Our Organizational Leadership
Karen Boyce, Managing Director
Educated at Montpelier High School and VTC, Karen was a woodworker for 20 years. She joined the Veterans’ Place staff when it opened its doors in 2009, serving as an administrative manager and dinner cook. In 2020 she was promoted from finance and administrative manager to managing director. As the mother of two sons, both of whom served in the War on Terrorism, she is passionate about serving the veteran community.
Richard Turner, Housing Specialist
Prior to joining the Veterans’ Place Staff in June of 2020, Rich enjoyed long and productive military careers with the Army and Air Force, in civil aviation, and as a forester and arborist. Educated at Norwich, he holds a BA in Government/Political Science and an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice. His most recent job was as a
Team Leader and Recovery Support Specialist at a Level III Recovery Residence.
We're hiring a Facility Manager!
The Veterans’ Place is in the process of hiring an experienced facility manager. This is a full-time position with benefits but does not include housing. Candidates must have a valid Vermont driver’s license and a reliable, insured vehicle. Background checks and drug testing are mandatory. Veterans are encouraged to apply by sending an email with a cover letter, resume, and three work references to Karen Boyce at email@example.com.
Brian “Pete” Clark, Dinner Chef
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Pete was educated at Seekonk High School and Wentworth Institute in Boston. He joined the staff of the Veterans Place in 2018, bringing a wealth of experience to the job. Pete has prepared food at such diverse establishments as the Wannamoisett Country Club in Rhode Island, the Rose
& Crown Restaurant on Nantucket, and the Northfield Senior Center.
Our Board of Directors
Michael D. Krause, President
A retired Army colonel, university instructor, and founder of a company that provides management services, security consultation, professional training, and leadership development, Michael has been a Northfield resident since graduating from Norwich in 1964. He says, “I want to be able to help homeless veterans here in Vermont gain a vision for their future as long as I am able to serve.”
BG Greg Knight, Vice President
Currently the Vermont National Guard adjutant general, Greg has enjoyed a long and distinguished career, with service in the US Coast Guard, as a Vermont police officer, and in the VT Air and Army National Guards, including deployment to Iraq. He joined the board because "many spend a lot of time talking about what should be done to support Veterans—I believe doing is greater than talking.”
Diana Weggler, Secretary
A wife and mother of four grown children, Diana has been writing professionally since the early 1990s, most recently as the senior writer and editor for Norwich University. She joined TVPI’s board so as to try and make a difference. “My only goal in life is to leverage my knowledge, skills, creativity, resources, and compassion to try and make the world a better place.”
Gordon Perkinson, Board Member
Raised in Virginia, Gordon served in the Coast Guard before attending college in Texas. Following a period of addiction and homelessness, he became a certified Drug & Alcohol Abuse Counselor. Sober for more than 40 years, he and his certified therapy Goldendoodle rescue, Sophie, visit the VA Hospital and the Veterans’ Place regularly. “We speak to our veterans with the voice of experience, compassion and love.”
Paul Capcara, Board Member
Currently the clinical director at Collaborative Solutions in Montpelier, Paul has spent his career working with disadvantaged populations. A former Peace Corps volunteer with degrees in both nursing and public health, he volunteers at the People’s Health and Wellness Clinic in Barre and on the board of SafeArt. “I am passionate about working with people who have experienced trauma, mental health challenges, or who are suffering.”
Bill Gaidys, Board Member
Raised on a local family farm, Bill Gaidys has donated his time and the family beef to raise awareness and
funds for the Vets' Place. A veteran of the US Navy, he has traveled the US as a five-star chef on both coasts and is
committed to assisting in the Vets’ Place kitchen as needed. Bill says, "I enjoy using my capabilities in the
culinary arts, wood-crafting, and as an arborist, farmer, and dog trainer, to give back to the military community."
Stephen Martin, Board Member
A 1972 graduate of Norwich University and a longtime resident of Northfield, Steve entered public education as a Secondary Math teacher. He retired in 2012 after teaching in the Northfield School system for 35 years. Steve says, “I joined the Veterans’ Place Board of Directors in hopes to share my teaching skills in organization and management.”
We're looking for new board members!
The Veterans’ Place is governed by a volunteer board of directors that meets monthly throughout the year. In addition to serving in an advisory capacity to TVPI staff, the board is responsible for the organization’s finances, communications, marketing, and fundraising. If you would like to make a difference in the lives of Central Vermont’s homeless veterans, please consider serving. For more information, please contact board president Michael Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org.