ABOUT US

Veterans Base Camp's Team

PLEASE NOTE:    EVERY member of the team is a volunteer and EVERY dollar you donate goes to support the program and our veterans.

TEAM

Cindy Archibald, LCSW, Executive Director
Cindy Archibald, LCSW, Executive Director

Cindy Archibald, a licensed clinical social worker earned her MSW from UCONN, and BSW from ECSU. Cindy graduated from Emmaus Road Ministry School, has 30+ years of experience working with individuals to set/achieve goals for their lives while coping with trauma, mental illness, and developmental disabilities. Cindy came to VBC in 2018. She created R.E.S.E.T- VBC's transitional housing program, recruited/leads VBC's talented, dedicated team and expanded the services offered at Base Camp.

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Mitch Willsie-Program Director
Mitch Willsie-Program Director

Retired Navy Master Chief, Chaplain, and retired Program Director from the Veterans Rehabilitation Program at Stonington Institute, Mitch Willsie joins the team as the Chairman of the Board. Mitch also serves as the Chaplain and Program Director-he works 1:1 with veterans, leads recreational groups and much more! Did I mention he is the New England Archery Champion in his division as well?

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Russ Johndrow-Assistant Director
Russ Johndrow-Assistant Director

CT Army National Guard Veteran Sergeant First Class (ret) Russ Johndrow is also the Food Pantry Director and is most often heard saying: "I know a guy..(or gal)." and whoever it is, they always come through for VBC! This guy epitomizes the concept of: "I've got your six" as he gives his all to support the veterans we serve.

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Mitch Sibley-Jett, Outreach
Mitch Sibley-Jett, Outreach

Mitch Sibley-Jett is a retired Air Force Captain, and a member of our Board of Directors. Mitch brings a wealth of experience working with people from all walks of life. Mitch works with the veterans at VBC in many different roles: mentor, teacher, facilitator, group leader and more. Mitch recently joined the VBC Board of Directors and is a real asset to our team.

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Jamie Boss Sr.-Director of Marketing
Jamie Boss Sr.-Director of Marketing

Jamie Boss Sr. is a Vietnam veteran, Director of Marketing and also the instructor for VBC's Acoustic Wellness Class! We are keeping him busy!

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Janet Freniere-Events Coordinator
Janet Freniere-Events Coordinator

Janet Freniere is a Retired Airfield Management/Base Ops veteran, where she served 22 years. Janet also recently retired after 17 years from UCONN. Janet is putting her Air Force Air Show events planning experience to good use helping us to coordinate our fundraising events. We are blessed to have her on or team!

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Douglas Barton-Director of Grounds and Safety
Douglas Barton-Director of Grounds and Safety

Army Veteran Doug Barton takes care of our grounds, our forest and is "growing" our pond! Doug is another vet that can always be heard saying: "I know someone that can..."

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Keith Watson-"Cookie"
Keith Watson-"Cookie"

Keith Watson, an Army National Guard veteran who keeps the vets at Base Camp well fed with his culinary creations and a valuable member of our team!

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Kat Swenson, V4Vets Outreach
Kat Swenson, V4Vets Outreach

Kat's concern for her fellow brother and sister veterans during COVID caused her to reach out to those who were struggling to get access to food due to having health issues that put them at high risk for COVID and had to isolate...thus V4Vets Outreach was borne. Homebound veterans have their food delivered to their door - have someone to check-in to make sure all is going well...

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Bonnie Stratton, Buddy Outreach Coordinator
Bonnie Stratton, Buddy Outreach Coordinator

Bonnie is a published poet, and author, wife of Navy veteran Ed (another wonderful VBC volunteer!) and has been volunteering in the V4Vets Food Pantry and at the Camp. She brings her organizational skills, insights, positive energy and enthusiasm! Bonnie gets things done! VBC is so excited to begin reaching out to veterans in nursing homes and letting them know they are not forgotten! Thank you Bonnie!

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Scotty  Steadman-Maintenance
Scotty Steadman-Maintenance

Scotty is a Navy veteran who has been volunteering in the V4Vets Food Pantry, and with anything Russ needs help with! A jack-of-all-trades and a welcome addition the the VBC Team!

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Moe Collin-Veterans Advocate
Moe Collin-Veterans Advocate

Moe served in the Marine Corp from 1965-1969, wounded at Khe Sanh in 1968. Did auto body work until taking a job with the Disabled American Veterans in 1982 where he met his future wife Leila. He then devoted his career to helping vets with their claims through the DAV and the CT State Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Now retired from his last position as Acting Commissioner of Veterans Affairs, he still devotes his volunteer work to assisting veterans at Veterans Base Camp

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Leila Collin-Admin. Extraordinaire!
Leila Collin-Admin. Extraordinaire!

Leila attended Hartford Secretarial School and took a job working at the Disabled American Veterans Office in Hartford, where she met her future husband, Moe. After working for vets for 12 years, she worked as an Office Manager at Independent Home Service. After retiring, she rejoined her husband doing volunteer work for veterans at the VA in Newington, and now through Veterans Base Camp

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Mike Staats-V4Vets Assistant Food Pantry Director
Mike Staats-V4Vets Assistant Food Pantry Director

Mike Staats is a Marine Veteran, and has become Russ Johndrow's right hand man in the Pantry. Between the two of them and their amazing volunteers, they do a wonderful job serving our veterans and their families.

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"Serving Those Who Served"
"Serving Those Who Served"
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