Michael O’Gorman hands it over to newly appointed
Executive Director Jeanette Lombardo
It started as a vision in a strawberry field overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Three women who stood there alongside Michael O’Gorman had alllost their sons in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Fatalities were high in 2007, and the country was deeply divided. O’Gorman’s idea of starting a campaign to create viable careers and places to heal on our nation’s farms for men and women returning from war felt electric. “It felt positive, optimistic, and healing for all of us,” reflected the lifelong farmer.
In 2008, O’Gorman’s idea sprouted its first roots when he started Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) in the back of his pick-up truck.
After a decade of leading FVC, O’Gorman is handing over his pitchfork to newly appointed Executive Director Jeanette Lombardo.
We are exuberant that these 3 new chapters are now part of the FVC Family. We commend the leadership teams in each state who dedicated hours to their formation in collaboration with our Deputy Director Sarah Dachos.
Oct 12 was National Farmer’s Day, and Founder Michael O’Gorman appeared on Fox & Friends to share the good word on FVC! Joined by Mark Bowen, President of FVC Vermont chapter, Michael took the stage on the Times Square set in conjunction with Tractor Supply Company, who we thank for their continued support of our farmer veterans.
Last month we handed over the keys to a brand new Kubota
tractor to Jake Sass!
These ceremonies are always full of high energy and emotion,
and this one in particular as it coincided with the Grand Opening of a new
Kubota dealership in Kansas City. A Westpoint grad, Jake served three
deployments with the Ranger Regiment as platoon leader and reconnaissance
section leader. He and his wife Abbey now grow hops for Minnesota craft brew
producers. Their Civil Sass Hops hopyard in Chattfield, MN is Homegrown By Heroes
certified and they pride themselves on being a place to radically connect a
beer community with those who grow it. A very deserving awardee, Jake beamed “I
always loved tractors as a kid!”. We can imagine his anticipation in taking a
first ride on this brand new orange one of his very own.
Thank you Kubota Tractor Corporation for continuing to make
big kid dreams come true with your Geared to Give program.
After returning for his second stint with Farmer Veteran Coalition in November 2018 as director of operations, Willie Hines has been promoted to chief operating officer. In the new role, Hines will oversee day-to-day operations of the organization.
Previously, Leonard Monaco, a Marine veteran and retired senior vice president with Farm Credit West, served as chief operating officer. Monaco, whose career spans more than 48 years in agricultural banking, will continue working with FVC as a senior advisor to the organization.
Because of new government grants, increased support from our funders and soaring demand for our services, FVC is expanding its team. We are looking for candidates for veteran services, communications and development. Knowledge of agriculture and military service are big plusses. All jobs are in Davis, CA. We have a great team, competitive pay and benefits, and a wonderful cause to work for. Send resumes or inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org