Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee Updates

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Advisory Committee Members

Earl H. Bailey

Earl Bailey served in Vietnam in E-4, supply-logistics, of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1959 through 1965. A native of Delbarton, West Virginia, Mr. Bailey now lived in Columbus Ohio. He is the associate pastor of his church, Chaplain for the 508 Unit of the Marine Corps League, Chaplain of the Navy/Marine Post 276 of the American Legion, Assistant Chaplain of the 12th District of the American Legion, and Chairman of the 12th District of the American Legion Oratorical Contest. Mr. Bailey also lends his voice to commercials, training videos, and documentaries.

Samuel E. Beall II

Sam Beall served in the Ohio Army National Guard from 2000 to 2008, including a tour in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom from 2003 to 2004. For his service, Mr. Beall was recommended for a Bronze Star for valor and bravery. He was also deployed to Kiln, Mississippi to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Raised in Massillon, Mr. Beall now lives in Pickerington with his fiancée, Amy, and daughter, Lilyana.

Susan Bogan

Susan Bogan represents military families throughout Ohio; her husband, whom she has been married to for 25 years, serves in the Army National. Ms. Bogan was raised in South Haven, Michigan, but now loves in Hilliard, Ohio, where she serves military families as an HRCI Contractor for the Department of Army’s Survivor Outreach Services Program. Previously, she served as a Troop and Family Assistance Center Specialist and was a member of the Hilliard City Council. Ms. Bogan holds a BA in Psychology from Otterbein University.

Al Burzynski, APR

A former member of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and graduate of the Defense Information School, Al Burzynski served as an Army Public Information Officer. Originally from Junction City, Kansas, Mr. Burzynski now lives in Bexley where he has founded several businesses and organizations to support military veterans and practice public relations including the Charlie Foxtrop Group, Operation Let’s Roll, and the Unite Us Foundation. Mr. Burzynski is also a member of the Public Relations Society of America and the Greater Columbus Tourism Program.

Colonel Paul Craft

Hailing from Hot Springs, Montana, Col. Paul Craft has served in the U.S. Army since 1983. Now living in Delaware, Ohio, he holds distinguished positions as the Superintendent of Delaware City Schools and Commander of the 16th Engineer Brigade of the Ohio Army National Guard. During his tenure in the U.S. Army, Col. Craft served in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Noble Eagle, a joint military operation with Canada to preserve homeland security and support federal, state, and local agencies following September 11th.

Shawn Delgado

Bio coming soon.

Senator John Glenn, Committee Chairman Emeritus

Born in Cambridge, Ohio, Senator John Glenn’s career in the armed forces began shortly after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, when he enlisted in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program and became a Marine pilot. Senator Glenn went on to fly 59 combat missions in the South Pacific during World War II and 63 missions during the Korean conflict began. Following these missions, he went on to serve as a test pilot for Naval and Marine aircraft, during which time he set the record, in 1957, for the fastest flight from Los Angeles to New York at three hours and 23 minutes. An obvious candidate for the space corps being assembled, Senator Glenn was selected in 1959 to be one of the first seven astronauts in the U.S. space program. On February 20, 1962 he piloted the Friendship 7 spacecraft around the globe three times, becoming the first American to orbit the earth. With his interests turning to public policy, John Glenn focused on winning a seat in the U.S. Senate. In 1974, he did just that and became a leader in weapons control and government affairs. Senator Glenn retired from the Senate in 1997 and rejoined the space program, becoming the oldest human to venture into space in 1998. He is now retired and lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife Annie.

Russ Goodwin

Bio coming soon.

Colonel Timothy Gorrell

Bio coming soon.

Sergeant (Ret.) Rick Isbell

Sgt. (Ret.) Rick Isbell was raised in Bellbrook, Ohio and now lives in Columbus, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1986 through 1992. Since 2004, Sgt. (Ret.) Isbell has served as Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s Veterans Affairs Coordinator – the first full-time veterans affairs coordinator for a municipality in the State of Ohio. His goal in this position is to be a truthful and reliable liaison for the City of Columbus to the veterans community.

Joe Jennings

Bio coming soon.

Major General (Ret.) Dennis Laich, Committee Chairman

Hailing from Powell, Ohio, Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Dennis Laich served in the U.S. Army from 1971 through 2006, including during the Global War on Terrorism. Having returned to his hometown of Powell upon retiring, he now serves as the Chairman of the Military Advisory Committee to Lutheran Social Services and the Director of the Patriots Program at Ohio Dominican University. Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Laich recently authored a book on the all-volunteer force entitled, “Skin in the Game: Poor Kids and Patriots,” and is often invited by educational institutions and other organizations to speak on national security issues.

