Text Size:   A+ A- A   •   Text Only
Site Image

Advisory Committee to the ODVA
About the Committee
The Advisory Committee to the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) is a group of nine military veterans who have been appointed by the Governor to provide counsel to the ODVA Director on all veterans’ issues and concerns in the state. The Advisory Committee is fortunate to have volunteer members who bring diverse talents and experiences to the table from every generation of veterans and communities across this state.
As an Advisory Committee, we must be informed by the broader veterans’ community that we serve.  As such, we invite all Oregon veterans, their families and our partners to attend and participate in the quarterly meetings held across the state.
Contact the Committee
For questions or to contact the committee please use public email vaac@odva.state.or.us  

Quarterly Public Meetings
The Advisory Committee's public meetings are held quarterly on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. 
To request a place on the next agenda or to suggest an issue to be discussed, please email vaac@odva.state.or.us  or call 503-373-2383 and provide the following information: Name, Organization (if applicable), preferred contact information (email, phone), which quarterly meeting you are requesting agenda time, and the issue you would like discussed and possible action recommendations.  While every item will not make our agenda, your input is essential in shaping our work.  In addition, we always reserve time at our meetings for public comment.
Next Meeting
Date:                March 2, 2016
Time:                9:30 a.m. to noon
Location:           Shilo Inn Ocean Front Hotel
                        536 SW Elizabeth St, Newport, OR 97365

Future Meeting Dates:
                June 1, 2016 – Quarterly Advisory Committee, Klamath Falls
                September 7, 2016 – Quarterly Advisory Committee, The Dalles
                December 7, 2016 – Quarterly Advisory Committee, Salem
Advisory Committee Members



Alfredo G. Herrera
Term(s):       12/01/2011 – 11/30/2015
Born in Beatty, Oregon, Al graduated from high school in Klamath Falls before being drafted into the Army in 1955. Highly decorated for his service in Vietnam, Al is the recipient of the Silver Star, Bronze Star (Valor) and Purple Heart and retired from the Army after a full career in 1976. Al is a member of several service organizations, but is proudest to be a life member of the Bandido Charlie Association composed of veterans from his unit in Vietnam and present day soldiers in the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division. Al and his wife live in Beaverton.


Vice Chair


Dennis G. Guthrie
Term(s):       07/01/2012 – 06/30/2016
Raised in Portland, Dennis is a 6th generation Oregonian and has lived in Redmond for the last 40 years. Dennis enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967 and volunteered to serve in Vietnam after completing Airborne and Special Forces Medical Training. He served as Head Company Field Medic with the First Cavalry Division, volunteered for Medevac, and is the recipient of the Silver Star and Bronze Star (Valor) among other awards. Dennis is a Veterans of Foreign Wars Past Department Commander for Oregon and has served in numerous national VFW positions, most recently as Vice-Chairman and member of the National Legislative Committee.
Michael A. Jones
Term(s):       12/01/2012 – 11/30/2016
Michael served in the United States Army from 1970 to 1973 and is the recipient of two Bronze Stars for his service in Vietnam. He is a local and state leader in the American Legion, as well as a member of the VFW and DAV. Michael and his wife live in Ontario.


Mary J. Mayer
Term(s):       09/15/2011 – 09/14/2015
A native Oregonian, Mary is a retired Colonel from the U.S. Air Force and served on active duty from 1972 to 2002. Diverse assignments took her across the continental U.S. and overseas in Southeast Asia, Panama, and, Spain.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star. After her military service, Mary served as Vice President and Senior Director at KBR Government Infrastructure. She is also a state and regional leader in several veteran and community organizations--including the Military Officers Association of America, Air Force Association, American Association of University Women, Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and Marylhurst University Alumni Association. Mary lives in Portland.

Trisa E. Kelly

Term(s):       04/01/2012 – 03/31/2016
Trisa served as a Chaplain for 13 years in the Oregon Army National Guard and the 142nd Fighter Wing in Portland. She retired as a Major in 2015. She began her service in 2002 and continues serving in uniform today. She is a graduate of Portland State University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French. Trisa is a bilingual staff member with the Multnomah County Health Department, and also serves as Associate Pastor of Maranatha Church. Trisa and her family live in Portland.
Gerard F. Lorang
Term(s):       03/16/2012 – 03/15/2016
                     03/16/2008 – 03/15/2012
Jerry is Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Army and served from 1972 to 1974 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. After his military service, Jerry worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration.  For over 32 years, he served his fellow veterans in assignments across the Federal VA system and retired as a senior executive. Jerry has continued his service to veterans as a leader in the American Legion Department of Oregon and Project Healing Waters. Jerry and his wife live in Portland.
Kevin J. Owens
Term(s):       03/16/2012 – 03/15/2016
                     03/16/2018 – 03/15/2012
Kevin is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard and served from 1984 to 1996. He is a past State Commander for the American Legion and a leader in other service organizations such as DAV and 40 et 8. He works for Platt Electric and lives with his wife on the South Coast in North Bend.
Tony N. Garcìa
Term(s):       01/01/2015 – 12/31/2018
A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Oregon, School of Law, Tony is an Oregon Army National Guard soldier and attorney. He was a Judge Advocate for the 41st Infantry Brigade and served as Chief Trial Counsel in Iraq to the 41st Brigade in 2009 on their largest deployment since WWII. Tony lives and works in Portland where he is a deputy city attorney for the City of Portland.