Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Advisory Brigade
The Purpose and Mission of the Advisory Brigade is to provide suggested advice and assistance to the Dana Point 5th MAR Support Group Board as it relates this body’s fundraising & outreach efforts for the benefit of our 5th Marines-Sailors, Wounded and their Families. This support will meet the needs of those who are so deserving whether they be located here at Camp Pendleton or deployed in a Combat Zone.
ADVISORY BRIGADE OFFICERS & COMMANDERS
John Hicks - Chairman
Bob Perdue - Vice Chairman
Erin Meluso - Secretary
John Hicks, Chairman
John and his wife, Wanda, are the owners of the Harbor Grill Mesquite Grilled Seafood Restaurant located in the Dana Point Harbor. A former Los Angeles Police Officer, John has served as a past director of 5th Marine Regiment Support Group. In his role as Brigade board member, John helps maintain the Trevor Yurista Marine Corps mixed martial arts dojo and fitness center located at the 5th Mar training center at Camp San Mateo.
Bob Perdue, Vice Chairman
Born in Toronto, Canada and became a U.S. Citizen at age 21. I completed my BS in Business Administration at Cal State Fullerton. My professional career has been spent in commercial real estate as a Senior Banking Officer and Chief Financial Officer for various private real estate development firms. My wife and I have been long time residents of Dana Point/San Clemente where we raised 5 children. We’re lifelong boating enthusiasts and active members of the Dana Point Yacht Club since 2009, where I spent 7 years as a Director, culminating with Commodore in 2016. I have chaired many charitable committees at DPYC including the Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta and the Marine 5th Regiment Family Christmas Brunch. I have an extensive background working with non-profit organizations including District Chairman of the Boy Scouts of America and a Director on the O.C. Council. I have served as a Director on many charitable boards including a founding Director of the San Clemente Pop Warner Football Organization.
Erin Dugan Meluso, Secretary
A lifelong sailor and 20-year resident of San Juan Capistrano, Erin Meluso is the president of RADD; the Entertainment Industry's Voice for Road Safety. Here she applies 35+ years of marketing and promotional skills to create edutainment: music and entertainment-driven outreach materials and programs to prevent traffic crashes among teens and adults, ages 18-34, notably college students and young enlisted military personnel. She started her career in the global surfing industry, first at Hang Ten, then as a junior partner in Lightning Bolt, followed by West Coast Editor at Boating Magazine. Her key skills are coalition-development, consensus-building and communications. Erin is proud to be the Secretary of the Advisory Brigade for the Dana Point 5th Marines Regiment Support Group.
Terry A. Rifkin, President-CEO, Commander
Terry has a private practice in Laguna Niguel as a licensed Psychotherapist since 1981. She has a special recognition in her field by holding a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. Terry is also a member of “Who’s Who of American Professional and Business Women”. She is a published author and has served as a Clinical Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California. Terry is a Charter member, Past President and Director of the Monarch Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and a sustaining Paul Harris Fellow. In 2008, Terry was selected to be the Rotary District Business Rotarian of the Year. She was a founding member of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group and served as Director of Support and Outreach for the 2008-2012 until she was elected to be President and CEO and serves in this role until present. Terry was recognized in her community with the “Heart and Soul Award” for August of 2011. This award recognizes Orange County citizens for their passion for life and their dedication for making a difference. In March of 2012, Terry was honored by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey as the 73rd Assembly District Woman of the Year. This honor was given for Terry’s tireless community service and her devoted efforts with our military troops and their families. Under her leadership, the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group has been recognized as the Dana Point Times Best Non-Profit in Dana Point for 2 consecutive years in 2015 and 2016.
Steve Peirce, Commander
Steve is the President of RIBUS and is responsible for directing the business affairs of the corporation. Corporate experience includes Monsanto’s Agricultural Chemical Company in product management, several years of commercial real estate activities and asset management with MetLife Real Estate Investments. In 1993, Steve made a transition from real estate portfolio manager to president of RIBUS, Inc.
Steve is currently serving as Board Member of the Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Committee, member of the LA. State Univ. College of Agriculture Alumni Board, member of the Organic Trade Association, USDA ATAC Advisor to the US. Secretary of Agriculture, member of the Institute of Food Technologists, former member of the American Association of Cereal Chemists, former Chairman of Christmas in St Louis (charity), former President of the Missouri Food Processors Association, former Board Member of the Missouri Value Added Agricultural Program and the MO Director’s Advisory Committee on International Agriculture.
Steve is honored to be Chairman of the Advisory Brigade where he can give back to our brave defenders and their families who give so much for the freedom we all enjoy.
Tom McKeown COL USMC-Ret, Commander
Tom was born in Oklahoma in 1938 and raised in Texas. He attended Rice University, graduating in 1961. He was commissioned as Lt. in the Marine Corps upon graduation serving as an Engineer in the Marine Corps from 1961 to 1988, including six tours overseas ( Vietnam in 1967-68.) Tom retired from the USMC 1988 and worked in private industry from 1988-1992 when he was hired by Saddleback Valley Unified School District (Mission Viejo) and served as Director of Maintenance for the District until retirement in 2007. Currently Tom lives in San Clemente and is a valued member of the Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group Advisory Brigade.
Bruce L. Beal, Advisory Brigade Member and Judge Advocate, Commander
Bruce has practiced private business and nonprofit law in Dana Point since 2003, living there since 1999. He is the organizer and/or legal advisor, officer, or director for most of the significant nonprofit organizations in the Dana Point area, including the DP5th. Bruce and his wife, Marlene, were presented the 2016 Founders Day Award in recognition of their active participation in the community by the Dana Point Historical Society. He was presented the 2016 Citizen of the Year Award in recognition of his participation in the community by the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce. Bruce has legally supported businesses, professionals, and nonprofits in South Orange County for many years. He legally created and has supported the Dana Point 5th Marines Support Group since its beginning 10 years ago. He is also a considerable volunteer, contributor, and seeker of community support to the Group.
Nick Frankovich, Commander
Nick grew up in Ohio on Lake Erie where he learned to sail and gained a fondness for racing. He joined the Air Force right out of High school and became Crew Chief on the A-10 Thunderbolt. Nick finished up his Duty on the west coast and was drawn to San Clemente and Dana Point for the climate and proximity to the ocean. He has been here since 1983 and started his own business in 1987. Nick has always wanted a way to give thanks to the Marines for what they do for him and this country and believes this support group was the best way to do that.
Colonel Tom O’Malley, USMC (Ret), Commander
Tom is a proud member of the Dana Pont 5th Marine Regiment Support Group Advisory Brigade. Tom’s military career commenced as an enlisted service member with the U.S. Navy and followed by over 28 years of active service with the USMC. During Tom’s career, he was the Commanding Officer (CO) of two Marine Corps Squadrons, and the CO of a Marine Air Control Group, with 11 units in 8 States. He served two combat tours of duty in Viet Nam, served in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, was part of a joint international military operation conducting drug interdiction in Central America, and he also served in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Upon leaving active service, Tom helped establish a joint venture for the Royal Saudi Air Defense Forces with headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Upon completing his assignment in Saudi Arabia and upon relocating back to Southern California, Tom was hired as Deputy Executive Director for the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, responsible for the civilian reuse and redevelopment of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Shortly after completing that mission, Tom was recruited by the Transportation Corridor Agencies and continued to serve as a consultant for that organization.
Jeremy Quinton, Commander
James Surber, Commander
Dan Hodge, Commander
Lt. Col Tom Vetter- USMC (Ret), Commander