Falmouth, Mass., November 11, 2015 – In recognition of Veterans Day, The National Graduate School of Quality Management (NGS) and State Representative David Vieira joined together to honor Andy Dufresne of Falmouth and Nicole Spencer of Mashpee for outstanding volunteer efforts to support veterans transition from military to civilian life. The two were honored at a Military/Veteran Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held at The National Graduate School of Quality Management’s headquarters in Falmouth, MA on Monday, November 9, 2015.
Over 50 individuals attended a recognition luncheon hosted by NGS with President & CEO, Dr. Clint Miner presiding. The intent of the Military/Veteran Volunteer Recognition program is to nominate and select by secret ballot, volunteers who have donated their skills, resources, and time to help veterans and their families make a successful transition from military to civilian life. The members of the committee are anonymous, representing different constituencies on Cape Cod and volunteered their time and skills in the selection process. It is the hope of the committee that this will be an annual effort.
State Representative Vieira stated, “It was an honor to participate in the recognition of some of our veterans, and those who serve our veterans this afternoon. Many thanks to The National Graduate School for taking the time on the eve of Veterans Day to say thank you to the vanguards of our way of Life.”
Andy Dufresne was recognized for his services as a long term member of the Falmouth Veterans Council, President of the Falmouth V.F.W., and many hours dedicated to organizing and planning town wide veterans’ services. He has also donated considerable resources to help veterans on an individual basis and has been an active advocate for veteran causes and benefits. Andy stated that he was, “extremely honored to be recognized.”
Nicole Spencer was recognized for her outstanding and tireless work for Hero’s in Transition, a non-profit 501 (c) 3 , in promoting veterans causes, raising funds and advocating for veterans’ needs. Nicole has been very active in supporting Hero’s in Transition efforts to assist with veterans housing, equine and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment. Nicole expressed her interest in giving back to veterans in a very emotional response because her brother, who was deployed twice, came back a different person and a service dog saved his life.
Special recognition letters were also given to World War II Veterans, Elliot Sklar, Bill McDermott and Edward Bodurian, all of Falmouth.
Dr. Robert Antonucci, Chairman of the Board for The National Graduate School of Quality Management, concluded the program by citing how important it is to recognize those who have preserved our freedom and given so much.
About The National Graduate School of Quality Management
The National Graduate School of Quality Management (NGS) is a regionally accredited, non-profit college that focuses on transformational leadership and quality management. It is uniquely positioned in the higher education community– offering bachelors, masters, and doctorate level programs focused on providing leaders and managers the tools they need to transform their organizations. For more information about NGS, visit www.ngs.edu.