Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation

Our mission is to serve the Central Florida Marine Corps community by helping to preserve our traditions, providing a legacy for the next generation of heroes, and offering every Marine and Marine family a voice in our future.

Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation
Board Members

About Us

The CFMCF is a 501(c)(19) charitable, not-for-profit organization comprised of Veterans and current members of the United States Armed Services, Cadets, and the spouses, widows, or widowers, of these individuals dedicated to improving their local community through education and service. Each year the foundation provides thousands of dollars in grants that help drive the recipients to succeed in higher education, community engagement, and more.


Join us for an extraordinary weekend dedicated to honouring the Marine Corps community in Central Florida. Marine Weekend 2024 is a celebration of camaraderie, gratitude, and unwavering support for those who have served our nation.

From a thrilling golf tournament to a lively casino night, our lineup of events offers something for everyone. Immerse yourself in the spirit of competition, enjoy the thrill of gaming, and indulge in elegant festivities at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.

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Save the dates and mark your calendars. Follow us on LInkedIn and Facebook, or join us every third Friday from 1630 - 1830 at Bar Louie on N Alafaya Trail in Orlando to get more details. Click the links below to register each event and take advantage of early bird pricing.

Don't miss out on Marine Weekend 2024 – a truly unforgettable experience.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball

The Central Florida Marine Corps Birthday Ball is an annual event that celebrates the establishment of the United States Marine Corps on 10 November 1775.

Join us to celebrate 249 years of tradition!

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Golf Tournament

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming Golf Tournament, where golf enthusiasts and supporters of our cause come together for a day of friendly competition and camaraderie. This event promises an unforgettable golfing experience while raising funds for our community.

We look forward to seeing you on the course for a memorable day of golfing excellence!

Casino Night

Get ready for an evening of glamour, excitement, and high stakes at our highly anticipated Casino Night event.

Join us for an unforgettable night filled with thrilling casino games, delicious food, live entertainment, and incredible prizes.

Our Annual Partnerships

Iwo Jima

Belleau Wood

Hue City



Join us in celebrating the legacies of Iwo Jima, Belleau Wood, Hue City, Fallujah, and Chosin. These iconic battlefields represent the unwavering courage and sacrifice of our Marines throughout history. Through enduring partnerships, we honour their bravery and preserve their stories.

Parnerships renew every 10th of November.


Become a part of the Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation (CFMCF) and join a vibrant community that supports our Marines and their families. Our membership cycle begins on November 10th each year, and we invite you to join us.

Lifetime Membership:

For those seeking a larger commitment we offer a special lifetime membership option for a one-time payment of $300

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Annual Membership:

Annual membership dues are just $30, offering you access to exclusive benefits, events, and opportunities to make a difference.

Become a Member

The membership cycle begins on November 10th each year.

Discounts for Students and Active Duty:

We understand the unique circumstances of students and active-duty personnel. Therefore, we offer discounted membership rates for these individuals. Please reach out to us via email for more information on these special rates.

Membership Options:
  • New Membership: $30
  • Renew Membership: $30
  • Active Duty (Renewal or New): $5
  • Current Student (Renewal or New): $5
  • Lifetime Membership: $300 (one-time payment)
  1. Access to exclusive CFMCF events and activities
  2. Networking opportunities with fellow members and Marine Corps supporters
  3. Regular updates and newsletters highlighting CFMCF initiatives and accomplishments
  4. The satisfaction of making a difference in the lives of Marines and their families


At the heart of our foundation is the belief that education is a transformative force, capable of changing lives and shaping futures. We have witnessed firsthand the life-changing outcomes that scholarships can bring, enabling students to pursue their dreams, fulfill their potential, and contribute to their communities.

By supporting the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, you become an integral part of this noble endeavor.

Together, we can ensure that no Marine family is left behind on their educational journey. Your contribution, no matter the size, has the power to make a lasting difference in the lives of these deserving students.

Applications will be open
December 2024

CFMCF Board Members

We proudly volunteer to bring our experience in the Corps and life after to enhance our commitment to the Marines and Marine Families located in Central Florida.

Julian V. (Vince) Dees | Executive Chairman

Major (Ret) | USMC 1978-2002 | MOS’s 0311/1803

Vince enlisted as a Private in the Marine Corps Reserves in 1978 and retired from active duty as a Major in 2002. His specialties included being an 0311 Infantry Rifleman as an enlisted reservist, an active duty 1803 Assault Amphibian Officer as well as an Acquisition Professional.

Vince has been associated with the Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation for several years and interacts with several organizations including the Marine Corps League, Florida Association of Veteran-Owned Businesses, and the Veterans Beer Club. Vince worked as a Defense Contractor for 12 years and has been a Financial Advisor for the last nine years, currently with Prudential.

Walt Yates | Chairman Emeritus - Gifting and Scholarship Chair

Colonel (Ret) | USMC 1990-2018 | MOS’s 0802/8825/8061

CFMCF Chairman of the Board Walt specialized in Field Artillery, Acquisition Management, and Modeling & Simulation (M&S). Walt holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Simulation (MOVES) from Naval Postgraduate School. As Chairman of the Board, Walt brings extensive experience in program management and M&S technology development for military applications.

