CGSC Foundation Staff

Roderick M. Cox, President/CEO, CGSC Foundation, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer:

Col. Roderick M. Cox, U.S. Army, Ret.

Rod assumed duties as the President & CEO of the Foundation on Dec. 14, 2018. He previously served as the program director of the Foundation’s Simons Center beginning in March 2016. Rod served in the Army for more than 32 years as an artilleryman, foreign area officer, professor and historian, retiring in August 2013. After his Army career he served as a district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration and also served on the Greater Kansas City Federal Executive Board fostering interagency cooperation and focusing on veterans in government service issues. (Full bio)

Director of Operations:

Lora Morgan

Lora is responsible for the daily operations of the CGSC Foundation office and the coordination of Foundation events.  The spouse of an Army officer, Lora has extensive experience in event planning, coordinating and office management.

Mike Meyer

Director of Development:

Michael “Mike” V. Meyer

Mike serves as the Foundation’s Director of Development working closely with the president/CEO and the board to create and execute fundraising plans. Prior to his current position, he served three terms as a CGSC Foundation trustee. He previously served in multiple positions with the Coalition to Support America’s Heroes for more than 14 years. Prior to that, Mike was the executive director of the VFW Foundation and the CEO/founder of Uplift International Inc. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rockhurst University.

Bob Ulin, Founding CEO

Simons Center Program Director:

Col. Bob Ulin, U.S. Army, Ret.

Bob is the founding CEO of the CGSC Foundation and has returned to the Foundation in a consulting role as the Director of the Simons Center program and for development activities. Since retiring from the Army in 1992 after 30 years of service, including combat tours in Vietnam and serving on the faculty of both the U.S. Army War College and the Command and General Staff College, Bob has worked in the private sector in both for-profit and nonprofit leadership roles.

John Nelson

Simons Center Deputy Director:

Lt. Col. John J. Nelson, U.S. Army, Ret.

John serves as the Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow for the Simons Center. John served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years in the Air Defense Artillery. After retiring from military service in 2007, he has led numerous analytical and organizational improvement efforts for the private sector, government, and military organizations. In 2015, he cofounded Morris, Nelson & Associates and serves as its chief executive officer. For the past several years, he has worked with several interagency organizations, law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels as well as non-profit organizations combatting Transnational Organized Crime.

Elizabeth Ditsch

Assistant Operations Officer:

Elizabeth Hill

Elizabeth assists the Director of Operations with Foundation programs and assists the Chief Development Officer with the management of the donor database. The longest serving Foundation employee, Elizabeth has extensive editing and publication experience. She is an Army brat and graduate of University of Saint Mary.

Paige Cox

Contributing Editor:

Paige Cox

Paige works part-time as an editor for the CGSC Foundation Press while pursuing her master’s at the University of Missouri Columbia School of Journalism.

Mark H. Wiggins, Director of Communications

Communications Consultant:

Lt. Col. Mark H. Wiggins, U.S. Army, Ret.

Mark performs the duties of foundation Director of Communications on a contractual basis from MHW Public Relations & Communications. Mark is a CGSC graduate and has an extensive background in public relations and strategic communications with the Army and the private sector.