Board President: Gerry Condon
Member: VFP Greater Seattle Chapter 092 in Seattle, WA
Gerry Condon is a Vietnam era veteran and war resister who spent six years in Sweden and Canada after refusing orders to Vietnam. Gerry has a long history in the veterans peace movement. In 1983-84, he organized the first two veterans delegations to revolutionary Nicaragua, and in 1987, he was a co-coordinator of the Veterans Peace Convoy to Nicaragua. From 1993-96, Gerry worked for IFCO/Pastors For Peace, organizing humanitarian aid and political solidarity caravans to Cuba.
Since 2004, Gerry has been on the front lines of supporting Iraq and Afghanistan war resisters in Canada, Germany and elsewhere. For the last year, Gerry has served as National Board President of Veterans For Peace.
Vice President: Adrienne Kinne
Member: 057 - Vermont, Green Mountain Will Miller Chapter
Adrienne Kinne joined Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2007 and in the years to follow would help form the Vermont chapter, serve as the regional coordinator for New England and New York, serve on the planning and outreach committee for Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan, and serve on the IVAW Board of Directors, among countless other activities. In 2011 she transitioned to organizing with Veterans For Peace, becoming a lifetime member of VFP and president of the Vermont chapter. She served on VFP’s Board of Directors from 2011-2013 as Director and Secretary and assisted with the membership and personnel committees. During the 2012 VFP Convention, she advocated along with others for the allowance of international chapters in VFP and has since traveled to London in support of VFP UK activities.
Adrienne currently works as a social worker in Vermont. She has an educational and work background in research, data collection and analysis, and program development, which lend well to supporting work as a board member. She continues to serve as the VFP Chapter President in Vermont. Current chapter activities include: opposing war and militarism, drones, Islamophobia, and police militarization; truth-in-recruiting; and, raising awareness of moral injury, military sexual trauma, and the environmental impacts of war and militarism. Adrienne is also a member of a local peace coalition and has helped organize local and statewide events that address the connection of war and militarism with broader societal and environmental pressures that face our communities and the world today.
Secretary: Patrick McCann
Member: 032 - Miami Area, FL
Patrick has been a member of VFP since the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and a member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War for 4+ decades. He has:
- served as VFP national president (2013 and 2014);
- served on VFP’s Board of Directors for 10 years;
- been president of the South Florida and DC Metro area chapters;
- hosted 2 of the first 3 Vets For Vets national meetings (Miami and DC, 2006):
- participated in the Mobile to New Orleans Veterans and Katrina survivors march (2006):
- attended 11 national conventions, beginning with San Francisco in 2003;
- hosted 2 national conventions (U-MD in 2009, Miami in 2012);
- organized a tour of 18 people to Haiti following the Miami convention;
- presided over 2 national conventions as president (Madison, 2013 and Asheville, 2014);
- presented at numerous convention workshops on chapter-building, Syria, and Afghanistan;
- developed, with other leading members, our ‘Peace at Home, Peace Abroad’ lens;
- brought forward veterans of color, female veterans, and post-9/11 veterans;
- appointed 2 women of color to fill open positions on our Board of Directors;
- hosted tours for IVAW leaders Michael Hoffman and Jimmy Massey;
- been a union member and activist for 3+ decades (NEA and Machinists)
- been arrested at the White House and US Capitol for protest actions; and
- am a VFP lifetime member (twice), and a recurring (credit card) donor for years.
Patrick retired from teaching high school in June, 2015.
Treasurer: Gary Butterfield
Member: 091 - San Diego - CA Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter
I believe I can successfully use my organizational and interpersonal skills to contribute in a meaningful way as a member of the National Board of Directors. I am a Lifetime member of the San Diego Chapter, which has been recognized as "Chapter of the Year", and its membership continues to grow while members are becoming more active. As President, I encourage our members to "get out of our individual silos and get involved with other groups". As a result, we have significantly increased our Speaker's Program outreach opportunities and have impacted local gun-control, climate, and Democratic groups. I want to have an immediate impact at the National level.
After getting my BS degree from Oregon State University (using the GI Bill) I had a successful career in business with a surgical company where I gained valuable experience in HR, training and motivating employees, building consensus, raising funds and balancing budgets. These areas are also extremely important in building a successful non-profit organization.
