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Ronald Williams, Executive Director

Vice President Board of Directors


 Mark Boudreaux, President USSONM

Mr. Boudreaux is Senior Project Manager for F. Miller Construction, LLC in Lake Charles LA. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Lamar University and has over 30 years of civilian/marine construction experience. He has been a supporter of the USS Orleck since before it was relocated to Lake Charles. He is a lifetime member of the Museum and has served as Director.


 Sam Nelson, Vice President, Operations

Sam Nelson 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 DD886 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 is a licensed amateur radio operator (Ham).


 Steve "Stretch" Phillips, Vice President, Maintenance

 With 50 yrs Construction Experience, Steve Phillips served in the Navy for 28 years as an EOCS (SWCS) and is currently retired.  He was an Industrial Fire Instructor at Texas A&M Fire School and was the former President of the USSONM while the ship was in Orange, TX.


 John Raggio, MD, Treasurer, USSONM

Dr. Raggio is a retired Neurosurgeon after 28 years in practice in Lake Charles. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University, LSU Medical School New Orleans, was a Chief Resident, Neurosurgeon, Emory University. He was the 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. He has been an active member of the museum for two years.


 Patrick Bernier, Secretary USSONM

Mr. Bernier is Division Manager for TOPCOR Services, LLC in Lake Charles LA. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Citadel and is a registered professional engineer, and has over 15 years of civil and structural construction experience. He has been a supporter of the USS Orleck since before it was relocated to Lake Charles. He is a dedicated member of the Museum and an active volunteer and served as President.


 Ed Martin, COB Ameritus

Ed Martin is a 1951 graduate of Georgia Tech, a Korean War veteran and a 13 year member of the US Army. He is a lifetime member of the USS Orleck Museum serving as chairman of the Board of Directors and Board Advisor. Ed worked successfully to bring the ship from Orange, TX to Lake Charles, LA.


 Willie Montgomery, Ship's Superintendent


 Steve Miller, Asst. Superintendent

Steve Miller has a BS Degree in Chemistry from McNeese State University. He has served four years in the Navy and 30 years as a Chemist in the petrochemical industry. Steve is currently retired and serves as a member of the Museum and on the board of directors.

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