VETC Board of Directors
(Officers to be seated August 19, 2018)
Dan Barth earned a Forestry Degree from the University of Michigan in 1969. Dan was later drafted and enlisted in the Army, and is a service disabled Vietnam combat veteran. His forestry background helped him to become an Assistant Post Forester for the Army while stationed in Arizona after returning from Vietnam. Dan also served in the WA National Guard. After discharge, he worked for the the WA State DNR for several decades, retiring in 2002. He now enjoys another career, working as a shellfish aquaculture consultant with Patriot Shellfish Farms LLC, with the Farmer Veteran Coalition, and as an adviser to VETS_CAFE, among a host of other ventures. Dan brings years of experience in working with developing small ag and forestry business, as well as a passion for serving his fellow veterans.
Penelope "Penny" Marienthal
Penny Is completing a degree at Portland State University with a focus in Biology and Psychology. She served in the Army from 2004-2008 as a pharmacy specialist, and saw first hand the true cost of war.
Upon her honorable discharge she began to work with multiple veterans' groups where she learned to manage and inspire grassroots organizations. She developed the first veteran taught Permaculture course in the United States, Boots to Roots, and is a voting Member of VETC, having earned her PDC Certificate. She has a firm belief that permaculture can be vital part of holistic veteran reintegration to civilian society.
During her military service she repeatedly encountered a feeling of being labeled ’other', and never fitting in or feeling accepted due to her gender and orientation. As a veteran, this feeling demanded she choose a proactive, rather than reactive, means of managing others projections. Today she works with Minority Veterans of America to ensure that all veterans stories, and the culture that brought them to service, are recognized and honored. Being a member of the VETC board is a natural way for her to expand that work and share its rewards.