Board Members

Florida Veterans for Common Sense Fund is proud to have an amazing executive board comprised of volunteers. Each a veteran, these officers and board members bring unique individual qualities into our organization ensuring successful missions.


Gene Jones

Gene is a founding member and current President of Florida Veterans for Common Sense Fund. He served in the Air Force as a linguist and analyst (1964-1968). He practiced law in Sarasota, Florida until his retirement in 1999. He wrote the books Adventuring in Paradise, a non-fiction outdoor recreation guide for Southwest Florida and Suwannee Divide, an historical novel about Florida during the Civil War. The Sarasota Herald Tribune and other Florida media have published his guest columns. He is a frequent speaker about Florida during the Civil War as well as veterans and national issues for Florida Veterans for Common Sense.


Michael T. Burns

Founding member and current Vice President of FLVCS. Graduated from DePauw U. in 1966, joined the USAF and volunteered for Vietnam. After pilot training, was stationed in Ubon, Thailand in the F-4 Phantom jet fighter. Shot down on his 18th mission over N. Vietnam and captured. Repatriated 56 months later, in March, 1973. Has lived in Sarasota, Fl. for the last 30 years as an attorney and practices in the area of family law and criminal defense.


Harvey Gochberg

Currently serving as Secretary of FLVCS. US Army Reserves 1960-1966, Military Intelligence – Imagery, Active Duty During Cuban/Soviet Union Missle Crisis. Retired….Retail/Wholesale Apparel Buyer In Boston, New York, Denver, and Florida. Currently Substitute School Teacher for Sarasota County School Board Community Service and Activist Board member Secretary-Florida Veterans for Common Sense, Congregation for Humanistic Judaism, Humanity Working to End Genocide, Volunteer Chairman, Military Assistance Program-Jewish Family&Childrens Service, Jewish Housing Council-Community Service Corps, Social Action Committee-CHJ


Geoff Morris

Currently serving as an officer on FLVCS’ board of directors. Medic w/DMZ Dustoff (237th Medical Detachment,HA) for 13 & ½ months from 1970/71. Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer& actively practicing law in Venice, FL.


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Nadine Noky enlisted in the U.S. Army at just 17 years old. During her 5 year enlistment she was trained as Air Traffic Control System Repairer, spent time as a Baghdad Army Heliport Operations clerk, and even had a brief stint as an assistant to Criminal Investigation Command (CID) at Hunter Army Airfield.

After leaving active duty, Nadine moved to New York with her son to start a completely different career in advertising and design. She now works as a designer and as the founder of Lady Brigade, making apparel and fostering a community for women veterans. Her apparel has been featured on MSNBC, NPR, and Buzzfeed to name a few.  When she’s not busy with Lady Brigade, she spends a majority of here time volunteering, speaking, and organizing events to empower and assist veterans. This past April Nadine hosted the first EVER state-wide women veterans conference in Florida, where over one hundred women came together to celebrate their service, learn about important resources, and to connect with other women veterans.


Anne RawleyAnne Rawley

I’m a Jersey girl but haven’t lived there since I graduated from Rutgers University in 1968. In 2013 I relocated from Chesapeake Virginia to Saint Petersburg FL in order to be closer to kin and friends.

I served 28 years (26 years active, 2 years reserve) in the US Navy Nurse Corps with varied and multiple assignments both stateside and overseas, including 2 combat zone tours, one in Danang Vietnam and the other in Saudi Arabia during the 1st Gulf War. I was also stationed in London UK as well as on the east and west coast US. I have a Masters in Health Administration from the US Army-Baylor University graduate program. I retired from active duty with the rank of Captain. After retiring from the Navy I worked for various government contractors.

Also, my husband, US Marine Corps (deceased) was my patient at the Station Hospital in Danang.