The Coast Guard Foundation is governed by a board of 128 trustees from all parts of the country. The Trustees elect from their members a 30-person Board of Directors to oversee the management of the Foundation. Our Trustees are dedicated individuals who contribute valuable resources to the Foundation.
The Executive Committee
Our board features an executive committee made up of 12 Directors from around the country who serve as an internal governing body with the entire Board of Trustees. To see a complete list of directors and trustees, go here.
Robert J. Flynn, Chairman
Mr. Flynn is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He holds a B.S. degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, class of 1974, after which he served as a Commissioned Officer with the U.S. Coast Guard from 1974-1979. He joined the commercial ship broker, MJLF & Assoc. Inc., in 1979. He is President of the company. Bob is a member of The American Bureau of Shipping, and the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, New York. He has served on the Coast Guard Foundation board since 2002, and been Chairman since 2012.
William E. Jenkins, Vice Chairman
Mr. Jenkins joined the Foundation's board in 2009 and was elected Treasurer in 2011 and Vice-Chairman in 2014. He is a Director on the Board of ABS Group of Companies, and was chief executive officer of Exxon Mobil affiliates providing shipping and marine transportation for Exxon Mobil worldwide from 2000 until he retired in 2011. Mr. Jenkins holds master's degrees in finance and safety management from the University of Arizona and a bachelor's degree from Northern Arizona University. He is a professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.
Cheryl "Cherrie" D. Felder, Treasurer
Ms. Felder was elected to the Coast Guard Foundation Board in 2010. She is Vice President of Legislative and Governmental Affairs for Channel Shipyard Companies. She is Chairman of the Lower Mississippi River Waterway Safety Advisory Committee and Immediate Past President of the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association. Ms. Felder serves on the Executive Committee of Waterways Council, Inc. and on the boards of directors of the National Waterways Foundation and the Louisiana Association of Waterway Operators and Shipyards. She is a member of the American Waterways Operators and the New Orleans Business Alliance Transportation, Trade and Logistics Industry Council. Ms. Felder is a graduate of Vanderbilt University.
Chris Johnsen, Secretary
Mr. Johnsen has served on the Board of Directors since 1998. He is a managing partner with Jones Walker in Washington, D.C. in the firm's Government Relations Practice Group. Mr. Johnsen holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Virginia, and he earned his juris doctor degree, cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in 1985.
James Coleman, Jr.
Mr. Coleman has served on the Coast Guard Foundation board since 1997 and in that time has served on many committees. In addition to serving on the executive committee, Mr. Coleman serves on the grants review committee, investment committee, and special events committee. As chairman of the National Coast Guard Museum Association, he is working to bring a national museum to a reality. He is chairman of International Matex Tank Terminals in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Ms. Kosar joined the board in 2003 and has served as the dinner committee chairperson for our successful Tribute to the Coast Guard in Our Nation's Capital since 2005. Ms. Kosar also serves on the special events committee and the development committee. Ms. Kosar is a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton.
Clay Maitland has served on the Foundation's Board of Trustees for 17 years, through which he has been the organization's top individual donor. He was appointed to the Executive Committee. Clay is known throughout the maritime industry as an advocate for quality shipping through his work as Founding Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) and Chairman of the Industry Advisory Council for the North American Maritime Ministry Association, amongst other distinctions. Clay is Managing Partner of International Registries, Inc. which administers the Marshall Islands ship registry. In 2010, Clay received the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award at the 30th Annual Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City.
Mr. Roeder is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Coast Guard Foundation. Mr. Roeder served in this role from 2005 to 2011. As a recipient of the Coast Guard's Distinguished Public Service Award, he was recognized for his work to raise the national visibility of the Foundation's mission and establish strategic partnerships to ensure a collaborative approach for future support of the Coast Guard. He has provided the Foundation with a vision for the future that underscores the importance of relationships to synchronize fundraising efforts to benefit all members of the Coast Guard.
Nicki M. Candies was elected to the Foundation's Board 2013. Nicki's involvement with the Foundation began in 1994 as Chair of the Salute to 8th District Awards Dinner in New Orleans, a role which she has held for the past 21 years. Nicki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans. She serves on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations in her hometown on New Orleans. Nicki is the Director of Regulatory Affairs at Otto Candies, LLC.
Michael L. Carthew joined the Coast Guard Foundation board in 2004. He is president of Chevron Shipping Co. LLC, a position he assumed September 1, 2001. Chevron Shipping is the global marine transportation subsidiary of Chevron Corp. In this capacity, he is responsible for shipping crude oil and petroleum products worldwide. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Carthew graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, with a bachelor's degree in marine transportation. He holds a master's degree in business administration from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Carthew serves on the board of directors of several industry organizations including the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF).
Judith joined the Coast Guard Foundation Board in 2010 and currently serves as Chair of the Development Committee. She joined the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) in 1991 and is Vice President, Marketing, Customer Services and Corporate Relations. Originally from Seattle, Judith has an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and a Masters in Government from Johns Hopkins University.
Duncan C. Smith III has been a member of the Coast Guard Foundation's board since 2011. He is President of Smith Advocacy Group, LLC where he engages primarily in a legislative and administrative government relations practice representing clients with business, legislative, and regulatory challenges and opportunities in connection with a wide range of issues. He has decades of experience in the public arena, teaches appropriations and fiscal law, and previously was a staff counsel to the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee and a U.S. delegation congressional advisor to the International Maritime Organization. He is also a retired Coast Guard Reserve Rear Admiral and serves on the boards of and volunteers at several non-profit organizations.