The 2024 Board of Directors election is open.
Online voting opened on February 7, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. ET and will close on March 7, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Members who have a confirmed email 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 email 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
Current Board Members
- Vice Admiral John Terence Blake, USN (Ret.)
- Rear Admiral Christine S. Hunter, MC, USN (Ret.)
- Rear Admiral Brian E. Luther, USN (Ret.)
- Captain Anthony Cooper, USN (Ret.)
- Captain Catherine M. Mulé, USN (Ret.)
- Captain Nita Sood, USPHS (Ret.)
- Lieutenant General Robert S. Walsh, USMC (Ret.)
- Vice Admiral Anthony L. Winns, USN (Ret.)
- Vice Admiral Ted N. Branch, USN (Ret.)
- Eric J. Candelori, USMC Veteran
- Captain Heidi A. Fleming, USN (Ret.)
- Captain Reggie Howard, USN (Ret.)
- Vice Admiral Allen G. Myers, USN (Ret.)
- Captain Gary A. Rogeness, USN (Ret.)
- Vice Admiral Michael Vitale, USN (Ret.)
- Captain Robert W. Warren, USCG (Ret.)
2024 Slate of Candidates
Candidates for Reelection
Nominee 2nd Term
Career Assignments Include: As Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Navy and Marine Group for Perspecta, Vice Admiral Branch leads more than 4,000 professionals providing mission critical information technology services under the Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract. Prior to assuming his current role, he was Vice President, Navy and Marine Corps, for DXC Technology’s U.S. Public Sector.
Vice Admiral Branch joined the public sector IT industry following more than 37 years of service in the U.S. Navy, most recently after serving three years as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and the Director of Naval Intelligence. A naval aviator, his operational assignments included Light Attack Squadrons 15 and 37, USS Forrestal, and Strike Fighter Squadron 37. He served as executive and commanding officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 15, executive officer in USS John C. Stennis, commanding officer in USS Coronado and USS Nimitz, and commander of Carrier Strike Group 1 Carl Vinson Strike Group where he led initial Navy and Marine Corps relief efforts for the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Vice Admiral Branch also served as an instructor in the A7 and F18 Fleet Replacement Squadrons and the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C. He completed Navy Nuclear Power Training, served as executive assistant to the Commander U.S. Pacific Fleet, director of Operations and Plans (N31) on the Chief of Naval Operations staff in the Pentagon and commander of Naval Air Force Atlantic where he was responsible for the staffing, training and equipping of all east coast aircraft carriers and aviation units.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy; master’s degree in international relations from the Naval War College; executive education at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School.
Nominee 2nd Term
Career Assignments Include: Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch; partner with his wife as part of the Evans-Candelori Group; Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps via the Platoon Leaders Class program; past President and current Vice Chairman of the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; past President and Chairman of the Marine Executive Association; past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Green Hedges School.
Education: MBA, National University; graduate study in criminal justice with a minor in accounting, American University; Basic Officer Course.
Nominee 2nd Term
Career Assignments Include: Captain Fleming is a Director for Navy and Marine Corps Programs, Patuxent River Field Office, Lockheed Martin Government Affairs. She is responsible for liaison with Navy and Marine Corps at Naval Air Station Patuxent River regarding aviation acquisition, development, test, sustainment, and logistics programs.
Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, Captain Fleming served 27 years in the U.S. Navy. She served operationally in the C-130 and P-3 communities deploying worldwide. While ashore, she held Congressional Affairs assignments with the Navy Secretariat and Secretary of Defense (OSD). Other shore assignments included the U.S Naval Academy and Commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing ELEVEN. Captain Fleming held squadron command (VXS-1) at the Navy’s only science and technology squadron and deployed to a combat theater. She retired from the U.S. Navy as Commanding Officer, Naval Air Station Patuxent River.
Education: U.S. Naval Academy; M.S. in National Resource Strategy, Senior Acquisition Course from National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces, “The Eisenhower School.”
Nominee 2nd Term
Career Assignments Include: Captain Howard is currently employed at BAE systems as Director for Customer Requirements and Advocacy. He joined BAE Systems in January of 2018, serving as Director of Government Affairs until November of 2020.
Captain Howard began his defense and aerospace career as a naval officer and aviator. He was commissioned as a naval flight officer in the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Community in 1991 and served in the U.S. Navy for more than 28 years. His operational Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircraft tours include Patrol Squadron 40, Whidbey Island, WA; Patrol Squadron 45, Jacksonville, FL; Commander of Patrol Squadron 5, Jacksonville, FL; and major command of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 57, Manama, Bahrain.
Captain Howard also completed multiple staff tours in the Pentagon to include Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director of Naval Aviation Warfare (N98), Strategic Lead on Navy Quadrennial Defense review (2010 & 2014), Deputy Division Chief for C4 Joint Staff (J6), Multi-Mission Branch Head N98, Senior Fellow on the CNO Strategic Studies Group (SSG) and the Deputy Director, Operations and Plans (N3/N5).
Education: B.S. in General Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy; M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College.
CAPT Brenda K. Malone, USN (Ret.)
Nominee 1st Term – If elected, to begin April 2024
Career Assignments Include: Founder and Principal of B. Malone Coaching and Consulting, LLC in Alexandria, Virginia, where she serves as a senior communications consultant to the Defense Health Agency. Prior to incorporating her business, Brenda served as the Director of Communications at the U.S. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. She has also held a Director of Communications position with U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa and the Director of Media Relations position with the Chief of Information. Earlier in her career, she served as the Special Assistant for Public Affairs with the Chief of Naval Personnel, and the Director of Congressional Information and Public Affairs with the Office of Legislative Affairs.
Education: B.A. in Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University; M.A. in Communication, University of Oklahoma; M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College; Certificate in Ontological and Life Coaching.
Philosophy on Election Slates for Volunteer Boards
Navy Mutual’s Board is all-volunteer. Our Board members receive no compensation for their work, financial or otherwise, apart from the satisfaction of serving the Association’s membership. Board service is a significant undertaking, requiring Board members to devote many hours to preparing for and participating in multiple meetings each year. Navy Mutual Board members must be generous with their time and talent for the Association to thrive.
Although Navy Mutual is a nonprofit membership association, its mission to provide the military community with high quality life insurance, compassionate beneficiary services, financial education, and veterans services, is at least as complex as the operations of any commercial insurer. Board members must be financially savvy and committed to meeting the needs of military families. They must bring a range of business, marketing, investment, leadership, management, technological, and legal knowledge to the Board. They must together represent the range of our membership by service affiliation and experience, and must have distinguished service records that inspire trust in our members and the military community. Individuals of this caliber have many opportunities for volunteer service, and the Association is grateful to those who choose to join Navy Mutual’s Board.
The qualifications of all Board nominees are thoroughly vetted by the Nominating Committee before the candidates are put forward for the Board’s review. The Board carefully considers each candidate’s qualifications, with an eye toward selecting outstanding nominees while maintaining the Board’s balance and fulfilling the Association’s business needs. The Board then nominates to the membership only those candidates whom the Board believes will be best able to serve. Our election process is consistent with best governance practices of both nonprofit associations and commercial insurers, and has served our members well for over a century. We do not believe that the process would be improved, or our members better served, by contested elections that would require Navy Mutual to recruit volunteers to run for the Board only to be rejected by the membership.
Navy Mutual members are encouraged to nominate candidates for election to the Board of Directors. We are always looking for outstanding leaders to join the Board and appreciate the opportunity to consider anyone who is appropriately qualified.
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 email@example.com.