In an e-mail to members of Military Outreach for Service, outgoing President John Gray announced the results of the recent election to select new board members.
After certification by Election Committee chair James Perry, President Gray confirmed that the new officers are:
- President - Carol Permar, 100% of the vote
- Vice President - Allen Lichtenwalner, 67%
- Treasurer - Daniel Riley, 100%
- Secretary - Penny Heiner, 100%
David W. Heiser was unanimously approved by voters to continue as Social Media Director and a voting board member.
Incoming President Carol Permar helped to found and serve as the president of the M.O.S.T Chapter in Ogden, Utah. She has close ties to the military as her father was a World War II veteran and her son is currently serving in the U.S. Army. She said that her goal "will be to move the MOS organization forward to further define, clarify and solidify the NGB and Chapter relationship. In order to do this I will solicit input from each Chapter for a better understanding of what is expected from the NGB. I will also seek input from advisors to help NGB with the process," she said.
Allen Lichtenwalner, a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, served as president of MOS for the first three years of its existence.
Penney Heiner, the new secretary, comes from a family with long military history, which includes her son who serves in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne Division.
John Gray served as president of MOS since October 2011. In the past year, he endured through vacant positions on the board with the retirement of John Mansfield, who was secretary, and the resignations of Vice President Stacey Douglas due to illness and Treasurer Elena Maria Alvarez who left the Internal Revenue Service for a permanent job with the Department of Veterans Affairs. John's plans were also hindered by the illnesses of committee chairs.
John, however, successfully faciliatated the rewrite of the MOS Bylaws that will allow the MOS Board to operate more efficiently and give more self-governance to officially approved Chapters. John successfully started and conducted nationwide virtual meetings with members and successfully fostered the founding of two MOS Chapters with a couple more in the works. John furiously worked to launch a mentoring program and successfully launched a pilot but the program was killed before it could be implemented nationwide after discussions with the IRS Human Capital Office.
Results of the other poll questions will follow shortly.