Officers of the Chapter
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Junior Ortiz '81
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. His twenty-seven year career in the Marines includes 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.
He is presently a Research Professor of Leadership at the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership, Lyle School of Engineering at Southern Methodist University, he conducts leadership workshops to help students focus on personal leadership and management of human talent while developing strategic plans used to recruit, hire, and work with diverse populations.
Clif Colbert '09
Clif Colbert represents the class of 2009 and the 6th company Jackalopes. He served six and half years of active duty as a Surface Warfare Officer with multiple deployments across Africa and Europe. He transitioned to the Naval Reserve and civilian employment where he splits his time between J.P. Morgan and the Defense Innovation Unit. He lives in Las Colinas with his wife Mattie who is due in early 2020 with their first child.
Matthew Graham '10
VP of Membership
Matt is a graduate of the Class of 2010. He commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer, specialized within Search and Rescue and lateral transferred to Naval Special Warfare with two deployments to the Middle East. He is a Blue and Gold Officer and board member of the Folds of Honor.
Carrie Murdock '99
Carrie graduated in 1999 with a degree in Oceanography. She selected Marine Ground and served as an Adjutant. After leaving the Corps, she completed an MBA from the University of Hawaii, focusing on International Business, and was an exchange student at the University of Business and Economics in Beijing. After working at both Bayer AG and Procter & Gamble, she returned to law school at Texas A&M University School of Law. She graduated in 2016 and currently practices contract law and advocates for children with learning disabilities.
Ben grew up in the Dallas suburb of Coppell, Texas, and entered the Naval Academy through NAPS. While at the Naval Academy he was on the Varsity Football Team for two years and a member of the 16th Company Centurions (the Color Company). After graduation in 2004, Ben was commissioned a Marine Corps Infantry officer, serving multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After his service, Ben received his MBA from SMU’s Cox School of Business in 2016 and now works in finance on M&A transactions. In his spare time, he is a CASA Advocate for abused and neglected children, mentors SMU MBA students, and sits on the Board of Directors for Light Up to Live Foundation, a non-profit benefiting military veterans suffering from PTS, TBI and depression.
Greg Colandrea '90
Chapter Trustee / Past President
After graduating in 1990, Greg went through nuclear power training, and became a surface nuke aboard the USS ARKANSAS (CGN-41) in Alameda and Bremerton, completing WESTPAC deployments to the Persian Gulf. He has been involved with the Chapter since 2009, service first as Treasurer and then as Chapter President. He is now the Chapter Trustee to the national Alumni Association Board, serving as the Vice Chair of the Governance Committee as well as on the Joint Finance and Audit Committee.
Wes Caywood '91
Mark has been active in the North Texas Chapter since 1986. At Navy, he was Captain of the Navy Gymnastics team and majored in Ocean Engineering. He served in the Navy as a Special Duty Officer for Cryptology in the Naval Security Group where he led Special Operations teams of Navy and Marine Corps personnel that specialized in complex intelligence collection techniques. After the Navy, he earned an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and has run a number of technology companies.
Matthew Elias '78
Director / Past President
Since January 2007 Matthew has served as a Regional Director for a nationwide, non-partisan think tank addressing national security issues with private sector thinking. Matthew has been active in the Chapter since moving to Dallas in 1995, he served six years as a Trustee for the Alumni Association and chaired the Governance Committee and served on the Executive Committee from 2014 - 2017. He served as Chapter President from 2010 to 2016 and Secretary from 2001 to 2010. Matthew retired after a 21-year Naval Aviation career and while in the Navy earned a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F Kennedy School of Government. At Navy, he played soccer and was a chemistry major.