In 2014, a Fort Worth native and businessman, Kevin Boldt, wanted to honor WWII veterans by taking them to lunch to show appreciation for their service. Kevin had an interest in military history since many of his family members served, including himself. He took a group of about fifteen WWII veterans to lunch; the following month there were about thirty. Each month the group has continued to grow until we are averaging around 275 - 300 people in attendance each month, with the majority of those being veterans.
In 2016, the monthly veterans luncheon was expanded into a larger vision of serving and honoring veterans in our community, including a Befriend-a-Vet/home visitation program, creating internship opportunities for college students and service learning projects for high school and junior high students, as well as other community outreach and education programs. Thus, Roll Call was established. In early 2017 Roll Call received its non-profit status for veterans 501(c)(19).
Roll Call is a 100 percent volunteer-operated organization.
Each member of Roll Call’s Board of Directors is either a veteran or direct descendant of a veteran, and each definitely brings to the table professional skills to help the organization achieve its mission. Additionally, each Board Member is very passionate about honoring and serving veterans..
Kelli D. Martin, President
Kelli Martin has a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in English and a M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has completed much of her coursework toward a PhD in Criminology at the University of Texas at Dallas, with a current 4.0 GPA. Kelli received a full scholarship as a Doctoral Fellow. She has 22 years’ experience in the field of community corrections, with 11 years’ experience in management including supervising the Sex Crimes unit, Training Academy, & now the Research Unit. She conducts research for the Community Supervision & Corrections Department, the Tarrant County Criminal courts & is the official researcher for Tarrant County Veterans Pre-Trial Treatment Court.
Kelli has 11 years’ experience in academia, with the majority of that time as a professor at Texas Christian University in the Criminal Justice Department. She is a published author with works including a book chapter in Icons of Crime Fighting, a report for the U.S. Dept. of Justice, & numerous journal articles and technical reports. She is also the Editor of a state-wide journal, the Texas Probation Journal.
Kelli is active in several professional organizations including the Texas Probation Association, Texas Association of Drug Court Professionals, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments Criminal Justice Policy Development Committee where she scores criminal justice grants sponsored through the Governor’s Office for a 16-county region in North Texas.
Kelli became a volunteer with Roll Call in 2016 and has a deep passion for the military and veterans. She has numerous family members that have served or are currently serving, including her father who is a Vietnam veteran, US Army 82nd Airborne and her grandfather who was in the US Army during WWII. She spends much of her free time calling WWII vets, visiting them at their homes and taking her 13 year old daughter with her to meet “living history.” She wants to instill in her daughter the same admiration and respect she has for our military and veterans. In December, 2016 Mrs. Martin received a challenge coin from Tarrant County Military Veterans Peer Network for her volunteer work with veterans, and in May, 2017 was appointed as President of the Board of Directors for Roll Call.
Rebecca Anderson, Secretariat
Judy Choate, Member at Large
Paul Swartz, Advisory for Fundraising
Mr. Swartz grew up in Arlington, TX. He played tennis for Arlington High School, then attended the University of Texas at Arlington from 1959-1963 when it was Arlington State College. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology. Paul served in the Army National Guard from 1963-1969, 49th Armored Division, 149th Aviation Battalion. Paul’s training included Huey Helicopter crew chief and door gunner. His rank at discharge was Staff Sgt. E-6. His unit was not called to go in country in Vietnam, but they were ready to go if called!
Paul had a long and successful career in Sales spanning 33 years and across several states including New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas; he retired in 1996. He’s been married for 47 wonderful, happy years, has two daughters, two grandsons, and one granddaughter.
For the last 14 years Paul, has dedicated his free time to working with, honoring and supporting American troops and veterans. From 2003 to 2010 Paul volunteered for “Welcome Home a Hero” at DFW Airport, welcoming home troops for R&R from Iraq and Afghanistan. One year Paul was at DFW Airport for 51 days to greet the troops!
For three years, from 2011 to 2014, Paul volunteered for “Honor Flight DFW.” He assisted in recruiting WWII veterans for an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to visit eight memorials including the WWII Memorial. He also served as a guardian on several occasions for one of the vets he accompanied on the trip.
Since 2014, Paul has been working with two very special WWII Veterans, Iwo Jima survivors from the 5th Marine Division, Don Graves and Bill Schott. Paul has been arranging speaking engagements and providing transportation for them so they can tell of their experiences while fighting on Iwo Jima. He is also an Advisor to Roll Call’s Board of Directors regarding fundraising, and is responsible for raising enough money to pay for the monthly veterans’ luncheons for nearly six months. Mr. Swartz is a tremendous patriot, a kind-hearted man with a passion for our military and veterans, and no question a valuable asset to Roll Call.
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Mark Donahew, Vice President
Mark Donahew has been a volunteer with Roll Call since August, 2014. Mark grew up in Azle, TX and after graduation joined the U.S. Navy through the delayed enlistment program. In June, 1988 he went to boot camp, then nuclear field “A” school, and Naval Nuclear Power School, all in Orlando, FL. He then spent six months in Idaho Falls, ID for prototype training on a running nuclear power plant where he volunteered for submarine service. In March, 1990, Mark reported to the fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Von Steuben and stayed on board until his discharge December 31, 1993. He made five nuclear deterrent patrols out of Kings Bay, GA and was on the decommissioning crew in Charleston, SC.
