Board of Directors
Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety, Inc.
The National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice (NBPRP), an advisory board to the Secretary of the Army, which was created in 1903, was disestablished by The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996 (TITLE XVI) and replaced by the CPRPFS. The initial board was appointed by the Secretary of the Army and is responsible to develop all policies and procedures for the implementation of all aspects of the CMP.
Current Board Members
Judith Legerski (Chairman) remains as the only original appointee to the CMP Board of Directors, from the time the company was privatized by Congress in 1996. She has served the board in many positions since her appointment. Like Legerski, all original board members were appointed by the Secretary of the Army. Legerski has held elective office, served the Secretary of Defense as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Military, served the Secretary of the Army as a Civilian Aide for some 28 years, and is active in a number of community and state efforts.
Gerald O’Keefe (Vice Chairman) joined the CMP Board of Directors in September 2019. His career highlight was serving on active duty in the Army for 27 years. After concluding his military service in 2008, O’Keefe served in several Department of the Army Senior Executive civilian positions to include serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army from 2013-2018. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy, a Master of Engineering in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Penn State University and a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
Jon N. Bengtson (Treasurer) is a founder and Chairman of the Board of AirWire Technologies, a mobile networking company. Mr. Bengtson has served as Chairman of the Board of Altair Nanotechnologies (ALTI), various senior executive positions with International Game Technology, The Sands Regent Hotel Casino (SNDS), Radica Games LTD. (RADA), and ShareGate Incorporated. Throughout his career he served on numerous local charity boards and served as the Nevada Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army from 1991 until his retirement in 2005. He holds a B.A. in Finance and MBA degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Harry A. Sieben Jr., (Secretary) is an attorney with the Sieben Carey law firm in Minneapolis. He was a State Representative for 14 years including 2 terms as Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He served 35 years of active and reserve duty in the United States military, retiring from the National Guard as a Major General. He served 12 years as a Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and currently serves as Civilian Aide Emeritus.
Carmen Allegra M.D. is an emeritus professor at the University of Florida Department of Medicine. He is deputy editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and a senior clinical investigator for NSABP Foundation Inc. Dr. Allegra knows the CMP well as a longtime volunteer and collector, and is pleased to have been selected to serve on the CMP board.
Regina Chavis has over thirty years of experience in public accounting and the nonprofit industry. As the Chief Financial Officer at the Military Officers Association of America she believes in the motto of “never stop serving”, which she has done throughout her career not only for veterans and their families, but the communities she has lived in all over the world. She is the child and surviving spouse of United States Air Force Retirees. She is a CPA and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting for Walsh College in Troy, Michigan. She has enjoyed the opportunity to travel the globe, from the time she was born in Germany to the time her spouse retired in the Washington DC area. “Aim High…Fly-Fight-Win”
Lieutenant General Gary H. Cheek, US Army (Retired), is a 38-year veteran of the United States Army. His notable Army assignments included Director of the Army Staff in the Pentagon, Deputy Commanding General, US Army Central Command, and as a brigade commander in Afghanistan. After his Army career, General Cheek served as the inaugural Director of the Bass Military Scholars Program at Vanderbilt University. General Cheek is a graduate of the United States Military Academy, the School of Advanced Military Studies, the Army War College, and the US Army Airborne and Ranger schools. The Civilian Marksmanship Program focus on youth was a natural connection for General Cheek and he is honored to serve on the Board of Directors.
Paula Crenshaw M.D. is a board-certified Internist and medical-legal consultant for the State of California. Prior to medical school, she worked as a rock-climbing guide, sports model, and stuntwoman. She has co-owned a multispecialty clinic in Boulder, Colorado, a fitness gym in Sacramento, California, and held numerous administrative positions at hospitals in Colorado, California, and Nevada. She was awarded Tahoe’s Best Doctor in 2010 and 2011 in primary care. Dr. Crenshaw is an active highpower competitor who earned the Distinguished Rifleman Badge in 2020 and made the President’s 100 in 2021. She is honored to serve on the CMP board.
Will Dantzler is Co-Founder and Vice Chairman of Rofori Corporation, a company focused on cybersecurity threat awareness and mitigation in the public and private sectors. He is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and served as Wing Commander with the 351st Strategic Missile Wing at Whiteman AFB. He received his MS from Central Missouri State University and his MBA from the University of Missouri. He is enthusiastic about his position with the CMP Board of Directors and the impact CMP has in shaping leadership qualities among the youth of America.
Launi Meili is the head coach of the Air Force Academy’s rifle program, where she has led the Falcons to eight straight appearances in the NCAA National Championships, with 30 team members earning All-American honors in smallbore and air rifle events. She shot for USA Shooting for 10 years, participating in two Olympic games, two PanAm Games and a World Championship. She produced three world records, three Olympic records, a world team championship and won the Olympic Gold Medal in Barcelona in 1992, becoming the first American woman ever to win gold in smallbore. She is a seven-time national champion in 3P rifle. She has authored Rifle: Steps to Success, a how-to book for shooters, available on Amazon. Mrs. Meili is honored to serve on the board of the CMP, which she says is THE quality organization in marksmanship and safety training.
Ed Newell is employed by the Wyoming Judicial Branch. He spent twenty five years as a prosecutor in Fremont County and Sweetwater County, Wyoming. His prosecutorial career included many murder cases, including two capital cases. He enjoys officiating high school soccer competitions and shooting rifle and handgun competitions. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Iowa and a J.D. from the University of Wyoming.
Denny Lord, the Corporation’s Special Projects Officer and General Inspector, is a retired Brigadier General in the Minnesota National Guard.