The Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center announced that retired Air Force Major General John. T. Brennan has joined the Executive Board as its newest member. Major Brennan brings 35 years of experience in Air Force and corporate leadership. He was most recently working in private industry as a Regional Manager in South Korea before returning to Cape Cod. During his 32-year Air Force career, he served as the CIA’s director for military affairs, acting as the principal adviser to the CIA director.
“Major General John Brennan will play an integral role in our organization by guiding us in accessing more and more community and governmental support,” said Lt. Colonel William Burke, USA, (Ret), a fellow board member. “As we look to grow our capacity and raise awareness of both CIVOC services and veterans in need, Brennan’s leadership skills and experience in the Air Force will help direct us.”
Major Brennan is regarded as a proactive, innovative leader with strong interpersonal skills, and a proven track record of motivating teams and managing complex relationships with Congress, foreign governments, the DOD and Intelligence Communities. He will be an active member on the board, offering his insights and guidance to better serve veterans from all eras.
CIVOC hopes to continue bringing to its the board members with expertise in various arenas. Already in the past year, CIVOC’s board has grown to include several members with long careers in the military, business and law. The goal here is to expand the comprehensive services CIVOC already provides with the help of these individuals.
The board also voted to fill the vacancy left by its former executive director, Major Greg Quilty USMC (Ret), who left the organization in December to fulfill his new role as the Director of Veterans Services for Barnstable County. Regina “Gina” Giambusso, who joined CIVOC as the interim director, will be serving as the new executive director of CIVOC. In her new role, she will be responsible for community outreach, strategic management and planning and all external relations.
CIVOC has also made the decision to put its Hyannis space up for commercial sale. Tim Williams, Owner of Williams Building, veteran and avid supporter of veteran causes, has the vision of multiple veteran service providers in one centralized location at his new Village Marketplace, LLC. In support of this vision, CIVOC will be joining the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic at 233 Stevens St., Hyannis, MA 02601. Both Mr. Williams and CIVOC leaders hope the centralized location allows veterans easier access to their services and facilities.
With the addition of new Board members and a new office space, CIVOC is excited to move even further toward increasing its capacity to offer the veteran community the most comprehensive, accessible and no-cost menu of services available on the Cape.
Founded by The Nam Vets Association in 1983, the Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Center (CIVOC) has been helping veterans and their families on the Cape and the surrounding area through services such as food pantries, fundraisers, transitional housing and homelessness prevention supportive services. Its mission is to serve the needs of veterans of all eras living on Cape Cod and the Islands to achieve a successful and effective transition into the community. Currently, there are approximately 23,000 veterans living in Cape Cod. They are “veterans helping veterans” transform their lives. For more information, please visit: http://capeandislandsvoc.org/.