About Us

Camp Hope for Heroes is a non-profit organization headquartered in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

The land designated for Camp Hope for Heroes was once part of the active military base, Fort Chaffee, which was established in September of 1941 as Camp Chaffee.

Our Mission

Camp Hope for Heroes is dedicated to serving our transitioning and homeless veterans so they may be self-sufficient in our communities, and not forgotten Warriors, while working in a positive role with Local, State, and National Organizations.

Our Motto

“Veterans Helping Veterans – No Veteran Left Behind”

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 23597
Barling, AR  72923

Meet Our Board Members and Officers

Ivy Owen

Board Member of Camp Hope for Heroes, Ivy Owen is also Executive Director of the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. Mr. Owen has his BA in Sociology with advanced study in Urban and Regional Planning. Mr. Owen is passionately committed to assisting veterans who have made this nation safe and secure. He has directly assisted Camp Hope for Heroes by arranging the lease of a building as Camp Hope’s temporary headquarters. Mr. Owen also conducts regular meetings to coordinate the implementation of Camp Hope business.



Janelle Bollman

Board Member Chairwoman- Janelle Bollman is veteran who served in the U.S. Navy to include being a military spouse for over 20 years. She has a M.S. in Computer Systems Information Management with an emphasis in Homeland Security, has previously worked at Lockheed Martin, and successfully managed many people and projects to accomplish attainable goals. She has also been an active participant in family readiness and support services, helping military families maintain our home front while loved-ones are away keeping our nation safe and secure for 23 years. Committed to helping our veterans immediately, she has developed systems for identifying homeless veterans and has led Camp Hope’s efforts that already helped homeless veterans obtain food, clothing and shelter. In addition, Mrs. Bollman has personally recruited critical professionals to conduct Camp Hope business and built a specialized team of volunteers to launch Camp Hope for Heroes. She has also led a team of volunteers to public relations events and collaborative meetings with community partnerships serving veterans in our region. She regularly plans and coordinates Camp Hopes business and future plans. Her effective managerial decision-making is the driving force behind Camp Hope’s increasing progress. She always finds a professional way to get things done and outmaneuvers any log jam.


Scott Bollman

Scott Bollman board member/Chief Executive Officer. Retired from the military with 24-years of service in the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army Reserve and he hit the ground running when he arrived at Camp Hope for Heroes. As a professional combat advisor who trained Iraqi soldiers to support the mission, he quickly assessed the needs of Camp Hope for Heroes and developed strategies for seeing that the required work got done so that Camp Hope could move forward more effectively and efficiently. Mr. Bollman is familiar with post-deployment processes for returning military veterans. He has a personal goal of helping homeless veterans get back on their feet and helping veterans transitioning back home. He assists with public relations events, outreach efforts to build partnerships with other veterans’ service organizations, and working directly with veterans to provide needed assistance.

Assignments include: Marine Corps Detachment, USS Canopus (AS-34), Lima Company, 3d Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, 2d Marine Division, Marine Corps Security Force Company Charleston, South Carolina, Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company, Scout/Scout Sniper Platoon, 4th Marine Regiment, Assistant Operations Chief/Training Manager, 4th Marine Regiment, Indiana Army National Guard, Battery A, 2/150 Field Artillery, United States Army Reserve, 3d Battalion Signal, 3d Brigade, 95th Division, Logistics Chief, Battle Command Knowledge System, 2d Brigade, 70th Division, Knowledge Management Specialist, United States Army Reserve and Military Combat Advisor to Multi-National Security Training Command-Iraq, Iraqi Army Field Artillery School and Directorate, Besmaya Range Complex and Abu Ghraib, Iraq.

His personal decorations include: the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with 3 Stars, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Stars, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization NATO Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Army Good Conduct Medal, Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal, Saudi Arabian for the Liberation of Kuwait Medal, and Military Volunteer Service Medal.


Mike Tagle

Mike Tagle has at least one year of specialized experience in the Federal service. Demonstrates experience in managing, directing, initiating and implementing policies. Proven ability to manage large groups of employees and provide direction. As a Dept. of Energy Training Specialist he has performed the following tasks:

Managed numerous training events training about over 200 personal (average 4 per year) ensuring compliance with Safety, Emergency Management, Environmental, and Security regulations during convoy and Tactical Training Operations.
  • Supervised convoys
  • Oversaw planning for Tactical Training, developing course budgets (in excess of $500K).
  • He has directed Safeguard Systems Operations.
  • Effective initiation, implementation, and oversight of policy related to operational conduct. 
  • As a Federal Lead Agent I performed the following tasks which demonstrated effective initiation, implementation, and oversight of policy related to operational conduct. 
  • Coordinated training program policy, identified training resources, and ensured training approval program requirements were met.
  • Knowledge of training procedures, directives, standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Developed Continuity of Operations specific to different training scenarios which ensures critical tasks are in accordance with Mission Essential Task List (METL) procedures.
  • Directing, initiating, and implementing operational and training programs. As a Dept. of Energy Training Specialist he has performed the following tasks:    
  • Established goals and objectives incorporated into class schedules, conduct reviews, and updates to all course materials and new training doctrine.
  • Provided expert advice in developing designated marksman tactical weapons systems, equipment, and doctrine (employment).
  • Directed/Provided guidance to support teams including management at training venues.
  • Education
  • Leadership
  • Management Leadership courses
  • Tactical Training
  • Tactics Instructor
  • Martial Arts (SPEAR, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and GRAPPLE Instructor)
  • Advanced Controller Training
  • Combat Medic
  • Firearms
  • Advanced Firearms Instructor
  • Special Response Force, Designated Marksmanship, Agent Candidate Training
  • Special Response Force
  • Urban Warfare
  • Shoot house
  • Explosive Breaching instructor
  • Drive
  • Tractor/Trailer Drive Instructor
  • Tractor/Trailer Certify the Certifier
  • Experience
  • Involved with Research and Development (R&D) and Testing and Evaluation (T&E) of the Designated Marksmanship Program (Precision Rifle Systems and ammunition).
  • Displayed knowledge and operating procedures to regulate design, implement, and update training courses, task analysis, tests, and other projects of highly technical nature.
  • Primary Team Leader providing policy information for the Reconnaissance and Surveillance (R&S) Program identifying targets and target acquisition.
  • Managed advanced tactical small unit teams capable of dealing with highly dangerous situations and scenarios.
  • Responsible for team administration as the primary Team Leader.
  • Executive Officer of BOARD OF DIRECTORS for the Non-Profit Corp. for Homeless
  • Veterans, ongoing project of 1Million dollars for facilities to live in.
  • Training
  • Served as technical expert/advisor in matters relevant to the development of training curriculum and course management for Federal Agents including Agent Candidate Training, Operational Readiness Training, Special Response Force, and Unit Training.
  • Performed extensive fact finding and research maintaining state of the art training program in a highly specialized field.
  • Conducted annual reviews of training materials, Lesson Plans, and Self-Assessments to identify and correct program deficiencies.
  • Assigned as Officer-in-Charge of training venue managing over 300 personnel


Judith Mathewson

Lt Col Judith Mathewson is a 28 year military veteran in the Air National Guard and US Air Force. She has also taught vocational skills to high school students with special needs, served as a school counselor in Anchorage, Alaska, for 21 years. She created a program for children whose parent or sibling died while in the line of military duty based out of Washington DC. Judith also wrote a number of grants for veteran support in Melbourne, FL. She is very interested in helping homeless veterans and assisting vets who may need support with vocational, educational, and employment skills. She serves at the 188th Wing in Fort Smith and volunteers in the community on a weekly basis. Judith is working on her PhD in Marriage and Family therapy/counseling and her anticipated graduation is December 2014.


Anderson Neal

Lieutenant Colonel Anderson Neal, Jr. serves as Maintenance Group Commander, 188th Fighter Wing, Fort Smith, Arkansas. Previously he served as Director of Maintenance, Joint Force Headquarters for the Arkansas Air National Guard, Camp J.T. Robinson, North Little Rock, Arkansas. He assumed his current position in June 2012 with more than 27 years service in the Arkansas Air National Guard.

Colonel Neal was born in Fitzhugh, Arkansas. He graduated from Augusta High School. Augusta, Arkansas. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant Science with emphasis on soils from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1978. Upon graduation, he began a 34 year career with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), serving in numerous positions throughout the state of Arkansas. He currently serves as Deputy Director (GS-15) for the Office of Advocacy and Outreach, USDA, Washington DC.

Colonel Neal enlisted in May 1985 with the 188th Fighter Wing, Fort Smith, Arkansas and completed Basic Military Training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from technical training in aircraft maintenance (Crew Chief), Sheppard AFB, Wichita Falls, Texas, and also served as senior student leader (Red Rope). He became a non-commissioned officer in 1988.

Colonel Neal attended the Academy of Military Science and was commissioned on April 4, 1989 as a Transportation Officer. In 1990, he completed the Reserve Officer Transportation Training Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. Colonel Neal completed Squadron Officer School by correspondence in 1994. In 1996, he was assigned Officer-in-Charge of Management and Systems in supply, and subsequently assigned as Chief of Supply until April 2001. He assumed Command of the 188th Maintenance Squadron in April of 2001. He was activated with the 188th for ten months in support of Operation NOBLE EAGLE following the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.

Colonel Neal served as Inspector General for the 188th Fighter Wing in December 2005 until being assigned as Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Commander, 189th Air Lift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Jacksonville, Arkansas in 2007. Colonel Neal’s assignment as Director of Maintenance for the Joint Force Headquarters, Arkansas Air National Guard, began in 2011. As the Director of Maintenance, he kept the Arkansas Air National Guard Director of Staff and Commander apprised of maintenance issues concerning the 188th and 189th. Colonel Neal served four years on the Executive Board of Directors and President of the National Guard Association of Arkansas. Most recently, he was a critical member of the A-10 divestiture plan for the 188th Fighter Wing. Colonel Neal was the 2013 Department of Defense and Air National Guard recipient of the NAACP Roy Wilkins Meritorious Service Award from the Director of the Air National Guard.


