About Us

Welcome to the Houston Area Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America!


The national MOAA organization exists to preserve the benefits earned by all service members, past and present, and offers resources that can’t be found elsewhere. Most importantly, its mission is to help connect its membership with others, because MOAA believes in taking care of those who take care of us.

The MOAA-Houston Area chapter is one of the local chapters across America and provides the Houston area military community with information concerning issues and topics important to it and connects our local chapter membership with fellow members, both locally, in Texas and across the nation. Our chapter is organized as a 501(c)(19) nonprofit corporation. MOAA-Houston Area also supports a number of local programs in response to military activities or in recognition of the sacrifices made by local service members. You can find additional information about our community outreach activities in the “Community Outreach

Board of Directors and Elected Officers

MOAA-HA’s Board of Directors is comprised of Officers formally elected by the membership and, as necessary, other appointed volunteer directors. The Board meets monthly and all members are invited to attend. The Board meetings review the financial condition of the chapter, discuss current topics that are of particular interest to the chapter, approve the expenditure of resources, recommend and refer to the membership issues that require chapter approval, among other pertinent matters.

The Board publishes a slate of prospective officers to the membership which elects the officers from that slate of nominees at the last member luncheon of the calendar year for the following calendar year. The Board also reviews the Chapter Bylaws annually and submits all recommended changes to the membership for a vote at the last luncheon meeting each year. Prior to the vote, the slate of officers and recommended changes are emailed to each member for review.

The Elected Officers for 2023  are:

  • COL (R) Robin Ritchie – President
  • MAJ (R) Dan Gutierrez – Vice President (Past President) and Representative to the Texas Council of Chapter
  • Judith Thomas – Treasurer & National Liaison Surviving Spouse MOAA
  • COL (R) Frank Tricomi Secretary

The Appointed Board Members for 2023 are:

  • MAJ (R) David Essells, Chapter Chaplain
  • CMDR (R) Eugene Tulich – Chapter Liaison to Houston Area Military Affairs Committee
  •  COL (R) Rollins Collins – ROTC/JROTC Liaison
  • Andy Parsons – Nominating Committee Chair
  • Kathy Frank – Newsletter Editor & Web Master
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