Who We Are


President - Steve Bates

Treasurer - Bert Key

Secretary - Steve Wiley

Associate Directors

Stan Pulliam
USI Insurance Services

Steve Carr
Vietnam Veterans of America
Oregon State Council Delegate

Steering Committee Chair
Jack Snook
Retired Fire Chief


Dick Tobiason
Bend Heroes Foundation


Steering Committee

Members of the Steering Committee are appointed by the President. In addition to other responsibilities, the Steering Committee is charged with review and recommendations for the design and content of the Vietnam War Memorial for the Oregon State Capitol Grounds.

LTC Trent Klug

Rep. Rick Lewis
House District 18

Sen. Betsy Johnson
Senate District 16

Rep. Jeff Reardon
House District 48

Major Peggy Boquist
U.S. Army (retired)

Mitch Sparks
Oregon Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Gary Wilhelms
Oregon State Capitol Foundation

Marc Snook
Benefits, Inc.

Jim Willis
American Legion Past Commander - Oregon Dept.

Sheronne Blasi
Oregon Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Rep. Paul Evans
House District 20

Sen. Brian Boquist
Senate District 12

Tony Goiburn
OM Stone

Libby Carruth
Form Sculpture & OM Stone

Rip Caswell
Caswell Sculpture

Jeanne Barnes
DAR Service for Veterans Chair

Nancy Menagh, Vice-President Gold Star Wives of America

Judi Van Cleave
Gold Star Wives of America

Dick Lovegren
National League of POW/MIA Families

Councilor Brad Nanke
City of Salem


Mike Abbate
Abbate Designs LLC

Ty Raddue
Striking Graphics & Embroidery

Past Commander Gary Grange
Military Order of the Purple Heart Portland Chapter #72

Kelly Fitzpatrick
Director Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs

Rich Kelber
Vietnam Veteran

Kevin Strandberg, Oregon Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Steering Committee Honorary Members

Denise Rohan - American Legion Past National Commander

Rep. Sal Esquivel
House District 6, Retired

Rep. Bill Kennemer
House District 39, Retired

Cameron Smith
Past Director, Oregon Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Past Commander Gene Hellickson, American Legion, Oregon Department