers and
past President of the Counselors. He is
a member and past President of the Exchange Club of Capitol Hill and past President
and Board Member of the Metropolitan Police Boys and Girls Club. He is also a
past President of Serra International, the downtown Washington, D.C. Chapter
and General Counsel of the Marine Executive Association.
Colonel Harmon’s professional military affiliations include the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, of which he was National President in 1997. He is a past National President of the Marine Corps Reserve Officers Association and past national Officer of the Marine Corps League. He also served as National Judge Advocate General for the Marine Corps Aviation Association. He is also a Life Member of the Purple Heart Society, the American Legion, PSYOP Association, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
admissions include the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia, the United States Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Military
Appeals, and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.
Harmon is married to the former Diane Wright of Nutley, New Jersey. They reside
in Alexandria, Virginia.
||Andre D. Hollis
||Mr. Hollis is the Chief Executive Officer and majority owner of Tiger International Advisors, LLC, an internationally focused strategic business development, consulting and due diligence Firm with offices in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Tiger Principals possess over 300 years of collective experience in international commerce, law, law enforcement, Government service, banking and other industries.
A 1988 Distinguished Military Graduate of Princeton University, Mr. Hollis earned a commission in the United States Army. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991 and practiced as a commercial litigator in State and Federal Courts throughout the United States. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Counsel and Senior Counsel for the House of Representatives’ Committees on Commerce and Government Reform. Mr. Hollis accepted an appointment as the Department of Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counternarcotics in 2001. In that role, Mr. Hollis was responsible for oversight, budget, policy and programming for the Department’s 280 domestic and international programs and a $1.4 billion annual budget.
Hollis later joined Van Scoyoc Associates, the largest privately owned
government relations Firm in Washington, as a Vice President and focused on
Defense, Homeland Security and Intelligence programs. Mr. Hollis became CEO of
Tiger in 2006 and majority owner in 2007.
Hollis has received numerous professional and civic recognitions, including Big
Brother of the Year for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capital Area
and Scouter of the Year for Boy Scouts of the National Capital Area. The
Departments of Defense and Homeland Security recognized Mr. Hollis with their
Medal for Exceptional Public Service and Distinguished Public Service Award,
Mr. Hollis and his
wife, Katy, reside in Northern Virginia with their two sons.
||Michael B. Kessler National Executive Director and CEO
||Mr. Kessler is a retired Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) who began his career the United States Marine Corps when he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant after graduating from the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Washington in 1973. His 26 years of service includes commanding two infantry
platoons, Series Commander and Assistant Director of the Drill Instructor
School at Marine Corps Recruiting Dept, San Diego, Commanded a Landing Support
Company, an H&S Company, a Marine Security Company and a rifle company with
In 1984 he was assigned as the Marine Corps Liaison Officer to the Army’s 9th Infantry Division and High Technology Test Bed at Ft Lewis, Washington. Upon graduation from Command and Staff College he was selected to command Marine Combat Training Battalion and then the Infantry Training Battalion at the School of Infantry, Camp Pendleton, CA. In 1991 he was assigned as the Executive Officer and Operations Officer of the Eleventh and Thirteenth Marine Expeditionary Units (Special Operations Capable). He was later reassigned as the Special Operations Officer, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. During this period he deployed to Southwest Asia and Africa where he served as the Special Operations advisor to the U.S. Ambassador in Somalia. In April of 1994, he was tasked to plan, coordinate and execute the evacuation of civilians from Rwanda under Operation Distant Runner.
Prior to his retirement in July, 1998, he was as the Executive Officer, Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C. He has completed the Amphibious Warfare School, Command and Staff College and the College of Naval Warfare and holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies and International Relations. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation and Achievement Medals, Marine Expeditionary Medal, United Nations Service Medal, the Kuwait Liberation Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.
In 1999 he was hired as the first National Executive
Director / CEO of the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League and remains in
that position today.
He is married to the former Kimberly Seeley of Akron,
Ohio and they have six children.
James Laskey Marine Corps League Liaison
Mr. Laskey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in June 1960 in Boston Massachusetts. Mr. Laskey remained on sea duty from 1960 through 1962, serving aboard the USS Lake Champlain for the recovery operations for Commander Alan Sheppard’s first US manned flight into outer space and later aboard the USS Essex during the Cuba Blockade in 1961. His other Marine Corps assignments include: Platoon Sergeant, Security Platoon, Headquarters Company, Seventh Marines, Chu Lai, South Vietnam. First Marine Division, operational deployment casualty field reporter for the remainder of his tour in the Republic of South Vietnam. He also served in various capacities in Recruiting, Military Police, Correctional Field, and completed his career as a First Sergeant at Officer Candidate School in 1980.
Mr. Laskey retired as a First Sergeant after 20 years of service to the Marine Corps. His personal Awards include the Naval Commendation Medal, Naval Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct medal with Silver Star and Marine Corps Competitive Marksmanship Rifle and Pistol badges.
Mr. Laskey has been a member of the Marine Corps League
since 1968. He has held elected offices
at the Detachment, Department, Division, and National levels. Mr. Laskey served
as the MCL National Commandant from 2008 to 2010 and currently a member of the Past
National Commandant Council. He has
served on a number of National Committees. He also served for eight years a Director and Vice President on the
Board of the Marine Corps League Foundation. Jim was named as the Department of Massachusetts Marine of the Year for
the year 2000, New England Division Marine of the Year in 2009. He has also received numerous League awards,
which include the Distinguished Citizen Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals. Jim is also a member of the Marine Corps
Association, a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
He is married to the former Therese Maynard of Providence
Rhode Island and is currently residing in Cumberland, Rhode Island.
||H. Gene "SgtMaj" Overstreet
Mr. Overstreet entered the Marine Corps in June 1966 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA, followed by Basic Infantry Training School at Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon completion of school, he was assigned to the 1st Military Police
Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, Republic of Vietnam. Returning to
the states, he was reassigned to the Infantry Training Regiment at Camp
His promotion to first sergeant in February 1979 led
to his second assignment on Okinawa as the First Sergeant, Headquarters and
Service Co., 8th Engineer Battalion.
