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, VFW 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 VFW Auxiliary and to encourage members of the VFW and its 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.



Frederick Puffenberger

Executive Director


Brian Lorente

Laura Lonsberry

Interim Program Directors

Cindy DeBow

Case Management Supervisor

Todd Marriott

Facilities and Grounds Director

Sue Alverson

Development Director

Lynn Hagerman

Finance Director


Armithea "Sissy" Borel, Board President

From Louisiana

Represents District 6 (KY, LA, MO, MS, TN)

Term: 2016-2022

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Steve Van Bergen, Board Vice President

From Minnesota

Represents District 9 (MN, NE, ND, SD)

Term: 2017-2023

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Keith Jackson

From Massachusetts

Represents District 1 (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)

Term: 2019-2025

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Art Schueneman

From New York

Represents District 2 (Europe, NJ, NY)

Term: 2019-2023

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Ron Stensland

From Pennsylvania

Represents District 3 (DE, DC, PA)

Term: 2015 - 2021

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Sam Compton

From Ohio

Represents District 4 (MD, OH, WV)

Term: 2015-2021

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Mark Winn

From Virginia

Represents District 5 (AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, VA, Latin/Caribbean)

Term: 2020-2026

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Annabelle Furgason

From Michigan

Represents District 7 (IA, MI, WI)

Term: 2018-2024

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Jerry Blake

From Indiana

Represents District 8 (IL, IN)

Term: 2020-2026

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Sylvia Sanchez

From Texas

Represents District 10 (AR, NM, OK, TX)

Term: 2016-2022

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Kim Sloan

From Arizona

Represents District 11 (AK, AZ, CO, KS, MT, UT, WY, Pacific Areas)

Term: 2018-2024

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Renee Fulk

From California

Represents District 12 (CA, HI, ID, OR, NV, WA)

Term: 2017-2023

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Hal Roesch, VFW Commander-in-Chief

Ex-Officio Trustee

Kevin Jones, VFW Adjutant General

Ex-Officio Trustee


Debra Anderson, VFW Quartermaster General

Ex-Officio Trustee


VFW Auxiliary

Sandy Onstwedder, VFW Auxiliary National President

Ex-Officio Trustee


Ann Panteleakos, VFW Auxiliary National Secretary/Treasurer

Ex-Officio Trustee



Military and Veteran Families