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Marines Memorial Association

Board of Directors & Executive Officers

The Marines Memorial Association is a San Francisco nonprofit Veterans Organization that has been operating the Marines Memorial Club since 1946. The goal of our San Francisco nonprofits executive officers and board of directors is to pay tribute to the military Veterans who have served our Country in wars.

Board of Directors for 2013



President & Chief Executive Officer:



Directors Emeritus:



Military Advisory Council:

  • Col Christopher Starling, USMC
  • Col Robert Gates, USMC
  • Col George Aucoin, USMC
  • SgtMaj Sylvester Daniels, USMC
  • Col David J. Terando, USMC
  • Col John Farnam, USMC



President & Chief Executive Officer:

  • MajGen J. Michael Myatt, USMC (Ret.)







General Joe P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.)

General Joe Hoar retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after 37 years of service.  During his last three years of active service, he was the Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command – the unified command that has the planning and operational responsibilities for nineteen countries of the Middle East, South Asia and the Horn of Africa.  General Hoar was the Deputy for Operations for the Marine Corps during the Gulf War, and, before that, he was General Norman Schwartzkopf’s Chief of Staff at Central Command.  Since retiring, General Hoar has formed a consulting firm that is engaged in business development in the Middle East and Africa.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of several non-profit organizations. 

Mr. Stephen M. Snyder, Marine Veteran

Mr. Snyder grew up in Los Angeles and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. After graduation, he served as a Marine infantry officer for three years, including a combat tour in Vietnam with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. Following his Marine Corps service, he attended Cornell University, earning a law degree. Since 1972, Mr. Snyder has practiced law in San Francisco, except for 2 years when he taught law at Northwestern University in Chicago. He has served on several boards, including the San Francisco Bar Association; the San Francisco Embarcadero YMCA, where he was also Board Chair; Swords to Plowshares, and a prior tour on the Marines’ Memorial where he served as Vice Chair. He was a founding director of the Danny Foundation (a non-profit advocating for nursery product safety) and a trustee of the Dominican School of Philosophy and theology of the Graduate Theological Union. He and his wife, Faye, live in Lafayette, CA.

Mr. Jon Paulson, Marine Veteran

Mr. Paulson graduated from Rutgers College and served on active duty in the Marine Corps in the mid-sixties, playing football for the Quantico Marines before reporting for duty as a platoon commander in Vietnam. He was wounded in action three times during his combat tour in Vietnam. After he was released from active duty, Mr. Paulson attended Harvard Business School, earning a Masters in Business Administration. He has worked in real estate development for most of his career and has over 30 years experience in real estate finance, investment, development and brokerage. Mr. Paulson is also on the Board for Swords to Plowshares, a Veteran organization formed to get the homeless Veterans off the streets. He and his wife, Dianne, live in San Francisco.

Mr. Eaton Dunkelberger, Marine Veteran

Mr. Dunkelberger attended Stanford University on a ROTC scholarship and upon graduation was commissioned in the Marine Corps.  He served as an infantry officer with Third Battalion, Fifth Marines and deployed to Iraq in 2003.  After leaving the Marine Corps in 2004, Mr. Dunkelberger got his MBA from London Business School and started 2 businesses in Afghanistan to improve the reconstruction effort through private sector development.  He is currently the COO of a healthcare IT startup incubated by McKesson Corporation in San Francisco.  Mr. Dunkelberger resides in Palo Alto, CA.

Mr. Ian Thomson, Marine Veteran

Ian Thomson is a former Marine Corps logistics officer and an OIF veteran; he served from 2001 to 2005 with the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion. He is a vocal clean energy advocate and currently works as an energy consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton.  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. Ian is also on the board of directors of Grid Alternatives, a California non-profit providing renewable energy and energy efficiency services to low-income homeowners. He is an avid snowboarder, triathlete and sailor. Ian and his wife Ceylan live in San Francisco.

Mr. J. Barrie Graham , Marine Veteran

Mr. Graham is the C.O.O of WR Hambrecht+Co, and Investment Banking firm in San Francisco. Prior to WRH+Co, Mr. Graham as President and CEO of Exchange Bank and as a senior manager at Wells Fargo. Mr. Graham has a degree in Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Finance. He served as a Marine Infantry Officer for 5 years, including tours with 3d Recon and as a Series Officer at MCRD, San Diego. Mr. Graham is Director of Empire Law School; Truett-HUrst Winery and Canine Companions for Indpendence.

Colonel Bucky Peterson

Colonel Harry (Bucky) Peterson is the Special Assistant to the Chancellor of the California State University for California’s  “Troops to College” initiative, a program established by the Governor in March of 2006 to assist Veterans in attaining a higher education in California’s public universities. From 2005-2007 he was the interim Vice President of Development for Sonoma State University.  Before coming to the Sonoma State and after his retirement from the Marine Corps, he was a member of the Hanna Boys Center, a residential campus and school for troubled boys, for five years, assisting with planning training and development. In addition to a variety of board and volunteer assignments, Colonel Peterson has served on the board of the Marines Memorial Association from 1992 to 2007 and was a past chairman.

