|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 and is also designated as the Branch Manager in Tripoli, Libya assisting the Government of Libya. 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.
||Johnny B. BakerMarine Corps League Liaison
|| Mr. Baker is with Gadsden
State Community College in Gadsden, Alabama.
He is currently assigned as the Director of Adult Education Services
where he supervises 70 Adult Education teachers and staff supporting five
counties. Their program serves about
1,900 adult learners each year seeking to obtain their GED/high school diploma.
Baker entered the Marine Corps in July 1969. After completion of Recruit Training at
Parris Island, S.C., he received
training as an Aviation Machinist Jet Mechanic in Memphis, Tennessee. He worked on the Marine Corps A-4 Skyhawk Attack Aircraft for twelve
years as a Jet Engine and Aircraft Mechanic. He was then
placed in charge of the Embassy Marines at the American Embassy in Jakarta,
Indonesia for two years. Mr. Baker retired
from active duty on 1 August 1999, completing 30 years of active service to the
Corps with final assignment as the Base Sergeant Major at MCS Beaufort, S.C. SgtMaj Baker received numerous awards to
include the Meritorious Service Award with Gold Star.
After retirement from the Marine Corps in 1999, Mr.
Baker moved back to Alabama and obtained an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Electronics Engineering
(2001), a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics
and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Technology with emphasizes in Technology Education (2006).
Baker has been a very active Marine Corps League member since 2002. Held
most Detachment and Department Offices and currently is the Marine Corps League’s Southeast Division Assistant National Vice-Commandant and the Marine Corps League Liaison to the Young Marines. Johnny is married to the former Janice Thompson of Gadsden.
||William C. Barnes
||Mr. Barnes is a Past State President of the Washington State Elks Association. He has also served as a District Deputy twice for the South District and serves as a Trustee for the Elks Lodge #823. Mr. Barnes served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1970. He spent 15 years in education and worked as a Locomotive Engineer with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Mr. Barnes is also a Private Investigator and works in FELA Law. He and his wife of 39 years have four children. They also serves the program as Registered Adult Volunteers with the Lewis & Clark Young Mairnes unit in Vancouver, Washington. Mr. Barnes is a member of the Marine Corps League Columbia River Detachment.
||Dina R. Dillon
| Mrs. Dillon is the Executive Vice President and Co-Owner of IBS Advisors, LLC. Dina is a veteran of the US Navy, where she served at NAS Alameda as a radioman. Passionate about her family, she and her husband have successfully raised four sons. Dina’s background is in organizational management and early childhood education (where she specialized in working with disadvantaged children). In 2009, she founded the Guadalupe Valley Young Marines in Seguin, Texas and serves as the Unit Commander.
||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
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 NationalExecutive 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.
||H. Gene "SgtMaj" Overstreet
||Mr. Overstreet entered the Marine Corps in June 1966 and completed recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif., followed by Basic Infantry Training School at Camp Pendleton, Calif. 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 Pendleton. 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 28, 1991. Sergeant Major Overstreet’s personal decorations include: Distinguished Service Medal; Superior Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Achievement Medal; and the Combat Action Ribbon
||Catherine Payne Treasurer
|| Mrs. Payne serves as Director, Ethics and Compliance Operations for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), a company with approximately 14,000 employees worldwide. In this capacity, Cathy oversees the Code of Conduct and ethics training and serves as a subject matter expert in ethics investigations. Cathy conducts analysis of Ethics and Compliance data across the enterprise and provides oversight of the collection and presentation of metrics, provides root cause analysis, analyzes ethical trends, and identifies areas for improvement.
Cathy was born and raised in the village of Spring
Lake, Michigan. Following high school, she attended the University of Southern
California and upon graduation, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the
United States Marine Corps.
She attended Air Command and Control School where she graduated second in her class and was assigned to a squadron deployed to Guantanamo Bay to assist the DEA in counter drug operations. In 1991, she received a Master’s degree in Operations Research from Navy Post Graduate School and earned an award at John Hopkins’s Applied Physics Lab for her thesis on the ‘Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield’. During her duty in Washington DC, she was selected to represent the Marine Corps on the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces.
In June of 2000, she earned a position on the United
States Military Pentathlon Team. Following team selection, she was sent to the
NATO Pentathlon Competition in Berlin where she earned a gold medal for the US
Armed Forces. Following her success in Berlin, she was selected to attend the
Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Virginia.
Cathy represented the U.S. Northern Command in the Pentagon, Department
of Homeland Security, and the Department of Justice. Her duties included
working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, and
intelligence agencies in special operations and law enforcement. Additionally, Cathy
was selected to serve as the co-director of research for the Congressional
Commission on the National Guard and Reserves from 2005 to 2008.
In 2009, Cathy joined SAIC’s Defense Solutions Group contributing through a series of roles, including positions supporting U.S. Forces Afghanistan and the Wounded Warrior program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Cathy received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and natural science from the University of Southern California. She received a master's degree in operations research from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California and is a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
Cathy is happily married to retired Marine and former Iranian hostage,
Steven Kirtley. They have three sons, Cameron, Christopher, and Brian.
||William J. Walker
| Mr. Walker is a Colonel, Military Intelligence Corps, in the U. S. Army National Guard. 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.