Susan Campbell is co-founder and Board Chair of the East Texas Veterans Community Council since it’s creation in 2017. Her motivation for CampV is two-fold: marriage to a Veteran Navy Officer and the suicides of several friends who served in Vietnam. Susan’s professional background centers on sales, marketing and training. She volunteered for 11 years with the American Red Cross in Public Affairs; was deployed to 7 disasters: hurricanes, wildfires, and flooding; and served as the Financial Development Director at the Smith County American Red Cross Chapter.
Retired Lt. Col. Jim Snow is co-founder and Vice Chair of the East Texas Veterans Community Council. During his 27 years of military service, his assignments included a wide range of operational, staff and command positions. Jim’s extensive experience is associated with military logistics and postings at multiple stateside stations as well as those in Vietnam, Korea and Germany. After leaving the Army, he joined the Systems Research and Application Corporation at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, to work in the area of deployment mobility. He received numerous military and civilian awards and commendations to include the Bronze Star Medal. Today he supports the community through his volunteerism, in particular with veterans. Currently he is Chairman of the Tyler Mayor’s Veteran and Community Roundtable, Co-Chair of the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Veterans Committee, the Vice President of the East Texas Veterans Community Council in Tyler, the President of the Rose Capital Chapter in Tyler of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) and a member of MOAA’s Texas Council of Chapters.
Jeffrey Basehore, Architect and U.S. Navy Veteran: Forty years of architectural design of residential, commercial and Overview: historical restoration with an emphasis on energy efficient, sustainable and alternative building systems. Decade of grant consultation, curriculum development and teaching on these systems.
As a civilian, Frank Palmer has provided fitness equipment and programming to the US Military for forty years. Having visited almost every US Base globally, he has met and spent time with many amazing warriors. Frank says that this has instilled in him a deep respect for our Service Members and has driven him to give back as best he can.
Among the ways that he supports our Veterans, Frank serves on three Veteran support charitable boards: East Texas Veterans Community Council; Patriot Guard Rider standing Flag Lines at military funerals, and has his own organization Honored Warriors Ranch that donates fitness equipment to local Veteran support organizations and warriors-in-need.
Jennifer Henry was born in Tyler Texas and graduated from University of Texas at Dallas. She has been 20 years in the Health Insurance Industry. Her volunteer experience includes CampV, Cattle Barons, Salvation Army, Muscular Dystrophy and Women’s Fund of Smith County. Her passions include creating change agents in the health insurance industry and ensuring that everyone has affordable access to affordable healthcare, as well as helping women realize their true potential through education and business development.
Retired after 25 years in Marketing and business development in Healthcare/ Behavior Health. My desire to help my community has led me to serve on different Boards, of Child Advocacy , Alzheimer’s Alliance, NAMI Tyler, as well as working with the Tyler Chamber of Commerce.
My father and grandfather were Veteran’s of WWI and WWII and I knew the challenges they faced coming back from the traumas of war. As a board member of the East Texas Community Council, it lead to help create CAMPV for our Veterans.
Currently I am a Board Member for CAMPV and also Chair of the Mental Health Committee.
With the help from NAMI Tyler’s education and support groups, the goal is to stop the high rate of deaths by suicide in our Veterans and give them the support needed for the best quality of life.
Barbara R Bass
Barbara Bass is CEO/manager of Barbill Investments LLC and is an active member on several non-profit and corporate boards. When she retired from public accounting in 2019, her career for over 40 years, Barbara was a partner at Gollob Morgan Peddy – Certified Public Accountants, a Tyler, Texas firm, which she helped build from 8 employees in 1982 to over 100 employees. Barbara served as the Mayor of Tyler from May 2008 until May 2014, when she termed out. Her service through the Great Recession encompassed innovative and collaborative community initiatives, which poised Tyler for its future growth. A graduate of Texas A&M Commerce, Barbara has been engaged in our community and region through numerous volunteer roles for many years. A few of the boards Barbara has chaired include the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Tyler Economic Development Council, Better Business Bureau of Central East Texas and the East Texas Chapter of TXCPA,. In 2019, Barbara became a Texas Auctioneer and focuses on fundraising auctions for non-profits. Barbara was the T. B. Butler Award recipient in 2017 when she was honored as Tyler’s Most Outstanding Citizen. Barbara is currently chair-elect of the UT Health Science Center Development Board, Treasurer for CampV/East Texas Veterans Community Council and Chair of Mercy Ships Foundation.