Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board Chair - LTG Keith Huber USA(RET)
Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber retired in September 2013 after 38 years in the U.S. Army. He joined MTSU in January 2015 as senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives. As senior advisor, Huber examines the University’s policies and practices for the recruitment and student success of veterans and their family members.
Huber’s conventional duty assignments included platoon leader in the 7th Infantry Division and company commander, battalion operations officer, brigade and division operations officer, battalion commander, and director of civil military affairs, all with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). He served as assistant division commander of the 10th Mountain Division, deputy commanding general of the 1st Army, and commanding general of the U.S. Army South.
In unconventional assignments, he served as Special Forces operational detachment team leader in Panama with the 7th Special Forces Group Airborne) and Special Forces field advisor during tours in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Huber’s combined joint duty assignments included chief of operations, UN Mission Haiti; commander of Joint Task Force Bravo in Honduras; executive officer to the commander and director of operations of the U.S. Southern Command; commanding general, Multinational Brigade (East) in Kosovo; chairman of the Inter-American Defense Board; director of the Inter-American Defense College; and deputy commanding general of the U.S. Joint Forces Command. He also served in Afghanistan as the commanding general of the Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, responsible for all U.S. Law of Armed Conflict Detentions from July 2011 to July 2013.
A native of Springfield, Ohio, Huber graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1975 with a B.S. degree and was commissioned in the infantry. He is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Army Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, and Army War College. He received a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University in 1984.
Huber has earned the Combat Infantryman, Expert Infantryman, Master Parachutist, Combat Diver, Special Operations Diving Supervisor, Air Assault, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification badges and is Special Forces and Ranger qualified.
He and wife Shelly have a son, Jason, and a daughter, Alexis, and three grandsons, Dylan, Austin, and Reed.
Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder
In January 2011, Governor Bill Haslam appointed Many-Bears Grinder as the Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services. She is the first woman to serve the State of Tennessee in this capacity.
In order to accept the appointment, Grinder retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard as a Colonel with more than 35 years of service. The Operation Enduring Freedom combat veteran served in Afghanistan as the Head of Secretariat for the International Police Coordination Board.
Grinder holds a Master's Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Development from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Public Service from Maryville College in 2016 and was inducted into the Fort Benning Hall of Fame in 2004. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.
As Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Services, Grinder is responsible for the operation of TDVS Field offices, Appeals Division and four (4) State Veteran Cemeteries. She is also an ex-officio voting member of the Tennessee State Veterans Home Board (TSVHB). TSVHB oversees the operations of the four (4) existing Homes.
Under her leadership, the department focus increased to include “Everything Veteran” to improve customer service to all Tennessee veterans. The department serves as support for Justice Involved Veterans in Veteran Treatment Courts. TDVS is making strides regarding higher education access for student veterans with the addition of Veteran Education Coordinators, increased recruiting of veterans for workforce development programs and veteran business resources.
In November 2013, Governor Bill Haslam formed the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force and appointed Commissioner Grinder as Chair of the group charged with finding ways to improve recruiting, retaining and supporting student veterans through to graduation. She also serves on the Governor’s Subcabinet for Workforce Development, on the Tennessee State Museum Foundation Board, on the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology Nashville General Advisory Committee, and on the Nashville Serving Veterans Community Board.
A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Grinder moved to Tennessee in 1989 where she met and married her husband, Ernie Grinder, a Vietnam Veteran.
Mayor Megan Barry
Mayor Megan Barry is serving her first term as the seventh mayor of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County following an historic election in which she became the first woman and first member of the Metro Council to be elected as Mayor.
Barry's focus as mayor is on improving the educational outcomes at our public schools, engaging regional and state partners to develop a unified vision and plan for transportation, creating more affordable housing options for residents of all backgrounds, and continuing to grow our economy while ensuring all parts of Davidson County share in the prosperity.
Barry has put an emphasis on building upon Nashville’s economic growth with a renewed focus on supporting the music industry and the city’s creative and entrepreneurial sectors – while also addressing the challenges that come with growth by creating the first ever transportation and infrastructure department within the Mayor’s Office, and creating the Office of Economic Opportunity and Empowerment focused on helping the most vulnerable Nashvillians to gain access to jobs, affordable housing, and financial empowerment services.
In building her administration, Barry has put a sharp focus on ensuring that the Mayor’s Office is reflective of the city it serves. To that end, Barry has put together the most diverse team in the history of Metro Nashville and has been committed to diversifying Metro Boards and Commissions.
Megan Barry is married to Bruce Barry, a professor of organization studies at Vanderbilt. Their son, Max, is a junior in college, and they share their home with two rescue dogs, Hank and Boris.
Health Sub-Committee Chair
Benefits Sub-Committee Chair
Travis E. Kraft was appointed as the Assistant Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office in Nashville, TN, on August 14, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Travis served as the Veterans Service Center Manager (VSCM) at the Nashville Regional Office. In this role, Travis was responsible for 350 full-time employees and for administering approximately $1.1 billion in annual compensation benefits to Veterans and their dependents in the state of Tennessee.
Travis began his career with the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Veterans Service Representative (VSR) at the Nashville Regional Office in August 1999. In July 2002, he was selected as a Management Analyst with the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Southern Area Office. In this role, he was responsible for assisting the Southern Area Director in the oversight of 12 Regional Offices in administering compensation, pension, education, vocational rehabilitation, and home loan benefits to a Veteran population in excess of six million. In April 2006, Travis was selected as an Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager (AVSCM) with the Nashville Regional Office.
Travis was born in the District of Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Taylor University in 1998, where he also played college basketball. Travis subsequently earned a Master of Arts degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Tennessee State University in 2005. Additionally, Mr. Kraft is a Leadership VA (LVA 2012) graduate.
Travis and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Nashville and have three children, Travis Jr., Mollie, and Anna.
Transition Sub-Committee Chair
Housing Sub-Committee Chair
Education Sub-Committee Chair
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Employment Sub-Committee Chair
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