MEET THE TEAM

Vettes4Vets administration and support team are all volunteers.  We have no paid staff, therefore almost 100% of your donations and support goes directly to provide Veterans and their families help during difficult times.


V4V Board Emeritus

Founder & CEO

Mark Davis, U.S. Navy

        Mark served in the US Navy from 1973-1979.  He is the founder "Vettes4Vets".  In 2018 he was named Volunteer Veteran of the Year by the "Daughters of the American Revolution" and winner of the "Hoover Freedom Award" in 2017.  Mark also founded the "Alabama Fallen Warriors Project".  

        Mark is an active member of the "Hoover Veterans Committee", "American Legion Post 911" and "Krulak Marine Detachment".

eMail: Mark Davis

V4V Board Officer

President

David Burford, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret)

        Dave is an Army Special Forces veteran who served thirty-eight years in uniform before retiring as a Major General and Deputy Commander of DOD’s Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in Tampa.  He also had a forty-one year civilian career with Southern Company with work ranging from environmental controls at fossil fueled power plants, leading the security forces for Southern’s nuclear fleet as well as time in Washington DC as a registered federal lobbyist.   

        Dave has received the Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve’s  (ESGR) ‘Seven Seals Award’  for his work with DOD’s seven reserve components and was the BBVA/Compass Bowl’s Veteran of the Year in 2012.  Dave is retired from full employment but devotes most of this waking hours to organizations that support veterans and their families.

V4V Board Member

Serves as V4V Volunteer
Jim Williams, U.S. Army (Ret)

        Jim Williams is a retired Lieutenant Colonel, U. S. Army Reserve, having served 25 years in various assignments.  His civilian expertise lies in governmental research, which he is utilizing as a V4V board member to enhance the coordination of services to veterans and their families.

eMail: Jim Williams



V4V Board Member

Serves as V4V Support & Communications Volunteer
Lori Banes, Military Family
        Lori has been with V4V since almost day one and was our first Miss Vettes for Vets.  She has a strong family connection to military service through her Dad who served in Vietnam and who suffered from Agent Orange exposure.  Lori has expressed the strength of this father-daughter bond through her artwork entitled; ‘Strength, Struggle & Sacrifice’  which can be found on her website www.daddyshonor.com.  Lori is a registered nurse at Grandview Hospital in Birmingham.

V4V Board Member

Serves as V4V Treasurer Volunteer

Brian Crawford, U.S. Navy

        Brian is a U. S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam era, having served as Parachute Rigger.  He served nearly 2 years at Naval Air Station at Cubi Point, Philippines (Bataan).  

        He retired from banking after 35 years during which he held senior positions in multiple Alabama cities, mostly with the former AmSouth Bank.  Today, Brian fulfills a passion for our military community through his work as a Career Readiness Counselor (contractor) for Army National Guard, active board member of Vettes4Vets, and other related volunteer roles. 

eMail: Brian Crawford

V4V Board Member

Serves as V4V Volunteer

John Sellers, U.S. Army Alabama National Guard

        John is retired from J.P. Morgan Chase Bank.  Since his retirement he has been a community advocate and leader in Birmingham.  He founded Adopt-A-Golden Birmingham and serves on the Board of Directors.  He also serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for the Alys Stephens Center, The Red Mountain Theater Company, Alabama School of Fine Arts.  He is a Past President and Board Member of Aldridge Gardens, Bessemer Jaycees, Bessemer Chamber of Commerce.  He is a Past Board member of Bessemer Kiwanis Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Birmingham, as well as, a former Big Brother of the Year for Birmingham; Jaycee of The Year for the Bessemer Jaycees; Kiwanian of the Year for the Bessemer Kiwanis Club.

eMail: John Sellers

V4V Board Member

Serves as V4V Corvette Liaison Volunteer

Gary Nelson, U.S. Army

        Gary was an Army Warrant Officer rotary wing pilot who flew Cobra gunships in combat.  He transitioned into much much bigger aircraft, retiring after twenty-six years as a 747 pilot for UPS.  Gary now flies corporate jets out of Birmingham’s Shuttlesworth International Airport as Chief Pilot, LSA LLC.   He is also currently President of Team Corvette Alabama and is the Corvette Manager for Hendricks Automall in Hoover.

eMail: Gary Nelson

V4V Board Member

Serves as V4V Volunteer

Doyal Marks, Military Family

Doyal comes from a strong military family.   As a past President of Team Corvette Alabama, Doyal is one of the driving forces behind V4V’s Talladega Track Day each year and is our primary contact with the several Corvette clubs across the Southeast.  He is also Alabama’s Ambassador to the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.  Doyal is former President and Owner of Marks Wood Products in Birmingham.

eMail: Doyal Marks

V4V Board Member

Serves as V4V Volunteer

Mark Middlebrooks, Military Family

        Mark comes from a strong military family and recently joined V4V as the Secretary of the Board.  Mark has participated in a number of local volunteer organizations and has been on overseas mission trips.  He has always had an affinity for ‘muscle cars’ and adds much needed balance to the volunteers who work diligently on behalf of V4V.  Mark also serves as Secretary of the Hoover Parks and Recreations Foundation and is the supervising medical technologist at Princeton Hospital in Birmingham.  

eMail: Mark Middlebrooks

V4V Board Member

Serves as V4V Communications Volunteer

Bill Paracca, U.S. Coast Guard

        Bill served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1962-1971.  He was the founder/president of two computer companies, and he has been a senior corporate manager for 23 years with an international mainframe software company having offices throughout the world.

        He is an Ordained Minister of the Gospel and was Pastor of two churches.  He was the Founder/President of "Frontier Missionary Support" serving missionaries in Third World countries, and he has worked in missionary efforts both domestically and in Central & South America, East Africa and Russia.

eMail: Bill Paracca