National Board of Directors

Bob Shults
National President:
Bob Shults

President Shults focuses on several insurance coverage practice areas including third-party insurance coverage and environmental and toxic tort liability coverage.

While in law school at the University of Houston, Bob served as the executive assistant to Senator Jim Wallace of Houston. After graduation, he represented the University of Houston before the Texas Legislature, the Legislative Budget Board, and other Texas governmental agencies. He then served as an assistant district attorney in Harris County, serving for most of his tenure in the White Collar Crime Division where his innovative approaches to investigation and prosecution were widely recognized.

After entering private practice, he was retained by the Special Investigations Committee of the Texas House of Representatives to investigate allegations of impropriety at various colleges and universities in Texas. He has tried over one hundred jury trials to verdict and handled cases before most of the Courts of Appeals in Texas, several United States Courts of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court, and the United States Supreme Court.

For much of his career in private practice, he has represented insurance carriers in sophisticated coverage cases as well as defending of their insureds and conducting investigations into possible fraudulent claims. Bob chaired a committee of the American Bar Association’s litigation section dealing with insurance coverage matters involving environmental claims, and has authored a chapter on using alternative dispute resolution in environmental claims in the book Alternative Dispute Resolution: The Litigator’s Handbook, published by the ABA and edited by United States Judge Nancy Atlas.

Bob graduated from Baylor University and is the Past President of the Houston Baylor Alumni Association. Bob's distinguished record of service also includes serving as Co-Chair of CGL Subcommittee of the ABA Section of Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (2015-2016); being a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel; he was appointed by Governor Perry in 2009 as a Commissioner of the Juvenile Probation Commission of Texas; he was recognized for an Outstanding Journal Article, by the Texas Bar Foundation; he is a former president of the Kiwanis Club of Houston and the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club, and is an officer of the C Club of Houston. He served on the advisory board for Child Advocates of Houston, and serves on the Board of Life House – Houston.

Bill McCoy
National First Vice President:
William L. "Bill" McCoy

Bill was elected National Pachyderm Federation first vice president in June 2015 and is the outgoing Missouri Pachyderm Federation president. He has been affiliated with Pachyderms since 1979 and has served in various Pachyderm leadership positions at the club, state and national levels. Bill has been a Life member of the Republican National Committee since 1980. He serves on the board of The Association of Republicans Getting Everyone Together (TARGET) in Greene County, Missouri and is an associate member of Greene County Republican Women. His other Republican work includes former membership in the Loudoun County, Virginia Republican Committee where he served as a precinct captain and delegate to Virginia Republican Conventions.

Bill retired from the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the Pentagon where he served in various positions including director, Humanitarian Assistance Operations; chief, Terrorism Consequence Management and policy director, Strategic Offensive Arms Elimination – Russia. Bill served 11 years on active duty in the United States Army and 20 years in the Army Reserve completing service as a colonel and brigade commander after a command tour in Bosnia.  Bill has had extensive international experience serving in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Korea, Russia, Rwanda and Zaire, among others. Bill has taken leadership roles in Defense organizations including his current position as president of the Great Rivers Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association. He is a member of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and National Rifle Association; he formerly served as secretary, Fort Leonard Wood Post, Society of American Military Engineers and Chair, Missouri National Security Industry Leadership Council.

Bill is married to the former Ilene Eickmeyer of St. Louis who has taught in public, private and embassy schools. They have one son, Travis, an attorney working for Wells Fargo in Virginia.

National 2nd Vice President & Interim Executive Director:  
SuZanne Feather

Wayne Wallingford
National 3rd Vice President:
Wayne Wallingford

Senator Wayne Wallingford, a Republican represents Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Madison, Perry, Scott and Wayne Counties (District 27) in the Missouri Senate. He was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives in November 2010 and the Missouri Senate in November 2012.

In addition to his legislative duties, Senator Wallingford is the Chief People Officer at McDonalds of Southeast Missouri. He previously spent 11 years with Taco Bell Corporation as a general manager, multi-unit manager, field staffing manager, field training coach and area coach.

Senator Wallingford is a retired Lt. Colonel with the United States Air Force. He served on active duty for 25 years, including five tours in Vietnam and six tours in Desert Storm. He received the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, 21 Air Medals, the Air Force Commendation Medal for Heroism and several other honors.