Mary “Tenise” Gardner

My name is Mary “Tenise” Gardner. I am the Mission Support Group Commander for the 188th Fighter Wing located in Fort Smith, AR. I have been in this position for just over a year. We currently fly A-10s but are converting to RPAs. I was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas. I graduated from Muldrow High School in 1980 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and a Master’s degree in Education from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas. I began my teaching career in 1986.

I joined the 188 Fighter Wing in 1987 and served as the Public Affairs Information Management Specialist (Back then it was 702XX). Two years later, I moved to the Military Equal Opportunity Office as the Drug and Alcohol NCO. That was a good year! I met my husband in Feb and we were married in Dec. In 1991, I had an opportunity to commission as the Human Relations Officer. In 1997, I attended Squadron Officer School in residence and loved it! A year later I became the OIC of the Military Equal Opportunity Office and in 2000 had the opportunity to become the Executive Officer for Mission Support Group. I was activated (home station) after 9/11 and in December resigned my position in the Public School system to become the Telecommunications Manager and the Commander of the 188th Communications Flight. I remained there until April 2012 when I assumed my current position as the Mission Support Group Commander.


Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson is a 2011 graduate of Northwest Arkansas Community College with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Paralegal Studies by approval of the American Bar Association. He is a recipient of the NWACC Foundation’s 2010-2011 Paralegal Scholarship. Kent is an alumnus of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Kent is a member of the National Association of Legal Assistants, National Federation of Paralegals Association, the Arkansas Paralegal Alliance, and the Arkansas Paralegal Association. He completed his paralegal internship during the summer of 2010 at Legal Aid of Arkansas where he continues to volunteer his paralegal expertise.

Since joining the Bond Law Office in 2012 as a Bankruptcy Paralegal, he primarily handles the pre and post-petition aspects of bankruptcy cases in addition to lending support within the firm. Kent is a member of St. James Missionary Baptist Church and is active in the Music and Arts Ministry as it’s percussionist, the Men's Sunday school and the Men’s Male Chorus. A resident of Fayetteville, AR since 2005 and a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Kent is a former member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He is currently a Senior Political Science major at the University of Arkansas and hopes to enter its Law School after graduation. Kent is the father of a beautiful daughter and only child, Jessica, who is also a native of and lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is completing her junior year as a Business and Marketing Major at the University of New Orleans.


Bryan Drake

Mr. Drake has a home in Fayetteville and in Eureka Springs in which he has a hotel in Eureka Springs. Mr. Drake has had previous experience with non-profits such as:

  • Susan G Coman Foundation for breast cancer. (The look good feel better program for people undergoing treatment for cancer.
  • Fayetteville abused and battered woman's shelter to help get them looking more professional so they can get back into the work force.

Mr. Drake was educated in CNA training certified nurse assistant. He has also managed for Regis Corporation. Mr. Drake has owned and operated several business's. He worked on a military base in high desert Fort Irwin. He has helped with art and marketing for business. Mr. Drake is a team player and has always been found to be professional and respectful in his interactions with other and is capable of thinking out of the box to find solutions for projects and ideas.


Rosilyn Sanders

Board Member of Camp Hope for Heroes Ms. Rosilyn Sanders. Rosilyn holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Rehabilitation and Disability from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Little Rock, Arkansas and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Philander Smith College, Little Rock, Arkansas. She is employed with Park University-Little Rock Air Force Base Campus as a Psychology Instructor, Psychology Instructor at Arkansas Baptist College, and the University of Arkansas –Veterans Upward Bound Program Instructor. She is the proud daughter of Marilyn Sanders retired 22 years from Healthsouth Corporation and Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Roscoe T. Sanders, United States Navy, whom received various awards and ribbons during his 26 years. She is a passionate advocate for homeless veterans and the organizations that serve them, and her record of service and dedication to our mission is undeniable. Her employment in higher education and non-profit/social service settings has allowed her to home leadership and community outreach/networking skills, execute prevention regarding issues affecting homelessness and first generation college-bound youth; provide mental health counseling and assessment, assisting veterans with educational barriers and participating on grant writing projects.

Projects range from writing and researching proposals for a specific programs, to prospect research and fundraising guidance, to ongoing grant writing and development work. She spearheaded the launch of a partnership with Medlinc, Inc., utilizing grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide employment for low income families and supported program development for the summer, after-school, and arts-in-education programs as a Resident Opportunity Grant Self-Sufficiency Grant Coordinator with the Metropolitan Housing Alliance. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi- National Honor Society; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the National Rehabilitation Association.
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