Veterans Motorsports Association is made up of Veterans, Businesses, Community Members, Vintage/Custom Car/Motorcycle Owners, Enthusiast’s and Volunteers who share in the interests of Custom Cars and Motorcycles.
Our mission is to promote awareness and acceptance of people of all ages with disabilities and educating the public of various types of disabilities. There are many types of disabilities which are not always physical or seen.
In addition, our mission will be successfully accomplished by working together in our communities with other organizations, businesses, and community groups.
We will be networking together and sharing our hobby and interests with everyone who is disabled through social activities within our communities providing activities, events, and creating everlasting friendships.
The Veterans Motorsports Association (VMA) is honored to announce our partnership with Vintage American Race Cars (VARC) in October 2018. VARC was founded by Mr. Jack Layton in 1978. The mission of VARC with its membership and race promoters is to keep racing of the past in the public eye in a safe and entertaining environment. This will educate the public of earlier years of racing with our traveling museum. VMA and VARC is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. VARC consists of vintage race car owners, hobbyist, and enthusiasts who will put on vintage race car exhibition races throughout Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.
Mr. Charlie Brock is a registered Native American with Mohawk status. Mr. Brock is a six-year U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Veteran who has been a member of the Michigan Marine Corps League between 10-15 years. Originally, Charlie joined the Marine Corps League Downriver Detachment, Wyandotte, Michigan, and several years ago. Presently, Mr. Brock is a member of the Marine Corps League, Howell, Michigan, serving as an honor guard for funerals at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan, and locally in various communities. Charlie has served for two years as a Commander of the Livingston County Veterans Council. He has been awarded the Livingston County Veteran of the year Honors (2018-2019). He is a member of the AMVETS Post 1775, Brighton, Michigan. Also, he is currently a Mentor with the Livingston County Veterans Treatment Court serving for six years. Additionally, approximately for 7-8 years, Charlie is a member of the Marine Corps League Devil Dogs, which is a fun and honor society. In the past, he has been the coordinator for the Wayne County Special Olympics and help started the first Cerebral Palsy games held in Michigan. Charlie is a retired employee with 25 years with Republic Airlines and Northwest Airlines. Charlie is a member of the Local Lodge 141 with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. He has served in the Michigan Disabled American Veterans organization moving up the chain of command from Second Junior Vice Commander, First Junior Vice Commander, and, finally, the State Senior Vice Commander. He has been traveling for several years to Washington, D.C. working on passing Veteran’s bills in Congress. He has been a Service Officer with the DAV for 7 years.
Charlie and Gayle raised three special needs children and other family members with disabilities. Mr. Brock worked as a Paraprofessional with all disabilities in Special Education. Charlie has been instrumental in the planning and organizing the Livingston County Community & Veterans Garage with Mr. John Conely “Owner of Conely Auto,” which is a state pilot program in the Brighton Schools. This program teaches 8 phases of auto mechanics and students will be able to be licensed, as well as, certified with the State of Michigan. There is no cost to all Veterans. However, there is a small cost to community members. The Veterans Garage is looking to expand throughout the State of Michigan.
Mrs. Gayle Brock is a parent and grandparent with children who has disabilities and special needs. She grew up in a military family and has a military background. Gayle is a Lifetime member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary. In addition, Gayle is a Lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 125, Howell, Michigan, and served as an Adjutant in the DAV Auxiliary. Additionally, Mrs. Brock has served on the Board of Directors of the Western Wayne ARC as an advisor on various boards with individuals with special needs. She attended Madonna College Livonia, Michigan, and received training in Hospice Care served as a volunteer with Southeast Michigan Hospice. Also, she trained with AIDS Inter-Faith at Hartford Baptist Church, Detroit, Michigan. Mrs. Brock, also, received training at Northville Psychiatric Hospital, Livonia, Michigan, working in group homes. She continuously received more training with Macomb and Oakland County Regional Centers working with all special needs individuals. Gayle trained with Lutheran Adoption Services in all areas of foster care and adoption. She attended seminars with American Indian Services learning about cultural and special needs of individuals. Mrs. Brock worked approximately for two years with the United States Postal Services. Gayle has worked as a Paraprofessional with all disabilities in Special Education. Mrs. Brock enjoys gardening in the warmer months. Also, she enjoys reading and looking after our family.
Ms. Denise Riley serves as an Staff Assistant on the Advisory Board with Mrs. Gayle Brock. Denise grew up with two brothers who served in Vietnam with the U.S. Army. Denise is a Lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans. In Ms. Riley’s spare time, she enjoys helping friends and relatives research their ancestry through many resources. Denise’s other interests are making various craft projects and painting many woodcrafts.
Ms. Anne Marie Coleman is a Human Resources Manager at Productions Plus- The Talent Shop, Michigan’s largest full-service talent management agency. She holds an MBA from Purdue University with specialization in Human Resource Management, and is a current SHRM-CP (Certified Professional). Anne Marie received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, earning a Bachelors of General Studies with a major concentration in Political Science, minor in Anthropology and emphasis on Law in Society. During her time spent at the U of M University, she was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, as well as, the American Association of University Women. Anne Marie also was a campus ambassador for the Public Leadership Education network which is a nonpartisan organization focused on preparing college women for leadership in public policy. She embraces her heritage as an indigenous descendent of the Monacan and Cherokee tribes.
