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 Rev Richard McLeon IV

The Rev. Richard A. McLeon IV

Commission Vice Chair

Henderson, Texas
Term Expires December 31, 2017

A native Texan, Richard McLeon was raised in Grapevine, Texas and resides in Pine Hill, Texas with his wife, Patty. They have two sons: both are enlisted in the Texas National Guard (Infantry) and are members of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University.

Governor Rick Perry appointed Commissioner McLeon to the Texas Veterans Commission on November 10, 2010 to fill an unexpired term, then re-appointed him in 2012 to a term expiring in December 2017. He served as Secretary of the Commission from 2013 to 2015.

Commissioner McLeon enlisted in 1983 and served in the US Army and Army Reserves receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1996 as a Staff Sergeant. He is a graduate of the US Army Chemical School, the Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course and the Battle Staff Course. Commissioner McLeon served in Operation Desert Storm with the 327th and 91st Chemical Companies, 24th Infantry (M), XVIII Airborne Corps as a Decontamination Squad Leader and Chemical Reconnaissance NCOIC. He is a Life Member of the US Army Regimental Chemical Corps Association.

The Commissioner is the General Manager and CEO of Rusk County Electric Cooperative (RCEC) in Henderson, Texas. RCEC is a $100 million non-profit electric cooperative with over $60 million in annual sales. He has over 20 years’ experience in all areas of management, administration and finance in the electric utility industry and also serves on the Board of Directors for Northeast Texas Electric Cooperative, Tex-La Electric Cooperative and East Texas Electric Cooperative representing over $1.5 billion in generation and transmission assets in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Mr. McLeon is an Advisory Committee member of the Kilgore College Electric Power and Technology Program and began serving the state of Texas as a member of the Rural Affairs Advisory Committee of the Texas Department of Economic Development from 2000 to 2003.

Commissioner McLeon is an ordained Episcopal Deacon and Priest and served as a Missioner on a “circuit-riding” ministry team to 8 rural parishes around the middle Texas coast. He is licensed in the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas (San Antonio) where he continues to serve as a Supply Priest and assists in east Texas as needed.

Education

  • Bachelor of Science; Texas A&M University
  • Master of Business Administration; Sul Ross State University
  • NRECA / Robert I. Kabat Management Internship; University of Nebraska – Lincoln
  • Iona School of Ministry; Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Organizations

  • Action Committee for Rural Electrification
  • American Legion
  • Chemical Corps Regimental Association; Life Member
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars; Life Member
 

J.K. “Jake” Ellzey

Commission Secretary

Midlothian, Texas
Term Expires December 31, 2017

Jake Ellzey is an independent contractor and recently retired as a Commander after 20 years as a Naval officer and pilot.

Mr. Ellzey grew up in Perryton, Texas and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1992. He is pursuing his EMBA at Cox School of Business at SMU.

He has flown 4,000 hours in the H-60, F-14 and F/A-18 and has almost 900 carrier arrested landings. He commanded an F/A-18 Super Hornet squadron and was the Air Boss on the carrier USS Ronald Reagan. Additionally, he was a JTAC supporting Navy SEALs in Iraq.

Mr. Ellzey has received two Bronze Stars, two Meritorious Service Medals, Individual Air Medal with Combat “V,” seven Strike/Flight Air Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, three Navy Commendation Medals (one with Combat “V,”) the Combat Action Ribbon and the Battle “E.”

Jake and his wife, Shelby, live in Midlothian with their daughter McCall and their son Jack.

 
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.