The nine-member Advisory Committee to the ODVA was formed by statute in 1945. The committee plays an important role in the effective administration of the department and have been invaluable advisors to the ODVA director. Committee members are appointed by the governor to serve four-year terms.
The Advisory Committee's public meetings are held quarterly on the first Wednesday in March, June, September and December. For locations and times, please call 503-373-2383.
(Special needs will be met for those who have a disability.)
Annually, the committee presents a report
to the governor regarding the agency's activities.
Advisory Committee Members
Mary J. Mayer, Chair Al Herrera, Vice Chair
U.S. Air Force (ret.), 1972-2002 U.S. Army 1955-76
Vietnam-era, Panama, Persian Gulf War, Vietnam War. Awarded the Silver Star,
Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart
Awarded Legion of Merit, Bronze Star.
Military Officers Assoc., Air Force Assoc.
Chaplain Major Trisa Kelly, Secretary Irv Fletcher
Oregon Air National Guard, 2002-present U.S. Navy, 1950-54
Korean War Association, American Legion
Michael Jones Dennis Guthrie
U.S. Army, 1970-73 U.S. Army, 1967-69
Vietnam War. Awarded two Bronze Stars Vietnam War. Awarded Silver Star (Valor),
Past-American Legion Post and Bronze Star (Valor), American Legion
District Commander, VFW, DAV VFW, Past VFW National Suregon General
J. Ryan Howell Gerard Lorang
Oregon Army National Guard, 1999-2005 U.S. Army, 1972-74
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Awarded two Vietnam-era, U.S. Department of Veterans
Purple Hearts, two Army Commendation Medals. Affairs (1975-2007), DAV, American Legion
VFW, Military Order of the Purple Heart
U.S. Coast Guard, 1990-96
Panama, Granada, Persian Gulf War-era
American Legion, DAV, 40 et 8