National American Legion & National Auxiliary Officers 2017-2018



                                                                       DENISE ROHAN


National Vice Commander William Flanagan

William Flanagan

William Flanagan is a 50-year member of Poelker Post 321 in New Baden, Ill., and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years during the Vietnam era.  As a Legionnaire, he has served as department commander of Illinois (2009-2010), aide to national commander (2007-2008) and on the National Foreign Relations Committee. He has also been active with the Illinois Department Safety, Law and Order Committee for more than 20 years. 


National Vice Commander Paula Stephenson

Paula Stephenson

Paula Stephenson is a member of American Legion Post 27 in Farmington, Utah, and served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve for 32 years. She was the first female to serve as department of Utah commander (2014-2015), and has served on the National Legislative Council and Veterans Education, Other Benefits and Homelessness Committee. Stephenson is a 2011 Legion College graduate and currently serves as vice president of the American Legion Utah Boys State Corporation. 


National Vice Commander Bobby Bryant

Bobby Bryant

Bobby Bryant is a member of American Legion post 108 in Cushing, Okla., and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees. As a Legionnaire he has served as a Legion service officer and department commander of Oklahoma. A veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees, he completed two tours in the Republic of Vietnam.  After his Navy service, he spent the next 39 years in the telecommunications industry. 


National Vice Commander Byron Callies

Byron Callies

Byron Callies is a member of American Legion Post 17 in Watertown, S.D., and is a 41-year retired member of the South Dakota National Guard. He’s held many post-level positions including adjutant, Americanism chairman, first vice commander and commander. At the Legion national level he is a consultant for Children & Youth Committee, and his department-level offices held include Americanism officer, chaplain, department vice commander and commander (2012-2013).  


Larry Marcouillier

National Vice Commander Larry Marcouillier

Larry Marcouillier is a member of American Legion Post 7 in Harrington, Del., and served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years as a munitions systems technician. His office positions within the Legion include department commander of Delaware (2009-2010), post commander, member of the National Foreign Relation Council, liaison to the Convention Committee and member of the Media and Communications Commission and National Executive Committee member (2012-2014).                       


Robert Allen Vick
National Chaplain of the American Legion




Wheeler.jpg DANIEL S. WHEELER - (VA)


Buskirk.jpg  GEORGE A. BUSKIRK (IN)


Onderdonk.jpg   PHILIP B. ONDERDONK - (MD)

NATIONAL AUXILIARY LEADERSHIP:                                        

2017-2018 National Officers
American Legion Auxiliary 2017-2018 national officers – front row (from left): National Historian Susan Campbell; National Vice President Kathy Dungan; National President Diane Duscheck; National Secretary Mary “Dubbie” Buckler; and National Chaplain Evelyn Espinola. Back row: Northwestern Division National Vice President Peggy Miller; Western Division National Vice President Nancy Michalski; Central Division National Vice President Trish Ward; Southern Division National Vice President Diane Spencer; and Eastern Division National Vice President Karyn Porempski.

National President

Diane Duscheck
Department of Wisconsin: Abendroth-Connolly Unit 282

Eligibility: Through the World War II service of her father, Roland Duscheck. Offices Held: Served many duties, offices, and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: NEC, Central Division National Vice President, and chairman of Constitution & Bylaws, Junior Activities, ALA Girls Nation, Legislative, Leadership, National Security, Community Service, Public Relations, Americanism, Education, Children & Youth, and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation. Currently serving as national vice president, designated director on ALA Foundation Board of Directors, Future Focus vice chairman, and on National Strategic Planning Committee.

Professional/personal background: Retired in 2014 after a 34-year career teaching seventh and eighth grade science in parochial and public schools. Helped with contract negotiations and was her school's union representative for 12 years. Besides her volunteerism with the American Legion Auxiliary, Diane donates her time at the Mitchell Park Horticultural Domes and Easter Seals Society’s camps for physically handicapped children and adults, and manages and maintains investment property.

National Vice President

Kathy Dungan
Department of Mississippi: Drane-Prine Unit 79

Eligibility: Through father Wittie Card, a WWII veteran. Offices Held: Served most offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: NEC and chairman of Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, Children & Youth, Leadership, Constitution & Bylaws, Education, ALA Girls Nation, Legislative, Auxiliary Emergency Fund, Junior Activities, and Poppy. Currently serving on National Strategic Planning Committee and the Centennial Strategic Plan as a strategy captain.

Professional/personal background: Is a 41-year member of the Auxiliary. She and her husband, William, have one son, Christopher; two grandchildren, Lauren, 6, and Lawson, 2 -- all members of The American Legion Family. Their daughter-in-law is Megan. Retired from the Mississippi Supreme Court after serving 22 years. She was a judicial assistant to a Supreme Court Justice. Is active in her church and continues to be active in her department and local Auxiliary unit. 

National Secretary/Executive Director

Mary "Dubbie" Buckler

Mary "Dubbie" Buckler is a lifelong resident of the greater Indianapolis area where she has earned a reputation as a caring leader in business, public service, elective office, and civic service. She is an accomplished business executive with an impressive background in management, finance, and issue advocacy. Her career path reveals a strong commitment to serving where she can make a difference in people’s lives by giving back to the community. Dubbie is also proud to have served as the Federalist Party chair at Hoosier Girls State during high school, and while in college, as one of only five full colonels in the United States in Angel Flight, an honorary to the Air Force ROTC.

