National Officers

National Commander
Jan Brown (OH)

National First Vice Commander
Gregory Heun (KY)

National Second Vice Commander
Donald McLean (MA)

National Third Vice Commander
Bill Clark (NC)

National Judge Advocate
PNC James B. King (IL)

National Deputy Judge Advocate
Barry Remington (IA)

National Finance Officer
Donald Stream (MO)

National Provost Marshal
Arthur L. Majors (OH)

National Finance Committee
PNC Joseph Peining (FL)
Christopher Studebaker (IL)

National Chaplain
Gary Sallade (OH)

National District Commmanders

Martin P Ashman (NY)

Gerard “Jerry” Gurnari (PA)

Deric Lew Everett (TN)

Richard VanNatta (IL)

Mary J. Wait (KS)

Charles E. Wharton (WA)


Leadership Bios

National Commander Jan Brown

Jan Brown was elected National Commander during the 2019 AMVETS National Convention held in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally from Washington State, Commander Brown faithfully served her country for 27 years in the U.S. Air Force, retired at the rank of Senior Master Sergeant. After her Air Force career, she joined AMVETS and began to rise through the ranks of the organization, holding a number of critical leadership positions.

Before becoming AMVETS National Commander, Brown served as AMVETS National First Vice Commander, National Second Vice Commander, the first-ever National Third Vice Commander, National Credential Chairperson for 20 years, a trustee on the Ohio Service Foundation, numerous years as Post 44-OH Commander, and Commissioner of the Mahoning County Veterans Service Commission.

Commander Brown is a recipient of several awards including Ohio AMVETS of the Year and Mahoning County Veteran of the Year.

Commander Brown lives in Boardman, Ohio, with her husband J.P. Brown, who is a past National Commander of AMVETS.

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National Executive Director Joseph R. Chenelly

Joe Chenelly, AMVETS National Executive DirectorJoseph 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 2005-2007, and for 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.

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