Rumshock Veterans Foundation

There is no way to adequately thank the men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom and safety. But we can offer them a second chance – an opportunity to be successful members of a supportive community!

Board of Directors

William Whetsel

Bill was born and raised in Greensburg, PA. After high school, he attended Penn State University before enlisting in the US Air Force as an EOD technician. After his time in the Air Force, he moved to New York City and began his 13-year career working with Trans World Airlines as a ramp crew chief.  After 9/11, he became one of the first 100 people hired to help form the Transportation Security Administration. He then became a part of the team who was in charge of transitioning all US airports from private security to federal security. After a year of traveling around the country with the transition team, he became the TSA security supervisor at Stewart Airport for 8 years. William then retired and has had the burning passion to help his fellow veterans that are in a time of need ever since.

In early 2019 he started the Rumshock Veterans Foundation with the help of his board. Because of trips back and forth to grandparents in the summer, he would stop and help and when a neighbor needed a house or a barn repaired. He would always lend a hand and help. Bill’s grandfather was a nurse in a surgical hospital in Dijon, France in WW2 and his uncles served in Vietnam; one in the Army and one in the USMC. His dad also served in the Navy.

Frank Messina
Vice President

An active and enthusiastic business owner for the past 28 years in his hometown, Greenwood Lake, NY,  Frank brings a diverse range of professional skills to the Rumshock Veterans Foundation.  He has  10 years of Board experience, 5 years as Secretary and then President of the Chamber of Commerce – Greenwood Lake and 5 years as Treasurer for the Saleen Club of America (for car enthusiasts). 

As Vice President of the Rumshock Veterans Foundation, Frank is eager to continue fulfilling his passion for volunteer work.  I enjoy being involved, working in a team environment and of course helping others.  I believe I will play an important role in promoting the foundation to the public.   

Roxanne Lopilato

Accomplished Kitchen and Bath Designer with 20 years experience managing three branches for a Plumbing and Heating Supply Company.  Creative, active, diligent and consistent with the ability to work in a team oriented environment; persistent with the ability to get the best results.

My passion for non-profit work began when I was a child and joined the Ladies Auxiliary in Park Slope Brooklyn with my Aunt.  Years later I found myself participating in several causes in my home town of Greenwood Lake. These included “Save the Lake” committee, a Board member at the Grace Lutheran Church and  President for my homeowners association for many years.  I currently hold the position of Secretary in my homeowners association.

I truly enjoy helping others, getting involved to make changes for the better. When people come into your life and volunteer to mentor you, or help you when you are struggling; you get to feel first hand how wonderful it feels to be helped and if I can give that feeling back to someone else it is all worthwhile.

Sue Wilbur

Retired Paramedic ER Registered Nurse.  Worked as a Dayhab Nurse for the developmentally disabled ages 21 to 85. Worked as a Business Development Manager for Preferred Construction Management. Author of memoir Safely Home. Which is the story of how we traveled overseas to Russia to adopt our eldest son .We got denied due to red tape yet fought the Russian judicial system and won in 2004. Presently a member of Grace Lutheran ‘s church council since 2016. Zumba instructor since 2015. Presently sole proprietor of Fun N Dance LLC where I teach Zumba and Karaoke for the developmentally disabled of all ages and Zumba for the community as well. Have chaired and participated in multiple fundraisers for church and co-chaired in friend in need events for my local community.

I wanted to become a part of this veteran foundation to try to make a difference for our greatest heroes. My Uncle served two tours in Vietnam and suffered severe PTSD.  My intentions as secretary of Rumshock is to honor the veterans of the past and present by providing a community they can thrive in and be proud of.

John “Jack” Laroe

I joined the Peace Corps in 1975 and was sent to Ghana (West Africa) in January of 1976.

I was connected with the Forest Products Research Institute in Kumasi. I traveled around the country visiting all the sawmills which were mostly owned by British German and Swiss companies. Most of the problems they had were around the fact that they were using equipment that was twenty plus years old and they had trouble bringing in new machines due to the foreign exchange issues. The Ghanaian currency didn’t have much value outside of the country because of the political instability. After about eight months I came down with the Typhoid Fever and was sent home.

Overall it was a positive experience as far as learning about a different culture which is one of the main goals of the Peace Corps.

Marie Fay

Accomplished Communications executive with a proven track record of leadership and marketing management.  I wore many hats in my 30 year career, Marketing Services Manager, Business Logistics Manager, Olympic Affairs Director and Communications and Planning Director.  As a result, I have a unique ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and to navigate complex challenges.

I am also a seasoned dog trainer with more than 10 years experience in the field.  I am a member of the Board of Directors for HiTor Animal Care Center.  My role on the Board is to provide leadership and management to the Fundraising Committee.  I am a compassionate person who wants to offer my skills to nonprofit organizations like Rumshock Veterans Foundation.