• Jun 23, 2021
  • 3:58 AM

WVAC Members

Dr. Anne Davis, Committee Chair – Retired Army Colonel - Reno

Dr. Anne Davis is a native of Michigan. She graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1982 earning a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. She served in the Army for 29 years in various locations and positions. She commanded the Hawthorne Army Depot from 2000-2002, a government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) ammunition depot located in Hawthorne, Nevada.

Anne Davis earned an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1991 and her Ph.D. in Business from The City University of New York in 2005. She is currently a member of the faculty for Walden University’s Doctor of Business Administration Program.

Bobi Pike-Oates – Retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant/Las Vegas

Roberta Pike Oates (Bobi) U. S. Air Force, retired aircraft maintenance Senior Master Sergeant, 23 years of service. She was handpicked as one of four individuals to stand up the Air Force first Remote Piloted Aircraft Predator Squadron at Creech AFB. As Production Superintendent for the 11th Reconnaissance Squadron she led the initial Air Force Cadre of Maintenance personnel thought training at the UAV training center at Fort Huachuca, AZ, then on to Taszer, Hungary for the first Air Force Deployment in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. During her Air Force career she served at several overseas and stateside bases in various Aircraft Maintenance positions. She also deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey in support of Operation Provide Comfort. After retiring from the Air Force she was a Branch Manager for Armed Forces Bank at Nellis AFB. Bobi has lived in Nevada for 21 years.

She is a member of the Women Veterans of Nevada Ceremonial team, and a board member. A life member of the Air Forces Association; a Charter Member of the Women in Military Service for America; Air Force Sergeants Association; American Legion; life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; and a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Bobi holds a BS in Business Management, AA in Aircraft Maintenance, AS in Law Enforcement, Certificates in Paralegal Studies and Banking. Her awards include Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB and Resource Advisor of the Year Air Warfare Center, Nellis AFB.

Annie Emprima-Martin – Nevada Army National Guard

Hello! My name is Annie Emprima-Martin.

I served from Feb 2008 to Feb 2017 in the Nevada Army National Guard. I was deployed to Kuwait in 2016, but also traveled to cities in Jordan, Iraq and Qatar during the deployment. At the time, I served as finance operations for the 17th Sustainment Brigade. My duties included conducting audits on U.S. and foreign currency throughout the battlefield.

Currently, I'm the owner of Veteran Ready, a consulting, training, and event planning company focused on building up the veteran community. I am also co-owner of Train With Industries, an on-site paid training program for veterans with severe barriers to employment. I bring to the Advisory Committee my local event planning experience and veteran community involvement starting with my time spent as the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program non-commissioned officer (NCO) and Employment Coordinator for the Nevada Army National Guard. I've also served as a Department of Defense contractor, building up and branding the Hero2Hired program for Nevada to more than 1,000 veterans, as well as serving as the first Veteran Coordinator for Vegas PBS.

I have served many years under male leadership that struggled to understand how to groom female leaders. I have first-hand experience in dealing with the struggles women veterans face during the transition from the military to civilian life. I also have expertise in marketing, advertising and program development that is specific to the veteran population. I want to bring awareness about the struggles women have while serving and help influence change in the military culture to better support Nevada women in the Guard/Reserve and women veterans from all eras. In my time serving on the Advisory Committee we all want to bring awareness to issues specific to women veterans as well as advocate for women veterans statewide.

Marlene Merck – United States Air Force (Ret.)

Marlene Merck graduated from Catholic Central High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1987.  She attended the local community college for two years before joining the Air Force in April 1989.

Her job in the Air Force was Service Specialist (food, fitness, and lodging). In the 24 years of service, she worked in all areas of the job to include training manager and extra duty as intern First Sergeant. In her time in the Air Force she was stationed at 4 different bases and deployed to 7 different countries.  

Marlene received her Associate in Hospitality Lodging/Food Service/Fitness and a Bachelor in Business Management.   

After retirement, she joined the civilian work force in the food industry.  She had a difficult time letting go of her military life and decided that it was time to become a full time mom. She officially retired from the work force.  She is currently working for the Elko School district as a lunch monitor at the middle school (just to give her something to do)

Two years after retiring she joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Within 6 months of joining she was elected in as Senior Vice Commander.  A month later stepped up as Post Commander, the first female post commander since the post opened its doors.  Since then she has held all positions and continue to be active with all the veteran organizations in Elko.  She recently started tutoring and counseling troubled 7-8th graders; teaching them coping skills to deal with the changes school and society.

Five things believe in-

— Use the lessons life throw at you to help others. 

— Honesty is the best policy.  Truth is easier to remember than lies.

— Its okay to say “No"

— Treat people how you want to be treated. Don't hold double standards.

— Accountability does breed excellence

Aretha Costley - U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant (Ret.)

Aretha Costley – U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant (Ret) Originally a native of Baltimore, Maryland, Aretha’s parents ultimately moved to California where she enlisted in the US Air Force in May 1986.  After serving proudly for 20 years, she retired in May 2006. During her 20 years of exemplary service, she proudly served at Misawa Air Base, Japan, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, Lackland Air Force Base, in Texas, and at the home of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland. While in the US Air Force, she was a Military Training Instructor, a professor with the Community College of the Air Force and Commandant of one of 64 Air Force Airman Leadership Schools. 

After retirement, she worked for TATE Incorporated, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman the United States Air Force, and US Citizenship and Immigration Services, as an Instructional Designer, Leadership and Development Training Instructor, Strategic Organizational Change Agent, Executive Leadership and Development Consultant and Human Resources Director. 

Her degrees include an AA in Instructor Technology and Military Science with the Community College of the Air Force, a BS in Administration and Management from National Luis University, a BS in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, and an MBA with a Human Resources concentration from Colorado Technical University. She is currently pursuing her EdD in Organizational Development and Organizational Management with Grand Canyon University. 

Her daughter is a Registered Nurse, and her son is an Audio Engineer.