Class of 2012-2016

Class of 2012

Mike Kovach–  Mike Kovach graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College in 1970 and earned his Master’s Degree from Kent State University in 1974.  He began his teaching and coaching career in 1970 at West Branch Junior High.  He served as Athletic Director at West Branch from 1988-2008.  At West Branch, Mike has coached football, started the junior high wrestling program, served as head wrestling coach, and as head baseball coach.  Mike was inducted into the Bedford High School Hall of Fame in 2006.  He received the State Award of Merit in 2004 and the Sportsmanship Award in 2003.  In his time as athletic director, Mike coordinated the addition of several sports.  These included: junior high golf, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and cross country.  He also oversaw the expansion of the West Branch athletic facilities with the addition of a varsity soccer field, baseball and softball fields, the new high school field house, and the all weather track.  Mike Kovach spent his entire career at West Branch, retiring in 2008.  He says that is was a great honor to work with so many talented students and so many great colleagues.  Mike and his wife, Helen, also a former West Branch teacher, currently live in Florida.

Larry and Joanne Miller, Class of 1967 &1969–  are both graduates of West Branch High School.  Since they graduated, Larry and Joanne have been active participants in the life of West Branch Local Schools.  They currently serve on the West Branch Alumni Executive Committee and give countless hours of service behind the scenes to such events as the Hall of Fame activities, Alumni Scholarship Committee, and the New Alumni Holiday Event.  Their two daughters, Heather and Jennifer, are also graduates of West Branch.  Larry and Joanne are also active in the Salem VFW, the Salem UTC, and the Goshen Ruritan Club.  Larry is a veteran of the US Army, having served in Vietnam.  He and Joanne were long time owners of the Quaker City IGA and always gave faithfully and graciously back to the West Branch community.  They are being honored tonight for over 40 years of continued service to West Branch.

Lisa Dennis, Class of 1985–  graduated from West Branch High School and continued her education at Walsh University, graduating in 1990.  At West Branch, Lisa earned eleven varsity letters (4 in basketball and track and 3 in volleyball).  During her basketball career she was an outstanding player, amassing 1100 career points.  She continued her basketball career at Walsh University where she was named an Academic All American.  Lisa is an operations supervisor with the Social Security Administration and has worked for the Federal Government since 1991.

Andy Lamancusa, Class of 2006–  Andy graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2010.  At West Branch, Andy was a two time state placer in wrestling.  He holds the school record for takedowns in a season and career and has an overall high school record of 124-16.  While at Mercyhurst, Andy was a three time All-American and a three time Academic All-American with a  college record of 119-45.  He holds records for career wins (119) and wins in a season (37) as well as the season takedown record.  In 2010, he was named Male Student Athlete of the Year at Mercyhurst.  Andy is currently an intervention specialist and wrestling coach at West Branch Middle School.

Nathan Sharp, Class of 2007–  Nathan is a 2011 graduate of Mercyhurst College.  At West Branch, Nathan was an outstanding football player and wrestler.  He was named first team NBC, first team All-District, and Special Mention All-Ohio.  He was also named a North South All Star and played in the North South All Star Football Game his senior year.  As a high school wrestler, he was a four time state qualifier, three time state finalist, and West Branch’s only two time State Champion.  Among his wrestling records are: 30 pins in one season, 93 career pins, 43 wins in one season, and a career total of 145 wins.  Nathan currently works for Hippley Excavating.

Class of 2013

Chuck Campbell–  taught social studies and coached at West Branch High School for 30 years until his retirement in 2005.  He served as a coach in the boys basketball program for 13 years before taking over as head coach of the Lady Warriors.  As head coach of the Lady Warriors, he amassed 301 wins and 87 losses.  He led the Lady Warriors to the State Final Four in 1997 and in 2004 his Lady Warrior team won the State Championship.  His teams were NBC Champions 10 out of 16 years, with seven NBC Championships in a row.  Coach Campbell was named NBC Coach of the Year 11 times and Division II Coach of the Year two times.  In addition to his many accomplishments in basketball, Chuck Campbell is also proud to have served as the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Advisor, and the sophomore and junior class advisor, where he helped plan and coordinate 25 junior/senior proms. Chuck Campbell and his wife Terri have three children:  Stacey Bell, Chad Campbell, and Courtney Campbell….all West Branch graduates.

