Founder and President
Marie Bogdonoff retired to The Villages in April 2013 with her husband Rob from Long Island, NY. Marie has successfully combined her 37 years of business experience with the concept, the vision, and the passion for Villagers For Veterans to make it the formidable organization that it is today.
Having found a new passion in her position with Villagers For Veterans, she works tirelessly to help severely injured veterans receive the tools and services that are so needed in their healing journey. Having her own mobility issues, she has great empathy for our severely injured veterans and for the new challenges they face.
Marie’s vast business experience helps to keep the organization on track with its mission and assures that transparency will always be an important key to the organization’s growth. As an automotive Controller that oversaw the operations of five dealerships and over 100 employees, she believes that you are only as successful as the people you surround yourself with. She has worked diligently to put together an experienced Board of Directors and Advisory Board that are passionate, hard working, and experienced as her.
LCDR Kathryn A. Wilgus, NC Navy, Retired
MS, RN, PGCE, CNOR-E
Kathryn Wilgus began her military career in 1987 as part of the United States Army Reserve Delayed Entry Program (DEP); she enlisted as an operating room technician. As a civilian, she was employed as a perioperative nurse within Florida Hospital Health System in Orlando, achieving highest level of Clinical Nurse IV on personal professional development ladder and became operating room manager in Altamonte Springs, Florida. She also worked as a hospice nurse, psychiatric ward at Lake Correctional Institution and as a licensed practical nurse instructor in her civilian occupations. In 2004, Kathryn was commissioned a Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) in the Navy Nurse Corps Reserves. In 2016, she retired with 20 years combined military service.
Her key assignments include a one-year deployment to Landstuhl, Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF); deployment on the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Comfort for their Continuing Promise Mission to Antigua, Columbia and Panama; deployments to Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan as a Medical Embedded Training Team (METT) member and Female Engagement Team (FET) member and Kandahar, Afghanistan as an operating room nurse.
Kathryn earned a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing Leadership in Healthcare Systems Management and completed her post certificate in Education, nursing focus, from Regis University, Denver, Colorado. She also earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida.
Currently, Kathryn is a Life Member of the National Organization of Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) and past Executive Officer and Quartermaster of 20-4 Chapter. She is also a Life Member of American Legion, and serves as the State Certified Food Manager. Kathryn is excited for the next chapter in the Villagers for Veterans. She has promised to be their “force of nature” to move mountains and achieve great things in the weeks, months and years to come for veterans in the Villages as well as the Central Florida and greater Orlando area.
Her military awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Joint Meritorious Unit Award Medal, Army Reserves Achievement Medal (2OLC), National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2BSS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal (BSS), Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” and “2” device, and silver hourglass, NATO Non-Article 5 service Medal (BSS), USN Rifle Marksman with “E” device, USN Pistol Marksman with “E” device.
Paul entered the United States Navy Reserves as a Petty Officer Third Class (E-4) in 1990 as a Hull Technician and retired in 2014 as a Senior Chief Petty Officer (E-8) Expeditionary Warfare Specialist. His key assignments include a Combat Tour to Iraq overseeing vital security of Iraq assets and personnel, security support in United Arab Emirates (UAE), and assisted in seaward security in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In 2012, Paul retired after working 20 years as a Boilermaker/Welder on Power Plants all over the East Coast in the United States; a member of Local 13 out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also a Master Mason, within good standing, with Masonic Lodge 368 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Immordino was also named American Legionnaire of the Year Post 35 in 2020.
Currently, Paul serves as the Financial Officer, and Life Member, for his Local Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) Chapter 20-4; a National Organization and 501(c)19. He is also on the Executive Board at his Local American Legion Post 35 a 501(c)3; and the Financial Officer of Until They Ride, another 501(c)19. Paul continues to serve veterans in the best way he knows how; with integrity and efficiency. He looks forward to the future with Villagers to Veterans and being a part of an organization that is making a difference in their community as well as others outside of the Villages.
His military awards and decorations include the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Joint Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (4 Stars), Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal (2), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global war on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” Device, Silver Hour Glass, and Expeditionary Warfare Device.
Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)
Stephanie Gradford is a native of Miami, Florida. She enlisted in the Army in 1990 as an Aviation Operations Specialist and in 1993 was commissioned through Officer Candidate School in the Transportation Corps. She retired in 2017 and relocated to Gainesville, Florida. Stephanie has two children: Raena, a 2020 graduate from Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia and Harien, a freshman at Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida.
Her key assignments include Platoon Leader, Camp Nimble, Korea; Commander, 380th Movement Control Team (Airborne), 330th Movement Control Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Commander, 396th Transportation Company (PLS), Fort Stewart, Georgia; Commander, HHC, 3rd Brigade, 85th Division, Indianapolis, Indiana; Executive Officer, 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, Mosul, Iraq; Battalion Commander, 71st Transportation Battalion, Army Logistics University, Fort Lee, Virginia, and Commander, United States Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A) Garrison Bagram, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Stephanie graduated from the United States Army War College Fellowship at the College of William and Mary. She holds a Masters of Military Arts & Science from Air University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Fayetteville State University.
Her military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal (2OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (2BSS), Iraq Campaign Medal (1BSS), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal (3rd Award), NATO Medal (1BSS), Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.
Kevin St. Amant
Veterans Affairs -Director at Large
Kevin served in the Marine Corps, working in Special Intelligence for 5 years during the Cold War. He was injured twice while performing his duties, causing an early end to his career. Kevin is a 100% rated Disabled Veteran.
After the Marine Corps, Kevin moved to Atlanta and had a successful career as a business owner in the automotive aftermarket. During the Iraq war, Kevin served as a government contractor and adviser.
Kevin is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and a member of the American Legion. He has enjoyed helping Veterans since his childhood. Kevin is very active with Veterans Charities and he produced several fundraising concerts for them. He also emcee’s shows, speaks at Veterans events and helps Disabled Veterans get the benefits they deserve.
Kevin retired to the Villages in 2012, he has three grown children.
My name is Sonya A. Kurfiss I am currently a Critical Care Registered Nurse in The Emergency Room. I have over 44 years of nursing experience working at all levels as a nurse, from bedside to management. In the past nine years I added nursing faculty to my experience.
My current goal is to finish my Doctoral of Nursing Degree and teach online from home
A quirky fact about myself….I have 6 Italian Greyhounds and an African Grey Parrot.
My greatest accomplishment was raising my son. As a single parent, I joined the United States Air Force. I was an LPN at the time. I was in the 37th AEG (Aero Medical Evacuation Group), stationed out of Wright Patterson Air Force Base. While enlisted, I received several awards, however, my second greatest accomplishment was receiving the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service for running the Immunization Clinic.
I hold a Master of Nursing (MN)and a Master of Nursing with an Educational Component (MSNeD) from the University of Phoenix. I reside in Ocala with my 6 Italian Greyhounds and African Grey Parrot.
I look forward to being a part of the Villager’s for Veterans as their Secretary.