Hudson Valley Veterans Alliance
Carlos Prince was born in Panama and currently resides in Hopewell Junction, NY. He honorably served 31 years in the United States Air Force, attached to the 514th Civil Engineer Squadron.
Today Carlos runs his own HVAC business called Pana Breeze, is working on his A.A. in Political Science, and sits on NYS Senator (41st Dist.) Sue Serino's Veteran Advisory Committee. Carlos joined The Alliance because of his drive to help see Veterans succeed in their civilian lives. Carlos founded the DCC Veterans Club, and sat as president of the club until last semester.
1ST VICE CHAIRMAN
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD
Cpl. USMC, Veteran
Anthony Kavouras was born in the Bronx, NY and currently resides in Lagrange, NY. He honorably served 34+ years in the United States Air Force, from April 1980-July 2014, and spent most of those years with the 105th Security Forces squadron. During this 34 years he served assignments both overseas and stateside, including a deployment to Afghanistan with the 755th Expeditionary Security Forces, "Reaper 7".
Joel Bruce was born in Carbondale, Illinois and graduated high school in 2008. He went on to become a fire support man for the United States Marine Corps and enlisted at the age of 18. He was discharged honorably in 2012, having served two combat tours overseas and attaining the rank of Sergeant. He continued on to attend college in IL, and moved to New York in 2017 to finish his degree in Computer Science. Elected to the board of the HVVA February 2018.
Board of Directors
Melissa Taveras was born in New York City, NY and entered the Marine Corps delayed entry program at 17 years of age. At 18 years of age she became a United States Marine and served honorably as a military pay analyst. She served through the 9/11 tragedy and also answered the call back to service on Presidential Recall Orders from 2002-2004.
She continued to service the nation as a civil servant with the U.S. Department of the Navy from 2005 to 2007.
She continued her service to the nation in social services and public services administration with the state and county public assistance offices where she specialized in health insurance counseling.
In 2010 she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and assists HVVA as 3rd Vice Chairman, Board Secretary and Social Media Coordinator.
3RD VICE CHAIRMAN
Sgt. USMC, Veteran
Today, Anthony's desire and passion as a Veteran advocate has landed him work with Hudson River Housing as their Outreach Coordinator for SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families), as well as a founding member of the SUNY Dutchess Veterans Club. He was instrumental in establishing a Veterans Resource Center at SUNY Dutchess, and is also a Vet2Vet peer mentor through the PFC Dwyer Program. Anthony has completed two A.A degrees of study in Criminal Justice and Human Services. He is currently working on his B.A in Social Services for returning Veterans. Anthony also sits on NYS Senate (41st dist.) Sue Serino's Veterans Advisory Committee, and NYS Representative (18th dist.) Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.
2ND VICE CHAIRMAN
MSgt. USAF, Retired
Zack Kirchner is from Poughkeepsie, NY. He served honorably in the United States Marine Corps from 2008-2012 and was stationed with the 1st Marine Division in Southern California with 1st Air and Naval gunfire liaison company. He has since received a A.S in Computer Science and currently he is working on his B.S in Computer science and information security at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
In addition to being our Treasurer, Zack assists with maintenance of the website, and is also one of the founders of the SUNY Dutchess Veterans Club and resource lounge. He currently occupies a position on the Veterans Advisory Committee with NYS Representative (18th Dist.) Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney.
SMsgt. USAF, Retired
Sgt. USMC, Veteran