Candidates for National Office

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The following information is intended to inform the membership about the announced candidates for National Office. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or  approval by DAV National Headquarters of any candidate to the exclusion of others who may stand for election. DAV members may announce their candidacy at any time, up to and including the time of election, at our National Convention in Las Vegas, Aug. 9–12, 2014.


Ronald Hope
CandidateRonHope National Senior Vice Commander Ronald Hope is a life member of Chapter 12, Albemarle, N.C. The combat-injured veteran of the Vietnam War served 31 years as a DAV National Service Officer, a decade of which was spent as National Area Supervisor overseeing Service Offices in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

He has served in nearly every Chapter leadership position and has held the title of Department Service Officer for more than 25 years. His devotion to DAV and all of America’s injured and ill veterans and service members is what drew him to seek National Office.

Prior to his DAV career, Hope earned a Bachelor of Administration degree with a major in marketing from Tarleton State University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 until his medical retirement in 1970.

Hope is seeking election to a higher office.


Moses A. McIntosh
CandidateMosesMcIntoshMoses A. McIntosh is National 1st Junior Vice Commander. He is a life member of Chapter 18, Augusta, Ga., where he has served as Treasurer, in addition to a variety of other Chapter positions. He was elected Department Commander in 2007 and served as Department Finance Chairman from 2009 to 2010. He has served on the DAV National Executive and National Interim Membership Committees and as Convention Chairman.

A native of Meridian, Ga., he enlisted in the Air Force after graduating from high school. Following basic training, he served as a member of the 51st, 524th and 596th Bombardment Heavy Squadrons. He also served with the U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command.

Following an interservice transfer to the U.S. Army in 1989, McIntosh attended warrant officer training as well as Army aviation flight training, which qualified him to pilot UH-1 and UH-60 assault helicopters. He was medically retired at the rank of chief warrant officer in 1997. He is a service-connected disabled combat veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

McIntosh received a Master of Science in human resource management from Troy State University and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland and Louisiana Tech University.

McIntosh is seeking election to a higher office.


David W. Riley
CandidateDavidRiley Army and Coast Guard veteran David Riley is a life member of Chapter 7, Mobile, Ala., and serves as National 2nd Junior Vice Commander. He has held a succession of Chapter offices and is the current Department Commander. In 2010, DAV named Riley Outstanding Disabled Veteran of the Year for his dedication, commitment and inspiration to his fellow injured and ill veterans.

In addition to serving as Chapter and Department Service Officer, Riley volunteers at the Mobile Community VA Outpatient Clinic and mentors other amputees in their recovery and rehabilitation. While serving as a Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, Riley contracted septic shock pneumococcal sepsis. As a result of the infection, he was hospitalized for three months, lost all four limbs and suffered damage to numerous internal organs.

Following his medical retirement from the Coast Guard in 1997, Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s in computer and information science.

Riley is seeking election to a higher office.


Delphine Metcalf-Foster
CandidateDelphineMetcalfFosterNational 3rd Junior Vice Commander Delphine Metcalf-Foster is a retired Army 1SG and combat veteran of Desert Storm and Desert Shield. She has long been active in DAV at the Chapter, Department and National levels. In 2004, she was elected the first woman Commander of the Department of California. Metcalf-Foster is a life member of  Chapter 21 in Vallejo, Calif., where she also serves as Adjutant.

At the National level, Metcalf-Foster’s service on the Board of Directors included a term as Treasurer, from 2011 to 2012. She is an active  member of the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, and she serves on California Rep. George Miller’s VA Committee and the U.S. Military Academy Board.

Her military awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Component Achievement Medal and the  Southwest Asia Service Medal. Metcalf-Foster retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 1996. She continued her service for the Department of Defense as a civilian for 20 years as a quality assurance work leader for Alameda Naval Air Station. After retirement, she earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Sonoma State University.

Metcalf-Foster is seeking election to a higher office.


Dennis Krulder
CandidateDennisKrulderNational 4th Junior Vice Commander Dennis Krulder is a life member of Chapter 95 in Malverne, N.Y., which he helped reactivate in 2004, and currently serves as Chapter Commander. He is a Past Commander of the Department of New York and former 2nd District Representative on the National Executive Committee.

A native of Brooklyn, Krulder has served in all positions at the Chapter and Department levels. He is currently Department Treasurer, an  Executive Committee member of the Commanders and Adjutants Association and Executive Director of the VA Voluntary Services Program
for all New York volunteers. For the past 15 years, he has been DAV’s Hospital Service Coordinator at Northport VA Medical Center, where he manages more than 130 drivers who provide transportation to approximately 3,500 veteran patients each month. In 2013, he was awarded the George Seal Memorial Trophy in recognition of his extensive volunteer work.

