(Washington, D.C.)—Fred Elliott of Rochester, New York, was elected August 20 to serve as National Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) at the organization's 15th National Convention in Reno, Nevada. Most recently, Elliott completed his fourth term as Region 2 Director to the VVA National Board of Directors. His past VVA National Board service includes two terms as Director At-Large; he has chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, the Convention Resolutions Committee, the Convention Rules Committee, and the Budget Oversight Subcommittee. Elliott has also served on numerous national committees, including as Vice Chair of the national VVA Finance Committee.
In New York State, Elliott has served as Rochester VVA Chapter 20 President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Director. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Veterans Outreach Center, and as chair of the Rochester Veterans Emergency Relief Fund. Currently, he sits on the Board of the Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial; on Congressman Chris Lee's Veterans Advisory Group; and on the Monroe County Executive's Veterans Advisory Committee.
Elliott served in Vietnam from January to December 1967 with the Army's 9th Infantry Division and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. In 1983, he joined VVA, becoming a Life Member in 1987; he has been a delegate to 12 VVA national conventions.
John Rowan of Middle Village, New York, was reelected to his fourth consecutive term as National President; Bill Meeks, Jr., of The Woodlands, Texas, was elected as National Secretary; and Wayne Reynolds of Athens, Alabama, was elected as National Treasurer. In addition, 19 National Board of Directors were elected: Ten At-Large and nine Regional. The At-Large directors are Marsha L. Four (PA); Dan Stenvold (ND); Jerry Yamamoto (CA); Felix Peterson (OK); Pat Bessigano (IN); Richard C. DeLong (LA); Pastor Toro, Jr. (NY); Ken Holybee (CA); Joe Jennings (OH); and Jacqueline Rector (KY).
The nine Regional directors elected to serve a 2011-2013 term are: Region 1, John Miner (VT); Region 2, Herb Worthington (NJ); Region 3, Sara McVicker (MD); Region 4, Bob Barry (GA); Region 5, Sandie Wilson (MI); Region 6, John Margowski (WI); Region 7, Allen J. Manuel (LA); Region 8, Tom Owen (OR); and Region 9, Dick Southern (CA).