Len and Lynda Slack–  The Slacks both graduated from Mount Union College in 1969 and began teaching at West Branch during the 1969-1970 School Year.  Len Slack taught science and Lynda Slack taught art.  The Slacks spent their entire professional careers at West Branch and have impacted the lives of thousands of students.  As a teacher, Len Slack also coached wrestling and served as the director of sectional wrestling and baseball tournaments.  In 1980, he became assistant principal at West Branch High School and began a long, distinguished career as an administrator at West Branch.  From 1987-1992, he served as principal of West Branch High School.  From 1992-2003, Mr. Slack served as principal of Goshen Center High School and coordinated Title Services for the School District.  From 2003-2011, he served as administrative assistant for the district.  Mrs. Slack taught both elementary and junior high school art.  She was a cheerleader advisor, began the Student Council at the Middle School, and has helped build and paint countless sets for West Branch Stage Productions.  She was also a Golden Apple Award Recipient, a Kent State Jennings Scholar, and was one of the first West Branch Teachers to earn the distinction of being named a Master Teacher by the Ohio Department of Education.  Mrs. Slack drew the original pencil drawing of the Warrior Head Mascot that is still used today.  The Slacks are extremely active in the Community as volunteers with the Alliance Area Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the University of Mount Union Alumni Executive Committee, Alliance Kiwanis, and the Union Avenue Methodist Church.  The Slacks have two sons David and Mark and are enjoying their current role as grandparents.

Jennifer “Sis” Woods, Class of 1977–  At West Branch, she earned four varsity letters in basketball and one varsity letter in volleyball.  She was captain of both teams her senior year.  She graduated in 1981 from Mount Union College, where she earned a remarkable 10 varsity letters in volleyball, softball, and basketball.  She also served as team captain, was named MVP, and was inducted into the Mount Union Hall of Fame in 2005.  From 1974-2007, Sis Woods has distinguished herself  as a player on the softball field, playing for numerous softball teams through national Softball Organizations such as the NSA, ASA, and USSSA.  She has been named MVP numerous times and named First Team All American in 2006.  At West Branch, Sis Woods has been a physical education teacher and coach since 1984.  In her career at West Branch, Sis Woods has coached volleyball, basketball, track, and softball.  In 2002, she was honored for her 200th win as Girls’ Varsity Softball Coach.

Joe Meissner, Class of 1961–  He played on the school district’s first varsity football and basketball teams for legendary coach Ralph Zurbrugg.  Joe Meissner played football for all four years of high school at West Branch and earned the nickname of Mr. Touchdown, for his efforts on the gridiron. In the fall of 1960, Joe Meissner scored 88 points against opponents and played both fullback and linebacker for the Warriors.  With teammates Frank Daniels, Tom Baxter and Chuck Wilson, the “formidable foursome,” as they were known, compiled over 300 points against their opponents. For the past 50 years, Joe Meissner has run a successful business in the Cuyahoga Falls area as a dog groomer and boarder.  Joe Meissner is married to Linda Sanor Meissner and they have three children and five grandchildren.  Joe Meissner has been recognized for his volunteer efforts as a youth baseball coach for many years in his local community.  

Larry Romigh  is a long-time supporter of West Branch, having served on the West Branch School Board for 19 years.  A 1948 graduate of Louisville High School, Mr. Romigh and his wife Evelyn have seven children, all of whom graduated from West Branch and all of whom were inducted into the West Branch National Honor Society.  Two of their children, Terry and Pam, became teachers at West Branch.  Mr. Romigh began his volunteer career at West Branch in the 1960’s as president of the Knox Elementary PTO.  Over the years, Mr. Romigh has served on the committees for: the Heacock Stadium, the West Branch Community Auditorium, the Meiter Athletic Building, the West Branch Tennis Court, the West Branch Baseball Field, and the West Branch All-Weather Track.  He is a past member of the West Branch Athletic Boosters and the West Branch Choral Boosters.  And last August, he and two of his children, along with about a dozen volunteers, replaced and added the new boards that you see tonight on the visitors’ stands of the stadium.  

