Richard E. Marbes*
Green Bay, WI
J. Marc Burgess
Cold Spring, KY
David L. Tannenbaum
Moses A. McIntosh, Jr.
Nancy G. Espinosa
Denice T. Williams
*One of the disability movement’s most articulate leaders,
Richard E. Marbes lost his right leg in military service. The Green Bay, Wis., resident
enlisted in the Air Force in 1955. As an airborne radio operator, he was assigned
to the Mutual Defense Assistance Program in Germany. Little did he realize he’d
be training former World War II German servicemen who already knew more about Morse
Code and communications than he imagined. Next, Mr. Marbes was assigned to medical
evacuation and troop carrier squadrons in France and Germany. Ironically, he himself
was med-evaced back to the States following an injury resulting in amputation of
his leg. In 1987, Mr. Marbes decided to devote his career to assisting fellow disabled
veterans. In 1993, he was elected to serve as National Commander of the million-member
Disabled American Veterans. In addition, he was appointed to the Wisconsin State
Board of Veterans Affairs. His volunteer role as Chair of the DAV Charitable Service
Trust continues his drive to assist fellow disabled veterans and their families.
Bridgette G. Shaffer
Administrator, DAV Charitable Service Trust
Bridgette Shaffer was named Manager of Trust and Foundation Administration in 2012
and promoted to Administrator in 2015. In this position, she oversees the day-to-day
operations of the DAV National Service Foundation (NSF), the DAV Charitable Service
Trust (CST) and the Disabled Veterans Life Memorial Foundation (DVLMF), three independent
nonprofit organizations with combined assets of roughly $150 million. These organizations
have a long and close association with DAV and serve many valuable functions. NSF
supports DAV in the local, state, and national capacity through financial assistance
to the DAV National Service Program, the Transportation Network, and Departments
and Chapters, as needed. CST supports a variety of charitable programs benefiting
ill and injured veterans throughout the country. DVLMF is charged with the responsibility
of promoting the American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial, located within eyesight
of the U.S. Capitol Building, for the purpose of educating the public on the sacrifices
and needs of disabled veterans.
Ms. Shaffer began her DAV career in 2001, shortly after graduation from high school.
Initially assigned as a Donor Relations Correspondent, she was promoted to the DAV
executive offices in 2006, where she provided direct support to both the Comptroller
and the General Counsel.
In 2010, Ms. Shaffer was promoted to the newly-created position of Legal and Regulatory
Affairs Coordinator. In that capacity, reporting to the General Counsel, her duties
were wide-ranging and involved a broad range of issues, including fundraising compliance,
litigation management and basic legal research.
She also played a major role in the creation and implementation of new procedures
for managing contracts and tracking bequests. Working with the National Service
Department and the General Counsel, she helped to structure DAV's expanded program
of representation of veterans at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans
As Trust and Foundation Administrator, Ms. Shaffer has played a key role in several
initiatives involving DAV, NSF, CST and DVLMF. During her tenure, DAV and CST created
a unique partnership with the Veterans Legal Clinic at Harvard Law School; NSF funded
a groundbreaking training/resource program for DAV NSOs; and DVLMF inaugurated an
innovative web-based “virtual visit” to the Memorial. In recognition of her position,
Ms. Shaffer was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Military Families and
Veterans Service Organizations of America (MFVSOA), which is a federation of America’s
finest national organizations working to ensure veterans and their families are
not forgotten in their service and sacrifice.
Ms. Shaffer is a native of Kentucky and is a member of DAV Auxiliary Unit 19 in
Cold Spring, Ky.