President & Chief Executive Officer
MAJOR GENERAL JAMES M. (‘MIKE’) MYATT
Major General Myatt was commissioned a Marine Corps second lieutenant after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering Electronics from the Naval Post Graduate School.
General Myatt served two combat tours in the Republic of Vietnam. His first was as a platoon and company commander with the 1st Bn, 4th Marines. During his second tour, he was assigned as infantry battalion advisor to the 5th Battalion, Vietnamese Marine Corps. He commanded the 1st Marine Division during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990-91. His Division defeated seven Iraqi Army divisions in zone, seized Kuwait International Airport and liberated Kuwait City.
General Myatt retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995 to work for Bechtel Corporation. While working for Bechtel, he managed the $22 billion construction project to build the Korean High Speed Rail from Seoul to Pusan.
In September 2001, General Myatt was selected to be President and CEO of the Marines’ Memorial Association. He assumed that posting on 10 September 2001.
Board of Directors
LIEUTENANT GENERAL ROBERT JOHNSTON
Chairman of the Board
Lt General Robert Johnston served for thirty-four years on active duty in the Marine Corps. His last duty assignment was as Commander, Marine Forces Atlantic Marine Forces Europe and II Marine Expeditionary Force. During the Gulf War, the served as the CENTCOM Chief-of-Staff. He retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1995 and lives in Tucson, Arizona.
Rick is a Vietnam era Marine aviator who serves as a banking executive. He serves as a Director of 12th District Federal Reserve Bank and a Director of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. He serves as a Director of BAI and Operation HOPE Inc. and is the Treasurer of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
SERGEANT MAJOR RAMONA COOK
Ramona retired after 30 years, where her last assignment was as Sergeant Major, Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton. A Maintenance Management specialist, she served in the 1st Marine Division during Operation Desert Storm. She served as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island. The Congressional Caucus for Women recognized her as the Outstanding Female Marine SNCO for 2005. In February 2012, she was the first DoD enlisted recipient to receive the Stars & Stripes Award for outstanding leadership. In retirement, she currently serves as the Protocol Officer for Marine Corps Installations West-Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton.
VICE ADMIRAL JODY BRECKENRIDGE
Admiral Breckenridge retired from the Coast Guard in 2010 after serving as the Commander, US Coast Guard, Pacific Area. She holds a BSC in Biology from Virginia Tech, a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Maryland, and a Master’s of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. She is active on the boards of several non-profits including serving as Vice Chairman of the San Francisco Fleet Week Association.
Ian is a former Marine and OIF veteran; he served from 2001 to 2005 with the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. He currently works as an operations and business development consultant for companies in the United States and Africa. Ian received his B/A/ in international relations and foreign policy from Boston University, and received his MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. He is an avid snowboarder, triathlete and sailor. He is a Truman National Security Fellow and is active in local at-risk youth education programs. Ian and his wife, Ceylan, live with their daughter in San Francisco.
COLONEL RAY COLE
Col Cole retired after a distinguished career and founded TechOps Solutions International, providing an operations and crisis management center with a focus on social networks for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL RON COLEMAN
GEN Coleman retired after serving as the Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He serves on the Marine Corps Scholarship Board of Directors.
Nicole is a 1998 graduate of the Naval Academy and has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. She is currently Vice President for Internatoinal Operations and Strategic Initiatives for International Game Technology. She was selected to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Generation 2014.
Tim attended West Point and graduated in 2004 after winning the General Stillwell Leadership award. After his Army service, he attended Stanford and earned a Law degree and an MBA. He currently works for a startup in Silicon Valley as founder and Chief Operating Officer.
M. K. PALMORE
M. K. Palmore is a public-sector executive currently serving in a leadership role in the cyber security arena. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of leadership and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. His education and certifications include a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy, a MBA from Pepperdine University and the ISC2-CISSP certification. In addition to his public-sector responsibilities, Mr. Palmore serves as a contributing writer to the Police One Network on the subject of leadership.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL JEFFREY TICE
Colonel Tice retired from the USAF in 1999 after serving 22 years on active duty as a fighter pilot. He amassed over 3000 hours of flight time in F-111, F-5 and F-16 jets. He served in combat as a Flight Commander and Assistant Operations Officer during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. While leading a large bombing mission deep in Iraq, he was shot down, captured and interned as a Prisoner of War. After retirement from the USAF, he flew as a Commercial Airline Pilot for American Airlines in the MD-80, Boeing 737, 757, 767 aircraft on both domestic and international routes. Jeff retired from American Airlines in 2012. He currently volunteers for several nationwide military-related charities.
Chief Operations Officer / General Manager
Chief Financial Officer
Director, Human Resources
Director, Sales and Marketing
Director, Food and Beverage
Director, Living Memorial
Director, Information Technology
Director, Marines’ Memorial Theatre
Marine Advisory Council
COL TOM PRENTICE, USMC
COL JIM HARP, USMC
SGTMAJ ALEX DOBSON, USMC
COL GARY JOHNSTON, USMC
COL MARK TULL, USMC
COL JASON WOODWORTH, USMC