Sergeant Major Overstreet became the Inspector
Sergeant Major, MCAGCC, Twentynine Palms. Returning to Marine Corps Recruit Depot,
San Diego, he served as a Battalion and Regimental Sergeant Major in the
Recruit Training Regiment. Transferring to Camp Lejeune, N.C., he served as the
6th Marines Sergeant Major, followed by duty as Regimental Sergeant
Major, 12th Marines, Okinawa.
On April 6, 1990, Sergeant Major Overstreet was posted
as Depot Sergeant Major at San Diego. He was selected as the 12th
Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in April 1991, and assumed the post on June
Sergeant Major Overstreet’s personal decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal, Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Ribbon.
Ms. Salinas began her military career as an enlisted Marine in May 1974, earned her commission through the Enlisted Commissioning Program in 1977 and retired in 2013 as Major General with 39 years of service.
At the time of her retirement, she earned the distinction as the longest serving woman in the history of the Marine Corps, the senior ranking woman, and the senior ranking Hispanic in the Corps. She commanded at every rank from Lieutenant to Major General and held multiple key staff positions throughout her career.
Ms. Salinas is only the sixth woman in the history of the Marine Corps selected to the general officer ranks. She was the first woman to command a Recruiting District; the first woman assigned as an Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans and Policy of a major combatant organization; the first woman to command a Recruiting Station in 1986; and the first woman assigned as a Ground Major’s Combat Service Support Monitor.
Ms. Salinas received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dominican College of San Rafael, California; her Master of Arts Degree from the Naval War College; and she is a graduate of the Army War College, the College of Command and Staff, Naval War College and the Amphibious Warfare School.
Her personal decorations include the Navy Distinguished Service Medal; the Defense Superior Service Medal; the Legion of Merit with gold star; the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars; the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; the Army Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with two gold stars.
Her civilian awards and accolades include the U. S. Hispanic Leadership Institute's Dr. Hank Lacayo Lifetime Achievement Award; the Hispanic Heritage of Texas Estrella's de Texas; Lifetime Achievement awards from Latina Style Magazine and North Star; the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Leadership Award; San Diego’s Athena Chairman’s Award for Community Leadership. She has been named Women of the Year for California District 74, named one of six women who move the city by San Diego Magazine and one of 15 Phenomenal Women by Latina Magazine.
Ms. Salinas is a 2014-2015 Masters Leadership Program participant and currently serves on the board of the Admiral Nimitz Foundation. She is also the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas. She serves on the First Tee of San Antonio, the local chapter of an international youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
||William J. Walker
| Mr. Walker is Commanding Officer of the District of Columbia National Guard Land Component. He has been nomined by the Presidnet of the United States and confimred by Congress for promotion to Brigadier General.
Mr. Walker also served with the U.S. Army National Guard Military Intelligence Corps. He has been selected as He has served in a variety of command and staff positions of increasing responsibility to include service with the NATO International Security Assistance Force - Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Colonel Walker is a graduate of the Joint and Combined War-fighting School, the Inter-American Defense (War) College, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, the National Security Course and the U.S. Army Defense Strategy Course. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Joint Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal and the Department of State Meritorious Honor Medal.
In January 2014, Mr. Walker retired from civilian government service after 30 years as a Special Agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). He was appointed a DEA Special Agent at the Chicago Field Division and served in a variety of domestic and foreign criminal investigative positions as well as several Headquarters administrative staff assignments. Mr. Walker held supervisory, management and senior executive service positions in New York, Florida, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC. Promoted to the Senior Executive Service rank in August 2002 and to Deputy Assistant Administrator in 2004, his last position was Director, DEA Office of Strategic Warning.
Mr. Walker was educated at the University of Illinois (BA), Chicago State University (MS), the National Intelligence University (MS) and American University (MA). He completed the National and International Security Program for Senior Executives at Harvard University; the National Security Studies Program at George Washington University; the Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Executive Leader’s Program at the Naval Post Graduate School and is a Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Center for International Studies, Seminar XXI fellow.
|| Richard Yoder
Mr. Yoder was engaged in the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program from 2008 to 2014. He was responsible for the strategic planning, operational development and tactical implementation of an experimental immersion training program for civilians of the Department of Defense.
Mr. Yoder retired as a Colonel from the Marine Corps in 2008; having
served for 31 years. He served as G-1, 3d FSSG, Okinawa, Japan; Director of
Manpower, MCB Quantico, VA; Chief, Personnel Readiness Division, J1 Joint
Chiefs of Staff; as well as Vice Director, J1, Joint Chiefs of Staff. In his
last post, Mr. Yoder served as Branch Head, Promotion Branch, Headquarters
Mr. Yoder earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from Rutgers University (1977). He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School (1985), Marine Corps Command and Staff College (1993), and a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College (2003).
Yoder achieved the distinction of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts as a youth and continued
volunteer service in the communities he has lived in. He served as an Assistant
Scoutmaster, Cub Scout Den Leader, Varsity Assistant Football Coach, 22 seasons
as a Head Coach in youth sports, and served as the Pop Warner Football
Commissioner for Northern Virginia.