Operational Structure, Executive Board, and Assets

MBV is led by a board consisting of a President, Vice President and six Executive Board Members. These board members are elected by the members of the organization on an annual basis. There are no paid staff positions. The all-volunteer organization is headed by an Executive Director.

2017 Executive Board

President James Bogan
Vice President John Knight
Treasurer/CFO Pat McCoy
Secretary Kimberly Stuhler
Directors Anthony Russo, Jeanne Paynter, Kirk Johnson, Diane Whitacre
Director Emeritus Bob Greene

Executive Director

John Whitacre

Operational Directors

Veterans’ Relations Kirk “Cheef” Johnson
Northern California Operations Michael Steinbaugh
Membership Dianne Whitacre
Volunteer Coordinator Gary Crawford
Boat Director (Freedom)
Boat Director (Independence) Jay Ward
Freedom Dive Program


The organization’s marine physical assets include “Freedom”, a 60 foot Pacifica, which has been modified for the physically challenged dive program, and “Independence”, a 49 foot DeFever used for all other marine sports and touring. In addition, the Monterey based sports fishing fleet and dozens of private boat owners make their vessels available for the two annual fishing derbies. The land based assets include wheelchair accessible golf carts and vans.