Department Commander

Jean L. Wilson

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Jean L. Wilson was elected to the high office of Commander of The American Legion Department of Ohio by unanimous vote at the 102nd Department Convention on July 11th, 2021. As Department Commander of the largest Veteran’s organization statewide, Wilson will serve a 1-year term as the lead Ambassador of over 520 Posts and 85,000 members. She served in the US Army 1969-1971. Jean is the 1st female Veteran to be elected to Department Commander for Ohio in 102 years.

Jean Wilson is a Post awarded life member of both Yeager-Benson Post 199 and Am Vets Post 13 and a Unit awarded life member of Yeager-Benson Auxiliary Unit 199. Jean earned her eligibility in these organizations by serving in the United States Army 1969-1971. Jean has served her American Legion Post in all the offices; she served as Post Commander 1990-1992 and is currently serving her 20th year as Post Finance Officer. She is both a past Hamilton County American Legion Commander and past Fabulous Fourth District American Legion Commander. She was the Big Brown Jug Commander 2000-2001. Jean has served the National American Legion on the Americanism Committee.

Jean met and married her husband, Jerry while both were serving in Ft Jackson SC, and they have two children, Tammie, and Woody and seven grandchildren.

She served on the Joseph House Board for ten years serving twice as President; she served on the Cincinnati Fisher House for ten years and has served on the Friends of the Fisher House at the Cincinnati VA.

Since 2011 Jean has served on the Hamilton County Veterans Service Commission and was appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Women’s Task Force. For the past nine years she has served on the Harrison Mayor’s Fund and currently serving as the Board President. Recently Jean was recognized by the Xi Eta Lota, Chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority of Harrison as the First Lady of Harrison Community Service award for 2018. The City of Harrison recognized Jean’s support of not lonely Veterans and their families but her Community by bestowing the honor of being the Grand Marshall of the City of Harrison July 4, 2018, parade.

Jean was elected to serve 2018-2019 as the Department of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander on Sunday July 1, 2018 and elected to serve 2019-2020 as the Department of Ohio 1st Vice Commander on Sunday June 30th, 2019. Due to the Covid-19 she also served in 2020-2021 as the 1st Vice Commander for the Department of Ohio.

Each year the Department Commander has a special project- Jean’s is Sucide Prevention, Education and Awareness. Jean lost her father and many friends by suicide. Jean will be working with Save A Warrior. Anyone wanting to donate to her project can do so by sending a check payable to the Department of Ohio American Legion PO 8007 Delaware, Oh 43015. In the memo section note: SAW.




Brad Teis | 1st Vice Commander

The First Vice Commander serves under the Commander of the Department of Ohio. His responsibilities include being Membership Committee Chairman, ensuring that the Legion message is heard by all veterans, and providing the overall mission for the membership year.

Brad Teis was elected to serve 2019-2020 as the Department of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander on Sunday June 30th 2019 and elected to serve 2021-2022 as the Department of Ohio 1st Vice Commander on Sunday July 11th 2021.

Brad is a member of Canton Post 44, where he has served in every Post Position including Post Commander 2015-2019. Brad is also a Post 44, SAL Squadron member. He is on the Canton Post 44 Honor Guard.

In 2017, he was elected to10th District 2nd Vice Commander and in 2018, to 1st Vice Commander, and was instrumental in helping the 10th District achieve Quota and win the National Race-To-The-Top Award in 2017 and 2018. He then served as 10th District Commander 2018-2019 and was National Runner-up in the 2019 Race-To-The-Top Award. Brad received the Department Commanders Award and The Department Adjutants Award for 2018. He is a post awarded PUFL member.

Brad earned his eligibility by serving during The Vietnam Era in both the Navy and Army. He also served in The Ohio National Guard at the Akron–Canton Airport. He has been the 10th District Committee Chairperson for Special Olympics, and also has served as a National Appointee to The Americanism Commission, and a Commissioner to Ohio Buckeye Boy’s State.

He is a member of The Greater Canton Veterans Council and has served on the Board of the Homes for Heroes. Mr. Teis is a Co-Founder of The Aultman-Woodlawn Compassionate Care Center Honor Team serving our Hospice Veterans and their families in their time of need. He has served as the 2019-2020 Vice President of the 10th District Past Commanders Association and also served on the 10th District Task Force and Advisory Committee.

