CMAC Executive Board Members
Larry Smith – Co-Chairman
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
Commander Yvette C. Brown-Wahler, U.S. Navy (Retired) served 1985-2005 as a Surface Warfare Officer. Her career encompassed operating on six naval combatant ships, and served as battle watch captain as the first Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander – North with Navy and Coast Guard guarding ships entering US waters. She was assigned two Pentagon tours and commanded a pre-commissioning destroyer, USS Chafee (DDG 90). As Executive Officer, USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), the ship and crew enforced peace in Kosovo in support of NATO. Aditionally, Commander Brown-Wahler served as Associate Director of Accession Policy for Recruiting and Junior ROTC programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; national finalist for the White House Fellowship; and, as Deputy Director, Pentagon Family Assistance Center, led in support and aid of the 184 Pentagon military & civilian and American Airlines Flight #77 victim families following the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001.
Commander Brown-Wahler was commissioned in 1985 through University of Utah Naval ROTC program after earning a B.S. Computer Information Systems from Weber State University. She holds degrees from Diablo Valley College, A.A. – 1982; Old Dominion University, M.S. Education – 1990; Naval War College – 1997; Joint Forces Staff College – 1997; George Fox University, M.A. Spiritual Formation – 2012; and, Western Seminary, Graduate Studies Diploma in Life Coaching – 2016.
Commander Brown-Wahler was awarded several military medals to include: The Defense Meritorious Service Medal (oak leaf cluster); Meritorious Service Medal; Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four gold stars); Navy Achievement Medal (gold star); and, additional military service and campaign medals.
Currently, Yvette and her service dog, Eve, serve with several Veteran organizations in Vancouver and Clark County, Washington, to include: Community Military Appreciation Committee, 40et8 V99, Columbia River Chapter – Military Officers Association of America, Women Vets Connect, Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), PureKraze Events for Veterans (Veterans Village), Clark County Veterans Court, and a proponent for Women Veterans health care in SW Washington.
Bruce Evans – Treasurer
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
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
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 Jr. Past Commandant of 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.”
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
Sean grew up in Bethel, Alaska. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves in 1988 and earned his commission in 1990. He served for six years as an infantry officer and recruit training supervisor, then served 20 years as a public affairs officer in a variety of assignments in the United States with deployments to Iraq. He retired as a colonel in 2016 from Marine Corps Headquarters in Washington, DC then immediately drove west with his wife and son to settle in Vancouver.
Natalie Hantho is a Clark County native, graduating from Ridgefield High School and earning a Bachelor’s degree at Washington State University Vancouver. Her current position is as the Program Manager for the Fort Vancouver National Trust, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
The mission of the Trust is to inspire civic pride and economic vitality through education, preservation, and celebration. Natalie manages the Trust’s community events including the Marshall Leadership Awards, Flag Day Ceremony at Fort Vancouver, Independence Day at Fort Vancouver, Marshall Lecture Series, Veterans Parade, and various other programs and events.
Bio and Photo to come.
Bio and Photo to come.
Teresa grew up in Spokane and attended Gonzaga Preparatory School before moving to Portland for college. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Global Business Marketing and Management with a minor in French at the University of Portland. She began working at Columbia Credit Union in 2005 and was promoted to Assistant Vice President Branch Manager.
In her current position as Columbia Credit Union’s Community Outreach Representative, she works closely with Clark County businesses to provide their employees with membership information and financial education designed to help them reach their financial goals.
Teresa is active in the community and proud to have several family members and friends who are veterans or military service members. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She and her husband are both foodies who like to explore local restaurants and eateries.