2 Top Execs Leave Green Beret Foundation

The executive director and director of finance of The Green Beret Foundation have resigned effective immediately. The reason given by the organization, with operations in San Antonio, Texas and Fayetteville, N.C., is “ongoing evolution of the Green Beret Foundation, one that ensures it can continue to grow and develop programs promoting the health and wellness of Green Berets and their families.”

Michael Padovano, a spokesman for the organization, declined comment other than for the written release, calling it a “private personnel matter.”

Executive Director Jennifer Paquette and Director of Finance Melissa Pucino resigned last week, Paquette said. She told The NonProfit Times that it stemmed from a disagreement with the direction the board was taking the group. She did not provide details. “We didn’t feel the board was doing their share,” she said.

Pucino did not return messages for comment.

Angie Fennen, the current program and service manager, is the interim executive director, according to the announcement. “On behalf of the Green Beret Foundation, we would like to thank Jen and Melissa for their years of dedicated service supporting Green Berets and the Special Forces Regiment,” said Chairman of the Board Major General (Ret.) Simeon G. Trombitas via a statement. “They have been integral to our work and during their tenures more than 3,500 families have benefited from the Foundation’s work. We wish them the best of luck as they pursue new opportunities.”

The organization reported revenue of $2.1 million for 2017 and $12.1 million since 2011 launch. The organization was established in 2009 with Paquette as one of the advisors.