Class of 2014

Emilee (Zets) Campbell, Class of 2009–  She attended Ball State University on a cross country and track scholarship and graduated in 2013. At West Branch, Emilee was captain of the soccer, basketball and track teams.  She holds numerous school and NBC records in track and was part of the 2007 District Champion 4X4 relay team that won the region and was the State Runner Up team.  In 2008, she was District, Regional and State Champion in the 800 meter run.  In 2009, she again won Districts and Regionals in the 800 meter run and was State Runner Up.  Emilee was voted MVP of the NBC in track in 2008 and named to NBC First Team in basketball her senior year.  Emilee continued to distinguish herself at Ball State University in cross country and track, serving as captain of the cross country team her junior and senior years.  Last spring, Emilee returned to West Branch to assist with Girls Track.

Ben Swallow, Class of 1999–  is a 2003 graduate of Geneva College.  He is currently a Development Advisor with PNC Bank.  At West Branch Ben amassed an outstanding record as quarterback of the Warriors.  He was named first team NBC, NBC Player of the Year, Northeast Ohio Offensive Back of the year, AP First Team Ohio, AP Offensive Player of the Year, USA Today Honorable Mention and a Big 33 Game Participant.  Ben was a three year letterman in football and served as Captain his senior year.  His School Records include 26 pass completions in one game, 187 pass completions in a season, 342 yards in a game and 2835 yards in a season, and 5 touchdown passes in a single game.  Ben and his wife Renee are the proud parents of Blake.

Karen (Risbeck) Elsner, Class of 1965– is a 1988 graduate of Kent State University.  Karen served West Branch as district treasurer for 18 years from 1990 through 2008.  Karen is being honored tonight for her commitment to West Branch and the community.  During her time as treasurer, West Branch was transformed from a group of small, aging buildings into the magnificent facilities that you see today.  Her hard work and financial guidance set West Branch on a path of fiscal stability that will sustain the community for generations.  Karen is also active in her community through the Damascus Methodist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.  She served for several years on the Board of Kent State Salem and the Damascus Community Center Board.  Mrs. Elsner and husband Dick have two children, Meg and Jim.

Jeff Heacock, Class of 1972–  is a 1976 graduate of Muskingum College.  Tonight, Jeff joins his two brothers Jim and John and his father Clint as members of the West Branch Hall of Fame.  At West Branch, Jeff was quarterback of the varsity football team and was a three sport letterman in football, basketball, and track.  He was captain of the football and basketball teams where he received honors in all area, all district and all Ohio.  At Muskingum, Jeff served as captain of the football team, was named first team in the OAC for two years, MVP in the Ohio Athletic Conference, first team All-American, and was named Muskingum Outstanding Senior Athlete in 1976.  Jeff Heacock continued his studies at the University of Dayton where he earned a Master’s degree in Education Administration.  He returned to Muskingum where he served as head football coach for 26 years and athletic director for 7 years.  Jeff was named coach of the year for the OAC twice and was named to numerous NCAA Division Three Boards and Committees.  He currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Muskingum University.  Jeff and his wife Colleen have two children: Megan and Justin.

Sam Martig, Class of 1973–  During his high school career, Sam was an outstanding athlete, lettering in football for three years and wrestling for two.  While his athletic career is distinguished, we also honor Sam Martig tonight for a lifetime of service to the West Branch Community.  Sam Martig served for 20 years on the West Branch School Board, one of the longest serving school board members in the history of the District.  He was on the Board during the massive building projects from 2000-2004.  His support, guidance and expertise helped to secure new state-of-the art facilities for the West Branch District and establish a secure foundation to serve West Branch students for generations.  As Co-Owner of Martig Farms, Inc., Sam and his family have continued to support West Branch students through programs such as the Future Farmers of America, Booster organizations, and literally any project that will serve the students of this community.  Sam and his wife Debbie (Edie) Martig, also a West Branch graduate, are the proud parents of five West Branch alumni:  Kevin, Jeff, Roger, Matthew, and Adam.

