Meet The Advisory Board Members
King County Veterans Program Advisory Board members are elected at the annual general meeting held in February, typically the last Monday. Board members may be from the King County Veterans Community At Large or selected representatives from veterans' organizations in King County, including American Legion (AL), Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), and National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS) or veterans from the King County community at large.
Advisory Board Members
Stanley Gunno, Chair, Mr. Gunno, USAF Ret, served in the Air Force for over 18 years as both an Information Manager and Special Agent with the AF Office of Special Investigations. He received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Meritorious Service Medal, several Commendation Medals and the Humanitarian Service Medal for the Cuban Refugee Crisis. Mr Gunno served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is self-employed as a general contractor. He has served on the Board of Directors for an organization aiding the victims of Military Sexual Trauma and on KC Veterans Citizens Levy Oversight Board. Mr. Gunno is the Judge Advocate and Past State Commander for the Disabled American Veterans Department of Washington.
Julia Sheriden, Vice Chair, Ms. Sheriden served in the United States Marine Corps during the Cold War and the Iranian Hostage. She was the first women trained as a “combat-ready field cook” and as a Military Affiliated Radio Systems (MARS) Radio Operator in the 3 Marine Air Wing (3MAW). Ms. Sheriden completed her tour of duty attaining Sergeant of Marines in thirty months. After service, she went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in photo Journalism (1991, Seattle University) and then to work for the federal government at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA/HazMat), then on to retire from the National Park Service in Yellowstone. She has received numerous awards for her writing, her volunteerism, and most notable was her recent Jefferson Awards. This past summer she received the Boeing Employees Credit Union People Helping People Member Volunteer of the Year Award where OARS received a cash award recognizing her volunteerism.
Sam Powers, Sergeant–at-Arms, Ms. Powers is the Director of Student Veteran Life at the University of Washington and provides services for student veterans. Most recently, Sam was the Director of the Washington State Veterans Training Support Center where she delivered workshops about veterans across the state. Sam is a combat veteran of U.S. Air Force Special Operations where she served as an Aircraft Maintenance officer on the C-130 Gunship Specters in Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Sam is a member and office of a number of VSOs, and is an adjunct professor at five higher education institutions across the state and nation. She holds a B.A. in Military History from Virginia Tech and an M.A. in International Relations from University of Oklahoma.
Dion McNeeley, Mr. McNeeley is a former Marine and Veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He is the President of Commercial Driver School. This company has locations in King County, Pierce County, Kitsap County and Thurston County. Mr. McNeeley founded a non- profit company called TPS. TPS has job placement services offered in the transportation industry for free to all veterans, spouses and dependents. He is also the President of the board of directors for the Northwest Career Colleges Federation. In this role Mr. McNeeley developed a training program that helps educator’s better assist students who may have PTS or suffer from a TBI. The NWCCF is an organization of over 100 technical and vocational schools. Mr. McNeeley is a lifetime member of Marine for Life.
Carrol M. Stripling, Ms. Stripling a member of Washington Women Veterans Advisory Committee, The American Legion, Women Army Corps Veterans Association, Washington State Armed Forces E9 Association, Judge Advocate General Association Non-Commissioned Officer Corps. She enlisted in the Army in March 1974, was promoted to Sergeant Major in November 1989, and retired in November 2011.
Monique Brown, Ms. Brown served in the military for over 26 years and was medically retired from the U.S. Army in November 2013. After 9/11 she was sent on one deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and two deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. She currently works as a Veterans Outreach Specialist at El Centro de la Raza. Monique has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from The University of Phoenix, but believes her calling is to assist veterans in crisis. She serves on the King County Veterans Advisory Board; she is the Senior Vice Commander at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1263 and the Junior Vice Commander for District 11 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She is an Alumnus with The Wounded Warrior Project, and she is on the Leadership Team for The Seattle Stand Down. Monique is motivated to help make a difference in the lives of veterans.
Chuck Murrell, Mr. Murrell 1sg USA Inf Ret was recently appointed to King County Veterans' Program Advisory Board and longtime volunteer at VA Hospital at the information desk with over 1000 hrs accumulated. He is a lifetime member of the 25th Inf Div Assoc, 196th LIB’ Association Purple Heart, VVA Post 102, Ballard-Eaglleston VFW Post 3063 and Post Commander American Legion Post 1. He is a US Army retiree with 23 years active duty with two tours in Korea, 63-64, 74-75, two tours Vietnam 66-68, 69-70, Germany third Army Division Germany 82-85, 7 years as a Drill Sgt. 1970-1978 and 5 years as 1SG.
Gary Cashman, Mr. Cashman served as an US Army Special Operations non Commissioned Officer. He has served as Ranger Squad leading soldiers under fast-paced and close-combat situations. In addition to Gary’s military service, he has been volunteering for OASIS group since he moved stateside in 2013. OASIS Group is a non-profit organization that assists Special Operation Forces and their families with receiving military benefits they deserve. Since 2014 he has been employed at Wounded Warrior Project as an Instructor, teaching transitioning military member’s computer skills and certifications. Gary understands the struggle transitioning veterans face and is extremely committed to veterans’ causes.
John Phillips, Mr. Phillips is Marine Corps Reserve Veteran of OIF and currently serving in the Army Reserve. John has earned degrees from Los Angeles Valley College, the University of Washington, and Seattle University with the assistance of the GI-Bill and is dedicated to assisting others achieve their potential through education. As the Veteran Transition Specialist at South Seattle College, John assists student veterans off all ages navigate the post-secondary education landscape in order to successfully complete degrees and certificates that lead to living wage careers. John is the Senior Vice Commander of American Legion Post 160 and a member of VFW 2713 and DAV 23, all in West Seattle.
Ken Yakle, Mr. Yakle retired from the Navy as a Command Career Counselor. Ken served Sailors for 15 years helping them with benefits, giving career advice and transition assistance and continues to give back to his fellow brothers and sisters within the community. Ken is a National Service Officer for Disable American Veterans. Accredited by the VA to represent individual veterans (and their families) pursuing disability claims and other benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Ken earned a Masters and a Bachelors in Human Resources while active duty. Ken is a member of DAV chapter 23 in West Seattle and King County Veteran’s Consortium.
Kyle Schnell, Mr. Schnell is a 19 year Veteran of the Air Force Reserves, and is still currently serving. Kyle is a member of the 86th Aerial Port Squadron from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Concurrently, he has been with the Recruiting Team at BECU for the past 10 years, and is the Recruiting Manager. Kyle is passionate about teaching hiring managers the benefits of Veteran hiring, and building out Veteran programs at BECU. He also participating in Veteran mentoring programs
Hank Haynes (Hank), Mr. Haynes is a former Army and Vietnam era Veteran. He served from 1966 -1972 in various field duties as a supplies specialist. Hank graduated from Highline High school and attended Highline Community College prior to his military service. Upon completing his time in the Army, Hank returned to college to pursue History, Economics and Sociology. Upon the completion of his studies, Hank developed a career as an inventor/entrepreneur with a focus on water jet propulsion transportation. In 1972 his work on water jet propulsion evolved into several off shoot companies. Mr. Haynes was elected to the King County Veterans Program, Advisory Board in February 2017.