BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Director; currently serving as President of the USSONM
Mr. Boudreaux is a Senior Project Manager at M & C Oilfield Services & Marine Partners, LLC, Lake Charles LA. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Lamar University and has over 38 years of civilian/marine construction experience on Federal, state, municipal, industrial, and private construction projects. He is a native of Southeast Texas, and his grandfather worked at the Orange shipyard that was the birthplace of the USS ORLECK. Mr. Boudreaux has been an active Museum member, supporter, and volunteer of the USS ORLECK since before it was relocated to Lake Charles.
Director; currently serving as Secretary of the USSONM
Mr. Bernier is Division Manager of Waskey Services, LLC, which is headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Citadel, is a registered professional engineer, and has over 20 years of civil and structural construction experience. Mr. Bernier has been a supporter of the USS ORLECK since before it was relocated to Lake Charles and has served in several capacities as long-time as a volunteer.
John F. Raggio, MD
Director; currently serving as Treasurer of the USSONM
Dr. Raggio is a retired Neurosurgeon after 28 years in practice in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, LSU Medical School New Orleans, was a Chief Resident, Neurosurgeon, Emory University. He was Past President for St. Patrick Hospital Medical Staff, Past President for Calcasieu Parish Medical Society, Past President of Louisiana Neurosurgical Society, and has served as Junior Warden, Vestry at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church. Dr. Raggio has been a very active member, supporter, and volunteer of the Museum since it’s relocation to Lake Charles.
Stephen W. Miller
Director; currently serving as Vice President for Operations and Ship Superintendent
Mr. Miller has a BS Degree in Chemistry from McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana. He served four years in the U.S. Navy and retired after working 30 years as a Chemist in the Southwest Louisiana petrochemical industry. Mr. Miller has been is a key member of the Museum, volunteering his time and talents daily toward maintaining, repairing, and restoring the USS ORLECK since before it was relocated to Lake Charles.
Samuel S. (Steve) Phillips
Director; currently serving as Vice President for Maintenance
Mr. Phillips served in the U.S. Navy for 28 years as an EOCS (SWCS) and is currently retired. He has over 50 years of construction experience. He was an Industrial Fire Instructor at Texas A&M Fire School and was the former President of the Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundation, while the USS ORLECK was in Orange, Texas. Mr. Phillips has remained active as a USSONM member, supporter, and volunteer.
Frank J. Cormier
Mr. Cormier served aboard the USS ORLECK DD 886 from October 1965 until July 1969 as BT2 in the forward and aft fire rooms, including the duties of “Oil King”. Upon separating from the U.S. Navy he worked for several companies in the oil and gas drilling industry, retiring from Shell Oil Company in 2003 as Senior Drilling Foreman. After retiring from Shell he became a Drilling Consultant, and is currently semi-retired, occasionally working as an Operations Superintendent. He has over 46 years of domestic and international experience in the business. A dedicated Museum member, volunteer, and supporter from Youngsville, Louisiana, Mr. Cormier was appointed by the Board of Directors to complete the unexpired term of Director Sam Nelson who passed away in December 2015.
Mr. Ed Martin
Chairman of the Board of Directors (Emeritus) and Special Advisor the Board of Directors
Mr. Martin of Lake Charles, Louisiana, selflessly served as the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the USS ORLECK Naval Museum and worked tirelessly to lead the effort to bring the ship from Orange, Texas, to Lake Charles, and establish a new non-profit corporation to repair, preserve, restore, and operate the Museum. He is a 1951 graduate of Georgia Tech, a Korean War Veteran, and a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Army. Upon separating from the Army at the rank of Captain, he became a successful Lake Charles businessman and is the owner/CEO of Martin Automotive of Lake Charles (GMC and Freightliner franchises). Although no longer officially a Director, the Board of Directors and the USSONM organization value and appreciate his continued involvement and support of the Museum’s mission.
Ship's Superintendent (Emeritus) and Special Advisor to the Board of Directors
Mr. Montgomery’s many years of service in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Navy Reserve, as well as his experience in operations and maintenance and the heating and air conditioning business made him legend as the USS ORLECK Naval Museum’s first Ship Superintendent. Although his health precludes visits to the ship, the Board and volunteers continue to value his advice and suggestions as a special advisor to the organization. Mr. Montgomery is a long-time Lake Charles resident.
Samuel J. Nelson. While serving as a Director and Vice President of Operations of the USS ORLECK Naval Museum, Sam passed away at the Age of 71 on December 15, 2015. Sam retired as President/Owner of Kay Communications, Inc., Sulphur LA in 2011. He served in the US Navy as Radioman 1st class from 1961 to 1968. His duties as Radioman included delivering message traffic to the USS ORLECK DD 886 several times while the ORLECK was home ported in Yokosuka, Japan. He attended Lamar University on the GI Bill, studying journalism and creative writing and worked for Kay Electronics from 1970 until establishing Kay Communications, Inc. in Southwest Louisiana in 1978. Mr. Nelson was a licensed amateur radio operator (Ham). “WA5VDM” key went silent, but his memory and contributions to the Museum live on!