OMHOF Board Members serve as volunteers and devote hundreds of hours each year to plan and conduct the annual induction ceremony and ensure that Ohio’s Heroes receive their due recognition.

To learn more about our Board Members or Directors Emeritus, select a name from the list or scroll down the page.

Board Members
Lance Cole Rey Cordero
PJ Coulter Chip Tansill*
Karen Kish  
James E. Garvey Jody White*
Ted Mosure
*Honorary Board Member
Directors Emeritus
Bob White, Board Member Emeritus with
Senator John Tower of Texas, Vietnam 1965.
Beth Eckersley

Debra Ashenhurst Director of ODVS

Current Directors
Lance Cole, Board Member
Years of Service: December 1988 to Present
Branch of Service: Ohio Air National Guard
Bases/Units: Rickenbacker IAP, Ohio December 1988 to Present
Duties: Maintenance Operations Controller
Crew Chief A7-D Corsair and KC-135 R Stratotanker
Awards: Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
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PJ Coulter, Board Member
Years of Service: Fifteen
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Divisions (Units): 517th Aircraft Direct Support Co, 8th Infantry Division, 87th Inf, 83rd Field Artillery; Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, First Field Force; 92nd Combat Support Battalion
Countries Served in: Vietnam (1965-1966, 1968-1969, 1971-1972), United States
Duties: 517th, S-2 NCOIC for Battalion HQ – 8th Inf. Div., Staff Judge Advocate’s Office Defense Attorney’s Assistant. Implemented the Privacy Act, and worked in their G-2 section. S-2 for the 87th Inf. S-1 as NCIOC of personnel for the 83rd FA.
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, ARCOM, Good Conduct Medal, CIB, Master Para wings, Vietnam Jump Wings, Ranger Tap, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, 6 OS stripes.
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Karen Kish, Secretary, Board of Directors
Years of Service:  
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Divisions (Units):  
Countries Served in:  
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James E. Garvey,  Emeritus Board Member
Years of Service: Twenty-two
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Divisions (Units): 77th SF, 10th SF, Special Forces Trng. Gp(two tours), 5th SF(two tours), USA Parachute Team, 82nd Abn. Div.(two tours), VN Abn. Div., 18th Abn. Corps, Special Forces Company
Countries Served in: Vietnam, Germany, United States
Awards CIB, PH, Master Parachute Badge
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Ted Mosure, President, Board of Directors
Years of Service: Four
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy
Divisions (Units): Seal Team One
Countries Served in: Vietnam (July ’69 to Jan. ’70) and (Aug. ’70 to Feb. ’71) Taiwan (April, May 1970)
Duties: Automatic weapons with a U.S. Navy SEAL direct action platoon, Advisor to Vietnamese SEAL platoon, Instructor in SEAL Basic Indoctrination courses for BUDS graduates
Awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, Expert Pistol, Expert Rifle, U.S. Army Parachute Insignia, U.S. Navy Parachute Insignia, Taiwanese Parachute Insignia, National Defense Ribbon.
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Rey Cordero, Board Member & IT Consultant
Years of Service: 8
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Divisions (Units): B CO. 99th Signal BN, 546th Trans Co. 824th QM CO, 1st Det. 773rd Trans CO
Countries Served in: Saudi Arabia (Aug 1990 to Mar 1991)
Duties: Transportation Operator, Multichannel Systems Operator
Awards Army Achievement, National Defense, Southwest Asia Service w/2 Bronze stars, Kuwait Liberation,  Kuwait Liberation(SA), Humanitarian Service, Drivers Badge
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Jody White, Honorary Board Member
Years of Service: N/A
Branch of Service: N/A
Bases/Units: Widow of Bob White founding Board Member
Duties: Medals Preparation
Singer and Photographer for Ceremony
Awards: N/A
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Directors Emeritus
This section is dedicated to the people who have given their time and effort to the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor as members of the Board of Directors. They are the past directors who have moved on because of many reasons.
Beth Eckersley, Board Member
Years of Service:
Seven, December 1983 to September 1990
Branch of Service:
U.S. Coast Guard
USCG Training Center Cape May New Jersey March 1984 – May 1984
USCG Group Port Angeles Washington May 1984 – January 1986
Yeoman “A” School – USCG Training Center Petaluma
USCG Support Center Alameda California May 1986 – September 1990
Drug Interdiction and Law Enforcement
Administration and Personnel Management
Medical Administration
Search and Rescue
Marksmanship Ribbons (rifle and handgun)
Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (with star)
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