CMAC Executive Board Members

Larry Smith – Co-Chairman

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Larry Smith graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts & Sciences in 1965 and went on to obtain a Masters degree in both Recent American History & Human Resource Management. Larry also served in the Army for 26 years before retiring as a Colonel of Infantry in 1991. After retiring from the Army, He served as Assistant to the City Manager until 1996 and then went on to be the Director of the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department until 2003.


Jim Erixson – Co-Chairman

Jim graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and Psychology in 1986. He also attended the San Francisco Theological Seminary and graduated with a Master’s degree of Divinity in 1996. Jim served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years before retiring as a Senior Master Sargent in 1988. Other careers saw Jim working with McDonnell Douglas as Operations Manager in Flight Simulation and, after graduating from Seminary he served as Staff Chaplain at St. Jude Medical Center for 6 years and as a Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Yakima, Washington. Currently Jim is Life time member of the VFW, a National Office of the 40 et 8, and Chaplain of the PT Boat 658.


Mike Burton – Director of Operations/Advocate


Mike graduated from Oregon State University where he also received his commission from Air Force ROTC. After initial and advance flight training he was assigned to tactical units in Europe and then put on special assignment to the Congo. Following that he was assigned to Special Operation units in Thailand which flew missions in Laos Mike was assigned to both air combat support and ground liaison mission.
Mike gained both masters and doctoral degrees in history and spent part of his 38 year USAF career as a liaison officer and instructor with the United States Air Force Academy. He retired as a colonel.
Mike was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives and as the Chief Executive Officer for Metro. Before his final retirement in 2011, Mike was the Vice Provost at Portland State University.


Yvette Brown-Wahler – Secretary

Bio and Photo to come


Bruce Evans – Treasurer

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Bruce graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.S. degree in Business Administration (Accounting). During his career he has held accounting / finance positions in the natural gas pipeline and construction industries. Bruce grew up in a military family with his dad being a 32 year veteran of the United States Air Force. His volunteer work has included coaching youth sports, serving as treasurer for his son’s little league team, and helping with scout programs while his two children were growing up. He is an annual volunteer, with his wife Cheryl, at the Fort Vancouver Independence Day celebration.



Samantha Whitley – Marketing

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Samantha Whitley has worked for Clark County’s Department of Community Services since May 2001. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from George Fox University in Management and Business Information Systems and coordinates local projects for the Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships Programs. Since 2003, she has worked with the County’s Veterans Advisory Board, the Veterans Assistance Fund and its related services. Samantha comes from a military family and joined CMAC in 2011.


Bill Hauser – Website Manager/POW/MIA Project and Supply Manager

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Bill attended Hudsons Bay High School and Clark College in Vancouver Washington. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1974 and was trained in radio / telephone-switchboard repair and was honorably discharged in 1978. He worked as a truck driver for several years then went into warehouse operations eventually becoming a warehouse manager.

Bill has been a member of the 40 et 8 since 1997 holding local and state offices. He is currently the editor of the monthly newsletter and webmaster for the local and state 40 et 8 websites. He currently holds the office of Commandant in the Columbia River Detachment of the Marine Corps League and also is working with the Vancouver Barracks Military Association. They were formed to help preserve the history of the Vancouver Barracks.

Bill has been a member of CMAC serving as webmaster since it was formed.


Dan Sockle – Outreach

Most of Dan’s career has been in intelligence, criminal and civil investigations. Dan was a communications intelligence analyst and criminal investigator for the US Army, retiring as a supervisory special agent/CW3 in 1992. His volunteer work has included coaching youth sports, Kiwanis, Crime Stoppers, community mediation, veteran advocacy and Rotary – where he chaired his club’s “Peace & Conflict Resolution” committee, served two years as the “Service Projects Director” on the club’s board, and now collaborates with other Rotary “Peacebuilders” as a member of the United Services Rotary e-Club comprised of veterans and active members of the armed forces. Dan is equally proud to serve on the board of the Community Military Appreciation Committee, supporting veterans and military families, and strongly believes that our military men and women should be seen as allies in conflict prevention and resolution. After all, “No one appreciates peace more than a soldier.”


Gold Star Scholarship Grants



Roy Billings – Safety

Bio and Photo to come.


James Mead – Chaplain

James is a Graduate from the following schools; Beacon University, Columbus Georgia receiving a Doctorate in Ministry, a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Theology; an MBA from Seattle International University, Seattle Washington; a Bachelors in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Psychology from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.; an Associate Degree in Applied Sciences in Management and Supervisory Development from Portland Community College, Portland, Oregon. He is a retired Program Manager with Department of Social and Health Services, Washington State and he retired from the US Navy in 1977 as a Chief Petty Officer after 24 years of honorable service having served on several Naval War Ships, Shore Duty in England, Trinidad West Indies, Guam and one year in Country as a Naval Advisor in Military Regions 3 & 4 Corps Vietnam.


Members at Large

Brad Aiello

Bio and Photo to come.


Sean Gibson

Bio and Photo to come.


Elizabeth Johnston

Bio and Photo to come.


Teresa Wheeler

Bio and Photo to come.