Our Board

Overwatch Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of active duty military, veterans and business professionals. Board members all serve without pay and donate financially to the Alliance.


Leonard Hearne "Bill" Armistead III

Bill Armistead III was born and raised in Franklin, TN. A graduate of Franklin's Battle Ground Academy, he attended Southern Methodist University and Vanderbilt University School of Law. He practiced law in Nashville for 17 years, after first working at Commerce Union Bank in the Trust Department, and later with the law firm of Baker, Worthington, Stansberry, and Woolf (now Baker Donelson) where he served for 5 years as the Hiring Partner. Although he no longer practices law, he is a member of the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations.

Bill previously was the Chairman and part of ownership and management of both Can-Do National Tape and Arvis Corporation.

He is a member of the Race Committee of The Volunteer State Horseman's Foundation, the 501(c)(3) whose function is to manage and produce the annual steeplechase event benefitting the Monroe Carell, Jr., Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt – the Iroquois Steeplechase, held in Nashville on the second Saturday in May every year. Bill is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Battle Ground Academy and a Trustee of the Jack C. Massey Foundation.


Frank Bumstead, Masters of Business Management, USN Veteran

Frank Bumstead is a Principal with Flood, Bumstead, McCready & McCarthy (FBBM), a financial management firm with offices in both Nashville and New York. He has over 35 years of experience as a professional financial advisor, investment advisor, and in valuations, mergers, sales and acquisitions. He is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (BBA) and The Vanderbilt Owen School of Management (MBM).

Mr. Bumstead has served on numerous boards in the past, including the American Retirement Corp., Dede Wallace Center, The American Red Cross, ECA, Inc., American Constructors, Inc., American Cine Wire, Inc., Junior Achievement of Nashville, Watkins Institute, and Junior League Advisory Board.

His current board memberships include: Brookdale Senior Living, Chair, Compensation Committee; Syntroleum, Inc., Member, Audit & Compensation Committees; Memorial Foundation, Inc., (a $150 million charitable foundation), Chair, Finance & Investment Committee, Member Executive Committee; Nashville Wire Products, Inc., Audit Committee.

He successfully negotiated and arranged for the sale of CMT Network to Opryland, as well as the merger of Music Row Magazine with Southcomm. Mr. Bumstead is the 2014 President of the Board of Directors for the Country Music Association. Frank is also a U.S. Navy Vietnam War Veteran. He and his wife, Ann, reside in the Nashville area. They have two children and seven grandchildren.


Bernard "Bernie" F. Chesman, CW2, USAR (Ret.)

Chief Warrant Officer Chesman enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966 and served until 1969. His service included a short cruise to Vietnam. In 1977, he joined the Maryland Army National Guard, serving in various positions in his unit including recruiter, Career Counselor, Squad Leader, and Training NCO. In 1985, he entered active duty with the Maryland Army National Guard as a Career Counselor, and then as a Personnel Sergeant handling the Retirement Points Accounting System.

In 1990, he entered on an active duty tour with the National Guard Bureau. While there, he was part of the Reserve Component Liaison team sent to Saudi Arabia in 1991. He was selected to attend the Warrant Officer Candidate course in 1992 and subsequently graduated and served the remainder of his career as a Military Personnel Warrant Officer until his retirement in 2001. Among his awards are the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (3), and the Army Achievement Medal (3).

Chief Warrant Officer Chesman received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Administration in 1977 and has worked as an Internal Auditor for the federal government and the State of Maryland for more than 13 years. He has also served his synagogue as both a member and officer of the Board of Directors, serving for more than 25 years. For the last 20 years he and wife, Barbara, have volunteered to provide catering for members for their events as a means to provide funds for the operation of his Synagogue. He currently resides in Maryland.


Carter A. Howard, USA Veteran

Carter A. Howard is the Founder and President of The Carter Company, Inc., in Nashville, Tennessee. From its humble beginnings in 1980, he has built the organization from a one-man residential management company into a full-service, family-owned real estate management company, including multi-family, commercial, residential and industrial properties. He is a Certified Property Manager and Broker, and is Chairman of the local Industrial Development Board. He is one of Nashville’s most respected real property investors, and during his career he has been directly responsible for the acquisition and disposition of over $100 million of real estate investment assets.

