Our Board of Directors

Christopher E. Collier

Chief Financial Officer, Flextronics International Ltd.

Christopher Collier is chief financial officer at Flextronics (NASDAQ: Flex) with more than 20 years’ experience in finance, accounting and tax. Prior to this appointment in May 2013, Mr. Collier served as the senior vice president of finance and chief accounting officer at Flextronics International Ltd. He has also served as vice president of finance and corporate controller at the Company. Flextronics is an industry-leading, Fortune Global 500 Electronics manufacturing services company generating $26 Billion in annual revenue and operating a global footprint with over 200,000 employees and operations in 30 countries.

Mr. Collier joined Flextronics with the acquisition of The Dii Group, Inc. in April 2000, where he held the position of corporate controller. Prior to that he worked for KPMG as an audit manager and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Collier earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from State University of New York at Buffalo.

Richard M. Jones

Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer
CBS Corporation

Richard M. Jones serves as Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer for CBS Corporation. As General Tax Counsel, he oversees worldwide tax planning, strategy, operations, litigation and legislative matters for the Company. As Chief Veteran Officer, Jones oversees and coordinates all veteran-related initiatives for CBS Corporation, ensuring that the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans and their families are never forgotten, and that the Company is doing all that it can to promote their well-being.

Prior to joining the Company in 2005, Jones served as Vice President, Senior Tax Counsel and Assistant Treasurer for General Electric (NBCUniversal), where he was responsible for all domestic and international tax planning, structuring, M&A, operations and controversy matters. Before joining General Electric in 2003, he spent more than a decade as both a certified public accountant and tax lawyer with Ernst & Young, working in their media and entertainment and transaction advisory services practices. Jones also served as a law clerk for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, in the chambers of the Honorable Judge John P. Balio. Prior to reentering civilian life, Jones was a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, where he served honorably as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and 10th Mountain Division.

Jones received his law and business degrees from Syracuse University, where he graduated with honors and was admitted to the Order of the Barristers. He is also a graduate of Boston University School of Law, where he earned a Master of Laws. Jones also received a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) from Syracuse University.

Jones is admitted to practice before the Courts of New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court. As a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Society of CPAs, Jones serves on the Corporate and Partnership Taxation Committees. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, where he serves on the Corporate Counsel, Tax Policy and Mergers & Acquisitions/Joint Ventures Committees and is a member of the American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. Jones is also a frequent and noted lecturer and is a member of the faculty of the Practicing Law Institute.

Jones works closely with many veteran organizations and is a tireless and passionate champion for our nation’s veterans. He is proud life member of both the American Legion and DAV (Disabled American Veterans). He was appointed by Congress and serves on the Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO) at the U.S. Labor Department and U.S. Veterans Administration. In addition, he sits on the boards of the Wounded Warrior Project, The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, USJAG (The Uniformed Services Justice and Advocacy Group), the Easter Seals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services, the Aaron Grider Foundation and is an advisor to Veteran’s Advantage and ACT Today! (Autism Care & Treatment) for Military Families.

He lives with his wife and two children in Bedford, N.Y.

Marjorie Morrison

CEO and Founder of PsychArmor Institute, Inc.

Marjorie Morrison is the CEO and Founder of PsychArmor Institute, Inc. and has spent over a decade doing extensive work with the military. Her desire to establish PsychArmor stemmed from her own experience being a civilian mental health provider during which she learned the imperative intricacies of military culture.

Marjorie discovered her passion for the field after she spent a year writing and implementing a revolutionary proactive counseling programs for the U.S. Marines at the Recruit Training Depot in San Diego, putting over 500 Drill Instructors through the program. Her study continued at Camp Pendleton, where she had access to hundreds of Marines to interview and learn from. This research was utilized to create a groundbreaking solution to approach military mental health care.

Having not come from a military background, Marjorie is a civilian who understands the military-civilian divide. She has become passionate in advocating education for civilians on how to work effectively and confidently with military populations, specifically through PsychArmor Institute.

Morrison is a California Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and a PPS Credentialed School Counselor and School Psychologist. She is the author of the book, The Inside Battle: Our Military Mental Health Crisis, and has written numerous editorials on the field of military mental health featured in TIME, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, and several other new sources. Morrison is often featured as a subject matter expert, speaking publicly throughout the country and has been interviewed on several local and national television and radio programs, including BBC, NBC, FOX, CBS, and NPR.

Vincent W. Patton III

Executive Director, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
Educational Foundation
Managing Partner, Pinnacle Five, LLC

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Patton retired from the U.S. Coast Guard 1 November 2002, after serving 30 years of active duty. He became the first African American selected as the service’s senior-most enlisted ranking position as the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard in 1998. His career included staff and operational assignments both afloat and ashore throughout the United States, and a joint military service assignment in Cuba and Haiti.

Patton served as the eighth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard from May 1998 to October 2002. As the service’s top senior enlisted leader and ombudsman, he was the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard, his directorates, and the Secretaries of Transportation and Defense, with primary focus on quality of life issues, career development, work environment and personnel matters affecting over 40,000 active duty, reserve enlisted, and civilian personnel service wide. He routinely addressed these specific issues before appropriate United States Senate and House committees in the United States Congress, as well as with the Commander-in-Chief, along with his senior enlisted counterparts of the other four military services.

His numerous military awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon, eight Meritorious Team awards and nine Coast Guard Good Conduct awards. He also earned the Cutterman Insignia (sea duty recognition) and is one of a few Coast Guardsmen to have earned the coveted “Parachutist Wings” specialty badge during his assignment with Joint Task Force 160.

