Troiani to helm Veterans Museum

The Italian American Veterans Museum ushered in a new slate of officers with the new year, electing retired Navy Cdr. Joseph Edward Troiani, Ph.D., as president.

“I’m proud to serve as president of the museum in honor of family members who served in the military before me,” Troiani says.

Troiani’s grandfather Joseph Troiani served in the U.S. Army during World War I, his father Edward H. Troiani served with the U.S. Army in the European theater with the 12th Air Force, and uncle/godfather John Troiani served with the U.S. Marine Corps, also during World War II. The Troiani family is originally from the Western Avenue and Taylor Street area of Chicago.

Troiani served 32-and-a-half years in the Naval Reserve Intelligence Program. His assignments included Naval Air Station Glenview, the Defense Intelligence Agency and National Intelligence University, both located in Washington, D.C. Earlier Naval assignments included Patrol Squadron 90 (VP-90) at NAS Glenview, and Reserve Special Agent with Naval Investigative Service (NCIS) at Naval Training Center Great Lakes. He is a graduate of both the Naval War College and the Joint Military Intelligence College.

Troiani is the Founding Director of the Military Psychology Programs at Adler University, where he is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. There, he currently directs an online master’s degree program in military psychology and with the doctoral program in clinical psychology, coordinates the emphases in military clinical psychology.

His professional career includes the Director of Behavioral Health Programs for the Will County Health Department, a position he retired from after 30 years. Prior to the health department, he was the CEO of psychiatric hospitals and started his career working in inpatient hospital programs. He is Past President of the Illinois Psychological Association and the incoming President of the Illinois Certification Board.

He is married to Terrie Badgett and together they have two adult children.

Passing the gavel to Troiani after a stellar four-year term was retired Army Col. Renato Bacci. Joining Troaini as officers are First Vice President Lorenzo Fiorentino, Second Vice President Mark DiSanto, Third Vice President Ron Onesti, Secretary Paul Basile, Treasurer Joanne Spata and Parliamentarian Eugene Giudice.

Pictured below (from left) are Giudice, Fiorentino, Troaini, Bacci, Basile, Spata and DiSanto.



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