2018 Board of Directors
Southwestern Oregon Veterans Outreach, Inc.
Board of Directors
Matt graduated from North Bend High School in 1958. He joined the Air Force and was trained as a Fire protection specialist. Returning home in 1989, he joined the Coos Bay Fire Department as a volunteer, then was hired full time in 1996 as a Firefighter/EMT, continuing to serve his community. In 2003 Matt joined the Army National Guard and was trained as an infantry soldier. He served in Iraq and was also deployed to New Orleans for Katrina relief efforts. He continues to support his community by helping Veterans any way he can. Matt served as the past President of SOVO and a Veterans Service Officer.
Carolyn was born in Livermore, California. She worked for VA Medical Center in Livermore for twelve years then accepted a job as a veteran’s service officer with Stanislaus County Veterans Services in 1989. Carolyn was promoted to manager of Stanislaus County Veteran Services in 1999 and retired in 2012, stayed on part-time until December of 2014. She is married to a US Marine who served from 1964-1968. While working for the county she held Service Officer accreditations with the following organizations: US & California Departments of Veteran Affairs, National Assoc. of County Veterans Service Officers, VFW, DAV, Purple Heart, AMVETS, American Retired Assoc, and American Legion.
Neil attended S.F.V. State College and Valley College, in the San Fernando Valley, majoring in business and journalism. He served in the U.S.M.C. Reserve and the California Air National Guard. Prior to retiring Neil was a business owner, California Peace Officer and licensed California real estate broker. He lives in Lake Havasu City in the winter and Lakeside, Oregon in the summer. Neil is the recruiting Sergeant for Detachment 1042 of the Marine Corps League and a member of Devil Dogs, Detachment 757 of the Marine Corps League at Lake Havasu City, Arizona. He has volunteered at SOVO since 2013.
Mark is the newest director appointed in September 2018. He is returning to service with SOVO as he was one of the founding members and previously served on the board. Mark served in the Marine Corps from 1968-1972 and was in Vietnam from 1969-1970. He drove an E1AMTrack and blew up minefields. He worked diligently to establish the David Dewett Veterans Memorial Wayside and is still working with volunteers and community partners to complete the Memorial. He also volunteers with PointMan Ministries, where he has been assisting other veterans since 2001. Mark is a Peer Facilitator for PTSD groups.
Carl Pearson – Director
Carl was born in Tonopah, Nevada. He came to Oregon in 1956 where he worked various jobs such as ranch hand, sawmills, dairy farms etc. He moved to Coos Bay and worked for Georgia Pacific Corporation from 1959 till 1965.
Carl served in the military 1965 thru 1967 with the Army Infantry and is a combat veteran of Viet Nam. He became a journeyman sheet metal worker in 1972, retiring in 2001.
Carl taught part-time as an apprentice metalworker instructor at Southwestern Oregon College from 1977-1981 and at Lane Community College from 1981-1984. Carl served as Union member on Oregon State Joint Apprenticeship Committee, 1983-2000. He served on Oregon State Governor Ad Hoc Committee to set standards for state indentured sheet metal apprentices.
Carl enjoys assisting his fellow veterans, especially combat veterans.