The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation Board

The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation was founded by John W. Blankenship in 2003 with an initial $1 million personal gift from Pierre Claeyssens. With his wife, Hazel, he has assembled an Executive Board and an Advisory Board that is involved with several projects which honor all veterans of all wars.  An extensive collection of artwork, memorabilia, and personal histories are collected and ready for exhibit. Our famous Santa Barbara and the Tri-County areas from Ventura to San Luis Obispo have played vital roles in all of the wars and conflicts of the 20th Century and have a proud history of service to our nation. The Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation hosts many events throughout the year to support and honor Veterans and Active Duty Military.

Board of Directors

Advisory Board

Gen. Bill Begert,  
USAF (ret.)
LT. John Blankenship,
USN (former)
Hazel Blankenship
Sheriff Bill Brown, 
Santa Barbara County
Col. Phil Conran, USAF (ret.)
Sgt. Michael Cook,
US Army (former)
Capt. Joe Danely,
US Army (former)
Col. Ed Dewey, US Army (ret.)
Capt. Joe Hardin,
US Army (former)
BGen. Fred Lopez, USMCR (ret.)
Col. Michael Maloco, USAF, Aux.
Lt. Col. Maureen Masson,
USAF (ret.)
Sgt. Dennis Merenbach,
US Army (former)
MSG Jon Parra, US Army (ret.)
Capt. Dennis Peterson,
USMC (former)
Maj. Jose Ramirez, USMC (ret.)
Cpl. Pete Schenck,
USMC (former)
SN Gary Simpson, USCG (former)

Maj. Gen. Phil Conley,
USAF (ret.)
Honorable A. Brooks Firestone
Capt. Florent Groberg,
US Army (ret.)
Gen. Paul X. Kelley,
USMC (ret.)
Honorable Robert J. Lagomarsino
Cpt. Karl Marlantes,
USMC (former)
BGen. Henry Muller,
US Army (ret.)
Captain Charlie Plumb,
USN (ret.)
Honorable Pete Wilson,
USMC (former)
Gen. Anthony Zinni,
USMC (ret.)

LT. John Blankenship, USN
(former)
Hazel Blankenship
Sheriff Bill Brown,
Santa Barbara County
Col. Phil Conran, USAF (ret.)
Sgt. Michael Cook, US Army
(former)
Capt. Joe Danely, US Army
(former)
Col. Ed Dewey, US Army (ret.)
Dr. Roger Dunham, USN
(former)
Adam Lewis
BGen. Fred Lopez, USMCR (ret.)
Michael Maloco, Civil Air Patrol
Lt. Col. Maureen Masson,
USAF (ret.)
Michel Nellis
MSG Jon Parra, US Army (ret.)
Capt. Dennis Peterson, USMC
(former)
Maj. Jose Ramirez, USMC (ret.)
Cpl. Pete Schenck, USMC
(former)
SN Gary Simpson, Veteran,
USCG (former)
Col. Michael J. Maloco USAF,Aux.
Maj. Gen. Phil Conley, USAF (ret.)
Honorable A. Brooks Firestone
Capt. Florent Groberg, US Army (ret.)
Gen. Paul X. Kelley, USMC (ret.)
Honorable Robert J. Lagomarsino
Cpt. Karl Marlantes, USMC (former)
BGen. Henry Muller, US Army (ret.)
Captain Charlie Plumb, USN (ret.)
Honorable Pete Wilson, USMC (former)
Gen. Anthony Zinni, USMC (ret.)
Gen. Bill Begert,  
USAF (ret.)
LT. John Blankenship,
USN (former)
Hazel Blankenship
Sheriff Bill Brown, 
Santa Barbara County
Col. Phil Conran, USAF (ret.)
Sgt. Michael Cook,
US Army (former)
Capt. Joe Danely,
US Army (former)
Col. Ed Dewey, US Army (ret.)
Capt. Joe Hardin,
US Army (former)
BGen. Fred Lopez, USMCR (ret.)
Col. Michael Maloco, USAF, Aux.
Lt. Col. Maureen Masson,
USAF (ret.)
Sgt. Dennis Merenbach,
US Army (former)
MSG Jon Parra, US Army (ret.)
Capt. Dennis Peterson,
USMC (former)
Maj. Jose Ramirez, USMC (ret.)
Cpl. Pete Schenck,
USMC (former)
SN Gary Simpson, USCG (former)