Midwest Military Outreach

Supporting those who serve and their families

Steering Committee

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Carl Cronk

Sergeant First Class
GS 7 Civilian
Military Retired
Department of Defense Retired
Veterans Services
Ambassador, Pentagon Freedom Team
Mentor, Army Personnel

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Dave Dirks (UI VP)

David Dierks is a 1970 graduate of The University of Iowa, having earned his B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication. After a brief stint with American Airlines, he came to The University of Iowa Foundation, where he has been for 40 years. David initiated the institution’s planned and major giving program in 1973, supervising its management and development until 1999 when he was named assistant vice president for principal gifts. He served in this capacity until the fall of 2005 when he was named the Foundation’s vice president. David is now responsible for the direction and administration of all major gift activity for the Foundation.

David is a member of several professional councils and has been a presenter at conferences for such groups as the National Conference on Planned Giving, Mid- owa Planned Giving Council, and CASE. He has also contributed articles for various development publications, including CASE Currents, fyi, Kiplinger, and the Chronicle o Higher Education (now Philanthropy).

David is active in University and community service, as well. He was the faculty secretary of the UI’s Omicron Delta Kappa student honor organization from 1987 to 2005 and is a past member of the Campus Beautification Pathways Committee. He is a founding member of both the Iowa City Public Library Foundation and the Iowa City
Community School District Foundation. In addition, he has served on the Boards of Directors for the Oaknoll Retirement Community, the University Athletic Club, and the
Iowa City Young Life organization. David is currently on the Board of Directors for the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association and the Johnson County Heritage Trust,
and is also a volunteer for the community “Free Lunch Program” and Shelter House. He was a member of Iowa City West High School’s Turn on the Lights Campaign Committee and a board member and coach (8 years) for the Iowa City Kickers Soccer Club.

David is a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Iowa City. He is a Church Elder, taught Sunday School, was the director of their stewardship efforts for 18 years, and has served as a volunteer for the Pittsburgh Project (inner city rehabilitation).

David served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 28 years, retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant. He was named the Johnson County Soldier of the Year in 1988.

He is married with three children and five grandchildren.


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Dr. Brian Hayes

President/CEO The Life On Point Group
Decorated Veteran of the U.S. Army

Mr. Brian Hayes, Life On Point’s founder, is an experienced business executive, decorated veteran of the U.S. Army and a service disabled veteran. Brian is also an operations professional trained in various management, technical, organizational and crisis management methodologies that directly support the clients he serves today.

As the founder of Life On Point Consultants, Brian has assembled and organized a dynamic core group of premier management and leadership professionals with extensive combat and business experience that support a variety of Security, Strategic Management and Crisis Response efforts for military, intelligence, corporate and federal entities throughout the world.

Mr. Hayes graduated from Suffolk University in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and from the Naval Post-graduate School in Monterey, CA with a Master’s Degree in Defense Analysis. In 2011 he completed his PhD in Human Psychology from Saybrook University/Capella University with a concetration in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder studies.

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Major General (Ret) Robert Sentman

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Steve Cocker

Course Director at USSOCOM

Steve Coker has a wealth of professional experience across corporate and U.S. Government sectors. Steve has gained his experience by successfully participating on Strategic Development Teams in all areas of Diplomatic, International, Military and Economic (DIME) strategies. Steve served over 27 years in the U.S. Armed Forces and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. During this period, Steve was assigned numerous positions and led a series of strategic development initiatives directly relating to foreign military sales and program management.

His specialties include: Strategic Planning, Operations and Plans Management, Program Management, Director of Sales, Logistics Management, Project Planning, Contract Management, Doctrine Writer and Developer, Change Management/Process Improvement.


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Ted Daywalt

Mr. Daywalt has been the president and CEO of VetJobs (www.vetjobs.com) since 1999, the leading military job board on the Internet. He served on active duty in the Navy for seven years, 21 years in the Naval Reserve Intelligence program and retired as a Captain. Mr. Daywalt has extensive experience in private industry (including executive level) and also with the staffing and recruiting industry. He is published and is a noted motivational speaker and is known nationwide as an advocate for veterans. Mr. Daywalt earned a BS from Florida State University (1971); an MA, International Relations, University of Southern California (1977); and an MBA from the Goizueta Business School, Emory University (1980).

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Vicky Ray

Severely Wounded Veterans Advocate across the USA
Vicky is a seasoned entrepreneur/business owner, accomplished in management, sales and team building.

In November 2004 her son, who was trained as a sniper with Army, was shot in the head in Fallujah Iraq. She learned very quickly that she needed to be an advocate for his welfare and healthcare. Vicky met DOD officials while at Walter Reed and was contracted under Military Severely Injured Program through the Department of Defense to be the Texas State Representative for the Severely Wounded; acting as liaison between wounded combat veterans and high-level Pentagon contacts, working directly with the adjutants of the Department of Defense, Secretary of the Army and connections to VA Headquarters.

Vicky’s Experience while working as former Texas State Representative for the Severely Wounded was to support our Severely Wounded across the State of Texas and the USA; by rallying community involvement and community leaders to support veterans and their families as they come back to their hometowns. She developed relationships with leaders of communities, the military and local citizens in cities across Texas. To support her efforts she put on events honoring our heroes, organizing one to three day event involving entertainers such as Gary Sinise, local celebrities, including hundreds of volunteers and military leaders for air and ground support. She worked with news media promoting these events to raise awareness.

Vicky has worked and partnered with many reputable organizations and influential individuals who are committed to empowering our transitioning military and their families. She has rallied community support and involvement, building relationships and promoting awareness and support from all sectors. This includes Vicky working and partnering with; USO, Project Evergreen, Operation Forever Free, Independence Fund, Soldiers Angels, America Supports You, Republican Foundation and Republican Women of Dallas, Rotary Clubs across DFW, Austin, Metroplex Marines, Brook Army Medical Center, Ft. Hood, Special Forces out of Georgia at Ft. Bliss, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Ft Worth, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England and his office, supporting any and all military events and Holidays that honor our country, parades, air shows, Operation Home Front, hundreds of business owners, mayors, chamber of commerce, congresswomen and congressmen, Ross Perot Foundation, Roger Staubauch, Mark Cubin Foundation, Metroplex Marines, Gold Star Family Foundation, Professional PGA Golfers and PGA, and Gary Sinise .

As a member of Midwest Military Outreach, Inc. Steering Committee, Vicky is committed to work diligently to support their efforts and mission; to empower and improve the quality of life for America’s Military Heroes and their families.