Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Greater Rochester


Board of Directors

Charles Macaluso - President

    My name is Chuck Macaluso and I would like to start out by giving you a little background about myself. I have served three years in the USMC with duty stations in the Mediterranean, Vietnam, Philippine Islands Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton, CA.

    Graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology obtaining an A.A.S. Degree in Electronics. Retired from Eastman Kodak after thirty- seven years as a Process Control/Computer Systems Technician. I am a certified instructor for the Department of Environmental Conservation and teach Hunter Safety for students wishing to obtain a hunting license. I am currently a Life Member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Marine Corps League, Order of the Purple Heart,  American Legion and a member of The Khe Sanh Veterans. As of January I joined the Boy Scouts of America to become a Merit Badge Counselor teaching Electricity and Electronics Merit Badges.

    Married for 45 years to my lovely wife Joan, we have two children Dawn & Brian along with two grandchildren, Kylie (Dawn & Mike Mitchell) and Jeffrey (Brian and Allison).

    I have been an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 20, for thirty- three years, member of the Marching Unit for the same assisting the Commander of the Unit when needed.  I have served on the Board of Directors for twenty-four years, Nominating Committee for twenty-nine holding the position of committee chair for past twenty-seven years. Past two years acted as Chapter20 Vice-President. Founder the “Veterans Walk” at Highland Park which was dedicated to the Community August14, 2004.  As of January, 2010 I have assumed the position of Honor Guard Commander for Chapter 20.

    I have served on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial of Greater Rochester Board of Directors for the last sixteen years, acting GRVVM President for the past six years.

Chuck Macaluso - President

   


 
   

Ray Melens -  Treasurer

I proudly served in the Marine Corps in 1968 and 1969. Upon completing training I was shipped to the Republic of South Vietnam for a tour of duty with the 3rd Marine Division.3rd Medical Battalion, H&S CO. at Quang Tri in I Corps. I was discharged from the Corps after a short stay at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston, MA.

In 1972 I married my first wife and we had two lovely daughters together, Stephanie & Courtney. Later in their lives they blessed us with 6 wonderful grandchildren. In Oct. 2001, I married my current wife Gail, who I am still happily married to and also blessed to have 2 grandchildren by her daughter. Giving me a grand total of 8 grand kids! They do keep us busy.

After 30 plus years in Industrial Sales I was forced to retire in 2005 due to my service connected disability for my back.

I have been and continue to be an active member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 20 here in Rochester. I have been a member since 1991. I served as Community Services Chairman for 3 years, Marching Unit & Honor Guard Commander for 14 years, served as Vice President for 2 years, President for a couple of months, Treasurer for 4 years and a longtime member of the Board of Directors.

I was actively involved in some parts of the construction and in fund raising for the memorial. I got to take part in the dedication ceremony of the Memorial as a member of the Chapter’s Color Guard and until my retirement from the Commander’s position I conducted services at the Memorial every year for Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Currently, I am proud to say that I serve as a mentor in the Monroe County Veterans Court for the last 3 years as well.

   

Ken Moore – Vice-President

My name is Ken Moore, I served with the US Army in Vietnam with D Troop17th. Cavalry 1966-67 in III corp. Worked for Eastman Kodak for 30 years retiring in 1991 as a construction supervisor, before my full retirement in 2004 when I worked for the County of Monroe as a Veterans service officer helping veterans receive the health care and benefits due to them for the service they did for their country.

 

Paul S. Cordy - Director

Paul Samuel Cordy enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on December 30th, 1992 and reported to Basic Training in August of 1993. He first deployed for Operation Southern Watch in 1995 and participated in Exercise Iron Magic in 1996. He served on both the USS Denver and the USS Peleliu, while in the Persian Gulf. He received meritorious promotions to Private First Class and Corporal, leaving Active Duty in 2000 as a Sergeant.

Upon his return to Rochester, NY, Sergeant Cordy joined the Marine Corps Reserve. While with the Reserves in September 2001 he was called upon by the New York Naval Militia to participate in a two week security detail at Ground Zero after the September 11th Terrorists attacks. While continuing to serve in the Marine Corps Reserves he was mobilized for Operation Enduring Freedom and deployed to the Horn of Africa from 2004 to 2005, and was subsequently selected to Staff Sergeant. While on Active Duty again from 2007 to 2010 he was promoted to his current rank of Gunnery Sergeant. He deployed to Iraq in 2009 as the Company Gunnery Sergeant of Alpha Company, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marines, Task Force Military Police, which included more than 65 Marines from the Rochester, New York, Marine Corps Reserve unit.

Over the years Gunnery Sergeant Cordy has also continued has education. With not only his military schools and training he has accumulated over 150 College credit hours. He currently holds an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and a Bachelor Degree in Management. He has also attended the Officers Training Institute for the Veterans of Foreign Wars which he is a lifetime member.

