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Leadership: WNC-MOAA Board

Intro

WNC-MOAA Leadership

MOAA has a board, consisting of five members, President, First VP, Second VP, Secretary and Treasurer. Adjunct to the board are the Service Reps. Program POCs are other members who have agreed to serve as points-of-contact for various programs within the chapter or that the chapter supports.

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Chapter Officers

Donna Cantrell Culp, Capt, USAF (Fmr)

Spouse: (John)

President

Donna graduated from Texas Women’s University in 1980 with a BS in Occupational Therapy (OT). She was a practicing therapist when she received a direct commission into the USAF in 1985, serving in the U.S. and Germany and leaving the service in 1992. She retired from OT after a 23-year career in 2003, worked briefly for Sunrise Senior Living and the Department of State before starting a second career with the CIA 2005-2016, serving in the U.S., the U.K., Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. She now lives with her husband and family dog, Chelsea, in Waynesville, NC.

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Ron Urrutia, LCDR, USN (Ret)

Spouse: (Lee)

First Vice President

Ron enlisted in the USN in 1964. He rose to the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9), and was then granted permanent status as a LDO Lieutenant, retiring in 1988 as a Lieutenant Commander. His awards include a Bronze Star for Urgent Fury (Grenada). After retirement he built two successful companies providing IT and Program services to DoD, including work for ASD R&D. He is currently a consultant and Chairman of the BOD for Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center. Ron lives with his wife in Franklin near 8 of their 14 grandchildren.

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Ty Keplinger, MAJ, ARNG (Ret)

Spouse: (Lauren)

Second Vice President

Ty attended UNC at Chapel Hill and was commissioned via ROTC into the Army in 2006. While in both construction and sapper units he served two tours in Afghanistan. In 2015, he departed from active duty, and joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor. He continued his military service in the NC ARNG until retirement. Originally from Reidsville, NC, he now makes his home in Hendersonville, NC with his wife, three kids, and two dogs.

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Bob Rebscher, Capt, USMC (Ret)

Spouse: (Sally)

Secretary

Bob joined the USMC Reserve in 1956, while in high school on Long Island, NY. After graduating, he entered active duty and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. During the first of two tours in Vietnam, he was commissioned a 2d Lieutenant (Temporary) due to the Corps’ need for additional officers. Later, as a Captain, he reverted to Gunnery Sergeant. His final assignment was as the Sergeant Major of 2d Recon Bn, 2d Marine Division, having served in all of enlisted ranks as well as Second Lieutenant through Captain. Retired as a Captain after 22 years (the highest rank held) he happily lives with his wife in Pisgah Forest, NC. He has two children, three grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild.

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Mike Covell, CAPT, USN (Ret)

Spouse: (Joanie)

Treasurer

Mike attended Tufts University on a ROTC scholarship graduating in 1961 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After a short tour on a surface ship, he served aboard the nuclear submarines USS Woodrow Wilson, USS Sunfish, USS Ulysses S. Grant, and USS Sand Lance, also serving as nuclear power instructor, Department Head SSBN Security OP-2, Commander Submarine Squadron 22, and Commanding Officer Submarine Training Facility Charleston, SC. He retired in 1991 and worked in nuclear power plants for 10 years. He now enjoys life in Flat Rock, NC, with his wife and border collies. He has served in several officer positions in WNC-MOAA and is a past president.

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Service Reps/Directors

David McCracken, COL, USA (Ret)

Spouse: (Kathie)

Smoky Mountain Satellite

David was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry from USMA in 1974 & served on active duty in U.S. Army Special Forces until 2003. After retirement from the Army, he served as a DoD civil servant until 2012. Here in WNC, he fostered the Smoky Mountains Outreach Foundation and the VET SMILES initiative to support dental health for local veterans in 7 counties.

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Spence Campbell, COL, USA (Ret)

Spouse: (Marianne)

At-large Rep

Spence received a commission into the Army via ROTC at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an MA in Russian Studies from Georgetown University, Washington DC. He was a Military Intelligence officer, and served two tours in Vietnam and numerous other tours in Europe and elsewhere. He retired as a Colonel in 1992 after 24 years of service and settled in his wife‘s hometown of Hendersonville. He spent many years as a volunteer in nonprofits. He has served on the WNC MOAA board for eight years and is a chapter Past President.

