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Board of Directors
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 Walt Reiner
PJ Coulter Chip Tansill*
Bill Edwards Pat Tiberi*
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.
Roger Holbrook
James D. Moore
Bob White
Norman Lambert
Beth Eckersley

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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William N. (Bill) Edwards, Secretary, Board of Directors
Years of Service: Five
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Divisions (Units): HHC, 5th Bn, 33rd Armor, 194th Armored Bde, Fort Knox, KY. 1st Bde, 4th Infantry Division, An Khe Vietnam DTRP, 1st Squadron, 10th Cavalry HHC, C Co, 1st BN 66th Armor, 2nd Armored Div. Fort Hood TX
Countries Served in: Vietnam (September 1970 - September 1971), United States
Duties: Platoon LDR (Scout Platoon), Company Commander (Armor), Aviation Squad Leader (Scouts), Infantry Bde Aviation Officer, BN S-1, Bn S-2, BN S-3 Air, BN Commo Officer.
Awards: Bronze Star (Merit), Air Medal (13), Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation, Army Aviator
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James E. Garvey, 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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Chip Tansill, Honorary Board Member

Governor John R. Kasich appointed Col. Chip Tansill (U.S. Army, retired) to lead the Ohio department of Veteran Services on September 21, 2015. Prior to being appointed director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, Col. Tansill served as executive director of the Franklin County Veterans Service Commission. Tansill began his military career in 1982 when he joined the United States Army Reserve. Tansill was deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1990. In 2011, he was named chief of staff for the Ohio National Guard. His awards and decorations include Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with five oak leaf clusters, and the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Tansill retired from military service in 2015. Tansill received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Fairmont State College. He holds master’s degrees from Trident University and the U.S. Army War College.

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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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Walt Reiner, Board Member
Years of Service: Three and one-half
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Divisions (Units): Company C, 5th Battalion, 33rd Armor, Ft. Knox, KY, Hunter Army Air Field, Savannah, GA; Fixed Wing Aviation School, Pt. Stewart, GA and Pt. Rucker, AL, 184th Reconnaissance Airplane Company, HHC, Troop Command PH SUP COM USA, Pt. Huachuca, AZ
Countries Served in: Vietnam (July, 1968 - July 1969), United States
Duties: Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Aviation Section Commander, Protocol Officer, Aviator.
Awards Bronze Star, Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal (22), Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal
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Pat Tiberi, Honorary Board Member

Patrick J. "Pat" Tiberi is already gaining notice as a member to watch in the U.S. House of Representatives. Within two days of beginning his first term in office, Tiberi was named to a pair of major committees, the Education and the Workforce Committee and the Financial Services Committee.

Tiberi (pronounced TEE-berry), a first-term Republican representing portions of Franklin and Licking Counties and all of Delaware County, used his position on the Education panel to play an important role in writing H.R. 1, the landmark education reform plan that was signed into law by President in Bush in January 2002.Language written by Tiberi and Rep. Mike Castle establishing a pilot program to empower local school districts to better meet local educational needs was included in the new law.

The Tiberi-Castle "super local flex" program allows up to 150 school districts across the country to mix and match funding from four separate federal education programs to address unique learning needs.

Tiberi has also been outspoken about the need to eliminate unnecessary or wasteful government spending, pointing out that millions of tax dollars are being thrown away on dubious projects including the restoration of a statue of the Roman god Vulcan and for a "wood in transportation" program.

Being in the thick of things is nothing new for Tiberi. During his eight years in the Ohio House of Representatives (1993-2000) he rose to the position of Majority Leader, the third highest post in the House. Throughout his tenure he played a prominent role as a legislative leader who got things done.

Among other things, Tiberi was responsible for writing laws that created a DNA database to track violent criminals, established comprehensive lawsuit abuse reform, required performance audits of Ohio's 21 urban school districts,protected seniors from financial con artists and initiated nursing home consumer report cards. Tiberi also proposed bills that offered state income tax credits for charitable contributions and reformed Ohio's "death" or estate tax. He also led the fight to speed the widening of I-270's North Outerbelt.

Tiberi is past President of the Forest Park Civic Association in Columbus. He currently is a member of the American Red Cross Columbus Chapter Advisory Board, the Prevent Blindness America board and is an honorary member of the Kids Voting Ohio board. He is the co-founder of the Windsor Terrace Learning Center in Columbus and chaired the Columbus Italian Festival in 1999.

The 39-year-old Tiberi is a life-long resident of the Northland area of Columbus. He's a graduate of Northland High School and The Ohio State University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1985 and was a member of the OSU Marching Band.

Prior to being elected to the Ohio House, he served for eight years as an assistant to then-Congressman John Kasich. He has also worked as a realtor with ReMax Achievers in southern Delaware County.