Todd Muckleroy, Class of 1992–  is a 2000 graduate of The University of Akron and holds a Master’s degree from Walden University.  At West Branch, Todd was a three sport athlete in football, basketball, and baseball, earning eight varsity letters.  His love of teaching and coaching led him to a career as a high school social studies teacher and varsity basketball coach.  His coaching career began at Streetsboro, leading the team to a District Championship in 2009. He is currently head varsity basketball coach at Canfield High School.  During his career, Todd has been named Portage County Coach of the Year, Coach of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Akron, and Mahoning Valley Coach of the Year in 2012-13 and 2013-14.  He currently serves as an Executive Board member of the Mahoning Valley Coaches Association.  Todd and his wife Marci have three children:  Zane, Abby, and Cecilia.

Class of 2015

Ashley Armstrong, Class of 2004–  graduated from the University of Dayton in 2009 with her Master’s in Business Administration. Following graduation Ashley became a certified public accountant and worked for Ernst and Young, then became the Director of Basketball Operations at Rice University in Texas for two years. Currently, Ashley is a senior tax accountant at Dyer and Associates in Washington, DC. At West Branch, Ashley was a multi-year letter winner in volleyball, basketball, and track. In her three years at West Branch she was a part of the 2002 NBC Championship volleyball team, a 3 time NBC Champion in track, and a 3 time NBC Champion in basketball. She was a member of the 2003 State Champion 1600 meter relay team. In basketball, Ashley was a 2 time NBC and Northeast Inland District Player of the Year. She was a 3 time 1st team All-NBC recipient and was named to the State All Tournament Team in 2004 when the she and her teammates won the Division II State Championship. She currently holds records for points in a game and 3pt field goals made in a game; and she ranks 2nd in career assists and steals. Aside from athletics, Ashley was a 6 time NBC Scholar Athlete Award winner and a class valedictorian. At the University of Dayton, Ashley was a 4 year member of the women’s basketball team. She currently lives in Washington, DC and plans to be married in November.

Taylor Kring, Class of 2010–  She attended Hillsdale College on a track and field scholarship. She later transferred to the University of Mount Union where she is currently a student athlete. At West Branch, Taylor was a first team All-NBC, All-District, and All-County member of the soccer team. Taylor also was a West Branch standout on the track team. She was the 100 meter hurdle State Champion in 2007, part of the 4×400 relay team that earned a State Runner Up trophy in 2007, and the 300 meter hurdle State Runner Up in 2008. Throughout her high school career she earned 31 total OHSAA track medals. Taylor was named the Mahoning County Runner of the Year in 2010. Aside from her athletic accomplishments at West Branch, she was also the Salutatorian of her 2010 graduating class and a 4 time Academic All-Ohio honoree. After graduation Taylor attended Hillsdale College where she was the 2011 GLIAC Freshmen Athlete of the Year and placed 16th in the country in the 100 meter hurdles. She is a 3 time All-American and is currently the 100 meter hurdle record holder for the West Branch Middle School and High School, NBC, Division II Districts, Division II Mahoning County, Hillsdale College, and the University of Mount Union. Taylor will graduate from Mount Union in 2016 with a degree in biology and plans to attend medical school for ophthalmology.

Bob McCosky– is a 1964 graduate of Steubenville High School and a 1969 graduate of the University of Steubenville. Prior to his time at West Branch, Bob was an assistant coach where he was part of 2 State Championship teams. Employed by West Branch since 1972, Bob has worn a number of hats as a Warrior. For 24 years, Bob was our boys’ basketball coach. Throughout his career, he amassed 291 wins, leading three teams to the Regional Tournament, each time falling to the eventual state champion. He was a 3 time District Coach of the Year and a 2 time State Coach of the Year. Aside from coaching, Bob also taught Business and Driver’s Ed at the High School. He was the Dean of Students for a number of years and the Athletic Department Ticket Manager before taking over the Athletic Director’s position in 2012. Bob and his wife, Bonnie, are the proud parents of three daughters, Bobbi, Robyn, and Stacy, all of whom are West Branch graduates. They are even more proud to be grandparents to 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter.

