Commission Chair Eliseo Cantu

Eliseo “Al” Cantu Jr.

Commission Chairman

Corpus Christi, Texas
Term Expires December 2019

Governor Rick Perry appointed Al Cantu to the Texas Veterans Commission in April 2008 for a six-year term and was designated as the Chairman of the Commission in May 2012. Governor Perry re-appointed Al Cantu to the Commission in February 2014 for a term to expire in December 2019.

Eliseo is the former Commander for the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. He was elected State Commander for the Department of Texas at the 87th State Convention held in Corpus Christi in June of 2007.

Cantu is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1966 following graduation from Officers Candidate School, at Fort Gordon, GA. He is a graduate of the Signal Officers Advance Course and obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tampa, Tampa, FL, in August 1973.

Chairman Cantu’s military assignments include Communication Center Officer in the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff, Communications-Electronic, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC, Assistant Division Signal Officer, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC, Acting Battalion Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion S-4, Company Commander and Platoon Leader. His overseas tours included Vietnam, Korea, and Germany.

Chairman Cantu retired from the US Army in 1978 with the rank of Major. After his military career Eliseo worked as an internal Auditor with Nueces County before his employment with Driscoll Children’s Hospital where he worked in the Finance field and served as a member of the Executive Committee for over 21 years until December 31, 2001 when he retired.

He continues to serve and contribute to the veterans in and around Nueces County. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Corpus Christi Mayor’s Committee for Veteran Affairs and continues to be a strong advocate for veterans and their families.

Al Cantu and his wife Alma live in Corpus Christi, Texas and they have one son, two daughters, three grandsons, one granddaughter and three great-granddaughters.

His professional memberships include:

  • International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi
  • Healthcare Financial Management Association
  • Leadership Corpus Christi, Class XVI, Alumni
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Gold Legacy Life Membership
  • 82D Airborne Division Association, Paid for Life Membership
  • Catholic War Veterans, Life Membership
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Post 150, Life Membership
  • American Legion Post 28, Member
  • Military Order of the Cooties, Life Membership
  • Corpus Christi Mayor’s Committee for Veterans Affairs, Member
 
Commissioner Daniel Moran

Daniel P. Moran

Commission Member

Cypress, Texas
Term Expires December 31, 2019

Dan Moran is the founder of Moran Enterprises, Inc., serving as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. In addition, Mr. Moran spearheads Plaza Construction’s Texas Regional Office, based in Houston, TX. Plaza Construction is one of the nation’s foremost construction management and general contracting firms headquartered in New York City. Mr. Moran medically retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Captain after five and a half years of service as an infantry officer of Marines.

Mr. Moran earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced International Affairs with a concentration in National Security from the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. While an undergraduate student at Texas A&M, Dan was a member of the Corps of Cadets, The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band, Ross Volunteers, SEAL Platoon, and served as the Combined Band Commander his senior year in the Corps. He has also participated in the Executive Education Program at Harvard Business School, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Finance from Tulane University. Dan is a graduate of the Executive MBA Program at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University.

Mr. Moran is a combat decorated veteran who served in the Global War on Terror as an Infantry Officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy Achievement Medal with Valor, and the Combat Action Ribbon. Dan is a member of the Hope for the Warriors Board of Directors, a Spokesman for Helping a Hero, and a member of Marine 4 Life. In December 2010 Dan was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the 2011 Texas Inaugural Committee.

Dan and his wife, Teal, reside in Cypress, TX with their three children Trey, Macy, and William.

 

Kevin Barber

Commission Member

Houston, Texas
Term Expires December 31, 2021

Kevin Barber of Houston is president and founder of 95 Bravo Resources, LLC, a wholesale energy services company, founder and principal of Veteran Energy, LLC, a retail electricity provider and business development lead for Enchanted Rock, Ltd. He is also founder of the Power to Give Back program, an initiative created to provide resources to military veterans and aid in their employment. The program also drives efforts to support other local charitable organizations that provide further services to veterans. Previously, he served as regional trading team leader at Integrys Energy Services and director of Midwest Trading and Marketing at Southwest Energy. Prior to his extensive career in the energy trading arena, he earned an honorable discharge from the United States Army, where he served in the 1st Military Police Company of the 1st Infantry Division as a K-9 patrol dog handler. He serves on multiple veteran service organization boards and is a supporter of veteran entrepreneurs in the community. Barber received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany and an associate’s degree in criminal justice from SUNY-Adirondack.

 

Kimberlee Joos

Commission Member

Dallas, Texas
Term Expires December 31, 2023

Kimberlee Joos of Argyle retired as a Colonel, after 23 years of service in the United States Air Force. Her primary military specialty was intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. She served as Commander, 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas in her final active duty posting. Her military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Korean Defense Service Medal. She is a member of the Dallas/Fort Worth World Affairs Council and currently serves as secretary of the Denton County Master Gardener Association. Joos received a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University, a Master of Arts in security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in National security and strategy from Air University, and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.

 

Laura Koerner

Commission Member

Fair Oaks, Texas
Term Expires December 31, 2023

Laura Koerner of Fair Oaks Ranch is an engineer and a Councilwoman for the City of Fair Oaks Ranch. She served in the United States Navy as a Surface Warfare (Nuclear) Officer onboard USS MAHAN (DDG 72) and USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65), earning 2 Navy Commendation Medals and a Navy Achievement Medal. She is a Blue & Gold Officer with the Admissions Department of the United States Naval Academy and a member of Project Management Institute, United States Naval Academy Alumni Association, and the United State Navy League. Koerner received a Bachelor of Science in system engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science in nuclear engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is qualified as a Nuclear Propulsion Plant Operator at the Naval Nuclear Power School.