Walt has served ashore and afloat with the FMF, supporting assignments including OIC Battle Simulation Center, Deputy Director for M&S at MARCORSYSCOM, & Program Manager for Training Systems. He was a Secretary of Defense Corporate Fellow at Norfolk Southern Corporation. He holds Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act certifications for Program Management Level III and Information Technology Acquisitions Level III.

Dr. Michael Woodman | Director & Treasurer

Major (Ret) | MOS’s 7585/7207/8057
USMC 1974-1978 Reserve | USMC 1978-1998 Active

Dr Woodman spent the bulk of his Marine Corps career in aviation, primarily in the F-4 Phantom II (B, J, and S models). Since retiring, he has been active in Modeling & Simulation for Training and in research in academia, industry (both large and small businesses), and government.

In this latter capacity, he served as a Project Officer at PM TRASYS and as the USMC Training and Education Command’s Modeling & Simulation Officer and Science & Technology Officer. He currently works at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a Solutions Architect.

Roger Azevedo | Director & Casino Night Chair

AD2 USN 1982-1981 | Major (Ret) | USMC 1991-2004 |
MOS’s 3502/0402/6002/9965/8809

Roger started his military career by enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1982. He spent 9 years as an aircraft mechanic on various fighter and cargo aircraft. In 1991, after earning his BS in Aviation Management from SIU and completing USMC Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant.

During his 13 years in the Marine Corps, he achieved various MOSs from Aircraft Maintenance Officer to Motor Transport Officer to Logistics Officer to Marine Officer Instructor to Recruiting Staff Officer (Ops/XO of RS Orlando), as well as Aide-de-Camp for General Fred McCorkle.

After retirement, Roger spent 8 years supporting PMTRASYS as a Program Analyst. Roger is currently the Program Manager for Presagis USA, a M&S company. Supporting a variety of defense and civil contracts, both domestic and internationally.

Dex Conrad | Director & Golf Tournament Co-Chair

1st Sgt (Ret) | USMC 1986-2008 |
MOS’s 1833, 3051, 3044, 6672, 6617, 0916, 0917, 0931, 0932, 8999, 9999

Dex is a highly decorated Marine with a vast military career. Some career highlights: 2nd Marine Division Rifle/Pistol Champion (Meritorious promotion by General Al Gray-Commandant), 4th Marine Aircraft Wing Marine Athlete of the Year, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing NCO of the Year, 4th Marine Air Wing SNCO of the Year, All Marine Rifle/Pistol Champion, National Pistol Team Champion, Canadian, Swiss, French Open pistol medalist. SNCOIC-Marine Corps Pistol Team. Combat tours in Desert Shield/Storm, Afghanistan Campaign, Iraq Campaign.

Following retirement in July 2008 after 22 years of active service, First Sergeant Conrad joined L-3 Communications as a Senior Instructor for Infantry Weapons and shortly thereafter became Program Manager of the Infantry Weapons and Anti-Armor Program. After 4 years he was moved to Orlando and became the PM TRASYS SETA PM and RTS PM for L-3/Engility. Following stints as Program Manager he moved into the Business Development role where he currently sits as the VP of Business Development for Cole Engineering Services Inc. He is married to the former Lyn Ronci and they have 4 children.

Drina Black | Secretary to the Board
Membership/Communications/Marketing Chair

Corporal | USMC 1994-1998 | MOS 1345

Drina enlisted Open Contract and was awarded the MOS 1345, Heavy Equipment Operator. She served 4 years and was stationed in MCAS YUMA MWSS 371 ENGINEER OPS. She has her own business, PhoeniX Data Marketing, that specializes in technology, operations, logistics, administration, and client relations.

She has a passion for technology and is excited about the new discoveries in Web 3.0. She utilizes her USMC core leadership values and strategic partnerships to connect businesses to data professionals to solve any technical difficulties and bridge them into the new era.

Former CFMCF Board Members and volunteers

Thank you to former board members and volunteers for thier valuable contributions, time, service and expertise to our organization. Each board member commits to a three year term.

Your support of Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation allows us to continue to fulfill our mission and serve our local Marine Corps community each year. Your professionalism, teamwork, and expertise have left a lasting impression, and we are grateful for the positive impact made to the Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation.

We would like to extend our recognition and heartfelt appreciation for your outstanding work and dedication.

Semper Fi!

Dexter Costin | Former Board Member

Captain | USMC 1995-2000 | MOS 0402

Dexter operates a real estate business as a licensed Realtor and a real estate investor. He utilizes his professional, financial, and analytical background to simplify and execute complex real estate transactions. His education includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering, from Florida A&M University and an MBA from Webster University.

He received his commission in the USMC through NROTC and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the USMC in 1995. After The Basic School Dexter received his MOS of Logistics Officer (0402). His operational commands included CSSD-14, El Toro, and Security Battalion at Camp Pendleton.

Happy Hour Networking Event

Join us the third Friday of the month(excluding November) for an exciting Happy Hour Networking Event! Connect with fellow members, Marine Corps supporters, and professionals from various industries. More information on our Facebook & LinkedIn.

Date: Third Friday of the Month

Time: 1630 - 1830

Location: Bar Louie, 4100 N Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32826

Copyright © 1981-2024. Central Florida Marine Corps Foundation;
P.O. Box 621918; Oviedo, FL 32762-1918

CFMCF is a 501(c)19 charitable, not-for-profit organization for military veterans.
A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free, within the state,
1-800-HELPFLA, or via the Internet at www.800HELPFLA.com.
Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

Registration number: CH34353.