Columbia River Chapter MOAA

Chapter Leadership

President

Evelyn Brady

Evelyn BradyEvelyn is a MOAA Life Member and has been a chapter member since 2009.

She served in the Army National Guard for 25 years and retired in November 2013.

Her last active duty assignment as a Nurse Case Manager for the Community Based Warrior Transition Unit ended in 2012.

She served as the 2nd Vice President and Membership Recruitment Chair since 2013.

Evelyn was elected President February 2016.

First Vice President and Membership Chair

Jeremy Baenen

Col Baenen

Colonel Jeremy O. Baenen retired from the USAF as the Commander, 173d Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon. As Commander, he was responsible for the production of all USAF F-15C pilot training. He exercised oversight and command of over 1,000 personnel, four groups and 33 Total Assigned Aircraft inventory.

Jeremy was elected as 1st VP February 2016.


2nd Vice President

Vacant

Secretary

Vacant

Treasurer

Ron Pastor

 Ron Pastor

Elected January 2017 for a third two year term.

 

 

 

 

 

Immediate Past President & Legislative Affairs Chair

Dave Casteel

Dave is a Life Member odave_casteelf MOAA and has served on the board since 2004.

He served as Chapter Legislative Affairs Chair, Membership Chair, 2nd and 1st Vice President before being elected as chapter President February 2012. He began his second two year term in February 2014.

Dave is a retired from active duty with 24 years service in the Air Force. He retired in 1994 in the grade of Colonel.

His last active duty assignment was at HQ AETC as Chief, Readiness Division (XOR).

A career master navigator, Dave has over 2000 flying hours in the B-52G and T-43A aircraft, including 861 combat hours.

His decorations include the DFC with 1 OLC, Air Medal with 3 OLC, Distinguished Presidential Unit Citation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, and Legion of Merit among other decorations and awards.

He has resided in Camas since his retirement from the Air Force.

Dave served as Chapter President from 2012-2015.

Serves as 1st VP Legislative Affairs, Washington State Council of Chapters (WSCOC), and sits on Veterans Legislative Coalition in Olympia as WSCOC’s MOAA Representative.

Past Chapter President

Rodney Williams

 Rod Williams

 

Personal Affairs Chair & Marine Service Representative

Terry Babin

 

Babin photo Commission in 1969.  Retired Marine Colonel. Served in Vietnam 1970-1971 as a Combat Engineer.

Held six commands ranging from company commander to Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Engineer School.

Served several times on top-level staffs including two at Headquarters, Marine Corps, and Special Assistant to the Commander, U.S. Southern Command.

Retired in 1995.

Life member of MOAA.

Served as Columbia River Chapter Treasurer and also as President.

Currently chairing the new Membership Services Committee.

 

 

 

Public Relations Chair

John Donnelly

 

John Donnelly

John is a past chapter President and Secretary as well as Washington State Council of Chapters President.

A retired Air Force Colonel, John was the Executive Director at the Pearson Air Museum  in Vancouver.

He is very active in the community and is the current president of the Vancouver Lions Club

Scholarship Chair

Paul Crosby

Paul Crosby

Paul is a MOAA Life Member and has been a chapter member since 1995.

Retired Air Force Colonel, Paul served in the Air Force as a navigator, social actions officer, and maintenance officer.

After retiring, he and his family moved to Battle Ground where he started the Air Force Junior ROTC program at Prairie High School in  1995.

He has been the Scholarship Chair since 1998.

Surviving Spouse Chair (Formerly Auxiliary Affairs)

Terry Whisenant

 

 

Public Health Service Representative

Christine Rubadue

 

Navy Service Representative &  Newsletter Editor

Rich Wersinger

RichRich was commissioned in 1970 through the NROTC program at the University of South Carolina. His first Ensign assignment was MPA aboard USS Stribling (DD-867), a WW2 Gearing Class Destroyer! Following deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, the MidEast and WestPac in US Navy destroyers and Frigates (couple of Engineer Officer billets), Rich started his civilian career in 1979. He retired in 1994 as a Commander, with about 12 years active and 12 years reserve service.

Rich’s last active duty assignment was at the Naval Sea Systems Command, Surface Ship Maintenance Project. He is a qualified Surface Warfare Officer, Officer of the Deck (Fleet Operations), Engineer Officer of the Watch (1200psi), and a Shellback.

Rich has served as our our Chapter newsletter editor, website advisor, and Navy Rep. He enjoys spending time with his Sweet Bride, kids and Grandchildren!

 

Air Force Service Representative

Jeremy Baenen

Army Service Representative

Jon Frederick

 

Coast Guard Service Representative

Vacant

CMAC Liasion

Yvette Brown-Wahler

Yvette C. Brown-Wahler, CMDR, USN, (Ret) 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 Surface Force (Navy, Coast Guard and any ships) entering US waters.  She was assigned two Pentagon tours and command of a pre-commissioning destroyer.  Her ship, as Executive Officer of USS Gonzalez (DDG 66), enforced peace in Kosovo in support of NATO. At the request of Atlantic Command she was operations and director of command center for Hurricane Isabel (Richmond-Norfolk, VA).

She 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; participate in all five US Forces Yahoo events and tandem-jumped with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights Demonstration Team; sponsored DoD – Yahoo! “Fantasy Careers in Today’s Military Contest”; 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.

She 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 in 2016.

She was awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (oak leaf cluster); Meritorious Service Medal; Navy & Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four gold stars); Navy Achievement Medal (gold star); Navy Unit Commendation; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy ‘E’ Ribbon (2nd); National Defense Medal (star); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Kosovo Campaign Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; Sea Service Medal (star); and, NATO Medal.

Currently, Yvette and her service dog, Eve, serve with several Veteran organizations in Vancouver and Clark County, Washington, to include:  40~8, Military Officers Association of America, Women Veterans Connect, Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve (ESGR), PureKraze Events for Veterans, Clark County Veterans Court, and provides meals for Veterans in need.