Officers & Board of Directors


Arthur H. Wilson*

Venice, FL

Vice President

J. Marc Burgess

Cold Spring, KY


Alan W. Bowers

Royalston, MA


Dennis R. Nixon

China Spring, TX


Joseph W. Johnston

Winter Haven, FL


Daniel Contreras

Sherman Oaks, CA


Lisa M. Kirk

Stuart, FL

Ex-Officio Member

Delphine Metcalf-Foster

Vallejo, CA

Arthur H. Wilson Image*Arthur H. Wilson, a service-connected Vietnam veteran who served in the U.S. Air Force, was elected President of DAV’s National Service Foundation in August 2013.

The National Service Foundation helps provide lasting income to fund DAV programs and services. Gifts to the Foundation are used in support of the goals and mission of the 1.2 million-member DAV, including providing support to the National Service Program and other service initiatives for America’s injured and ill veterans and their families. As Board President, Mr. Wilson will guide Foundation efforts to ensure veterans and their families receive DAV services as long as they are needed. He is also closely involved in the oversight of The Columbia Trust, a restricted trust fund within the Foundation which provides grants to support a variety of service programs.

Mr. Wilson's DAV career began in 1966 as a National Service Officer (NSO) trainee in Atlanta, followed by assignments in Buffalo and Philadelphia, and later in supervisory positions at DAV National Service Offices in Syracuse, New Orleans and Boston. He became supervisor of DAV's National Appeals Office at the Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Veterans’ Appeals in Washington, D.C, in 1974. He also served as President of the National Guild of Attorneys-in-Fact in 1973-74. He served 12 years as DAV National Service Director in Washington, DC beginning in 1981 and then served as Executive Director of DAV Washington Headquarters, guiding the organization's National Service, Legislative, Employment and Voluntary Services Programs. In 1994 he was appointed as DAV’s National Adjutant/Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until his retirement on June 1, 2013.

A highly respected leader in the veterans’ community, Mr. Wilson's expertise was sought at many levels by numerous organizations. In addition to serving as President of the Foundation he is also President of the Disabled Veterans' LIFE Memorial Foundation, working to erect the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial in Washington, D.C., and a member of the Intrepid Museum Foundation Advisory Council of the USS Intrepid Museum Foundation in New York.

A graduate of Lynn Classical High School in Lynn, Mass., Mr. Wilson attended Burdette College in Lynn until enlisting in the U.S. Air Force in September 1962. He served as a runway construction specialist in Vietnam, the Philippine Islands, Thailand and Taiwan from 1964 to 1966. Shortly after his discharge, he was admitted to a VA medical center for major surgery.

Mr. Wilson, a native of Nahant, Mass., has been active in a number of DAV Chapters and Departments, and holds membership in several other military and veterans organizations. He and his wife, the former Mary Robinson also of Nahant, have four children and five grandchildren.


Bridgette G. Sorrell
Administrator, DAV National Service Foundation

Bridgette Sorrell 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. Sorrell 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. Sorrell 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 Claims.

As Trust and Foundation Administrator, Ms. Sorrell 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. Sorrell 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. Sorrell is a native of Kentucky and is a member of DAV Auxiliary Unit 19 in Cold Spring, Ky.

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