Reach for Tomorrow Team


The function of the Advisory Board is to expose business, military, and political leaders to Reach for Tomorrow and the respective benefits to every community.

Mike Bowman

Vice Admiral Mike Bowman (USN, retired) served as a U.S. Naval Aviator for more than 35 years. In his last tour of duty he was an active participant in the Reach For Tomorrow program, and continued to actively support the organization in his role as Senior Vice President in charge of Washington Operations for DRS Technologies Corporation.

Ron Fogleman

Ron Fogleman. Retired USAF Chief of Staff who currently serves on the Defense Policy Board and a number of corporate boards. He has extensive background in operations and strategic planning both in the military and in the corporate world. He is the founder of Durango Aerospace, an international consulting firm specializing in aerospace and media issues.

Hon. Walter J. Stewart

The Honorable Walter J. Stewart. "Joe" Stewart, a native of Florida, arrived in Washington, DC, as a page to his congressman and never went home. His distinguished career in public service includes serving as Secretary of the Senate from 1987-94. Currently he is a partner with Griffin, Johnson, Dover & Stewart. With quiet dignity, he supports dozens of causes ranging from historic preservation of the US Capitol, to shelters for the homeless, to regional and international theatre and the arts. Joe resides on Capitol Hill and Lewes, DE.

Frank Petroski

Frank Petroski. Senior Executive with The MITRE Corporation, Frank is currently the Chief Engineer for Joint and Defense Wide Systems. Frank works with the Chief Technology Officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency, performing technology reconnaissance for the IT infrastructure for the DOD. Prior to his current assignment, Frank was the Director for Air Traffic Management, where he worked with a wide range of international customers including the governments and airport authorities in Mexico, Egypt, Spain, Taiwan, China, and Japan, as well as concept development for Air Traffic Management capabilities in Canada. Frank holds a BS in Mathematics from Drexel University and an MS in Operations Research, George Washington University.

Mrs. John Tanner

Betty Ann Tanner is a 1968 graduate of the University of Tennessee's School of Design. In Washington, she oversees marketing and design for Shenandoah Shutters. An active community volunteer, she serves as President of the International Club, a member of the Board of Trustees of Ford's Theatre, and the National Children's Alliance. Mrs. Tanner and her husband divide their time between Washington, where John served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, and their home in Tennessee.

Major General Don Shepperd (USAF, retired)

Major General Don Shepperd (USAF, ret.). General Shepperd is a graduate of the USAF Academy and served as Director of the Air National Guard before his retirement in 1998. He has an extensive background in operations and management, which he now utilizes as a consultant in the Washington, DC area in defense related businesses.

Alma Viator

Alma Viator. Alma is president of Alma Viator & Associates, a public relations firm located in DC and operating in New York, DC and LA. She is associated with Shubert Theatres, credited with opening the longest-running hit show on Broadway, "CATS." In addition to representing high-profile, internationally-known clients, Alma is married to former two-term Congressman from Georgia, Ben Jones. Together they manage "Cooter's Garage" in Sperryville, VA, named after Ben's stint as "Cooter" on the television series "Dukes of Hazzard." In 1998, Alma was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington's 100 Most Powerful Women. She is also one of its most generous.