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) is an original appointee to the CMP Board of Directors and has been active on the board in various positions since 1996. 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.
Harry A. Sieben Jr., (Vice Chairman) 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.
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.
Carmen Allegra M.D., (Secretary) 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”
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.
Joseph R. Inge retired from the United States Army in 2007 as a Lieutenant General. He has broad experience in homeland security and homeland defense. He currently serves as a private consultant with a diverse portfolio that includes support to industry, government, and the military.
Launi Meili is the head coach of the Air Force Academy’s rifle program, where she has led the Falcons to seven 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.
Gerald O’Keefe joined the CMP Board of Directors in September 2019. In 1981, he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Engineering. He went on to earn a Master of Engineering in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering in 1989, along with a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2002. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon before moving on to the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army, where he stayed until 2018. Currently, he’s the director at Grant Thornton LLP in Alexandria, VA.
Denny Lord, the Corporation’s Special Projects Officer and General Inspector, is a retired Brigadier General in the Minnesota National Guard.