Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
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Meet Our Outreach Team

At Home Base, our Outreach Team is made up of individuals who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. Some have had their own experience with combat–related stress. Some returned home and entered college. They know that the stigma of seeking help, unease about the health care system, anxiety about managing a return to school or a job, and family stresses are real obstacles their fellow veterans are working to overcome as they take steps to heal from the "invisible wounds of war."

Tommy Furlong, Director of Outreach and Peer Support

Phone: 617-724-5202 Tommy Furlong, Veteran Outreach Coordinator (on right), serving in Afghanistan

Tommy Furlong is a 2007 graduate of Berklee College of Music. Following his college graduation in 2007, Furlong was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

In October of 2008, he graduated from The Basic School and Infantry Officer School and was assigned to 3rd Battalion 6th Marines in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. While with the 3rd Battalion 6th Marines, Furlong deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan as a Fire Support Team Leader (JTAC), Weapons Platoon Commander and Rifle Platoon Commander.

While in Afghanistan, Furlong was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon and Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor for his service in combat. In 2011, Furlong was Honorably Discharged from active duty service.

Angela Cincis, Veteran Outreach Coordinator

Angela Cincis 1Phone: 617-643-4263  


Angela Cincis joins the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program team as a First Lieutenant, Military Police with the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Angela deployed from July 2009-2010 to Al Asad, Iraq, with the 747th Military Police company. She also completed a deployment to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo 101st Engineer Battalion Forward from July 2006-December 2007 as Unit Police in Tatical Operations.

Angela received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in History from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She received her Master of Science in Homeland Security, with a concentration in Emergency Management and Public health from Colorado Technical University.

Jacque Francona, Family Outreach Coordinator

Email: jfrancona@partners.orgjacque bio
Phone: 617-643-7440

Jacque Francona has been involved with the Home Base Program since its inception in 2009 and joined the staff as a member of the Family Outreach Team in August 2012. 

Francona is a military-connected mother of four—one son and three daughters. Her oldest daughter is the proud and ever-concerned sister of three military siblings. Jacque’s son served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 with 3rd Battalion/4th Marines. Her son-in-law is a Captain in U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He deployed to Iraq in 2008 and Afghanistan in 2011-2012 with 1st Battalion/6th Marines. Jacque’s youngest daughter is a Youngster at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.

Jacque has been an integral part of the Family Outreach team and has facilitated key partnerships with MA nursing students, Blue Star Mothers, school educators, the MA National Guard Family Program and MA Operation Military Kids.

Jacque received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Arizona 1982 and practiced in the medical surgical and home health fields before devoting herself full time to raising her family. She serves on the women’s leadership committee for the Brookline Community Mental Health Center and is a board member for Kid’s Clothes Club.

Armando Hernandez, Warrior Health and Fitness Challenge Program Coordinator

 Phone: 239-770-2414

Armando Hernandez is a 2014 graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science. While at FGCU he attained a highly coveted internship with the Boston Red Sox.

Prior to his education, Armando served in the United States Marine Corps. He enlisted right from high school, completing basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina. In 2005 Armando deployed to Fallujah, Iraq as an Engineer Equipment Operator with Combat Logistic Battalion 8. There, he was selected for a Combat Meritorious Promotion to the rank of Corporal and awarded a Meritorious Mast for his role in the construction of five entry check points and nine forward operating bases.

During his enlistment, Armando was also promoted the rank of Sergeant. His awards and decorations include the Iraqi Campaign Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Certificate of Commendation, Certificate of Appreciation, and a Green Belt in Marine Corps Martial Arts.

Armando oversees and conducts the Health and Fitness Challenge initiatives for Southwest Florida and New England.  

Laura Lakin, Veteran Outreach Coordinator

Phone: 617-724-0819
Email: lklakin@partners.orgLaura Lakin, Veteran Outreach Coordinator, serving in Afghanistan

First Lieutenant Laura Lakin, is a member of the Massachusetts National Guard. Laura has been in the MA National Guard since 2007, where she worked as a State Resilience Coordinator. In this role she developed Resilience and Suicide Prevention programs and materials, planned, organized, and executed state wide training events and initiated and maintained community partnerships that benefited National Guardsmen and women. 

Laura deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan in 2011 as an Operations Officer. She received the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Medal for her service.

Laura received her Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Drew University and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Social Work at Boston University.

Laura Lakin, Veteran Outreach Coordinator, serving in Afghanistan