PROUD Foundation Board of Advisers Member Len Hering

RADM (Ret) Len Hering, Sr.

Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering Sr. a Surface Warrior by trade he rose to become a prominent military and civilian sustainability leader with a broad background in base operations, facility support, energy and environmental issues. A native of Portsmouth, Va., he retired from the US Navy in 2009 after serving with distinction for over 32 years. His various sea and shore assignments provided a unique and rewarding understanding of how the NMCRS can influence and help make service to country easier. As Commander, Navy Region Northwest, and Commander, Navy Region Southwest he learned the importance of how sometimes the smallest effort in support can have the greatest impact on outcome. Hering currently serves as Executive Director of I Love A Clean San Diego a non profit devoted to educating and changing behaviors for the benefit of a better environment. He serves on several non-profit boards and is currently the Chairman of the Board for the Charter Schools of San Diego, An Advisory Board member to the Center for Climate Change and Security, The Boy Scouts of America, The American Lung Association, member of American College of National Security Leadership, board member of the Veterans Medical Research Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the Board Armed Services YMCA and NMCRS PROUD Foundation Board of Advisers. He has been married to his wife Sharon of Maryland for nearly 39 years and together they have raised 3 incredible sons who have blessed them with 5 grandchildren, and counting.
PROUD Foundation Board of Advisers Member LtGen (Ret) Terry Robling

LtGen (Ret) Terry Robling

Terry Robling joins PKL Services following a distinguished 38-year career with the U.S. Marine Corps, having most recently served in the Marine Corps’ largest operational command billet as the Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and retiring as a Lieutenant General. Previously, Terry served as the Deputy Commandant for Aviation, responsible for all Marine Corps aviation procurement, budgeting and policy decisions. He also served as the Commander, Marine Corps Forces and Marine Corps Bases, Japan, as well as the Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan. Terry flew as a Naval flight officer in F-4 Phantom and F/A-18D aircraft and accumulated over 5,200 tactical jet hours in peace and combat throughout his career. As Chief Executive Officer, Terry assumes full management responsibility for the company globally and sustains the solid foundation of this internationally recognized and cohesive organization. Terry earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central Washington University and a Master of Science degree in National Security Strategy from the National War College, National Defense University, Washington DC. Terry has earned numerous military awards and decorations including three foreign government awards; The Order of the Rising Sun (Gold and Silver levels) from the Emperor of Japan, The Order of National Security Merit (Gukseon Medal) from the President of Korea, and the Legion of Honour (Rank of Knight) from the President of France.
PROUD Foundation Board of Advisers Member Major Katherine Spies

Maj Katherine Spies

Major Katherine L. Spies is an AH-1 attack helicopter pilot, experimental test pilot, and dedicated advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. As an AH-1 pilot, Major Spies flew over 320 hours in combat, leading more than 100 combat missions and awarded several military honors, including Air Medal (5th Award), Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the NATO Article 5 Active Endeavor Medal. As the Marine Corps’ first female helicopter test pilot, Major Spies flew over 30 types of fixed and rotary wing aircraft and executed high-risk test events in support of Department of the Navy aviation acquisitions. Currently, Major Spies is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Design at Harvard University, with work focused on soft matter, fabrication, and material science. Originally from Orange County, California, Major Spies received a B.S in Chemical Engineering from the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California and is a graduate of the United States Naval Test Pilot School. Major Spies is a Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a Stephen M. Kellen Term Member in the Council on Foreign Relations.
PROUD Foundation Board of Advisers Member Sharon Hering

Sharon Hering

She is the wife of retired RADM Len Hering, Sr. (RET). They have been married for nearly 39 years and have three sons and five grandchildren. Sharon currently works for a mortgage banking firm in Kearny Mesa, CA, as a Human Resource & Office Manager. Sharon has a proud history of being involved in volunteer efforts helping sailors and their families through the Navy Marine Corp Relief Society since 1985 and is a founding member of the NMCRS PROUD Foundation. She is a past executive board member having serviced as the Honorary Chairperson of Volunteers for nearly 5 years and she has been an instructor for the Budget for Baby Training course for over 12 years in the San Diego office. Sharon is a long-standing member of Avant Garde and has been involved at the local and national level with the Military Child Education Coalition. Sharon also volunteers for the Boy Scouts of America having been on the Annual Gala Committee for 8 years and served as Chairman for two of the annual events.