Election Central

The next Board of Directors election opens January 5, 2022 and closes February 9, 2022

Voting Members of the Navy Mutual Aid Association (“Navy Mutual”) will be able to cast their votes in the 2022 Board Election between January 5, 2022 and February 9, 2022.

Members who have a confirmed e-mail address on file with Navy Mutual will be able to cast their ballots online via Survey&Ballot Systems’ secured election portal. For Members without a confirmed e-mail address on file, their ballots will be mailed in early January and they will be able to vote in one of two ways: (1) return their ballot by mail, or (2) use the Member Number and Election Passcode on their paper ballot to cast their ballot online.

If you have questions on voting, please contact us at boardelection@navymutual.org.

Candidates for Election

Inspired by the history and character of our own Members, Navy Mutual naturally promotes a strong, hardworking culture. Our board evaluates director candidates on an ongoing basis to ensure that a proper balance and diversity of experience, tenure and perspectives are represented. Our staff, leadership, and board members continuously strive to provide exceptional service and expert guidance to Navy Mutual Members, servicemembers and their families. Navy Mutual is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion, and embraces the characteristics that make our board members and employees unique. We understand the collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, unique capabilities and talent that our board members and employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but Navy Mutual’s reputation and success as well. It is imperative that candidates for the board of directors share in this commitment.

If elected by the Membership, directors serve a three year term and are generally eligible for re-election for two (2) additional three year terms. For more information about Navy Mutual’s current board of directors, click here.


2022 Slate of Candidates



VADM John Terence Blake, USN (Ret.), Director since 2019

Career assignments: Professor of the Practice, Conrad Chair at the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy of the Naval Postgraduate School and a Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Military assignments: Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Integration of Capabilities and Resources (OPNAV N8); Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management & Comptroller); Deputy Director of Resources and Acquisition on the Joint Chiefs of Staff (J8); Director, Operations Division, Fiscal Management Division in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; Director, Operations Division, Office of Budget in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Financial Management/Comptroller), Director, Programming Division (N80); Joint Staff (J8) division chief and head of the Combat Identification Joint Warfare Capability Assessment Team; Seventh Fleet Staff in the western Pacific as Current Operations and Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations. Sea commands include: USS O’Brien (DD 975); USS Normandy (CG 60); Carrier Strike Group 11; Navy staff (N80) head, Sea Control Section; program manager for the Navy Shipbuilding account.

Awards: Sept. 15 – Dec. 17, 2012, “OLD SALT” Designation, Surface Navy Association; Navy Distinguished Service Medal with gold star; Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster; Legion of Merit with four gold stars; Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars; Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars.

Education: B.S. in Political Science, United States Naval Academy; M.S. in National Security, National War College; M.S. in Finance, Naval Postgraduate School; Seminar XXI International Relations Program, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


RADM Christine Hunter, MC, USN (Ret.), Director since 2016

Career assignments: Dr. Christine Hunter brings over 35 years of federal health program experience to her current role serving the health insurance needs of military, veterans, and seniors as a board director at WPS Health Solutions. Dr. Hunter also co-chairs the National Committee for Quality Assurance Committee on Performance Measurement, working to improve health outcomes for all Americans, and serves on the board of the Falcons Landing military retirement community. After retiring from active duty, Dr. Hunter served as Chief Medical Officer for the Federal Employees Health Benefit program from 2011–2018, overseeing health care quality for 8.2 million employees, retirees, and families. On active duty, RADM Hunter served as Deputy Director of TRICARE Management Activity from 2009–2011, coordinating health care for 9.6 million military beneficiaries and managing a $22B portfolio. Other notable military assignments included tours as the Commander, Naval Medical Center San Diego; US Pacific Fleet Surgeon; Chief of Staff, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery; and Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Bremerton.

Awards: Presidential Rank Award, Master and Laureate of the American College of Physicians, OPM Director’s Award, Boston University Humanitarian Award, and numerous military awards.

Education: B.A. and M.D., Boston University, where she is recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus.


CAPT Nita Sood, USPHS, Director since 2016

Career assignments: Since 2010, Captain Sood has been assigned to the Defense Health Agency, where she currently serves as the DHA Liaison Officer to the U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM). As the senior DHA representative, she is responsible for the coordination and delivery of critical DHA programs and activities to the Combatant Command. Prior to this assignment, Captain Sood served as the Chief of Staff for DHA Healthcare Operations, where she provided executive oversight for the policy, procedures, and direction of healthcare administration in the military medical treatment facilities under the purview of DHA. Captain Sood also served previous tours at the Department of Health and Human Services, which included Senior Adviser to the Officer of Global Health at the Health Resources and Services Administration and Pharmacy Consultant to the Southeast Region for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Education: Pharm.D., University of Georgia; MPH, Emory University; and B.S., Howard University.


Open Seat

VADM Michael Vitale, USN (Ret.), if elected, to begin April 2022

Career assignments: Vice Admiral Michael Vitale is currently a managing director in KPMG’s Federal advisory practice providing services to the U.S. Department of Defense in emerging technologies such as 5G applications and digital business transformation, infrastructure and real property management, program management, defense strategy, data and analytics, and cybersecurity. Prior to his position at KPMG, Vitale acted as the executive director of the University of Hawaii’s Applied Research Laboratory for two and a half years, successfully growing the university’s research and development portfolio across six core competencies with the Department of Defense. Previously, he served in the U.S. Navy for 35 years, serving as Commander, Navy Installations Command in his final assignment, where he was responsible for the readiness of the Navy’s 70 bases worldwide, $12B in annual funding, and 60,000 personnel.

Awards: Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal.

Education: M.A. and M.S., University of Louisville.



Eligibility Requirements

Individual board nominees should have the background and experience to be able to convey to the board and staff the financial security needs of veterans, their families and survivors. In particular, nominees should have the financial training and experience to provide strong leadership as the Association seeks to meet the financial security needs of its existing and prospective Members.

Further, at the time of election, nominees must be a Member in good standing of the Association and reside in the National Capital Region. For more information, review the Association’s Bylaws.

Nomination Process for Board Members

The Nominating Committee is charged with ensuring nominees for the board are representative of veterans of the Sea Services including retired and honorably discharged officers and enlisted personnel. Additionally, the Nominating Committee looks for nominees who have the financial training and experience to provide strong leadership, ensuring the Association continues to meet the financial security needs of its existing and prospective Members.

The Nominating Committee seeks input from fellow members of the board, the President and Chief Executive Officer, and the membership. Candidates are carefully considered by the Nominating Committee and an election slate is proposed to the board prior to being submitted to the Membership for a vote.

If you meet the Association’s eligibility requirements and are interested in being considered for a board position in the future, please contact boardelection@navymutual.org.