Community Pillar

The Community Pillar mission is to connect veterans with opportunities to give back to those in need, engage with civic and non-profit organizations, and provide personal leadership in serving the community.

 

Olivia Garrison, Co-Director, Community Pillar 

OLIVIA GARRISON is formerly the Atlanta-based Service to Armed Forces Program Manager for the American Red Cross of Georgia. Service to Armed Forces (SAF) is the oldest Red Cross line of service, dating back to the work of founder Clara Barton during the Civil War. Olivia’s modern-day SAF role began in 2016, and she continued the tradition of serving military members and their families, from induction to active duty to retirement [in the fifth largest military population state in the country. Her work involved supporting local reservists, National Guard and Veteran populations in the face of emergencies.  She continues to serve the veteran community through her volunteerism with VETLANTA.

She is especially passionate about providing support for Veterans. As the local Red Cross representative for Community Blueprint in Atlanta, Olivia accepted an opportunity to facilitate the group’s 39-member agencies who regularly come together to address Veterans issues and find actionable solutions. She now brings this broad network of Veteran-serving agencies she represents to her newest volunteer role as Director of Community Pillar for VETLANTA.

Olivia joined the Red Cross in Augusta in 2012 as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA). During her work with the Disaster Program Manager there, she coordinated canteen support for responders after a local plane crash and a tornado. Within five months, she accepted a full-time paid position with disaster services and later transferred to the Red Cross of Metro Atlanta, eventually becoming the SAF lead.

Olivia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Masters in Public Administration degree from Troy University.

 

Kevin Horgan

Kevin Horgan, UPS (Ret.) & Co-Director, Community Pillar

KEVIN HORGAN retired in February 2017 after 33 years with UPS.  An attorney, he worked in real estate, engineering, and operations in six different geographical locations:  New York, New Jersey, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Atlanta.  Kevin also works as an advisor to the UPS corporate Veterans Business Resource Group in Atlanta.

Kevin served in the USMC from 1979 to 1984 as an infantry officer.  After walking off the depot in August of ’84, he began attending law school at night while loading trucks for UPS in the early morning hours.

Kevin earned a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law (88) and a BA in English from St. Bonaventure University (79).  He was admitted to the bar in both New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Kevin has been an at-Large member of Vetlanta since its inception; is a member of the American Legion and Knights of Columbus; has been an ACP mentor since 2012; and serves as an advisor to the Board of the Phoenix Patriot Foundation.  Since 2013 he has been a Board Member of the Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs/Dunwoody, and is a past vice president.

Kevin has written two historical novels on unique aspects of the Civil War:  The March of the 18th, A Story of Crippled Heroes in the Civil War (pub 2013); and, The March of the Orphans And the Battle of Stones River (pub 2015).  He donates half his royalties to charities for veterans.

Kevin has been married to Maureen for 35 years and they have four adult children:  Kelly (m. John Colasante), Daniel, Eileen (m. Renato Fraga), and Pete. They also have one perfect grand-daughter, Ayla Marie.

Their eldest son, Lt. Daniel “Hoff” Horgan, is a US Navy F18E pilot, currently a TOP GUN instructor, soon-to-be assigned as the “Top Hatter’s” Training Officer (Hornets) attached to the USS Stennis.

 

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