KEVIN DIAL - PRESIDENT
COL (R) Kevin J. Dial was born in Cottage Grove, Oregon, on 25 September, 1964. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 23 January 1982. In January 1985 he transferred into the Army National Guard, K Troop, The Dalles Oregon. After brief service as an enlisted scout he attended the Oregon Military Academy and graduated in June 1986 with OCS Class 29. Upon his commission as a Second Lieutenant, he branched as an Armored Cavalry Officer and later also became dual AOC qualified as an Engineer Officer.
He is a 1982 graduate of Springfield High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Communications from Western Baptist College in Salem, Oregon.
COL (R) Dial final assignment was as the G3, Director of Operations and Training, Oregon Army National Guard. As Commander for the 1249 Engineer Battalion he deployed the Headquarters during 2011 to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has also previously served as the Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander, Deputy for the Director of Personnel, Oregon Army National Guard; 1249 Engineer Battalion Executive Officer; Executive Officer to The Adjutant General; 1-82 Operations Officer; 1-82 Intel Officer; 1-82 Logistics Officer; Commander A/1249, Bend; Commander HHC/1-82, Bend; Commander E/1-82, The Dalles; XO E/1-82; Scout Platoon Leader 1-82; Detachment Commander for Troop K, La Grande; and Scout Platoon Leader with Troop L, Bend.
His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Scout Platoon Leaders Course, Armor Officer Advance Course, Engineer Officers Advance Course and he is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College.
COL (R) Dial's awards include the Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd Award), Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), the Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Air Force Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (6th Award), Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Service Ribbon (2nd Award), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (3rd Award), NATO Medal and Oregon 30 Year Faithful Service Award.
After retiring from the military, he serves as the Wildfire Disaster Recovery Manager for the Santiam Canyon, where he rebuilds communities, homes and lives for the residents impacted by the Labor Day 2020 Beachie Creek Fire. He also serves as the executive director of Serving Our Veterans At Home (SOVAH), president for the AUSA Oregon Columbia Chapter, director of mentoring for Valor Mentoring, and sits on the Oregon National Guard’s Service Member Relief Fund and Retiree Council.
ROSY MARCELINO MACIAS - STAND DOWN COORDINATOR
Rosy M. Macias was born in the Dominican Republic but spent most of her teen years living in Pennsylvania and New York City. She served in the US Marines (1995-1999) and USMCR (1999-2002) as an Aviation Supply Clerk. She moved to Salem Oregon in 1999 and has been working at the Salem Veterans Center since 2003.
Rosy Macias has spent the past two decades as a devoted citizen of Salem, Rosy is vested in promoting community building, networking, and lifelong partnerships with agencies committed to the growth and well-being of the City of Salem. Her passion for helping Veterans, especially those at risk of being homeless is the reason why she joined the Board of Serving Our Veterans at Home (SOVAH) as their Stand Down Coordinator and in 2009 helped Organized the 1st ever Stand Down in the Mid- Willamette Valley.
Aside from Serving on the Board of Serving Our Veterans at Home (SOVAH) Rosy also serves as the Vice President of the Women Marines Association Portland Chapter, the Veterans Engagement Director of Team Red White and Blue Salem Chapter,
The Women Veterans Chairperson for VFW Post 661 as well as the YMCA Board of Directors and the YMCA Veteran Housing Board.
DEAN CHAMBERS - VICE PRESIDENT
Originally from Kokomo, Indiana, Dean relocated to Salem, Oregon in 1977. In 1987, at 21, he entered the United States Air Force as an electronics technician. Dean spent most of his four-year active duty term at K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base near Marquette Michigan.
After separating from the Air Force, Dean used the G.I. Bill to go back to college and received an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Computer Electronics from Chemeketa Community College in Salem. He has since put those skills to work in the tech industry as an electronics quality assurance and design technician, an computer repair technician, and a network administrator. Since 2001, Dean has worked for the Salem Fire Department as a Data Analyst.
In 2017, Dean found the Team Red, White and Blue veteran service organization. The mission of Team RWB is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to the community through social and physical events. Team RWB strives to be the veteran community’s leading health and wellness organization. It was through the camaraderie and sense of purpose that Dean felt when engaging with other Team RWB members that he finally realized what he had been missing since he took off the uniform in 1991. It was that automatic, unspoken sense of inclusion and sense of belonging that came with wearing the military uniform.
Dean now serves as the Salem Chapter Captain and the Oregon State Coordinator for Team Red, White and Blue.
Through Team RWB, Dean met the board members of Serving Our Veterans At Home. When approached and asked whether there was interest in becoming a member of SOVAH’s Board of Directors, it was an easy decision. It was another way to give back to all the veterans that have come before and given so much for others.
Dean currently holds the position of Vice President on the board of Serving Our Veterans At Home.
SARA WEBB - SECRETARY
Sara Webb has had a long and varied career working with Veterans. As a lot of spouses do, she began getting involved with family support services during her husband’s deployments as a way to stay connected. That launched a 20 year career working with Veterans and their families. She worked directly for the US Army as a contractor in both Washington and Texas. She created and facilitated the Marion Polk Veteran Resource Collaboration. She co-coordinates the annual Marion Polk Veteran Stand Down, sits on the Serving Our Veterans At Home (SOVAH) board and leads the Marion Polk multi-agency Veteran Case Conferencing for the national Built for Zero initiative. She is a part of the Veteran Case Conferencing multi-disciplinary team for Marion and Polk Counties and is the chair for the CoC Veteran subcommittee. She also manages the Marion County Veteran Service office.
She is currently a Program Director for sheltering, which includes Veteran Services, for Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency. This includes multiple Veteran housing programs funded by federal, state and county funds. They are all low income, have high rates of mental health barriers and provide supportive services as needed. This includes a permanent supportive housing program which is a partnership with Salem Housing Authority and Oregon Health Authority. She has 2 rapid rehousing programs which are funded through state and county funds. She has also been awarded the VA’s Grant Per Diem which will provide 29 transitional beds for both male and female Veterans who are currently homeless.
She is a 20 year Army wife including 3 post 9/11 deployments, is the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran and is the granddaughter of 2 Korean War era Veterans. She is a trauma focused Clinical Social Worker with a focus on behavior modification. She started a no cost private practice to serve Veterans and their families who do not qualify or don’t want to access traditional services. It is often forgotten that Veterans come with families and that those families provide their own challenges to self-sufficiency and stability. Having someone who can address issues through a family lens is crucial when trying to promote change on a systemic level or a personal one.
MARIO MONTIEL - FINANCIAL ADVISOR
As a young man growing up, Mario had many mentors who portrayed traits he admired and those he did not seek to emulate. Helping others and service were at the core of the traits that ended up shaping the man he is today.
In 1995, he embarked on a pursuit of service to his country with a desire to work with helicopters, leading him to join the U.S. Army. Over the next 5 years, he had the honor of serving with the 10th Mountain Division in Fort Drum and the 12th Aviation Brigade in Wiesbaden, Germany, and also deployed to Kosovo.
In many ways, he finds himself missing the military - the mission-oriented approach in everything they did, and the camaraderie among soldiers that made even the most challenging tasks enjoyable. He reflects that he would willingly do it all over again.
Today, he deploys his passion for the military and, most importantly, his fellow Veterans into SOVAH. The organization's mission and the assistance it provides connect him with his roots and add additional purpose to his life.
Alongside his service with SOVAH, as a civilian today, Mario carries his passion for helping others into his career as a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Beyond his professional life, he is married to an amazing woman, and they have two wonderful adult girls. Together, they spend their leisure time traveling and exploring, often accompanied by their two beloved dogs.