His work has gained him numerous honors, including more than a dozen statewide "Legislator of the Year" awards from groups ranging from the Buckeye State Sheriffs Association to the National Federation of Independent Business in Ohio. He's also been named a Watchdog of the Treasury for his efforts to protect taxpayers.

Tiberi and his wife Denice attend St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Columbus, where he is a lector.

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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.

Roger Holbrook, Director Emeritus
Years of Service: Twenty
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Divisions (Units): 77th SF GP (Abn), 1st SF GP (Abn), 5th SF GP (Abn), 6th SF GP (Abn), 7th SF GP (Abn)
Countries Served in: Okinawa, Vietnam: Co C 1st SF Vietnam 1962 at Hoa Com, Co C 1st SF Vietnam 1963-64 at To Chau, Co C 5th SF Vietnam 1965-66 (Six months with Da Nang Nung Reaction force and 6 months at A Shau), CCN Vietnam 1969-1970
Duties: Commo, O&I, Demo, Weapons
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James D. Moore, Director Emeritus
Years of Service: Thirty
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Divisions (Units): 82nd Airborne Div., 173 Airborne Brigade (Sep), 5th SFGA, 11th SFGA
Countries Served in: Vietnam (August 1968- August 1969), United States
Duties: 82nd Abn Div.-Asst S-1, Div. Arty; 173rd Abn Bde - Artillery Forward Observer, - Fire Direction Officer, - Battery Exec. Officer; 5th SFGA - S-3 Air; 11th SFGA Battalion S-2, S-3, Exec. Officer; Army Reserve Personnel Center - Branch Chief, Infantry, SF Branch, Division Chief, Combat Arms Div., Officer Personnel Management Directorate; Office of Ass't. Secretary of Defense for Special Ops & Low Intensity Conflict - Reserve SOF Advisor; U.S. Army Infantry School Fort Benning - Reserve Advisor to Commanding General.
Awards Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal w/V Device & numeral 2, Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/ 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Master Parachute Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, SF Tab, Secretary of Defense ID Medal, Reserve Achievement Medal w/ hourglass device
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Robert (Bob) White, Sr., Director Emeritus
Years of Service: Twenty (5.5 Years Enlisted and 14.5 Commissioned)
Branch of Service: U.S. Air Force (5 months, Underage) and U.S. Army (19 Yrs-7 Mo)
Divisions (Units): 71 Inf Div; 4th Inf Div; 3rd Inf Div; 1st BG, 8th Cav. 1st Cav Div; Combat Development Cmd; 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne); 6th Special Forces Group (Airborne); 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne); and United States Military Training Mission to Saudi Arabia
Countries Served in: Germany, Korea, Iran, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, and United States
Duties: Platoon Leader, Special Forces "A" Detachment Commander, Special Forces Operations Officer, Airborne Jumpmaster, Company Commander, Chief, Mission Relations (Saudi Arabia), and Qualified Arabic Language Interpreter/Translator
Awards: Bronze Star w/"V" Device and 1st OLC, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Medal w/OLC, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Civil Action Medal 1st Class, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/2 BS, National Defense Service Medal w/OLC, Ranger Tap, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Vietnamese Special Forces Parachutist Badge, Imperial Iranian Special Forces Parachutist Badge, Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor Medal (Inaugural Inductee)
Board Memberships and Affiliations: Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor, Member; American Veterans That Enlisted Underage, Ohio State Commander; Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member; Special Forces Association, Life Member, D-5425; Chapter LV, Special Forces Association, Life Member, D-5425
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Norman Lambert, Major (USAR, Retired), Director Emeritus
Years of Service: Twenty Nine
Branch of Service: U.S. Marines, U.S. Army
Divisions (Units): 101st Airborne Division, 5th Special Forces Group Recon, U.S. Military Academy,
Countries Served in: Vietnam, Germany, United States
Awards and Decorations: Silver Star w/ OLC, Bronze Star w/ V, 2 OLC, Air Medal (2), Army Commendation Medal w/1 OLC, Good Conduct Medal (Fifth Award), National Defense Service Medal w one Gold Star, Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Bronze Stars, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Master Parachutist Badge, Combat Infantryman’s Badge (Second Award)
Board Membership and Affiliations: Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor, Board Member Emeritus, Former Board Member Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor
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Beth Eckersley, Board Member
Years of Service: Seven, December 1983 to September 1990
Branch of Service: U.S. Coast Guard
Bases/Units: 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
Duties: Drug Interdiction and Law Enforcement
Administration and Personnel Management
Medical Administration
Search and Rescue
Awards Marksmanship Ribbons (rifle and handgun)
Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon (with star)
Good Conduct Medal (with star)
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