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DEPARTMENT OFFICERS

 
Department Officers for the 2023-2024 Membership Year
 
 
 
 

Brett Nila, State Commander (Bio

 
 
Maurice Bridges, Sr. Vice Commander (Bio
 
 
 
 Eugene Blackwell, State Jr. Vice Commander (Bio)
 

 
 
Joe Bartley, State Adjutant/Quartermaster (Bio)
 
Chaplain: Gary Holmes
Chief of Staff: Rob Bailey
Inspector: Clarke Christianson
Surgeon: Ryan Higginbotham
Judge Advocate: Jayson Hoffman
National Council Member: Matt Clausen
Aide de Camp: 
Advisor to the State Commander: Phil Maughan
Assistant Adjutant: Johnathan Cooper
Assistant Quartermaster: Josh Seed
Veterans Service Director: Derek Giffin
Officer of the Day: Jeffery Britt
Sergeant-at-Arms: Ray Bachewicz
Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms:  Roy Johnson, and Jack Lamont
Student Veterans Liasons: Georges Sanon
Parlimentarian: Victor Smith
Emblem and Supply: Duane Hisel

District Commanders for the 2023-2024 Year
3rd District, Chris Garza
4th District, Eric Morales
5th District, Marie Honeywell
6th District, Robert Coulter
7th District, Jimmie Waters
8th District, Ken Morey
9th District, Chad Bailey
10th District, Larry Carter
11th District, Joseph "Scott" Swinford
12th District, Tim O'Donnell
13th District, Deana Hitibidal
14th District, Clyde Rowold
15th District, Chris Maynor
16th District, William Browne
17th District, Sean Conner
18th District, Kenneth Piehl
19th District, Laurie Emmer
 
Program Chairmen for the 2023-2024 Year
Safety, Les Durov
Membership, John McGlynn Sr.
Assistant Membership, Alonzo Skipper
POW/MIA, Clarence Caraker
Blood Donor, Robert Bland
Community Activities, Steve Eller
Homeless Vets, Paul Bezazian
MAP/Military Service, Bobby Welch
 Legislative, Dutch DeGroot
Assistant Legislative, Jayson Hoffman 
National Home Chairman, Kyna Simpson
Assistant National Home Chairman, Michael McGrath
 All-State Program, Evamarie Duff
Voice of Democracy, Dave Darte
Assistant Voice of Democracy, Kyna Simpson
Youth Activities and Patriot's Pen, John Davin
Assistant Youth Activities, Michelle Ramlow
Scouting, Ron Milton
Buddy Poppy, Stephanie Kirksey
Budget and Finance, Phil Maughan
Assistant Budget and Finance, Joe Bartley
Illinois VFW News Editor and Marketing, Barbara Wilson
Yellow Ribbon, Joshua Seed
State Photographer, Dutch DeGroot
Historian, Bobby Welch
 
Foundation Officers for the 2023-2024 Year
 
President, Dave Stout
Vice President, Todd Latham
Secretary, Barb Wilson
Treasurer, Joe Bartley