Veterans Memorial Wall Board Members

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Anthony Irby   Anthony Irby
Mr. Irby has served in the United States Army and is a war veteran of both the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War. Mr. Irby is actively engage on social issues that surround homeless and at-risk homeless veterans as the Homeless Veteran Outreach Coordinator for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Irby holds a Bachelor’s in Human Services from the University of Phoenix. Anthony is married to his lovely wife Karen and has two adorable daughters Azuriah and Aurorah.
     
Russ Lachance   Russ Lachance
Mr. Lachance served in the United States Air Force for nine years. After his service years, he held various jobs until starting his own business in real estate relocation. He retired in 2002 and moved to Arizona with his family in 2005 (Surprise). He was a member of the board of the Armed Forces Support Group in Surprise. During his membership there he was involved in an annual golf fund raiser for wounded veterans, worked with Home Depot to update some veterans’ homes and was a part of a WWI honors program. He moved to Peoria in April of 2013 with his family. Since moving here he sponsored a WWII honors dinner with over 40 WWII veterans in attendance as well as 150 supporters. He plans on making this an annual event. He has started a club in Westbrook village to support all veterans and is very active in his church. Mr. Lachance has been married to his high school sweetheart for 45 years and has a son and daughter.
     
Snidecor
  Tad Snidecor

Born in Mesa, Mr. Snidecor joined the United States Marine Corps in September of 1988, serving 20 years and retiring as a First Sergeant. After his retirement, he piloted and was the program manager for the Marine DStressline. Mr. Snidecor previously worked as a Regional Operations Manager, for behavioral health call center operations/business development for the Tricare and Veteran Choice Programs.  He currently volunteers for the Veterans Administration; in behavioral health operations at the West Valley Vet Center and serves as a member of Congresswoman Sinema’s Veteran Advisory Council.   He holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma.  He resides in Peoria, with Christina and their four sons. He enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with his family.

     
Terry Brezina
  Terry Brezina
Terry Brezina is a retired Air Force Master Sargent and a Vietnam and Gulf War era veteran. He served in the Army as an infantryman and Combat Engineer. He also served in the Air Force as a Civil Engineer in Production Control with a total of 26 years of service. He has (2) Bachelor’s degrees and a Master degree in Career and Technical Education. Terry has also retired from the state of Arizona. Terry and his wife Sandy have resided in Peoria Arizona for the last 10 years and are grandparents with guardianship of their two grandchildren.
     
Milan Lukich
  Milan (Luke) Lukich
Luke grew up in the southwest suburbs of Chicago and eventually relocated to Peoria, AZ in 2013 after spending four years in Southern California. He graduated from Coyne Electronics, DeVry Electronics, and Moraine Valley Community College with a degree in Industrial Supervision. Lukich served in Vietnam in 1969 in the 1t Cav Division of the U. S. Army. He worked in the transportation industry for 25 years as an electrician and supervisor for the Belt Railway of Chicago and in various supervisory positions in the trucking industry for 10 years before retiring. Married to Diane for 46 years, two adult sons, Brandon and Matthew, and three grandchildren, he is actively engaged in Corvette Auto Clubs and other Automobile Clubs, have hosted eight exchange students from various parts of the world, enjoys traveling and playing disc golf, exploring USA on road trips, and has traveled to Australia, Switzerland, Germany and Italy.
     
Eric Gagomiros   Eric Gagomiros
A native New Yorker, Gagomiros joined the Marine Corps in 1973 straight out of high school. He was promoted, meritoriously, to battalion instructor on Camp Lejeune in 1977. In 1984 he moved to Virginia. Gagomiros served in Iraq from March 2003 to July 2004 as the company Gunny. He has lived in the Valley since November 2004 with his wife Kathleen, four dogs and a cat. In 2013, he graduated U.C. San Diego with a degree in OSHA 30 with a 4.0 gpa. Gagomiros is an All American and All State Commander for VFW Post 9400 in Phoenix and volunteers for the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on the Chaparral Posse' as QAP. He also volunteers with the Patriot Guard Riders of AZ as a state-certified Road Guard escorting veterans and first responders to their final resting place. In 2015 he escort six unclaimed veterans' remains from Arizona to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia with several other veterans.
     
Tony VanGoethem   Tony VanGoethem

VanGoethem was born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Having a father and brothers in the Navy and having worked alongside Air Force Security and Safety officers, Tony has been exposed to members of military service from a young age. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems. He is a 25-year resident of Peoria and lives with his wife Melissa and son James and enjoys camping, kayaking and motorcycling. VanGoethem completed the Peoria Leadership Institute in 2016, which inspired him to become more active in the community.