Board of Directors
SGM James Kelly (Ret.), President & Iraq Veteran
SGM Kelly is an Iraq Combat Veteran and served more than 30 years in the Army National Guard and Marine Corps. He is the Past President of the Stoughton VFW. SGM Kelly works full-time as the JROTC Leader for in the Boston Public School System teaching youth about the values and principles of the United State Army.
SGT Michael Sweeney, Clerk & Afghanistan Veteran
Mike Sweeney is the Director of Veterans Services for the City of Lynn. He served four years active duty in the Army and has served in Massachusetts Army National Guard for six years. In 2014, he deployed to Afghanistan with the 379th Engineer Company. Mike is the Past President of the Massachusetts Veterans Service Officer Association.
State Representative Anthony Verga (Ret.), Director & Korean War Era Veteran
Tony Verga, a Navy veteran, served in the State Legislature for 14 years and served as the first House Chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Committee of Veterans & Federal Affairs. During his tenure he worked to expand benefits for veterans and Gold Star Families by over $30 million dollars annually. He has been recognized nationally for his work with veterans and is the recipient of the Legislator of the Year Award from the Korean War Veterans Association.
Mrs. Carlene Barrett, Treasurer & Gold Star Mother
Carlene Barrett is the proud mother of SGT Robert Barrett, Massachusetts Army National Guard. SGT Barrett was killed in action in Afghanistan in April 2010. Carlene and her husband Paul have established a scholarship in Robert’s memory and work to keep his memory alive by caring for veterans in times of need.