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My Father was in the Navy for 32 years and retired as a Command Master Chief. He served in Viet Nam from 1964 to 1968.  Every Sunday our house was the destination spot for those veterans without family on base…there were quite some celebrations as I am sure you can imagine

I was told I was going to college by the CMC. He instilled a life and  commitment to veterans and their causes that has never left.

My son had the calling and joined the Navy. He was a “cryogenic engineer” on the Carl Vinson. We lost him in 2012 while in service. This too has also strengthened by commitment to seeking out ways to help. This lead to my continued support and involvement with FVSO.


Mike’s Resume

Michael is a principle in AWI, a property management company for affordable housing. He  uses his experience in personnel management to support and implement the management philosophy of the firm by encouraging growth and education of property management staff.  He holds California Real Estate and Contractor’s Licenses.

Michael is a former member of the Board of Directors and current Chairperson of the Management Committee for the National Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH) and has earned the CARH Rural and Affordable Housing Executive Designation.  He was presented with the 2009 Member of the Year Award in recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing. 

In March 2011, Mr. Burke was presented with a ‘Community Recognition Award’ from California State Senator, Doug LaMalfa, for his dedication to excellence and outstanding commitment to the community.  This came as a result of his promotion of and participation in a local Multi-Family Crime Free Housing Program in Crescent City, CA.



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Board of Directors
(Click a name to read each person's bio)

President: Patrick Leary

Treasurer: Michael Burke

Senior VP: Pat McKee

1st VP:
Sister Marie Dominique

2nd VP: Mike Little

Dave Chaix

Hank Gonzales

Rich Lahey

Clyde Lewandowski

Bart Ruud

Colleen Sands



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