Meet Our Board

Our board is an amazing group of veterans, caregivers, and civilians that meet monthly to plan events, brainstorm new programming, and share success stories of the veterans and caregivers we serve.

Board President – Kayleen West

Kayleen West is our Board President for Operation Veteran and Caregiver Support. She manages our meetings and keeps us on task. She is always looking for ways to incorporate technology to better serve our veterans. Kayleen has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Western Governor’s University, and is currently employed in IT Support at Congruent. She is also an Ohio State Licensed Insurance and former Certified Nursing Assistant. A Navy veteran’s wife of 38 years, Kayleen loves to help people, solve problems and listen with empathy. 

Director – Valerie Mullikin

Director Valerie Mullikin had a vision to provide a resource network for caregivers, recognizing they are the means of attending to the needs of the whole veteran family. The wife and caregiver of her medically retired Navy veteran husband for 25 years, she has experienced a lapse in effective support resources for the family. We can always count on Valerie to keep us true to our mission “Connect, Empower and Transform,” and she is always coming up with innovative and creative ways to meet the needs to those we serve. Valerie has degrees in Social Work and Healthcare Management, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management, which enable her to meet the mission of Operation Veteran and Caregiver Support and all those who seek our services.

Treasurer – Mel Shane

Mel Shane is our Treasurer, and he has been a vital member of Operation Veteran and Caregiver Support since joining our board over 2 years ago. A veteran himself, who served a tour in Vietnam from 1967-1968, he knew that there was a need in the community that he wanted to be actively involved in filling. He was instrumental in planning and executing our Golf Scramble at Echo Hills Municipal Golf Course this past August, and we can always rely on his quiet wisdom to steer us on the right path! Mel serves as Treasurer not only for our organization and the city of Troy, OH Thank you for your service Mel!

Amber Clarke – Secretary

Amber Clarke is our secretary, helping us keep clear and concise records of our board meetings. She is married to John, who served as an Army combat engineer veteran from 2000-2008. Together they have five kids, Jocelyn, Leslie, Elyse, Katherine and Eddie. She works as a medical assistant. In her spare time she likes to work on crafts and hang out with her family-her family is her world. She started by volunteering with Operation Veteran and Caregiver Support because she wanted to help veterans and their family out the way that Operation Veteran and Caregiver Support helped her family out. A caregiver by nature, helping people is as natural as breathing for Amber. She always says, “Who better to help than those who risked everything for me?” Her favorite events are the honor flight homecomings. Being able to welcome those veterans home has been amazing! 

Director of Development – Tamara Hegi

Tamara Hegi serves as our Director of Development. After leaving her position as an Area Director in the hospitality industry, she was looking for a way to stay active in her community and give back to others. A proud Army wife of 12 years, and the child of a fully disabled Navy veteran, she felt that OVCS was a great fit! As Director of Development, Tamara is responsible for fundraising and social media on behalf on Operation Veteran and Caregiver Support. She co-chairs the golf scramble along with Mel, and has been working diligently to update our social media presence.

Josh Parry – Member at Large

Josh is an Army veteran, serving from 2010-2013. During his time in the Army he was an EOD and worked in Ammo Supply. He is currently employed in biomedical production and he does bookkeeping on the side. He joined Operation Veteran and Caregiver Support to help with events (we appreciate his muscle!) and also to help his fellow veterans. He wants to become more active in the veteran community and he knew that becoming involved with Operation Veteran and Caregiver Support would be a great way to do that!

In Memory – Tamara Westfall