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Directorate Leadership The staff of the Vessel Examinations & Partner Visitation (V) Directorate is made up of experienced leaders in the Coast Guard Auxiliary's recreational boating safety (RBS) and outreach programs. Sharing decades of experience, the V-Directorate staff helps bring the Auxiliary's RBS programs to life in immediate services and strategic planning.
Director James Cortes serves as an Academy Admissions Partner and Advisory Board Member. He has completed Level 1-5 Leadership training, including the Auxiliary Senior Officer Course. James is a former Division Commander, Western Carolinas and has held numerous other leadership positions.
James wears both the Operational Auxiliarist (AUXOP) and RBS Devices. Other achievements include Sustained Auxiliary Service and certified Vessel Examiner and Instructor. He has also completed all educational requirements to qualify him for the Marine Safety Training Ribbon and Presidential Volunteer Service Award Gold Level.

Deputy Director Thomas Niles is a 27-year veteran of the Auxiliary. He has served in a variety of elected and appointed leadership roles including Division Commander, Potomac Guardians. He has served on National Staff for four years within the V-Directorate as Division Chief in both the Vessel Examinations and Incentives Divisions.
Thomas is qualified as a Vessel Examiner, Program Visitor, Instructor, and holds the RBS Device. He is a retired civilian employee in the Department of Defense and Colonel in the Army Reserve, with 34 years of service to our country.

Division Chief — Communications Zacary E. Wilson-Fetrow joined the Auxiliary in 2014. As communications chief, Zacary is a certified Public Affairs Specialist 3 (AUXPA3), Musician 2 (AUXMU2) and AUXOP. He also earned the RBS Device. Zacary has served as webmaster at Flotilla, Division and National levels, with six years in the RBS Outreach (B) Directorate.
Zacary graduated from the Auxiliary University Programs (AUP). He also holds a JD from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Zacary is in private practice as an attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Division Chief — Vessel Examinations Craig Brown joined the Auxiliary in 1998. He is a certified Vessel Examiner and Instructor in both the Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons, as well as an Auxiliary Program Visitor. He has held many elected and appointed positions at the District, Division, and Flotilla levels.
Craig is an engineer with over 36 years’ experience in the aircraft industry.

Division Chief — Incentives Mark Crary joined the Auxiliary in 2011. He is a certified Vessel Examiner, Program Visitor, and recipient of the RBS Device and AUXOP Pin. He has also received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Mark has been a member of the National Staff since 2017, and he currently serves also as District Directorate Chief for Prevention in District 7.
Mark is a retired Air Force Master Sergeant with over 22 years of combined service in the Navy, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve. He lives in Orlando, Florida where he is employed as a supervisor with the Department of Homeland Security.

Division Chief — Visitation Programs Aaron Todd

Division Chief — Special Projects William Jefferson joined the Auxiliary in 2016 and was appointed the Branch Chief for RBS Outreach Special Programs in 2019. He is a qualified Coxswain, Aids to Navigation Verifier and Assistant Liferaft Inspector. Bill serves as the District Directorate Chief for Prevention in District 1 Southern Region, and was formerly a Flotilla Commander and Assistant District Staff Officer for Marine Safety.
Bill is a retired commercial construction executive and geologist.

Division Chief — Safety Programs Martin J. Jordan joined the Auxiliary in 2020. He was appointed Division Chief for Safety Programs in 2023. Martin is a certified Vessel Examiner and Program Visitor and holds both the Operational Auxiliarist (AUXOP) and RBS Devices. At the Flotilla level, Martin proudly serves as the Member Training Officer as well as Information Services Officer.
Martin is a retired Fire Chief and Emergency Manager with 43 years of service. He holds a Master Level Emergency Manager Certification.