Board Members/Officers for 2019-2020
Effective October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020
Ron Carroll: Chairman
I Served in the U.S Airforce from 1965 to 1969. Served 4 years and then served 10 years in the Air Force reserve. I was with Fire Dept/ rescue. I served at Carswell A.F.B., Viet Nam 1966-67. Nevada, Washington state, Georgia, Florida and California. I retired from Law Enforcement with 35 yrs. and also retired from Van County as County commissioner for 12 yrs. my military rank was M.Sgt. E-7. Ron is currently a cattle rancher in Canton.
Dan Maucieri: Treasurer
Dan Maucieri served in the Air Force in various roles of Aircraft Maintenance in many locations throughout the United States and overseas locations. He retired in 2015 after 30 years of service and moved to Van Zandt County where he is a hobby farmer, community volunteer and works as the County Human Resources Director. Dan and his wife Lynn raised five daughters who come visit often and bring their ten grandkids to enjoy their home in the Country. Dan serves as our Treasurer
Phil Smith: Public Relations Director
Phil Smith volunteered as the Public Relations Director at the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial in the Fall of 2018. Phil, a Navy veteran, served as a supply officer in Ground Support at Fighter Squadron VA-203 ( A-4, A-7’s) in Jacksonville, Florida. Using the GI bill, he graduated from the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1977 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Journalism and Television Broadcasting. Owned Video Production Company for 37 years. Phil is currently retired in Canton.
Bob Borth: Director
I spent twenty years in the U.S. Air Force as an Intel Traffic Analysist. The USAFSS was a secretive and tight-knit branch of the Air Force cold warriors tasked with monitoring, collecting and interpreting military voice and electronic signals of countries of interest which often were Soviet and their satellite Eastern bloc countries.
Virgil Melton, Jr. : Director
United States Marine Corps, Feb 67-Aug 71, Vietnam War (Nov 67-Aug 69) MOS 1811 Tanks M48A3’s
Cary Hilliard: Director
I grew up here in Canton and after college graduation volunteered for USAF. After 4 years in AF I was given a vision medical waiver and went to Undergraduate Pilot Training and then flew C-130 aircraft in worldwide tactical missions. In my last 6 years I moved into the “classified black world” and finished my 23-year career as a unit commander at Eglin AFB, Fl. After moving back to Canton in 1993, I became involved in local politics as a county commissioner, city council member and mayor of Canton. My hobbies are working on our farm and volunteering in important nonprofit organizations
David Faigenbaum: Director
Homeland Security – 14 yrs. deployment throughout U.S.
International First Responder – Mexico and Haiti
Retired CEO of Mfg. Business – D.C., Va., Md.
Retired Sr. VP of Ops General Mills
Joe Silva: Trustee
I moved to Van Zandt County in 1984, Graduating from Van High School. Shortly After Graduation, I joined the Army in 1991. I was station at Ft. Ord, CA until its Closure and was discharge out of Ft Hood, TX in 1994. I’ve enjoyed serving on the board for the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial for almost 8 years.
Linda Montgomery: Trustee
Born and raised in California and moved to Texas in 2014. My daughter was in the Navy and my late husband was “Red” Montgomery who was the founder of the Veterans Memorial. Retired
Mike Newberry: Trustee
Mike resides in Canton with his wife, Lanita and three grandchildren. He enlisted in US Navy in 1980 and served as an Aviation Storekeeper Second Class Petty Officer. His duty stations included USS America CV-66, NAS Pensacola and USS Nimitz CVN-68. He was honorably discharged 1989.
Michelle Smith: Secretary
Michelle joined the Board in October 2019. She graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University with BS degree in Marketing. She has been an Executive Assistant for several companies including GTE, Verizon, Research in Motion ( Blackberry ), and University of Dallas. She is married to Phil Smith and retired in 2017 in Canton.