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's 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
U.S. Navy, 1950-54
Korean War Association, American Legion
U.S. Army, 1970-73
Vietnam War. Awarded two Bronze Stars
Past-American Legion Post and District Commander, VFW, DAV
U.S. Army, 1967-69
Vietnam War. Awarded Silver Star (Valor), Bronze Star (Valor)
American Legion, VFW, Past-VFW National Surgeon General
Al Herrera, Vice Chair
U.S. Army, 1955-76
Vietnam War. Awarded the Silver Star,
Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart
J. Ryan Howell
Oregon Army National Guard, 1999-2005
Operation Iraqi Freedom. Awarded two Purple Hearts, two Army Commendation Medals.
VFW, Military Order of the Purple Heart
Chaplain Major Trisa Kelly, Secretary
Oregon Air National Guard, 2002-present
U.S. Army, 1972-74
Vietnam-era, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (1975-2007)
DAV, American Legion
Mary J. Mayer, Chair
U.S. Air Force (ret.), 1972-2002
Vietnam-era, Panama, Persian Gulf War, Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom
Awarded Legion of Merit, Bronze Star. Military Officers Assoc., Air Force Assoc.
U.S. Coast Guard, 1990-96
Panama, Granada, Persian Gulf War-era
American Legion, DAV, 40 et 8