Our National Advisory Board
The Homecoming 250 National Advisory Board includes former Navy Secretaries and retired leadership from the Navy and Marines.
It's Official! As the result of our efforts, Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro has publicly announced that the Navy and Marine Corps will celebrate their 250th anniversaries in Philadelphia and Camden in 2025.More Info
Homecoming 250 is led by a passionate group of people committed to honoring the legacy of the Navy and Marine Corps.
George S. Leone is the President and Chair of the Board of Homecoming 250 Navy Marine Corps, and its Advisory Committee Chair. George previously served as a judge in the New Jersey Superior Court in Camden and in the New Jersey Appellate Division. Earlier, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in Camden, and Chief of the Appeals Division for the United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey. The Attorney General of the United States presented George the Director's Award for helping to defend New Jersey's Megan's Law, and the John Marshall Award for helping to lower crack cocaine sentences.
George previously served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, an associate at the Dechert law firm in Philadelphia, and as a law clerk for Judge James Hunter III, a Marine veteran of World War II, on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Camden. George is the son of a Navy veteran from World War II, was raised in South Jersey, and graduated from Harvard College and the University of Chicago Law School.
Monica A. Hallman is the Vice President of Homecoming 250 and a member of the Board. Monica served in the U.S. Navy for 22 years as a journalist, broadcast journalist and public affairs specialist. Her assignments took her from the U.S. to Italy and Scotland, and she served in the Mediterranean during the Gulf War and Middle East conflicts. Following the Navy, Monica worked at Lockheed Martin Systems Integration as the communications representative and spokesman for the Presidential Helicopter Program and Naval Helicopters Program. She subsequently worked for Navy International Programs Office, and as Director, Marketing and Public Relations at L-3 National Security Solutions. Monica taught Strategic Communications courses at Ithaca College and is a current adjunct professor at Rowan University Edelman College of Creative Arts. She has served as President of the Veterans Club Table of the Union League of Philadelphia, and Executive Director of the Navy League Philadelphia Council.
Taylor M. Anzidei is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board and its Events Committee Chair. Taylor is a Lieutenant Commander in the Navy, a Navy Officer Recruiter with Navy Talent and Acquisition Group Philadelphia, and an MSN RN CCRN. She holds a Masters of Science in Nursing and Healthcare Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. Taylor served in various critical care units before joining the Navy Reserve in 2014. She has been instrumental in providing critical care during deployments to Guantanamo Bay and the Javits Center during the Covid response. She has also led training for Operation Golden Coyote and served as the team leader for Team Australia at the Wounded Warrior Games 2019.
Taylor's personal awards included the Navy and Marine Corp Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3). She resides in New Jersey with her husband and two goldendoodles.
Patrick F. Dailey is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board, and chairs its Finance & Audit Committee and Tun Tavern Task Force. Pat is also the Chair of the Tun Tavern Legacy Foundation. A Philadelphia native, he holds Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Management from Spring Garden College in Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia. Following college, he served as a Marine Officer with both the 3rd Marine Division and the 1st Marine Air Wing from 1981 to 1985 in Okinawa, where he learned Japanese and coordinated with the Japan Self Defense Force. After leaving active duty, he worked as a cost accountant in the construction industry for 10 years, and the pharmaceutical industry for 22 years.
Pat and his wife built, own, and operate a successful 50-seat restaurant and adjoining retail store in the Philadelphia suburbs for the past 18 years that has been consistently rated one of the best places to eat on the Main Line according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Zagat, and The Mainline Times.
Patrick J. Hermesmann is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board. Patrick is a retired U.S. Marine Corps Major General, retiring in 2020 after 35 years of active and reserve service. As a General Officer he commanded Marine Forces Europe, Marine Forces Africa, Marine Forces Korea, and 4th Marine Logistics Group. He also served as the Deputy Commander (mobilization) Marine Forces Command, and as the Director of Reserve Affairs. He has served worldwide, to include commanding 6th Motor Transport Battalion during the initial invasion of Iraq in 2003.
