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Bios of Officers, Board of Directors, and Staff

OFFICERS

President and Chairman of the Board

Judge Quentin L. Kopp (Ret.), Captain, USAFR

Quentin served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He has been a San Francisco Supervisor, a California State Senator, and a Superior Court Judge. Quentin recently served as the head of the California High Speed Rail Project, and also serves onJ. Michael Myatt several non-profit boards.

Vice President

Man J. Kim, Corporal, ROKA

Man J. came to the United States as a young student and decided to stay. He worked his way up from restaurant worker to restaurateur. He is the owner of several well-known restaurants in San Francisco and at San Francisco International Airport, among them Lori’s Diner, Sears Fine Foods, and the new Golden Gate Grill. Man J. has been a dedicated supporter of Korean War veterans for many years, and hosts a free gala dinner for hundreds of them every year. He also serves with a number of civic organizations. Man J. has donated more than $113,000 to the Foundation.

Secretary

Arthur Curtis, Lieutenant Commander, USCGR (Ret.)

Art served for thirty-six years in the Coast Guard Reserve, achieving the enlisted rank of Master Chief Petty Officer before accepting a commission as a Coast Guard Officer. During that period, he concurrently served with the San Francisco Municipal Railway in various operational capacities, including his last twenty years as the Chief Transit Control Inspector. Art also serves on several non-profit boards.

Treasurer

Donald F. Reid, Sergeant, USMC

Don served in the Korean War as a machine gunner, and was awarded three Battle Stars. After his Marine service, college and law school at St. John’s University in New York, Don worked with the U.S. Treasury Department as a National Bank Examiner. He subsequently became the Managing Senior Compliance Officer of Wells Fargo Bank. Don is a founder and principal benefactor of the University of San Francisco Graduate Asian Studies Program and the Marines’ Memorial Association, and serves on several non-profit boards. Don has donated over $263,000 to the Foundation.

Assistant Treasurer

Mitchell J. Leiber

Mitchell is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.  He worked as a Certified Public Accountant for KPMG-Peat Marwick Main and then as Controller for Sun Medical Technologies, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer for CMC Golf, Inc.  Mitchell serves on several non-profit boards currently. Mitchell’s father served in Korea as 1st Lieutenant in the US Army.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kong Jung Shik, Lieutenant General, ROKMC (Ret.)

General Kong was the Sixth Commandant of the Republic of Korea Marine Corps. He also served as a member of the National Assembly, and is currently the Chairman and Chief Director of the Research Institute for Marine Corps Strategy.

Thomas F. Brown III, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.)

Admiral Brown is a Naval Aviator who flew 343 combat missions in Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with Combat V, four Distinguished Flying Crosses, thirty-six Air Medals, and the Navy Commendation Medal. He is the former Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Midway (CVA-41). Admiral Brown serves on a number of non-profit boards, and was the Chair of the Commission responsible for the commissioning of the U.S.S. America aircraft carrier.

J. Michael Myatt, Major General USMC (Ret.)

General Myatt served as Commanding General of the 1st Marine Division in the first Gulf War, defeating six Iraqi divisions in Kuwait. He has been awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars, the Defense Superior Service Medal, and the Joint Service Command Medal. After retiring from the Marine Corps, he worked for the Bechtel Corporation, where he supervised the construction of the Korean high-speed rail line between Seoul and Busan. In 2001, General Myatt assumed the duties of President and CEO of the Marines’ Memorial Association and Club. He serves on several non-profit boards, and has been Chair of the annual Fleet Week Celebration in San Francisco.

Joe Boscacci, Colonel, USA (Ret.)

Joe served as a hospital administrator in the U.S. Army for 32 years retiring in January 1997 as a Colonel, Medical Service Corps. His highest awards are the Legion of Merit and 7 Meritorious Service Medals. He graduated from California State University San Francisco (B.A.) and a Masters Degree in Health Care Management (with honors), Golden Gate University, San Francisco CA and the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences, Fort Sam Houston Texas. After his Active Duty retirement, he served as Vice President, Clinical and Support Services, El Camino Hospital, Mountain View CA. Later, he served as Director of Corporate Compliance for the Daughters of Charity Health System; Protein Design Labs Bio Pharma in Fremont CA and the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Palo Alto California as the Administrative Officer, Spinal Cord Injury Unit.

