H. B. Deatherage......founder and director
H.B. is Founder and Director of the Kentucky Veterans' Hall of Fame (KVHOF) has been at the helm of the foundation since the day in early 2012 when the idea was just a vision.
As a Vietnam Veteran, H.B. knows all about visions and missions. Many years after returning home from his service to our country, his mission was to build a veterans memorial in the city of Florence, KY. Deatherage, who grew up in Boone County and owns a Florence business, garnered the city's approval in 1995 to erect the monument on 44 city-owned acres on Ewing Boulevard, where a new city building was planned. Although the monument was to be located in Florence, this veteran pointed out that the memorial is for everyone who wants to pause and "pay homeage to the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who were killed in the line of duty". The finishing touches to the monument were completed during the Memorial Day ceremony in May 2011 when the POW/MIA monument was dedicated to the Boone County Veterans Memorial site......H.B. now claims that the final portion of his "veteran's vision" will be the completion of the Kentucky Veterans' Hall of Fame.
Gary Griesser.. assistant to the director
Gary is a life long resident of Burlington, Kentucky. He is a product of the Boone County, Kentucky School system, graduating from Boone County High School in 1962. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky and a Masters Degree in Guidance Counseling from Georgetown College. He holds a second Masters Degree in School Administration from the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
He spent most of his vocational career working in the Boone County School System. He has held positions of: Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, Supervisor of Instruction, Assistant Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent and Acting Superintendent. He completed his educational career as Associate Commissioner for District Support Services with the Kentucky Department of Education in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Gary began a new career as a motivational speaker in 1994. He has traveled to 47 states making over 1,700 presentations to various state and national conventions. He has spoken and sung in over 1200 churches. He is an active member and a Paul Harris Fellow with the Florence, Kentucky, Rotary Club of Rotary International and a member of the Norhtern Kentucky West Camp of Gideon's International. He is also on the Board of Directors of Heritage Bank
Lorene Friedman..assistant to the director
Lorene has been a military daughter, niece, wife, mother, grandmother and in 2006 was co-founder (along with her daughter Kimberly) of the Northern KY Chapter 5 Blue Star Mothers of America, INC (BSMA). Since the start of the BSMA chapter in KY she has dedicated her life to seeing that our local women and men serving in the military have received the recognition and care they so deserve. She is not above begging if she thinks there is something our sons and daughters overseas need that someone else has and would possibly donate for our military. She is a firm believer that if your heart is in a project, then nothing can keep you from accomplishing your goal.
Lorene has a sincere, and undying love, for our country, those serving to protect us and the God who oversees it all. She loves every minute of the time she spends in coming up with bigger and better ways to support our troops and our chapter. She is the epitome of "Service Above Self".
Peggy Eubanks..exec. board member
Peggy was born in Ohio, moved to Kentucky in 1969 when she got married so she actually lived in Kentucky longer than she lived in Ohio.
Her father served in the Army during World War II in the Philippines. She has four brothers who have served in the Army and one brother who served in the Air Force. One brother, John, now deceased, served in Vietnam and retired after 20 years of service to the Army. Another brother, Ralph, served in Thailand with SAC during Vietnam.
She was a founding associate member of the NKY Chapter 5 Blue Star Mothers and serves as their Parliamentarian.
She officially retired from her position as Director - Actuarial Department for the Cincinniti LIfe Insurance Company on June 29, 2012 after 39+ years of service.
She likes to use her poetic talents and her writing skills to honor our veterans and active service members.
She likes to use her poetic talents and her writing skills to honor our veterans and active service members.
Peggy has spearheaded many leadership projects in her career as well as her activities as a military support volunteer promoting the betterment of our armed forces. She possesses a strong love of our country and wants to be a part of helping the KVHOFF get this project off the ground to have a place that shows our veterans that we appreciate all they have done and are continuing to do for us.
Mike Moses..exec. board member
Mike has been actively involved in military issues most of his life. Mike served three years on active duty in the Army, including a combat tour in Vietnam. Upon leaving active duty he served another 21 years in the Army Reserve, achieving the rank of E7 and then becoming a Warrant Officer, retiring as a CW3 in 1995. Mike spent 35 years working for the Federal Government, and upon retirement he was the Senior Fleet Manager in the Office of Government-wide Policy, writing all Federal motor vehicle regulations and advising all agencies on their Fleet operations. Since retirement in 2008, Mike has become involved almost full time in veterans' issues. He is the Commander (third year) of the Florence American Legion and is the American Legion District Vice Commander. Mike has enjoyed supporting the USO by packing care packages for our troops, and locally supporting our troops by hosting veteran events at his Legion Post and helping those veterans in need through financial assistance. Mike stands ready to help veterans and veteran issues whenever possible and sees the support of the Kentucky Veterans' Hall of Fame a logical continuance of this service.