He is very active in his community where he visits veterans in area Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Hospice Centers.

He retired from The Hoover Company in 2006, after 33 years.

He has been married to his best friend and wife Roxanne for 30 years and they have four children, Bradley Jr, Michael, Brittany, Ryan and four grandchildren.

Charles Stennis | 2nd Vice Commander

The Second Vice Commander serves under the 1st Vice Commander and the Commander of the Department of Ohio. His responsibilities include being Post Actvities Chairman.

Charles M. Stennis Jr. was elected to serve 2021-2022 as the Department of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander on Sunday July 11th 2021.

Charles is a 16 -year PUFL member of Brakeman-King Post 336 and earned his eligibility for the American Legion through his service in the United States Army from 1986-1991.

Charles has served his post Brakeman-King Post 336 Painesville in several elected offices such as Commander (2009-2018), 1st Vice Cdr. (2007-2008), and is currently in his 3rd year as Post Finance Officer. He has served as Lake County Commander and Chaplain and as Commander of the Dynamic Ninth District in 2012. Charles has served the Department of Ohio on several different committees as Asst. Department Chaplain and the last two years as the Department of Ohio as Treasurer.

Charles is currently employed with the Henkel Corporation in Mentor, OH as the Distribution Manager where he is a member of the Site leadership team. Charles has worked for other companies in accounting and supply chain management such as Avery Dennison, Johnson & Johnson, and MSC Industrial.

Charles is engaged in community serving on several non-profit boards in Lake County, Ohio. He is currently Vice-President, past President, Lake County Metropolitan Housing Authority which serves over 3,000 families in Lake County. Charles is also the President of Forbes House, Lake County’s only 24hr. domestic violence shelter.

Charles has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and an MBA in Business Administration from Cleveland State University.

Charles has been married to his Tammy, a member of Auxiliary Unit 336, for 33 years and resides in Concord, Ohio. They have one son Brandon a US Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, and three grandchildren Greyson, Leilani, and Journee.

Charles is supporter of the programs of the American Legion, and moreover he is a supporter of veterans, in everything he does he seeks to put veterans first.

