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New Keydet Club Board of Governors Members Elected

At its June 2014 board meeting, the Keydet Club Board of Governors recognized the officers for the next fiscal year (Fiscal Year 2015), the retiring board members, and the incoming new board members.

The officers of the Board of Governors for the 2014-2015 fiscal year are: William A. “Bill” Paulette ’69- president; U. “Buzz” Birzenieks ’64- 1st vice president; Gerald J. “Jerry” Acuff ’71- 2nd vice president; and Bland Massie, Jr. ’77- secretary and treasurer. Joining the officers on the Executive Committee will be board members Paul A. Bouis ’67 and Daniel P. “Danny” Thornton ’78.

At the end of the meeting, President Bill Paulette ’69 presented desk plates to retiring members Don Heslep ’56, Gary Morgan ’81, Barry Coceano ’84, John Munno ’84, and Scott Saunders ’97.

The new board members, effective July 1, 2014, are: Ron Bryan ’55, John Thornton ’64, Jeff Gausepohl ’65, John Sebrell ’69, John Arthur ’79, Richard Hewitt ’83, Keith Washington ’87, and Tom Mortenson.

Following is a brief biography of new board members. Bryan ’55, Hewitt ’83, and Tom Mortenson are returning members.

Arthur, V, ’79, John E. - John is currently the president and owner of Centurion Development Group (CDG), LLC. Headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, CDG is a veteran-owned small business providing creative and innovative services to both the U.S. Government and defense commercial/industry sectors. CDG’s technical and management consulting competencies focus on providing a suite of capabilities including: research & development activities, program management/execution, training and fielding of operational systems, including operational utility assessments. For over 10 years, CDG has continuously demonstrated a unique ability to bring warfighters, requirements and acquisition staffs (Joint & Service-centric) closer together -- all with the goal of improving the development/fielding of systems and the optimization of resources, working programs specifically focused on Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) mission areas. John graduated from VMI in 1979, earning a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. As a cadet, he was a two-year member of the Varsity Football team (4th and 3rd class years), Junior Varsity Basketball team (4th and 3rd class years), and was the goalie on the VMI Lacrosse Team (2nd and 1st class years). He was also a member of the VMI Ski Club. After VMI, John served in the U.S. Army for 22+ years, with the first three as an Engineer Officer and the remaining as an Aviator, flying a multitude of armed reconnaissance and attack helicopters. Of note during his time on active duty, he was stationed at VMI (1988-1991) as an Assistant Professor in the Army ROTC Department, where he also supported Coach Doug Bartlett and the Athletic Department as the Defensive Coordinator and Goalie Coach for the VMI Lacrosse Team. In 1992, he earned a Master’s Degree in Business/Commerce from Central Michigan University. John retired from active duty in 2001, achieving the rank of LTC, and began civilian employment with Whitney Bradley and Brown (WBB), a defense consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC. In June 2004, he departed WBB to open Centurion Development Group. He has been a past Vice-President for Programs for the Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA) local chapter at Fort Bragg, and is a serving member on the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). John and his wife Jessica, reside in Chesapeake. They have a daughter and son, both married: Allison Arthur Harris and husband Brent, who reside in Suffolk, VA; and son John VI ’08, wife Kathryn and grandson John VII, stationed with the Army at Fort Carson, CO. John and Jessie are members of the Community Church in Western Branch, in Chesapeake.

Gausepohl ’65, J. Jeff – Jeff retired as the General Manager of Ablestik Laboratories, in 2007, after 17 years of service. He held VP positions in sales and global business development prior to heading Ablestik. Ablestik provides specialty adhesives to the semiconductor packaging assemblers (OEM and Subcontractors back-ends) from its manufacturing facilities in the US, Japan, Korea, China and the UK. Jeff was an expat in Shanghai in 2005 to oversee the construction and start–up of a Shanghai subsidiary.

