Our Organizational Leadership

Our Staff

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, Karen 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.

Matt Dezan, Facility Manager

In January 2021, The Veterans’ Place hired Matt Dezan as its new Facility Manager. An Army enlisted combat veteran, Matt served several tours in Afghanistan, where he was in charge of a unit responsible for explosive ordnance disposal. Trained and certified in crisis management, Matt has been a wonderful addition to our staff. Matt hails from Brookfield, where he lives with his wife and children.

Pete Clark, Chef and Asst. Facility Mgr

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Pete was educated at Seekonk High School and Wentworth Institute in Boston. He joined the Veterans' Place staff as a dinner chef in 2018, bringing a wealth of experience to the job. In January 2001, Pete took on additional responsibilities assisting Matt with projects related to maintaining and improving the physical plant. Having embraced these new tasks with skill and gusto, Pete continues to be a tremendous asset.

West McMillan, Charge of Quarters

Born and raised on his family's tobacco estate in South Carolina, West joined the U.S. Navy in 1991. He served during the Persian Gulf War and was honorably discharged in 1995. After the Navy, he went back to school, receiving his bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology, and earning a Master's of Science in Clinical Psychology at Duke University. West joined the staff in 2020 as CQ and peer support for our residents, making sure everything is ship shape and calm seas.

Meet 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.” Michael has served as president of the board since November 2018.

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. Now semi-retired, she joined TVPI’s board in 2018 so as to make a difference. “My only goal in life is to leverage my skills, knowledge, creativity, resources, and compassion to try and make the world a better place.” When not serving the Veterans' Place she is usually knitting or walking her Karelian Bear Dog, Luna.

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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 joining our team. For more information, please contact board president Michael Krause at mkrause@securechain.com.