Anne Marie devotes her spare time to her position as VP of Veterans Motorsports Association, a non-profit organization comprised of owners and enthusiasts of classic cars, street rods, muscle cars, hot rods, and motorcycles. She is dedicated to our mission statement, which is promoting awareness and acceptance of individuals with disabilities within the community.
Mr. Jeff Hannak is a Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, and Retired, worked with the Judge Advocate General as a Legal Serviceman Court-Martial Reporter. He has approximately 13-16 years working in the legal field. Mr. Hannak has earned a B.S. Degree in Business Education with a Marketing and Office Administration (1990) background from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
In the Past, Jeff has been a volunteer with the American Red Cross and the Disaster Action Team assisting citizens with food, clothing, and shelter for 17 years. During the past 10-15 years, he has been a member of the Marine Corps League Downriver Detachment, Wyandotte, Michigan, achieving and holding many leadership positions with the highest being the Commandant of the MCL Downriver Detachment (2015). Jeff has earned and been awarded the MCL Downriver Detachment Marine of the Year in 2009 and 2011.
Additionally, throughout the State of Michigan, Marine Hannak has been the recipient of the “Michigan Veteran of the Year 2011.” During the past three years, he has been working as a Mentor with Veterans who are involved with the Southgate Downriver Veterans Treatment Court. Mr. Hannak has been the USMC Birthday Committee Leader and Committee member for the past 10-12 years with the MCL Downriver Detachment. Additionally, for the past 10 years, he has been the fundraising chairman.
Since 1981, Jeff has been a Lifetime member of the Michigan Disabled American Veterans holding numerous leadership positions and participating with numerous functions as a leader.
During the past 10 years, Mr. Hannak has volunteered as a Service Officer helping Veterans filing claims with the Veterans Administration. Presently, Jeff is the Vice President of Community and Media Relations with Veterans Motorsports Association.
Mr. George Hillman serves as the Director of Events and Coordinator with Veterans Motorsports Association. He attended both Sacred Heart High School and Edsel Ford High School in Dearborn, Michigan. Mr. Hillman was drafted into the U. S. Army and earned an Honorable discharge serving two years. His MOS was 11 Bravo an infantryman in Korea. George earned his G.E.D. in 1972. George married his better half, Vickie, in 1980. Mr. and Mrs. Hillman raised 5 sons with 4 grandchildren.
He worked at Ford Motor Company with the body shop and eventually worked at maintenance associated with skilled trades for 22 years and retired. Mr. Hillman in 2007 volunteered for the Livingston County Habitat for Humanity’s. George is a member with several Veterans organization, for example, American Legion Post 141, Am vets Post 362, VFW Post 3323, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 125, Knights of Columbus Council 3021, and Livingston County Veterans Council. He likes fixing and presenting the American Flag on the flagpole. George in his spare time is an avid hunter and fisherman.
Mr. William Cheresko serves as a Senior-Vice Staff Assistant on the Advisory Board with Mrs. Gayle Brock. William is divorced and a father of three children. Mr. Cheresko started his education with Fowlerville Public Schools and earned a G.E.D. through Howell High School, Michigan. He has been a member of the 4H organization while attending elementary school in Fowlerville. Beginning as a student with Howell High School, he was a member of the Men’s Choir. After William earned a G.E.D. diploma, he entered the U.S. Army serving between the years of 2002-2005. He, also, served overseas in Korea. He completed the first year of mechanics certification through the Veterans Garage in 2019 located at Brighton High School. William in his spare time enjoys working on all types of vehicles. Currently, William is a stay-at-home dad and enjoys transporting his children to two school districts back and forth and to different activities.
Mr. Billy Miller serves as a Staff Assistant on the Advisory Board with Mrs. Gayle Brock. Billy’s parents who are Douglas and Tammy Miller has a family which includes two older brothers named Dustin and David along with an older sister named Victoria. Billy attended Howell High School, Michigan, and participated in Special Olympics in 2011 through 2013 playing basketball. He enrolled with the first class of the Veterans Garage, Brighton, Michigan, for Veterans and citizens with disabilities. Billy owns two vehicles as Mud bogs and Mud trucking including a 1987 Ford Ranger and currently building a 1949 Willy’s wagon. In his spare time, he enjoys going to car shows, hunting, fishing, and mud bogs.
Mr. Joe Labadie serves as a Staff Assistant on the Advisory Board with Mrs. Gayle Brock. Mr. Labadie served in the U.S. Marine Corps during 2003 through 2011 and was deployed several times. He attended University of Michigan studying Business Management while being a huge Michigan Football fan. In his spare time, Joe enjoys working with his hands on cars and trucks. Also, Joe stays active and outside with daily activities. In addition, Mr. Labadie has a passion serving as a Veteran Advocate.
In closing, we wanted to describe some facts of leadership and education along with volunteering and past employment opportunities which each of us has played a significance role in establishing Veterans Motorsports Association. We all have researched our community needs; citizens with disabilities; and the needs of Veterans concerns starting the Veterans Motorsports Association. Our volunteer action is branching into other areas in our community.
2018 VARC Banquet, Fremont, OH