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Chapter Officer Election Timeline

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Fellow Alumni,

In accordance with Chapter Bylaws, http://www.usnaaa-ntx.com/bylaws.html, bi-annual elections will be held for all five officer position and one Chapter at-large Board Member this fall.  Voting will be done electronically according to the schedule below. All candidates have shared a bio below.

Please note that only Alumni members of the Chapter are eligible to vote.  Our electronic ballot will be sent to Alumni members in good standing only, according to the schedule below. If you are not a member or your membership has lapsed, please bring your membership current through this link, before the electronic election begins on Nov 4. http://www.usnaaa-ntx.com/memsub.html

We are electing the following positions:

  • President
  • Vice President of Programs
  • Vice President of Membership
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • At-large General Director (Board Member)

Names submitted for consideration (bios are included below):

  • President - Junior Ortiz, '81
  • VP of Programs - Lori Buresh ’00
  • VP of Membership – Kevin Snodgrass, ‘07
  • Secretary - Carrie Murdock, ‘ 99 (incumbent)
  • Treasurer - Russ Coolman, '91 (incumbent)
  • At-large Board Member – Mark Lambright, '75

The timeline for the elections is:


  • October 14         Begin accepting nominee names - COMPLETE
  • October 30         End nominations - COMPLETE
  • November 4       Publish slate of Nominees
  • November 4       Online voting begins   
  • November 12     Online voting ends
  • November 14     Winners announced online and at the monthly alumni luncheon
Thank you for your interest in the chapter and for taking part in this imprtant process,

Carrie Murdock
Secretary, USNA Alumni Association of North Texas

Biographies of the Candidates submitted


President:  Ismael Ortiz, Jr. (“Junior”), USNA 1981 (Currently serving as VP of Programs)


Mr. Junior Ortiz is a retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Marines and the former Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Veterans Employment. His professional career spans over 30 years of working in government, corporate and the nonprofit sector.


Mr. Ortiz served as an enlisted man before being accepted to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marines. His twenty-seven year career in the Marines encompassed many diverse assignments that ranged from Administration, Communication, Law Enforcement, Counter-drug Operations, Recruiting, Marketing and Advertising for the Marine Corps to professor and coach at the Naval Academy.


As the Principal advisor to the Secretary of Labor, Mr. Ortiz designed and implemented all policies and procedures for Veterans employment, training, and transition assistance.


He was responsible for the coordination, implementation, and oversight of all employment and training programs for Veterans.


Today he works to assists leaders, businesses, and families with problem solving and managing risks. Additionally he helps organizations to evaluate and implement alternative solutions that help organizations build a cultural base for transitioning veterans into the private sector


He has a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Latin American studies from the U.S. Naval Academy.


VP Of Membership: Kevin Snodgrass, USNA 2007

Kevin Snodgrass, '07 works in B2B technology sales for Cima Solutions Group in Dallas/ Ft Worth. A drilling reservist, Kevin is a LCDR in Carrier Strike Group 5 - NAS JRB Ft Worth.

After serving 6 ½ years on active duty aboard various US Navy warships, Kevin joined DeGolyer and MacNaughton in 2013. At D&M, Kevin served as an economic analyst, appraising oil fields and reservoirs all across the globe.

Kevin and his wife Amanda have been married for 10 years and currently live in Flower Mound, Texas with their two young sons and a little girl to be born in March.


VP of Programs: Lori Buresh, USNA 2000 (Currently serving as VP of Membership)

A graduate of the Class of 2000, I was honored to be asked to fill in the position of VP of Membership when Eric Biggers moved. I've been an officer in the CHapter for more than 3 years, as webmaster and VP of Membership. Within that time I established the Chapter Facebook page and helped to host a Fort Worth area happy hour and Chapter luncheon. I'd like to continue to serve the Chapter as our VP of Programs. 


Treasurer: Russ Coolman, USNA 1991 (Currently serving as Treasurer)

CAPT Russell J. Coolman grew up in Charlevoix, Michigan and is a 1991 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Physics / Oceanography.  He remains active in the Navy reserve, and recently completed an active duty assignment in Washington DC as Deputy  Director, FMO02 Accounting and Financial Reporting. Previous to that he was Commanding Officer, Coastal Riverine Squadron 10 out of Jacksonville, FL.


In his civilian career Russ Coolman works with Spectrum Financial Group, in addition to several Veterans Support Organizations and Non-Profits.  He has recently launched a consulting / education firm, We Six See, LLC focused on increasing awareness of Veteran PTS and TBI challenges with First Responders and Businesses.


He has extensive background and experience with sales and program management in the telecommunications, optical networks, and Information Technology sectors and has partnered with companies such as Nortel, CSS Corp, Ciena, Charter, Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast. 


Russ Coolman resides in Frisco, TX and is married to Kathleen Coolman for over 20 years. They have 2 teenagers, Kate (18) and Brian (17), two family pets (Golden Retriever – Molly & Australian Labradoodle – Moka), and have just started raising a service puppy for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI.org) – Lab / Golden Cross – Alabama


Secretary:  Carrie (Busch) Murdock ‘99 (Currently serving as Secretary)

As member of the Class of 1999, I was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S.M.C.  After serving for several years as an Adjutant in VA, NC, and HI, I earned my M.B.A. from the University of Hawaii, including studying in China, I went to work for Bayer Healthcare and Procter & Gamble.  I am a 2016 graduate of Texas A&M University School of Law and currently work as Associate General Counsel for Garfield Public Private.  I am  running for another term as Secretary of the North Texas Chapter, where I help arrange functions, handle our communication in Shipmate and through the Chapter, and ensure we are in compliance with our Bylaws.  I am married to John and an active mother of 3.  I look forward to serving again as Secretary for another term.


At-large General Director (4 year term): J. Mark Lambright, USNA 1975

Mark, Chairman and Founder of Trident Cyber Advisors, LLC has been the senior leader in a number of healthcare and technology companies ranging in size from startup to multi-billion in revenue. His management, technical and business experience gives him a unique understanding of cyber risk and how it must be balanced with other business and corporate governance requirements.

Prior to Trident Cyber Advisors, Mark was the CEO of HealthPoints, Inc., a technology driven population health company. He was also previously CIO and Senior Vice President of the nation’s largest Care Management organization at UnitedHealth Group (UHG). Prior to joining UHG, Mr. Lambright had been the CEO of a number of successful technology companies including Lucid Corporation; winner of the PC Magazine’s Award for Technical Excellence and one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in the 1990’s.

Mark served as a Lieutenant, Special Duty Officer for Cryptology in the US Navy. In that role within the Naval Security Group, he led Special Operations teams of Navy and Marine Corps personnel that specialized in complex intelligence collection techniques. He received commendations from the White House, Joint Chiefs of Staff, CIA, NSA, and several fleet commanders. Additionally, he and his team were nominated by the US Navy for NSA’s prestigious Travis Trophy; an award given to the most impactful nationalintelligence operation of the year.

Mark earned a BS in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy where he was also Captain of the Gymnastics team. He also earned an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Mark is a lifetime member of the USNA Alumni Association. 

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