Marine Corps Reserve Association

 MCRA Officer Biographies

President: Ken Hopper, "Chopper" Colonel, USMC (Ret.)

Ken began his Marine Corps career in May 1979 and served 30 years retiring June 2009. After  receiving his Naval Aviator wings in 1982, he reported to VMGR-252 where he served as the squadron Safety Officer. He deployed to Okinawa, Japan and flew with VMGR-152 and served as the squadron Training Officer. Upon his return to '252 he became the Maintenance Officer. In 1988 he was selected to fly with the United States Naval Flight Demonstration Team, the Blue Angels, to fly “Fat Albert”. Following a successful three year tour, he was ordered to augment VMGR-234 during the buildup for DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM and when the squadron was mobilized he was ordered to augment VMGR-352 in theatre, flying combat missions until the end of the war.  Later in 1991 he transferred to the IRR and remained there until he joined the SMCR with MAG-41 at NAS Dallas, TX in 1992.  While at MAG-41 he served as the Ground Safety Offier, Ground Training Officer, Assistant Ops Officer and finally Logistics Officer. 

From 1997-2000 he twice commanded combat deployments to support of OPERATION NORTHERN WATCH.  In 1999, he was selected to become the Commanding Officer of VMGR-234. Following his change-of-command in Feburary 2002, he was recalled to active duty and ordered to I MEF deploying to Kuwait as the Air Officer serving in this position for the first five months of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.  He then became the Deputy Director, Operations for I MEF and eventually he became the I MEB Director, Operations.  He deployed again in 2004 with I MEF for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II serving as the Deputy Director, Operations. At the end of 2004 he was ordered to report to the Commanding General II MEF to serve as the Chief of Staff, II MACE.  He served in that position till 2006 when he was released from active duty.  He was then selected to report to the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Pentagon where he served in the J-3 as a Team Chief within the National Military Command Center and as Branch Chief, J-34 Homeland Defense. During this tour he was also the Senior Reserve Marine on the Joint Staff. 

Ken is a graduate of The Citadel and has a Master's Degree from Troy State University in Management; and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from George Mason University.  His military schools include Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff University, the Air Force Command and Staff College, the Naval War College, and the Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces University.  He is a carrier qualified aviator, qualifying on both the USS Kitty Hawk and the USS Independence.  He has accumulated over 10,000 flight hours, qualifying to fly in six different aircraft.  His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal, and the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge. Ken and his wife Sonja have five children and reside in Falls Church, VA.  Chopper can be reached at Ken.Hopper@USMCRA.ORG.

Senior Enlisted Advisor: Donnie Boyer SgtMaj USMCR(Ret)

Sergeant Major Boyer enlisted in the Marine Corps in June 1968. After MCRD Paris Island boot camp, he reported to Camp Geiger Infantry Training Regiment and assigned a 0331 MOS. Following ITR he was assigned to Echo Co. 2/8 and later deployed to Gitmo with Fox Co, 2/8. Upon returning to CLNC he rejoined Echo Co. 2/8.In June 1970 then Sgt. Boyer was released from Active Duty to attend college and was honorably discharged in June 1974. Sgt Boyer re-enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in July 1985 and served at Quantico and CLNC. In 1989 he joined MTU PA-2 and trained Seabees and ROTC students. He later joined 10th Bulk Fuel Co. as training Chief until his promotion to GySgt whereupon he wsas reassigned as Company Gunny. Promoted to 1stSgt in 1998, he transferred to Lima Co.3/24 until 2002 when he was reassigned to Weapons Co. 1/25. In January 2003 he was activated and deployed to Okinawa in support of OEF. In February 2004 he deployed to Iraq in support of OIF and rotated back to CONUS in October 2004 and transferred to the IRR. SgtMaj Boyer was promoted to his present rank in 2007 and transferred to 6th MT Bn, retiring in August 2009.  Donnie can be reached at

Secretary/Deputy Executive Director: Tom Green, GySgt USMC (Ret.)

