2013-2014 Board of Trustees
President Al Cantu, Texas
District 10 (AR, NM, OK, TX)
Vice President Jim Mueller, Missouri
District 6 (KY, LA, MO, MS, TN)
Dave Ouellette, New Hampshire
District 1 (ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI)
Warren George, New York
District 2 (Europe, NJ, NY)
Larry Wade, Pennsylvania
District 3 (DE, DC, PA)
Yvonne Crawford, West Virginia
District 4 (MD, OH, WV)
Jack McDermott, Florida
District 5 (AL, FL, GA, Latin America/Carib., NC, SC, VA)
Merridy Lewis, Michigan
District 7 (IA, MI, WI)
Dave Havely, Indiana
District 8 (IL, IN)
Tom Tweet, Minnesota
District 9 (MN, NE, ND, SD)
Barbara Stodgell, Kansas
District 11 (AK, AZ, CO, KS, MT, Pacific Areas, UT, WY)
Virginia Carman, Washington
District 12 (CA, HI, ID, OR, NV, WA)
VFW Commander-in-Chief William "Bill" Thien
Ladies Auxiliary National President Armithea "Sissy" Borel
VFW Adjutant General John Hamilton
VFW Quartermaster General Robert (Bob) Greene
Ladies Auxiliary National Secretary/Treasurer Jan Owens
About the Board of Trustees
Comprised of 12 elected and 5 ex-officio members, the VFW National Home for Children Board of Trustees serves as the governing body of the corporation. Individuals who serve as trustees are Life Members of the National Home and work together to oversee the management and operation of the Home.
Elected trustees represent one of 12 National Home Districts, and are selected by the National Home Life Members in that District's VFW Departments for 6-year terms on the Board. Five ex-officio members of the Board include the VFW Commander-in-Chief, Adjutant General, Quartermaster General, Ladies Auxiliary National President and the National Secretary Treasurer. All 17 trustees attend periodic board meetings either at or near the National Home campus and are commissioned to set policy for the National Home and recommend necessary Bylaw changes.
Trustees are expected to be the liaison within the Departments they represent by attending various Department functions, set example for annual giving, encouraging contributions to the National Home, actively promote the National Home and its mission to the members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Ladies Auxiliary and to encourage members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary to become Life Members of the National Home.
The Board of Trustees annually elects a President and Vice President of the Board who lead the National Home and the Board through the year October through September.
The National Home Board of Trustees Committees serve to contribute to the efficient operation of the Board of Trustees and to assist the Board with its overall responsibilities, governance and fund raising. The Committees function to develop and recommend agency policy, select and evaluate the Executive Director, provide financial oversight, develop resources, conduct strategic planning and to promote positive community-agency relationships. Through their appointment to committees, Trustees maintain familiarity with the opportunities and challenges presented to the National Home and act upon them accordingly.