TROY — The Miami Valley Veterans Museum has announced that Stephen D. Larck Jr. has officially stepped down from his position as president, effective Jan. 1.
Larck is one of the original founders of the museum, which opened its doors to the public in 2009, when it was housed in the Stouder building. He was instrumental in expanding the size and content of the museum when he was offered rental space in the Masonic Lodge in downtown Troy, only one year after the museum’s grand opening.
Since its establishment, the Miami Valley Veterans Museum has had some small changes to the board, but has been blessed with consistency in its remaining volunteers and the option of expanding from a single room of about 10-foot-by-10-foot to occupying the entire second floor of the Masonic Lodge, with the exception of its dining facilities.
Larck’s successor is Tristan Weis, with whom many in the area may already be familiar. A resident of Troy, he served as a combat medic in the United States Army from 2002-2006 and was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003. He left service after obtaining the rank of specialist.
After leaving the military, Weis attended Sinclair Community College, obtaining his associate’s degree, and continuing at Franklin University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He is currently working toward a graduate degree at Franklin University.
Weis has most recently worked with former U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John A. Boehner as a field representative and before that, as a House Wounded Warrior Fellow providing constituent services to veterans, active duty service members, and their families.