Biographies


JUDITH GORMAN
Judith is a Licensed Independant Clinical Social Worker. She has been a Clinical Counselor for the Fleet and Family Support Clinic at NAS Whidbey. She is Board President and one of the founders and first co-directors of the VRC. She is the mother of US Army veteran Orrin Gorman McClellan.


FRED MCCARTHY
Dr. Fred McCarthy is the executive director of the Veterans Resource Center. He is the retired superintendent of Schools from the South Whidbey School District. He is a career public and private school teacher and administrator. He was a Chief Warrant Officer and helicopter pilot in Vietnam in 1967-1968 and served in IV Corps during the "TET" Offensive of 1968 with the 121st Assault Helicopter Company as an aircraft commander in transports and gunships.



JOHN MCFARLAND
John McFarland completed 30 years of active and reserve component military service. His military awards include six Meritorious Service Medals and the Defense Superior Service Medal. His civilian career includes 15 years as the City Administrator for the City of Tukwila, WA. He resides on Whidbey Island with his family. His daughter Susan is currently serving with the US Army in Afghanistan.


KORD ROOSEN-RUNGE
Kord is a committed community and family member, father, grandfather and husband, resident of Freeland since 1994. He is an experienced professional social worker, in an active career as both a volunteer and paid professional, serving over four decades as an administrator, client advocate, consultant, counselor and educator. As a member of the VRC's Board of Directors and a US Army Veteran, Vietnam Era, he is very invested in its mission and purpose in our community.

CHRIS THORSEN
Chris Thorsen is founder of Quantum Edge. He has advised senior leaders and their executive teams on rapid growth in high tech companies, helped leaders of old line utility companies transform their cultures, and applied his expertise to international peace building with policy leaders on the island of Cyprus. Chris obtained his masters degree in organizational development and worked as an employee assistance consultant to business and labor. During this time he developed ways to apply the martial art of Aikido to corporate change. In 1984 Chris founded Quantum Edge and began consulting companies in international sales, telecommunications and the computer industry. Chris has given hundreds of Change Mastery Presentations to organizations. He has studied and taught Aikido for over 25 years. He is one of the Board members of the VRC.

CHARLES PELLOR
Charles is a member of the VRC's Board of Directors and a US Navy Veteran.







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