Our Staff

Curator / President: Mark Conrad, Master Sergeant, USAF, Retired

  Mark enlisted in the United States Air Force in October 1980 and served as a Master Instructor and Combat Communications Specialist. His assignments include Lajes Field, the Azores, Portugal, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He served on multiple deployments including in Iraq and Turkey in support of Operations DESERT STORM and PROVIDE COMFORT, NATO Base Tomaso Dal Molin, Italy in support of Operations DENY FLIGHT and PROVIDE PROMISE, Tuzla Air Base, Bosnia-Herzegovina with the Implementation Force (IFOR) in support of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, and Eskan Village, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and DESERT FOX. He was honorably retired after 20 years service.

   He's been a military history enthusiast since childhood and has contributed to more than a dozen collector's books and scholarly publications. Mark serves as the President of the museum's governing board.                                                                                          


Vice President: Ken Hoelscher

  Ken has been an avid fan of WWII since he was in junior high school. He saw the movie Memphis Belle and since then has been hooked. He has been involved in reenacting for nearly 20 years and enjoys teaching the public about WWII. Ken's impressions run the gamut from a Flight Officer (Glider Pilot), a mountain trooper, infantryman , a cook, and a Marine in the Pacific Theater. Ken is the founder of the group “Keeping the History Alive” and enjoys reenacting alongside his daughter and displaying his 1942 Studebaker "Phantom". When not reenacting Ken spends his time working in the family business as a chimney sweep and loves spending time with his family. Ken serves as the Vice President of the museum's governing board.


Public Affairs / Treasurer: 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.

  She is also a Gold Star Daughter; her father, Sergeant First Class Jack Blaine Beers, was Killed In Action in Vietnam on 07 April, 1969 and is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart and two Bronze Star Medals.

Cathy serves as the Treasurer of the museum's governing board.


Education Specialist / Secretary: Kim Villalva

   Kim is a wife, mom and an active volunteer in the community. She has a Master’s 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 nonprofits and the US Army. Kim is an avid writer who often finds inspiration in Veterans’ stories and experiences. She loves that she, her husband, Alex, and their two sons, have so many opportunities to support Veterans. Kim serves as the Secretary of the museum's governing board.

Vietnam Historian / Trustee: Alejandro P. "Alex" Villalva, SFC, USAR

    A native of Austin, Texas, Alex is a longtime and highly experienced Military Historian specializing in the study of the Vietnam War. He is forensic Military Equipment Analyst working to find, recover, and identify U.S. Military personnel from past conflicts. Alex has authored articles on U.S. Military equipment used in Vietnam and has published a major book project on the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. A Veteran of 25 years service in the Army he is a Senior Non-commissioned Officer, having served as a Drill Sergeant, Drill Sergeant Leader, and currently as a University Adjunct Faculty instructor in the University of Dayton’s Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Department. Alex serves as a Trustee of the museum's governing board.

Docent / Trustee: Michael R. "Mac" McBride, USAF Veteran

    Mac graduated from St. Petersburg High School in May of 1976 and in December of that year married his high school sweetheart Deb.

   He enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Crew Chief and flight control and landing gear specialist. His assignments took him to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi where he served in a Hurrican Hunter Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (and flew into two hurricanes), Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, and Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina. Mac served on two major deployments: at Al Dhafra Air Base, the United Arab Emirates in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM, and Aviano Air Base, Italy in support of Operation DENY FLIGHT enforcing the No-Fly Zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was honorably discharged in December 1993.

  After his military service, he worked the next 15 years as a 350,000 ton press operator at the International Truck and Engine plant in Springfield, Ohio. Mac joined the Miami Valley Military History Museum as a Docent in February 2018, and now serves as a Trustee on the museum's governing board.


Docent / Chaplain: Brent L. Davidson, USAF Veteran

  After graduating from high school in Wilmington, Ohio, Brent enlisted in the United States Air Force in June 1978. He completed the Security Police Academy in October of that year and was assigned to Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, where he guarded nuclear missile silos. In 1982 he was reassigned to Zweibrucken Air Base, West Germany. In 1984, he was reassigned to his old unit at Malmstrom. Brent left the Air Force in 1985 and worked for several civilian security companies as well as the Esther Price Company and Goodwill Easter Seals.

