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Supporting, Empowering, Respecting Veterans And Their Families

               
              
Jennifer O. D'Andrea-Terreri 
                      Founder and Director  
 
 
 Jennifer D'Andrea is a Settlement Consultant and Mediator having 16 years experience in the insurance, financial and legal  fields. She began her settlement career with EPS Settlements Group (EPSSG) primarily working with the defense on Workers'  Compensation cases, and in 2003, transitioned to EPSSG's sister company, Millennium Settlements as a Plaintiff's oriented  consultant. While Jennifer continues to work with plaintiff's and their attorneys attending mediations and settlement conferences, as  required in the negotiation and resolution of personal injury and non-qualified cases, Jennifer also serves as a Mediator in the neutral capacity according to the standards of the New York State Unified Court System. In addition to Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Mediation, Jennifer works in all areas of Mediation including Divorce, Custody and Visitation, with a heavy focus on Veteran and Military issues and offers Mediation services, Pro Bono, to qualifying Veterans.  Prior to structured settlements, Jennifer worked in insurance sales and continues to offer various insurance products in conjunction with structured settlement annuities.

Jennifer is a military brat who grew up at Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune. Through her personal experiences, as well as through her work in the community, she recognized the needs of Veterans and Military families and thus Founded S.E.R.V. Niagara. S.E.R.V. Niagara is the first and only organization in Niagara County New York to provide housing exclusively to homeless and disabled Veterans and their families. The properties include fully furnished apartments, as well as a therapeutic sober house for male Veterans in recovery. Both housing programs provide a uniquely structured program to support, educate, employ, empower and promote healing, all of which foster the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency and keeping families together.

Jennifer is a liason in the Lockport City Treatment Courts, Niagara County Veterans Court, and she speaks on social issues such as substance abuse, domestic violence and the effects on children and families. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Niagara County Judges and Police Executive Conference, NYSDRA (New York State Dispute Resolution Association), (NSSTA) National Structured Settlement Trade Association, NIMAC (Niagara Military Affairs Council), and serves on Congressman Chris Collins' Veteran Advisory Board. 

Jennifer has recently been honored with the 2016 Unsung Hero Award presented by the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, a 2015 Congressional Medal of Honor Citizen Honors Finalist in the Service Act category, and the 2014 Community Support Award sponsored by the Lockport Business Association. 




               Ned Librock
                Vice President


 Ned Librock is President Emeritus / Advisor to the Board of Directors of Dynabrade, Inc., a global supplier and manufacturer of power tools and accessories headquartered in  Clarence, New York. Prior to this, he was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Columbus McKinnon, a publicly traded  global manufacturer of lifting equipment headquartered in Amherst, New York. 

 Ned received his Bachelors Degree from Buffalo State and his Masters Degree from SUNY Buffalo. He currently serves on two  Boards within the Industrial industry, and has extensive experience serving on not for profit Boards with various industry  associations.

Ned is also President of Catching Dreams LLC, a business he founded to take veterans and children fishing. He is a United States Coast Guard licensed Captain and a licensed New York State fishing guide and is officially endorsed by S.E.R.V. Niagara and Carly's Club from Roswell Park Institute. Ned is a Western New York native living in Pendleton, New York. 






                  Van L. Vohland, II
                  Secretary 

 
 Van is a Major in the United States Air Force and currently serves as the Operations Officer for the 914th Security Forces  Squadron  at  Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station (NFARS). He is responsible for directing all law enforcement and force protection  activities for  over 2000  military, civilian, and government contract personnel.  He leads 40 Active Duty Reservists, 20 Air Force  Civilians, and 61  Traditional  Reserve Security Forces in the protection of $1.2 billion in assets, and is responsible for the  protection of distinguished  visitors and  the  physical security of priority aircraft transiting the installation.  In addition, he is the key  liaison officer to all federal,  state, local,  and  Canadian law enforcement agencies in the Niagara Frontier region.  Van has served  in a variety of positions and  statuses  during his Air  Force career and has deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operations  DESERT STORM and ENDURING FREEDOM. 

Prior to receiving his commission in the military Van’s professional career began in the high tech industry at InFocus Systems, Inc. He later transitioned to US Bank where he got started in operational management and also worked for Wachovia where he excelled in the financial industry further developing his management skills and maximizing financial opportunities.  Despite his love of the financial industry Van decided that he wanted to serve his country and further pursue his career aspirations in the U.S. Air Force.

Van is a lifetime member of the Reserve Officers Association, a member of the Canadian American Law Enforcement Organization, and dually serves on the Board of Directors for not-for-profit organization Kids Breaking Free Foundation, Inc. Van received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and after some military moves is now residing in Western New York. He is a member of Checkers AC running club where he enjoys some running but is most passionate about being a member of the Ionraic Triathlon Club and being a competitive triathlete. Van is the proud father of three wonderful children.
 
 
 

              
                   Camille A. Sarkees, Esq.
                   Legal Counsel


 
 Camille is an attorney with the law offices of Roscetti & DeCastro, P.C. in Niagara Falls, New York. Camille received her Bachelor
 of  Science in both Public Relations and Marketing Managemen from Syracuse University, graduating magna cum laude in 2010.