Tom served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967 - 1976. During this period he served in Vietnam in 1968, 1969, and 1970 with the 5th Marines. Following his Active Duty service, he joined Co A, 1st Bn, 25th Marines in Manchester, NH. In 1979 he reenlisted in the Active Duty Marine Corps and retired from HQMC in 1989. Personal decorations include the Joint Service Commendation, Navy Commendation, and Navy Achievement w/Combat "V." In addition he was nominated for Federal Employee of the Year in 1986. In 1989 he became a full-time staff member/office manager of the former Marine Corps Reserve Officers' Association, now the Marine Corps Reserve Association. He served as the Association Deputy Director from 2002 until stepping down in 2004 to pursue other interests. In June of 2007, he returned to MCRA as a volunteer in order to assist in the relocation of the national headquarters back to Fairfax and help in the revitalization efforts of the association. During this period he became the National Secretary and resumed his duties as the Deputy Executive Director and Legislative Representative to The Military Coalition and the Guard and Reserve Committee. Tom can be reached at

VP - Membership: Keith Lacey, Maj USMCR (Ret)

Keith was born in Gainesville, Georgia and graduated from Southern Polytechnic Institute, formerly Southern Institute of Technology, after earning a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 1987. After commissioning as a Second Lieutenant via the Platoon Leaders Class, Keith attended The Basic School followed by Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida and Corpus Christi, Texas. After receiving his wings of gold in April of 1991, Keith was sent to VMGRT-253 at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina for flight training as a KC-130 Co-Pilot. At the completion of that training, Keith was assigned to his first fleet squadron, VMGR-252 also at MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Serving as Legal Officer, during this tour, Keith was promoted to Captain in June of 1993 and served as the MAG-14 Legal Officer until transferring to VMGR-152, MCAS Futenma, Okinawa Japan in August 1994 where he served as Ground training Officer and Airframes Division OIC. In April 1996, Keith was assigned as an Air Officer for Tactical Exercise Control Group, III MEF at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Japan. Returning to the states in July 1997, Capt. Lacey returned to VMGR-252 to serve in operations as Future Plans Officer and Flight Officer. 

In February 1998, Keith attended the Aviation Safety Officer’s Course at Naval PostGraduate School and returned to serve as the squadron Aviation Safety Officer. Promoted to Major in April 1998, Keith was assigned the billet of Director of Safety and Standardization. In November of 1999 Keith was assigned as G-1 Plans Officer, 2ndMAW serving in that billet until June 2000 when he transferred to serve as Aviation Safety Officer, MAG-41. In early 2001 Keith was reassigned to VMGR-234 as Squadron Officer-in-Charge and was instrumental in the successful deployment of the squadron in Afghanistan and Iraq in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In the summer of 2003, Keith was transferred to Marine Corps Warfighting Lab Quantico, VA to serve as the Aviation Concepts Development Officer.  In 2006, Keith was selected to serve as one of four Commandant of the Marine Corps' pilots in the Navy's Executive Transport Squadron, VR-1 where he serveduntil retiring from active duty in Oct 2008.  In 2010, Keith returned to the Marine Corps to serve as a training and education analyst, Training and Education Command, Quantico, VA.

Keith is married to professor and author Laura Homan Lacey. They reside in Stafford Va with their youngest of three children, Ryan. Keith’s personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Air Medal with numerical 5, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and Army Commendation Medal along with several campaign and unit ribbons.

VP - Communications: Dean Castaldo, Sgt USMCR

Sgt. Dean Castaldo, Jr. was born in Asheville, North Carolina. In 2008, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves and attended basic training at MCRD Parris Island, S.C. Upon graduating as the Honor Graduate from his MOS school at Redstone Arsenal, he was assigned to Ammunition Co., Greenville, S.C. as an Ammunition Technician.


During his first assignment with Ammo Co. Greenville, LCpl. Castaldo served as a Fire Team Leader and then in May of 2012, he was promoted to Corporal. Simultaneously, Cpl. Castaldo graduated form UNC-Greensboro with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Information Technology. In the fall of 2012, he began pursuing his Juris Doctorate at the Charlotte School of Law.

After serving as an ammo tech during the June 2013 Annual Training exercise at Ft. Drum -- Operation Heavy Metal – Cpl. Castaldo was promoted to Sergeant and returned to Ammo Co. Greenville, S.C. As a new Sergeant, he served as a Squad Leader and Assistant Platoon Sergeant. In December of 2013, he was named Non-Commissioned Officer of the Quarter.  Wanting to further serve his fellow Marines, Sgt. Castaldo became the first Legislative Intern for the Marine Corps Reserve Association in May of 2014. After spending a summer in D.C. working for the National President of the MCRA, Sgt. Castaldo returned to North Carolina to complete a secondary MOS school to become a Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor and finish his reaming year of law school.

