Leadership and Staff

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors at Help Hospitalized Veterans is the governing body for all of HHV’s activities. This volunteer Board helps make sure that HHV’s mission is fulfilled; sets the direction for business; oversees fundraising and finances; evaluates policies and procedures; and makes sure decisions are sound. HHV is fortunate to have individuals on its Board who come with a wealth of skills, talents and experience, each providing their own special contributions to the Board and to HHV.

The Honorable John Meagher – Chairman
Mr. Michael Lawson – Treasurer
Ms. Nora Egan – Director
Dr. Keith Stuessi – Director
Mr. Clint Pearman – Secretary

Executive Staff

Joseph S. McClain – Chief Executive Officer

The Honorable John Meagher – Chairman
An Independent Voting Member

Retired Judge John M. (Jack) Meagher currently serves as a private mediator and arbitrator, describing his role as “a peacemaker.” His illustrious career includes 20 years as a trial judge, seven years as a trial attorney in private practice and four years as a trial attorney with the State of Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. He also served as a visiting judge in Ohio, presiding judge of the Miami Conservancy District Court, and assistant attorney general for the State of Ohio.

A U.S. Army veteran having served in both Germany and Vietnam, Meagher has championed veterans in myriad capacities. A position of which he is most proud is past president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park Board of Directors in Dayton, Ohio. As chairman of the fundraising campaign, his efforts succeeded in the creation of the park, which honors servicemen and women from southwestern Ohio who were killed or went missing in action in Vietnam. Serving as chairman of the board for Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV), Meagher stated, “For me, this is another opportunity to pay forward my debt for my own blessings. As a Vietnam veteran, I am especially aware of the ongoing need to honor all of our veterans – whenever and wherever circumstances present the opportunity.”

A graduate of the University of Dayton, Meagher received his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He was both a student and a faculty member at the National Judicial College and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law.

In both Ohio and California he has volunteered at shelters for the homeless. In his spare time, Meagher enjoys physical activity of all kinds, including running, cycling, skiing, hiking, golf, and yoga.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Meagher currently resides in Petaluma, California.

Mr. Michael Lawson – Treasurer
An Independent Voting Member

A healthcare executive serving America’s veterans for more than four decades, Mr. Michael Lawson was appointed to the Board of Directors of Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) in October 2013. Currently, he is an independent contractor with the Sinclair Advisory Group, a management consulting firm.

Mr. Lawson was Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Health Care System for 14 years. During that time, he successfully managed the restructuring of historically independent health care facilities to create a single, cohesive tertiary care center. Before that, he directed two other VA medical centers, was the Deputy Director of VA’s Southwestern Region, and led the Department’s Medical Administration Service, a national position based in Washington, D.C. For ten years, he held progressively responsible positions at five other VA medical facilities.

“Early in my career I became acutely aware of the many and varied legal and ethical issues that arose in the care and treatment of disabled veterans,” Mr. Lawson says. “For the next forty years, I became more and more involved in such matters and took on a more active role in dealing with those issues.”

As a U.S. Army veteran who served as an infantry officer in a combat unit during Vietnam, issues affecting military veterans are especially meaningful to Mr. Lawson. “I am honored to be a part of the HHV tradition of service and benefits to those Americans who put their private interests aside to serve in maintenance and defense of the United States,” he says.

Mr. Lawson is a graduate of Syracuse University, and earned a Masters of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. He received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics, and other distinguished awards.

He and his wife, Susan, a lawyer specializing in labor law, are the parents of three adult children. They reside in Walpole, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. Mr. Lawson has an avid interest in American History, caring for pet Labrador Retrievers, and enjoying the couple’s summer home on Cape Cod.

Ms. Nora Egan – Director
An Independent Voting Member

Nora Egan is a longtime advocate for United States veterans. In her distinguished career, she served in numerous, diverse senior management and executive positions with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This includes more than 30 years in human resources management, program and policy development, strategic planning, and policy and program oversight.

Appointed to the Board of Directors of Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) in October 2013, Ms. Egan is enthusiastic about the opportunities for veterans. “I was familiar with HHV’s craft kit program and national rehabilitation event sponsorships for many years,” Ms. Egan says. “Being on the Board allows me to personally serve America’s veterans once again, and make sure they maintain self-confidence and dignity as they recover from both physical and emotional disabilities. That is such an important mission – for HHV and also for me.”

Ms. Egan is currently a senior strategist for Duty First Consulting, a service disabled veteran-owned small business, providing information technology and management consulting services primarily to the federal government. Her VA career includes positions as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning; and other senior level positions.

She received her undergraduate degree at Manhattanville College, and furthered her education at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University’s Senior Management Program. She also completed the Leadership VA Program, an education and development initiative for senior VA leaders. Ms. Egan is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, and the Leadership VA Honorary Leadership and Legacy Awards.

A native of Schenectady, N.Y., Ms. Egan now resides in Arlington, Va. She volunteers for Wisdom Works, the Board of the Arlington County Office of Senior Adult Programs, as well as the Arlington County Food Pantry. In her free time, she also enjoys traveling, reading, needlepoint, crossword puzzles and spending time with family.

