The Archives Commission is charged with storing and safeguarding the business and historical documents of the Association, i.e. the NAVUBPP articles of incorporation and bylaws, voting records, records of agreements with other organizations and individuals, annual reports, etc. The commission will keep correct and complete tax records, financial records and reports, and other information as directed by the Board. 2011 Charge: Continue to update NAVUBPP history.

Chair : Joy Wise
Members :   Mary Meeks ,  Samuel Farrell, II ,  Christine Wolf


The Awards Commission (Ad Hoc) is charged with recommending criteria for NAVUBPP awards; soliciting nominations for the awards; and recommending new ways of recognizing the contributions of individuals who work on behalf of NAVUBPP, VUB, or veterans. Existing NAVUBPP awards include the Eagle, Jon Westby Distinguished Service, VUB Service, and the Data awards. 2011 Charge: Update Eagle Award criteria and plan to update other awards as time allows. Run the 2012 awards nominations.

Chair : Alton Clark
Members :


The Conference Commission, chaired by the Conference Commission Chairperson, shall coordinate and organize all aspects of the Annual Conference. This commission shall be assisted by Association members representing the host region. The Conference Commission shall be responsible for conference activities such as awards, workshops, registration, arrangements for local travel, hotel reservations, and the development and finalization of the Annual Conference agenda. 2011 Charge finalize contract and conduct 2012 conference in Charleston. Prepare for the 2013 conference in Pensacola to include contract.

Chair : Nikkol Wymer
Members :   Donald Campbell


The Development Commission will research possible funding sources for Association projects and identify funding sources, develop proposals and organize fund-raising efforts. 2011 Charge: Contact at least three (3) outside sources for possible grants or support.

Chair : Dinu Skariah
Members :   Carol Altom ,  Christopher Chalko ,  Brian Jerdan ,  Mary Meeks


The Education Commission shall be responsible for research (which includes gathering, studying and summarizing information) concerning all aspects of veterans’ education counseling and related programs. The chairperson of this commission shall establish liaisons with NAVUBPP members and other institutions, organizations, agencies or individuals involved in educational activities and other services relevant to veterans. 2011 Charge: Develop curriculum and training for emerging leadership. 

Chair : Chevonne Neal
Members :   Michelle Smith ,  Sondra Roddy ,  Diane Sandefur ,  Edith Segovia ,  Len Morrison ,  Chevonne Neal ,  Jacquelyn Willis-Walker ,  Mattavia Burks


The Financial Affairs Commission develops the proposed annual budget for the Association and submits the proposed budget to the Board for approval. The Financial Affairs Commission also is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Association’s fiscal policies and procedures and for otherwise monitoring all fiscal matters pertinent to the Association’s activities. The Treasurer is a member of this commission. Such additional members are confirmed and appointed by the Board.


Chair : Yesenia Guerra
Members :   Christopher Chalko ,  Julia O'Dell


The Legislative Commission shall be responsible for establishing and maintaining a working relationship with governmental/political offices and staff for the purpose of encouraging legislation on behalf of veterans; provided, however, that the expenses associated with such activities and any other activities that may be considered lobbying shall not exceed 20% of the Association’s total expenditures. The Legislative Commission shall keep the Board and NAVUBPP members well informed of legislative actions affecting veterans. The Legislative Commission shall he chaired by the Vice-President. 2011 Charge: Discuss strategies for focused follow-up with legislators who are identified as possible VUB Champions.

Chair : James C. Johnson
Members :   Paul Rease ,  Barry Brodsky ,  Jere Miller


The Membership Commission shall initiate and coordinate a four-year membership drive beginning in year one (1) of a grant cycle, maintain membership records and issue membership certificates. The Membership Commission will prepare, maintain, and distribute the annual membership directory, as well as maintain a current set of members’ address labels ready to ship to other officers or commissions upon request, provide membership information about the Association to new and prospective VUB Projects, encourage all eligible VUB Projects and other persons to join the Association and maintain an up-to-date list of members. The Membership Commission shall, having coordinated with the Secretary, keep a record of the names and addresses of the institutional members entitled to vote. The Chairperson of the Membership Commission shall prepare a semiannual list of membership changes (i.e. members that have been added or removed during the period since the prior list was prepared) to be provided to any institutional member upon his or her request. 2011 Charge: Gather updates for 2011 directory; produce hardcopy in May 2011, electronic update in October.

Chair : Betty Stewart
Members :



The Nominations and Elections Commission (Chaired by the Parliamentarian) identifies and actively recruits Association members to run for the various NAVUB offices. This commission will send out materials throughout the year to encourage the institutional members to participate in the election process and to notify the institutional members of the availability of particular offices for election at the next Annual Conference. This commission also seeks nominations for available offices from the institutional members and presents as a slate of candidates for election at the Annual Conference those nominees who have agreed to serve if elected. The Nominations and Elections Commission will circulate the slate of candidates to the general membership, in conjunction with the notice of the Annual Conference, at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Conference. The Nominations and Elections Commission will provide absentee ballots to requesting institutional members if requested not less than fourteen (14) days prior to the Annual Conference. To be counted at the Annual Conference, absentee ballots must be received by the Secretary in advance of the Annual Conference. 2016 Charge: Develop plans for 2016 elections; establish timelines for nominations that will allow for timely production of ballot; work throughout the year to identify candidates for the 2016 Board of Directors.


Chair : Julia O'Dell
Members :   Shawna McNeal-McKenzie ,  Lisa Thompson


The Public Relations Commission serves the organization by preparing a newsletter to members and by preparing or promotional aids for the organization. 2014 Charge: Consider new ways to get the word out about VUB, NAVUBPP, etc.

Chair : Alton Clark
Members :


The Scholarship Commission is in charge of the oversight of the annual NAVUB Scholarship Competition. This Commission shall select NAVUB Scholarship winners based on established criteria approved by the Board of Directors and the membership of the Association.                

2014 Charge: Award 2014 scholarships,  review scholarship applications, encourage programs participation and plan for 2015 scholarship competition.

Chair : Michelle Smith
Members :   Vicki Bello ,  John Dever ,  Yesenia Guerra ,  Jeannette Breden ,  Terence Harrison ,  Len Morrison ,  Kelsey Graham ,  Lilia Tanakeyowma ,  Sean Rivers ,  Lenus Cammron


The Technology Commission is charged with identifying, evaluating and recommending adoption of technological devices, methodologies, etc. This commission will maintain the NAVUBPP website and listserv and assure that only members or key affiliates have access. 2011 Charge: Set up additional list-serv or page to assist non-members in writing grants for the next cycle. 

Chair : Ken Mela
Members :   Alton Clark ,  Randy Wilson ,  Mark Simms ,  Todd Derby ,  Todd Derby ,  Ferdinand Bezue ,  Davy Stone ,  Kristie Wilson