Colonel William E. Peacock, Marine Veteran

Colonel Peacock, of Redwood City, has served in the White House and the Pentagon, having been appointed by the President and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, where he helped spearhead the Army's "Be All You Can Be" campaign. Mr. Peacock earned his A.B., cum laude, from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs and his J.D. from the Harvard Law School. Since the early 1990s, Mr. Peacock has been engaged in helping to finance and guide several start-up companies in the Silicon Vallery, primarily focusing on energy, telecommunications, anti-terrorism and medical technology.

Mr. Leonard E. Torres, Marine Veteran

Leonard E. Torres served in Vietnam with First Force Reconnaissance Company in 1966-1967. Thereafter, he was the commanding officer of the Marine Security Detachment aboard the USS Galveston, CLG-3. Upon leaving the Marine Corps in 1968, Mr. Torres attended and graduated from the UCLA School of Law. He and his wife have their own law firm in Pasadena, California. They have practiced law for 37-years. Mr. Torres has volunteered much of his time in support of Huntington Medical Research Institutes where he is on its Board of Directors. Mr. Torres resides in La Canada Flintridge, California.

Colonel Kenneth D. Jordan, USMC (Ret.)

Colonel Ken Jordan graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in Business Administration and completed numerous management courses  bin the federal government and corporate sectors.  As a U.S. Marine, he is a recipient of the Silver Star for valor in combat, a Purple Heart, two Legions of Merit medals and a variety of other military awards. At Bank of America he received the CEO's Eagle Award for exemplary performance in the mergers and acquisitions environment.  Ken has been inducted into the Athletes Hall of Honor at Sam Houston State,  inducted as a Distinguished Graduate of Sam Houston State, the highest honor the university can bestow on an alumnus, and has been designated a "Significant Sig" by the national office of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

He served on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee; the Editorial Board of the Marine Corps Gazette, a professional magazine; President of the Force Recon Association; member, then Chairman of the Board of the USO of San Diego, and is presently Co-Chairman of the USO Advisory Council; member of the Board of Governors of the Marine Corps Association in Quantico, VA; was appointed by the United States Senate as a Commissioner on the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission in Washington DC; appointed to the Secretary of the Navy Retiree Advisory Council, also in Washington DC; serves on the Board of Directors of the Veterans Medical Research Foundation in San Diego; and the Board of Directors of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) in Washington DC.  Colonel Jordan previously served on the Marines’ Memorial Association Board of Directors from 1994-1998, 2001-2004 and 2006 to 2009.  He served as chairman from 1996-1998 for a  total of ten years of service.     

Major General James M. (‘Mike’) Myatt, USMC (Ret.)

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 tour 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.

Lieutenant General Robert Johnston, USMC (Ret.)

Lt-Gen Robert Johnston, USMC (Ret.), served 36 years on active duty.  He was Operations Officer for US CENTCOM during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Subsequently, he commanded I Marine Expeditionary Force in combat operations in Somalia in 1992/1993.  He served as Deputy Commandant for Manpower
and Reserve Affairs prior to his retirement.  He lives in Tucson, AZ where he is active in Veterans’ affairs.

Eddie LeBaron, (USMC Veteran)

Eddie LeBaron was an all-American quarterback for University of the Pacific.  As a Marine infantry platoon commander, he fought in the Korean War, being wounded twice, and then was an NFL quarterback for twelve years.  He was named all-pro four times while playing with the Washington Redskins and then the Dallas Cowboys. 

Gunnar Counselman, (USMC Veteran)

Gunnar Counselman was commissioned a Marine 2nd Lieutenant out of Cornell University and served in Iraq and the Horn of Africa before leaving the Corps to attend Harvard Business School.  Upon graduation, he worked for Bain & Company.  Recently, he founded Fidelis, Inc., a transition college for the military.

Mr. Eric Schroeder, (USMC Veteran)

Mr. Eric Schroeder served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps, leaving as a Sergeant.  He earned a B.S. degree at Azusa Pacific University and is currently Senior Vice President at Leavitt Group. 

Sergeant Major Frank Pulley, USMC (Ret.)

Sergeant Major Frank Pulley, USMC (Ret.) was the Sergeant Major of the 1st Marine Division when he retired in 2007, after serving thirty years in the Corps.  He serves as the Marine Corps Association’s West Coast Area Representative and is a member of the Secretary of the Navy’s Retiree Council.  He has a B.S. degree in management/human resources and an A.S. degree in personnel management. 

General Anthony Zinni, USMC (Ret.)

General Zinni spent 36 years in the Corps, retiring in 2000 after having served as Commander in Chief, US Central Command. He was appointed special envoy for the US to Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 2002, served on the advisory boards of a number of different companies, and instructed at a number of colleges and universities including Duke, US Berkeley, William and Mary, and Virginia Military Institute. He is the author of two best-selling books. 

Vice Admiral Jody Breckinridge, USCG (Ret.)

Admiral Breckinridge 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, 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.

Ms. Loree Draude Hirschman

Ms. Draude earned her commission through the NROTC program at the University of San Diego and spent ten years in the Navy as a Naval Aviator. She was one of the first women to pilot combat jets in the Navy and has written a book about her experiences. Since leaving the Navy, she earned an MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, worked for and is currently at Google as the Head of Communities and Social Engagement, Global Customer Services.