In 1967 the Army drafted me and I declared as a conscientious objector while at Non-Commissioned Officer's Training School in Ft. Benning, GA. After numerous interviews and some stockade time, the Army determined that my beliefs, though sincere, were based upon moral grounds and not religious beliefs- therefore no "official" CO status.
Although I opposed all subsequent US military excursions, I did not reawaken my activism until I retired. Jack Doxey introduced me to the San Diego Chapter of Veterans For Peace and I joined five years ago and have since served as Treasurer of the San Diego Chapter for 3 years and local Chairman of the VFP National Convention in 2015. I am currently finishing my second year as President.
Joey King was Distinguished Military Graduate from Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. He graduated from the following Army schools: Airborne, Ranger, Pathfinder, Air Assault, Infantry Officer's Basic Course, Jungle Expert (Panama Canal Zone), and the Infantry Officer's Mortar Platoon Officer's Course. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division and in Vicenza Italy. He was a platoon leader and company executive officer. In his resignation letter he said
I, LT Joey B King ,resign my commission...I am resigning because of a personal conviction that war is an unacceptable means of resolving differences among nations.
Since leaving the US Army he has been active in:
- Buddhist Peace Fellowship
- Truth-in-recruiting in Middle Tennessee
- Gandhi-King Conference on Peacemaking
- Veterans Day Parade Nashville
- Stop the Bombs Oak Ridge TN
- School of the Americas Watch
- Participated as an international election observer in El Salvador March 2009
- Contributor to the 2012 book, “Why Peace”
- Chair of Veterans for Peace Middle Tennessee/Nashville 2006-present
- National Board of Directors Veterans for Peace 2009-2012
Board Member: Jessie Medvan
Member: VFP 47 Pittsburgh, PA
Jessie Medvan joined the PA Army National Guard in 2000 at the age of 17. Growing up with a nostalgic and romanticized view of America, she joined the military to fulfill a sense of duty to country. After training for 5 months in the states and Kuwait, her communications company deployed to Iraq in April 2004. Seeing war first hand made her question everything she thought she knew about America and their relations with the rest of the world. It was clear to her even in the beginning of deployment that Americans were doing much more harm than good in Iraq. While on deployment, she took opportunities to leave her station in Taji to see more of Iraq and develop a clearer picture of the American occupation. On her way back to the states at the end of deployment in February 2005, she took a detail at the wash rack in Kuwait. Jessie sustained injuries to her right foot and ankle, having been dragged under a semi-trailer while assisting with moving trucks in the yard.
Upon return from deployment she faced an uphill battle of coming to grips with the war that she'd participated in, severe mental and health issues and family problems. As she struggled to put her life back together, family became supportive and her mental and physical problems were being cared for. She suffered chronic migraines for years after returning from deployment but managed to hold down a job and attend college in 2007 at Laroche. Due to her injuries sustained in Kuwait, she went to college under the Vocational Rehabilitation program.
After graduating college in 2011 with a bachelors degree in Sociology, she married her husband Joe. The two have a 5 year old son- Joey, and a 3 year old daughter-Charlotte. Being a stay at home mom has been a trying yet joyous adventure for Jessie. Her kids are a daily reminder of why she is working to make the world a war free place. She joined Veterans for Peace in 2013 and has been the Lead Organizer of the chapter for the past 2 years.
Board Member: Daniel Craig
Member: VFP Ch. 55, Santa Fe
My name is Daniel Craig. I am Chicano, and a mix of Mexican American & Scottish descent. I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico and am a native New Mexican. I served in the U.S. Army, New Mexico Army National Guard and U.S. Army ROTC Training Program from July 1981 to May 1993. I deployed to Iraq and Kuwait during the Gulf War in 1991. I have a B.A. of Psychology and a minor degree in Spanish and I do speak Spanish. I have worked as a counselor with both adults and teenagers focusing on addiction recovery. I am currently a Case Manager with Healthcare For The Homeless here in Santa Fe.
I joined Veterans For Peace in October 2002 and have been a member since then. I have served as the chapter president twice, I am currently serving in my second iteration as such. I have been deeply involved in almost every endeavor of our chapter. What I bring to the VFP National Board is a strong commitment to our organization's mission. This includes: effective communication skills, a great degree of open-mindedness in inter-personal communications as well as firm in my beliefs and able to articulate them, and an excellent ability to work as a team member.
