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Advisory Committee to the ODVA
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 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
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
Air Force Commendation Medal                                   Korean War
                                                                               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 Surgeon 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. Dept. of Veterans Affairs    Purple Hearts, two Army Commendation Medals.          (1975-2007), DAV, American Legion
VFW, Military Order of the Purple Heart
Kevin Owens
U.S. Coast Guard, 1990-96
Panama, Grenada, Persian Gulf War-era.
American Legion, DAV, 40 et 8