Meet our Staff and Volunteers

Board of Directors
Commander
Jim O'Neil

 

CWO3 (Ret.), USN, EOD, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1974, retired from

active service in March 1994. He and Shirley have been married for 44 years.

 

He earned military designations as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician/

Officer, First Class Salvage Diver, and Naval Parachutist.

Personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, Joint Service Achievement

Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, and various other service and

campaign awards.

 

Most Recent: Task Order Manager for US Department of State, Department of Weapons Removal and Abatement, responsible for the development, implementation and leadership of the effort to search, locate, identify and dispose of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) left behind by ISIS after they were defeated and pushed from cities and towns in Iraq and Syria. Currently is the owner of Go Noble Cleaning and is a performing member of the Trilogy Ukulele Group (TUG). 

He has been a guest on Larry King Live, 60 Minutes, and Fox News and featured in an Al Hurra documentary on the IED Clearance project in Iraq. Was as an advisor for the 2009 Oscar winning movie “The Hurt Locker” and is proud to say that he and Shirley turned down their tickets to the Oscars :)

Vice Commander
Danny McQueen

Danny and his wife, Linda, moved to Trilogy Orlando in November 2015.  He and Linda

have been married for 52 years.

Danny served in two branches of the military, the Air Force and the Army, totaling 23

years.  He received a Direct Commission to First Lieutenant in the Army Chemical Corps

in 1981.  He deployed in 1990 to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield and Desert

Storm.  He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Service.  His military career

culminated as a Detachment Commander, Company Commander, and

Battalion Executive Officer.  He retired as a Major in May 1994.

 

Danny continued a second career serving as the Senior Army Instructor (SAI) for the Lanett High School Army JROTC program in Lanett, Alabama from 1994 - 2010.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Central Texas with Graduate studies completed from Jacksonville State University.  Danny is a graduate of the prestigious Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC).

Danny and Linda have been members of TOVA for four years.  He served as the TOVA Treasurer from January 2018 to December 2019.  Danny also served as the Interim Vice-Commander from June 2019 to December 2019.  He is currently serving as a member of the TOVA Budget Committee.

 

We can't undo the past, but we can start a "New Beginning" and continue to move forward.  TOVA's future looks bright.  TOVA will continue to make a tremendous impact in our community and the surrounding communities.  With the help of our membership and community, TOVA will continue to grow and provide wonderful support to the Veteran Organizations and Community Causes that we support.

 

TOVA "Leads the Way"!

 

 

 

Secretary
Mike Gris

I've enjoyed living at Trilogy since December of 2017. I was born in Detroit and grew

up in southeastern Michigan.  After 30 years in Michigan, I moved to Florida and lived

in the Tampa Bay area.  I also lived in Huntsville, Alabama for six years prior to

returning to Florida.  I received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Lawrence

Technological University in Southfield, Michigan.  I will have been married for

42 years this December to my beautiful wife, Catherine.  We have three married sons,

with a total of six grandchildren ranging in age from one to ten years old.

I retired from business in July of 2018 so I could devote my time to fun activities like

tennis, softball, pickleball and the infamous "Honey Do" list.  My career was in technical sales of irrigation and landscape materials from the manufacturer, to the distributor, to the contractor levels of the business.  I wrote sales and technical articles for my employers and for clients.  I have been the secretary in a number of business and personal capacities.  These secretarial endeavors include positions for my college fraternity in Southfield, Michigan, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Florida Irrigation Society, the United Methodist Men at my church and currently for the Trilogy Orlando Pickleball club.

I became interested in TOVA and joined last year because I wanted to not only honor my father and my wife's father who both served in WWII but also because two of my sons being military (Coast Guard, Army).  I had also become aware and admired the work of TOVA in the types of service projects that the club was doing for veterans but also for the community in general.  I was elected to Secretary on the December, 2019 ballot but resigned on March 30, 2020 because of the possibility of legal actions that the Board was considering and eventually advancing.  I look forward to helping TOVA again on its missions in whatever capacity I can.

 

Treasurer
Frank Bravate

 

The Treasurer is responsible for carrying out the organization's financial policies and procedures. The Treasurer receives and disburses, with the approval of the directors, all Association funds, all financial obligations as they come due, and keeps an accurate account of all transactions. The Treasurer shall make financial reports to members and directors at each monthly meeting and upon request.  The Treasurer shall transmit the accounts and all undistributed funds to the successor in office at the end of the Treasurer's term. 

