Veteran Homestead Founder Leslie Lightfoot served in the Army as a medic from 1967-1970. She spent three years at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany during the Vietnam War, witnessing—on a daily basis—injuries and deaths unimaginable by civilians. Her experience led her to become a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress after having earned her bachelors and masters degree in psychology.
Leslie has been serving the needs of the veteran community ever since she left the Army in 1970. She is a nationally recognized expert on PTSD and has developed seven successful projects for veterans in need. She has served on the boards of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the Central Massachusetts Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Funds, and also on the Advisory committee to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC, and the Governor of Massachusetts.
Leslie’s awards include the 2014 AMVETS Silver Helmet Award, the Hometown Hero Award from both Worcester Magazine and Boston radio station WTKK; the DAR Medal of Honor; the Unsung Hero Award for Civic Engagement from Mount Wachusett Community College, as well as numerous certificates of appreciation from federal, state, and local dignitaries. Leslie’s two daughters (active duty) and her son are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Timothy R. Mullen
Member Since 2009
Diamond Tech Services (President)
Member Since 2010
Member Since 2010
Member Since 2015
At-Ease Strategies, LLC (President)
Steven comes to Veteran Homestead, Inc. with over a decade of experience as a program/project management professional in a variety of organizational environments, including over 8 years in the USO community overseas as the Area Director & Area Operations Manager for South Korea. He has global experience in both nonprofit, corporate, and government sectors. Steven has become known for his ability to handle diverse and multiple levels of responsibility ranging from the re-engineering of policies and procedures, to full charge P&L control for multi-million dollar entities. Steven has a degree in Mathematics Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is a U.S. Navy Veteran.
Brenda is our admissions expert and has been with Veteran Homestead since 1997 running the office and managing both the Armistice and the Hero Homesteads. We would be lost without her dedication to detail and efficient management skills. She has experience in substance abuse counseling and grief management.
Susan Roy, RN
Nurse Case Manager - Hospice Homestead
Case Manager - Hero Homestead
Shantel is currently working on her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. She has worked for the past several years with underprivileged and under-insured individuals and families, assisting them in gaining access to resources as well as medical, dental, and mental health care. She is the mother of a vibrant boy, and is active in her church and in her community. Shantel has a true heart for individuals and families in need.
Case Manager - The Veteran Homestead Medically Fragile Unit
Sebastien is the Case Manager at the Medically Fragile Unit. He has been with the Veteran Homestead for 10 years. Before becoming Case Manager he was a Senior Staff Member working between The Hospice Homestead (MFU) and the Armistice Homestead. Sebastien is also highly adored by the house dog Rico.
Case Manager - Northeast Veteran Training & Rehabilitation Center
Matt is the Case Manager at the Northeast Veteran Training & Rehabilitation Center. He brings with him experience gained as an Army veteran who served overseas with Psychological Operations as well as Humanitarian Aid Missions in war torn Bosnia and Serbia. Matt has a degree from MWCC in Criminal Law and is currently attending Fitchburg State College for a degree in Behavioral Science. Matt is married and has two daughters.
Darlene J. Vélez Rivera
Case Manager - Hacienda de Veteranos
Darlene is responsible for intensive case management services of the 12 veteran home in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Darlene has worked as a Licensed Social Worker, Patient Advocate and a Patient Care Coordinator. She has a Bachelor of Social Work form the Metropolitan University, Cupey Campus.
Clinical Director Emeritus
Martha has been with Veteran Homestead since 1995 and was responsible for the residents' general health care and case management. Martha is a LPN, has a MS in Counseling/Psychology, a National Chemical Dependency Certificate Nursing, a Licensed Mental Health Clinician (LMHC), and Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She received the Boston Works Salute to Nurses award in 2003, and Lifetime Certification from the National Certification of Chemical Dependency Nursing. Martha's skill and selfless attitude are expressed in her work, and we are fortunate to have her as part of our team, now on a part time basis since her retirement in June 2016.
Dr. John Murphy
Dr. Murphy is a graduate of George Washington University Hospital, the Washington VA Hospital and Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. He served four years in the US Army and has served the citizens in the Leominster and Fitchburg area since 1977.