In the initial phase (Autumn, 2016), Operation Mas will host veterans who need to de-stress and rejuvenate in a healthy environment. Short-term guests will receive an experiential introduction to agriculture and food preparation, and will be eligible to extend their stays. In the second phase (2017), long-term guests will help develop programs aimed at expanding and strengthening the community with an emphasis on fresh food, healthcare and financial security. Your tax-deductible contribution will be used for maintenance of existing infrastructure, and construction of additional housing.
JEFF NORMAN • Founder/Project Director
NADIA McCAFFREY • Director of Veterans Advocacy
Patrick McCaffrey joined the National Guard the day after the 9/11 attacks. He is the first California Guardsman in his unit to die while serving in the Iraq war. His mother, Nadia, has since devoted her life to housing veterans and nurturing their resurgence. 29 former service members lived in her house at various times, and Nadia helped launch several veterans communities that combine housing with supportive services and career training. She is leading the campaign to end veteran homelessness, and Camp Patrick will soon be established in honor of her son.
DAN TAPIA • Director of Food and Beverage Concepts
After enlisting at the age of 19, Dan reluctantly left the US Navy due to severe physical injuries. Although he’s been diagnosed as a quadriplegic, he has worked vigorously for many years as a cicerone, barman, bar manager, busser, barback, bouncer and grunt of every kind. When a high-end Beverly Hills restaurant where he had landed a sommelier position refused to accommodate his disability, Dan decided to open his own restaurant in Long Beach, CA, and join forces with HomeFront Rising to create food and beverage opportunities for veterans throughout the nation.
CAROLYNE MAS • Site Director, Operation Mas
CARL WELTY • Director of Planning and Architecture
CHRISTINA GIORGIO • Pro Bono Counsel
ANITA NOWOCIN • Grant Writer
Anita is a retired schoolteacher who wrote and won numerous education grants throughout her 32-year career. She has a strong passion for helping young adults and veterans in need of financial or emotional assistance. Anita is a lifetime Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary member, and she was the Founding President of the Tacoma Subchapter of the Fort Lewis Association of the United States Army (AUSA).
KEVIN POLK • Director of Business Development
Kevin is a social entrepreneur whose work has centered around creating fee-for-service programs that address pressing social needs. He is the founding Executive Director of the Southern Nevada Transit Coalition, which created a region-wide bus system in eight weeks when post-9/11 budget cuts threatened to drastically reduce services to rural and special needs populations. He also launched the New Orleans Furniture Bank, distributing millions of dollars worth of home furnishings to more than 5,000 displaced gulf residents after Hurricanes Rita, Katrina and Gustav. He joined HomeFront Rising to start a program that helps homeless veterans become homeowners.