Senior Procurement Manager
Wayne joined Civil Air Patrol (CAP) as a cadet in 1978 and has just completed 37 years of continuous membership the organization. As a CAP cadet, Wayne participated in numerous wing (state) and national level activities. He represented the United States Air Force and it’s Auxiliary as a young ambassador to Sweden on the International Air Cadet Exchange. When he served as the encampment cadet commander of the California Wing Training Group, he learned from the ground up the importance of collaboration. Wayne finished the CAP cadet program achieving its highest honor, the Carl A Spaatz Award.
Wayne’s pursuit of leadership advancement took him to the University of San Francisco and the US Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps. After being commissioned, he served in the Military Police as a Battalion Logistics Officer in Operation: Desert Storm, then as a Company Commander at Fort Drum, NY for the 10th Mountain Division. Wayne lives in San Jose, CA and works as a Senior Procurement Manager for a large consumer electronics company. Wayne is married with three growing kids, one of whom is currently serving as a cadet in California Wing of the Civil air Patrol.
Retired Colonel, Army National Guard
Grace found her passion while still in school – she loved the military environment where she was able to work as a member of a team, develop leadership skills, help others, and be a part of something bigger than herself.
After spending over 30 years in the US Army, Grace still loves the military environment. She enjoys working with cadets in the Civil Air Patrol and in the California Cadet Corps – helping them to develop as leaders and pursue their passions. “Sharing what I value: teamwork, attention to detail, and the core values of integrity and respect keep me relevant with today’s youth. The military model cadet program teaches leadership in ways no other program can match.”
Chief Financial Officer
Dan joined the CCLF board in July of 2016 and currently handles the treasury functions for the foundation.
Like most of his fellow board members, Dan has benefited greatly from CAP’s leadership programs first as a cadet and now as a senior member. Joining the program in 1986, he took full advantage of California Wing’s ILP program and was able to complete the cadet program earning its highest honor, the Carl A. Spaatz Award. Building on this cadet experience, Dan went on to college where he became a leader in the New Mexico Military Institute Corps of Cadet. He later graduated with a degree in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton and began his career in the financial industry with positions at Bank of America and Smith Barney.
Dan is currently the Chief Financial Officer of a consumer lending company and is also the president of the California Financial Services Providers where he is active in helping to shape laws and regulations that affect the financial services industry. He has continued to apply leadership lessons learned in CAP throughout his business career. Dan also strives to stay committed to the core values of integrity and volunteer service as he serves in his church and in his local community. He is very excited to see the Foundation assist a new generation of young people benefit from the training he and so many other have received through quality youth organizations like CAP.
A board member and one of the founding directors of the non-profit, Cadet Character & Leadership Foundation (CCLF), Mike is an active senior member in the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.
Actively engaged in CAP programs for more than 40 years, Mike is a strong believer in CAP's three-pronged, primary mission: aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.
Since first joining CAP in the late-1960s, Mike's approach to business and volunteering has included the foundational tenets of leadership and the cadet programs that use American aviation as a cornerstone for learning. First, as a cadet and now as an instructor and leader, Michael knows that when he found the Civil Air Patrol, he found his people.
His deep appreciation for the Civil Air Patrol and belief that CAP should be credited with much of his success is why he is still dedicated to seeking out leaders of the future through the emerging activities and scholarships provided by the Cadet Character & Leadership Foundation.
Music Corporate Entertainment Recruiter
Jonathan joined the youth organization Civil Air Patrol in 2001 as a cadet. Thus began his passion in youth leadership development. During his cadet career, Jonathan held many leadership positions, including the Commander of the CAP California Wing Cadet Training Group. He completed the cadet program with its highest honor, the Carl A. Spaatz Award (1775). Jonathan also has two younger sisters in the Civil Air Patrol. He is extremely proud of their accomplishments in the CAP cadet program.
Jonathan then completed 6 years of service in the US Air Force as an Intelligence Analyst. Next he attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas studying Human Resource Management. This landed him a job with the Wynn Hotel (winner of the most Forbes Five star awards in the world). Jonathan currently works as a Music Corporate Entertainment Recruiter. He is always scouting the new Indie Pop scene. Jonathan lives in Woodland Hills, CA loves the outdoors and enjoys surfing.
