Leadership

Our legacy of success rests on the shoulders of the entire OARS team. Our expertise and drive are integral to every mission we serve.

Libby Vertz

Director of Communications

After completing her Bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin, Libby joined the OARS team in 2014 by way of the hospitality industry. She serves as the company’s Executive Administrator and Research Assistant. Granddaughter to a U.S. Navy veteran, she is proud to support the OARS team in serving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.


Bill Schaefer

Chairman of the Board and Interim President

LCDR Ryan ‘Murf’ Murphy, USN (Ret.)

Senior Vice President, Operations and Finance

Col Tony 'Ripper' Nerad, USMC (Ret.)

Executive Vice President

Lt Col John G. Pugh, USAF (Ret.)

Senior Director of Flight Operations

CDR Chris ‘Swede’ Sorensen, USN (Ret.)

Director, Operations

Libby Vertz

Director of Communications

Karen Roberts

Director of Business Management

LT John 'Big' Banitt

Chief Pilot

MSgt Ken McNamara, USAF (Ret.)

Chief Flight Engineer

Matthew Schaff

Director of Business Operations