Nancy is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel. Highlights of her military career included assignments to the 97th General Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany as Company Commander; Academy Brigade, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, as Battalion Commander; MILPERCEN, Alexandria, VA; Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel, Pentagon; and the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. While in the Army, she obtained her Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas and her EDS from The College of William and Mary in Education/Counseling. After retiring from the Army and moving to San Antonio, Texas, Nancy became an activist in the LGBT community. She served as National President of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Veterans Of American, later to be known a American Veterans for Equal Rights. She attended the founding convention of Stonewall Democrats and went on to be the principal founder of the San Antonio Chapter and also served a term on the National Stonewall Democrats Board of Directors. She was twice an openly gay delegate from Texas to the Democratic National Convention, and once as a member of the Credentials Committee. Nancy was a Precinct chair for 15 years and served on the Texas Democratic Executive for five years. Over the years she has Marched on Washington, marched in the 25th Anniversary Stonewall Parade in New York City and lobbied Congress on behalf of repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell since before its inception, including testifying in 1994 before a House Armed Services Subcommittee against the policy.
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Jim Darby, Secretary, served in the United States Navy from 1952 to
1956. As a Communications Technician Second Class he held a top secret
security clearance as a cryptographer and Russian linguist. After Great Lakes,
Bainbridge Island, WA and Washington, DC, he was sent off to French Morocco and
Germany, also serving time on the U.S.S. Midway, the U.S.S. Bennington, and the
U.S.S. Des Moines. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the
Naval Occupation Service Medal. After receiving an Honorable Discharge upon the
completion of his military service, he became a Public High School Foreign
Language Teacher of Spanish, French and English. In 1985, he was honored as The
Outstanding Teacher of the Year. He was inducted into Chicago's Gay &
Lesbian Hall of Fame in 1997, for his work with LGBT veterans. Jim has served
GLBVA/AVER in many capacities at the local and National levels. At the National
level he has been Regional Vice-President for Region III, Secretary, Vice
President and President. He was the Editor of The Forward Observer from 1995 to
2004, and has recently accepted that position again. Jim has been a member of
GLBVA/AVER since 1991. He resides in Chicago with Patrick Bova, his partner of
49 years. Together they have attended every Convention and Conference since
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