Thomas McCoy is the Bobby D Veterans Gateway, CEO. Tom is from Detroit Michigan where after high school he joined the US Navy. He served as a Gunner’s Mate on the USS Albany CG-10, Commander – 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea and Middle-East. After his separation from military service, Tom completed a machinist apprenticeship and worked as a Tool & Die Maker in the automotive industry for 25 years. Currently, he has 12 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs and for the last few years he has worked as the Administrative Officer for the Phoenix VA, Pharmacy Service. Tom also serves as the Department of Arizona Commander for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and as past Commander of the DAV, Chapter #1 of Phoenix. Tom has been a Life Member of the DAV in Arizona for 22 years. His very dear friend, Bob DiGirolamo (Bobby D) was his DAV mentor for many years. Bob’s dedication inspired Tom to focus his time in service to fellow Veterans. When Tom isn’t working, he loves to spend time with his wife and grandchildren and do a little traveling.
Julio Alvarado is the BDVG Corporate Operations Officer and serves as Chaplin for Phoenix Chapter #1 of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). His multiple fields of expertise have spanned more than thirty-five years in the private, government, and commercial sectors on the local, national, and international arenas. Julio is the co-founder and senior advisor of Alvia Services, Inc., having been engaged in construction management, contract compliance, risk management, contingency planning, and conflict/claim resolution and engaged by General Electric for dual nations, divisional, and factory training programs management. While performing as International Private Enterprise and Government Consultant for Transfer of Technologies, Project Management, and International Commodities Trading consultancies, Julio has contributed volunteer services over more than three decades in board membership for northern California-based non-profit and non-governmental organizations.
The Alvarado Associates, LLC, consulting firm provides business development services matching projects with investment capital.
Mary L. Dunbar
Mary L. Dunbar is the BDVG Treasurer and a Board Member of Arizona Disabled Veteran Foundation and serves her thirteenth year as the DAV Phoenix Chapter #1 Executive Assistant. Ms. Dunbar previously served a 25-year tenure as Officer Manager for Bud Industries in Arizona. She maintains her active status in the Disabled American Veteran Auxiliary and the National Notary Association.
Mark Schwartz brings more than three decades of accountancy and financial/business advisor experience to the BDVG Board of Directors along a spectrum of professional involvement and talent. His broad educational background includes an MBA from Suffolk University, a BA in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music, and studies in pre-Law and Law at Suffolk and Brandeis. Mark’s tenures include operations directorships for two fast food chains, public accounting positions at Boston and Phoenix firms, underwriter at Blue Cross/Blue Shield, retirement program administrator at MITRE Corporation, and a small Arizona city formation team member. An accomplished trumpet player, Mark has performed with several Bands, the Boston Pops, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey, and the Ice Capades.
Kathy McCoy manages revenue functions within the Department of Veterans Affairs in Prescott, AZ. She provides patient education and assistance concerning medical care cost and responsibility.
Kathy’s life has always been Veteran centric. She grew up as the child of a 3-war Veteran surrounded by other Veteran family members. She is proud to be part of the new 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Bobby D Veterans Gateway, whose mission is to offer transitional and permanent housing for homeless Veterans that will include essential services. These include health care, dependency therapies, transportation, education, job assistance, and on-site businesses such as barbershop, laundromat, thrift store that will be cooperatively run by participants. This program will be a collaboration with other non-profits and local providers to create a community-based program.
Kathy has four granddaughters who are successful students and are involved in Veteran service organizations. Kathy loves the Arizona mountains, hiking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends, and all her pets.