Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo has announced the appointment of Nicholas Stefanovic as Director of Monroe County’s Veterans Service Agency (VSA).
A combat Veteran, Stefanovic has established a successful career in veteran’s affairs and public service. He brings a wealth of experience to the position, especially in the fields of counseling and advocacy.
“I am thrilled to welcome Nicholas Stefanovic as our new Veterans Service Agency Director,” said Dinolfo. “Nicholas served honorably in the Marine Corps through multiple deployments to Afghanistan, where he gained invaluable skills, knowledge, and leadership ability. These qualities, combined with his significant experience in working with Veterans, have prepared him well to provide our local heroes with the high quality services they deserve. Nicholas is a great fit to lead our Veterans Service Agency and we are fortunate to have him on our team.”
Stefanovic joins county government with an extensive background in military service, criminal justice, counseling, and veteran’s affairs. He was deployed multiple times during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Stefanovic currently serves on the Board of Directors as the Vice Chair of Rochester’s Veterans Outreach Center. He previously served as a Veteran Substance Abuse Counselor at Warrior Salute Veterans Services and as a Veteran Services Representative at Monroe Community College.
Stefanovic received a B.S. in Health Science and Master of Public Administration from the College at Brockport. He currently resides in Penfield.
“The veterans’ community is an enormous asset to our society and it is our responsibility in government to ensure that we tap into that potential,” said Stefanovic. “In my new mission at Monroe County I will be dedicated to serving each veteran individually and the community as a whole, making sure we do what we can to remove any obstacles that stand in the way of my fellow veterans continuing their service at home.”
Stefanovic will start in his role as Director the Veterans Service Agency on January 2, 2017. Laura Stradley had served as the VSA Director since 2012 and now serves as Executive Director of the Veterans Outreach Center.
Monroe County’s Veterans Service Agency (VSA) educates and guides veterans and their families on many issues including benefits and services provided locally and by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). They also work to make veterans and their families an economic force in education, employment and business development.