Meet the Secretary

Secretary Nathaniel "Nate" Todd


Image titleColonel (U.S. Army, retired) Nathaniel "Nate" Todd was appointed State Cabinet Secretary for the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs in May 22, 2019.  He is the first Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs.

He was appointed as director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs by Governor Asa Hutchinson on February 24, 2017.








Chief of Staff Austin Booth

Austin Booth, an Afghanistan veteran, served in the Marine Corps as a judge advocate and left active service with the rank of Captain.   He was born in LIttle Rock, raised in Scott, and graduated from Catholic High School for Boys in 2004. He also serves as the Chief Financial Officer for ADVA.




Assistant Directors


Assistant Director of Veteran Cemeteries

William (Bill) Wussick  has served as the Assistant Director for State Veterans Cemeteries since 2015.  He retired from the Air Force in 2009 after 28 years of service. He has been Manager of the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery from July 2009 to 2015. He has lived in Arkansas for over 30 years.


Assistant Director of Veteran Services

Gina Chandler served in the U.S. Air Force in 1990-1992. Since 2008, Gina has served Veterans as a Veterans service officer for the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2012, she was promoted to the Outreach Coordinator and in 2015 she became the first State Veteran Service Officer.


Former Directors:

Matt Snead, Feb. 2015 - Feb. 2017 
Cissy Rucker, May 2012 - January 2015
David Fletcher, Feb. 2007 - May 2012
James Miller, Feb. 2005 - Jan. 2007
Nick Bacon, Apr. 1993 - Feb. 2005
Hershel Gober, Dec. 1987 - Apr. 1993
Grady Brown, Feb. 1983 - Dec. 1987
Orval Faubus, Sep. 1981 - Feb. 1983
Thomas Miller, Mar. 1971 - Sep. 1981
Robert Boggan, Feb.1967 - Feb. 1971
Freeman Mize, 1960 - 1967
Carl Thompson, 1955 - 1960
W. D. Kelley, 1953 - 1955
W. G. Smith, 1950 - 1953
Joe Hearne, 1946 - 1950
B. A. Brookes, 1942 - 1946
Claude Brown, 1938 - 1942
Grady Forgy
John Wilson
John Steward