Meet the Museum Staff
Mark Conrad, Master Sergeant, USAF, Retired
Mark retired after 20 years in the Air Force and is a veteran of multiple
deployments. He's been a military history enthusiast since childhood and has
contributed to more than a dozen collector's books and scholarly publications.
Catherine I. Beers-Conrad, USAF Veteran
Catherine (Cathy) is a veteran of 6 years service in the United States
Air Force; she served tours of duty in Alabama, Alaska, Ohio, and the
NORAD/Space Command Headquarters in Colorado. She is a former freelance
writer on military family life for the Dayton Daily News.
Kim is a wife, mom and an active volunteer in the community. She has a Masterís Degree in Organizational
Communication with an emphasis in Training & Development from Southwest Texas State University and a Bachelor of Arts
Degree in Organizational Communication from Kent State University. She has worked as a corporate trainer for a variety
of organizations including nonprofit, the US Army, Fortune 200 companies, universities and schools. Kim is an avid
writer who often finds inspiration in Veteransí stories and experiences. She has a passion for helping people and enjoys
helping to preserve our Veteransí memories, stories and sacrifices. She loves that she, her husband, Alex, and their
two sons, have so many opportunities to support Veterans through a variety of activities and events.
Alejandro P. "Alex" Villalva, SFC, USAR
A proud native of Austin, Texas, Alex is a longtime and highly experienced Military Historian
specializing in the study of the Vietnam War. Focused study of this conflict began as a teen in the early 1980s,
which eventually led to his current work as a forensic Military Equipment Analyst and Historian. His specialized
skills are great assets to the Department of Defense Laboratory tasked with the noble mission to find, recover, and
identify U.S. Military personnel who remain unaccounted for from past conflicts. Alex has authored articles on U.S.
Military equipment used in Vietnam and is currently writing a major book project on the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. Alex is
a Veteran of 25 years service in the Army. A Senior Non-commissioned Officer, he has served the majority of his distinguished career
as a military trainer and instructor, serving as a Drill Sergeant, Drill Sergeant Leader, and currently as a University Adjunct Faculty instructor
in the University of Daytonís Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Department.
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