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NAVY LEAGUE OF THE UNITED STATES
Tampa Bay Council

2023 TAMPA NAVY LEAGUE COUNCIL OFFICERS

                                  President                    

Interim Treasurer

Co-Chair of Commissioning Committee

Military Affairs

Board Member

Board Member

Congressional Affairs

VP of Administration

Board Member

COMMITTEES

Jennifer Anderson

Vice President

Jennifer was born and raised in Lakeland, FL and is a very proud native of the Tampa Bay area. She started her Corporate Career at Lockheed Martin Financial offices in Lakeland at only 17 years old while attending College at Polk State in the evenings.  She worked as an Administrative Assistant for 3 managers at Lockheed. After graduating College, she switched her career path to the medical field. She worked in Dermatology for 5 years as a Medical Assistant.  She then moved on to a great opportunity working for a local pharmacy, helping with a new robotic program where patients would get their medications sorted and delivered to them in their homes.  After about 6 years working for Mulberry Pharmacy, she stayed at home and helped with her husband’s small business. She has been married to her husband, Ryan Anderson for 25 years.  Ryan is a professional Painter and for the last 7 years, Jennifer handles everything with the business, except the painting.

In her free time, she is a Supply Officer for the American Victory Division Sea Cadet Unit in Tampa FL. She does all the sewing on their uniforms and makes sure that all the Cadets are squared away with everything they need throughout the year. Within the unit, Jennifer also serves as the Color Guard Coordinator for the Sea Cadets. In the summer, she teaches a Sea Cadet Culinary Arts Training where she teaches 10 Cadets advanced recipes with fresh ingredients, garnishing and plating techniques.  Her oldest son started the program in 2010 and she became a Volunteer in 2015. She is now a LTJG with 8 years of service in the USNSCC.

She has been a member of the Tampa Bay Navy League Council since 2021. Jennifer is responsible for taking meeting minutes, helping with the website, taking pictures and videos at Commissioning ceremonies, dinners, and coordinating events.  She is also able to provide the council with a Sea Cadet Color Guard Detail when needed.

In her personal life, she is a Proud Coast Guard Mom, a Proud Sea Cadet Mom, and a brand new Grandma to a beautiful baby girl in Sitka, Alaska.

Skip Witunski

Interim President

My experience in finance and fundraising has allowed me to help the Navy League of the United States on a national and local level to provide support for the many men, women and family members of the Sea Services which I am very proud of.

Paul Anderson

Co-Chair of Commissioning Committee

Information Coming Soon.

Matt Thompson

Military Affairs

Information Coming Soon.

Gerald Jacobs

Military Event Coordinator

Gerald Jacobs is a retired real estate broker in Tampa, Florida.  He has spent his carrier as a broker operator and broker owner of his own business.  Gerald has hired and trained many Realtors over the years.  Emphasizing ‘always do what’s best for the client.’  His ethical approach left no room for compromise.

Gerald first joined the Navy League in the late 1990s and has held several board positions in that time. For many years he has been the official historian and memorialized each year with an annual hard back book. He has also produced photo albums for many ship commissionings.

During Gerald’s retirement years, he started writing books, both fiction and self help nonfiction. He also stays busy maintaining two websites marketing and promoting his books and blog musings.

Although Gerald is from Tampa, he spent his earliest years as a military dependent, globetrotting while following his father from duty station to duty station. Always they returned home to Tampa.

Gerald is married to his loving wife Kathy. Even though neither remembers meeting then, they went to second grade together at Dale Mabry Elementary School. Kathy too is from Tampa. Though born in Daytona Beach, her family soon relocated in Tampa where they have made their home ever since.

Gerald is proud of the efforts of the Navy League in promoting the sea services and the men and women who serve.

Tom O'Malley

Youth Services Coordinator

CDR O’Malley is a native of South Boston, MA and was educated in area Catholic schools. Joining the Navy in 1968 he served as a Boatswain’s Mate in USS CAPRICORNUS (AKA-57), USS GUAM (LPH-9), River Patrol Division 52, serving as a combat advisor to the Vietnamese Navy, and USS BASILONE (DD-824). Leaving active duty in 1972 CDR O’Malley pursued his degree at Boston State College and the University Of Massachusetts at Boston, graduating with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History, in 1981.

