Colonel Renee Rubin Veterans Foundation
The Colonel Renee Rubin Veterans Foundation (CRRPVF) was created to fulfill Colonel Renee Rubin's lifelong commitment to support our American military in perpetuity.
The purpose of the CRRPVF is to invest income and principle in order to provide grants to veteran support organizations and service-animal charities within the Internal Revenue Code and regulations to be distributed annually or as granted by the CRRPVF board of directors.
About Colonel Renee Rubin
Colonel Renee Rubin Ret. (now 89) spent a lifetime evoking change. One of the very first female leaders in the Air Force she was a catalyst for integrating American military academies with women in the 1970’s. Colonel Rubin was the first female Criminology major to graduate UC Berkley and became the first ever female Security Police officer in the U.S. Air Force. She was an expert pilot, launched Air Force ROTC and became the first female professor at Hastings College of Law. Renee was also the first female in 75 years, to be elected president of the prestigious Commonwealth Club of California.
Post retirement Colonel Rubin lobbied Washington D.C. to fix antiquated military codes and ensure military families received the support they so deserved.
Her passions include: expanding service dog programs for veterans, training and support for transitioning warriors, educational scholarships and exposure to performing arts for military families. As such, the CRRPVF seeks quality organizations worthy of grant funding to grow their operations and programs. To date the Foundation works closely with Pathways for Veterans, creating and delivering customized healing modalities for all veterans, the Colonel’s Kennels, saving adult dogs from kills shelters and training them to become warrior service animals, 4 Paws 2 Freedom, a training and therapy group that pairs dogs with vets and bonds them through training together and Operation Good to Go, serving the needs of any American veteran with specific and personal services.
Meet the Team
Melanie Reagan, President
Melanie Reagan has volunteered for Veterans support organizations since 2003. In 2018 she became president of the Colonel Renee Rubin Private Veterans Foundation, to support worthy impactful programs that best serve the needs of America’s veterans. The foundation proudly selected: Operation Good to Go, 4 Paws 2 Freedom, the Colonel’s Kennels, and Pathways for Veterans to expand and enhance their missions.
Melanie is currently employed by the California State Senate. Prior to her move to the State Legislature she spent more than 20 years in radio and TV broadcasting, winning a Telly Award for script-writing and recently publishing her first book.
Two of Melanie’s three children graduated from military academies, West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy and are actively serving.
Melanie is also a fifth degree black belt in Taekwondo and a certified instructor. Her latest personal project is a motion picture about the incredible life of Colonel Rubin (now 89), who’s inspiring career led to the launch of her foundation.
Matthew McClary, CFO
Captain Matthew A. McClary, born June 30, 1984 in Harrogate, England, enlisted in the United States Army Reserve on August 1, 2001. As a Psychological Operations Specialist while enlisted, CPT McClary deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (2004) attached to the 1st of the 5th Marine Regiment during the first battle of Fallugah. After reaching the rank of Sergeant, he attended the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, (USMAPS), and begin his four year study at West Point. He holds a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Systems Engineering and was commissioned in 2010 as a second lieutenant in the infantry. Upon graduation, CPT McClary, attended the Infantry Basic Officers Leaders Course and Rangers School, graduating on April 1, 2011.
CPT McClary's first assignment was the 82nd Airborne Division, (2011-2012), as a Platoon Leader in Bravo company 1-504th PIR. Selected to be the unit’s only Mountain Leader, CPT McClary attended the Basic Mountain Warfare School in Vermont before becoming the company's executive officer (XO) and deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (2012) to the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan. Prior to redeployment, CPT McClary assumed responsibility as the Battalion S4 and returned to Fort Bragg where he was selected to return as the Military Free Fall Detachment Leader for the 18th Airborne Corp. Long Range Surveillance and Reconnaissance Company (2013-2014).
During his assignment CPT McClary deployed to Kosovo in support of Operation Joint Guardian (2013) where he developed and employed a military mountaineering course for the Multinational Battle Group-East and led a Military Free Fall detachment responsible for surveying Serbian smuggling operations. Upon his return, CPT McClary began the special forces qualification course in July 2014 and graduated April 2016: his first assignment was at Fort Carson with the second Battalion of the 10th special forces group where he employed in support of the resolute support mission-Afghanistan twice. In 2016 as a battalion plans officer and in 2017 as a SFOD-a commander responsible for the counter ISIS mission in Southern Nangarhar. CPT McClary currently commands the Headquarters Support Company in the 4th Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group.
CPT McClary's awards/decorations include: Bronze Star Medal with OLC, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation medal with five OLCs, Army Achievement Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghan Campaign Medal with two Bronze Services Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with two Bronze Service Stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with an device, non commissioned officers personal development ribbon, Army overseas service ribbon, Army reserve components overseas training ribbon, NATO metal spread disease ISAF. NATO metal parentheses Kosovo, combat infantry badge, combat action badge, aerosol badge, parachute badge, military freefall. She shoot badge, and Army Ranger And special forces tab. Capt. McClary and his wife Jennifer met while attending West Point together and currently reside in Colorado Springs, Colorado with their daughters Madison four years old and Finley 14 months old.
Cindy Baldwin, Secretary
Cindy Baldwin has made it her mission in life to advocate for those in need. Cindy has been employed with the California State Senate on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee for the past twenty years. Working with California’s Veteran Constituency. Over the years Cindy heard many stories of veterans struggling with such issues as navigating through the VA system, PTSD, suicide, sexual military trauma and a many other struggles. Cindy felt herself wanting to do more for our veterans.
Then in 2006 Cindy’s husband committed suicide. Cindy having firsthand experience of the aftermath of such a loss she has made it her mission in life to advocate and educate those in similar circumstances.
In 2007 Cindy volunteered with the CASA Program (Court Appointed Special Advocate of Placer County) in which she advocated for foster youth – children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned and are living in out-of-home placements. She acted as the “eyes and ears of the judge and the voice of the child.” She was a Family Mentor with CASA of Placer County as well she mentored to parents who have had children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. As a Family Mentor she visited the home of the parent each week and helped the parent develop a variety of life skills surrounding health, nutrition, budgeting, organization, home care, education, career, and job search, to name but a few. As Cindy witnessed the success of the CASA program it became her dream to do something similar for veterans.
Currently Cindy sits on the board of the Colonel Renee Rubin Private Veterans Foundation and serves as Secretary. Cindy works closely with Melanie Reagan, President in fulfilling the Colonel’s passion to support veterans and save dogs. Connecting a veteran with a dog to help foster a successful transition back to civilian life.
Cindy also serves as a Sacramento County Veterans Treatment Court mentor. She feels honored to be a part of something that was a dream of hers many years ago.
Cindy’s is the proud daughter of a WWII Navy veteran. She’s a mother of two adult children and when Cindy is not helping others you will find her on a yoga mat teaching and promoting health and wellness.