In his civilian capacity Patrick currently serves as an AVP at Hanover Insurance Group, overseeing catastrophic litigation nationwide. He previously worked as a trial attorney, primarily defending high exposure lawsuits on behalf of individuals, partnerships, and corporate entities in New Jersey and Philadelphia.
Patrick is a Southern New Jersey native and continues to reside in South Jersey. He is a graduate of Rutgers University, Camden. He previously served on the Toys for Tots Board of Directors for 9 years, and also serves on the Advisory Board of other charitable organizations.
Leo A. Holt is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board. Leo is a native of Philadelphia with a forty-year career in the Port of Philadelphia and international transport community. He is President of Holt Logistics Corp., part of a family company founded in 1926 and now in its fourth generation, that owns, leases, and develops marine terminals and distribution centers, and provides logistics management and related services to materials handling and transportation companies. His family’s efforts have helped make the Delaware River the premier transport destination for millions of tons of industrial and consumer products.
Leo and Holt Logistics have helped coordinate transport and logistics support for the US Defense Department, including US Military Sealift Command and the recent Operation Allies Welcome, during which a Holt facility was temporarily repurposed to provide instant support to 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan. Holt Logistics and its affiliates aid the recruitment, employment, and professional development of current and former members of the US military. In addition, Leo and the Holt family are active in a wide variety of military family support organizations, including the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, Navy Seal Foundation, Marine Raider Foundation, Marine Recon Foundation, US Army Special Forces Foundation, and Foundation for Exceptional Warriors.
Jay Jones is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board, and its Secretary. Jay joined the staff of the Battleship NJ Museum and Memorial in 2019 as the Director of Operations, overseeing Information and Communication Systems, Maintenance, Security, and Safety. Previously, he held several senior management positions with the South Jersey Port Corporation (SJPC), until retiring as the Port Corporation’s Acting Executive Director. During his 29 years with SJPC, he has also served as the Deputy Executive Director, the Assistant Executive Director, Public Information Officer, Chief Information Officer, Ethics Liaison Officer, OPRA Custodian, Facility Security Officer, and served as the agency’s Board Secretary.
Jay is a graduate of Wesley College and the Rutgers Camden South Jersey Regional Leadership Institute program. He is a certified Facility Security Officer through Hudson Trident.
Lawrence Morris is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board. He is a Manager at Lockheed Martin in Camden, NJ. He was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1981. Over the course of his 21 years of active duty, he served on several ships, including the USS Constellation, USS Lake Erie, and USS Benfold as the Chief Firecontrolman (E-7). He was stationed at various locations across the U.S., including Pearl Harbor, NB San Diego, CSTSC Mare Island, Bath Iron Works, and as a Navy Technical Representative in Moorestown, New Jersey.
After retiring from the Navy in 2003, Lawrence began working at Lockheed Martin in Moorestown, where he has held several positions over the last 20 years. These roles have included Senior Field Engineer, Senior Test Engineer, and Administration Manager. In his current position as the SI&T International Programs Manager, he is responsible for supporting AEGIS international programs in Spain, Norway, Korea, Australia, and Japan. In this role, he provides cost estimates, identify, hire, and deploy personnel to support international programs, and assists in the development and delivery of required technical documentation for international AEGIS assets.
Lawrence is a resident of Haddonfield, NJ and is married with three children.
Vice Admiral (Retired) Frederick J. Roegge is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board. Fritz is President of Holtec Government Services; he also serves as the Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of the parent, Holtec International, providing high technology goods and services to energy industry and US government customers. Fritz joined Holtec after a Navy career as a submarine officer and nuclear propulsion engineer. In his 30+ years of service he led organizations of progressively increasing size, budget, and complexity ranging from command of a single US nuclear-powered submarine to command of the entire US Pacific Submarine Force. His other experiences include human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion responsibilities for Navy servicemembers, a Congressional liaison for the Secretary of the Navy, and senior responsibilities in joint and coalition organizations culminating as President of the National Defense University.