CDR O’Malley joined the Naval Reserve in 1985 as a Boatswains Mate Second Class. He served with Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity (SIMA) Newport, RI, USS VALDEZ (FF-1096), Newport, RI, where he was promoted to Boatswain’s Mate First Class, COOPMINEUNIT 2101, Boston, MA and USS CLARK (FFG-11) Newport, RI where he was promoted to Chief Boatswain’s Mate and then in September 1993 commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Since that time CDR O’Malley has served with Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 202 in Portsmouth, NH and Newport, RI as Deck Officer, Vehicle Maintenance Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. In October 1998 CDR O’Malley was assigned as Executive Officer, Inshore Boat Unit 22, New Haven, CT. In the wake of the bombing of USS COLE (DDG-67), IBU 22 was recalled to active duty under a Presidential recall to conduct force protection and anti- terrorism operations in the Persian Gulf. In October 2001 CDR O’Malley assumed duties as Commanding Officer, Inshore Boat Unit 22. During the unit’s deployment to the Persian Gulf, December 2002 through September 2003, CDR O’Malley also served as Commander, Task Group 53.8 and the Commander, Task Force 53 Force Protection Officer for the United Arab Emirates.

CDR O’Malley was again recalled to active duty in January 2004 to serve as the Assistant Operations Officer to Commander, Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron TWO ONE in Newport, RI. In October 2005 CDR O’Malley also assumed command of Inshore Boat Unit 21 in Newport, RI. At the conclusion of the assignment to NCWS 21, CDR O’Malley was recalled to active duty to serve as the lead instructor for coastal and riverine operations as well as anti terrorism/force protection at the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, RI instructing department head students as well as PCO/ PXO classes.

In July 2007 CDR O’Malley once again deployed to the CENTCOM AOR dual hatted as CO, Inshore Boat Unit 21 and Boat Division Commander for CTG 56.5. Halfway through the deployment, CDR O’Malley was assigned as Commander, Task Unit – United Arab Emirates with responsibility for all US Navy force protection operations in the

country. His final active duty assignment was as Chief of Operations, Interagency Action Group, Operations Directorate, US CENTRAL COMMAND, MacDill AFB, Tampa, FL. Commander O’Malley retired in May 2010 with 31 years active and reserve service

CDR O’Malley has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal 6 times (one with Combat V), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal twice, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Battle E and numerous other campaign and deployment awards.

CDR O’Malley is married to the former Karen Moriarty. They split their time between Tampa, Florida and Marshfield, Massachusetts.

William Merlin

Congressional Affairs

REAR ADMIRAL WILLIAM F. MERLIN, USCG (RET)

Admiral Merlin, a member of the Navy League since 2000, is a native of Tampa, Florida, where he now resides after completing a thirty-four year career in the U. S. Coast Guard. Assignments as Budget Chief, Comptroller, and Chief of Command, Communications and Control preceded his final assignment on active duty as Commander, Eighth Coast Guard District, New Orleans.

Admiral Merlin is a graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy; U. S. Naval Postgraduate School; Defense Weapons Systems Management College; and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Nicole Humphreys

VP of Administration

Nicole Humphreys is honored to be a part of the Tampa Bay Navy League. She is always ready to lend a hand and help out where needed. Nicole’s career in the US Merchant Marine gives her a unique perspective and makes her an asset to the team. She volunteers much of her time to help youth in multiple organizations in reaching their goals.

Jason Allen

Treasurer

Jason Allen is the Director of the Government Sector for Florida at Konica Minolta where he has worked for 23 years. Jason has been involved with many local charitable organizations and was the past President of the Tampa Bay Council of the Navy League from 2015-2017. He has continued to serve on the board since then. Jason is from the mid west and moved to Tampa Bay in the mid 90’s. He lives in north Tampa with his wife Nancy raising their 5 daughters and 1 son.

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