Air Force Aid Society is governed by a distinguished group of volunteer Trustees comprised of current Air Force leaders and personnel, former Air Force leaders and members of the civilian community – fulfilling the vision of our founder, Gen Hap Arnold.
AFAS Board of Trustees President
The Honorable William A. Moorman, Major General, USAF (Ret)
The Hon Mr. Moorman currently serves as a Federal Judge. He was nominated to become a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, confirmed by the Senate and sworn in to the role in 2004. He joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2002 after retiring from active duty service, holding the position of Assistant to the Secretary, Regulation Policy and Management before his appointment. Moorman was commissioned to the U.S. Air Force through AFROTC after graduating from the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Law. During his 30 years of service, he served as a staff judge advocate at wing, numbered Air Force and Major Air Command levels. He was the first staff judge advocate at U.S. Strategic Command and later served as the Air Combat Command staff judge advocate before becoming the Air Force Judge Advocate General in 1999.
AFAS Board of Trustees Vice President
Major General Alfred K. Flowers, USAF (Ret)
Maj Gen Flowers is currently serving as Chief Operating Officer for a small business. At the time of his retirement from 46 years of continuous active duty service in the U.S. Air Force in 2012, Flowers was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller. In this capacity, he was responsible for planning and directing Air Force budget formulations totaling more than $119 billion annually. He managed and executed funding that supported military operations and Air Force priorities at the direction of the Secretary of Defense and Congress. Flowers began his Air Force career as an enlisted supply warehouseman, eventually becoming an accounting specialist. After selection to the rank of Master Sergeant, Flowers was commissioned following graduation from Officer Training School. He held various assignments as a budget officer at squadron, major command and Air Staff levels. He holds the distinction of being the longest serving Airman on record with the USAF.
Dr. Heather A. Wilson
Dr. Heather A. Wilson is the 24th Secretary of the Air Force and is responsible for the affairs of the Department of the Air Force, including the organizing, training and equipping, and providing for the welfare of 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, and civilian forces as well as their families. Dr. Wilson has more than 35 years of professional experience in a range of leadership and management roles in the military, higher education, government and private industry. Before assuming her current position, Dr. Wilson was president of the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, an engineering and science research university. From 1998 to 2009, Dr. Wilson was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, where she served on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Chief Master Sergeant, USAF
CMSgt Kaleth O. Wright
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright represents the highest enlisted leadership position. In this role, he provides direction for the enlisted force and represents their interests to the American public. He serves as the personal adviser to the Chief of Staff and the Secretary of the Air Force on all issues regarding the welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization and progress of the enlisted force. Chief Wright is the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force to serve. Wright enlisted in the USAF in 1989. Prior to his appointment as CMSAF, he served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces in Africa, and was stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Chief of Staff, USAF
General David L. Goldfein
Gen Goldfein is Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. He serves as the senior uniformed Air Force officer responsible for the organization, training and equipping of more than 600,000 active duty, Guard Reserve and civilian forces serving in the U.S. and overseas. Prior to this role, Goldfein was the Vice Chief of Staff for the USAF. He was commissioned in 1983 from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. Goldfein is a command pilot and has flown combat missions in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Allied Force and Eduring Freedom.
Ms. Kathleen Barchick
Kathleen Barchick is a co-founder of Cliffwater LLC, an alternative investment advisory firm for institutional investors managing over $55 billion in private equity, hedge funds, real estate and real assets. Prior to founding Cliffwater in 2004, Barchick was a Managing Director and Principal of Wilshire Associates. She began her career with the Department of Defense Logistics Agency managing contractor performance for U.S. Air Force radar systems and later served as an acquisition officer for the USAF. Barchick holds a BS in Operations Research from the United States Air Force Academy and an MBA from the University of Southern California. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute and the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts.
Lieutenant General Christopher F. Burne
Lt Gen Burne is The Judge Advocate General for the U.S. Air Force. In this capacity, Burne serves as the Legal Advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force and all officers and agencies of the Department of the Air Force. He oversees military justice, operational and international law, and civil law functions at every level of command. Gen Burne received a direct commission to the USAF in 1983. He has served in a variety of legal advisory and leadership positions at every level of command. For his service in three major commands – including a combat theater of operations – Gen Burne was named the 1991 Air Force Outstanding Judge Advocate of the Year. Prior to becoming The Judge Advocate General, Burne served as the Staff Judge Advocate, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
Mr. Eli Cohen
Mr Cohen is a principal and head of alternative investments at GenTrust Wealth Management, a boutique multi-family office and registered investment advisor. He is responsible for the selection, oversight and development of alternative investment strategies including hedge fund, private equity, and other non-traditional strategies. Prior to joining GenTrust, Cohen worked at Strategi Investment Group, and outsourced investment office with over $30 billion in assets under management. Cohen received a JD from Harvard Law School and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He received an AB from Harvard College, magna cum laude in Economics.
Lieutenant General (Dr.) Mark A. Ediger
Lt Gen (Dr.) Ediger is the Surgeon General for the U.S. Air Force. In this capacity, Ediger serves as the functional manager of the USAF Medical Service, advising the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Force Chief of Staff and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs on matters pertaining to the health of Air Force personnel. Prior to his current assignment, Ediger served as Deputy Surgeon General for the USAF. He entered the Air Force in 1985 and, during his career, has commanded two medical groups and served as command surgeon for three major commands.