Gunnery Sergeant Paul S. Cordy continues to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve from which he intends to retire. He also is a member of the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Marine Corps League among others. His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, and the National Defense Medal, to name a few. He currently works for Wegmans Food Markets, Inc as a Supervisor at the General Merchandise Distribution Center, in Rochester, New York.

   

Fred Elliott - Director

Fred was elected in August 2011 to serve as National Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) at the organization's 15th National Convention in Reno, Nevada. He completed his fourth term as Region 2 Director to the VVA National Board of Directors and also served two terms as Director At-Large. He has chaired the Strategic Planning Committee, the Convention Resolutions Committee, the Convention Rules Committee and the Budget Oversight Subcommittee at the National level. In New York State, Fred has served as Chapter 20’s President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and as a Director. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Veterans Outreach Center, and as chair of the Rochester Veterans Emergency Relief Fund. Currently, he sits on the Board of the Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on the Monroe County Executive's Veterans Advisory Committee. He is the recipient of the Chapter 20 Outstanding Service Award; the New York State Medal for Merit; the Roger Robach Award; and the NY State Council Service Award. Fred served in Vietnam from January to December 1967 with the Army's 9th Infantry Division and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. In 1983, he joined VVA, becoming a Life Member in 1987; he has been a delegate to 12 VVA nationaconventions. He is married to Marie Davias.

   

Ron Trovato - Secretary

Ron is a U.S. Army veteran (1968-71) and served two tours in Vietnam as an advisor in the Mekong Delta. He is a Life Member of DAV and a member of the American Legion. He is a Founding Member of Chapter 20, and has written for both Chapter newsletters, the Forward Observer and Between the Lines.Ron has been a delegate to six National VVA Conventions, has served four prior terms on the Chapter’s Board of Directors, serves as the Chapter’s Incarcerated Veterans Chairman (1989-current). He was appointed as the NY State Veterans Incarcerated Chair in 2009 and currently holds that position. He is a retired Monroe County Probation Officer. Ron says, “I would like to continue serving on the Board of Directors because I have the desire and experience to continue in the direction the chapter has taken in these past few years. Despite the financial crunch, our membership remains strong in numbers and I would like to represent that membership in the decision making process that the board undertakes. Additionally, my family grew up in the chapter and Chapter #20 has always been there for me during difficult times in my life and I want to repay a small portion of that debt.”

   

Mark Quinn - Director

     Mr., Quinn is a 1982 graduate of SUNY Brockport in Geology, and has worked for the Monroe County Department of Parks since 1984. He has held various positions including Horticultural Aid, Park Supervisor, Supervisor of Historic parks, and Superintendent of Horticulture. He currently serves on the EAB Task force in Monroe County. 

 

 

Laura Stradley 
Director
Monroe County Veterans Service Agency

Laura Stradley earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Master of Science in Business Administration from Baker College. She completed several military training courses with honors during her eight years of active duty in the Army. Laura was stationed in Korea, Fort Benning, Fort Rucker and Germany. While in Germany, she was deployed to Bosnia in support of Operation Stabilization Force.  

Since military service, Laura has worked with veterans in a number of capacity's: as a career counselor for soldiers transitioning out of the Army, a Military Coordinator for veteran students at Bryant & Stratton College, and a program manager of a million dollar grant for homeless veterans. She also spent three and a half wonderful years as a stay at home mom for her twins.  In July of 2012, Laura assumed the role of Director for the Monroe County Veterans Service Agency.

Laura is actively involved with a number of professional organizations, including the Army community Advisory Board and the Rochester Regional Veterans Business Council where she serves on the executive board.

In addition, Laura has co-authored two books – The Pocket Idiot’s Guide to the ASVAB and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the ASVAB.*

*ASVAB stands for Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, which is essentially the military’s entrance exam.  It is also used as a high school career exploration tool.

   
   

 

 

   

Richard Yolevich - Director

Legislator Richard Yolevich represents the 1st Legislative District, which includes the towns of Parma, and Greece. Dick was elected in 2005, and began his first legislative term on January 1, 2006. He was re-elected in November 2008 and 2011 to serve four-year terms.

Dick currently serves as the Chairman of the Ways and Means committee and is a member of the Public Safety Committee and the Planning & Economic Development Committee. Prior to joining the County Legislature, Dick served as a Councilman in the Town of Parma from 2000 to 2005. Dick serves on the Board of Directors and is Treasurer for the Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District, he is a member of the Monroe County Internal Audit Board, the Monroe County Traffic Safety Board, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Board, and the Veterans Advisory Committee. Legislator Yolevich also holds a seat on the Inter-County Association of Western New York. Dick is also a graduate of the New York State Association of Counties/ Cornell University Dennis A. Pelletier Institute of Government.

   

Valentino Gatto - President Chaoter 20 Vietnam Veterans of America

 

   

Larry Staub - Committee Member

 

Jordan Kirkpatrick - Committee Member

 

Yvonne Storti - Document Storage

 

Frank Allkofer - Legislative Liaison

 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   
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