(Washington, D.C.)--John Rowan was reelected to a sixth term as National President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) on July 24, at the organization’s 17th National Convention in Springfield, Illinois. Rowan, who was elected to VVA’s highest office in 2005, has served as the chairman of VVA’s Conference of State Council Presidents, for three terms on the organization's Board of Directors, and as president of VVA’s New York State Council. He served as a linguist in the U.S. Air Force’s 6990 Security Squadron in Vietnam and at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, providing the Strategic Air Command with intelligence on North Vietnam’s SAM sites to protect their bombing missions.
Rowan was a founding member and the first president of VVA Chapter 32 in Queens, New York. He retired from city service as an investigator with the City of New York’s Comptroller’s Office. He lives in Middle Village, New York, with his wife, Mariann.
Marsha Four of Springfield, Pennsylvania, was reelected to serve as Vice President; Bill Meeks, Jr., of The Woodlands, Texas, was reelected as Secretary; and Wayne Reynolds of Athens, Alabama, was reelected as VVA’s Treasurer. In addition, 19 National Board of Directors were elected: Ten At-Large and nine Regional. The At-Large directors are Dottie Barickman (IA); Richard C. DeLong (LA); Charlie Hobbs (TN); Joe Kristek (NC); Felix Peterson (OK); Dave Simmons (WV); Dan Stenvold (ND); Kerwin Stone (TX); Sandie Wilson (MI); and Jerry Yamamoto (CA).
The nine Regional directors elected to serve a 2015-2017 term are: Region 1, John Miner (VT); Region 2, Ted Wilkinson (NY); Region 3, Sara McVicker (MD); Region 4, Craig Tonjes (FL); Region 5, Tom Burke (OH); Region 6, Mike Demske (WI); Region 7, Dennis Andras (LA); Region 8, Ron Morgan (OR); and Region 9, Dick Southern (CA).