Since 1959, the Young Marines National Youth Organization has been committed to the development of our nation’s future leaders and responsible citizenry. The mission of the Young Marines is to positively impact America's future by providing quality youth development programs for boys and girls that nurtures and develops its members into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. And to insure the Young Marines National Youth Organization can continue to meet this challenge, the Young Marines National Foundation was created to make sure the funding necessary to accomplish this critical mission is in place.
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The mission of the Young Marines National Foundation is to financially support the mission, values, and programs of the Young Marines by the solicitation, preservation and distribution of gifts, grants, and matching funds from individuals, corporations, and foundations committed to the development of boys and girls into responsible citizens who enjoy and promote a healthy, drug free lifestyle.
Today there are more young people who need leadership than ever before. With your tax deductible donation we will fund more units and offer more kids the opportunity to grow and develop into responsible citizens and actively promote a heathy drug free lifestyle.
Meet The Young Marines National Foundation TEAM
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Retired Lieutenant Colonel (LtCol) Mike Kessler began his career when he was commissioned a second lieutenant after graduating from the University of Washington in 1973. His 25 years of service to our country include commanding two rifle platoons, Series Commander and Assistant Director of the Drill Instructor School at Marine Corps Recruiting Dept, San Diego; commanding a Landing Support Company, an H&S Company, a Marine Security Company at Marine Barracks in Bangor, Washington, a rifle company with the First Battalion, Seventh Marines.
In 1999, LtCol Kessler was hired as the first National Executive Director of the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League. During his tenure, the program has grown into one of the pre-eminent youth organizations in the United States and serves as a model for other youth groups in drug demand reduction having won six Fulcrum Shield Awards for excellence in youth anti-drug education. Additionally, the Young Marines program has expanded its purpose and intent to include engaging with the communities and endorsing a program that supports America’s veterans.
Other organizational accomplishments include the creation of a series of summer programs, the development of a national database, creating a National Leadership Academy, formalizing Veterans Appreciation Week, and producing a series of videos for which the organization earned six Telly Awards for video production excellence.
LtCol Kessler retired to Everett, Washington, with his wife Kimberly. They have six children and eight grandchildren.
Director, Development and Public Relations
Mr. Alexander’s career in the United States Navy spanned 21+ years. At sea, he served as Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer on two destroyers and then spent a tour as the Navigator aboard a guided missile destroyer. He spent the next 18 years in a variety of Navy Public Affairs jobs. His final Navy assignment (1998-1992) was Deputy Director, Navy Broadcasting Service where he oversaw the operations of 38 Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) outlets around the world.
Following retirement from the Navy in 1992, John joined the staff of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society as the organization’s first public affairs professional. This 501(c)(3) non-profit charity was founded by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 to provide emergency financial assistance to Sailors, Marines and their families. In 2006, John was promoted to Vice President, Chief Communications Officer. During 2012, the staff, comprised of 3,500 volunteers and fewer than 240 paid employees, disbursed more than $45 million in financial assistance to nearly 100,000 clients. John retired in October 2012, following 20 years of service with the Society. During his tenure, he raised more than $325 million to promote and support the Society’s programs. His last year of service set a record of $20.8 million in charitable gifts.
Mr. Alexander earned Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Arts (Journalism) degrees from the University of Missouri. His military awards include a Meritorious Service Medal and three Navy Commendation Medals. He continues to work as a development and public relations/communications consultant, primarily helping clients interested in providing assistance to military families.
National Executive Director
Mike is a veteran Marine, educator, and father. After 28 years in the Marine Corps, Mike transitioned from finding and leading a few good men, to raising two. Mike believes in the self-fulfilling prophesy of high expectations, the power of positive reinforcement and the value of solid role models. Mike is committed to building the foundation to the point that it can independently sustain the Young Marines organization.
