National Executive Board

Fred Markham
Chairman, Learning for Life National Executive Board
Executive Director of Texas Pioneer Foundation

He created the foundation along with the members of the board of directors of Central Texas Higher Education Authority, Inc. The foundation makes grants for educational purposes that include leadership and character development, access and success in post-secondary education, support for public school foundations, history and civics and literacy and life skills.


Tom Whalen
Secretary, Learning for Life National Executive Board

Vice President of Human Resource & Organizational Development Direct an HR organization focused on transforming a culture to a high performance, employee engaged, high energy, FUN place to work. Responsible for all facets of HR with specific emphasis on Total Rewards System and Talent Management working principally with the Senior Leadership Team and the Board of Directors.



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Bray Barnes
Treasurer & Vice Chair of Career Development, Learning for Life National Executive Board

Bray Barnes serves as the Director, National Cybersecurity Institute, Washington, DC, and is the Founder and Principal of Security Evaluation and Solutions Group, LLC that provides three unique Homeland Security cornerstones of service employing industry-wide Best Management Practices. Bray Barnes is licensed in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., has more than twenty years experience in the legal profession. Prior to Mr. Barnes’ legal career, he served in law enforcement for eleven years, on active duty with the United States Army and served as a Radio Operator during the Vietnam War. While working full time as a police officer in New Jersey and while he and his wife, Patty, raised a family, Bray attended school at night for 7 ½ years earning an Associates Degree from Brookdale College, a Bachelors Degree summa cum laude and Masters Degree from the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice as well as his Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall University School of Law.



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Bill Grogg
Marketing Chair, Learning for Life National Executive Board
Bill is President and CEO of MCA, Inc. in Poughkeepsie, NY. Net pub is an award-winning digital printing company specializing in short-runs, direct mail, warehousing, distribution, and software solutions. He brings much experience in business, community and nonprofits organizations. Bill, an Eagle Scout, has served as President or Chairman of the Board of several organizations including Private Industry Council Dutchess and Putnam Counties, American Heart Association and United Way of Dutchess County.


Keith Clark
Legal Liaison, Learning for Life National Executive Board

Attorney, Counselor, and Business Coach; Chairman, Shumaker Williams, P.C.; Immediate Past-Chairman, Learning for Life;
Learning for Life Russell C. Hill Award (2011)



Mark Wiesenhahn
Exploring Chair, Learning for Life National Executive Board

Vice President, Sportsman’s Market, Inc. (Sporty’s)
Aviation Explorer Post 78 Advisor (2000-present)
National Aviation Exploring Committee Member (1995-present)
Silver Beaver recipient (2009)



Marie Morris, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Learning for Life National Executive Board

Irving Independent School District
Dr. Morris aims to use the knowledge and skills she has gained in her teaching and administrative career to support campuses and districts as they work toward academic excellence.