National Executive Council (NEC)
Stephen R. Sandy, National President
Master Chief Stephen R. Sandy is the National President of the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA), after having served as the Executive Director of NERA for nine years. Steve is a retired 32 year veteran of the United States Navy Reserve. His career spanned from 1967 and the Commissioning Crew (Plank Owner) on the John F. Kennedy (CVA 67) thru his retirement in 2003. He was the Command Master Chief of Navy Reserve Navy Command Center 106, in support of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) N3/N5 under the command of (at the time Captain) now Rear Admiral Jeffrey A. Lemmons. During his navy career, Master Chief Sandy was awarded numerous awards and ribbons the last and highest being the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM).
Master Chief Sandy’s civilian career with the District of Columbia Fire Department was equally as long as his naval career. Beginning on March 17, 1974 and ending with his retirement as a Lieutenant on March 17, 2007 (33 years), Sandy qualified for just about every certification in the fire service from Firefighter/ Emergency Medical Technician to Homeland Security’s Weapons of Mass Destruction “COBRA” program. Sandy also graduated from the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute’s Fire Service Instructor program and taught Basic and Advanced Firefighting at the D.C. Fire Department Fire Training Academy.
Charles (Chuck) Cox, National Vice President
IC1/ET1 (SS) Charles (Chuck) Cox is the National Vice President in his second term.
Chuck has been a NERA member since 1988 and a Life Member Since 1995. He began his military service in 1969. Chuck served aboard Served onboard the USS Ethan Allen SSBN 608 Blue Crew from December 1969 until April 1974. He reenlisted in the Naval Reserve in August 1986 and served onboard the USS Clark FFG for 11.5 years. He was at the Naval Submarine Support Facility for 8 years, Det 404 Weapon Station Earle New Jersey for 3 years and served 1 year Force Protection Weapon Station after 9/11.
Chuck has been a certified teacher since 2004 and still teaches at the Applied Technology Department instructing Introduction to Computers and Computer Repair at Irvington High School in New Jersey. His additional duties include coaching the bowling team and Robotic Club Mentor. He is a member of The Knights of Columbus, Catholic War Vets and the American Legion. Chuck has been NERA’S Garden State Chapter secretary from Secretary 2004-2005, Vice President from 2008-2009 and Chapter President from 2006-2007 and 2010-Present.
Marianne E. Mosher, National Secretary
YNC Marianne E. Mosher is the National Secretary. Marianne is a life member of NERA since 1980, a Life Member Benefactor, and has served as National Secretary since 2009 to present. She is an active member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chapter, having served as newsletter editor (1991-Present), Secretary (1992-Present), and Treasurer (2003-2009). Marianne enlisted in the Naval Reserve in October 1978, and joined her husband, Duane, commuting to NASJRB Willow Grove for weekend drills.
She grew up and still resides in Bethlehem, PA. In 1978, she entered the APG program as a Yeoman Second Class Petty Officer. She advanced to Yeoman Chief Petty Officer in September 1990, and retired from drilling reserve status in February 1999. During her 20 years of Reserve duty at Willow Grove, she was assigned to NR NAS Bermuda 0693 (1978-1992) and NR NAS Keflavik 0293 (1992-1999) Chief Mosher was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal (2), Meritorious Service Medal (4), National Defense Medal, Overseas Service ribbon (4), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Marksman Pistol ribbon. In civilian life, Marianne is retired from Agere Systems (formerly Lucent Technologies/AT&T Microelectronics/Western Electric) where she was employed as an Administrative Assistant/Secretary for 36 years.
Joanne Elliott, National Treasurer
YNC Joanne Elliott is currently the Treasurer, Managing Editor and Wounded Warrior Advocate of NERA. Joanne also held the offices of National President, Vice President and Deputy Executive Director of NERA. During her 28 years with the Navy, Joanne drilled mainly out of NASJRB Willow Grove with various units. In 1999, she was mobilized during the Kosovo operation and was assigned as the Joint Universal Lessons Learned Coordinator for Joint Task Force Noble Anvil. She was then assigned as the Navy Cell Chief at Da Molin in Vicenza, Italy. In 2001, she was recalled again to Washington, DC as the Admin LCPO of the OPNAV Mob Cell, where she was responsible for processing and tracking over 15,000 Navy Reserve billets. YNC Elliott was then sent to CINCUSNAVEUR, London to head a team of Volunteer Income Tax Assistants (VITA). In 2003, YNC Elliott was again mobilized in support of Iraqi Freedom to Norfolk, VA where she not only processed individual personnel on and off active duty but supervised the Admin department of the Transient Personnel Department for the Norfolk active duty personnel. She also became one of the Casualty Assistance Calls Officers for the Mid-Atlantic Region as well as a Command Financial Specialist for the active duty station. As a civilian, YNC Elliott is a licensed realtor with over 38 years of experience and was affiliated with several law firms from 1970 to 2009, as a secretary, paralegal, and as an administrator of an immigration department. From January 2009 to February 2011 she worked at the Pentagon.
Eugene (Gene) Koelker, Past National President
Eugene (Gene) Koelker is the Past National President (2013-2015). He joined NERA in 1987 and is a Lifetime Member. After serving 4 years in active duty (’65-‘69), he drilled for 22 years at VP-90 until the squadron was de-commissioned and Glenview was closed. Geno is associate with NERA’s Windy City Chapter, and was the Treasurer for this chapter. He served on several other NERA committees for regional and national conventions and participated in numerous chapter events and programs.
Geno is a member of the Navy League, the American Legion, Vietnow, Winnebago County Veterans Association (local) and the Navy Club of the USA. He served as the National Commandant of the Navy Club USA. Geno currently lives in Rockford, IL.