Nancy Brotherton..exec. board member
Nancy is a military daughter, aunt, niece, wife, mother, cousin and sister. She is 2012-13 Unit President of the Boone Legion Auxiliary in Florence, KY. She is the 2012-13, Department of Kentucky, Legion Auxiliary, Public Relations Chairman and the 2012-13, National Legion Auxiliary Southern Division Public Relations Chairman. She has served on the Board of Directors for Northern KY. Senior Services and assisted in fundraising activities for the Northern Kentucky Mental Health Association. Nancy was given an honor coin in 2009 from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for participating and supporting the U.S.O. in packing boxes for our military troops. Nancy supports veteran causes and issues, and is always seeking ways to help our military.
Don Castle..exec. board member
Don is the general manager for the Holiday Inn in Florence, KY. During Don's career he has managed numerous hotels and is currently on the Board of Directors for the KY Hotel and Lodging Association.
Don is married to Susan, a very lovely lady, and they have five children and three grandchildren.
Don's father served in the US army, receiving an Asiatic Pacific Theatre Ribbon and a Victory Medal. Don also has six uncles that served in the US Army.
Born in Ohio, Don has spent all his adult life in Kentucky, first in Louisville, then moving to Northern KY in 1997. Don has worked with HB Deatherage on several different occasions, including two different events involving the Vietnam Moving Wall. His service on these occasions has more than proved his total support and rspect for our armed forces. Don is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys organizing as well as participating in military rides.
Don has a deep love of his country, his family and, most of all, God. He has a passion for helping others less fortunate than himself. He is very proud to be a part of the KVHOFF... To quote Don "I know that if HB is involved in it, it is truly an unselfish act in recognition of his fellow man".
Bob Flick..exec. board member
Bob served as a Marine during the Vietnam War. After his separation from the military he returned to his home town of Hebron, KY. Bob went to work in the family business of operating and owning Flick's IGA/Food store.
Through public relations Bob has served on the Hebron Fire District Board for sixteen years. He also has worked for the past fourteen years on the Bean Bash Board which is a fund raiser for three local charities, Redwood Schools, Special Olympics and BACWAC. Bob has also been a member of the Boone County Businessmen board for sixteen years.
Bob and his wife of forty-one years have two daughters, one son and two grandsons.
Debbie Vannarsdale..exec. board member
Debbie has lived in Northern Kentucky for most of her life and has been in nursing for over 30 years. Her Great Grandfather was in the KY Calvary, her Grandfather in WWI and Father in WWII. Husband Terry is a retired Florence KY police officer and was a Vietnam Veteran. Her son Brandon Bailey was medically discharged this year after 13 and a half years in the USMC, after being critically injured in Afghanistan in January 2009. She has a grandson Austin Bailey in the USMC.
Always being a very patriotic person Debbie joined the Blue Star Mothers. She has become involved with the most wonderful caring group of women and Dads." When I had the chance to be a part of the KVHOFF I was thrilled. It's time our veterans were recognized for their sacrifices and our freedom. I am very proud to be a part of that"
Christo Lassiter..exec. board member
Christo has an extensive background in criminal justice and military law. He is currently employed as a Professor of Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. His professional employment included the Judge Advocate United States Marine Corps (1983-1991); Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, New Orleans, Louisiana (1989-1991); Assistant Head, Legal Assistance, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, D.C. (1987-1989); Appellate Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Activity, Washington, D.C. (1986-1987).
Christo has been a member of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame since 2006 and served as the Executive Committee Chair for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in 2011. In 2006 Mr. Lassiter was inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
Brandon Bailey..exec. board member
Brandon is a 1993 graduate of Boone County High School. Brandon hit the Yellow Footprints at United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, SC on November 10, 1998.
Gunnery Sergeant Charles Brandon Bailey served 14 years in the Marine Corps before Medically Retiring due to wounds received in Afghanistan when his Humvee was struck by an IED. He has been a part of Combat, Peacekeeping missions and Humanitarian missions all over the globe. Brandon's personal awards include the Purple Heart, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat valor, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Hummanitarian award and Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO medal including several unit awards.
Brandon holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Park University in Parkville, MO. After 14 years in the United States Marine Corps Brandon retired from the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, NC. He currently resides in Florence, KY and has a beautiful three year old daughter, Delilah.
T.D. Freeman..exec. board member
T.D. was born and raised in the Louisville, KY area. He joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school, and spent the next twenty-one years serving his country and protecting our freedom.
He learned teamwork, discipline, respect, loyalty and patience. He was selected for prestigious embassy duty and also served as a Marine Corps representative, an equal opportunity officer and a family rediness officer--helping families settle in new locations. He retired as a Master Sergeant.
T. D. is now a full-time licensed career Realtor, working for Weichert Realtors.
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