A native Californian, Dan’s passion for leadership began when he was only a teenager. Inspired as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol at a summer encampment, Dan quickly developed a deep passion for mentoring and charitable work. This resolve stuck with him through college, leading him to get her BA in in political science from the University of Oregon and a Juris Doctorate from the Gonzaga School of Law.
Dan has over 28 years of developing leadership experiences in military as well as non-military youth leadership associations. From Dan's frontline roles in the nonprofit sector for San Francisco charities, he brings a business driven focus to the CCLF. He currently provides legal services and is the managing director of a marine/maritime services and consulting firm. The firm is a leader of social innovation, with a focus of positive ecological impact in the marine environment. He lives in Mountain View, Ca with his wife and one exuberant teenage son.
Senior Maintainence and Construction Worker, LA County Sanitation District
Board member James Welliver has been in a military-style uniform as a cadet since he was 10 years old. He started out as a member of the Nautical Cadet Corps and then joined the Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program. James is still in uniform as a Senior Member (adult) mentor. As a cadet he studied the basics of leadership, put it into practice, and has since been teaching leadership skills. His focus is character and team building with an emphasis on ethics coaching, team building, and management skills.
While continuing his leadership mentoring, James turned to another of his passions, glider flying. James became the CAP California Wing Glider Program Manager and helped to build a nationally recognized glider program. When James recognized a need to replace a failing ground glider wench at the Los Alamitos glider port, he speared headed an effort to replace it with a state of the art Glider Ground Launch System. The system has allowed hundreds of cadets the opportunity to experience the freedom of flight.
James continues to be active in the CAP, both in passing on leadership skills to cadets and helping to manage the CAWG glider program. He believes that giving back to the organization that helped him as a youth is an important part of his life.
"I just completed the California Wing, Drill & Ceremonies School. The school focused on teaching drill from the AFMAN 36-2203, and reinforced a need for drill instructors to instruct to that standard. The cadets who attended, myself included, learned that drill is not merely a way to get from point A to point B in an orderly fashion, but that it stresses attention to detail, teamwork, self-discipline, and follower-ship, which is the beginning of leadership. I learned a much broader knowledge of drill.
Now I can teach drill at my home squadron and teach it correctly. I think it would be great to note that the financial aid CCLF invested into my attendance will not just help me, it will also enabled me to teach other cadets how to drill, thus aiding their leadership skills. And, in time, those cadets will teach other junior cadets.
The money that was invested in my training will eventually aid 10’s, if not 100’s, of cadets in the future. Thank you, CCLF, for allowing me to be a part of this great school."
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer School really motivated me to become a better leader. One who excels and is competent. A leader that can teach and train other cadets. Thank you so much for providing me the opportunity to attend SNCOS.
As a Senior NCO, and holding the position my squadron's Cadet Commander, I am going to use all the skills and tools which I learned at Senior Non-Commissioned Officer School to better develop my home squadron. Starting with myself, I have a clear image of what the expectations are. This will allow me to guide and set the example for my fellow Senior NCOs and mentor them. I can share what I have learned about the differences between being a NCO and a Senior NCO and what each of those should look like. Additionally, as the Cadet Commander, I have learned many new ways to conduct more successful and productive staff meetings. I have also learned the importance of conducting follow-up debriefings.
With my new found knowledge in squadron drill, I can fix the imperfections there were at my squadron drill formations.
Finally, one of the most important lessons that I learned was problem solving. This is going to greatly impact my decision making abilities in the future, now knowing there are several ways to look at a problem and how to find the best approach.
I have taken so much away from the SNCOS program and because of the CCLF scholarship, I was very fortunate to have had this opportunity. Thank you.
I am writing regarding my scholarship to the 2016 California Wing encampment where, in large part due to your scholarship, I was able to serve as The Cadet Training Group’s Advanced Training Squadron Commander. This is the second time this decade and in my cadet career that the Advanced Training Squadron program has been offered in the California Wing. I am very excited to have been a part of this revitalized program, and I am proud of the contributions that I made….
