On Dec. 3 we were so very excited and honored to share more about our partnership with the National Cemetery Administration (NCA) to design and build Patriot Plaza, a ceremonial amphitheater at Sarasota National Cemetery.
But what we are doing to honor veterans, inspire patriotism and embrace freedom is so much more than bricks and mortar. Our first-of-its-kind journey with the NCA is filled with many opportunities to learn and share. A very important piece of this is Legacy of Valor, a community campaign in the months leading up Patriot Plaza's 2014 dedication that will connect organizations in our community that already host events and activities with themes of honoring veterans, inspiring patriotism and embracing freedom.
We will share more about this process in the coming weeks. In the mean time, we'd like to introduce to you Linda Gould (retired U.S. Army Colonel) and Alicia Chalmers. Both are consultants to The Patterson Foundation and will be liaising with organizations to facilitate and coordinate Legacy of Valor partnerships in the months leading up to Patriot Plaza's spring 2014 dedication (the partnerships formed will be among two or more community organizations).
Linda Gould - Legacy of Valor Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Linda Gould retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2011 with more than 29 years of active duty service. She served first as a Military Intelligence Officer and then as a fully accredited Latin American Foreign Area Officer and fluent Spanish speaker. As a Latin American Foreign Area Officer, she served with the U.S. Southern Command both in Panama and Miami, was the Joint Task Force‐Bravo Liaison Officer to the Honduran Joint Staff, assigned twice to U.S. Military Group‐Guatemala and served several additional tours in Washington, DC.
Her career highlight was serving as the Commander of U.S. Military Group‐Guatemala from 2006‐2009, the first female Army officer to command a U.S. Military Group in Latin America. She completed her final tour of duty as the Deputy Chief of Studies at the Inter‐American Defense College at Ft. McNair, Washington, DC in July 2011. Colonel Gould’s highest U.S. military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit, as well as foreign awards that include the Honduran Medal of Merit First Class, the Guatemalan Army Cross, and the Conference of Central American Armed Forces Silver Medal.
Linda holds a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies/Latin America from the University of South Florida.
Alicia Chalmers - Legacy of Valor Coordinator (Aliciac0831@gmail.com)
Alicia is a proud graduate of the University of Florida. She began her career in administration and marketing for assisted living and skilled nursing facilities. From 2003–2009, she owned and operated a title insurance company specializing in real estate closings.
Alicia is currently on the Board of Directors of The Junior League of Sarasota, where she has been an active member since 2002. Alicia also chaired many Junior League committees, including those for the Nominating Committee, Membership Council and Done‐in‐a‐Day – the latter involves working with multiple organizations on community projects that are completed in one day.
An alumna of Girls Inc., Alicia is a volunteer with the organization and a member the Celebration Luncheon and Stewardship committees.
Alicia is a member of the Harvest United Methodist Church Children's Ministry Team, Events and Outreach Team, Worship Design Team, and coordinates the Harvest Hustle 5k, which benefits All Faiths Food Bank.
Learn about these and other concepts used in TPF's approach to philanthropy.
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