Mr. Howard served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971, and is a Vietnam Veteran. His brother, Jimmy, also served during that time, and was killed in action. His time in service and the death of his brother ingrained in him a passion for our military. He is currently a member of the Vietnam Veteran Leadership Program and continues to actively support veterans’ causes both locally and nationwide.

Carter and his wife, Pam, have been married for 42 years and have two daughters, Mitsi and Anita. Both girls are principal partners in the family business and live close by with their own families, which makes both Carter and Pam very, very happy! Carter enjoys hunting, fishing and rambling around at his farm in Middle Tennessee on his tractor with his grandchildren.


Debra R. Kubiet, CSM, USAR (Ret.)

Command Sergeant Major Kubiet is a retired National Account Manager for the Internal Revenue Service. In that position, she demonstrated herself as a resourceful leader at implementing high profile, electronic filing tax compliance programs within the large tax professional industry for both individual and business taxpayers. In partnership with the internal business operating divisions, she created integrated strategies to enhance existing e-commerce applications and e-file brand/product evolution, while maintaining the existing budget parameters.

Her strong interpersonal skills provided her the ability to build on the existing partnerships between internal and external stakeholders to secure positive input and support of the business’ goals. Her ability to consistently gather customer feedback, provide prompt and professional responses while striving to improve overall customer service was evident in her establishment of weekly conference calls to discuss and identify current business trends.

Joining the active duty Army in 1973, CSM Kubiet served in a variety of Military Occupational Specialties, military units, and has held progressively responsible positions. She served on numerous Boards which included, but were not limited to: Junior and Senior Promotions Boards, NCO/Soldier of the Year Boards, SGT Audie Murphy Boards, as well as serving as the NCO Professional Development Coordinator for her reserve unit. CSM Kubiet served three mobilizations; two deployments to the Middle East and her last assignment was at Ft. Hood, TX as the CSM with the Hood Mobilization Brigade. CSM Kubiet resides in Raleigh, NC, where she is an active member and volunteer in her local community and church, and enjoys gardening, reading, running and biking.


Dennis Tonneslan, HMCM (SS/FMF) USN (Ret.)

Master Chief Tonneslan began his Navy career in 1972. Prior to his retirement in 1998, he served the Navy Medical Department in various roles, including 10 years as an Independent Duty Hospital Corpsman in Submarines. His last assignment included administering medical programs for 14 commands in the Western United States including four deep submergence vehicles, two surface ships, three submarines, and three support units. He was the NAVOSH PM for 14 commands and also served as the Radiation Health Officer for deep-sea divers.

Master Chief Tonneslan has more than 30 years of professional experience in administering and providing health care and implementing information technology solutions in a healthcare environment. He is currently an RN and a Clinical Analyst for a leading population health company dedicated to helping organizations improve care, reduce costs, and manage risk. His educational background includes courses at the Naval Undersea Medical Institute, San Francisco State University, and the Naval School of Health Sciences.

He joined the Overwatch Alliance Board of Advisors in 1993 and is currently serving on Overwatch Alliance's Board of Governors. He has also served on the Overwatch Alliance’s Board of Directors since it was created in April 2008.

He is a member of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and in his free time volunteers with local veterans’ organizations, including the Disabled American Veterans and Heartbeat—Serving Wounded Warriors. He also enjoys exploring the Great Pacific Northwest by foot, on bike and motorcycle. He and his wife, Pam, live in Washington State, and they have one daughter, Genna.


Executive Staff & Non-Voting Board

Brice N. Smith, CPA, President
brice.smith@overwatchalliance.org

Cheryl A. Stone, Secretary and Grants Administrator
cheryl.stone@overwatchalliance.org


“The camp was the best it has ever been and we thank Overwatch Alliance for making it possible and for providing these boys an experience they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”
Chris Coulter, Knights of Heroes Foundation