…One of the most important, portion of the ATS curriculum was leadership training. Searching for a good, comprehensive program, most of our inspiration for this portion was drawn from the CAWG NCOS curriculum and the previous year’s Advanced Training Squadron. Each cadet, during encampment, was given instruction on public speaking, moral leadership, personal image, and good tactics for a lower-level management position. In addition to this, every cadet practiced leading in Civil Air Patrol’s leadership laboratory, Drill and Ceremonies. It may be a few years before I see what effect this leadership curriculum has, but I am proud of the curriculum that C/Capt Drake and I developed this year….
….So, ladies and gentlemen at the Cadet Character and Leadership Foundation, thank you for giving me a chance to fail and a place to succeed.I wish CCLF the best, I congratulate you on your good work, and I thank you for my scholarship
First the applicant will need:
1. The exact name, inclusive dates, and location of the activity that the CCLF scholarship will be used for. The applicant will also need to know cost of participating in the activity.
2. The applicant will need a Sponsor’s contact information. The applicant's Sponsor must be an adult (cannot be a parent, guardian, or relative). The applicant's Sponsor should know the applicant and their background as they will be receiving a call from a CCLF member to discuss the applicant's situation. Sponsors can be adults such as Squadron Commanders, Leadership Officers, school teachers or counselors. Again, someone that can be used as a reference. The applicant needs to inform their sponsor of their scholarship request.
3. When all of this is complete, proceed to the “Home” page of the CCLF and select the “Apply” button at the top of the page.
4. Once the applicant completes and submits their application, they and their Sponsor will receive an email confirmation of the scholarship request.
A Sponsor is an adult (cannot be a parent, guardian, or relative) who is aware of the applicant and their background. The sponsor will be receiving a call from a CCLF member to discuss the applicant's situation. Sponsors can be Squadron Commanders, Leadership Officers, Activity Officers, and Chaplains, school teachers or counselors. Again, an adult that can be used as a reference. The applicant needs to inform their sponsor of their scholarship request.
Timing is dependent on a CCLF board member speaking with the applicant’s sponsor. Sometimes this can take up to a week. After the CCLF board member speaks to the sponsor, both the Applicant and Sponsor will be notified by email of the CCFL’s scholarship committee’s decision.
The applicant does not receive the activity funding, the CCLF works with hosting organization and issues a check directly to the hosting organization.
YES! The application for the CCLF scholarship is NOT the same as the application for the leadership activity. THE LEADERSHIP ACTIVITY APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY TO THE HOSTING ORGANIZATION CONDUCTING SAID ACTIVITY OR PROGRAM AND NOT TO THE CCLF.
If for any reason you are not able to attend, please notify the CCLF (email: email@example.com) and the hosting organization as soon as possible.
The term refers to students that may need a bit of help financially to continue their leadership growth. From time to time, we all need a helping hand financially.
If you are unable to attend a “time-tested leadership program” (class, school, academy) offered a leadership based organization because you just can’t come up with the money to attend, APPLY for a CCLF scholarship.
Here is a small list of activities supported by CCLF scholarships:
Civil Air Patrol, California Wing Integrated Leadership Programs:
1. Non-commissioned Officers School (NCOS)
2. Drill & Ceremonies School (DCS)
3. Senior Non-commissioned Offer School (SNCOS)
4. Cadet Officer Basic Course (COBC)
5. Advanced Cadet Staff Seminar (ACSS)
Civil Air Patrol National Cadet Special Activities:
1. National Character & Leadership Symposium (NCLS)
2. Cadet Officer School (COS)
3. Civic Leadership Academy (CLA)
Civil Air Patrol, Region Cadet Leadership School (RCLS)
The simple answer is NO. The Cadet Character & Leadership Foundation is NOT directly affiliated with any outside organizations such as the Civil Air Patrol or any other youth organizations.
The CCLF does not offer scholarship to Students at encampment, however the Cadet Encampment Assistance Program (CEAP) is available. Thanks to Air Force support, CAP has special funding available to cover encampment fees and uniforms with an emphasis on serving economically disadvantaged cadets. An inability to afford encampment will not hold back a cadet who wants to participate.
The need was brought to the CCLF board’s attention and the board felt that scholarship requests fit within the scope of the CCLF by-laws. The board of directors voted overwhelmingly to offer scholarships to “financially under-resourced” Cadre applicants.