Florida Veterans for Common Sense is proud to have an amazing executive board comprised of volunteers. Each a veteran, these officers and board members bring unique individual qualities into our organization ensuring successful missions.
Gene is a founding member and current President of Florida Veterans for Common Sense.He served in the Air Force as a linguist and analyst (1964-1968). He practiced law in Sarasota, Florida until his retirement in 1999. He wrote the books Adventuring in Paradise, a non-fiction outdoor recreation guide for Southwest Florida and Suwannee Divide, an historical novel about Florida during the Civil War. The Sarasota Herald Tribune and other Florida media have published his guest columns. He is a frequent speaker about Florida during the Civil War as well as veterans and national issues for Florida Veterans for Common Sense.
Founding member and current Vice President of FLVCS. Graduated from DePauw U. in 1966, joined the USAF and volunteered for Vietnam. After pilot training, was stationed in Ubon, Thailand in the F-4 Phantom jet fighter. Shot down on his 18th mission over N. Vietnam and captured. Repatriated 56 months later, in March, 1973. Has lived in Sarasota, Fl. for the last 30 years as an attorney and practices in the area of family law and criminal defense.
Currently serving as Secretary of FLVCS. US Army Reserves 1960-1966, Military Intelligence – Imagery, Active Duty During Cuban/Soviet Union Missle Crisis. Retired….Retail/Wholesale Apparel Buyer In Boston, New York, Denver, and Florida. Currently Substitute School Teacher for Sarasota County School Board Community Service and Activist Board member Secretary-Florida Veterans for Common Sense, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Humanity Working to End Genocide, Volunteer Chairman, Military Assistance Program-Jewish Family&Childrens Service, Jewish Housing Council-Community Service Corps, Social Action Committee-CHJ
Dennis J. Plews is a founding member and currently serves as a board member of Florida Veterans for Common Sense. He also serves veterans through his membership in and position on the Board of Directors of the Democratic Veterans Caucus of Florida (DVCF). He has been in this position since the Caucus inception in the summer of 2008. He is also a founding member of the DVCF. Dennis is a trial attorney who practices law in Sarasota where he has resided since 1975. Prior to re-entering college he volunteered for active duty in the U. S. Army, serving as a forward artillery observer and fire direction control specialist with “C” Battery, 3d Battalion, 82d Artillery, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division, MACV from December, 1967 – December, 1968. He lives with his lovely wife, Eve Prang Plews, in Sarasota County, Florida.
Currently serving as an officer on FLVCS’ board of directors. Medic w/DMZ Dustoff (237th Medical Detachment,HA) for 13 & ½ months from 1970/71. Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer& actively practicing law in Venice, FL.
Kevin Connelly is the founder and President of Apollo Sunguard Systems, Inc. based in Sarasota, Florida. Apollo is an S-Corporation and has been a pioneer in heat and Ultra Violet radiation reduction technologies through the creative use of shade cloth using structures that are fully engineered to meet all Building Codes.
Kevin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he earned a BBA degree in Marketing. At the University Kevin fought as a boxer in the Light Heavy Division and was President of a major campus club. Summer’s found him working as an ocean Life Guard on Eastern Long Island, NY.
Commissioned as an Armor Officer from the ROTC Program, his first assignment was in Germany where he served as a Tank Platoon Leader, Armored Cavalry Platoon Leader and S-3Air for the 1st Bn, 35th Armor. He volunteered to serve as an advisor in Vietnam and completed the US Army’s Special Warfare School and Vietnamese language training before being assigned to a District in the Mekong Delta. As an advisor who spoke Vietnamese , he worked with the local Vietnamese Militia Units and participated in numerous combat operations earning the Combat Infantrymans Badge.
Kevin remained in the US Army Reserves serving in a variety of Reserve assignments culminating in his assignment to HQs, DA in the Pentagon and retired as a LTC.
Following his active Army service in Vietnam , he was recruited by the US Department of State to return to Vietnam as an economic developer with the US Agency for International Development. Once again assigned to the Mekong Delta he was responsible for AID programs involving road and school construction as well as agricultural programs which introduced new species of high yield rice. He earned several US and Vietnamese awards for his service.
Kevin was appointed Administrative Director of the Suffolk County, NY Industrial Development Agency where he was responsible for the issuance of of over $500 million in IRB funding to help 100’s of companies expand.
As a result of his economic development duties, Kevin gained a high regard for the importance of manufacturing in an economy. As a result he formed Apollo Sunguard and has served 5 years as President of the local manufacturing Association and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. He has been active trying to eliminate the obstacles to growth for clean, modern manufacturing as he believes it is the key to sustainable growth and good paying jobs in the Keynesian tradition.
Kevin is active with various Veterans groups to assist returning veterans find employment. He is very excited about the Veterans Legacy Project and believes that harnessing the dedication and skills of the Veterans to solve our National energy problems is a wise use of a vital National resource—Our Veterans!
Nadine Noky enlisted in the U.S. Army at just 17 years old. During her 5 year enlistment she was trained as Air Traffic Control System Repairer, spent time as a Baghdad Army Heliport Operations clerk, and even had a brief stint as an assistant to Criminal Investigation Command (CID) at Hunter Army Airfield.
After leaving active duty, Nadine moved to New York with her son to start a completely different career in advertising and design. She now works as a designer and as the founder of Lady Brigade, making apparel and fostering a community for women veterans. Her apparel has been featured on MSNBC, NPR, and Buzzfeed to name a few. When she’s not busy with Lady Brigade, she spends a majority of here time volunteering, speaking, and organizing events to empower and assist veterans. This past April Nadine hosted the first EVER state-wide women veterans conference in Florida, where over one hundred women came together to celebrate their service, learn about important resources, and to connect with other women veterans.
I’m a Jersey girl but haven’t lived there since I graduated from Rutgers University in 1968. In 2013 I relocated from Chesapeake Virginia to Saint Petersburg FL in order to be closer to kin and friends.
I served 28 years (26 years active, 2 years reserve) in the US Navy Nurse Corps with varied and multiple assignments both stateside and overseas, including 2 combat zone tours, one in Danang Vietnam and the other in Saudi Arabia during the 1st Gulf War. I was also stationed in London UK as well as on the east and west coast US. I have a Masters in Health Administration from the US Army-Baylor University graduate program. I retired from active duty with the rank of Captain. After retiring from the Navy I worked for various government contractors.
Also, my husband, US Marine Corps (deceased) was my patient at the Station Hospital in Danang.