(Washington, D.C.) – John Rowan was elected National
President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) at the organization's Twelfth
National Convention in Reno, Nevada. Rowan, who has served as the chairman
of VVA’s Conference of State Council Presidents and three terms on the
organization’s Board of Directors, is the president of VVA’s New York State
Council. He served as a linguist in the U.S. Air Force’s Security Service
during the Vietnam War. VVA is the nation's only congressionally chartered
veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam War-era
veterans and their families.
Rowan was a founding member and the first president of VVA Chapter 32 in
Queens, New York. He recently retired as an investigator in the City of New
York’s Comptroller’s Office. He is a veterans’ service representative for
Vietnam Veterans of America in New York City. He lives in Middle Village,
New York, with his wife, Mariann.
Three other national officers also were elected: Jack Devine,
Vice President; Barry Hagge, Secretary; and Alan Cook, Treasurer. In
addition, 19 National Board of Directors were elected: Ten At-Large and nine
regional. The ten At-Large directors are Marsha Four, Gerald Yamamoto, John
Margowski, Billee Cullin, Sandi Wilson, Randy Barnes, Alan Gibson, Jerry
Klein, Francisco Ivarra, and Robert Johnston, Jr.
regional directors are: Region 1, Albert Cummings; Region 2, Fred Elliott;
Region 3, Bruce Whitaker; Region 4, James Gilmer; Region 5, Leverett Hobbs.;
Region 6, Steven House; Region 7, Allen J. Manuel; Region 8, Robert Hampson;
and Region 9, Darrol Brown.