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 of BSX Enterprises, LLC, a company that provides a full range of strategic consulting services to include education and training program oversight, projects focusing on military protocol, 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.
Betsy was born in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up a Steeler’s fan. She attended Duquesne 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 in 1975, and graduated in 1977 with a BS in Pharmacy.
Betsy was commissioned an Ensign in the Medical Service Corps in 1979 and servied in multiple assignments thoughout the United States. 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.
Post retirement, and as a Villager’s full time resident, Betsy was inspired to join the Tri-county Women Veterans and to serve on the Board of Directors, Villagers for Veterans where she can advocate for Veterans, and help those severly wounded regain independence. In addition to serving as Secretary, Villagers for Veterans, she is the Treasurer of the Virginia State Club. She enjoys travel, golf, hiking, and time with family.
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.
Director at Large
Stephanie was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Arlington, Virginia. After attending Virginia Commonwealth University she began her Federal Government career at the Pentagon, Department of Defense. Stephanie served as a civilian employee with the US Department of the Air Force for a number of years before being selected for a position at the White House, serving under then-Vice President Bush in the Reagan Administration.
At the White House Stephanie worked in the Vice President’s National Security Affairs Office which included all DOD-related issues, substantive interaction with the Department of State, the Office of Protocol, and the President’s staff. Her duties included extensive foreign travel with the Vice President and other White House staff members. Stephanie was subsequently appointed by President Bush to be the Director of Private Sector Initiatives, US Department of Commerce.
After the Bush Administration, Stephanie returned to the Pentagon and to her Defense Department roots, joining the staff of the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Air Force Public Affairs. It was with this office that she gained her experience with the media, conducted media training for senior staff, facilitated interviews between DOD officials and all types of media outlets, and became experienced in the planning and execution of a variety of events and scenarios within the DOD.
After 33 years of Government service, Stephanie retired in 2007, and with her husband Ron moved to the Villages in 2008. With a background in public affairs and a love of event planning, as well as a unique perspective on the challenges facing our veterans today, Stephanie brings a tremendous passion and commitment to the Villagers for Veterans.