Leadership & Staff

Contributors. Leaders. Supporters. 

The Board of Directors at Help Heal Veterans (HEAL VETS) is the governing body for all HEAL VETS activities. This volunteer Board helps make sure that the HEAL VETS mission is fulfilled; sets the direction for business; oversees fundraising and finances; evaluates policies and procedures; and makes sure decisions are sound. HEAL VETS is fortunate to have individuals on its Board who come with a wealth of skills, talents and experience, each providing their own special contributions to the Board and to HEAL VETS. 

All members of our Board have served in the military, with the exception of Ms. Nora Egan, who served more than 30 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

  • The Honorable John Meagher – Chairman, An Independent Voting Member

    Retired Judge John M. (Jack) Meagher currently serves as a private mediator and arbitrator, describing his role as “a peacemaker.” His illustrious career includes 20 years as a trial judge, seven years as a trial attorney in private practice and four years as a trial attorney with the State of Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

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  • Mr. Michael Lawson – Treasurer, An Independent Voting Member

    A healthcare executive serving America’s veterans for more than four decades, Mr. Michael Lawson was appointed to the Board of Directors of Help Heal Veterans (HEAL VETS) in October 2013. Currently, he is an independent contractor with the Sinclair Advisory Group, a management consulting firm.

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  • Ms. Nora Egan – Director, An Independent Voting Member

    Nora Egan is a longtime advocate for United States veterans. In her distinguished career, she served in numerous, diverse senior management and executive positions with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This includes more than 30 years in human resources management, program and policy development, strategic planning, and policy and program oversight.

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  • Dr. Keith Stuessi – Director, An Independent Voting Member

    Keith Stuessi, a career naval physician, is an expert in traumatic brain injury and currently works with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

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  • Mr. Clint Pearman – Secretary, An Independent Voting Member

    Clinton D. Pearman is a Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist and the Regional Education Coordinator for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. He provides regional education and training for the Department of Defense and VA medical and health support personnel, military leadership, service members, veterans, family members and the community on the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries.

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  • Joseph S. McClain – Chief Executive Officer

    On September 3, 2015, Joseph S. (Joe) McClain became the new HEAL VETS Chief Executive Officer. A veteran of the U.S. Navy with nearly thirty years of service, McClain has experience leading large, complex, multi-national and diverse organizations. He is a results-oriented strategic leader with a passion for service.

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