About Us

Golden Isles Veterans Village Initiative Inc.

Board of Directors and Officers

The Golden Isles Veterans Village Initiative was borne out of a concept to address a need for a safe and secure living space for homeless Veterans living in the Golden Isles area. We initially partnered with Rotary District 6920 Clubs and  Nine Line Foundation, Inc, when forming our Senior Advisory Council. We have since added CMK Enterprises, LLC. owned by Chief Master Sergeant (Retired) Cornell L. Harvey for the land/lease agreement and the Coastal Community Health Services as well as federal, state, and local government organizations and agencies. We also have included local civic organizations and Faith-Based groups to develop a community-wide support network. Through the development process we have established the foundation and framework to address the challenges ahead. We welcome new partners every week to help us meet current and future challenges. The central theme is now and will always be, “Providing a Hand Up to Those Who Served”.
With over 90 years of combined active and reserve military experience and an additional 75 years assisting and serving veterans and their families, our advisory board members understand the challenges homeless veterans face and ways to overcome them.

Meet Our Members

Lorene L. Reid, President, Golden Isles Veterans Village

Lorene is retired from the business world, the non-profit sector, and state government.
 Her professional career was based on making a difference in the lives of others, whether
 that was globally with AT&T, nationally with her assignment on the SOBA board as
 Treasurer (States Organization of Boating Access) while at Georgia’s Department of
 Natural Resources, or locally as the Executive Director of the Coastal Coalition for
Children. She is also involved in the community through volunteer work such as
 President of Golden Isles Live! community concert association, Past President of Golden Isles Rotary, working with MOAA’s scholarship program, and St. Simons Presbyterian
 Church’s Global Mission team. Lorene obtained her degree at Southern Connecticut
 State University in Special Education and English and has extensive experience leading
 teams, writing grants and business proposals, public speaking and training.

John Bartosh, Vice President and Construction Manager

Served 33 years of Active Duty service. A resident of Brunswick since 2000, has served as a senior Human Resources and Civilian Training specialist for FLETC; 13 years as an Associate Professor within the Adult Education Department, Armstrong Atlantic University; 10 years as the Director of the Soldier for Life Program, assisting separating Soldiers and their Families, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield. As self-employed, serves as a consultant. Currently an active member of the Golden Isles Rotary Club.

Megan Hostler, Secretary, Golden Isles Veterans Village

Megan is a retired attorney with a long history of community involvement and has dedicated her adult life to giving of her time and talents to support military members and their families through numerous volunteer and worthy charitable efforts, including serving on the Boards of Help Our Military Heroes, Inc. and Operation Support Our Troops, Inc. She currently serves as the President and CEO of Nine Line Foundation, Inc., an all-volunteer non-profit organization whose mission is to improve and enhance the quality of life of our nation’s wounded veterans. Megan is married to Dutch Hostler, a 1968 graduate of The United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA) and a fellow graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, and is mother of two sons who also graduated from USMA and currently serve our nation as medical professionals.

James Vivenzio, Treasurer, Golden Isles Veterans Village

Served 30 years in Georgia Army National Guard and US Army Reserve in various duty assignments. Was involved in the family retail clothing business in Brunswick for decades. James served on various local boards over the years. Currently active in Rotary, Military Officers Association of America, Coastal Georgia Honor Flight, Tiny Homes for Veterans Initiative, Golden Isles Veterans Council and Hospice of the Golden Isles.

E. Hugh Adams, Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Hugh has lived in Glynn County for over 24 years. He earned a degree in Accounting from Brenau University, joined Schell & Hogan, LLP in July of 2005 and became a partner in 2012. He specializes in corporate and individual tax. Prior to that, he earned a degree in Mathematics and Computer Technology from Valdosta State University and taught math for three years. Hugh is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants (GSCPA). He is a past President of the Golden Isles Rotary Club, active in his church and the Golden Isles Endurance club.

Joyce Marie Griggs, LTC U.S. Army, Retired"

She is a combat veteran and Bronze Star Recipient with over 33 years of service to her country. While in the military she held key positions with various Intelligence agencies in the US and abroad. She earned a BA Degree in Sociology and MA Degree in Counseling from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, and JD Degree in Law from John Marshall Law School. She is a former trial lawyer who practiced law throughout South East Georgia. She is also a former Congressional Candidate for the 1st Congressional District of Georgia.

Margaret jacobs

A retired business executive with both domestic and international experience within the various service and manufacturing based industries. During her professional and volunteer global travels she has visited housing and humanitarian projects in India, Puerto Rico, Cameron, and Brazil and has a passion for meeting the need for housing for all citizens. She is a certified seminar leader for Ahlzeimers Research and Human Trafficking. She is a former District Governor for Rotary District 6920, and currently Treasurer for Coastal District United Methodist Women (UMW), member of the Jesup Rotary Club, past Chair of the Hospice of Southern Georgia, Wayne Family Connections, Wayne Literacy, UMW Council President with her local Church.

Honey L. Sparre

Honey has worked with those experiencing homelessness here in Glynn county for over ten years. Although Honey works with all aspects of social services her heart and respect has always softened where Veterans were concerned. With her grandfather (WWII Navy Pilot), father and husband all being Navy Veterans she sees firsthand the need for additional resources for those that risked their lives for our country and she is about making a positive change for those we serve.