Thomas Simons | Department Adjutant

Phone: 740-362-7478 ext 5 | Email:

Thomas N. Simons Jr. is the Department Adjutant, a position he has held since January, 2016. Prior to becoming the Department Adjutant, he served as the Commander, Robert Dutro Post 486 in Groveport, Ohio.

Tom is a retired United States 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 Bachelor of Science 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.

Gerald “Jerry” White | Director of Americanism

Phone: 740-362-7478, ext. 1 | Email:

Gerald A. White became Director of Americanism and Youth Activities for The American Legion Dept of Ohio Headquarters on July 3, 1991 and is only the 3rd person to hold this position on the Department of Ohio staff since 1936.

A native of East Chicago, Indiana, Gerald White is a four (4) year veteran of the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant. In his time with the Air Force, Gerald White served for three years at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia as an Intelligence Operations Specialist and one year in the Republic of Vietnam.

Brenda McGowan | Internal Affairs Director

Phone: 740-362-7478 ext 3 | Email:

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 | Service Director

Phone: 740-362-7478, ext. 2 | Email:

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 25thInfantry Division and the 10th Mountain Division. Suzette remained stateside during the Iraq, and Afghanistan Wars supporting units consistently deploying.

Jason Graven | Membership and Marketing Director

Phone: 740-362-7478, ext. 4 | Email:

In 2001, Jason joined the U.S. Army just days after 9/11. He served 3 years with the 64th MP Co stationed in Ft. Hood, TX with a one year tour of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003-March 2004.

After his completion of service, Jason returned home to Northwest Ohio and began his pursuit of his first college degree earning a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in History in 2008. After completing his degree, Jason went on to graduate school at the University of Toledo and in 2011 earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a Marketing specialty.

Patrick Atkinson | Department Finance Officer

Phone: 740-362-7478, ext. 33 | Email:

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.