I am intimately familiar with my strengths and weaknesses as both an individual and as a member of an organization. An example of a weakness is that I am very opinionated and have very strong feelings about certain subjects; my strength is that I am able to refrain from verbalizing said opinions when necessary, and not letting feelings get in the way of achieving our goals.
Gratefully, I believe I will be a great asset to our organization as a member of the VFP National Board. I am excited about his opportunity.
Board Member: Willie Hager
Member: VFP Ch. 174, Jacksonville Florida
My name is Willie Hager. My home Chapter is Veterans For Peace Jacksonville Fl Jacob George Memorial Chapter 174, of which I am a Charter Member. I am a Life Member of VFP and I am running again for the board, having served 2013-2016. I am a USMC Veteran 1959-1969. I served two tours in Vietnam I Corps as a 1371 Combat Engineer 1965-66 & 1968. I have been a member of VFP since 2012 and in that time have chartered my home chapter as well as being a co-founder of the Veterans For Peace Sgt Barrios Memorial Chapter 184 in Tijuana, BC and it's staffed and operating intake and triage office; the Unified U.S Deported Veterans Information & Resource Center, located on the border in Tijuana. I am currently Project Coordinator for the Veterans For Peace National Deported Veterans Issues and Advocacy Project.
In addition to a long history of Veterans' anti-war activism, beginning with Vietnam Veterans Against The War in 1971 where I served as California/Nevada Regional Coordinator 1972-1974. I also share some common extracurricular skill sets and certifications with current board member Maurice Martin, to quote: "I'm also a certified mediator; Restorative Justice Mediator, Alternative to Violence Project Facilitator, and Conference Meeting facilitator." I also still serve as an Coordinating Trustee with the VVAW Legacy Trust.
During my time since joining VFP in 2012; I have organized and Moderated workshops relating to Deported Veterans for six consecutive National Conventions. I have served on several Board committees over the years; Bylaws, Resolutions, Development, Media and Communications, and was appointed by then President Barry Ladendorf to be Coordinator for the Border Immigrations and Issues Ad Hoc Committee, which has subsequently evolved into the VFP National Deported Veterans Issues & Advocacy Project.
I am running for the board again because I have seen the positive changes within VFP of the past six years and I have grown as a person from having been a part of it. I believe that we need to continue to nurture that change. This is the 21st century and things are moving fast and we need to continually be in tune with events rather than playing catch up. I believe the way to do that is for the chapters to step up for local peace and social justice actions and campaigns that are a cost of war, and for the National Board to consider avenues to provide direct communications, support, and resources for them to do so. I believe the real work/revolution begins at home.
If you choose to elect me once again to the Board; I pledge that I will work to help shape a model that will keep us effectively in the game as we build for an uncertain future. For me the ticket is more local peace and social justice issue campaigns and projects, less mass organizing, and increasing our international profile, i.e., Golden Rule Project and Deported Veterans Project, new chapters in new places doing new things.
Member: Chapter 162-East Bay, CA
I am the daughter of an immigrant scholar and of a U.S. soldier. With a degree in Political Science and Spanish, I enlisted in the Army. During the Reagan administrations, I was an Intelligence Analyst practicing desert warfare in a Combat Electronic Warfare Intelligence (CEWI) unit. I call myself a bridge veteran because I served between hot wars. There is no peace time inside the military because it is the war business. Later, on Wall Street, I witnessed the end of the Cold War, the short-lived "Peace Dividend" and the maneuvering to profit from war when I worked for an international economic advisor to investment banks.
I joined VFP in January 2003. I have also been involved with Occupy, Black Lives Matter, Crosses of Lafayette, Monsanto protests (focusing on Agent Orange), Take Back The Night, Sankofa Sunday and Urban Shield protests.
My best peacemaking skills are quiet ones: deep listening, nonviolent communication, inclusion and actual support of others. I just got bystander training that dissolved a conflict! I am grateful for the peace musicians, artists, poets, writers, documentarians, photographers of conscience, signs- banners-and t-shirt makers, and the do-what's-needed crew that help with this work and sustain my spirit.
Honor the dead, Heal the wounded, Stop the wars.
Board Member: Michael Dempsey
Member: VFP Ch. 46 Monterey CA
I am Michael Dempsey, I became a member of Veterans For Peace 10 years ago upon learning of the organization at a friend's home in Watsonville, CA. where I now live with my wife of 28 years. I became a lifetime member of VFP CH 46 Monterey, CA. two years ago I've served as our chapter's Recording Secretary for the last six years, and also the manager and creator of our social media pages.
