Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council Board of Directors
Our Directors are comprised of Military Veterans and Civilians who have dedicated themselves to helping our Homeless and At Risk Veterans.
2020 Board of Directors:
Executive Director – Mr. Pat Farrell
Executive Vice President – Mr. Michael Myers
Executive Vice President – Membership – Mrs. Nani Chrimes
Secretary – Mr. Dick Dobson
Treasurer – Miss Doreen O’Banion
Spiritual Services – Chaplain Paul Pitts
Veterans Outreach – Mr. Joseph C. Little
Director Social Media – Ms. Kimberly L. Casey
Dorn “Pat” Farrell – Executive Director: A US Navy Veteran, Pat has spearheaded the first ever and ongoing At-risk Veterans Stand Downs for the past four years. The 2015 Stand Down included 78 service providers and 130 volunteers. Pat has organized agencies as varied as the Veterans Administration, Arizona State agencies, Mohave County agencies, private companies and various organizations and individuals that provide services to our veteran population. Pat has been the major fund raiser for these Stand Downs collecting over $750,000 in cash donations, In-kind donations and volunteer donations. Pat is also a member of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter #975, AZ State VVA Vice-President, Incarcerated Veterans Program Coordinator, Chapter Service Officer for the Disabled American Veterans, and belongs to the VFW, American Legion and Elks.
Michael Myers – Vice President: US Marine Corp Veteran. Michael is a 4 year veteran of the US Marine Corps. Michael served on board various Navy ships in the Pacific during the evacuation of Vietnam in 1975. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from West Virginia University in Business Administration /Accounting. Michael has worked in many areas of business and accounting over the last 28 years. He holds an Enrolled Agents License issued by the Internal Revenue Service and holds a Certified Assisted Housing Manager Certification issued by HUD. He has used his education in business and accounting to assist veterans and veteran’s organizations with various business, accounting and tax issues. Michael volunteers his time to assist the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council with accounting and tax issues. He has been a member of the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council for two years. He is a small business owner of a tax and accounting firm Bullhead City, AZ.
Dick Dobson – Secretary: A four year US Air Force Veteran who served during the Cold War and Vietnam era. He maintained early military computer systems & long range radar equipment that tracked potential incoming missiles. He continued his 40-year career in Information Technology working with IBM mainframes, High-speed printers, tape & disk drives and data communications equipment. He held positions as a Senior Field Engineer, Senior Data Communication Consultant for Telex, Memorex and ICOT corporations. Became a Senior Technical Consultant for Hitachi Data System where he and his sales partner were awarded $37.5 M in orders from Boeing. (Second largest order in HDS history.) Also worked at Wall Data, Pivotal and Brio corporations as a Software Technical Consultant. After the Dot Com downturn in 2001, he founded three startup companies and was a partner in the fourth. During his spare time, he volunteered for Make A Wish (Technical Advisor), Parents Without Partners (President), GriefWorks (Technical Advisor, Board of Directors) and LTHMA Homeowners Association (President, VP, BoD). To round out his career, he has also served as a Service Representative for Social Security and a Veterans Service Representative with the Veteran Administration. He has been associated with JAVC since 2014 holding positions of Project Coordinator, Treasurer, Navigator and is currently their Secretary.
Doreen O’Banion – Treasurer: Employed as a Case Manager for Kingman Aid to Abused People. She has a degree in Accounting from UNLV and has participated in many local social service events. She also represents the JAVC on the River Cities United Way group.
