By Miriam Boyle
| VTNG Family Programs | Oct. 1, 2020
Please welcome to the VTNG Family Programs team our new Military and Family Readiness Centers (MFRC) personnel. Here’s a little bit about each of these great new additions to our family
Andrew Richard Team Lead - Camp Johnson:
Office Phone: (802)-338-3076
Andrew was raised in Vermont and after receiving his Bachelor degree in History from the University of Vermont, earned a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served as a Military Police Officer for eight years before transitioning to the Marine Corps Reserve and moving with his family back to Vermont. While in Vermont he earned a MBA from New England College. He and his family have experienced multiple deployments and overseas assignments and he is eager to help local service members navigate the challenges of military life.
Bambi Patch MFRC Specialist - Grand Isle, Franklin, Lamoille & Orleans Counties:
Office Phone: (802) 338-0547
Bambi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Education from Northern Vermont University in 2013. After obtaining her degree, Bambi immediately began to work with homeless and runaway youth with the Lamoille Family Center, Morrisville, Vermont. In 2014, Bambi joined the Vermont Air National Guard as a traditional, part-time Airman. On the civilian side, in 2016, Bambi became a Community Based Counselor with National Counseling Group in Virginia. While being a traditional Airman, Bambi deployed to AJAB, Kuwait in
support of Operation Inherent Resolve. After her deployment, Bambi had the opportunity to join the Active Duty Air Force where she was stationed at Hill AFB Utah.
Bambi has been a Non-Destructive Inspector since 2014 in both her Vermont Air National Guard and her Active Duty Air Force service. In 2019, when the F-35s started to arrive at the Vermont Air National Guard base, Bambi had the opportunity to return to Vermont. She was a part of the F-35 conversion group of active duty members coming to Vermont to train the maintenance staff on this new aircraft. After training her fellow Airmen, Bambi wanted to return to her roots of helping community members-this time it would be our veterans, service members and their families.
Herman Moore MFRC Specialist - Chittenden County:
Office Phone: (802) 338-0994
Herman will be based at Camp Ethan Allen Training (CEATS) located at Jericho, Vermont and will cover Chittenden County. He is originally from New Jersey, and is returning to Vermont after spending the past 13 years in Florida as a member of the Army Reserve. Herman has over 20 years of enlisted and commissioned service in the Guard and Reserves; having graduated from the Vermont Army National Guard Officer Candidate School as a member of Class 46 in 2004. Prior to joining the military, Herman served as a Crime Victim Advocate for the Chittenden County State’s Attorney, and worked in various Student Affairs positions at the University of Vermont, Stonehill College and the University of New Hampshire. Herman possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree from Plymouth State University (NH), and a Master’s of Science Degree from the University of Vermont. He is happily married to Lisette and a father to Mariana (13) and Soledad (10). Herman and his family have lived through multiple deployments with the Vermont Army National Guard and the Army Reserves and Herman is looking forward to serving Vermont’s veterans, service members and their families.
Patrick Knapp MFRC Specialist - Washington, Caledonia & Essex Counties:
Office Phone: (802) 338-0588
Patrick was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. In 1993, Patrick enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Over the course of two plus decades, Patrick served as a Marine infantrymen at every level; from machine gunner to the senior enlisted infantrymen in the Marine Corps. Patrick’s last assignment was Human Resources-centric. He was responsible for the staffing, mentoring and welfare of over 60,000 infantry Marines. Upon retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, Patrick began studies at Norwich University and graduated in 2020 with a degree in Strategic Studies and Defense
Nick Thomas MFRC Specialist - Orange, Windsor & Windham Counties:
Office Phone: (802) 338-0876
Nick will be assisting service members, their families, and veterans in the White River Junction area of responsibility. You may remember Nick as the Career Readiness Counselor assisting with resume services and job placements in the past. He is excited to be a part of Family Programs once again. Nick has experience in Federal Government, Workforce Development, and Education.
Nick has a Master of International Relations: National Security from Norwich University and has plans to complete his PhD. In his free time Nick enjoys everything Vermont has to offer as a fisherman, hunter, and avid motorcyclist. Being in both the service member’s and spouse’s boots at one point in his life, Nick has a great understanding of the opportunities and challenges military service creates, and he is excited to share this insight with our members to help them stay connected to resources and maintain a resilient service-life balance!
John Mingo MFRC Specialist - Addison, Rutland & Bennington Counties:
Office Phone: (802) 338-4322
John is the Family and Military Readiness Specialist for the Southwestern part of the state, from Vergennes down to Bennington. His office is located at the Reserve Center, 2143 Post Rd. Rutland, VT 05701. He was born and raised in Castleton, VT. Attended Basic Training and AIT in 1990 at FT. Sill, OK. John Spent over 12 years on active duty as a Fire Support Specialist (13F). In September 2002 he separated from active duty and joined the Army Reserve. In May 2004 he joined the VTARNG and deployed with TF Green Mountain in 2005. In 2007 he was hired into the AGR at the Rutland Armory and served as the Admin/Training NCO and the Readiness NCO for HHC 86th BSTB. He retired on 31 December 2013. Since retirement he has worked as the VA School Certifying Official at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Security Training Instructor for the Transportation Security Administration in Savannah, GA.