CRAIG E. WILLIAMS

143 EAST HAITI RD.   BEREA, KENTUCKY 40403

859-302-1103

PERSONAL INFORMATION

AGE: 71 YEARS OLD

BORN: NEW YORK (Queens), N. Y. March 10, 1948

CURRENT RESIDENCE: BEREA, KENTUCKY

KENTUCKY RESIDENT SINCE 1975

HUSBAND AND FATHER OF TWO; STEP-FATHER OF ONE, GRANDFATHER OF SEVEN

MILITARY SERVICE

- U.S. ARMY - VIETNAM VETERAN- Military Police/Military Intelligence: 1968-1969

- GRADUATE: DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, WASHINGTON, D.C; Vietnamese; 1968

 

EDUCATION

- GRADUATE: WESTBURY HIGH SCHOOL, WESTBURY, N.Y.  - 1966

- CENTRAL FLORIDA JUNIOR COLLEGE, OCALA, FLA- 1967

- GRADUATE: DEFENSE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE, WASHINGTON, D.C. - 1968

- GRADUATE:  EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY; BA PHILOSOPHY: 1978

- ATTENDED UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY LAW SCHOOL: 1982

- HONORARY DOCTORATE: EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY, RICHMOND, KY: 2008

WORK EXPERIENCE

- STEERING COMMITTEE – VIETNAM VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR: 1969-1975

- STATE OF KENTUCKY: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATOR- PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE: 1979-1981

- BOARD MEMBER: VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA FOUNDATION (NOW VFA): 1980 - PRESENT

- SMALL BUSINESS OWNER/CUSTOM WOODWORKING: 1983-1989

- ORGANIZER: COMMON GROUND - KENTUCKIANS FOR SAFE DISPOSAL: 1984-2003

- EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: KENTUCKY ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION: 1990 - 2008

- NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON: CHEMICAL WEAPONS WORKING GROUP: 1990-PRESENT

- DIRECTOR: CHEMICAL WEAPONS PROJECT @ KY ENVIRONMENTAL FDN: 2008-PRESENT

- MADISON COUNTY HOST COMMUNITY LIAISON (KRS 22 4.50-130 (7)(b)) – 2009 – PRESENT

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS // ACTIVITIES

- CO-FOUNDER AND STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBER - ”COMMON GROUND- KENTUCKIANS FOR         SAFE DISPOSAL OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS”: 1985-2003

- CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR--KENTUCKY ENVIRONMENTAL FOUNDATION,          INC.:         1990-2008

- CO-FOUNDER AND NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON - CHEMICAL WEAPONS WORKING GROUP: AN         INTERNATIONAL COALITION OF CITIZENS GROUPS WORKING FOR SAFE AND         ACCEPTABLE METHODS OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS DISPOSAL: 1990-PRESENT

- CHARTER MEMBER - KY GOVERNOR’S APPOINTED CHEMICAL MATERIAL DE-        MILITARIZATION CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMISSION: 1993-1997: 2005-PRESENT

- CO-CHAIR - KENTUCKY CHEMICAL DESTRUCTION CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD (CDCAB): 2003-        PRESENT

-  CHAIR CDCAB WORKING GROUPS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: PLANT RE-DESIGN; SECONDARY

           WASTE; EXPLOSIVE DETONATION TECHNOLOGY; AGENT MONITORING; and, CO-CHAIR:

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT; AND, PERMITTING – 2003 - PRESENT  

- MADISON COUNTY HOST COMMUNITY LIAISON (KRS 22 4.50-130 (7)(b)) – 2009 - PRESENT

- CO-FOUNDER /SECRETARY/TREASURER - VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA FOUNDATION,         INC., (VVAF* Now – VFA “Veterans For America”) WASHINGTON, D.C.: 1984- PRESENT

* VVAF WAS A CO-RECIPIENT OF 1997 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR ITS INTERNATIONAL         CAMPAIGN TO BAN LANDMINES

- U.S. CITIZENS' DELEGATE TO THE “MOSCON '93” CONFERENCE ON CHEMICAL AND         BIOLOGICAL         DISARMAMENT, DEMILITARIZATION AND CONVERSION” MOSCOW, RUSSIA:

             MAY 1993.

