Voting for the Board Positions of Commander, 
Vice-Commander, Secretary, and
Director-at-Large

 

 

We have one nominee for the position of Commander, two nominees for the position of Vice-Commander, and one nominee for the position of Secretary and one nominee for Director-at-Large. Voting will take place immediately prior to the December 17th General Membership Meeting in the Magnolia Center.

 

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please submit an absentee ballot to Director-at-Large Joe Depergola at joedepergola@gmail.com any time prior to the meeting.  Click on the Absentee Ballot below to download a printable copy and follow the directions on the Ballot for submitting your vote, or download a printable Proxy Appointment.  Please fill in the information and hand it to your designated voting Proxy TOVA Member.

 

Email Sheldon at sjkrieger@hotmail.com for mailing or hand-delivery instructions - note that email or telephone votes will not be permitted.

 

Biographies of Nominees

 

 

For Commander:

Marcia C Coleman

 

Marcia C Coleman retired January 2012 from Federal Service after almost 32 years. Ms Coleman was one of the highest decorated Contracting Officers in U.S. Federal service. Ms Coleman received the Meritorious Civil Service Metal from LTG Riley, V Corps Commander, Heidelberg, Germany. Several Commanders awards, Letters of Appreciation from US Ambassadors in Bulgaria and Togo Africa. Letters of Appreciation and outstanding contributions from the Senior Executive Director to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Glynco, Georgia. MS Coleman served multiple agencies during her career; the Army, Navy, Veterans Administration, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the Department of Energy. In each she was recognized for outstanding work.

 

Some of MS Coleman’s missions were supporting US Army 11th ACR during the cold war on the border of East and West Germany at the Fulda Gap under the command of COL Thomas White who later became Secretary of the Army. MS Coleman established two contracting offices from scratch, one in Fulda, Germany and the other the Veterans Administration, VA Hospital, in Orlando, Florida. MS Coleman was highly recognized by the VA for her efforts with outstanding annual awards.

 

MS Coleman served as a Contingency Contracting officer with the United States Army during two tours in Germany. She was assigned as Head of Deployment Team to support several missions. As Team Lead her civilian equivalent rank was LT. Col during her assignments which were to provide Contract Support to the U.S. service members and our Coalition partners as described in the Military Memorandum of Understanding. Her team included but was not limited to Logistics Officers at the rank of Captain and Major, purchasing agents, Contracting Officer Representatives at the rank of SSgt and SFC and civilian translators. These missions took her to Ghana West Africa, Poland, Italy, Albania, Bulgaria and Romania.

 

MS Coleman supported Non Appropriated Funds Morale and Welfare as a Contracting Officer and was responsible for developing and soliciting contracts with the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force in support of Morale and Welfare. These contracts included Entertainment Contracts for bands and individual entertainers, contracts for Carnival Fairs, food vendors, craft vendors, etc. Some of the Fairs brought revenue of over $250,000.  MS Coleman served as; Active Duty Army, Army Reserve, Army Guard and Air Force Guard.

 

MS Coleman has been a Chief and mentor in her profession for over 37 years, owns her own small veteran owned business and continues to assist disabled veteran and veteran owned small and large companies on how to successfully obtain government contracts.

 

MS Coleman was instrumental in the Paws for Vets concert working with TOVA team members, Ms. Coleman obtained sponsorship and donations for silent auction.  This brought revenue to the wonderful non-profit of over 10K. 

Her education is in Business from Troy State University, Government Contract Law from George Washington University and the Defense Acquisition University, She is a Certified Contracting Professional Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act/Federal Acquisition Contracting Certification (DAWIA/FAC-C III).

 

She has been a member of TOVA since 2016.

As Commander, my vision for TOVA is to; Obtain better participation of current membership, give back to our community as well as non-profits, continue to provide more information to TOVA members on changes to VA and other veteran support issues, Increase our revenue with a variety of fundraisers, Develop a plan and outline for a commitment letter to obtain additional sponsors. These objectives can only be accomplished through my dedication, hard work and with the support and contributions of our TOVA volunteers.

 

For Vice-Commander:

Lawrence (Larry) Berman

Larry served the U. S. Army 1966 to 1968 as a Specialist E-4 in Vietnam.  During that time (1967-1968) he was a Combat Specialist.

He then earned his BA in 1972 at Rutgers University and a JD in 1975 at University of Baltimore (School of Law).  During which he worked at the Department of VA Affairs in 1976 to 1997 retiring as Division Chief/Assistant Service Center Manager. 

He worked at the VFW in 1997 and retired in 2010 as the Assistant Director Field Operations.  He then worked for the Department of Florida from 2010 to 2016 as the VFW Service Officer followed by working at Volusia County from 2016 to 2018 as the Veteran Services Division Officer. 

Since moving to Trilogy, with his wife Nikki, he has been assisting Veterans and their spouses apply for Veterans Benefits.

For Secretary:

Michael 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 ten to one 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 look forward to helping TOVA on it's missions in whatever capacity I can.

Director-At-Large:

William (Bill) Jones

Graduated from Mississippi State University in June 1969

Distinguished Military Graduate

Top Flight Cadet in all branches

 

June 1969-Infantry Officer Basics, Ft Benning, GA

August 1969-Primary Helicopter, Ft Wolters, TX

January 1970-Advanced Helicopter Flight Training, Ft Rucker AL

June 1970 Ft Hunter Stewart, Cobra transition, Savannah, GA

August 1970-71, 2/17 Cav, 101st Airborne, Camp Eagle, Vietnam

630+ combat missions, Distinguished Flying Cross, 27 Air Medals-2 with V for Valor and Bronze Star.

September 1971- 1972 Ft Hood, TX- Adjutant, then Intelligence officer

September 1973 Frankfurt, Germany - V Corps Support Command, General War Plans Officer - Command Briefer

September 1974 Wiesbaden, Germany - Command - 14th Maintenance Company in support of 67 major units in V Corps

 

1976 Graduated from North Texas State University - MBA Business and Economics.

 

1976 - 1978 Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

 

1979- 1991 National Sales and Service Manager - BD Drake Willock

 

1992 - graduated from the College of Financial Planning - CFP

 

1996-2016 Owner Stonebridge Financial Planning Group, Winter Park, FL

2000-2008 Adjunct Professor of Finance at University of Central Florida

2012 Retired