Chief Master Sergeant Dennis A. Fritz, USAF (Ret)
Retired CMSgt Fritz is currently the Contract Program Manager for the Army’s Wounded Warrior Program. During his 28 years of active duty Air Force service, Fritz served as principal advisor on readiness, morale and quality of life at two major commands and two large wings. He also served as a key interface with DOD senior executives, Congress and the public. Fritz has held positions at all levels of the Pentagon, from Air Staff to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His active duty career culminated at Joint Base Andrews as a Command Chief Master Sergeant. Fritz earned his BS in Management from National-Louis University and Masters Degree in Public Management from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy.
Mrs. Dawn Goldfein is married to General David Goldfein, the 21st Air Force Chief of Staff. She claims Texas as her home, although she grew up in a military family. Continuing the family tradition of a military lifestyle, she has accompanied her husband on 19 assignments around the globe. Inspired by a call to serve, she has dedicated her life to supporting her family and the Airmen and families of the U.S. Air Force. An educator by trade, she has been a tutor at various elementary schools. When she is not volunteering in schools, she is an avid supporter of military families through her service in many organizations.
Lieutenant General Gina M. Grosso
Lt Gen Grosso is the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services for the U.S. Air Force. In this capacity, Grosso serves as the senior Air Force officer responsible for comprehensive plans and policies covering all life cycles of military and civilian personnel management. Grosso entered the Air Force in 1986 as a Reserve Officer Training Corps distinguished graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University. She has held several command and staff positions throughout her career. Prior to her current assignment, she was Director of the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, Office of the the Vice Chief of Staff, Headquarters USAF.
Honorable Robert F. Hale
The Hon Mr. Hale, former DOD Comptroller, is currently a Fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton. Hale has almost four decades of experience in defense related financial management. Prior to joining Booz Allen, he was nominated by then-President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). During the Clinton administration, he served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Financial Management and Comptroller). During his tenure – the longest serving Assistant Secretary for Financial Management in Air Force history – he helped to streamline USAF financial business processes and improve base-level financial services. Hale earned his BS in mathematics and statistics, as well as his MSc in operations research, from Stanford University.
Dr. William W. Jennings
Dr. Jennings is Professor of Finance and Investments at the U.S. Air Force Academy where he is the principal finance educator. His research focuses on tax-exempt investment issues at charities and pensions. He serves the community via several investment committees, including at the USAFA Association of Graduates and Falcon Foundation. Before academia, Jennings worked as a private equity analyst. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a registered CPA in Michigan. His doctorate is from the University of Michigan.
Mrs. Ellen Jumper
Mrs. Jumper is married to General John P. Jumper, the 17th Air Force Chief of Staff. A native of Virginia, Jumper earned her degree in mathematics from Mary Washington College. She worked in advertising for a brief period of time before devoting herself to Air Force spouse activities. She continues to represent and support Air Force families today as an AFAS Trustee.
Dr. Jerrold I.W. Mitchell
Dr. Mitchell is a Partner at Saltonstall & Company. He has managed domestic and international equity portfolios for endowments, foundations, pension fund and mutual funds for more than 40 years. During his career, he has been an independent director of three mutual funds, an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Brandeis University’s Business School and was elected to three terms as Commissioner of Trust Funds for the town of Wayland, MA. Mitchell earned his BA from Yale University, a JD from Harvard Law School, an MTS from the Harvard Divinity School and a D. Min from Episcopal Divinity School.
Major General John M. Pletcher
Maj. Gen. John M. Pletcher is Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. General Pletcher is responsible for planning and directing the formulation and execution of the Air Force’s budgets totaling more than $160 billion annually. He leads a staff of military and civilian financial managers who develop, integrate, justify and defend Air Force resource requests to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of Management and Budget and Congress. He manages and executes funding that supports military operations and Air Force priorities at the direction of the Secretary of Defense and Congress.
Mr. James C. Reagan
Mr. Reagan is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Leidos Holdings, Inc – a leading provider of technology solutions in national security. Prior to this role, Reagan was Senior Vice President and CFO at Vencore, Inc. He has over 20 years of experience providing executive-level financial leadership to large companies, mostly in the Washington, DC area. Reagan earned his BS in Business Administration from The College of William & Mary and his MBA from Loyola College.
The Honorable Eugene R. Sullivan
The Hon Mr. Sullivan, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, served five years in the U.S. Army before leaving to attend law school at Georgetown University Law Center. He currently serves as a partner in the Pepper Hamilton law firm in Washington, DC. His distinguished law career included terms as a White House lawyer, the General Counsel and Deputy General Counsel of the Air Force and the General Counsel of the National Reconnaissance Office. In 1986, he was nominated by then-President Reagan and then installed as a Federal Judge. In 1990, then-President Bush named him the Chief Judge of a U.S. Court of Appeals. He served a five-year term as the last Chief Judge of a U.S. Court of Appeals to be designated by a U.S. President.
Tonya Wright is married to Chief Kaleth O. Wright, the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. She was raised in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and joined the Air Force in 1995 as a materiel management specialist. Throughout her career, she served in a variety of roles within the materiel management career field at various stateside assignments as well as overseas in Korea, Japan, Germany and Guam. Tonya deployed in support of Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM before she retired from active duty in 2014. Following her retirement, she continued to serve her country as a civil service employee, most recently as a staff support analyst with the Defense Logistics Agency – Europe and Africa. Tonya continues to serve the Air Force in retirement, dedicating her efforts to caring for Airmen and their families. Tonya and Kaleth have three children: L’Tanya, Kaleth and Isaiah. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with her family and friends.