The founder of Makua Aloha Center, Inc. is Mr. Jon A. St John, a retired Navy veteran with twenty four years of service in the Submarine Force. He graduated with two masters, one Master in Business Administration, (MBA) and a Master in Organizational Leadership (MOS). Mr. St. John represents the company as a volunteer Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
In the professional organizations he is a life member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Association of Retired Submarine Veterans.
Throughout his career in the Navy he managed over one thousand men in financial, marriage crisis, work ethics, drug and alcohol substance abuse, post traumatic symptoms, major career decisions as well as his own family.
His strong financial analysis resulted in saving the U.S. government over millions of dollars by implementation of an effective cost reduction strategies and proper utilization of resources. He helped to develop the U.S. Navy policies and procedures to aid in fraud controls and support compliance.
His training in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Suicide Prevention counseling has aided others in making the right decision in their lives and careers.
He has received U.S. Navy medals for awards in:
(2) Expeditionary, (deployment to foreign region)
(2) Battle efficiency, (Overall readiness of the command to carry out its assigned wartime task)
Sea Service (Outstanding personal contributions that advanced the logistics readiness and competence of the sea services)
COM medal, (Meritorious or heroism service)
(5) NAM, (Navy Achievement Medals)
(5) Good Conduct, (Honorable and faithful service)
National Defense Service Medal (Served honorably during national emergency)
War on Terrorism Service Medal
Expert Weapon Medal
Experienced American Red Cross volunteer instructor trainer in Camden County, GA.
Besides Kings Bay Submarine base in Georgia, Mr. St. John was stationed at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu where he met his spouse, Mrs. Audrey L. St. John. She was appointed by several captains as U.S. Navy Ombudsman and case managed accordingly with substance abuse, post traumatic syndrome disorder (PTSD), suicidal attempts, depressions, sexual abuse among other issues.
Audrey’s experience in implementation of emergency preparedness, Federal and State inspections, staff training, facilitate group therapies, employee evaluations, resolving employee conflicts, hire and fire procedures, education in grant writing, in Health Administration with a Bachelor degree, and her recent graduation with her PhD in Counseling (2013) makes her a strong asset as a Volunteer Executive Director for Makua Aloha Center.
As a retired veteran and military spouse their strong passion is to make awareness for struggling veterans to avoid homeless by helping with food, transportation to medical appointments, group therapy, financial consult, referrals in education, job training, legal issues, shelters, and mental health issues and related other issues.