Jay and Mona McNeely– Jay is a 1977 graduate of West Branch High School and has been involved in athletics throughout his life. He has coached youth basketball, soccer, football, slow pitch softball and hot stove baseball where he served as President of the league. Mona McNeely is a 1978 graduate of Sebring High School and a 1980 graduate of Stark State. Mona has served as the President and Secretary of the Goshen Center P.I.E, served on the West Branch Levy Committees and the Hall of Fame committee, and for the last 6 years has been involved in the Academic Recognition Banquet. Both Jay and Mona are members of Bunker Hill United Methodist Church where Mona serves as the Financial Secretary. Between the two of them, they have volunteered for over 35 years with the West Branch Booster Club. Jay has served as the Treasurer for many years while Mona has served as the Secretary and President during her time involved. Until recently, the McNeelys managed all concessions and were an integral part of the Booster’s Lisbon Fair food tent. For 20 years, Jay has volunteered at the Booster Club’s weekly Bingo which has helped raise thousands of dollars to support projects and programs for West Branch and their athletes including: funds for the first all weather track, the football stadium press box, lighting for the football and soccer fields, and the construction of the Meiter Athletic Building. Currently, Jay is a tool and die maker at Regal Metal Products while Mona is employed as an administrative assistant here at West Branch. Jay and Mona are the proud parents of 2 children, Stefanie and Steve, both West Branch graduates, and one granddaughter, Isabella. 

Katie Meissner–  moved to the West Branch Local School District in 1955 after graduating from Salem High School. Katie has been an active volunteer in the district for the past 45 years. She served as a teacher’s aide for 10 years at Damascus Elementary. Katie was also involved with the West Branch Band Boosters for a number of years. Katie has been volunteering with the West Branch Athletic Boosters for 30+ years. She worked the Athletic Booster’s Lisbon Fair concession tent for 10 years before taking over and managing that event for 13 more. Katie has been a Bingo caller every Thursday night for the past 20 years. For the last 22 years, Katie has also sold tickets at every football and boys’ basketball games, and has recently added volleyball games. She and her husband, John Meissner, are lifelong dairy farmers who continue to manage the family farm and will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary on October 1st. Her two children, Joyce and John, are both West Branch graduates. Katie also is a proud grandmother to 3 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

John Wallace, Class of 2006–  is a 2011 graduate of Cleveland State University and is the first West Branch Hall of Fame member to be inducted for boys’ soccer. While at West Branch, John was a multi-year letter winner in baseball, basketball, and soccer. He was a member of the 2003 NBC Championship Soccer team. As a senior, John was 1st Team All NBC, 1st Team All County, and 1st Team All District. John was selected to the District All-Star team and was the first West Branch boys’ soccer player to be named District Player of the Year. John was also selected to the NSCAA Region 4 Team and was named 1st Team All-Ohio in Division II and was the first of two boys’ soccer players from West Branch to be named 1st Team All-Ohio. He was selected to the Ohio North Olympic Development Program Team in 2005. His team won the Regional Championship and played for the National Title. Following graduation from West Branch, John began his college soccer career at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington before transferring to Cleveland State University where he played his final three seasons. Currently, John is the Director of Michael Johnson Performance at SPIRE Institute, the US Olympic and Paralympic Training Site in Geneva, OH.

Class of 2016

Carson Bonar– was a student at West Branch Middle School.  During his 8th grade year, Carson made the ultimate sacrifice to save the life of a friend.  During his time at West Branch, Carson was an Honor Roll student, a recipient of the Ruritan Award, and a Boy Scouts of America Patrol Leader with Troop 2.  Carson was very active in his Boy Scout troop and was very involved in bible study, youth group, and the ROC of Salem.  He loved people and had never met a stranger.  Carson felt called to be a pastor and part of the missionary.  His family is very, very proud that his last act on this earth was a selfless one. 

Mike Butcher, Class of 1979–  Began his coaching career in 1982 as a volunteer with the freshmen boys’ basketball team.  In 1988 he became the Varsity Assistant girls’ basketball coach.  Mike held that position for 10 years before stepping down in 1998 and became a volunteer.  He has been a volunteer coach with that program ever since.  In 1984, Mike also began volunteering with the Warrior football team, helping with athletic training during games and practices.  You will still see him on the sidelines as he has continued to volunteer his time on Friday nights.  Mike is a member of Damascus Friends Church and currently works in shipping and receiving at Opportunity Knocks Door Company in Beloit.  He and his wife Darla, also a West Branch graduate, are the proud parents of two children, Chad and Luke, both West Branch graduates and currently live in Salem.