Senator Wallingford is a member of Cape Bible Chapel, where he and his wife are active in church programs. He is a member of several local organizations and on the board of directors for the following organizations: United Way of Southeast Missouri, Habitat for Humanity, SEMO Alliance for Disability Independence, Boys and Girls Club, Community Counseling Center Foundation, Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition, Samaritan Regional Health Clinic, P-20 Education Council, Young Life, Seniors and Lawmen Together, Project Charlie, Lewis and Clark Heritage Foundation-George Drouillard Chapter, and the National Federation of the Grand Order of Pachyderm Clubs.

Senator Wallingford is a 1964 graduate of Geneva Community High School. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska, Omaha in 1968 and his M.A. in Management Supervision with a specialization in Health Care Administration from Central Michigan University in 1983.

Born July 11, 1946 in Geneva, Illinois, Senator Wallingford currently resides in Cape Girardeau with his wife, Susan. They are the proud parents of London Jolliff and Brandon Scott Wallingford and the proud grandparents of Forest, Graeme, Emery, Carson, Brinleigh and Hadassah.

National Treasurer:
Skip Smallwood

Rick Van Etten
National Secretary
Richard "Rick" C. Van Etten 

Rick Van Etten was born in New York City but grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania. He is married to his wife, Shirley of 51 years and has three married daughters and four grandsons. He is a retired accounting and IT professional who retired in 2009 from Sara Lee after 45 years.

Through his adult life he has been active in his church, Jaycees, Optimist Club, and Rotary. He is currently a precinct committeeman and is the treasurer of his county’s Republican Central Committee and is active in the Rotary Club of O’Fallon, Illinois.

He has been a member of the Metro East Pachyderm Club since 2010 and has served on its local board of directors for four years. He has served three times as treasurer and once as president.

Rick and Shirley currently reside in O’Fallon, Illinois with their two long hair dachshunds, Hans and Gretchen.

John Wiemann
Immediate Past National President:
John D. Wiemann

John Wiemann has served on the board of directors for the National Pachyderms since 2005 and has been an active Pachyderm member since 1988 when he joined the Columbia Pachyderm Club while a student at the University of Missouri. John served as National President from 2009 until 2015. John has also served as President for two Pachyderm clubs; St. Louis County and Lewis & Clark Pachyderm Club in O'Fallon, MO. 

Mr. Wiemann has been politically active since high school when he attended Missouri Boys State. He spent two years as Special Assistant to Missouri Secretary of State Roy Blunt, served as campaign manager for his father's 1990 state senate campaign. In addition, John has served in various Republican party positions over the past twenty five years and was recently elected in November 2014 to the Missouri State House of Representatives.  

Mr. Wiemann received a Bachelor's degree in business administration along with a Masters degree in health care administration from the University of Missouri. John is President and CEO of Midwest Physician Insurance Advisors, an insurance brokerage firm, located in St. Louis, MO. John resides in O'Fallon, Missouri, a St. Louis suburb, with his wife Yvette and two sons, Blake and Clayton.

Brian Frye
National Director:
Brian Frye

National Director:
Ed Johnson

JD Joyce
National Director:
J.D. Joyce

John David (J.D.) Joyce is a Texas original. Raised in Bryan, Texas, J.D. is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Political Science, and he earned his MBA from American University in Washington D.C., with a concentration in Finance.

For more than twenty years, J.D. has been guiding clients from coast to coast in achieving their financial and life goals. He has been recognized in Barron’s, Texas Monthly and the Houston Business Journal as a top investment advisor. J.D. has earned respect for his extensive knowledge in the area of diversified asset management, as acknowledged in the Wall Street Journal. J.D.’s high net worth clients include highly successful entrepreneurs and leaders in the oil, energy trading and private equity fields.

While at UBS, one of world’s largest asset management companies, J.D. was a perennial member of both the UBS Chairman’s Council and the President’s Council, signifying his rank as one of the top investment advisors in the global firm. Over the past three years, J.D. has also been a recipient of the National Association of Board Certified Advisory Practices “Premier Houston Advisors.”

In 2011, J.D. formed the Joyce Business Advisory Council, a think tank among Houston business leaders and entrepreneurs who share best practices in business development and client relations. 

In 2013, J.D. launched his own business, J.D. Joyce Investment Management Group, in order to provide the level of service and transparency that he felt his clients deserved. 

J.D. will tell you that his job is nine-tenths financial, economic and market knowledge, and one-tenth psychologist. Through years of conversations with new clients, he heard the same story over and over – before they started working with him, they did not have their investment fundamentals in place. In fact, he saw this with such frequency, he decided to write a book to assist a broader audience through the basics of defining goals and building a balanced portfolio.