Burt Logan

Originally from Marion, North Carolina, Burt Logan attended the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Upon graduating in 1976, he went on to serve as a U.S. Army officer until1981. Following his Army service, Mr. Logan went on to earn a Masters of Arts in History Museum Studies from Cooperstown in 1983. Currently a resident of Bexley, Ohio, Mr. Logan is the Executive Director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection.

Colonel (Ret.) Patrick Malay

Born and raised near Buffalo, New York, Col. Patrick Malay enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1981. Following his undergraduate education at the University of Buffalo, Col. Malay was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1984 and went on to serve in active duty until May 2014. Col. Malay served three tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, 2004, and 2008. He also holds two masters degrees, one in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and the other in social science from Syracuse University. Most recently, Col. Malay served as Commander of the Miami University of Ohio Navy ROTC. Throughout his time in the Marine Corps, he won numerous awards including a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Now living in Liberty Township, Col. Malay is focusing on transitioning from a distinguished career in the military to the private sector.

Col. (Ret.) Peter Mansoor

Originally from Sacramento, California, Col. (Ret.) Peter Mansoor now lives in Dublin, Ohio and serves as the General Raymond E. Manson Jr. Chair of Military History at The Ohio State University. He received his PhD and Master of Arts in History from The Ohio State University and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College after graduating first in his class from the U.S. Military Academy in 1982. His military service began after his graduation from the U.S. Military Academy and ended in 2008 following service in the Iraq War, for which Col. (Ret.) Mansoor’s brigade was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for collective valor in combat.  

Colonel Jim McClaugherty

Bio coming soon.

Warren E. Motts

Warren Motts hails from Brice, Ohio and now lives in Groveport, Ohio where he founded and now serves as Director of the Motts Military Museum, which houses an extensive collection of military artifacts, including vehicles, aircraft, and even a Higgins Boat from World War II. Mr. Motts served in the Ohio Army National Guard from 1959 through 1968, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Lieutenant General (Ret.) Richard V. “Dick” Reynolds

Originally from Aberdeen, Washington, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Dick Reynolds served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 2005. Now living in Beavercreek, Ohio, he serves as the Board Chairman and CEO of the Air Force Museum Foundation, a member of the U.S. Air Force Heritage Program Board of Directors, and a trustee of the U.S. Air and Trade Show and Flight Test Historical Foundation. An owner and principal of The VanFleet Group, an aerospace consulting company, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Reynolds co-founded and now serves as Secretary of Air Camp, in addition to holding positions as independent/outside director for Allison Transmission Holdings, Apogee Enterprises, and Barco Federal Systems.

Sergeant Alex Rozanski

Sgt. Alex Rozanski hails from Dublin, Ohio and now lives in Marysville, Ohio. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1998 through 2005, including a tour in Iraq in 2005, and chose to return to service in 2011, this time through the Ohio Army National Guard. In addition to actively serving in the National Guard, Sgt. Rozanski currently works for the Dublin Recreation and Parks Department.

Timothy L. Shigley

Tim Shigley served in the U.S. Air Force from 1982 through 1987, rising to the rank of Sergeant. Originally from Sunbury, Ohio, he now lives in Galloway, Ohio and works as a Safety Supervisor for Hogan Transports in Columbus. Additionally, Mr. Shigley serves as the 2nd Vice Commander for the American Legion Department of Ohio’s 12th District Council, a member of American Legion’s National Veteran’s Affairs and Rehabilitation Committee, and as Chaplain of both the American Legion Post 532 and American Legion Riders Post 532 in Columbus, Ohio.

Captain Karen L. Roddy-Spikes

Captain Karen L. Roddy-Spikes is currently deployed to Kuwait as an S3 Plans/Protocol Officer with the 595th Transportation Brigade. She has served in the U.S. Army Reserves since October 1994. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Captain Roddy-Spikes now calls Groveport, Ohio home.

Robert Thurman

Bob Thurman served in both the Ohio Army National Guard and the U.S. Air Force between 1965 and 1971, rising to the rank of Sergeant and serving a tour in Korea from 1968 to 1969. Hailing from Columbus, Mr. Thurman is now retired and serves on the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Now living in New Albany, Mr. Thurman also belongs to the Military Veterans Education Foundation (MILVETS), Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4719, and American Legion Post 797.

Charles F. Weed

Charles F. Weed, who goes by his middle name, Fred, served in the 501 BN 101 Airborne Division of the U.S. Army from March 1968 through March 1970. Still living in his hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Mr. Weed owns his own property-casualty insurance business, Central Insurors Agency, which operates through the United Agencies of Cleveland, Ohio. He is also the head coach for the Shaker Heights High School Girls Golf team.