Chairman: Col John B. Sollis, USMC (Ret.)
Jay Sollis has served as a member of the Board of Directors, Museum of the Marine since 2003. A career Marine Corps field artillery officer, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in 1972 and retired in 2000. The highlight of his career was commanding a battalion of Marines and Sailors in combat during the first Gulf War. Mr. Sollis is a graduate of Princeton University, ’71; Georgetown University, ’85; and Cornell University, ’02. He currently serves aboard Camp Lejeune as the Assistant Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Community Services for both Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Installations East.
Vice Chairman: Col Bruce Gombar, USMC (Ret.)
Bruce Gombar, USMC (Retired), graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 from the University of Massachusetts. He then attended graduate school at University of Massachusetts for a year before joining the Marine Corps. He entered the Marine Corps in 1969 and retired in 2000. During his career, he held a variety of command and staff positions, serving multiple tours in Camp Lejeune, Quantico and Okinawa. His last assignment before retirement was as the Chief of Staff, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Since retirement, He was the Director of Occupational Extension Training Programs in the Division of Continuing Education at Coastal Carolina Community College; the Director of Economic Development for Onslow County and the City of Jacksonville and the Director of Professional Solutions, LLC’s Southeast Division. His civic involvements include serving on: the Onslow County Hospital Authority; the Military Affairs Committee of the Jacksonville-Onslow Chamber of Commerce; the North Carolina BIWAY Committee; the 2010 Census Committee for the City of Jacksonville; and the Regiment of Retired Marines. Bruce Gombar had been Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Marine and is the current Chairman of the Building Committee of the Museum of the Marine.
Secretary: CAPT S. Patrick (Pat) Alford USN (Ret.)
S. Patrick (Pat) Alford served in the US Navy from 1969-2006. Assignments included Officer in Charge, Naval Branch Medical Clinic, Key Wets; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy; Executive Officer (COO) of Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune; Commanding Officer (CEO) of Fleet Hospital 20; and Commanding Officer, Field Medical Service School, Camp Lejeune/Executive Director, US Marine Corps Health Services Training and Education Center of Excellence. He is currently the Executive Coordinator for Organizational Growth and Development at Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, serves as the Vice Chair, Onslow County Hospital Authority and as the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of the American Academy of Medical Administrators. He became a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Marine in 2009. Mr. Alford earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Columbia College and a Masters Degree in Health Services Management from Webster University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Administrators and a Diplomate in Healthcare Administration.
Treasurer: Col Grant Sparks, USMC (Ret.)
Grant Sparks served in US Marine Corps from 1971-1997. His background is in logistics with emphasis in prepositioning programs (Norway/Maritime) and amphibious operations. After retiring from the Marine Corps in 1997 he went on to be the Director of Public Works with the city of Jacksonville, NC for 11 years. He is involved in public service with the Jacksonville Rotary, Onslow- Jacksonville Military Affairs Committee, Vice-Chair on the Onslow Memorial Hospital Foundation, Hope for the Warriors Annual Run Committee, and he also currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Museum of the Marine.
LtCol David B. Brown, USMC (Ret.)
Dave Brown served in US Marine Corps from 1961-1982. Assignments included being an Associate Professor of Economics at the US Naval Academy and heading the Marine Corps’ Procurement Budget. From 1982-1995 he consulted to the Marine Corps and Navy in logistics, principally on the maritime prepositioning force and Norway prepositioning programs. Mr. Brown had been the Executive Director of the Second Marine Division Association and editor of the Association’s magazine, Follow Me from 2008-2014.He became a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Marine in 2009 and has been the interim Executive Director of the Museum’s staff since January 2012. Mr. Brown earned a BA from Denison University in Economics and an MBA in R and D Management from The George Washington University. He wrote a book called Battlelines in 2005 and received the “2006 Gold Medal for Memoirs” award for the book.
April Clark is a long-time resident of Onslow County. She owns and operates, Second Wind Eco Tours & Yoga, a yoga studio and eco-tourism business in Swansboro, North Carolina. She is married to Jeff Clark and has one daughter, Grace. April graduated from Jacksonville Senior High School. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and holds a Master of Arts from UNCW. April is an active member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club. She has served as club president and is currently serving as an assistant governor for her area. Other civic and community commitments include: Executive board member for the North Carolina Coastal Federation; Serves on the Town of Swansboro’s Historic Preservation Commission as an alternate board member; Board member for the White Oak New Riverkeeper Alliance; and Board member for newly chartered organization, Days for Girls International.
