Our Team

Josh Pallotta Fund Headstone

The Josh Pallotta Fund is supported by a diverse group or dedicated people serving in their own way. Our Team is made up of Veterans, family, clinicians, and community, and lead by our Directors.

 

Valerie Pallotta

Valerie Pallotta

Board President

Valerie Pallotta is the Mom of Josh Pallotta. Since Josh joined the Guard in 2009 Valerie has been involved with the former Parent Network through the Vermont National Guard and the National Guard Family Programs. She is the chartering President of Blue Star Mothers of Vermont a non-profit 501(c)3, chartered in 2011. Valerie has studied Aromatherapy since 1993 and has always had an interest in Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and the many ways in which Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) could be integrated into traditional therapies to support Veterans. CAM therapies were always an interest to her as an Aromatherapist as well as through her training in Healing Touch and Energy Medicine. After Josh’s suicide, Valerie’s mission focused even more with what our Veterans need and how we can help, what they aren’t receiving, or choose not to receive at the VA or other medical resources. Val has always had a vision for a Veteran transitional wellness center; even before Josh returned home. She envisioned a place that would be a respite retreat space for Veterans to receive respite and relief from what they were experiencing or to obtain resiliency tools they may not have been aware of or had access to. After Josh ended his life, she knew she needed to pursue this passion and vision even more. She has a passion for advocating for our Veterans and won’t stop until there is an end to Veteran suicide. Contact Val at Valerie@joshpallottafund.org.

Sean Greenwood

Sean Greenwood

Board Vice President

Sean Greenwood is the Director of Public Relations at Ben & Jerry’s. He has worked with the values-led, Vermont-based ice cream maker for over 30 years beginning in 1988. Sean is passionate about supporting the Josh Pallotta Fund and promoting Josh’s House to support all veterans. Sean has served as a board member for organizations to provide drug and alcohol abuse prevention services, support food security, and integrate values into professional communications. When not working, he enjoys time with his wife and 2 teenage children, motorcycling, working out, and playing music in a few Vermont bands.

Andrea Gagner

Andrea Gagner

Executive Development Director

Andrea Gagner has been a longtime supporter of the Josh Pallotta Fund having first met Val in 2015 in her role as CEO of 14th Star Brewing Company. While at 14th Star, a Veteran owned organization, Andrea, and her team, cultivated a reputation as the brewery that gives back, continually finding ways to help the community, whether it is the local community, the brewing community or the Veteran community. When Covid-19 shut down operations, Andrea was given the opportunity to spend time volunteering for a few of her favorite charities, one being the Josh Pallotta Fund. It wasn’t long before she recognized that philanthropy, specifically giving back to our Nation’s Heroes, is where her true passion was. It was quickly realized that her passion for helping others, experience in brand awareness and dedication to the Josh Pallotta Fund was what the fund needed to take the mission to the next level. Andrea accepted the position of Executive Development Director in August of 2020. Contact Andrea at Andrea@joshpallottafund.org.
Kirby Addison

Kirby Addison

Board Secretary/Treasurer

Decorated Iraq war veteran currently serving in the VT air national guard as an Information Technology specialist. Over 17 years of military service in 2 branches; 4 duty stations with successful operations that range from combat convoy operations, electronics repair, and department quality assurance. Born and raised in New York moved to Vermont 8yrs ago and now living in Williston VT with wife Jaime son Elijah and daughter Aliyah. Received AAS in information technology, Comptia A+ and Security Plus certified, federal equal opportunity counselor, negotiation facilitator. Active member of fast growing non-profit crosspointvt.org, VT military joint diversity executive council, and social justice movements in VT. Currently seeking to learn, grow and enhance skills and talents in all areas that relate to non-profits and movements that help veterans, faith organizations, and all people that need assistance in hard times. Enjoys spending time with family, as a musician, watching sports, talking about social and class movements in America, volunteering, video games, and using computers and social media for good.

Matija Gubic

Matija Gubic

Board Member

Matija Gubic served with Josh during the 2010 deployment to Afghanistan. He believes that post-war Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) is a very serious condition that can make it very difficult for war Veterans to reintegrate back into society. Society expects Veterans after a certain amount of time to get “well”, but very often this is not the case. Very often Veterans turn inward, and became closed off to others because they can’t find anyone who really understands how they feel and why they feel that particular way. Many times the best remedy is to meet with other Veterans and just talk among each other and socialize. Matija believes that having a more tailored program geared towards this goal would be a great alternative and would complement current treatment options. 

Kathy Wood

Kathy Wood

Board Member

Kathy Wood became a supporter of the Josh Pallotta fund after being invited to attend the 1st event by a friend, who was Josh’s 2nd cousin. Having always been a proud supporter of Veteran causes, this one was especially important as it hit close to home. After attending all the events, volunteering & supporting when possible, she was honored to be asked to join the board.
Kathy is also involved with the VT National Guard Fallen Heroes Memorial Committee, formerly serving as secretary. She was recently presented with an award as an Honorary Green Mountain Boy for her continued service.

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