Advisory Council

Members of the Advisory Council with MFRI directors at the 2018 meeting
MFRI’s Advisory Council includes military and veteran representatives, community and industry leaders, researchers, academic professionals, Purdue alumni, practitioners and policymakers.

All members share a passion for supporting military and veteran families. They provide feedback and resources, help advance our mission, and take action on behalf of MFRI.

2018 members

Charlene D. Austin, M.S.
Senior Mentor for New Officer Spouses
National War College, DC

William Baas
Vice President, Talent
Comcast NBC Universal

Adrian Blow, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Michigan State University

Cal Burleson
Senior Vice President
Indianapolis Indians

Ron Davis, Ph.D.
Retired Vice President, Board of Trustees
Nashville State, Watkins College of Art

Lee Ann De Reus
Executive Director
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment & Appeal Project

Bob DelZoppo
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Technology Programs
Syracuse Research Corporation (SRC), Inc.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Douglas 
Head, Requirements Analysis Branch
Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)

Kathleen Gripman
President and Owner
SLS Associates, LLC

Christina J. Groark, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Pittsburgh

Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson
Senior Advisor
Knowledge Point, LLC

Capt. Maria Harbeson
Family Nurse Practitioner
Greenfield Caputo

Michael Heard
Washington National Insurance Company

Dave Lapan
Senior Director of Communications
Bipartisan Policy Center

Patricia Lester, M.D.
Director, Nathanson Family Resilience Center
Medical Director, Child and Family Trauma Service
Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry
UCLA Semel Institute

Cpl. Bryan Morris
Project Manager
Integra Construction, Inc.

Capt. Morgan T. Sammons, Ph.D.
Executive Director
National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Trooper Sanders
Wise Whisper

Nora Spinks
Chief Executive Officer
The Vanier Institute of the Family

COL David Sutherland
Founder and President, The Sutherland Partnership, Inc.
Chairman, Dixon Center for Military and Veteran Services

Barbara Thompson
Director, Office of Military Readiness Policy (Retired)
Department of Defense

Marianne Watson

Ray Weeks
Veteran Advocate and Athlete
US Military Endurance Sports

Steve Wilson, Ph.D
Professor, Brian Lamb School of Communication
Purdue University