Board of Directors
Vincent J. Perrone, President & CEO
Denis M. Leary, Vice President & Executive Director
George M. Bourisk, Treasurer
Roland W. Bercume , Secretary
Patrick J. Murphy, Chair, Personnel Committee
Dr. Barbara Rugo Focht
S. Sam Slep
Victoria C. Vitucci
Allison A. Alaimo, Assistant Treasurer
Vincent J. Perrone, President
Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Lieutenant Colonel Vincent John Perrone, Jr. is a graduate of Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the nation and the birthplace of ROTC, where he was commissioned in the United States Air Force. Lt Colonel Perrone’s twenty-year military career included a number of challenging positions. A pilot candidate, he was permanently grounded due to an injury. He served as Executive Officer, responsible for the security and protection of over 200 nuclear missiles and for 800 personnel at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana. In his next assignment, he was Chief of Officer Recruiting at Hanscom AFB in Massachusetts managing recruitment from Maine to West Virginia.
Lt Colonel Perrone took on a new challenge as part of the acquisition community at the Electronic Systems Division at Hanscom AFB, to assist in the development of the $3.2 billion World Wide Military Command and Control Information Systems (WIS) program. Air Force Systems Command Headquarters selected Lt Colonel Perrone as Chief of the Program Integration Division, to manage the acquisition logistics components for over 375 programs. He then gained international experience by assuming the position of Director of Resource Management and Deputy Base Commander at Suwon Air Force Base in Korea, where he led four divisions. He was later assigned to Headquarters USAF, the Pentagon, Washington DC as Program Manager for Developmental Aircraft Support Equipment and spent much of his time on Capitol Hill defending program budgets to Congress. During this time, he also served on the Joint Staff in the Operational Command Center for Desert Storm.
Lt Colonel Perrone returned to Hanscom AFB as the Chief of Requirements Analysis and Engineering Division in the International Programs Office. He served as the gateway to the world in the sales of security assistance systems to our Allies and helped to establish the Presidential Partnership for Peace Initiative with Eastern Europe. He was promoted to Deputy Director of the Joint Tactical Information Distribution System, a classified communications system and later became a Program Manager for the world’s premier surveillance aircraft, the 767AWACS.
Over the years, Lt Colonel Perrone volunteered his time and resources to many community services and programs, such as working with the elderly, church groups, and Native American and Amer-Asian children’s orphanages.
More than two decades ago, he became involved in a grassroots effort to build the largest supportive services agency for veterans and their families in New England, and was subsequently named Chairman, President & CEO of Veterans Inc.
Lt Colonel Perrone has a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and holds Level III certification from the Department of Defense in Program Management and Acquisition Logistics disciplines. His major awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal; the Meritorious Service Medal, with four oak leaf clusters; the Air Force Commendation Medal, with one oak leaf cluster; the Air Force Achievement Medal, with one oak leaf cluster; the National Defense Medal; the Korean Defense Service Medal; and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He is the recipient of the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network’s Leadership Award, the Award of Merit from the Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County, and in 2013, he accepted the Seal of Distinction award from the prestigious Call of Duty Endowment.
Lt Colonel Perrone served on Senator Ted Kennedy’s task force for returning veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq and sat on Governor Deval Patrick’s Commission to End Homelessness. He sits on the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. He is the Veterans’ Agent for the Town of Boylston, and Past Chair of the Berlin-Boylston Tahanto Regional School Committee. He is a member of the Armed Forces Committee of Worcester County and sits on the Executive Committee for the Board of Directors of the Korean War Memorial of Central Mass. He served as a member of the Worcester Veterans Council, the Air Force Association, the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association, the Society of Logistics Engineers, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Following his retirement from the United States Air Force and before taking his current position at Veterans Inc., Lt Colonel Perrone was Director of Global Government Marketing for EMC Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Lt Colonel Perrone and his wife, Debra, have three children, Francesca, Vincent III, and Samuel, and a foster son, Ricky.
