Council

The Council oversees and advises the Board.

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George Patton Waters (Pat), Chair (Son of ex-POW Lieutenant Colonel John K. Waters)
After serving in the United States Navy, Pat established Waters Investments, LLC which owns and operates commercial and residential properties. He is active in his community and throughout the world serving on boards such as the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, and as a Team member, Liberation Festival Plzen in the Czech Republic. Pat is the grandson of General George S. Patton.

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G. Thomas (Tom) Cobb (Son of ex-POW 2nd Lt. George Alva Cobb)
Prior to his retirement, Tom worked in sales and marketing in health care, with specific experience in the area of orthopedic products used in surgical interventions. In his 30 plus years in the device industry, Tom held Director Level positions in both the domestic and international markets. He graduated from Limestone College, Gaffney, SC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.
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Marlene Thompson McAllister (daughter of ex-POW 1st Lt. Robert T. Thompson)
Marlene McAllister is an accomplished senior healthcare executive with more than 40 years of experience both domestic and international.  She was the Vice President of Human Resources and Strategic Planning for ORBIS International, a global non-governmental organization (NGO) serving with the World Health Organization to reduce preventable blindness worldwide.    Her governance experience is in healthcare and arts and culture including the American Patient Rights Association, Tulsa Opera and the Laura Bush Institute for Women’s Health.


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Cindy Sharpe Burgess, Founder (Daughter of ex-POW 2nd Lt. Wilbur Blaine Sharpe, Jr.)
A military spouse and former educator, Cindy is a Past President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Assistance League® and served on their national Board of Directors. Cindy received a BS in Education from the University of Maryland.