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About Us

The Veterans Village Board of Directors is committed to creating a dedicated "neighborhood" of 30 tiny-homes with a community center to help homeless veterans "get back on their feet" again! The community is designed to create a community environment where homeless veterans can reside, gather, and receive physical and mental health services, as well as education and job training.

Executive Management

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 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 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 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.

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.

Directors

Chris Amos

Chris

Doc St. Clair

Doc

Jim Kielt

Jim

Cece Patterson is the Co-founder of We Buy Houses 912, LLC a company that acquires "forgotten homes" and restores the properties back to livable conditions. Cece Patterson is also co-author of the book "How To Invest In Real Estate With Money You Never Knew You Had"; designed to help those with real estate aspirations begin their journey despite their socioeconomic status. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University with a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014, and has since applied her therapeutic skills in many different facets from team building within her business organization to a range of community building exercises that she has hosted alongside her church. Cece has proudly extended herself to the Golden Isles community since 2019 by serving on volunteer boards such as the city's tree board and most recently appointed as member of Golden Isles Veteran's Village and the Landbank.

Paul Schwarz

Paul

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.