Annette Gray Hargett
Annette Gray Hargett was born in Onslow County. Ms. Hargett worked in numerous North Carolina state government offices including the Board of Education, Public Instruction; Department of Conversation and Development; Natural Resources; and Community Development. In local government she twice served on the town of Richlands Board of Aldermen and was elected to the position of town mayor. From 1997-2010 Ms. Hargett served as the Director of the Eastern Office of the Governor. Additionally, she has served on 17 commissions, committees, boards, authorities, and chambers rising to the leadership positions in eight of them. Of her many personal awards for public service, Ms. Hargett has been recognized as Richlands Citizen of the Year, Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Jacksonville/Onslow Chamber of Commerce, Outstanding Person in Government by the Jacksonville Jaycees.
Lt Col Lynn J. (“Kim”) Kimball, USMC (Ret.)
Lynn J. (“Kim”) Kimball, originally from La Junta, Colorado, is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, from which he received a MS in Nuclear Physics, and from the Naval War College with Highest Distinction. Kim served in the Marine Corps from 1965 to 1991 as an infantry officer, parachutist, ordnance systems engineer and foreign area specialist, commanded units from platoon to battalion, and additionally served as an adviser to the Korean Marine Corps, as an instructor at the Naval Academy, on the staff of the Joint Special Operations Command, and as the Defense Attaché to the Dominican Republic. He has been affiliated with the Museum of the Marine since 2001 as the Historian, as a member of the Board of Directors since 2005, and served as the Vice-Chairman of the Board from 2008 to 2013. Kim has written extensively on local history and his book Semper Fidelis (a history of Camp Lejeune) received the “2009 American Cultural Resources Association Annual Award for Quality.”
SgtMaj Raymond H Mackey, USMC (Ret.)
Raymond H Mackey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1982, and served in infantry leadership positions from fire team leader through company first sergeant. As a squad leader, he was selected to participate in the Marine Corps-wide “Rifle Squad Competition” and lead his squad to first place victory 1992. He served as an instructor with the School of Infantry, Senior Instructor for the Infantry Platoon Sergeant Course and Senior Instructor for the Marine Combat Instructor Course for School of Infantry. In March of 2006 Mackey was posted as the Sergeant Major of the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines and deployed to Iraq. In 2009 he deployed with the battalion to Afghanistan and was wounded in action. Sergeant Major Mackey participated in operations Just Cause, Desert Shield/ Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. He is active in numerous Wounded Warrior projects and activities.
Dr. George W. Ayers
Dr. George W. Ayers, PhD., LCSW, was appointed as an Assistant Professor of Social Work in 2009. Dr. Ayers had a long career in Public Mental Health, beginning in 1966 and ending in retirement in 2003, when he retired from his position as Deputy Director of Education Training and Research with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. Dr. Ayers also held a position as a Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Ayers was awarded the Order of the Palmetto (the state’s highest award for service) by the Governor of South Carolina upon his retirement. Dr. Ayers also had a long career with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve concurrent with his professional career. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve in 1991 following service in the first Gulf War, at which time he developed a prevention program for Post Traumatic Disorder. He received the Legion of Merit for this service. Dr. Ayers’ research interests are in the area of PTSD and the military family. He has published eighteen articles in professional journals and one book.
Christian B. Felden, Esq.
Christian Felden is an attorney with 34 years legal expertise, including an outstanding record of performance in planning, preparing and managing civil litigation and all aspects of high volume general practice. He currently specializes in bankruptcy work in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina, and the Middle District of Florida. He is highly successful in the management and organization of a heavy caseload in a fast-paced work environment. His professional experience is highlighted by 34 years of operation and management of his personal law firm, Felden and Felden, P.A. He is the author of Do You Need to Make a Financial U-Turn? which helps clients navigate through the bankruptcy process; Past- President of the Jacksonville Breakfast Rotary Club, Jacksonville, NC 2015-2016; Past-President Naples-Collier Rotary Club, Naples, Florida, 1997; Secretary Naples-Collier Rotary Club, Naples, Florida 1995, 2003-06; Past-Worshipful Master Cypress Masonic Lodge No. 295, Naples, Florida 1989; current member of the American Mensa, Arlington, Texas; Member of the Cornell Hockey Alumni Association, Ithaca, New York; and attends First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Mat C. Raymond, Jr.
Mat Raymond is President of Sanders Ford in Jacksonville and Swansboro, North Carolina. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Marine since 2001. Mat is a past recipient (2010) of the Time magazine Automobile Dealer of the Year award for North Carolina. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Jacksonville/Onslow Chamber of Commerce and a past president of the Chamber. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Onslow County Economic Development Commission and as its chairman. He is a member of the Committee of One Hundred, a past chairman of the Coastal Carolina Community College Foundation, of the United Way of Onslow County, of Ducks Unlimited, and of the Hyde County Water Fowl Association. He is a member of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and a member of the Board of Directors of First Citizens Bank of Jacksonville.