A 1972 graduate of Cass Technical High School, Patton became an Eagle Scout and was also a member of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) JAMES M. HANNAN division during his high school years. All of Patton’s initial college education through doctorate degree was earned while on active duty. He received his Doctor of Education degree in 1984 from the American University, Washington, DC. His dissertation was based on the development and implementation of the Coast Guard Enlisted Evaluation System. He has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago; a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Shaw College at Detroit, Michigan; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Pacific Union College, Angwin, California.

His extensive military education includes U. S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy, and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI).

After his military retirement, Patton completed a Master of Theology degree in Applied Religious Studies from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. In addition, he was an adjunct professor teaching ‘Philosophy of Ethics’ at the University of California, Berkeley. Since 2003, he has performed summer missionary work with the International Rescue Committee in Haiti, and worked as an executive director for the non-profit Halley’s Comet Foundation, teaching “at-risk” teenagers seamanship and sailing skills. He served as a volunteer tour advisor and chaplain for the USO, participating in the “Operation Handshake” program to visit U.S. military personnel during the 2004 Thanksgiving holiday in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in the 2003 holiday season with U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf and Southwest Asia involved with Operations “Iraqi Freedom” and “Enduring Freedom.” From 2004-2011, he was Director of Government Partnerships & Alliances for Military Advantage, also known as “Military.com,” the largest website devoted to the military community covering benefits, information and transition. From June 2002-June 2013 he served on the Board of Visitors for the Defense Intelligence Agency’s National Intelligence University.

Presently, Patton is Executive Director for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Educational Foundation. In addition, Patton is a managing partner with Pinnacle Five, LLC, and a group of former senior enlisted members from the DOD services who served with him during his tenure as Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. He holds board memberships with the Coast Guard Foundation, National Coast Guard Museum Association, Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Northeast Maritime Institute and the U.S. Naval Institute, and also serves on the Unitarian Universalist Association Committee on Military Ministry.

Jay Town

Senior Prosecutor
Jay Town currently serves as a senior prosecutor in the Madison County District Attorney’s Office where he is focused on the prosecution of felonies, to include Capital Murder, Murder, Manslaughter, Burglary, Robbery and Theft of Property. Town has been a prosecutor in that Office since his arrival in Huntsville in 2005. He also serves as legislative liaison to the Alabama District Attorney’s Association where he is focused on the development and drafting of meaningful legislation that impacts the Alabama criminal justice system and law enforcement. Town was also instrumental in developing and implementing the Madison County Veterans Court which is now being used as a model across the State.

Prior to moving to Huntsville in 2005, Town served as a Judge Advocate (“JAG”) in the United States Marine Corps. Major Town served in the Marine Corps for twelve years and was Honorably Discharged on April 1, 2008, having received several personal and unit decorations. He served on both active duty and as an active reservist. He also served as outside general counsel at a large firm in New Jersey prior to moving to Alabama focused on the commercial defense of major pharmaceutical, commercial and surety companies.

Jay Town is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation which is a national organization promoting myriad educational, patriotic and veterans’ initiatives. Prior to that, Jay was the former Chairman of the President’s Advisory Group for the Foundation. As Chairman, Town directed a number of initiatives to include the draft of a Strategic Plan for the Foundation’s Character Development Program and co-authored an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of the Stolen Valor Act (United States vs. Alvarez). In 2010, Jay and his wife Dana were co-chairs of the “Medal of Honor Gala” in Huntsville, an event that boasted two dozen Medal of Honor recipients and raised nearly a half-million dollars for the Foundation. Town has since fully implemented the Character Development Program across Alabama, becoming the first state to do so.

Town volunteers his time to charity in a number of other capacities. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the America’s Warrior Partnership, which is also a national organization in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project focused on the integration of veterans’ services in cities across the nation, where Town serves on the Executive Committee. He has served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the nationally recognized Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama, one of the largest of its kind in the Southeastern United States, and been a director since 2006. He served on the Board of Directors for Still Serving Veterans and the Semper Fi Community Task Force, both organizations that serve veterans wounded warriors. He was elected to the Board of Governors at Valley Hill Country Club where he served in a number of capacities, to include Vice Chairman and Secretary. He and his wife actively support the Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville Symphony, Therapy Partners and the Greater Huntsville Humane Society. Jay was recently awarded the Medal of Honor by National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution for his charitable efforts.

Town has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville in the Department of Political Science with the curriculum focused on executive war powers and the Geneva Conventions. Jay has been active as an advisor to many political campaigns in Alabama at the federal, state and local levels. Jay was recently named a “Rising Star” by the Alabama Republican Party and was recently named Director of Finance for the Madison County Republican Executive Committee. He and his wife Dana (an aerospace company owner) have been hosts to countless fundraisers for scores of local, state and federal elected officials and he has forged valuable relationships with members of the Republican National Committee, ALGOP, and the Alabama Policy Institute. Jay is also a former member of the Huntsville Committee of 100, a graduate of the 2011 Political Training Institute, Leadership/Connect Class 6 and Leadership Alabama.

Town earned a bachelor’s degree in Government & International Relations from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and received his Juris Doctor from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998. He is a member of the State Bars of Indiana, New Jersey, and Alabama, and also the United States Supreme Court. Jay, his wife Dana and their daughter Gracelyn (born St. Patrick’s Day!) make their home in Huntsville.