TOVA BOD Special Election
June 30, 2020

 

Biographies of Nominees

 

 

Commander

 

Jim O'Neil                                                                                                                                          U.S. Navy                                                                                                                                           191 Crepe Myrtle Drive                

GunnerJim76@gmail.com

Jim O’Neil, CWO3 (Ret.), USN, EOD, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in February 1974, he retired from active service in March 1994. He and Shirley have been married for 43 years.

 

He earned military designations as a Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician/Officer, First Class Salvage Diver, and Naval Parachutist.

Career Highlights: Specifically requested to act as Advisor to US Army FORSCOM for Improvised Nuclear Device exercises, Personnel Exchange Program assignment to Royal New Zealand Navy, Japanese Maritime Defense Force during Desert Storm, and Presidential Secret Service support for Presidents Carter and Bush (41).

 

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.

 

Past Executive Director: The EOD Memorial Foundation (www.eodmemorial.org), Community Foundation of South Lake County, and the Orlando Marine Institute.

 

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                                                                                                                                 U.S. Army                                                                                                                                        99 Bayou Bend Road                                                                                                                     

dannymcqueen@bellsouth.net

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

Michael Gris

Associate Member

816 Hidden Moss Drive

mgris1@aol.com

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.

Member-At-Large

   Navy 

Sheldon Krieger

U.S. Navy

145 Bayou Bend Rd.

sjkrieger@hotmail.com

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.