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BOARD MEMBERS

​Dr. John LeBow

​Board President

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. John LeBow has been a family physician for over 40 years and in the Eugene/Springfield, Oregon, area for the last 25 years. During his time in Oregon, he has served on the Osteopathic Physician and Surgeons of Oregon Board of Directors at various levels and was also the Chief of Staff at McKenzie-Willamette Hospital from 2007-2010. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Cascade Medical Team, which annually provides medical services to Guatemala, participating on two mission trips to date. While not a military veteran himself, his contact with Veterans in his practice over the years has created a passion to change the treatment paradigm for those in need resulting in the founding of Veterans Legacy.

Phillip Groshong

Vice President​

Phillip Groshong is a retired United Airlines Captain and former Air Force fighter/instructor pilot. He was the General Aviation and Tenant Relations Manager at Eugene Airport from March 2005 to June 2012. Phil is the proud owner/builder of a Lancair Legacy, a two-place high performance kit aircraft and past Commander of Civil Air Patrol’s Oregon Wing and Pacific Region. Phil is a current member of the Lane Aviation Academy Advisory Committee as well as a member of Cascade Medical Team’s Board of Directors. He is also the immediate past President of the Eugene Airport Rotary Club. A retired USAF Lt. Col., he flew 200 combat missions in Vietnam in the F4C/D and earned three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 14 Air Medals. He retired from active duty and completed 22 years of Air Force service in the Oregon Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. Phil is a Eugene native. He and his wife of 52 years, Margie, have three grown children and reside on a 20-acre farm near Crow.

Cindy Decker

Treasurer

After serving in the US Navy and now a disabled veteran, Cindy completed her degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University, she continued her career in finance with Lane County Government, worked as an office manager, and an executive director for Habitat for Humanity.  Before retiring she worked as an accounting analyst with multi-family housing at St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County.  She enjoys quilting and spending time with her family.  

JEFF GOWING

Secretary

Jeff Gowing was born and raised in Cottage Grove, Oregon and is a fourth generation Oregonian. A graduate of Cottage Grove High School, Jeff served 6 years in the United States Army. He served one year with the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis Washington, 3 years with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii and 2 years with the 2nd Armor Division at Fort Hood, Texas. After an honorable discharge in 1988, he returned to Oregon to raise his family.

In 1989 Jeff began working at Weyerhaeuser Lumber in Cottage Grove where he worked for 34 years. His community service also began in 1989 when he joined the Jaycees. Jeff served as a City Counselor for the City of Cottage from 2009 – 2016, as Mayor from 2017 – 2022 and currently serves on the Cottage Grove Planning Commission. Other community service involvement includes Past President of the Oregon Mayor’s Association, Past Chair Lane Area Commission on Transportation, Past member of Lane Council of Governments and current member of the Cottage Grove Planning Commission. Jeff is a current Board member of the Veterans’ Legacy, Coast Fork Water Shed Council and Cottage Grove Community Foundation. He has also served on the Boards of the American Legion, American Legion Riders, Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association, and Vision Keepers in Cottage Grove.

Jeff lives in Cottage Grove and has three adult children and six grandchildren. He has completed two full round trip motorcycle rides starting in Sacramento CA and ending in Washington DC with the National Veterans Awareness Riders. Jeff a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is an active member of the American Legion and the Elks. His hobbies include motorcycle riding, hunting, fishing, golfing, bicycling and travel.

 

Joe Bradford

Board Member

Joseph D. Bradford was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington. He is a retired Army Infantry Major, serving 22 years. He had the honor of Escort Duty from Dover Air Force Base to Corvallis, Oregon guarding the remains of a fallen soldier during the war in Iraq (June 2004), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He led a Platoon of soldiers policing the neighborhoods during the civil unrest in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita in Louisiana under the state of Martial Law (2005). He was deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF, 2006-7) leading self-secured transportation missions in Kabul and surrounding areas. He was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF, 2009-10) for base defense operations in Baghdad. He was deployed to Kosovo (KFOR-27) as part of the NATO Alliance with the mission to maintain a safe and secure environment and freedom of movement for all communities living in Kosovo based at Camp Bonsteel (2020). 

Some medals, badges, and ribbons awarded to Joseph are listed (24+ are not listed): Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award), Combat Infantry Badge, Oregon Superior Soldier Ribbon and Oregon Faithful Service Ribbon with “M’ Device. Joseph is a double major from the University of Washington in Psychology and African American History (full degrees) and has a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Oregon. He is employed as a full-time veteran counselor for the Federal Government and is the owner of his own counseling business. Joseph is a current Board member of the Veteran’s Legacy. He is a life member of the NAACP and VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) and is an active Board member and Social Action Director of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

STEVE CLARKE

Board Member

Steve was born in Takoma Park, MD the second of seven children. He joined the Navy right out
of high school as an enlisted nuclear electrician (submarine qualified). After five years he
received an NROTC scholarship, attended the University of Southern California and was
commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer. Steve served on a variety of ship types and earned a
Master’s Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School before leaving the Navy in 1998. After the
Navy Steve, his wife Alayne, and their children moved to Eugene. Steve worked as a
Manufacturing Engineer or Production Manager for a number of companies in the
Eugene/Springfield area before retiring. Steve enjoys woodworking, gardening and traveling.

BRIAN PETERSON

Board Member

Brian Peterson is an Instructor of Finance at the University of Oregon’s Lundquist College of Business, where he teaches the fundamentals of finance to both undergraduate and graduate students, along with Business 101: Intro to Business, and Sports Business Economic Aspects of Sports.

Brian joined the Lundquist team in 2020 as a Project Manager for the Dean, focusing his efforts on Lundquist’s ongoing AACSB accreditation process as well as working on a three-year project for the College of Arts and Sciences bringing a shared services model to the administrative services.

Prior to his time at the Lundquist College of Business Brian spent 10 years in the United States Navy as an Information Warfare Officer. During his ten years, he spent 7 of them operational focusing on top secret intelligence collection for both Naval and National reconnaissance priorities first on submarines and then on aircraft. He was subsequently selected as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Navy where he managed a second-level analysis lab and ran the Australian’s reconnaissance operations as their Operations Officer.

After separation, Brian worked for Northrop Grumman Aerospace engineering as a Business Analyst on a multi-billion dollar classified program. During his time there he focused on risk analysis, affordability, and ultimately cost estimating before leaving the company to serve as the Chief Operating Officer of Revolution Design Group, a small marketing and branding firm here in Eugene.

Degree History:
-MSF, Finance, Pennsylvania State University 2019
-JD, Law, University of Oregon 2007
-BA, Political Science, University of Oregon Clark Honors College, 2004