I moved to San Francisco in 1971 and in 1972 enrolled in San Francisco City College earning a AA degree in General Education three years later. I worked for a wholesale electrical parts distributor, that led to a position with a Electrical Contractor as a parts manager.
I moved to Santa Cruz County where I lived in an isolated setting with other vets, all of us battling PTSD, but none of us aware of the ailment. I worked a number of part time meaningless jobs until being hired by a electrical contractor to manage his warehouse. That led to me enrolling in the apprenticeship program of The IBEW, upon completion of that program and receiving my journeyman electrician certificate, I volunteered for numerous committees and boards of the IBEW LU234 Castroville, CA.
I served as temporary recording secretary for two years filling a vacancy before being elected to that position, I was on three different contract negotiating committees, I was hired by the local as Lead Organizer, than promoted to Assistant Business Manager, which required computer skills and knowledge I did not have, I enrolled in Watsonville Adult Education class to learn basic computer and office skills. and later enrolling in more advanced adult ed classes, "windows office step program" where learned windows full office suite, and computer repair. I was elected President of LU 234, in 2004, as President, my duties included appointing members to various committees and boards of the local, and monitoring the same. I retired after thirteen years of service as a journeyman electrician and officer of the local union after being diagnosed with with severe untreated prolonged ptsd, with strong recommendation of retirement, from The VA, if financially possible.
Board Member: George Johnson
Member: VFP Ch. 182
My name is George Johnson a US Navy veteran 1962 to 1966. A radarman Vietnam Veteran. I joined VVAW in 1968 and have been active in working for peace and justice for 50 years. I joined VFP during the first Gulf War, I have served in many capacities in VFP, as chapter president, vice president, outreach coordinator, speaker at a number of conferences, conventions, schools, community organizations and media Outlets.
I serve as a referral to Veterans in accessing veterans services and programs and contact for support services for veterans seeking rightfully earned and deserved benefits.
I designed t-shirts and banners. I designed Veterans For Peace first tie-dyed t-shirts.
I was a member of the musical group "ANNIE AND THE VETS", who donated over $20,000 to VFP and other organizations through musical performances, and CD's.
I served on the Board of Directors of Veterans For Peace in the late 90s and early 2000's. I currently live and work in the deported veterans community in Baja California. I helped co-found and open the first sustained deported veteran office in Tijuana, Mexico. Providing services and programs and referral for benefits through the Veterans Administration health care programs.
I was co-founding member of Chapter 101, also the San Jose California chapter 176 , Tijuana Baja Mexico chapter 182.
I feel my lifelong experience and commitment to peace and Justice will be very useful on the VFP board. I feel that one of the goals should be reaching out to former members who no longer participate and bring them back to the fold at the same time reaching out to Veterans of all generations that work for peace and Justice.
Understanding our history through long experience can be an asset as we continue to move forward a in ending war, promoting peace, and providing services and support for those who are struggling with the consequences of War. This experience working collaboratively with our younger generation veterans can be vital in helping us move forward as we look at new visions and opportunities in bringing peace and justice around the world.
Board Member: Dave Logsdon
Member: 027 - Minneapolis MN
I am a USN combat veteran (Destroyer duty, Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club). I am from the much coveted "Old White Guy" group in VFP.
My education is limited to two undistinguished years of community college in Chicago. I am not an IT savant by any definition, but I have found my voice late in life.
I grew up in a working class family and drove a produce truck (Teamster retired) for 26 years. I hope to bring a working class perspective to the board. I felt helping organize the VFP National convention was my coming of age moment on the national stage in VFP. It empowered me to take the next step in my involvement by running for the National Board. I am humbled to be on this ballot with friends and colleagues, but I wouldn't have run if I didn't think I could contribute.
I decided to run for the board to make sure that the middle part of the USA is well represented, so that our voice can be heard in the greater vision of VFP. Education, Arts, and Action is what we emphasize at our Twin Cities chapter that I have successfully led for the last four years. It takes imagination to inspire and lead and I have a boatload of ideas in my satchel.
I hope to bring this imagination and energy and to help us grow now and in the future. I always capitalize the FOR in Veterans For Peace!
As we say in Chicago, vote early and vote often.