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.
With the pending term completion of one committee member, the Governor’s Office and ODVA are seeking applications from the veteran community to fill this position. All Oregon veterans are welcome to apply. Please read this application letter for more information.
he 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
Al Herrera, Chair Dennis Guthrie, Vice Chair
U.S. Army, 1955-76 U.S. Army, 1967-69
Vietnam War. Awarded the Silver Star, Vietnam War. Awarded Silver Star (Valor),
Bronze Star (Valor), Purple Heart Bronze Star (Valor). American Legion,
VFW, Past-VFW National Surgeon General
Michael Jones, Secretary Irv Fletcher
U.S. Army, 1970-73 U.S. Navy, 1950-54
Vietnam War. Awarded two Bronze Stars. Korean War
Past-American Legion Post and Korean War Association, American Legion
District Commander, VFW, DAV
Chaplian Major Trisa Kelly Mary J. Mayer
Oregon Air National Guard, 2002-present U.S. Air Force (ret.), 1972-2002
Air Force Commendation Medal Vietnam-era, Panama, Persian Gulf,
Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Awarded Legion of Merit, Bronze Star.
Military Officers Assoc., Air Force Assoc.
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
U.S. Coast Guard, 1990-96
Panama, Grenada, Persian Gulf War-era.
American Legion, DAV, 40 et 8