Member-at-Large
Sheldon Kreiger

   Navy 

My wife and I moved to Trilogy in December 2014 from Maryland.  Shortly afterward I

joined TOVA.  I served 2-year terms as Director-at-Large and then Commander.  I have

also served on various committees including the Budget and Entertainment Committees.

I was in the United States Navy from 1969-1973 in radio communications.  I have an

undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and master’s

degrees from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and The Johns Hopkins University. 

After a 32+ year career as Computer Engineer/Manager at Northrop Grumman (Westinghouse) I retired and moved to Trilogy with my wife Mary in.  Work responsibilities included program cost, schedule, and program/technical oversight as well as interfacing with all levels of the customers, both domestic and international.  While supporting the defense electronics industry, I worked directly with the US Military and its Allies in the development, implementation, integration, and maintenance of various defense electronics products to serve and protect the missions of our soldiers.

 

While living in MD, I was Board President for an HOA and subsequently Board President of the Condominium Association for the last community we lived in before moving to Florida.

 

I am honored to be nominated to be on the TOVA Board and look forward to the opportunity to continue to use my dedication to Veteran's causes as well as professional and personal experience in supporting TOVA meeting its mission.  As part of the TOVA leadership team, I will work to make sure the organization continues to maintain its appropriate place within Trilogy and the community as well as meeting the challenges of supporting a growing organization and community.  I realize the importance of the Board, as well as each individual member and any success, is based on the dedication and commitment of the other Board members and most importantly TOVA membership.

SPECIAL STAFF
Sergeant-at-Arms
Victor Cepeda

The duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms  will include the preparation of the Event Center

ensuring operational readiness in order to hold scheduled meetings or events.  They will

further coordinate with the Magnolia House management personnel as necessary,

ensuring that the proper required equipment for guest speakers and members are in

place.  They will further assist in maintaining good order and discipline during all TOVA

related meetings and functions.  The Sergeant-at-Arms will coordinate their activities

with the Events Chairperson, if appropriate. 

Events Promoter
TBD
  • Responsible for promoting TOVA and and all other events on the Grille TV. 

  • Sets up and manages the EventBrite online Ticket system for all TOVA events.

  • Attends and represents TOVA at the Bi-monthly BlueStar Events meeting.

Supply Officer

John Walsh

mwalsh81@aol.com

The Supply Officer is responsible for accountability and control of all TOVA-owned merchandise or equipment to include head covers, uniforms, and service flags.  The Supply Officer will often work closely with the Treasurer ensuring the ordering, paying for, and issuance of items such as shirts and hats to members in good standing.  They will keep and accurate log of members who have been issued or have paid for TOVA equipment or merchandise. 

TOVA Monthly Newsletter
Mike Gris

mgris1@aol.com

Responsible for managing, compiling and distributing the TOVA Monthly Newsletter email.

Chaplain
TBD

The Chaplain will act as TOVA's Spiritual and Religious leader representing all denominations to offer the invocation at the monthly TOVA General Membership Meetings. The Chaplain will work closely with the Outreach Committee Chairperson to provide assistance to known individuals or families who may find themselves in need within the Trilogy community or in support of Veterans. Report circumstances requiring assistance to the TOVA Board of Directors.

 

This is currently a vacant position - if you are interested, please contact 

Flags for Fallen Veterans

Keith Woll

jkkwoll@aol.com

Flags for Fallen Vets is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure that “an American flag is placed on EVERY Veterans grave site, at each National Cemetery in the country for Memorial Day”.

 

2020 is the 6th year that TOVA,  and Trilogy Orlando will be participating in the Flags for Fallen Vets. This annual event takes place over a two day period at Florida National Cemetary. The first day flags are placed over every Veterans, and their spouse's final resting place. Before each flag is placed, each Veterans name is spoken out loud and they are thanked for their service. The date for this year’s placement is Sunday, May 24, 2020. On the following weekend, Saturday, May 30, 2020, the flags are removed.

 

We need volunteers and donations. Please go to our website by clicking here.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Keith Woll.

Wreaths Across America

Tim Shea & Peggy Shea

peggyandtim46@hotmail.com

Wreaths Across America is a national nonprofit whose primary mission is to fulfill its motto of “Remember, Honor and Teach” — that is, remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve and teach your children the value of freedom.

Tova has been involved with this organization for about four years all made possible with contributions from TOVA and the Trilogy community.  Nineteen members of TOVA had the honor of placing wreaths on gravesites at Bushnell National Cemetery this past December.

Tim and Peggy were introduced to this non-profit organization about eight years ago while living in Massachusetts.

