MOAA recently welcomed new members to its Currently Serving Advisory Council (CSAC) and Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Council (CSSAC), groups providing key insights on issues affecting the currently serving community.
Here’s a bit more on how these groups help MOAA fulfill our mission.
About the CSAC/CSSAC
MOAA strives to stay engaged with currently serving members and their families. The CSAC and CSSAC serve to advise MOAA’s president on issues affecting the currently serving community and to discuss, deliberate, and recommend improvements on current and potential MOAA programs, plans, and policies.
Council members are either currently serving officers in one of the eight uniformed services or spouses of currently serving officers. Their perspectives on a number of issues help MOAA as we strive to bring greater value to our members, engage MOAA members and prospective members through our products and services portfolio, and align efforts to meet the pillars of MOAA’s strategic plan.
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MOAA celebrated the outgoing members of the CSAC and CSSAC in a virtual event Nov. 17 and welcomed members of the newest class in a virtual event Dec. 8. Council members serve two-year terms and live across the globe.
“From my perspective, these advisory groups are one of the key areas of success for us today and in the future,” said Lt. Gen. Dana T. Atkins, USAF (Ret), MOAA president and CEO. “Much of the legislative efforts MOAA has ushered in the past couple years directly impact the currently serving community, and the councils provide the insights MOAA needs to understand what issues matter most to our currently serving troops and their families.”
The CSAC and CSSAC look forward to working with MOAA staff to affect change for the currently serving community on issues ranging from those impacting Guard and Reserve components to the continued high rates of military spouse unemployment.
Comings and Goings
MOAA thanks the following members whose terms expired in 2021:
- Currently Serving Advisory Council: Andrew Berrigan, USAF; Cmdr. Francis Bertulfo, USPHS; Lt. Dean Castaldo, USNR; Maj. Eric Cherkauskas, ARNG; Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Davis, USPHS; Brig. Gen. Bill Kale, USAF; 1st Lt. Jacob Miller, USA; Lt. Charles Rego, USNR.
- Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Council: Mona Dexter, Amse Heck, Misty Motion, Lorren Patton, Anna Blanch Rabe, Stephanie Rose, Jennifer Sturgeon, Kari Szakal.
New and ongoing members of MOAA’s Currently Serving Advisory Council are:
- 2020-2022 Class: Nick DeProspero, NOAA; Maj. Gen. David Glaser, USA; Lt. Christopher Hanley, USN; Col. John Harman, USMC; Maj. John Kalis, USAF; Lt. Kelly Kolterman-Brown, USN; Cmdr. Kans Lewis, USPHS; Cmdr. Jesse Norris, USNR; Col. Gregg Quinones, ANG; Maj. Peter Rose, USAF; Maj. Angela Yenet Templeton, USA.
- 2021-2023 Class: Maj. Josh Hazel, ANG; Col. Scott Hodges, USAF; Cmdr. Kurt Kesteloot, USPHS; Col. Chris McKinney, ARNG; Lt. Cmdr. Angela McClendon, USPHS; Lt. Col. Christopher Mercado, USA; Cmdr. Molly Rutledge, USPHS.
New and ongoing members of MOAA’s Currently Serving Spouse Advisory Council are:
- 2020-2022 Class: Whitney Armstrong, Lindsay Bradford, Jennifer Brill Robinson, Heather Browning, Johanna Cunning, Mary Anne DeHart, Megan Delegina Powell, Heather Eliason, Kate Horrell, Crystal Mahany, Danielle Maloy, Kelly McKenzie Pickett, Michelle Norman, Juliette Ramberg de Ruyter.
- 2021-2023 Class: Rachel Augustine, Heather Escamilla, Jenna Hall, Betsey Mercado, Mychael Willon.
Interested in getting involved with either advisory council? Applications open late summer! Check out MOAA.org/advisory-councils to learn more.