Board of Directors & Officers

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Herve Leconte

Interim Executive Director
Chairman of the Board since 2013
Proud Father of OEF Army Veteran
Global Sales Manager/Software

Hervé was born in Normandy and raised in Paris, France. He became a proud American in 2000. His French mother was liberated on D-Day by Americans/Allies – the farm she was raised on in Normandy had been commandeered as a German command post. His French father recounted many stories from the German Occupation of France. Hervé has become an avid WWII buff (particularly the European campaign) and collector of memorabilia of D-Day found in Normandy. He has been actively involved with the MFSG as a member since 2009, while his son was deployed in Afghanistan for 12 months. He understands the special challenges faced by today’s military families from his own personal experience and is passionate about improving the lives of military families & veterans in his local community and beyond.

Executive Director

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Lauren Hernandez

Board member since 2019
Secretary since 2019

Bio pending…..

Tim Whalen

Treasurer Since 2020

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Lisa Rodriguez

Board member since 2019
WebMaster since 2015

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Julie Leconte                                                   
Former Executive Director 2014-2019
Member since 2009

Julie is a 3rd generation California native married to a Frenchman and together they have 4 grown children. Many of her family relations have served in the US military, but most were quiet about their experiences. It wasn’t until her own son joined the Army in 2005 that she understood the sacrifices, pride, fear & emotional chaos involved with being a military family. It was the isolation part that struck her the most since most civilians do not understand what it is all about. It was a relief to discover the Military Family Support Group with her husband in 2009 (when their son was deployed in Afghanistan) and realize that here was a group of people who understood…who ‘got it’! She has been an active member ever since. Her son is now a veteran. In 2014 she took on the role as Facilitator of the organization with the goal of making El Dorado County military families feel valued & understood.

Tammy Garza

Treasurer 2017 – 2019

Tammy is a mother of 3 beautiful children, one of whom is married to a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She and her husband, Joe raised their 3 children in Northern California and have resided in El Dorado County for the last 15 years. Growing up, Tammy was surrounded by Veterans, having each of her Uncles and her Grandfather all serving our country.  She has seen first hand the difficulties and effects that come along with the experiences that serving in the Military and War can have on a person. 

As Treasurer, she brings many years of experience and expertise. Having been a part of the Accounting world since the mid 80’s, Tammy has seen it all. Her experience began when she took her first accounting class to learn the basics. Her experience includes helping her husband with his plumbing contracting business, and grew over the next 30 years to include many accounting and tax experiences including owning her own practice. She is now a REALTOR® with Lyon Real Estate and is always looking for the best way to assist the community that she loves so much, including participating in the U.S. Military On The Move program to allow U.S. Military members and Veterans to benefit from a special rebate when buying or selling their home with her. 

When she is not working, she loves to be outdoors…running, biking and hiking. She also loves spending time traveling and with her loved ones. She is a self-proclaimed lover of numbers, and is honored to be serving as Treasurer.

Bill Bellas

Board Member 2016 – 2019
Member since 2013

Bill is the proud father of two sons, the younger of whom is currently serving in the US Navy stationed at Monterey Language Institute studying to become a CTL. The older is a student at FLCC. Bill comes to our board with a history of board appointments and experience:
El Dorado Western Railroad
Rails & Trails EDC Oversight Committee
Currently VP for Network El Dorado
Former Comm. Chair Pack 550, Cub Scouts
Various Chamber of Commerce experience
Fund Raising for Civil Air Patrol Squadron 85

Bill feels it is important to give back to the people who have and are sacrificing for our freedom. We as a nation need to make sure our returning service people have all of the backing we can muster because many of them have paid a great price for the people of this country. His family has a lengthy military background and pass down an appreciation for the freedoms we enjoy.


Honorable Mention

David A. Sauvé

Honorable Mention for his MFSG contribution as Liaison for VFW 10165 (since 2005)
Vietnam Veteran ’67/’68 – U. S. Army
Retired – United States Postal Service
Post 10165, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (member since 1991),
Current Adjutant and former Post Commander
U. S. Selective Service System Board #188 (member since 2010)

Dave was born in Bay City, Michigan in 1945 and grew up in the Detroit area. He was drafted into the Army in 1966, and served in Kentucky, Missouri, and Vietnam (1967-1968), honorably discharged as a Specialist 5th Class. He moved to Southern California in 1972 and to Northern California in 1981. He currently resides in Diamond Springs, CA.
Dave has served as a “liaison” between the MFSG and his VFW Post, helping the MFSG get financial support in their formative years, and he continues to offer advice and counsel to the parents and spouses of deployed and returned service members, and is always willing to lend a sympathetic ear or helping hand. Dave understands from first-hand experience some of the difficulties involved in both deployment and the problems of returning home to a not always welcoming stateside environment. Dave proudly states that he has 38 years total of U. S. government service.