Dr. Keith Stuessi – Director
An Independent Voting Member

Keith Stuessi-Leadership-PageStuessi, a career naval physician, is an expert in traumatic brain injury and currently works with the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Stuessi began his naval career as a doctor of family medicine at Naval Hospital Keflavik and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. After a successful tour at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, he returned to Camp Pendleton to become the director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship. After a deployment in Afghanistan where he set up the DoD’s first in-theater Concussion Clinic, Stuessi returned to Camp Pendleton where he served as the primary care manager for the Wounded Warrior Battalion West. He finished his 23-year Naval career as the medical director of the Concussion Care Clinic at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Appointed to the Board of Directors in April 2016, Keith is a pioneer in the traumatic brain injury field, one of the areas of focus for HHV’s craft therapy. His expertise in treating veterans will be extremely valuable as HHV moves forward with its mission.

During his final tour as director of the Concussion Care Clinic, Dr. Stuessi worked with HHV to bring craft kits to active duty personnel who were struggling with post-concussive syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. “I am honored to become a member of the HHV board of directors and help veterans who are struggling and ultimately give back to our military community,” said Stuessi.

Mr. Clint Pearman – Secretary
An Independent Voting Member

Pearman.Clint-Leadership-PageClinton D. Pearman is a Provisional Certified Brain Injury Specialist and the Regional Education Coordinator for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center. He provides regional education and training for the Department of Defense and VA medical and health support personnel, military leadership, service members, veterans, family members and the community on the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries. He is a student-centered, determined and proactive educator with more than 20 years experience in various educational fields. He was appointed to the Board of Directors for Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) in February 2015.

Pearman has educational experience in government, non-profit and academic settings, as well as private practice. Areas of expertise include strategic planning and analysis, curriculum development, student mentoring and coaching, military leadership, research evaluation, brain injury education and training, and others.

In addition to his current role, Pearman is the Executive Director and Founder of ABC Wellness Zone, providing leadership to a nationwide network of health and wellness coaches, nutrition clubs, and health and wellness offices.

Pearman holds undergraduate degrees in micro-computer technology and health and wellness, and a Master’s degree in psychology. He is currently a doctoral candidate in health psychology at Walden University.

A military veteran with more than 30 years with the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as Director of the Non Commissioned Officers Leadership Course, the Nuclear Biological and Chemical Defense School, President of the Headquarters Marine Force Reserve Senior Enlisted Association, Chief Drill Instructor, and Operations Chief under many commands. He was a recognized and trusted mentor and advisor for numerous commanders and leaders throughout the Marine Corps.

“I am proud to serve on HHV’s Board of Directors,” Pearman said. “I can think of no greater service than that which benefits our nation’s veterans. They are America’s true heroes.”

Born and raised in New York, Pearman now resides in Hemet, California with his granddaughter. He keeps busy with friends and family activities in his spare time.

Joseph S. McClain – Chief Executive Officer

On September 3, 2015 Joseph S. (Joe) McClain became HHV’s new Chief Executive Officer.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy with nearly thirty years of service, McClain has experience leading large, complex, multi-national and diverse organizations. He is a results-oriented strategic leader with a passion for service.

The son of a career U.S. Army veteran, Mr. McClain is a United States Naval Academy graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering. He holds a Master of Arts in History from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in National and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

In the military, McClain served in a variety of operational command and staff positions, including numerous overseas deployments flying the carrier-based S-3B Viking aircraft. He served as Director, Congressional Liaison for the U. S. House of Representatives for the Secretary of the Navy. In this role, he was responsible for developing and implementing the Navy’s legislative strategy. He also served as Commodore of Sea Control Wing Atlantic, leading approximately 1300 personnel in seven squadrons with 60 combat aircraft. He has held leadership positions as a commander, mentor and manager in various units including leading the “Blue Wolves” of Sea Control Squadron 35 (VS-35) as Commanding Officer.

After retiring from the military, McClain served as President of the Beer Institute in Washington, D.C. As a national advocate for the brewing industry, Mr. McClain represented America’s brewers and beer importers. He also served as a strategic advisor for a bi-partisan consulting group and is a National Director for the Navy League.

McClain is passionate about the veteran and military communities. A third generation service member, he knows the struggles and challenges veterans and their families face, and he is committed to improving their care and quality of life.

“I am fully committed to serving my fellow veterans and making a positive impact in their lives,” said McClain. “I am extremely proud to lead this great organization into the future. It is my intent to help bring about changes that will allow us to meet our goals in a strategic, meaningful way, and continue to enrich the lives of those we serve.”

A native of Omaha, Nebraska, McClain lives in San Diego, California with his wife Deanna. They have three children; their oldest is on active duty with the U.S. Navy. In his spare time, McClain enjoys surfing, martial arts and guitar.


Other Key Staff

J. Michael Fisher
Vice President of Development

Chip Purkey
Director of Production and Warehouse Management

Wende Caha
Director of Administration

Marcie Clark
National Advisor, Craft Care Specialists

Tracey Bridges
Manager, External Affairs

Chrissy Sarvela
Patient Home Rehabilitation Program

Jennifer Stern
Donor Relations

Frank Cimorelli
National Public Relations and Special Events

Contact Phone: (951) 926-4500

Contact Email: info@hhv.org

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