National Treasurer

Marta Hedding

Marta Hedding of Indianapolis has served as American Legion Auxiliary’s national treasurer since 1994. Prior to becoming national treasurer, Hedding operated a consulting business offering marketing, organizational development and accounting services to small businesses. She also helped start a non-profit charged with long-range economic development planning for the State of Indiana, where she served as vice president of business and public affairs, corporate secretary and assistant treasurer. Hedding has served in numerous leadership positions with her neighborhood association and at her church, where she has served on the children’s ministry team, finance committee, executive planning committee, and as the administrative board chairman.

Central Division National Vice President

Trish Ward
Department of Kansas: Unit 250

Eligibility: Through father John Brusati, Army, WWII; and grandfather Edmund Lindberg, Navy, WWII.

Professional/personal background: Is an 18-year member of John P. Hand Unit 250 in Louisburg, Kan. Currently employed as a field operations manager for CenturyLink, a global IT company. Is a 1983 graduate of the University of Southern California and 2001 graduate of the University of Kansas. Is a member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Eastern Division National Vice President

Karyn Porempski
Department of New York: Kensington Unit 708

Eligibility: Through husband Joseph Porempski, Army, Vietnam; father Albert E. Kramer, Pearl Harbor Survivor, WWII; and grandfather Albert F. Kramer, WWI.

Professional/personal background: Retired from Federal Reserve Bank and as secretary of the county American Legion office serving           12,000 Legionnaires. Serves on the town Veterans Committee. Her husband is a past department vice commander; serves as county and district finance officer, and department Audit chairman. Her deceased father was a WWII veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor. Deceased mother Lorraine, daughters Tracy and Holly, and granddaughters Rebecca and Jenna are members of the ALA. Grandson Jared is a Sons of The American Legion member.                 

Northwestern Division National Vice President

Peggy Miller
Department of Wyoming: Unit 42

Eligibility: Through father, husband, brothers, and sons. They served in the U.S. Army and Air Force.

Professional/personal background: Has a business degree and worked for Safeway for 29 years, 10 years as a manager. Is a life member of the ALA and DAV. Served in the ALA in three states: North Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming. Has four boys, four daughters-in-law, five granddaughters, three grandsons, one grandson-in-law, and three great-granddaughters. Is retired and spends most of her time with the ALA and volunteering with the VA hospital and outreach clinic and homeless veterans. Drives the DAV van to take veterans to their appointments and shopping. Belongs to the USBC and bowls on four leagues.

Southern Division National Vice President

Diane Spencer
Department of Kentucky: Nathan Caulder Unit 132

Eligibility: Through deceased grandfather Harvey Jackson, Army, WWII.

Professional/personal background: Works for the University of Kentucky, 36 years of that time at Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Alzheimer’s Disease Center as a research administrative coordinator/clinical for research on Healthy Brains Longitudinal Research Study. Is the coordinator of recruiting new participants into the study along with doing neuropsychological testing on the participants of the study. Has been a member of Nathan Caulder Unit 132 for 24 years. Is a member of the First Baptist Church in Versailles, Ky., a member of the famous Honorable Kentucky Colonels, Ladies Social Club, and co-chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorder Advisory Council of the State of Kentucky. Became a widow in 2016. Has two sons: Ozon and Jermaine; four grandchildren: Ryan, Cheyenne, Tyler Nicole, Briana; and is a great-grandmother to baby girl Kyan.

Western Division National Vice President

Nancy Michalski
Department of Nevada: Unit 40

Eligibility: Through husband Ronald L. Michalski.

Professional/personal background: Worked for TWA for 25 years. Born in Chicago. Married husband Ronald in 1959; they have three children and six grandchildren. Volunteers at the Boulder City Veterans Home and VAC SE Clinic in Henderson. Works for veterans through ALA and other veteran organizations.

American Legion Auxiliary chaplains express our founding principle of service to God and country and celebrate diversity among people and faiths. They also provide spiritual and emotional guidance, sending dignity and respect to the occasion.

National Chaplain

Evelyn Espinola
Department of Colorado: Unit 209

Eligibility: Through husband Helder Espinola, Army, Vietnam Era.

Professional/personal background: Has worked all her life in customer service. Married to her veteran for 40 years. Has two children and five grandchildren. Has worked in and around her community with veterans and with children for the past 20 years. Holds a position on her church board, which, in turn they support all that she does in the Auxiliary. Has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for eight years and loves everything she does and has achieved so far as goals. When she was department chaplain, she had the greatest experience. Being able to pray and comfort someone is one of the best experiences of her life. Served as chaplain for department for three terms before moving up into higher positions.

National Historian

Susan Campbell
Department of North Carolina: Edward G. Bond Unit 40

Eligibility: Through deceased first husband, Stephen L. Mench, Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, Lebanon; and through second husband, Richard Campbell, Airman 1st Class, Air Force, Vietnam.

Professional/personal background: Has been a computer operations supervisor, a data services office manager, a laboratory office technician, and currently an assistant director of elections for Chowan County, N.C. Has lifetime memberships in the DAV Auxiliary and the VFW Auxiliary, and is an active member of Cape Colony Church of Christ. Has one son and four stepchildren, four grandchildren and six step-grandchildren, and six step-great grandchildren, with almost all of them in the Legion Family.

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