Since his second retirement in 2010, he presently serves as a volunteer for the following non-profit and/or governmental organizations; Vice Chairman of the State of California Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve, a Department of Defense organization who recognizes employers for their patriotic support of their Guardsmen and Reservists and their families, Past Commander of American Legion Post 558, Los Altos, CA., Board Member of the Veterans Focus Council, Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, CA., Past President of the Association of the U.S. Army Chapter, Presidio of San Francisco CA. Professionally, he is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and Life Member of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS).

He is recognized as a leader and trainer of military and civilian health care professionals to ensure the utmost quality of care and compassion for all who seek their services.

D. Peter Gleichenhaus, Colonel, USA (Ret.)

D. Peter Gleichenhaus was born and bred in New York City. After graduating from public schools, he attended Blair Academy, Cornell University, and then graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He also earned a Masters Degree in Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin.

Colonel Gleichenhaus served for almost thirty years in our Army. His service included two years in Vietnam, first with the infantry and later in the artillery. He was stationed overseas in the Canal Zone and in Germany. He spent a tour of duty in the Pentagon and two tours in the Department of Physical Education at West Point. His final assignment on active duty was as the Inspector General for Sixth Army at the Presidio of San Francisco. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College, and from the Army War College.

After retiring from the Army in 1990, he managed a medical group for five years. Later he served as Dean at a local business college, and then for five years was the Director of Administration for a Silicon Valley communications corporation. From 2001-07 he was the Director of Public Works in Daly City, CA.

Since arriving here in San Francisco in 1985, in addition to his vocational pursuits, he has been the Chairman of Goodwill Industries, has served on the board of the Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Advisory Board at San Francisco State, the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury, and as President of Congregation B’nai Emunah. He has been a leader in the Jewish War Veterans. He currently serves on the Board of SFHillel and on a San Francisco Advisory Board.

Pete and his wife Barbara live in the West Portal neighborhood of San Francisco. They have three children, one in the Army, one living in San Luis Obispo, and the third living nearby and working at UCSF. They also have four grandchildren.

John R. Stevens, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (Ret.)

John served in the Korean War during the Pusan, Inchon-Seoul, and Chosin Reservoir campaigns. He was awarded two Bronze Stars with Combat Vs. After retiring from the Marine Corps, John launched and operated several computer/communications companies. He is the Past President of the 1st Marine Division Scholarship Fund, and serves on several non-profit boards. John has donated $86,194 to the Foundation.

John was one of the founders of the Korean War Memorial Foundation, and has been its driving force since 2009. He initially served as Secretary of the Foundation, and subsequently as 2nd Vice President. In September, 2017, he resigned from his formal position, but remains a Director Emeritus, and continues to serve the Foundation as advisor.

Wallace I. Levin, Lieutenant Colonel, CSMR (Ret.)

​After Wallace graduated from College of the Pacific, he enlisted in the Army and served 3 years. After training with the Tenth Mountain Division, he was assigned to the Top Secret Army Security Agency. He became a Korean War Veteran by serving 19 months overseas in theater. Wallace also served 17 years in the California National Guard Reserve (CSMR) and retired a Lieutenant Colonel in 1997, with 20 years Federal and State Service.

In 1999 he got then State Senator Quentin Kopp to get the State to name part of Highway 1 that runs across the Presidio Veterans Boulevard. He was a San Francisco Reserve Police Officer for 25 years and has been a California Licensed Private Investigator since 1980. He is a former San Francisco District Attorney Investigator and retired as a City Attorney Investigator at the end of 2016. He was on the Delinquency Prevention Commission for a decade and the Veterans Affairs Commission for three decades.