Paul Pitts – Spiritual Services: Chaplain; US Air Force Veteran. Paul was a Staff Sergeant, Strategic Air Command, and Combat B-52D bomb wings, having served during Vietnam as a senior maintenance crew chief. Paul is a retired Fire Chief and Medical Reserve Corps Unit Coordinator for Mohave County Public Health Service. Paul is the Lead Chaplain for the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter #975, the JAVC, and the U S Air Force Volunteer Auxiliary. Paul is also a member of Patriot Guard Riders. Paul has a College Degree 1968, Paramedic Training 1975, and a Master’s Degree 1989. Work Experience Full Time: Firefighter/Paramedic – over 18 years, and then Fire Chief of Fire Department with 6 stations. Contract employee Cal Fire & US Forest Service Wildfire Management teams – 4 years; also worked for Mohave County Department of Public Health Bio-Defense Division & Emergency Response team – 8 years. His Management Experience includes: Emergency Incident Command and Management for Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Disaster Responses. Paul’s Awards include: During Vietnam Combat Service – Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Readiness Medal, and USAF Outstanding Unit Award with V, USAF Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, USAF Longevity Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, and Vietnam Service Medal with 4 Bronze stars, Vietnam Unit Cross of Gallantry Award, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. They also include the Council of Native American Nations – Warriors Medal of Valor; Fire Service Chief Officer, Excellence in Leadership – 1992; Presidential Volunteer Service Award – Mohave County Medical Reserve Corps, Awarded twice (2007 and 2009).
Nani Chrimes – VP Membership: Nani has been a member of JAVC for many years and was recently elected to fill this critical position. She works for AZ DES in Vocational Rehabilitation. Nani is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Kingman Elks Lodge #468 and is relentless volunteer. She has obtained grants from the Elks Foundation to the betterment of military veterans including housing, move in assistance and educational materials including laptop computers. She has increased our membership since taking over and has assisted in numerous fundraisers.
Joseph C. Little – Veterans Outreach: Born in Lackawanna, New York in 1949, Joe Little is a US Army Vietnam combat veteran who retired as a Sergeant/Ranger Team Leader in 1972 after sustaining major injuries. Ranger Joe is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Applying his Master’s degree in Social Work at the Phoenix Vet Center, Joe dedicated himself to helping veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress. Joe’s volunteer accomplishments are amazing: Community Emergency Response Team member and trainer, Phoenix; Crisis Counselor and Mentor, Phoenix Fire Department, 9 years; supporter, counselor, and former president of Operation Freedom Bird, 25 years; over 17 years of officer level responsibilities including President, 75th Ranger Regiment Association; volunteer worker at 18 StandDowns in Phoenix, Tucson, and Bullhead City; and mentor to veterans in the Lake Havasu City Veterans Treatment Court. Joe was Inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in 2016.
Kimberly L Casey – Director Social Media: Kim has been a valuable volunteer for JAVC for many years and brings with her a strong background in the business world. MOHAVE COUNTY INDIGENT DEFENSE SERVICES: Legal Accounts Manager, Business Analyst assisting in the representation of indigent criminals. BROOKS REALTY & ADVISORY GROUP – Asset Manager. Maintained assets including real estate (raw land), real estate (commercial properties), commercial rentals, vehicles, aircraft which totaled over $9M. STATE OF ARIZONA – DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION – CONSTRUCTION SERVICES: Project Manager assigned to renovations and new construction at State prison facilities, Arizona School for the Deaf and the Blind, and the Arizona Historical Society. HOMEWARD BOUND: HOUSING DIRECTOR. Lead the acquisition and rehabilitation of 152 transitional housing units over 5.5 years. Total inventory of real estate valued over $8M. Rehabilitation efforts exceeded $6M. AMERICA WEST AIRLINES, INC: Manager of Remote Airline Facilities. Total projects completed exceed $22M. Project manager for 25 airline operations nationwide. Specified, purchased and managed the installation of loading bridges, baggage conveyor systems, airline ticket counters, signage, data cabling, etc. Developed and produced construction schedules to meet airline deadlines for FAA inspections. COMMUNITY SERVICE: Board Member and volunteer for the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council. Director of Social Media managing two websites and two Facebook accounts. Kingman Republican Women: Vice President – Membership. Manager of their website and Facebook pages. Lewis Kingman Chapter, NSDAR. Daughters of the American Revolution. Member and Treasurer.