 She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School in 2013, where she served as Associate Editor of
 the  Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law, and Social Policy. Camille was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2014.
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                   Brendan D. McIntyre
                   Grant Administrator, Board Member 
       
 Brendan McIntyre is the Director of Development at Niagara Hospice, a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for patients and  families dealing with serious illness. Prior to joining Niagara Hospice, he was the Director of Development of Citizens United, a  Washington, DC based nonprofit education, advocacy, and grassroots organization. He also worked for Americans for Prosperity as  a Legal Associate, as part of the Koch Associate Program and as a manager of a Walgreens Pharmacy.
 
 Brendan received his Bachelor’s Degree from Canisius College, dual majoring in management and international business, and his  Juris Doctor from Liberty University. Brendan consults with other non-profit organizations throughout the country on fundraising and  other activities. He also participates in the Leadership Niagara program.
 
Brendan and his wife Katie, who is from North Tonawanda, live in Amherst with their two daughters, Quinn and Lilah, and their dog Brie. Brendan and his family are active in their parish, Saints Peter and Paul R.C. Church. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, enjoys playing sports with friends, going fishing and camping, and working on cars and house projects.







                   Erin M. Cole, CGBP
                   Female Veteran Liaison
 
 

 Ms. Cole is Senior Vice President for Global NY at Empire State Development Corporation. She manages New York State’s foreign  offices and Global NY staff.  The Global NY mission is to increase state exports and attract more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).  Previously, she served as the President of World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN), the leading international trade services  provider in the Buffalo Niagara region. 


Prior to leading WTCBN, Ms. Cole served for 4.5 years in Central Asia with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) managing economic development and regional trade programs. In addition to USAID, Ms. Cole previously worked for the U.S. Departments of State and Commerce and has served in Russia, Washington, DC, Rochester, NY, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  Her expertise is private sector development with a focus on international trade and export promotion.
 
Ms. Cole began her career as a soldier in the U.S. Army working in tactical Military Intelligence and Civil Affairs; she is a decorated Gulf War veteran (Operations Desert Shield and Storm).  In 2009, she received an Executive Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University’s (SU) Maxwell School and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Security Studies from SU’s Institute of National Security and Counterterrorism.  A native of Buffalo, NY, Ms. Cole also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University at Buffalo.  Outside of her Government service, Ms. Cole started her own small business selling female military collectibles and co-founded the Veterans for Common Sense NGO with fellow Gulf War veterans.  She is fluent in English and Russian.  








                   Thomas A. Beilein
                   Board Member, Housing Committee
 


Thomas A. Beilein was appointed Chairman of the Commission of Correction by Governor Paterson and unanimously confirmed by the New York State Senate on Aug. 8, 2008. Chairman Beilein holds the distinction of being the only former sheriff in the history of the Commission to serve as chair. His experience as the Niagara County Sheriff from 1994 to 2008 – which includes running a jail with an average daily population of 450 – is unique in the annals of Commission history.

A Vietnam War veteran and recipient of the Army Commendation Medal for Outstanding Service, Mr. Beilein served as a medic in Germany, Vietnam and at Fort Knox, Kentucky for four years before his honorable discharge in 1968. Shortly thereafter, he began what would be a 40-year career in law enforcement when he was appointed a deputy with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.
 
Deputy Beilein worked as a correction officer in the jail and on the road patrol until he was transferred to the Niagara County Drug Task Force in 1976. He was reassigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau in 1984, promoted to Senior Investigator in 1986 and promoted again to Chief Investigator in 1988. In 1990, he was again promoted, this time to Inspector, with responsibilities including the Criminal Bureau, the Welfare Fraud Bureau, Juvenile Aid and the Drug Task Force.
 
In 1993, he was elected Sheriff. As Sheriff, Mr. Beilein led a 340-member full service law enforcement agency responsible for public safety in a region of 270 square miles, emergency services, correctional services and civil law enforcement services. Sheriff Beilein was re-elected three times and held the position for 14 years.
 
Chairman Beilein attended Niagara County Community College. He also has comprehensive and specialized training and experience in all aspects of law enforcement including major case management, criminal investigations, drug investigations, juvenile aid, welfare fraud, victims assistance, domestic violence, correctional management and police administration.
 
The Chairman is the married father of four, and grandfather of seven. He has been a member of the New York State Sheriffs’Association, National Sheriff's Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police, American Jail Association and American Correctional Association. In 2000, then-Sheriff Beilein was ecognized as “Leader of the Year” by Leadership Niagara.





                 
                       Monica A. Farrar, MS, CRC, MHC, RC, CASAC-T
                       Housing Committee  


Monica A. Farrar is a caring, competent, and authentic counselor who sincerely wants to help others become their best selves.


Monica, employed by The Resource Training Center, is responsible for instructing and managing four distinct programs, including  the Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor Program, the Drinking Driver Program, the Alive at 25 Program, and   the Recovery Coach Training Program.   In addition Monica has a successful private practice and works P/T at ECMC as an Alcoholism Counselor in the Emergency dept.


With a continual focus on personal development, Monica is a lifelong learner. As such, she holds a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling (State University of New York at Buffalo), a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling with CRC Certification (State University of New York at Buffalo), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and Psychology (Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts).


 

 



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