Member of the Board of Directors
William "Bill" H. Zeliff, Jr.is a former Republican Member of Congress from New Hampshire, serving from 1990 to 1997, and provides leadership at TLG as a Senior Counselor. Mr. Zeliff engages as a private advocate for client interests before state and federal governments and the business community. During his congressional tenure, Mr. Zeliff served as Deputy Whip, where he helped create and implement the House agenda. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs and Criminal Justice under the House Government Reform Committee, Mr. Zeliff focused on drug policy and programs, elevating them in the public consciousness and making them a major issue in the 1996 presidential campaign. He was a member of the House Transportation Committee and served with distinction on the Surface Transportation, Water Resources and Aviation subcommittees, as well as serving on the Small Business Committee. Mr. Zeliff authored the "A to Z Budget Cutting Tool" used by members of Congress to encourage fiscal responsibility.
Outside of Congress, he has successfully built and operated three small businesses. In 1988, he won the New Hampshire Restaurant and Lodging Association's prestigious Innkeeper of the Year award.
Mr. Zeliff, a native of East Orange, NJ, received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Connecticut. He served honorably in the Connecticut Army National Guard and afterwards in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Vice President Materiel Management, LMI
Member of the Board of Directors
Major General (ret.) James Kessler serves as LMI’s Vice President of Materiel Management, where he oversees the consulting firm’s practices in procurement, maintenance and readiness, supply chain management, and math modeling. After a distinguished 33-year career in the U.S. Marine Corps, Kessler served as the in-country program manager of the Logistics Civilian Augmentation Program for DynCorp International in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His military career culminated in his last assignment as Assistant Deputy Commandant, Installations and Logistics (Facilities) where he was responsible for management and oversight of the Marine Corps’ Military Construction efforts, energy, environmental compliance, and performance oversight of all installations’ logistics functions. He simultaneously served as the first Commanding General of Marine Corps Installations Command where he had command of 24 worldwide installations leading a workforce of more than 31,000 people and managing a budget in excess of $4 billion. Mr. Kessler holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of Washington, a Master of Science in systems management from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and a master’s in military studies from Marine Corps University. He is a graduate of the Executive Program in Logistics and the Advanced Program in Logistics and Technology at UNC Chapel Hill.
Member of the Board of Directors
Sergeant Major Micheal P. Barrett became a United States Marine in 1981 at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC. His impressive 34-year career culminated in his selection as the 17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps – the very top enlisted position in the Marine Corps – by General James F. Amos, USMC, then Commandant of the Marine Corps. Sergeant Major Barrett held that position from June 9, 2011 until his retirement on June 1, 2015.
Sergeant Major Barrett continues to serve in many roles, including Director, Young Marines National Foundation; Director, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; Director (Military Advisor), Armed Forces YMCA; Ambassador-at-Large, Marine Corps League; and Military Advisor, Veterans United Home Loans.
Sergeant Major Barrett is married to the former Susan M. DeLaVega of Los Angeles, CA. The Barretts have two sons, Micheal and Jonathan.
Member of the Board of Directors
Host of the David Webb Show on SiriusXM Patriot 125
Fox News Contributor, The Hill Columnist, Breitbart News Contributor
David has been entertaining and informing the public for over 25 years with a broadcast career that has spanned Boston, Houston, Dallas, New York City, syndication and now satellite radio. As a commentator, David appears frequently on radio and television on Fox News and Fox Business. He has appeared on CNBC, numerous U.S. television stations and internationally on CNN International, BBC Radio and TV, NDTV/India, Dutch National TV and KSA2 Saudi Arabia. He has also been featured in various media outlets in Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan, France, Australia, Brazil and Canada.
David is on the boards of the Young Marines Youth Organization, Wounded Warriors Family Support and the V.E.T.S. Program. He is a founder of and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Reclaim New York, a non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization focusing on civic education and citizen activation on issues of affordability, jobs and economy, education and government accountability.
David is active in politics on the local and national level. He also co-founded TeaParty365 in New York City in 2009, a non-partisan advocacy group for fiscal responsibility. He is the spokesman for the National Tea Party Federation.
Micheal P. Barrett
The Young Marines National Foundation Annual Report
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2015 Annual Report
If you and/or your organization want to invest in America’s future and believe young people need positive role models, who support a healthy, drug free lifestyle please consider supporting the Young Marines National Foundation.
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Washington, DC 20024-0644
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