President-CAPT Arne Nelson, USN (Ret)

CAPT Arne Nelson (LTM 4 / RW # 13762) flew H-53s in HM-12, HM-16 (plank owner), HM-12 FRS, HC-4 (plank owner), HM-12 Sea Det and HC-2 (plank owner).  He commanded HC-4 during the first Gulf War and commanded NAS Sigonella.  Staff tours included USACOM J3 (EA), OPNAV N312 (Current Joint Ops and Plans), and Chief of Staff, US Naval Forces Europe.  Navy schools include the Armed Forces Staff College, the Naval War College , and Harvard University’s National Security Fellowship.  After the 31 years in the Navy, Arne spent 12 years in not for profit before joining the NHA Scholarship Fund. 

CAPT Arne Nelson, USN (Ret) is the NHA Scholarship President.


Vice President, Operations/Executive Vice President

CAPT Jim Toone, USN (Ret.)

CAPT Jim Toone (Ret) (LTM# 63 RW# 10498) flew the UH-1B in HA(L)-3 (540 combat missions); SH 3s in HS 1, HS-5, & HS-9 (XO/CO tour 1982-1984). Staff tours: COMNAVAIRLANT (Helicopter Training & Readiness); OPNAV 130C (Manpower & Training); Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC).  Ship tour: Navigation Officer USS AMERICA (CV-66); Education: Naval War College. Following retirement from active duty in 1995, Jim served as Director of Operations & Information Technology at JFSC until 2008 and as the Hampton Roads Site Manager for Enterprise Management Systems, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, until 2013. Prior to joining the NHA Scholarship Fund, he was an outreach volunteer for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF)—founders of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial—also known as The Wall.  












Vice President, Scholarships-CAPT Bill Keller, USN (Ret.)





Vice President, Plans-CAPT Jon Kline, USN






Vice President, Finance-CDR Greg Knudson, USN






Treasurer-Jim Rosenberg

Prior to retirement, Jim managed the Applications Global Support organization at Applied Materials, supporting over 12,000 business and engineering customers. Before this, Jim established and managed the Project Accounting organization supporting various NASA and DoD initiatives. Jim holds an MA in corporate finance and BA in accounting. Now in retirement, Jim enjoys traveling with his wife, is an active scuba diver and underwater photographer, and does a variety of volunteer work including ushering for the San Diego Symphony.








Corresponding Secretary-LT Caleb Derrington, USN

Caleb “gump” Derrington is the Corresponding Secretary for the NHA Scholarship Fund. He is a US Navy Lieutenant and Instructor Pilot at HSC-3, the Fleet Replacement Squadron for the MH-60S in San Diego, CA. Before HSC-3, he deployed twice in the Pacific with the HSC-25 Island Knights aboard USS Bonhomme Richard and USNS Charles Drew. Caleb earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) within Biochemistry from Lyon College with follow-on degrees from the University of Central Arkansas. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, spending time with his wife Christina, and arguing about college football with his chihuahua, Blue Derrington.




CFC/Special Projects-LT Joe Brown, USN