- DELEGATE: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE DIALOGUE ON ASSEMBLED CHEMICAL WEAPONS         ASSESSMENT PROGRAM. A CONGRESSIONALLY MANDATED PROGRAM DIRECTED         TO IDENTIFY AND DEMONSTRATE ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO INCINERATION FOR         THE DISPOSAL OF ASSEMBLED CHEMICAL WEAPONS:  1997-2002

- ORGANIZER OF ELEVEN INTERNATIONAL CITIZEN SUMMITS ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS

            DISPOSAL: RICHMOND, KY- 1991; ANNAPOLIS, MD. -1993; WASHINGTON, D.C.- 1994;

            BETHESDA, MD- 1995; WASHINGTON, D.C.- 1996; - 1997; - 1998; 1999; 2000: ANNISTON,

            ALABAMA- 2001; WASHINGTON D.C. 2007                                                                 -- U.S. COORDINATOR OF THE FIRST RUSSIAN/AMERICAN NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION         CONFERENCE ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS DISPOSAL: SARATOV, RUSSIA: 1995

- CO-FOUNDER AND U.S. DIRECTOR OF THE RUSSIAN/AMERICAN COOPERATION PROJECT ON

             CHEMICAL SAFETY & INTERNATIONAL PROJECT ON MILITARY TOXICS: 1994-1999

- ADVISOR - TASK FORCE ON MILITARY TOXICS OF THE MILITARY TOXICS PROJECT: A

          NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AT U.S. MILITARY

          BASES: 1992 - 95

- SOURCE FOR NATIONAL T. V. & RADIO SHOWS (i.e.: NPR;"6O MINUTES";"TODAY";         NBC/ABC/CBS/CNN NEWS)  & NATIONAL NEWSPAPERS  & MAGAZINES (i.e.: NEW YORK         TIMES, L.A. TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, TIME MAGAZINE) ON CHEMICAL WEAPONS         DISPOSAL: 1985 - PRESENT

- PRESENTER – SIXTEENTH, EIGHTEENTH, NINETEENTH and TWENTY-FIRST SESSION AT THE

               CONFERENCE OF THE STATES PARTIES OF THE ORGANIZATION FOR THE PROHIBITION OF

               CHEMICAL WEAPONS, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS – 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2016 

 - WITNESS: 

- U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: COMMITTEE ON GOV’T OVERSIGHT: 1992

- U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES: 1998

- U.S. SENATE:  COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES: 1997

- U.S. SENATE:  COMMITTEE ON DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS - 2001

- BOARD MEMBER: BLUEGRASS TOMORROW: 2012-PRESENT

- CONSULTANT: BLUEGRASS AREA DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT 2012-2013

- EDITORIAL BOARD: PRISM: EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY 2012-PRESENT 

- ORGANIZER: FRACK FREE FOOTHILLS 2014 – PRESENT

- KEYNOTE SPEAKER – GREEN ASIA FORUM ON “CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY

               TRANSITION IN ASIA”; SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - 2015

HONORS  / AWARDS

- COMMENDATION:  “Global Vision And Dedicated Community Service” - NATIONAL TOXICS

         CAMPAIGN FUND, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - 1991

-  COMMENDATION:  “Contributing Significantly To The Betterment Of The

      Environment” -LEXINGTON/FAYETTE COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION - 1992

- COMMENDATION: “Concerned Citizen Award” - COMMON CAUSE, KENTUCKY - 1993 

-COMMENDATION:  “Exposing The Mob” LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF BEREA AND

            MADISON COUNTY - 1994

- COMMENDATION:  “Russian/American Non-Governmental Organization Award” - UNION FOR

        CHEMICAL SAFETY, SARATOV, RUSSIA - 1995

- RECOGNITION/INDUCTION: for “ Distinguished Service In The Promotion Of Environmental

         Justice”  - “GRASSROOTS HALL OF FAME” - CENTER FOR HEALTH AND

         ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE - WASHINGTON, D.C.  – 1997