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Jeff Snyder, Col, USAF (Ret)

Spouse: (Paula)

Air Force Rep

Jeff had 30 years of operational aircraft maintenance experience with extensive expertise in tactical aircraft maintenance. He commanded three maintenance squadrons and a maintenance group. After retirement in 2008, Jeff became a consultant for a large defense contractor, where he provided in-depth assessments of maintenance operations. Jeff and his wife live in north Henderson County, NC

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Bob Rebscher, Capt, USMC (Ret)

USMC Rep

Bob joined the USMC Reserve in 1956 while in high school on Long Island, NY. After graduating, he entered active duty and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. During the first of two tours in Vietnam, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant (Temporary) due to the Corps’ need for additional officers. Later, as a Captain, he reverted to Gunnery Sergeant. His final assignment was as the Sergeant Major of 2d Recon Bn, 2d Marine Division, having served in all enlisted ranks as well as Second Lieutenant through Captain. Retired as a Captain after 22 years, he happily lives with his wife in Pisgah Forest, NC. He has two children, three grandchildren, and one greatgrandchild.

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Herb Mensch, CAPT, USN (Ret)

Spouse: (Linda)

Navy Rep

Herb grew up in Leawood, Kansas and graduated from the U S Naval Academy in 1961. He served in Submarines for the majority of his career. Following retirement, he worked as a consultant for several Navy and Marine Corps acquisition programs. Since retiring, he and his wife have made their home in Flat Rocks, NC.

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Appointed Positions

John Culp, LTC, USA (Ret)

Spouse: (Donna)

Web Curator

John enlisted in the Army in 1972 and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant before returning to NC State University and receiving his commission via ROTC in 1978. He served as an Air Defense, Infantry, and Special Forces officer in the U.S., Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. After retirement, he had a second career with the CIA, serving in the U.S., U.K., Latin America, the Middle East, Central Europe, and multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. John continues to do contract work for the USG and lives with his wife, Donna, and the family dog, Chelsea, on the side of a mountain in Waynesville, NC.

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Rick Devereaux, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret)

Spouse: (Elizabeth)

Senior Advisor / Blue Ridge Honor Flight Coordinator

Rick graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and was commissioned in 1978. His career spanned 34 years in the Air Force, flying C-5s, KC-135s, and several other aircraft. He retired as a major general in 2012 as the Air Force’s director of operational planning, policy, and strategy at the Pentagon. In retirement, Rick works part time as a consultant, is an Air Force Adjunct Contract Professor, and serves on the boards of several civic and veterans organizations. He and his wife live in Asheville.

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The Reverend Nancy McCarthy

Surviving Spouse Liaison

Nancy is a retired Episcopal priest, currently assisting at All Souls Cathedral in Asheville. She lives at Deerfield Retirement Community. She is an Army widow. Her husband, Captain Walter R. McCarthy, Jr., while serving as an advisor, was killed in Viet Nam in 1962. "Mac" was a VMI graduate.

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Jeff Snyder, Col, USAF (Ret)

Spouse: (Paula)

JROTC Coordinator

Jeff had 30 years of operational aircraft maintenance experience with extensive expertise in tactical aircraft maintenance. He commanded three maintenance squadrons and a maintenance group. After retirement in 2008, Jeff became a consultant for a large defense contractor, where he provided in-depth assessments of maintenance operations. Jeff and his wife, Paula, live in north Henderson County, NC

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Donna Cantrell Culp, Capt, USAF (Fmr)

Spouse: (John)

Newsletter Editor

Donna graduated from Texas Women’s University in 1980 with a BS in Occupational Therapy (OT). She was a practicing therapist when she received a direct commission into the USAF in 1985, serving in the U.S. and Germany and leaving the service in 1992. She retired from OT after a 23-year career in 2003, worked briefly for the Department of State and had a second career with the CIA 2005-2016, serving in the U.S., the U.K., Jordan, Egypt and Iraq. She now lives with her husband and family dog, Chelsea in Waynesville, NC.

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Ty Keplinger, MAJ, ARNG (Ret)

Spouse: (Lauren)

Membership

Ty attended UNC at Chapel Hill and was commissioned via ROTC into the Army in 2006. While in both construction and sapper units he served two tours in Afghanistan. In 2015, he departed from active duty, and joined Edward Jones as a financial advisor. He continued his military service in the NC ARNG until retirement. Originally from Reidsville, NC, he now makes his home in Hendersonville, NC with his wife, three kids, and two dogs.

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Mike Covell, CAPT, USN (Ret)

Spouse: (Joanie)

Immediate Past President

Mike attended Tufts University on a ROTC scholarship graduating in 1961 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After a short tour on a surface ship, he served aboard the nuclear submarines USS Woodrow Wilson, USS Sunfish, USS Ulysses S. Grant, and USS Sand Lance, also serving as nuclear power instructor, Department Head SSBN Security OP-2, Commander Submarine Squadron 22, and Commanding Officer Submarine Training Facility Charleston, SC. He retired in 1991 and worked in nuclear power plants for 10 years. He now enjoys life in Flat Rock, NC, with his wife and border collies.

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