Members of the Board
Denise Hughes- President
Jennifer Darling- Treasurer
Laurie L. Leis
Retired Colonel U.S. ARMY San Diego. Purple Heart Served in Vietnam, Panama, US, Alaska and Germany President of a Physical Evaluation Board Ventura County Veterans Officer 10 years Newspaper Columnist, “Veterans Advisor”
USMC Veteran, San Gabriel Women Veteran Strategic Alliance Director SEIU Veteran Caucus Chair American Legion CA Veteran Affairs Rehabilitation Commission Vice Chair
Currently is the County of Ventura – Veteran Services Officer. Prior to assuming the CVSO duties, Mike worked three years in the private sector for Baxter International, in their Newbury Park BioScience facility as their training & development manager. Before working in the private sector, Mike held a variety of leadership positions in the Air Force.
Mike deployed for three major Operations: to USAFE Headquarters Staff for ALLIED FORCE in 1999, to Kuwait for SOUTHERN WATCH in 2002, and to Kuwait for IRAQI FREEDOM in 2003. He was also stationed in Kunsan AB, Republic of South Korea from 08/96 – 02/98. He ultimately retired after 20 years, with his last assignment as the First Sergeant for the Air Force Detachment at Naval Base Ventura County – Port Hueneme. Among his military awards and decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal w/ two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal w/ four oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award w/ Valor Device w/ three oak leaf clusters, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the NATO Medal.