Board of Directors
The Board of Directors at Help Hospitalized Veterans is the governing body for all of HHV’s activities. This volunteer Board helps make sure that HHV’s mission is fulfilled; sets the direction for business; oversees fundraising and finances; evaluates policies and procedures; and makes sure decisions are sound. HHV is fortunate to have individuals on its Board who come with a wealth of skills, talents and experience, each providing their own special contributions to the Board and to HHV.
Retired Judge John M. (Jack) Meagher currently serves as a private mediator and arbitrator, describing his role as “a peacemaker.” His illustrious career includes 20 years as a trial judge, seven years as a trial attorney in private practice and four years as a trial attorney with the State of Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. He also served as a visiting judge in Ohio, presiding judge of the Miami Conservancy District Court, and assistant attorney general for the State of Ohio.
A U.S. Army veteran having served in both Germany and Vietnam, Meagher has championed veterans in myriad capacities. A position of which he is most proud is past president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park Board of Directors in Dayton, Ohio. As chairman of the fundraising campaign, his efforts succeeded in the creation of the park, which honors servicemen and women from southwestern Ohio who were killed or went missing in action in Vietnam. Serving as chairman of the board for Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV), Meagher stated, “For me, this is another opportunity to pay forward my debt for my own blessings. As a Vietnam veteran, I am especially aware of the ongoing need to honor all of our veterans – whenever and wherever circumstances present the opportunity.”
A graduate of the University of Dayton, Meagher received his Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He was both a student and a faculty member at the National Judicial College and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton School of Law.
In both Ohio and California he has volunteered at shelters for the homeless. In his spare time, Meagher enjoys physical activity of all kinds, including running, cycling, skiing, hiking, golf, and yoga.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Meagher currently resides in Petaluma, California.
Patricia (Pat) O’Neil has been serving America’s veterans for most of her professional career. Currently a Principal of the O’Neil Consulting Group, she provides management consulting to the federal sector, principally in matters involving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
“Having seen firsthand the benefits of the craft kits provided by Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) to veterans and knowing the great supportive activities of HHV, I was honored to be asked to serve on its Board of Directors in October 2013,” O’Neil says. She currently serves as Secretary on HHV’s Board of Directors.
An accomplished policy analyst and government relations strategist, O’Neil has had numerous engagements with a variety of human services, information technology and health care companies, since retiring after more than two decades of federal government service. She has also been engaged by the State of Maryland and the Wounded Warrior Project to conduct studies on veteran-related issues. Her wide range of experience allows her to bring clients a strategic focus, analytical insight and practical understanding to their business endeavors.
O’Neil completed her 25 years of federal government service as VA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, responsible for directing VA policy research, the national survey of veterans, actuarial activities, and data development and analyses. She also held executive positions in the private sector, including Vice President of a health policy and promotion consulting firm.
Born in Albany, N.Y., O’Neil grew up in Connecticut, is a graduate of Fordham University, and did graduate work at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She lives with her husband Bob Hincken, a retired federal investigator and a Marine Corps veteran, in St. Augustine, Fla. When she’s not busy working, O’Neil enjoys golf, her standard poodles, and her garden.
A healthcare executive serving America’s veterans for more than four decades, Mr. Michael Lawson was appointed to the Board of Directors of Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) in October 2013. Currently, he is an independent contractor with the Sinclair Advisory Group, a management consulting firm.
Mr. Lawson was Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Boston Health Care System for 14 years. During that time, he successfully managed the restructuring of historically independent health care facilities to create a single, cohesive tertiary care center. Before that, he directed two other VA medical centers, was the Deputy Director of VA’s Southwestern Region, and led the Department’s Medical Administration Service, a national position based in Washington, D.C. For ten years, he held progressively responsible positions at five other VA medical facilities.
“Early in my career I became acutely aware of the many and varied legal and ethical issues that arose in the care and treatment of disabled veterans,” Mr. Lawson says. “For the next forty years, I became more and more involved in such matters and took on a more active role in dealing with those issues.”
A U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, issues affecting military veterans are especially meaningful to Mr. Lawson. “I am honored to be a part of the HHV tradition of service and benefits to those Americans who put their private interests aside to serve in maintenance and defense of the United States,” he says.
Mr. Lawson is a graduate of Syracuse University, and earned a Masters of Public Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. He received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the William A. Nelson Award for Excellence in Health Care Ethics, and other distinguished awards.
He and his wife, Susan, a lawyer specializing in labor law, are the parents of three adult children. They reside in Walpole, Massachusetts, just outside Boston. Mr. Lawson has an avid interest in American History, caring for pet Labrador Retrievers, and enjoying the couple’s summer home on Cape Cod.
Nora Egan is a longtime advocate for United States veterans. In her distinguished career, she served in numerous, diverse senior management and executive positions with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This includes more than 30 years in human resources management, program and policy development, strategic planning, and policy and program oversight.
Appointed to the Board of Directors of Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) in October 2013, Ms. Egan is enthusiastic about the opportunities for veterans. “I was familiar with HHV’s craft kit program and national rehabilitation event sponsorships for many years,” Ms. Egan says. “Being on the Board allows me to personally serve America’s veterans once again, and make sure they maintain self-confidence and dignity as they recover from both physical and emotional disabilities. That is such an important mission – for HHV and also for me.”
Ms. Egan is currently a senior strategist for Duty First Consulting, a service disabled veteran-owned small business, providing information technology and management consulting services primarily to the federal government. Her VA career includes positions as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs; Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits; Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning; and other senior level positions.
She received her undergraduate degree at Manhattanville College, and furthered her education at the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University’s Senior Management Program. She also completed the Leadership VA Program, an education and development initiative for senior VA leaders. Ms. Egan is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award, the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award, and the Leadership VA Honorary Leadership and Legacy Awards.
A native of Schenectady, N.Y., Ms. Egan now resides in Arlington, Va. She volunteers for Wisdom Works, the Board of the Arlington County Office of Senior Adult Programs, as well as the Arlington County Food Pantry. In her free time, she also enjoys traveling, reading, needlepoint, crossword puzzles and spending time with family.
Ms. Diane Hartmann has served United States veterans her entire professional career. She assumed the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer of Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV) in October 2013.
Ms. Hartmann joined HHV’s Board of Directors in 2012, bringing a wealth of experience from her 34 years at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “I am so honored to be working at HHV, helping America repay its debt to the brave men and women who have served our nation,” Ms. Hartmann says. “I know that the mission of this great organization is to help our veterans heal, and I will honor that commitment in every way I can.”
Previously, Ms. Hartmann served as director of VA’s National Programs and Special Events, responsible for the overall direction and management of the department’s six annual rehabilitation programs. She also oversaw VA’s participation in national memorial and commemorative activities including the annual celebration of Veterans Day at Arlington National Cemetery. Highly accomplished in managing large, diverse and complex programs, she has a wealth of experience in operations, program development, meeting and conference planning, adaptive sports, sponsorship activities, ceremonial functions and presidential protocol.
Ms. Hartmann holds a degree in law enforcement and criminal justice and is a certified mediator. She is a graduate of the Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Executive Institute as well as the “Leadership VA” program. She served as Vice President and Finance Chair on the Leadership VA Alumni Association’s board of directors for seven years.
A lifelong resident of the Washington, D.C. area, Ms. Hartmann currently resides in Temecula, California. Outside of work, she enjoys golf, going to the beach, entertaining and spending time with her two adult sons.