In November of 2014, Sgt. Castaldo was transferred to H&S Co., Charlotte, N.C. where he served as a Squad Leader and Assistant MCMAP Instructor.  In May of 2015, Sgt. Castaldo graduated law school with Pro Bono Honors for his work with the MCRA. In July of 2015, Sgt. Castaldo was reassigned to Ammunition Co Det. 1. Greenville, S.C. He currently serves as the Reserve Supply Platoon Sergeant and Assistant to the Operations Chief. Sgt. Castaldo has also continued to serve the MCRA as the Legislative Assistant and Director of Communications.


VP - Association Development: Joseph Staudt, SgtMaj USMCR (Ret.)

Joe Staudt began his Marine Corps Career on 11 November 1977 and served for over 32 years until his retirement in January of 2010. His early experiences saw him meritoriously promoted to both PFC and Corporal. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant as a member of the IRR and attended all the SNCO Courses following his return to the SMCR and promotion to Gunnery Sergeant. Joe was promoted to First Sergeant in 1997 and Sergeant Major in 2000. He saw action in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As a First Sergeant he served with 4th LAR. His Sergeant Major assignments include 3d Bn 14th Marines, Marine Air Group 49, 4th Civil Affairs Group, HQMC, M&RA as the Reserve Affairs Sergeant Major and at the Office of the Secretary of Defense as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs; he was the first Marine to serve in this Joint Billet. His personal awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy /Marine Corps Commendation Medal and Navy / Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Joe can be reached at  

VP - Professional Development: VACANT

Treasurer: Frank Sturgeon LtCol, USMCR (Ret)  

 Born in Canton, Ohio; graduated from Kent State with degree in Architecture Spring of 1966. Frank was commissioned as Second Lt. Dec. 1966. Finished Basic School May 1967. Assign to 11th Engineers, Company C, in I Corps Viet Nam. The 11th Engineers was assigned to working along the Trace building “Mc Namara Wall”, building base camps, repairing roads, and providing Combat Engineering along the DMZ. Frank was wounded in action along Rt. 9 outside of Khe Sanh February 1968. He recovered from wounds in Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Maryland. After he was released from the hospital, Frank was assigned to Headquarters Marine Corps, Henderson Hall, following some time at Henderson Hall, Frank was sent on assignment as, XO Marine Detachment, to the USS Enterprise CVAN 65. He was aboard during the fire and explosion of 500 lb bombs exploding on the flight deck Jan. 14, 1969. Frank was transferred to Marine Reserves October 1969, Promoted to Captain Jan. 1970. He served in various Marine Reserve Units and Naval Intelligence Unit in Calif. Promoted to Lt. Col. September 1983. Moved to Washington D.C. 1987 and assigned to Marine Historical Reserve Unit at the Navy Yards. In August 1991 Kuwait war started, and was assigned to I MEF as a Combat Historian. Frank served in the Gulf War working on the history of the two Marine Engineering Battalions breaching the mine fields and sand berm, and collected war material from the battle field for use in the Marine Corps Museum. Currently, Frank is practicing Architecture in Vienna, Virginia. Frank is the President and Principal Architect of “A Design Group” Architecture and Engineering. He may be reached at; or 703-938-5226.

Staff Judge Advocate:  Charles Allen, Jr., LtCol USMCR (Ret)

Charley is MCRA’s Staff Judge Advocate. He served in Combat Operations in Vietnam as a Forward Observer (FO) with G/3/11 assigned to 3/7. Later in his tour, Charley served as Industrial Relations Officer with the First Marine Aircraft Wing. In civilian life, he is a lawyer engaged in the general practice of law in Roanoke, Virginia. He has been an active member of MCRA/MCROA for over 25 years and is the organization's "Corporate Knowledge. " Charley received his JD degree from William and Mary in 1974 and is admitted to practice law in Virginia, the U.S. District Court of Military Appeals and U.S. District court for Puerto Rico. He is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and Spanish.  Charley can be reached at
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