Seeing the need for an investment story told in an intriguing fictional format, John Wiley and Sons, one of the largest business and academic publishers in the world, picked up J.D.’s first novel for publication. The Story of Rich, A Financial Fable of Wealth and Reason During Uncertain Times was released in late 2012 to broad consumer appeal. As famed economist Brian Wesbury said in his foreword of Joyce’s book, “Read it, and let it set you on a better course.”

J.D. is former president of the Houston Pachyderm Club. He is a supporter of Houston arts, as well as agencies that support, train and empower the homeless.  J.D. is a cyclist, including 10 rides in the MS150, and runner who participated in the Houston and Boston Marathons.

J.D.’s name stands as a Guinness World Record holder for swinging 240 consecutive hours in a hammock – a distinction earned when he was 19 and raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis. 

National Director:
Sam Nunnally

National Director:
James Rankin

Barbara Tague
National Director:
Barbara Tague 

Born in Hawaii and raised in a military family, Barbara Tague grew up in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan and Oklahoma. She and her husband, David moved to Texas with their family where they reside in Tomball. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Barbara has dedicated herself to being a positive representative with a deep commitment to Tomball in her volunteer work throughout the years. She serves the City of Tomball in various capacities. A graduate of the Tomball Fire Department first CERT Class and the TFD Citizen’s Fire Academy; she has served as the Tomball Fire Department - Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Coordinator since 2006 and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Tomball Area Local Emergency Planning Committee. She was Vice Chairman of the Zoning Commission and Second Vice president of the Tomball Centennial Commission. Barbara is the Chairman of the City of Tomball Planning and Zoning Commission, which she has served on since 2010. A member of the Greater Tomball Chamber of Commerce, she serves on the Government and Legislative Committee and the Mobility and Transportation Committee.

Barbara became involved in local politics in 1994 as an advocate for the small business owner and as a resident of Tomball. She learned how to campaign and advocate for downtown Tomball and its residents from the ground up. A founder and past President of the Downtown Tomball Merchants Association and the Great Northwest Houston CVB, she served in various roles on the Board of Directors. Elected in 2008, she has served 4 terms as the Harris County Republican Party Precinct 529 Chairman. Barbara has served on the Harris County Republican Party Primary Committee, HCRP Finance Committee, HCRP Local Government Committee, HCRP Training and Development Committee and the HCRP Events Committee. Barbara has participated in the grassroots successfully over the years in many political campaigns at the local, county, state and federal levels. In 2014, she was the HCRP Northwest Office Liaison and Coordinator. She has been a Delegate to the Republican Party of Texas State Convention, Senate District Conventions and Precinct Conventions. She is a Deputy Voter Registrar, an Election Judge and served as Alternate Election Judge, poll watcher and an election clerk. She has served as the local liaison for local, state and national campaigns.

Barbara is President of the Greater Tomball Pachyderm Club and has been on the GTPC Board of Directors since 2006. She has served as VP-Programs, VP-Finance, Secretary and Publicity Chair since joining their board. She had the honor of being the 2012 Tough Tusk Award recipient. GTPC has developed many co-operative programs with other local clubs. Barbara is the 2014-2015 President of the Greater Houston Council of Federated Republican Women; an organization representing 10 counties and 35 Federated Republican Women’s Clubs. In 2013, GHCFRW celebrated its 50th Anniversary. GHCFRW is an affiliate of the Texas Federation of Republican Women. She has been the Legislative Chairman, 3rd Vice President – Special Events and the Newsletter Editor for the GHCFRW. Barbara is the founder and President of the Tomball Republican Women’s Club. Barbara was the Logistics Chair for the 2009 TFRW State Convention held in Galveston. She has served on the Texas Federation of Republican Women Board of Directors as the Convention Coordinator, State Convention Site Selection Committee Member and Co-Chairman; GHC Liaison; Borah Van Dormolen Scholarship Committee member. She was the NFRW – Region 4 Conference Logistics Chairman. Barbara is a TFRW Patron. She has been a delegate to the TFRW State Conventions – 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013. She was honored at the TFRW Tribute to Women Luncheon by the TRW Club and the GHCFRW in 2011 and 2013.

National Western Regional Director: 
Thelma Baker

Lana Gordon
National Midwest Regional Director: 
Lana Gordon

Larry Minniear
National Southern Regional Director: 
Larry Minniear


National Executive Director:
SuZanne Feather


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