My wife Jackie and I relocated to Florida from Minnesota in May 2017 and later moved into Trilogy Orlando in March of 2018. We have been married for 29 years and have 2 children. I enjoy Golf and bowling but would like to learn how to play pickleball someday.
I entered the Air Force in 1985 and served 4 years active duty as an Air Traffic Control Specialist. I was stationed at Keesler AFB in Mississippi for my training then I spent the rest of my tour at Grissom AFB in Indiana. After separating from active duty in 1989 I became a member of the Minnesota Air National guard in 1990 as an Air Traffic controller until the unit was closed in 1997.
I currently own and operate a tax preparation business in Minnesota with 4 offices, prior to that I was a business manager for a medical clinic in the Twin Cities area. I also served on the Board of Directors for our area Chamber of Commerce.
I became interested in TOVA because of its commitment to veterans and their causes along with its involvement within Trilogy and the surrounding communities. I want to help TOVA grow and maintain its great relationships not only with our members but within the local communities, together we can achieve both.
I have been married to my wife Alice for 52+ years. We moved here to Trilogy in August 2018. We have four sons, 8 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Two of my sons have served in the Air Force we currently have 2 grandsons serving, one in the Air Force and one in the Marines.
I served in the Navy from July 1968 to July 1972 as a radioman. I spent one year in Da Nang, Vietnam from May 1969 to May 1970.
I am retired from the State of New Jersey, Division of Motor Vehicle as a field auditor and investigator after 25 years. My wife retired from her position as an ER RN Clinical Supervisor.
My community service included coaching various sports programs for both boys and girls. I was also involved in the Jaycees and Masons. I have previously served on the Board of Adjustment for the City of Northfield, NJ.
As a fellow veteran I want to keep up the good work that TOVA does in the community.
I, Kurt Schmidt, joined the United States Air Force (AF) in 1982 at the age of 17. I joined the AF as an electronic technician for the Minuteman Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) weapon system. After basic training, I went to technical school at Chanute Air Force Base (AFB) in Rantoul, Illinois. From technical school, I was stationed at Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota and spent one year there. I volunteered to work a special duty in the Post Office at Ramstein Air Base (AB) Germany, I did this for two years.
After two years at Ramstein AB, I was transferred to Malmstrom AFB, Montana to go back to my primary job as an Electro-Mechanical Technician (EMT) for the Minuteman ICBM weapon system. As a EMT team member, I went to the individual missile sites to perform maintenance on the site. I led a team of technicians to dismantle a trainer at Chanute AFB, due to the base being shut down. I then wrote the requirements to get that trainer re-assembled in a new constructed facility at Malmstrom AFB.
After four years as the NCOIC of Trainer Maintenance, I transferred back to the EMT shop as a supervisor for numerous airmen. In addition to being a supervisor, I was responsible to supervise maintenance in the missile field as either a safety supervisor or to check job performance. I received a promotion during this time frame and was transferred to the Electronics Laboratory (E-LAB) as the NCOIC there.
The ELAB was responsible to perform maintenance on electronic components that were replaced in the missile field as wells as, certifying classified electronic components were ready to be deployed to the missile field. This position was a very critical position because the equipment were critical pieces of equipment that allowed the missile site to be on “alert,” ready to launch when called upon by the President of the US.
From ELAB at Malmstrom AFB, I was transferred to Peterson AFB, CO to the Major Command Headquarters for the Minuteman weapon system. I was the Superintendent of Maintenance Training. I was responsible for the checklists the Inspector General used to inspect each missile wing. I also managed the Air Force Instruction the missile wings were governed by. In addition to all this, I managed the numbered Air Force’s training budget, that was used to training each missile wing’s quality assurance inspectors. I was in this position for three years, at which time I retired from active duty after 21 years.
After five years break from Government service, I went back to the Air Force as a Government civilian and worked at the Minuteman Missile depot. I was a Program Manager (PM) and work many different programs, such as the development and production of test equipment that tested the Re-Entry System of the Minuteman Missile. I also worked as the PM on the new ICBM weapon system that is in development now. I was managing one of the companies that was competing for the program during the Technical Maturation and Risk Reduction phase. My final position, was a PM managing a services contract for the Secretary of the Air Force.
Karen is the wife of 35years to veteran TOVA member Ricardo Lopez. Karen moved from Chicago in 2013 where she was a manager for Starbucks before settling down in Waterside Pointe in Groveland… After years of being a guest and attending almost every event/show at Trilogy, Karen & Rick joined the Trilogy family in 2020 July.
Karen,a.k.a. Sunshine as most everyone knows her, or known as the girl with the long blonde hair is very active in Voices of Trilogy and also as a neighborhood watch/Block Captain. Karen volunteers her time wherever it’s needed and supports TOVA everyway she can by participating in events such as Flags For Fallen Vets, Wreaths Across America and other veteran events throughout the year.
Karen has the utmost respect for the men & women in the military and welcomes every opportunity to support them.
When time permits, Karen enjoys mini golf, cooking online, Christmas clubs/groups and she definitely enjoys dancing. You can find her on the dance floor at every Trilogy event.
As a native of Minnesota, I lived in suburbs of Saint Paul for 50 years. I moved to Trilogy with my wife Allison and brother in law Dan in June of 2019 for more sun and warmth! I’ve worked as a Business Analyst for over 20 years and am currently employed by a major Financial Services and Technology corporation. I also volunteered for many years as a Reserve Police Officer with the City of Cottage Grove in Minnesota. I am not a veteran but have family members and friends who have served.
In my free time I enjoy going to the beach with my family, reading books about American History, Presidents and Western novels. I also enjoy a good cigar with whiskey, wine and try to play as much golf as time allows. Some also may consider me a Lawn Care Nut.
I am a regular at the TOVA blood drives and I became interested in serving on the Board when my brother in law Scott Roth told me there would be an opening. I am looking forward to working with the other members of the Board and TOVA members to fulfill the Mission of promoting the welfare of this Veteran community and promoting TOVA activities to further its Mission.
The duties of the Sergeant-at-Arms will include the preparation of the Event Center
ensuring operational readiness in order to hold scheduled meetings or events. They will
further coordinate with the Magnolia House management personnel as necessary,
ensuring that the proper required equipment for guest speakers and members are in
place. They will further assist in maintaining good order and discipline during all TOVA
related meetings and functions. The Sergeant-at-Arms will coordinate their activities
with the Events Chairperson, if appropriate.
The Supply Officer is responsible for accountability and control of all TOVA-owned merchandise or equipment to include head covers, uniforms, and service flags. The Supply Officer will often work closely with the Treasurer ensuring the ordering, paying for, and issuance of items such as shirts and hats to members in good standing. They will keep and accurate log of members who have been issued or have paid for TOVA equipment or merchandise.
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