He was inducted into the U.S. Army in May 1967 and served as a helicopter door gunner with the 5th U.S. Cavalry in Vietnam. He received several citations and Air Medals for his service.

Krulder is seeking election to a higher office.


Brigitte Marker
CandidateBrigitteMarkerCoast Guard veteran Brigitte Marker is a life member of Chapter 12 in Klamath Falls, Ore. The past Commander of the Department of Oregon has held a succession of Department and Chapter offices and is a current member of the Interim Women Veterans Committee and serves on the Executive Committee for the Commanders and Adjutants Association. Marker is a certified Chapter and Department Service Officer.

As the Department of Oregon Director of Services, Marker oversees the DAV Transportation Network in Oregon and has been a longtime volunteer with the Transportation Network and in VA medical facilities.  She is very active in her community as a member of the Klamath  County Veterans Committee and a member of the Klamath and Lake Counties Stand Down Committee.

While serving in the Coast Guard, Marker was injured in a training exercise on the Siuslaw River. She works daily to overcome her disabilities  by remaining active and focused on serving her fellow veterans.

Following her medical discharge from the Coast Guard in 1998, Marker earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oregon State University.

Marker is seeking election to national office.


Michael Dobmeier
CandidateMichaelDobmeierMichael E. Dobmeier has served as DAV’s National Judge Advocate since 2002. He has also served at the National level on the National Executive and Finance Committees. He was elected National 4th and 3rd  Junior Vice Commander in 1995 and 1996 respectively, National 1st Junior Vice Commander in 1997, National Senior Vice Commander in 1998 and National Commander in 1999.

Dobmeier enlisted in the Navy in 1969 after graduating from high school. He trained as an engineman, attended the Naval Submarine School at New London, Conn., and completed Navy Dive School in San Diego.

In April 1972, Dobmeier suffered severe burns on more than 30 percent of his body while aboard the submarine USS Trigger after an oil heater exploded. He was evacuated to the naval hospital in  Bremerton, Wash., and was later sent to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

He was discharged that year and became a life member of Chapter 2, Grand Forks, N.D. He has since been appointed or elected to nearly every Chapter and Department office and position and was named the 1985 DAV Outstanding Member of the Department of North Dakota.

Dobmeier is seeking election to another term as National Judge Advocate.


Ronald R. Ringo Jr.
CandidateRonRingoNational Chaplain Ronald Ringo is a life member of Chapter 55 in Simi Valley, Calif., and resides with his family in Montrose, Colo. He enlisted in the Marine Corps in April 1977 and served as the infantryman and  as a recruiter, then as a military police officer reservist for eight years. He was commissioned in the Navy in November 1993 and served as a chaplain for multiple units in the Navy, Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard until his retirement as a lieutenant commander in 2011.

During his break in military service, he spent several years serving his community as a police officer and sheriff ’s deputy. He also worked as a school principal and school administrator, where he developed and implemented a curriculum for students with emotional, drug and alcohol concerns.

Ringo earned his doctorate in counseling from LaSalle University and is a licensed social worker, certified trauma specialist, master  addictions counselor, and grief and loss specialist. He also helped develop the Marine Corps and Navy Warrior Transition Program at the onset of the Iraq War. Ringo and his wife, Shirley, have recently been providing retreats and workshops on personal resilience, marriage, and other topics for military members and their families serving in Europe.

During the past couple years as National Chaplain, Ringo has provided Chaplain training at Department and National conferences and staff training at DAV National
Headquarters. He continues work to standardize the DAV Chaplain Program. He served as Chaplain for the Department of California from 2010 to 2014.

Ringo is seeking re-election to a third term as National Chaplain.


Michael Patrick Dover
CandidateDoverPatrickA decorated soldier, Michael Patrick Dover retired from the Army as a master sergeant after 20 years of service. Since then, he has worked as a civilian military trainer and analyst while simultaneously serving as a counselor and chaplain at the Crossroads Men’s Addiction Recovery Program at the Harris County Jail in Hamilton, Ga.

In addition to conducting chapel services, he facilitates life lessons through faith and guides men in how to deal with life-controlling problems and how to prevent them from occurring again. He also volunteers as president of the Homeless Veterans and Veterans Stand Down in Columbus, Ga., where he has assisted more than 3,000 homeless veterans since its inception.

Dover is a service-connected disabled veteran and life member who has served in a variety of capacities for Muscogee Chapter 7, Columbus, Ga., including Adjutant, Service Officer and Chaplain. At the Department level, Dover served as Commander from 2010 to 2011 and Chaplain from 2010 to 2013.

Dover received his Bachelor of Theology from Christian Life School and a Bachelor of Science in business management from Liberty  University. He is an ordained minister and seeks election as National Chaplain.