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Dr. Gary Parks Dr. Gary G. Parks
President / C.E.O.

Born in Thayer, Missouri on January 21, 1944, Dr. Gary Parks has a long and distinguished career starting with serving from 1961 to 1969 in the U.S. Coast Guard serving search and rescue function. Following college Dr. Parks entered the field of law enforcement retiring in 1986 from the San Diego Harbor Police. Following his retirement Dr. Parks went back school to finish his education. The last ten years he has been working and teaching with emphasis in Knowledge Management, Information Systems, and serves as the Coordinator of Internships for the National University School of Business and Management. Dr. Parks holds an Ed.D. from Alliant International University (Technology and Learning), a Masters degree from United States International University, and two Bachelor degrees in Information Systems and Public Administration. In addition, Dr. Parks holds a State of California Life Teaching Credential. Before coming to National University Dr. Parks served as M.I.S. Director serving the Naval Laboratories at N.O.S.C. Point Loma, Project Manager for an international company, and taught at several other colleges. Dr. Parks is a member of the American Information Society, American Educational Research Association, and a member of the Pi Lambda Theta (National Education Honor Society). His many civic activities include currently serving on two Non-Profit 501(C)3 corporations including Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Veterans Museum & Memorial Center and President and CEO of the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery Support Foundation.


 

Richard Sells Richard T. Sells
Secretary / Chief Financial Officer

Graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, MO in 1961. Served U.S. Army, Armor Corps 1962 - 1969, Captain USAR. California CPA working for Arthur Anderson & Co. Thirty three years in the Cemetery Industry. Retired from Service Corporation International, (SCI), the world's largest owner of funeral homes and cemeteries, having served as a Sr. VP for Domestic and International sales and President of the Western States operations. Devised and constructed the travelling replica Vietnam Memorial Wall and introduced the Homeless Veterans Burial program for San Diego County. Served as President of the 6,000 member International Cemetery and Funeral Association trade association.


 

 

JeriAnn Lewis JeriAnn Lewis
Board Member

JeriAnn graduated from San Marcos State University with a BS degree in Business Administration Majoring in Management. She served with the Unites States Marine Corps from 1977-1981 at the Fleet Marine Force Atlantic Headquarters, Norfolk Va. and Headquarters Battalion Okinawa, Japan. Since July of 2010 she has been employed by Greenwood Memorial Park and Mortuary of San Diego where she oversees operations for Combination Cemetery Mortuary with each facility. Her areas of direct management include Accounting, Administration and Records, as well as Sales, Ground Management and Funeral Home operations for Greenwood and a Crematory, Preparation and Care Center and Flower Shop that service an additional Cemetery and Eight Funeral Homes. In addition to this wealth of firsthand knowledge and experience she brings to the Fort Rosecrans & Miramar National Cemetery Support Foundation, her previous employment in areas of management are equally impressive.


 

Dennis A. Schoville Dennis A. Schoville
Board Member

A native of Richland Center, Wis., Schoville joined the Army after graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and trained as a helicopter pilot. While serving in Vietnam, he was awarded two Silver Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts, along with several other Air Medals and service awards. Following his medical retirement from active duty at the rank of captain, Schoville earned a law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1973, and a master's degree in law at Northwestern University in 1974. For the next 23 years, Schoville was an associate and then partner at San Diego's biggest law firm, Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye, and later with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich. He established the firm of Schoville & Arnell, LLP in 1997 which obtained record setting verdicts. His primary areas of practice currently focus on personal injury, product liability, and insurance law. Schoville is a Life Member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilot's Association, and is past national general counsel, secretary and board member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society. He currently is a director of the San Diego Veterans' Museum and Memorial Center where he chairs the Combat/Military Nurse Support Project.


 

Col. Galen Seal Col. Galen Seal, USAF (ret.)
Board Member

Born in Topeka, Kansas in 1932. Attended Washburn University from 1950 to1953. Transferred to University of Colorado where I graduated with a BS in Business/Marketing and a commission in the USAF. Attended flight school and received my wings in 1955 and was assigned to Ashiya AFB, Japan where I served as a troop carrier pilot until 1957. I continued serving in the USAFR for a total of 23 years of service, retiring as a Colonel. I received a Masters degree in Speech Communications (MS) from the University of Denver. I have owned and operated several businesses, including office furniture, office supplies and commercial printing. I am married to Segried Seal and we have five children, ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. I have held offices in the Rotary Club (vice president) the Printing Industry Association (board member), Contract Furnishing Council (president) and presently serve on the boards of the Veterans Museum and Memorial Center and the Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery at Miramar Support Foundation.


 

Jeff Simonides,
Board Member

Born and raised in San Diego. He graduated from Herbert Hoover high school in 1976 and attended Miramar College, San Diego City College and National University studying fire science and criminal justice. He is a former fire chief where he earned several life saving citations. For the past twelve years he has owned and operated his own electrical contracting business. Jeff has been a certified mediator for fourteen years and has served with Restorative Justice Program and San Diego Legal Aid where he also works on conflict resolution within the juvenile justice system both criminal & civil. Jeff is also a certified firearms instructor and coordinates a program that helps rehabilitate within the Wounded Warriors program. He volunteers with the following Organizations: USO, Warrior Foundation, Wounded Warrior foundation, Southern California Hunter Education Association, San Diego Legal Aid, Armed Services YMCA. He has served with the Fort Rosecrans Memorial Day Committee for more than twenty years and has held the position of committee chairman for the past four years and was just re-elected for three more years. Jeff is committed to serving the military veterans in any way he can and will continue to educate the youth throughout our community about our Veterans here in San Diego.