Prior to Ablestik, Jeff had a 22 year career with DuPont that included assignments in manufacturing, sales, marketing, technical service and general management. He served as the VP/General Manager -DuPont Korea (1981-86). Jeff was an active member in the American Chamber of Commerce Korea and was elected to serve as the Executive VP for 2 years. Upon graduating VMI, Jeff joined DuPont for a year before going on active duty in Korea (’66-68) as a Inf 2nd Lt. He was selected to play on the 2nd Inf. Div. Football Team, appointed the Player/Coach of the Div. Basketball Team and played on the 8th Army All Star Team. Upon joining the Korean Military Advisor Group (KMAG) in Seoul, he was assigned as an advisor to the Korean Amateur Basketball Association (KABBA) who appointed Jeff as the Head Coach of Korea’s Men’s National Basketball Team. He coached them in the Universiade Games in Tokyo (Aug ’67) where the team won a Silver Medal after unsetting Brazil; then in the Asian games in Seoul (Sep ’67) where the team placed second, securing a bid to the 1968 Olympics; KABBA then appointed Jeff as the Head Coach for the Olympics in Mexico City. After the Olympic Games, he concluded active duty in Nov ’68 as a Captain. Jeff matriculated from Bloomfield, NJ and graduated with a BS in Chemistry. Lettered 3 years in basketball and 2 years in baseball. Achieved the Rank of 1st Sgt. (F Company). Jeff met his wife, Vicki in Korea; married in Cottage Grove, OR (Aug ‘68 )prior to the Olympic Games ; they have one daughter Jeffra who played basketball ( better than her Dad) at UVA in the 90’s and have a grandson, Aidan. Jeff and Vicki currently reside in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Sebrell '69, John G. - John graduated with the class of 1969 as a 4-year private. He lettered in Indoor and Outdoor Track as a four-year hurdler. He was also on the VMI Soccer Club Team. After serving two years in the US Army, he settled in Lynchburg. He followed in his grandfather’s (T. E. Sebrell, Jr., VMI 1907), father’s (T. E. Sebrell, III, VMI Board of Visitors 1968-1976), and brother’s (T. E. Sebrell IV, VMI 1964) footsteps and began his 42-year career in commercial banking. His jobs ranged from Credit Analyst to President. His locations included Lynchburg, Roanoke, Hampton, Suffolk, and Norfolk. Upon retirement in 2012, John and his wife, Sallie, moved to Lexington, Virginia. Shortly afterward, he joined the bank consulting firm of Thurmond, Clower & Associates as a Senior Consultant. John has served as President of the Lynchburg Chapter of the VMI Alumni Association, as a board member of the VMI Alumni Association, and as a past member of the Board of Governors of the Keydet Club. He currently serves as Chairman of the City of Lexington’s Planning Commission.

Thornton, Jr. ’64, John S. - John matriculated to VMI in 1960 from Culpeper, VA. While at VMI he was on the Rat Cross Country team and the Rifle Team. He graduated in 1964 with a degree in Civil Engineering. After graduation he took a job with Southern Railroad working all over the Carolinas and Virginia. After three years, he moved to Richmond and went to work for Froehling & Robertson (F&R) , an engineering and materials testing firm. He obtained his Professional Engineer (PE) license and was later promoted to Vice President and the Chief Engineer. In 1982, after 15 years with F&R, he joined the newly formed Engineering Department at Virginia Power (later Dominion- Virginia Power) as a Senior Engineer. While at Virginia Power he became a scuba/ hard hat diver and a founding member of the Civil Engineering Dive Team. The Dive Team did underwater foundation inspection, engineering and construction inspection. John retired from Dominion in 2000, and founded a geotechnical engineering firm which he operated until 2012 when he fully retired. He and the former Ronnie Richardson have been married for 44 years and live on a farm in Manakin (Goochland County), VA. They have two sons, Stuart and Allen. Stuart is a freelance writer who lives in California and has just published his second travel book and is working on a third. Allen works for an environmental engineering firm in Wilmington, NC. Allen and his wife Macon have recently had their first son. John is a boater, avid duck and bird hunter, shooter, and trains and hunts Labrador retrievers. He has been a member of DU for over 40 years and is a member of The Sons of the Revolution.

Washington ’87, Keith D. – Keith matriculated with the Class of 1987, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics. As a cadet, he was a 4 year letterman as a wide receiver in Football, and as a sprinter/jumper in Track and Field.

Keith resides in Bowie, MD. Over the last 24 years, he has provided various financial/budget support to the Immigration and Naturalization Service Technology Infrastructure Project, the Federal Aviation Administration Tech Operations Department, and Navy Integrated Surface Weapons. He is currently consulting as a Program Financial Analyst with QED Systems, NAVSEA Sonar/Radar Programs in Washington, DC. Keith has also been a football official since 1991, working several Virginia High School League (VHSL) playoffs and a VHSL State Championship. He also works with multiple College Bowl assignments (MEAC & Big East). Since 2008, Keith has been a Game Official in the National Football League (NFL).