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.
Captain, MSC, USN (Ret),
MBA, BS Pharm
Elizabeth (Betsy) Nolan is a small business owner. She is the Founder and President of BSX Enterprises, LLC, a company that provides a full range of strategic consulting services to include leadership development and projects focusing on military protocol and advocacy, business operations and management, and grass roots support services. Her diversity of interests and range of skill sets is the result of the wide variety of assignments she held during her 26-year career as an officer in the United States Navy. She now spends the majority of her time as a military and veteran advocate.
Betsy was born in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up a Steeler fan.
She attended Duequesne University where she studied Pharmacy and played for the University’s women’s volleyball and basketball teams. She was awarded MVP and Woman Athlete of the Year honors in 1975, and graduated in 1977 with a BS in Pharmacy. In 1988, while stationed in Pensacola, Florida, she attended the University of West Florida’s business school where she received her Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 1990.
Betsy was commissioned an Ensign in the Medical Service Corps in 1979 and began her career at the Naval Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. She would later go on to assignments in San Fransico, CA; Pensacola, FL; Portsmouth, VA; Scottsdale, AZ; and Washington DC. With each new duty station, she accepted assignments that came with increased responsibilites and expectations. She continued to grow as a pharmacy and military leader and attributes her success to her participatory management style and surrounding herself with inspiring people who brought out the best in her.
Her assignments included: clincial pharmacist, event planner, protocol officer, education and training manager, academic director, teacher, pharmacy benefit manager, pharmacy and healthcare leader, and program and policy advisor. Her final duty station was at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery where she served as the Navy’s Chief Pharmacy Officer on the Navy Surgeon General’s staff. She retired as a Captain in 2005.
As a military and veteran advocate, and a Villages, Florida full time resident, Betsy joined the Tri-County Women Veterans and Villagers for Veterans groups where she can focus her energy on Women Veteran empowerment and recognition and severely wounded Veteran mobility and independence. She serves as Vice President and Secretary, Villagers for Veterans and Secretary of the Tri-County Women Veterans Group.
A native of South Florida, Sue Roper joined the United States Navy Nurse Corps following her graduation from Jackson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Miami, Florida. During her 21-years of military service, she acquired her BSN from Maryville University, St. Louis, Missouri and a Masters of Science in Education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Following her retirement from the Navy, Sue served as an adjunct instructor in Old Dominion University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, and as editor of the Navy Nurse Corps Association newsletter for 13 years. She is also co-author of “Ruff’s War: A Navy Nurse on the Frontline in Iraq”, published by the Naval Institute Press in 2005.
Sue has been an active member of Villagers for Veterans since 2015 and is currently serving as President of the Tri-County Women Veterans group serving Lake, Marion and Sumter counties. Her passion and devotion to our veterans is unlimited and she is dedicated to bettering the lives of her fellow military brothers and sisters through Villagers for Veterans.
Dr. Darlene A. Drazenovich
Director at Large
Major, U.S Army (Retired)
Born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Darlene joined the U.S. Army as a Private First Class in the Medical Field in 1978 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1979 in the Medical Service Corps. She entered active duty in 1980 as a Signal Corps Officer and retired from the U.S. Army in 1997. She began her Civil Service career in 1996 with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration as a Telecommunications Specialist and later promoted to Telecommunications Manager and Division Chief in the Office of Spectrum Management. She retired from her Government Career in 2017 after having participated as a U.S. delegate and later as Deputy Head of the U.S. Delegation to several International Telecommunication Union treaty conferences on revising the International Radio Regulations.
She received a Bachelor of Science from Drexel University, a Master of Science from the University of Northern Colorado, and a Doctor of Science from Robert Morris University in Information Systems and Communications. She published a thesis on the Use of Radar Data in Air Traffic Control and associated academic journals articles.
Darlene moved to The Villages, Florida in 2016, where she is a practicing Catholic, an active member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, and Coordinator of the Spiritual Ministry – Cursillo – for four Catholic Parishes. She volunteers for and is serving on the Villagers for Veterans as Board Director-at-Large. She is a member of the Tri-County Women Veterans’ Group.
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.