As a recognized leader on the national, state, and local level in the organization and development of behavioral healthcare systems, Denis Leary, Executive Director of Veterans Inc., is known for his creativity, compassion, and competency as the guiding force behind the agency’s service delivery, which has made the critical difference in the lives of more than 65,000 veterans. Under his clinical leadership, Veterans Inc. has grown rapidly in both size and scope, including the creation of service contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most importantly to Mr. Leary, these programs have helped veterans return to health, regain stable housing, reassert themselves in the workforce, and reunite with family. With 30 years of professional social work experience in the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders and mental health care, he is a mentor, coach, and teacher to all direct care staff throughout New England.
Mr. Leary graduated Stonehill College with Honors, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and was awarded the prestigious Gabriel Rousseau Research Award for his work in stress disorders. Certified by the Massachusetts Board of Social Work, he received his graduate clinical training at Boston College, where he earned a Master of Social Work degree.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Leary is a respected and dynamic voice providing advocacy on Capitol Hill for veterans and their dependents. The coalition is the primary liaison between the nation’s care providers, Congress, and Executive Branch agencies, and is charged with helping them succeed in their work.
On the state level, he is an appointee of the Department of Veteran Services, under Governor Deval Patrick, as a member of the Massachusetts Public Health Council, which provides oversight and review of the Commonwealth’s public health regulations, including approval of Determination of Need applications.
As the son of working-class, first-generation Irish immigrants, Mr. Leary grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he learned the core values of loyalty, kindness, and social equality. These values were first put into action locally when he became a social worker at Worcester City Hospital helping the poor and disenfranchised of his home town, and later as an advocate for foster children displaced by parental abuse and neglect. His dedication continued through the early years of his professional career when he served as Inpatient Director for the North Central Alcoholism Commission, improving the quality of treatment, and later when he created the Department of Substance Abuse and Mental Health under the auspices of Worcester’s Health and Hospital Authority. He also played a crucial role in the establishment of the UMass Department of Psychiatry affiliate Community Healthlink, which is now the largest agency of its kind in New England.
Throughout his professional life, his peers and colleagues have recognized him for his knowledge and insight. He was twice elected as President of the Massachusetts Substance Abuse Association, was appointed as a member of the City Manager’s Commission on Homelessness, and most recently, was elected to the Central Massachusetts Continuum of Care Leadership Committee.
Mr. Leary is also the first recipient of the Visions 2000 Award for Community Service, in which the Telegram & Gazette Editorial Board described him as someone who “shows us all how good we can be.” An avid runner, he was also named the “Fittest CEO” by the Worcester Business Journal and Worcester Fitness Athletic Center.
Above all else, Mr. Leary is the proud father of two daughters, Danielle and Kelly. Danielle is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy in her first year of residency as a flight surgeon, and Kelly is a junior in the Eisenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
George grew up in Worcester, where he attended the public school system and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Natural Science from Assumption College. He has over 35 years’ experience working for FM Global, and presently holds the title of Engineering Specialist. His experience includes applying risk management to several large industrial accounts protecting against fire, wind, earthquake, flood, and other perils through his company, and he has operated in several capacities that include supervision, training, and lead engineer for the company’s Boston office. His specialties include dust explosion calculations and mitigation.
Roland W. Bercume, Secretary
Roland Bercume. M.S., R.Ph. is the Senior Director of Pharmacy at the UMass Memorial Medical Center. Mr. Bercume oversees the provision of pharmaceutical care to all areas of the Medical Center, including the University, Memorial, and Hahnemann Campuses as well as the Marlboro Hospital Oncology Clinic. He is responsible for managing over 170 pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. Mr. Bercume is a Registered Pharmacist and also holds a Master’s Degree in Pharmacy Therapeutics. He has over 35 years’ experience in Pharmacy Management.
Patrick J. Murphy, Chair, Personnel Committee, Captain, USMC (Veteran)
Patrick Murphy is the Director of Mergers and Acquisitions at Deloitte Consulting LLP, an audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk management, and tax company. He also owns First Green Investments, a real estate investment firm which is affiliated with Boston City Properties. He is a former Marine who served in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Patrick, his wife Paula, daughter Sara, and son John reside on the South Shore.
