Board of Directors

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Al Kennedy
Founder

Al started Provisions4Patriots in 2015 in an effort to provide outreach and assistance to the homeless veteran community. 

Al is a United States Navy veteran serving from 1986-1994 and his son Liam served in the Navy from 2012-2018.

The mission is personal. 

I have been in transportation and logistics since 1999 holding various roles and responsibilities in all aspects of the industry. Currently residing in the greater Savannah, Georgia area, Al is a member of the American Legion, VFW Post 660, the Chatham County Veterans Council as well as the Knights of Columbus. 

Al graduated from Montclair State University in 1998 with a BA in Communication Studies, Cum Laude. 

 

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Kyle Kennedy
Events

Kyle is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelors degree in Tourism Hospitality, and Event Management. In the early start of his career, Kyle has been involved as an Event Management professional on a couple different higher education campuses. Currently, Kyle is surrounding himself with Sales & Marketing for a very fast growing company. His passions and motivation derives from the commitment to providing flawless client and customer experiences through the production of high level events. Kyle has been involved with Provisions for Patriots since its birth and continues to be involved. This is due to his belief that inclusive environments and services should be provided to all individuals, especially those who have committed their lives to the protection of this country.”
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William "Bill" Madaras
Strategic Planning and Outreach

Bill (William) Madaras - Nov. 27, 1949 - 

Rutgers Univ - Psychology - 1971 --

1971~1997 - H.H. Brown Shoe Co. - 

                 - Import Division - Off-shore Footwear Sourcing - 

1997~present - Madaras Int'l. Inc. - Footwear Sourcing - 

- Gold Star Father of PFC Nicholas A. Madaras - KIA Baqubah, Iraq - Sept. 3, 2006 - 

- November 2006 - started the Kick for Nick Foundation, Inc. - (Google - Kick for Nick) -

- 2007 - By way of a donation from the Homeless Veterans at Homes for the Brave ( ABRI- 

Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation Institute, Inc.) was introduced to the same  -

- 2007~2011 working with ABRI my wife set out to establish a "residence" for Homeless

Female Veterans by way of the - Female Soldiers / Forgotten Heroes- program - She led

fundraising, ABRI applied for a grant &, being in Real Estate, my wife arranged a house -

The ribbon was cut on October 21, 2011, what would have been Nick's 25th birthday - 

The home is named the - Nicholas A. Madaras Home for Homeless Female Veterans -

( & it can also accommodate up to 4 Veterans with young children) - 

- In 2018 we were awarded the American Legion's Americanism Award for Connecticut for

our work with the Homeless Veterans & the Kick for Nick program - 

I am an honorary member of the James B. Whipple American Legion Post-86 in Wilton,CT. -

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Deacon Lou Santore
Outreach and Grants

Deacon Lou Santore

Have been a Deacon in the Catholic Church for 23 years and have been involved in many outreach programs in the three parishes to which I have been assigned. Currently assigned to St James Parish in Savannah and have responsibility for Christian Outreach for the Parish. The most important outreach programs are-

Prison Ministry (lead a group of parishioners to provide spiritual development programs to inmates at the Coastal States prison and the Chatham County facility)

Career Networking (assistance to people seeking new employment opportunities)

Care Giver Support (organize volunteers to help caregivers with some daily tasks which eases the burden of caregivers)

Hospice Savannah Helpers (organize parishioners to volunteer at Hospice Savannah)

Catholic Charities Human Development Committee (currently a member of this committee of Catholic Charities of Southeast Georgia. The focus of the Committee is to try to break the cycle of poverty for people in our area.)

Associated with the Social Apostolate who serve the poor and homeless in Savannah.

Currently a new board member of the Inner City Night Shelter

 

Before my retirement I held the position of Managing Director of Global Commodity Operations for three major commodity trading firms during the last 30 years. The three firms owned, stored, blended, and shipped various energy and agricultural products throughout North and South America, Caribbean, Europe, and Asia.

Married for 50 years and have three adult children with two grandchildren.

Hold a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and  Master of Science in Administration

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Scott B. Andrews
Military Outreach

Scott is a veteran with over 31 years of service and three combat tours.  He enlisted in the Army Reserve in 1989 and after completing Army Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training he deployed to Operation Desert Shield/Storm.  While in the Army National Guard he was hired as an Indiana State Trooper where he served for 6 years.  He was then offered a position with the Purdue University Police Department, where he dealt regularly with homeless persons, to include many Veterans.  After tours in Afghanistan and Iraq he was hired into the full time force (AGR) where he continues to serve.

“I was very honored when Alan Kennedy asked me to serve on the Board of Directors for Provisions4Patriots.  I have known homeless veterans, and it absolutely breaks my heart.  One of my own soldiers, I found out later, had been homeless and living in his car for over a month.  When I asked him why he didn’t reach out to any of us from the platoon, he told me that he was just too embarrassed.  That really brought it home for me.”   

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Robert Kane
Outreach

Robert is a litigation attorney serving as Senior Counsel within the Travelers Insurance staff counsel organization.  He has been employed with Travelers for 15+ years.  Robert received his BA from Fairfield University and his JD from Emory University School of Law.

 

In his current role, Robert is accountable for managing facets of the firm's litigation clientele in addition to mentoring less experienced attorneys.  He has developed a reputation amongst his professional colleagues and the Judiciary for integrity and sound legal analysis with attendant conflict resolution acumen.  Robert has been involved with national as well as local efforts within Travelers, serving on the Travelers National File Review Team and in its Disability Network.  He recently was part of a three member team of attorneys from different parts of the country which provided a company wide presentation on litigation management during the COVID pandemic.

 

Robert is married to his wife of 25 years Patricia (Patty) and has two sons, Dylan and Trevor.  Outside of his family life, Robert's passions are related to service within the community.  He is currently a religious education teacher alongside Patty.  He has volunteered his time to civic efforts as well as religious and sporting activities in the town in which he resides. Robert is a supporter of Wounded Warrior Project.

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Michael Helmstetter
Outreach/Grants/Finances

Mike is a Financial professional with several decades of experience managing financial accounting and reporting, financial systems implementation, budgeting, inventory reporting and variance analysis in the Consumer Products Industry. Mike has been employed with Resources Global Professionals since 2007. MIke is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, and received his Master’s in Business Administration from Seton Hall University .

Mike has been married to Marianne since 1992 and has two daughters, Maureen and Maggie. Mike has volunteered for various civic and church organizations in New Jersey and is grateful for this opportunity to help the Veteran community.