Advisory Council

MFRI’s Advisory Council includes military and veteran representatives, community and industry leaders, researchers, academic professionals, Purdue alumni, practitioners and policymakers.

All members share a passion for supporting military and veteran families. They provide feedback and resources, help advance our mission, and take action on behalf of MFRI.

2019 members

Charlene D. Austin, M.S.
Senior Mentor for New General Officer Spouses
National War College, DC

William Baas
Vice President, Talent
Comcast NBC Universal

Cal Burleson
Senior Vice President
Indianapolis Indians

Ron Davis, Ph.D.
Retired Vice President, Nashville State Community College
Board of Trustees, Watkins College of Art

Lee Ann De Reus
Executive Director
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment & Appeals Project

Lt. Col. Jonathan Douglas 
Head, Requirements Analysis Branch
Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)

Rear Adm. Karen Flaherty Oxler
Rear Admiral, Retired
United States Navy

Michael Heard
Washington National Insurance Company

Marcy Karin, J.D.
Jack & Lovell Olender Professor of Law
University of the District of Columbia

Dave Lapan
Vice President, Communications
Bipartisan Policy Center

Patricia Lester, M.D.
Director, Nathanson Family Resilience Center
Medical Director, Child and Family Trauma Service
Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry
UCLA Semel Institute

Cpl. Bryan Morris
Principal, Project Manager
Integra Construction, Inc.

Trooper Sanders
Wise Whisper

Nora Spinks
Chief Executive Officer
The Vanier Institute of the Family

Barbara Thompson
Director, Office of Military Readiness Policy, Retired
Department of Defense

Melissa Washington
Women Veterans Alliance

Marianne Watson
Director of Outreach
Center of America

Ray Weeks
Veteran Advocate and Athlete
US Military Endurance Sports

Steve Wilson, Ph.D
Professor, Department of Communication
University of South Florida