Dr. Barbara Rugo Focht, MD, Major, USAF (Retired)
Barbara Rugo Focht, M.D., is a pediatrician with twenty years of experience. Dr. Rugo Focht’s practice is built on a model of holistic care. A child’s physical, developmental, emotional, and spiritual needs are considered, while providing education, support, and parental advice. After 20 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Rugo Focht is fulfilling her lifelong dream of opening her own practice. The practice is located in Grafton, MA and is called Kids on the Common.
S. Sam Slep, Major, USAF (Retired)
Born in the former Soviet Union, Sam with his family escaped the tyrannical regime through Poland and Israel and settled in Hartford, CT. He earned a full scholarship to the USAF ROTC program at the University of Missouri, earning his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his USAF Commission. Sam served as Financial Manager and Comptroller in several operational commands and program offices. Major Slep retired from the USAF as Deputy Inspector General, Wright-Patterson AFB. Sam and wife Liliya reside in Hollywood Florida and love to travel at every opportunity.
Edward Burkart, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)
Lt Col. Edward D. Burkart, Jr. is currently employed by the State of Vermont in the Office of Veterans Affairs as the Veterans Services Coordinator. Prior to that assignment, he worked for the Vermont Department of Taxes as a Tax Examiner III. Lt Col Burkart retired from HQ Air Force Recruiting Service (AFRS), Randolph AFB, TX., as the Chief of the Personnel Division for the Command. Lt Col Burkart graduated from Norwich University, Northfield, VT. He is married to the former Sally A. Hayward of Marshfield, Vermont. They have three children: Nicholas, Gabriel, and Matthew.
Victoria C. Vitucci, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Retired)
Victoria Vitucci is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Vantage Applications, a private engineering services company located in Concord, MA. She is a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and served as a Program Manager for weapon system development while on active duty. She is a Level III certified Program Manager, and she obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master’s degree from the University of Dayton, both in mechanical engineering. Upon retirement from the military, she and her family returned to MA, where she acts as a consultant for the Department of the Army. In addition to her profession, Victoria splits her time between volunteering at her daughter’s school’s sporting activities and her church.
Allison A. Alaimo, Assistant Treasurer
Vice President of Finance, Development & Administration
Allison Alaimo has been with Veterans Inc. since 2002. During her tenure, the agency’s annual operating budget has increased from $750,000 to $10 million, with assets of over $15 million. She has helped raise millions of dollars for both capital and new program funding that have resulted in both geographical expansion throughout New England as well as specifically bringing more services to veterans and their families.
She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Worcester State University and has a background in sales and marketing. Her passion and commitment have earned her a number of accolades over the years: “Outstanding Worcester Young Alumna” in 2014, Worcester State University; “Twelve Who Made a Difference in Central Mass.” in 2012, Go Local Worcester; “40 Under Forty” in 2008, Worcester Business Journal; “28 to Watch in 2008,” Pulse Magazine; “Unsung Heroine Award” for Worcester from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women in 2007.
Allison is active in the community and was former vice-chair of the Worcester Citizens Advisory Council and a Founding Member and past-Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Young Professional Women’s Association. She is currently Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Canal District Alliance in Worcester.
Vincent A. Pedone
Council of State University Presidents
Oliver J. Mason
Adjutant General of Massachusetts
Brigadier General, MNAG (Retired)
Francis R. Carroll
Chairman, Carroll Enterprises
Gary J. Gemme
Chief of Police, Worcester, MA
USN Reserves (Veteran)
Anthony G. Sahagian
Chief of Police, Boylston, MA
Lt. Colonel, USA (Retired)
Donald A. Ball, Esq.
Lt, Holden Police Dept (Retired)
Marvin L. Thomas
Captain, USAF (Veteran)
Peter M. Barlow, Esq.
Captain, USA – JAG (Veteran)
Constance A. Morrison, Esq.
Captain, USA (Veteran)
Ralph K. Stone, Esq.
Meister Seelig &Fein LLP