Wallace was appointed County Veterans Service Officer from 2001 to 2016. He is a Past Commander of American Legion Post 244, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1205 and Jewish War Veterans Post 152. For decades he has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars coordinator of the Memorial Day Ceremony and the Veterans​ Day Parade. He presently is a member of the San Francisco War Memorial Board of Trustees.

Frank Mendez, U.S. Merchant Marine

Frank served in the U.S. Merchant Marine Service during the World War II and Korean War eras. Following his service, he became a professional electoplater and was elected Business Representative for Local 128 of the Metal Polishers Union. Frank has also served as the Senior Apprentice Consultant of the California Department of Industrial Relations, and as a member of the City of Concord, CA Personnel Board.

DIRECTORS EMERITUS

Paul N. “Pete” McCloskey, Jr., Colonel, USMCR

Pete is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford University Law School. In 1951, as a rifle platoon leader in Korea, Pete was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star, and two Purple Hearts. He served as U.S. Congressman from 1967 to 1983, practiced law for many years, and is now a working farmer and continues to practice law. Pete is active in support of environmental issues and serves on a number of non-profit boards.

Russell W. Gorman, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret.) (Deceased)

Admiral Gorman was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1949 and retired in 1987. His long, distinguished career included service in Japan supporting the Korean War effort and five commands in the Naval Reserve, including two Major Commands. He also attended the Naval War College and the National Defense University. After his retirement, he was the Commander of the San Francisco Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States in 2004 and 2005. Admiral Gorman passed away in July, 2017, at the age of 90.

Eddie LeBaron, Major, USMC (Deceased)

Eddie served as a rifle platoon commander in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star for his participation in the Heartbreak Ridge battle. Eddie then went on to a career in professional football. He was AFL Rookie of the Year in 1952, played eleven seasons with the Washington Redskins, and later held the position of General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the Atlanta Falcons.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Gerard Parker, Captain, USMC

Gerry is a native of Boston and a graduate of Boston College. He served as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps from 1962 to 1966, including a tour in Vietnam as a rifle company executive officer. Upon completion of his active service, he attended graduate school at l’Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and then worked in London for the international trade exhibition company The Montgomery Group, Ltd. After that he went on to an entrepreneurial career in international marketing, producing import-export trade events in Asia, Europe, and the United States. Gerry has served as Executive Director since February 2013. He is the father of two daughters and has a grandson and a granddaughter.

OFFICE MANAGER

Anna Lopez

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EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Wallace T. Stewart, Corporal, USMC

Wallace enlisted in the Marine Corps in July 1950 at 17 years old. In 1952, after a few Stateside duty stations, he was sent to Korea and assigned to Baker Company 1st Marines. He spent the next nine months with Baker Company fighting the Chinese Communists. July, 1954, when his tour of duty was over, he returned to the USA and was honorably discharged. Wallace then took advantage of the G.I. Bill and enrolled at San Francisco State University. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics and enrolled at Stanford University where he earned a Masters degree in Applied Mathematics. For the next 30 plus years, Wallace taught Math in San Francisco high schools and junior colleges. After retiring in 1990, he moved to Sonoma County and has kept himself busy with veterans’ affairs. He also enjoys flying a Cessna and playing golf.

ADVISOR

John Y. Lee, Attorney at Law, 1st Lieutenant, ROKA

At the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950, as a second lieutenant in the ROK Army, John Y’ Lee was assigned to the 1st Marine Division as an interpreter/translator. He participated in the Inchon Landing, the Chosin Reservoir Campaign, and other battles, and received the Legion of Merit for his service. After the war, Mr. Lee studied at Yale College and Yale Law School. He then served as attorney-advisor for U.S. Forces in Korea; with the U.S. Department of Justice; and in private practice with several Washington, DC law firms, including Hogan and Hartson. He is a Founding Member and former Director of the Chosin Few, a Life Member of the 1st Marine Division Association, and an Honorary Member of the ROK Marines.

LEGAL COUNSEL

John Wiley, Attorney at Law

[Bio Pending]

ACCOUNTANT

Steve S. Y. Im, CPA

[Bio Pending]