Robert E Wilson Jr

Post 681 Havelock D Nelson
Department Treasurer

Robert Wilson

Albert S Buxton

Post 199 Yeager-Benson Memorial
Department Chaplain

Al Buxton- Chaplain

Ronald E Distel

Post 0279 Community
 Assistant Chaplain

Ron Distel- Asst Chaplian

Roger L Friend

Post 804 Melvin Mayfield
Past Department Commander

Roger Friend_ Dept 2nd Vice Cmdr

Robert Klostermeier

Post 553 Adams Township
Nat’l Exec Committeeman

National Executive Committeeman Robert Klostermeier

Steve Masowick

Post 685 Streetsboro
Alternate Nat’l Executive Committeeman


Robert Ray

Post 69 Halker-Flege Inc.
Department Judge Advocate

Robert Ray- Judge Advocate

Al Beyer

Post 535 Irvin Hiskey
Department Historian

Al Beyer- Historian

Ralph E Jackson

Post 199 Yeager-Benson Memorial
Department Asst. Historian


Ralph Jackson- Asst Historian

Nathan Craig Whitham

Post 199 Yeager-Benson Memorial
Department Sergeant-At-Arms

Craig Whitham- Sgt at Arms

Frank Adley

Post 103 Dewey Howlett
Asst. Sergeant-At-Arms

Frank Adley- Asst Sgt at Arms

Jason E Rue

Post 541 Winnow-Arn
Asst. Sergeant-At-Arms

Jason Rue- Asst Sgt at Arms

Stephen N Foster

Post 288 Williamsburg, Inc.
Asst. Sergeant-At-Arms

Steve Foster- Asst Sgt At Arms

Joe Law

Post 598 Kettering
Asst. Sergeant-At-Arms

Joe Law- Asst Sgt at Arms

Jarrett “Ken” Estep

Post 16 Earl D. McVey, Inc.
Asst. Sergeant-At-Arms

Ken Estepp- Asst Sgt At Arms

Richard L Donovan

Post 283 David Johnston Memorial
Asst. Sergeant-At-Arms

Richard Donovan- Asst Sgt at Arms

Walter L Meharg

Post 241 New Bremen
Asst. Sergeant-At-Arms

2nd District Commander Walter Meharg

Ronald J Hartman

Post 72 Stuart G Luginbuhl
Department Parliamentarian

Ron Hartman- Parlimentarian

Frank (Joe) Navarre

Post 468 Joseph W. Diehn
“Great” First District Commander

1st district 1st Vice Frank Joe Navarre

Kevin B Motter

Post 109 Montpelier
“Great” First District 1st Vice Commander

Kevin Motter- 1st Dist 1VC

Michael L Homan

Post 241 New Bremen
Second “To None” District Commander

2nd District 1st Vice Mike Homan

Timothy W Shaw

Post 173 Harold Kerr
Second “To None” District 1st Vice Commander


Betsy Law

Post 598 Kettering
“Thundering” Third District Commander

3rd District Commander- Betsy Law.2

Michael J Blackwell

Post 707 Randolph
“Thundering” Third District 1st Vice Commander

3rd District 1st Vice Commander- Mike Blackwell.2

Stephen Foster

Post 288 Williamsburg, Inc.
“Fabulous” Fourth District Commander

4th District 1st Vice Stephen Foster

Steven Ervin

Post 484 Mt. Washington, Inc.
“Fabulous” Fourth District 1st Vice Commander


Jarrett “Ken” Estep

Post 16 Earl D. McVey, Inc.
“Fighting” Fifth District Commander


Ron Dull

Post 88 Harry Higgins
“Fighting” Fifth District 1st Vice Commander


Scott Horsington

Post 285 Hebron
“Sizzling” Sixth District Commander

6th District 1st Vice Scott Horsington

Gary Cox, Jr.

Post 584 Harold L. Bradley
“Sizzling” Sixth District 1st Vice Commander


Kenneth Crawford

Post 363 William Baker
“Magnificent” Seventh District Commander

7th District Commander Kenneth Crawford

James Pinson Jr

Post 23 James Dickey
“Magnificent” Seventh District 1st Vice Commander

7th District 1st Vice James Pinson

Richard Donovan

Post 283 David Johnston Memorial
“Great” Eighth District Commander

8th District Commander Richard Donovan

Harold Smathers

Post 476 Joseph Freeman
“Great” Eighth District 1st Vice Commander

8th District 1st Vice Harold Smathers

Frank Adley

Post 103 Dewey Howlett
“Dynamic” Ninth District Commander

9th District Commander Frank Adley

William Runyan

Post 743 Neal
“Dynamic” Ninth District 1st Vice Commander

9th District 1st Vice William Runyan

Larry Glasgow Jr

Post 549 Weimer-Widder
“Great” Tenth District Commander


Robert Rhode

Post 139 Tuscarawas, Inc.
“Great” Tenth District 1st Vice Commander


Russell “Joe” Peters

Post 750 Lowell
“Elite” Eleventh District Commander

11th District Commander Russell Joe Peters

John Robinson

Post 641 Belle Valley, Inc.
“Elite” Eleventh District 1st Vice Commander

11th District 1st Vice John Robinson

Ricky Garren

Post 144 Southway
“Capital” Twelfth District Commander

12th District Commander Rick Garren

Tom Poulton

Post 171 Young-Budd
“Capital” Twelfth District 1st Vice Commander


Joseph Ruland

Post 572 Joseph J. Jacubic, Inc.
“Tenacious” Thirteenth District Commander

13th District Commander Joseph Ruland

Richard Wright

Post 703 Parma Heights
“Tenacious” Thirteenth District 1st Vice Commander

13th District 1st Vice Richard Wright

Robert Carson

Post 566 Garfield Memorial
“Phenomenal” Fourteenth District Commander

14th District 1st Vice Robert Carson

John J Life

Post 449 Firestone Memorial
“Phenomenal” Fourteenth District 1st Vice Commander

John Life- 14th Dist 1VC