-  COMMENDATION: “In Recognition Of Support For Gulf War Veterans  & Their Families” –

         NATIONAL GULF WAR RESOURCE CENTER, WASHINGTON D.C.  - 1998

- DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD:  “For Outstanding Contribution To The Protection Of

        Health And The Environment”  - SIERRA CLUB - 2001

- COMMENDATION: –“Outstanding Dedication And Performance” - DEPARTMENT OF

         DEFENSE  - ASSEMBLED CHEMICAL WEAPONS ASSESSMENT PROGRAM - 2002

-  EARTH DAY RECOGNITION AWARD:  “Outstanding Service, Commitment And

           Dedication In Protecting Kentucky’s Environment” – KENTUCKY ENVIRONMENTAL  

          QUALITY COMMISSION – 2003

- E-chievement AWARD - “For Making a Positive Difference in Their Communities and Beyond”

         NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO’S  “E •TOWN”  - A SYNDICATED MUSIC /CURRENT

        AFFAIRS SHOW AIRED ON OVER 152 NPR STATIONS NATION WIDE - 2003

-  JOHN O’CONNOR CITIZEN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD -  “For Outstanding Citizen Activism”  -

        The STATE PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUPS (PIRG’s)– 2003

-  CONGRESSIONAL TRIBUTE   - “For Receipt Of The John O’Connor Award”  - Entered Into

        The CONGRESSIONAL RECORD by Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY) - 2003

-   SERVICE AWARD- “ In Recognition Of Outstanding Service To Society” – BEREA COLLEGE 2005

- CONGRESSIONAL TRIBUTE - “For His Tireless Work To Protect The Health And Safety Of The

        Public, The Depot Workers And The Local Environment.” Entered Into The CONGRESSIONAL

        RECORD by Senator Mitch McConnell (R- KY) - 2005

- COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD  “ For Ceaseless Devotion Of Time, Effort And Talent Which

         Enhance The Quality Of Life In Our Community”- RICHMOND, KENTUCKY CHAMBER OF

        COMMERCE  - 2006

- HONOR AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT – “For 22 Years Of Dedication To The Fundamental

         Principles Of International Humanitarian Work”  - VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA

        FOUNDATION, WASHINGTON, D.C. - 2006

- AWARD – “For Outstanding Environmental Achievement in North America”- GOLDMAN

         ENVIRONMENTAL PRIZE – 2006

- AWARD/PROCLAMATION – “In Recognition for His Service to Our Community” – CITY OF

        BEREA – 2006

- AWARD/PROCLAMATION – “In Recognition of His Many Years of Service to Madison County

        Toward Making a Safer Environment” – MADISON COUNTY FISCAL COURT – 2006

- CITATION – “Recognizing the Exceptional Accomplishments Achieved by This Citizen” –

        COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – 2006

- HONORARY DOCTORATE – “Distinguished Activist” – “Tireless Advocate for the Public Good”

        EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY – 2008

- AWARD – “Communicator of the Year” TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL – 2013

- CONGRESSIONAL TRIBUTE- “The people of the Sixth District and our nation are safer today because of his

             determined work and excellent leadership” Entered into the CONGRESSIONAL RECORD by

             Representative Andy Barr (R-KY) – 2015

- WALLACE G. MAFFETT AWARD – “To someone who devotes their time, experience and efforts in order to promote and improve the quality of life with no regard to personal gain; has made a significant contribution to the quality of life; and, has served the community with unselfish motives.” Richmond, Kentucky CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – 2015.

- 2016 ENVIRONMENTAL VISION AWARD – “…for his over 30 years of unheralded work to ensure the safe disposal of chemical weapons at the Bluegrass Army Depot and around the world.” BLUE GRASS TOMORROW - 2017 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

- COACH: BEREA COMMUNITY YOUTH BASEBALL;

- COACH: MADISON COUNTY UNITED SOCCER ASSOCIATION; FOLEY MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCCER;

- FAMILY ACTIVITIES;

- VEGATABLE GARDENING;

- WOODWORKING;

- READING;

- GOLF.