Jason Candle, Class of 1997– is a 2003 graduate of Mount Union.  At West Branch, Jason earned letters in baseball, basketball, and football.  In football, he was named 2nd Team All-NBC as a sophomore and 1st Team All-NBC as a junior and senior.  His junior season also earned Jason 1st Team All Northeast Ohio and Honorable Mention All State.  Following West Branch, Jason continued his football career at Geneva College before finishing his career at Mount Union.  At Mount, he was a two time Conference and National Champion.  Following graduation, Jason immediately began his coaching career at Mount Union as the receivers coach.  After three year he became the offensive coordinator.  In his 5 years of coaching at Mount Union he was a three time National Champion and two time National Runner Up.  In 2009, Jason transitioned to Toledo University again as a receivers coach.  Throughout the last several years he has moved from receivers’ coach, to offensive coordinator, to associate head coach before taking over as head coach in December of 2015 and leading Toledo to victory in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl.

Dr. Lee Kirksey, Class of 1985– is a 1989 graduate of Ohio State University, and a 1993 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health.  After completing medical school, Dr. Kirksey went on to complete his internship at Aultman Hospital in Canton, his residency at The Graduate Vascular Hospital in Philadelphia, one fellowship at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, and a second fellowship in endovascular surgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York.   He has been an assistant professor of surgery in the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine and was on staff at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and held the position of Director of the Penn Wound Care Center in Philadelphia.  Dr. Kirksey has also held positions of attending surgeon, Chief of Endovascular Therapy and Development, and Director of the Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory, all at the Graduate Vascular Hospital in Philadelphia.  He was chosen as one of the top surgeons in the country in 2004, 2005, and 2008.  Since 2011, Dr. Kirksey has been a vascular surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic.  He has published more than a dozen papers, has authored and co-authored two consumer books on wellness, is a member of countless professional societies, and performs more than 600 procedures each year.  Dr. Kirksey is married to Dr. Seema Patel and they have two children: Shyar Lee Kirskey and Nikash Lee Kirksey.

Anita Kelly Sposetta, Class of 1987– is a 1989 graduate of Stark State College.  Currently she is employed at Diebold in North Canton, OH as a Buyer Analyst.  Anita lettered four years in track and threw the shot put and discus.  She was the first West Branch Girls’ Track member to place and score points at the State Track Meet in Columbus.  She placed 4th in the discus at the State Track Meet in 1985.  In 1986, Anita was the top scorer for the girls’ track team.  In 1987, she as a member of the undefeated track team.  She held the school record in discus for 30 years, from 1985 to 2015 and in shot put from 1987 to 1999.  Anita also holds the West Branch Middle School shot put and discus record since 1983.  During high school, Anita was recruited to participate in a track meet in the Fiji Islands by the International Sports Exchange.  She placed 2nd in the shot put and 3rd in the discus.  The US team consisted Ohio and California track and field stand outs that competed against other countries.  Anita was also a member of the West Branch Volleyball team from 1984-1986.  She and her husband, John, currently live in Beloit and have two daughters, Kimberly and Kristen who followed in mom’s footsteps, throwing shot put and discus for West Branch.

Lt. Col. Michael J. Stock, Class of 1997– is a 2001 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.  During his time at Pitt, he served as the Air Force ROTC Cadet Corps Commander.  Michael earned his MBA from Northcentral University in 2009 and earned his Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art and Science from Air University in 2013.  During his time in the Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel Stock has been the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor award.  This is the nation’s 4th highest award for valor in combat.  In 2010 he also received the Anthony C. Shine Fighter Pilot Award which is given to the top fighter pilot in the Combat Air Force.  Michael is the former secretary of the Flying Tigers Association, the former president of the Gathering of Eagles Foundation.  He is a Boy Scouts of America leader, a member of the Order of Daedalions, and a member of the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.  Currently, Michael is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force.  He is the Director of Operations, 11th Air Support Operations Squadron in Fort Hood Texas.  He is also a combat leader and fighter pilot with 4 deployments in support of the war on terror and has logged over 2,500 flying hours.  Michael is also the co-founder and principal of LB Property Group, a commercial real estate acquisition company and the president of Stock 4 Solutions, an investment and consulting company.  He and his wife, Jennifer, have four sons: Aidan, Gavin, Tyler, and Dawson and they reside in Belton, Texas.