TOVA Blood Drive

Patrick Wellington

pwellington89@yahoo.com

Besides being a board member of the Cascades of Groveland Community Development District (CDD), Patrick serves as the chairperson of the TOVA Blood Drives held every eight weeks here at the Sports Pavilion near to the Tennis and Pickle ball courts.

 

One unit of blood can potentially save 4 child’s life of 3 adult persons! Our target is 33 units per blodd drive event. We typically easily surpass that target!

Thank you, Trilogy Orlando Residents!

Dates for the blood drive for the rest of 2020 are:

October 23,

December 18

TOVA WebMaster

 

The webmaster will monitor and maintain all aspects of the TOVA website and will serve as a technology advisor to the TOVA Board as needed. 

 

STANDING COMMITTEES

Adopt-a-Roadway

Chairpersons: Eleanor Winsor (twoterriers@hotmail.com) and

Dean Shahan (dean.shahan@me.com)
Current Contact:

Raymond Karosas (rkkarosas@gmail.com)

TOVA has adopted Wilson Lake Parkway as part of the Adopt-a-Roadway Program. In order to be in this program, the organization must adopt a minimum of 2 miles of roadway. A current road permit application must be on file with the Lake County Public Works Department. The TOVA member that coordinates this ongoing project has several responsibilities:  notify the County of the date and time of the pickup, how many volunteers participated, how long the group was out, and how many bags of garbage were picked up; maintain a safe working environment for the volunteers; work with the Webmaster to publicize the event and add photos; conduct pickups a minimum of four times a year.

Public Affairs Committee

Chairperson: Vacant

 

The Public Affairs Committee gathers facts as needed from the TOVA Board/Membership and distributes them to the members of the organization and the public; produces various media formats about TOVA for dissemination to the necessary organizations/individuals; maintains a virtual presence to include the organization’s website and other social media sites, and interfaces with the MyTrilogyLife website and newsletter; serves as the focal point and works closely with TOVA chairpersons for communications to members and outside individuals concerning upcoming events. 

Historian Committee

Chairperson: Dennis Wall

 

The Historian Committee shall be responsible for gathering and maintaining historical and event articles, photos, writings, or memorabilia for membership review.  The Historian will arrange for photography and collection of any photos provided by members of any and all events that need to be recorded for future TOVA members to remember those that came before them.

 

Membership Committee

Chairperson: John Asaro

(ja0703@gmail.com)

The Membership Committee is the initial contact for any individual requesting membership in TOVA. The Chairperson submits the received application to the Secretary for screening. The Chairperson also maintains an accurate roster of all TOVA members and assists in the collection of dues. At the monthly membership meetings, the Chairperson provides a current membership report and introduces any new members to the group.

 

Outreach Committee

Chairperson: Cheryl Hall

(Hallc1035@gmail.com)

The chairperson of this committee will be assisted by at least two other members who are charged with providing assistance to known individuals or families who may find themselves in need within the Trilogy community.  The Outreach Committee will call the individual(s), offering help to assist in whatever is needed, send a card based on the circumstances such as Get Well or Sympathy.  If necessary, a Chaplain and a veteran will be made available.  The committee encourages the membership to notify it of any needs so action can be taken.

Events Committee

Chairperson: (Currently Vacant)

The Events Committee is responsible for the planning, organization, staffing, and execution of all veterans and TOVA social events held within the geographical boundaries of Trilogy. This includes coordination with the Blue Star team and other organizations or government entities, as applicable. The Chairpersons will spearhead this committee and report directly to the Board as well as attend monthly committee meetings.

Veteran's Support

Chairperson: Mimi Miller

(mimibob@aol.com)

 

The Veterans Support Committee serves as a focal point for identifying veteran groups and programs to support. When a decision to give assistance has been made, the committee develops the plan and arranges for volunteers and other resources.

Budget Committee

Chairperson: Frank Bravate

(frankbravate@gmail.com)


The Budget Committee is responsible for creating, overseeing, and maintaining the fiscal responsibility for TOVA.  The committee will consist of the Treasurer, who serves as the Chairperson, plus 4 other TOVA members.


The committee normally meets three times a year, (April, August, and December) to review the budget and make any adjustments as necessary.  Any adjustments made must be approved by the TOVA Board of Directors (BOD).

 

In December of each year, the Committee will review the Budget Assumptions and develop a Preliminary Budget for the upcoming year.  As part of the budget, the Committee determines the contribution amounts for the Veteran Organizations and Community Causes that TOVA supports.  The Committee submits the Preliminary Budget to the TOVA Board of Directors (BOD) for final approval.