Fritz is an honors graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, and he earned a Master of Science in Engineering Management from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Arts with highest distinction in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. He was a fellow of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI program for national security leaders and of the Harvard University Kennedy School National Security Executive Program.
Philip P. Rowan is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board, and its Ships Committee Chair. Phil is CEO of the Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial in Camden, NJ. He had a 44-year career in the fields of economic development, urban redevelopment, public administration, historic preservation, and executive leadership. He served as Executive Director and CEO of the New Jersey Urban Development Corporation, and Executive Director of the Camden County Improvement Authority. Earlier, he served as Project Manager and Director of Community Development for Cape May, and Director of Community and Economic Development in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Phil later established Economic Development Associates, LLC.
Phil is a native of Camden and a veteran of the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He graduated from Stockton University with a BS in Environmental Science with a concentration in Land Use Management and Planning.
Stanley White is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board, and its Nominating and Governance Committee Chair. Stan served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Robert A. Brady (D-PA) from 1998 to 2019. Stan’s duties included supervising Rep. Brady’s five offices and overseeing his committee work, with an emphasis on the House Armed Services Committee. Stan also served as Vice President of the House Chiefs of Staff Association, on the Pew Charitable Trusts Bipartisan House of Representatives Chiefs of Staff Program Advisory Committee, and on the Senior Congressional Staff Advisory Council of the Congressional Study Groups.
In January 2019, Stan became the principal of the Lawrence James Group, a full-service firm for government affairs, community relations and business development, and a member of the African American Chamber of Commerce of PA, NJ & DE. Stan has developed an extensive bipartisan network on the Hill and in Philadelphia. He is a member of the US-Asia Institute’s Congressional Circle.
Clyde M. Woltman is a member of the Homecoming 250 Board. He is the Chief Executive Officer of AgustaWestland Philadelphia Corporation and Leonardo Helicopters USA, Inc. Based in Philadelphia, Clyde is responsible for sales, engineering, development, production, and supporting functions in the Americas and for US government and foreign military sales globally.
Clyde is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, and the University of Paris Sorbonne with a Master of Arts degree in Geopolitical Studies.
Prior to entering the private sector, Clyde served in the United States Marine Corps. A career Marine and Naval Aviator, he served and commanded in multiple operational units and staff assignments. He flew more than 200 missions during Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, and Iraqi Freedom. And in addition to seven operational and combat deployments, he served in the Pentagon with Headquarters Marine Corps; and as a Spanish Navy Exchange Pilot; a student at the French Joint War College and University of Paris; a NATO Staff Officer in Naples, Italy; and a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow.
Clyde is married and has two sons.
Meghan Foley, CPA, is Homecoming 250's Treasurer. Meghan is a Philadelphia-based Manager at Your Part-Time Controller, LLC, which specializes in providing accounting services to non-profits.
Meghan has nearly two decades of experience serving a diverse range of clients, but now works exclusively with non-profits. She previously was an intern and then Manager with Zook Dinon Public Accountants in Moorestown, New Jersey, providing controllership and accounting services and serving as an auditor and consultant. She is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania and has over a decade of public accounting experience. She graduated from the Honors Program at La Salle University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
Andrew Giorgione serves as Counsel to Homecoming 250's Board of Directors. Andy is a lawyer, lobbyist, and co-founder of One+ Strategies. He assists clients with governmental relations matters before both state and local government in Pennsylvania and also provides legal services in the areas of real estate, medical marijuana, gaming, and municipal law and finance. In 2022, he was named to Top 50 Over 50 by City and State and the Power 30 for law and lobbying by the Central Penn Business Journal. He is a 1992 graduate of Widener University School of Law and a 1989 graduate of the Smeal College of Business at Penn State.
Our National Advisory Board
The Homecoming 250 National Advisory Board includes former Navy Secretaries and retired leadership from the Navy and Marines.
Our Supporting Organizations
Numerous organizations and officials have endorsed Homecoming 250’s plan to celebrate the Navy and Marine Corps 250th birthdays in their birthplace.