National First Vice Commander
Jan Brown (OH)
National Second Vice Commander
Gregory Heun (KY)
National Third Vice Commander
Donald P. McLean
National Judge Advocate
Clifford Fitzsimmons (TN)
National Deputy Judge Advocate
Barry Remington (IA)
National Finance Officer
Ron Dillon (GA)
National Provost Marshal
Arthur L. Majors (OH)
Gary Sallade (OH)
James H. Spreng
Fred Shinbur (MD)
Earl L. Hood
Robert E. Lee (MO)
Jack Isaacson (AZ)
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National Commander Rege Riley
Regis “Rege” William Riley was elected National Commander during the 2018 AMVETS National Convention. Originally from North Braddock, Pennsylvania, Commander Riley faithfully served his country for more than 30 years both in the military and with AMVETS in various roles. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1974, after which he worked his way through the ranks of AMVETS in a number of critical leadership positions.
Before becoming AMVETS National Commander, Riley served as AMVETS 1st Vice National Commander, AMVETS Department Commander in Pennsylvania, Western Region Commander, and Post Commander for 9 years. His lifetime of service also includes serving as chairman of the National Homeless Veterans Committee and president of the Pennsylvania State War Veterans Council. He currently is a voting member of the Pennsylvania State Veterans Commission.
Commander Riley is a recipient of several awards including the Leadership of Excellence pin, National AMVETS Recruiter of the Year award, and he was recognized as the Department of Pennsylvania Member of the year in 2001. He pursued studies in journalism and communications at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and worked for more than 35 years as a track foreman while championing veterans’ causes at the state and national levels.
Commander Riley lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Dee, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary past national president and Silver Bayonet Award recipient. They have two sons named Corey Sr. and Corey Jr.
National Executive Director Joseph R. Chenelly
Joseph R. Chenelly was appointed national executive director of the nation’s fourth largest veterans service organization in May 2016. In this capacity, he administers the policies of AMVETS, supervises its national headquarters operations and provides direction, as needed, to state and local components. Joe previously served as AMVETS’ national communications director.
Joe Chenelly is the first veteran of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq to lead one of the nation’s four largest veterans service organizations’ staffs.
A native of Rochester, N.Y., Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998, serving with the 1st Marine Division, and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant in April 2006. He is a combat veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, having served in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait, East Timor and the Horn of Africa.
Joe became a veterans advocate, a journalist, and a political adviser after his time in uniform. He covered military and veterans matters on staff with Leatherneck magazine, the Military Times newspapers, USA TODAY and Gannet News, reporting on operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, Africa, as well as disaster relief in the United States.
Joe was named one of the 100 “most influential journalists covering armed violence” by Action on Armed Violence in 2013. He was the first U.S. Marine combat correspondent to step into enemy territory after September 11, 2001, as a military reporter in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also reported from the front-lines with American and allied forces in Kuwait and Iraq as that war began. He was on the ground for the start of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Joe served as AMVETS’ national communications director in 2005, and for the past eight years as assistant national director for communications for the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Washington, D.C. leading grassroots efforts through social networking and new media.
He has also served as president of Social Communications, LLC, and as a public affairs officer director for the Department of Navy. Joe is an alumni of Syracuse University and Central Texas College. He resides in Fairport, N.Y., with his wife Dawn, a service-connected disabled Air Force veteran, and their five children.