  He is active in various Veterans organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, and was elected as the Commander for Disabled American Veterans of America Auxiliary Unit 9 for 2018-2019. Brent is also heavily involved in Native American Veterans issues; his support for them led to his being adopted into the Tall Tree Piqua Shawnee Turtle Clan in 2016, and given the title and native name of Sub Chief (acting Chief) Peaceful Tall Shadow by the Primary Chief and the Matriarch of the clan.

  In addition to being the Museum's Chaplain, Brent serves as the Chaplain for the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, William T. Sherman Camp 93, and does living history as the first Chaplain of the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (forerunner of today's VA), Chaplain (Captain) William T. Earnshaw.


Docent / Trustee: Aaron Anderson, US Army Veteran

  Aaron was born in Norfolk, Virginia in 1976 and graduated from First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach. He studied Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. While there he joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and studied military science; he was commissioned in December 1999 as a Medical Service Corps officer. After attending training in Washington, Texas, and North Carolina, he was assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina with the 32nd Medical Logistics Battalion.

  Aaron was selected to lead a Medical Logistics and Medical Maintenance Detachment in Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of the NATO-led Sustainment Force (SFOR) from 11 September 2001 to 31 March 2002. He then served as the 44th Medical Command Engineer in the G-4 staff, serving as the subject matter expert for construction and facility issues for the 44th Medical Command. He also acted in a Logistics capacity, reporting and ordering equipment for 44th Medical Command Units deploying during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and other locations around the globe.

  In 2003, he was selected as the Combat Health Support Officer to deploy with the 782nd Main Support Battalion in support of the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He served in Iraq from August 2003 to March 2004. In 2004, he was honorably discharged as a Captain and went on to civilian pursuits as an engineer and consultant. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the NATO Medal with bar “Former Yugoslavia”. He earned the Parachute Badge, as well as jump wings from Poland and Russia. Aaron serves as a Trustee on the museum's governing board.


Trustee: John Hoelscher, US Navy Veteran

  John is a native of Kettering, Ohio. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1969 and served as a Combat Air Crew with Patrol Squadron TWENTY SIX (VP-26). John's duties included serving as the Radio Operator and In-Flight Technician. He was honorably discharged in 1973. John has degrees in Electronic Engineering and worked as a research technician in solid state physics at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base until his retirement in 2016. He is married to Caryl and has two sons, a grandson and three granddaughters. His long interest in military history manifests itself in his restoration of three military vehicles: a 1941 Dodge WC18 ambulance, a 1942 GPW jeep, and a 1953 Dodge M37. John serves as a Trustee on the museum's governing board.


Docent: Robert Allen, US Army Veteran

  Robert was born in Beckley, West Virginia. He graduated high school in the spring of 1963, and entered the United States Army in June of that year. He took basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky followed by six months of electronics training at Fort Bliss, Texas. Upon completion of that course of instruction, he was assigned to various locations in West Germany to maintain the Nike Hercules air defense nuclear missile systems. He was Honorably Discharged in June 1966, and made his home in Dayton, Ohio. Robert serves as a Docent and data base administrator.


Docent: Kendra Beckman

  Kendra was born and raised in Casstown, Ohio and graduated from Miami East High School. After graduation, she enrolled at Wright State University to study Social Science Education and also played Division 1 soccer for the Raiders. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in April 2018. Kendra shares an enthusiastic interest in history with her father, who she credits for giving her a love of the subject. Her ultimate goal is to work in a museum and curate her own exhibit. Kendra serves as a Docent and data base administrator.


Docent: Ben McCollough

  Ben currently lives in Miamisburg, Ohio. He attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in International Comparative Politics. Ben is an Army Staff Sergeant with 8 ˝ years service in the Ohio Army National Guard (6 years) and the Army Reserves (2 ˝ years). He is very interested in current events and military history – especially the Civil War. Ben serves as a Docent and data base administrator.


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