After an Honorable Discharge from the Navy, Mark operated his own trucking business for three years before going to work at Lockheed Martin where he worked on the F-22 Raptor. Mark graduated from Northwood University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management in December 2005. In early 2007 Mark went to work in the oil field until hiring on at a power plant in July 2007. In 2011, Mark obtained a real estate license and works part-time for Marsha Hardin Real Estate in Azle. Mark has two teenagers, Preston and Mia, both of whom he tries to instill a respect for our military and veterans. Mark was greatly influenced by his grandmother who had a love of history, especially WWII.
Roy F. Davis, Military Liaison/Treasurer
Sergeant First Class Roy F. Davis is originally from Portland, Maine. After graduating high school in 1979, he joined the United States Navy and completed basic training in Orlando, Florida in 1980. Upon completion of basic training he served aboard the USS Carl Vinson CVN-70 as an Aerographer Mate (Meteorology) commissioning her in 1982 and then made the maiden voyage “Around the World” in 1983 from Norfolk, Virginia to San Francisco, California. In 1984, he left the Carl Vinson and took orders to Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.
After seven years he decided to leave the military and left in 1987, but only two years later he enlisted again. He took orders in 1989 to the United States Territory of Guam. He was assigned to the Naval Oceanography Command Center/Joint Typhoon Warning Center. His command tracked typhoons in an area of responsibility encompassing 11 million square miles. In 1996 after another six years in the military he decided to depart a second time.
Davis has an Associate’s of Science Degree in Computer Science and Network Administration. He worked in the computer field for almost ten years in Colorado Springs where he was employed by MCI and Oracle corporation. In 2005, Davis moved to Fort Worth and once again enlisted in the military but this time in the United States Army Reserve.
After training at Fort Knox, he reported to Co A 980th Engineer Battalion, then to the 721st Engineer Co. After those two assignments, he transferred to the 90th Aviation Support Battalion, then to the 370th Chemical Company, and finally back to the 90th Aviation Support Battalion, where he holds Chemical, Fuels and Water MOS. Davis is a Platoon Sergeant for Headquarters Company. For his full-time job, SFC Davis has been a Conductor for BNSF Railway for 12 years and has been married for 23 years now.
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Dan Duda, Jr., Director of Fundraising
Daniel graduated from Philipsburg -Osceola Area High School, NJ in June of 1981 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in November of that year. He did not proceed to Basic Training until May of the following year, at Lackland Air Force Base, TX. After Basic, Daniel attended Inventory Management technical school at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado, graduating in September of 1982.
Dan’s first duty station was Ellsworth Air Force Base outside of Rapid City, SD where he served with the 44th Civil Engineering Squadron as a Logistics clerk. He deployed with the 44th to Biggs Army Airfield outside of El Paso, TX in 1984. Dan’s next assignment as a Logistic troop took him to Nellis AFB in Nevada where he served in a top-secret location for three years.
In 1986 Dan moved from Nellis, NV to McGuire AFB, NJ – home of the 438 Military Airlift Wing. From there, Dan deployed to North Carolina in support of the invasion of Panama, and to Desert Shield Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia where his unit was the first Air Force unit on the ground. He served as the Commander of the Supply Squadron deployed for the Military Air Command at that location for a period of six months, earning four medals and citations for his service.
Dan then volunteered to serve as an Air Force recruiter in Chilicothe, Ohio, which was the first capital of Ohio, later moved to Columbus. He put 93 civilians into boots during his tenure there, a fact of which he is most proud. Dan’s next assignment in 1996 took him to Holloman AFB in New Mexico where he served in a variety of positions, culminating as NCO In Charge of the 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Aircraft Parts Store and Warehouse. This is also where Dan’s greatest achievement, meeting his wife of 20 years, Penny, and where they had two of their three daughters.
Dan’s final assignment was back to McGuire AFB, NJ, where he served as an Air Force instructor at the NCO academy, training young Non-Commissioned Offices leadership and management skills. Dan retired from Active Duty in May of 2006, serving a total of 24 years in our nation’s Air Force. The Dudas moved back to New Mexico, where Dan held a variety of positions, including Coca Cola, and the US Army as a contractor. Dan was hired for his current position at Lockheed Martin in February of 2013. He and his family moved to Fort Worth in July of 2014.
Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Colorado Technical University and a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies from New Mexico State University.
Bruce Anderson, Director of Befriend-a-Veteran
Bruce Anderson has a B.S. in Business Management with a minor in Economics from Washington State University. He has worked at the Fort Worth Police Department since 2004. He currently serves as an East Division Detective. During his 13 years he spent 7 years in the undercover narcotics unit. He has also served in the SRT unit, Hostage Negotiation Unit, patrol and NPO program. Further he is a state certified instructor for the Fort Worth Police Academy.
Bruce has served numerous organizations voluntarily. He has also served 2 consecutive years on the Fort Worth Police Association. Bruce is a member of numerous professional organizations including TNOA (Texas Narcotics Officers Association), TTPOA (Texas Tactical Police Officers Association) and is a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
Bruce recently joined the Roll Call Organization because he has a passion for military veterans. His father served in the Vietnam Conflict as a Green Beret. His paternal grandfather served as a Marine in WWII and Korea. His paternal great grandfather fought in Europe during WW1.