“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” 
Theodore Roosevelt

Thomas N. Simons Jr. | Department Executive Director and Adjutant

Phone: 740-362-7478 | Email: adjutant@ohiolegion.com

As the Executive Director and Adjutant for the Department of Ohio, in collaboration with the Department and National level board of Officers and Committees, Tom serves as the fiduciary to the 96,000-member body of the Department of Ohio. Prior to his role at Department, he served as the Robert Dutro Post 486 Commander in Groveport, Ohio.

Tom is a retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 22 years of active duty service to our nation. He is a 1992 graduate of Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont with a Bachelors of Science (B.S.) degree in Communications. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate from the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps, and earned a Regular Army Field Artillery Commission in 1992. He served in command and leadership positions from team, battery, battalion, and group throughout his military career including three operational deployments to Baghdad and Mosul, Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Tara Henderson | Marketing, Membership and Programs Director

Phone: 740-362-7478 | Email: henderson@ohiolegion.com

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Brenda McGowan | Internal Affairs Director

Phone: 740-362-7478 | Email: mcgowan@ohiolegion.com

Before becoming employed at the American Legion in December 2000, Brenda previously worked in the medical field as a Medical Office Manager for eighteen years. Brenda’s responsibilities at the Department of Ohio include Law & Order, POW-MIA, Department Convention, Mid-Winter Conference, Legion Riders, and many other Legion programs and events. Brenda enjoys her job and is very proud to work for a Veterans Organization. She fully believes in the principles of The American Legion.

Suzette Price | Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation (VA&R) Director

Phone: 740-362-7478 | Email: price@ohiolegion.com

In January 2013, Suzette came to work for The American Legion Department of Ohio as the Service Director currently overseeing the claims operations for the entire state of Ohio. She liaisons several committees, including CA&R, Gifts for Yanks, Legislative, Children & Youth, Employment & Economic, and Scholarship.

She is Gulf War era US Army veteran serving from 1993-2005 in both active duty and Michigan Army National Guard achieving the rank of Sergeant while serving the 25th Infantry Division and the 10th Mountain Division. Suzette remained stateside during the Iraq, and Afghanistan Wars supporting units consistently deploying.

Patrick Atkinson | Department Finance Officer

Phone: 740-362-7478 | Email: atkinson@ohiolegion.com

Patrick is responsible for overseeing and directing The American Legion Department of Ohio’s financial goals, objectives, and budgets. Patrick is the Department liaison for the Religious Emphasis Committee and the Environmental Conservation Committee.

Patrick served as an infantry squad leader in the US Army’s 3rd Ranger Battalion. Patrick served multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.