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.
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.
“Veterans Helping Veterans – No Veteran Left Behind”
P.O. Box 23597
Barling, AR 72923
Meet Our Board Members and Officers
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.
Board Member/Chair of Camp Hope for Heroes- 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 26 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 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.
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.
Board Member/Executive Officer, Camp Hope for Heroes at Chaffee Crossing. 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.
- Managed numerous training events of over 200 personal.
- Ensure compliance with safety, emergency management, environmental and security.
- Oversight of planning for training and developing course budgets (in excess of $500K).
- Effective initiation, implementation and oversight of policy related to operational conduct.
- Demonstrated effective initiation, implementation and oversight of operational conduct.
- Coordinate program policy, identify resources ensuring program requirements are met.
- Knowledge of procedures, directives, standards policies and procedures.
- Developed Continuity of Operations.
- Direct, initiate and implement operational and training programs.
- Establish goals and objectives incorporated into class schedules.
- Conduct reviews and updates to course materials and new training doctrine.
- Direct and provided guidance as consultant/advisor to support teams and management.
- Leadership. Management Leadership courses
- Drive. Tractor/Trailer Drive Instructor and Tractor/Trailer Certify the Certifier
- Involved with Research and Development (R&D) and Testing and Evaluation.
- Responsible for team administration as the primary Team Leader.
- Perform extensive fact finding and research maintaining state of the art training program.
- Conduct annual reviews of training materials, lesson Plans and self-assessments.
- Identify and correct program deficiencies.
- Officer-in-Charge of training venues managing over 300 personnel.
Board Member of Camp Hope for Heroes 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.
Board Member of Camp Hope for Heroes 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.
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.
Secretary of Camp Hope for Heroes-Jamie Riddel is a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Warfare Systems Operator and a Search and Rescue Swimmer in the Helicopter Community. Mrs. Riddel has an Associates in Arts from San Diego Mesa College.