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Board of Directors 2018-03-15T14:29:00+00:00

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Chair Jim Katzenberger (623) 628-6297
Vice Chair Dylan Dalzotto (480) 745-8238
Secretary Carol Culbertson (602) 799-9480 (cell)
Treasurer Jim Denzien (602) 332-3925
Past Chair Reggie Yates (602) 373-0703 (cell)
Director Gene Crego (928) 600-0562
Director Bob Dalpe (626) 910-8195
Director Carol McKnight (480) 967-6688
Director Lea Seago (623) 556-4032
Director (TAL) Billy Ellis
Director (DAV) Pat Young (623) 330-8215
Director (VFW) Gene Wood (602) 920-3933
Director (Legislative Liaison) Terry Araman (602) 525-4456
Director (Sponsorships) Rob Welch (480) 292-5822 (cell)
Statutory Agent Rick Palmatier

James H. “Jim” Katzenberger

Chairman – Navy Veteran (Vietnam, Somalia, Persian Gulf)

Born in Jamaica (Queens) New York in 1946 and moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1957.  Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He served aboard 2 aircraft carriers and did 3 deployments to the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam as an Aviation Ordnanceman (air launched guided missile systems).  He was honorably discharged in 1967 and returned to Phoenix.  He served 13 years in law enforcement; Phoenix P.D., Parker P.D. and Maricopa County Sheriffs Department.  In 1980 he re­enlisted in the Navy and retired in 1996 as a Master-at-Arms Chief Petty Officer.

Jim is a life member of TAL, American Battleship Association, Fleet Reserve Association, DAV, and the VFW.  He became a branch/post Service Officer for the FRA and American Legion in 1998, the DAV in 2008 and the VFW in 2009.  He is a Nationally Accredited Veterans Service Officer.  He served as The American Legion, Department of Arizona’s Assistant Service Officer from 2005 – 2010.  In 2011 was appointed as the VFW Department of Arizona’s State Service Officer.  He has been serving on the VFW’s National Veterans Service Committee since 2012 and the FRA National Committee since 2015.  Jim has been a branch/post representative to the UAV since 2000 (17+ years).

Dylan James Dalzotto

Vice Chair – Army Veteran (Operation Iraq Freedom) & AVHOF-2015

Born in Springfield, Illinois in 1981. As a member of the US Army Reserves, Dylan Dalzotto deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Upon his return, he pursued a Master’s Degree in Education. Dylan is dedicated to bringing veterans into classrooms, and as a Joe Foss Institute Coordinator, he has brought volunteer veterans to over 70,000 high school students in Arizona.

Dylan is an avid supporter of the Veterans Heritage Project. Dylan supports both the Grand Canyon Boy Scouts and the Boys and Girls Clubs. He is committed to an Arizona Department of Education program entitled “Excellence in Civic Engagement” to qualify and recognize Public and Charter Schools. He has served on the Attorney General’s Veterans Task Force. As a member of The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Dylan supports the Maricopa County StandDown.

CarCulbertsonol Culbertson

Secretary – Navy Veteran (Vietnam Era) & AVHOF-2007

Born Honolulu, Hawaii in 1943.  Enlisted in Navy Reserve at Pearl Harbor in 1962.  Commissioned Ensign in 1967.  Active duty in San Diego supporting antisubmarine warfare training.  Retired as Navy Captain, Reserve Intelligence, in 2003, 36 years of service.  Civil Service employee for 33 years with US Navy in Japan, US Army in Kansas, Forest Service and Internal Revenue Service in California, Arizona, Colorado.

She provides business training programs to working women, and educational history programs open to the public.  Leader in Federally Employed Women, Retired Federal Employees, Naval Reserve Association, Cactus WAVES, Naval Order of the U.S.  Active in Big Brothers Big Sisters and Cross Roads Methodist Church.  As Big Sister, has mentored three young women.  As Church Team Leader, serves meals to the homeless in Phoenix.

Jim Denzien

Treasurer – Navy Veteran (Vietnam)

Born in Chicago, Illinois in early 1942.  Lieutenant, US Navy, with 21 years of service in both Atlantic and Pacific submarine fleets.  Retired 1981.  Resident of Sun City, Arizona.

Jim has been involved in his community as President of his homeowner’s association (575 units) for several years.  He has assisted seniors as the director of a senior center including a meals-on-wheels program to a remote Indian reservation.  Currently, Jim serves as the District Commander for the United States Submarine Veterans in Arizona and New Mexico and as the Assistant Regional Director for the Western United States.

In December 2017, Jim was elected as the Treasurer for the Unified Arizona Veterans.

Atlas Reginald “Reggie” Yates

Past Chair – Army Veteran (Vietnam) & AVHOF-2013

Born in Loris, South Carolina in 1945.  Major, US Army, Airborne, with service in Vietnam, 25 years of service. Retired 1990. Resident of Phoenix, Arizona.

From 1990 to 1991, Reggie served as a volunteer teacher for the Arizona Department of Youth Rehabilitation and Correction.  Beginning in 1991, Reggie has mentored students, veterans, and seniors to better their lives and livelihoods.  From 1996-1998, he led a group of veterans at Unity Church Phoenix who raised 2.5 million dollars to assist other veterans. From 2002 – 2008, while employed at Grubb Automotive, Inc., he referred over 90 veterans to VA Phoenix and other support facilities for veterans benefits assistance; and also coordinated a program which recognized the achievements of veterans in the community.  Reggie regularly volunteers at the annual Arizona StandDown and other outreach services for veterans.

Crego, Gene - compositeGene Crego

Director – Marine Corps Veteran (Vietnam)

Born in Glendale, CA during 1948.  Graduated from Paradise HS, Paradise, CA.  Attended Yuba Jr. College, Marysville, CA.  Enlisted in the USMC 1967 at MCRD, San Diego, CA.  Served in DaNang, So. Vietnam from Jan. 1968 to March 1970 at III MAF, H & S Co., Security/Club System.  Retired in 1989 at 29 Palms, CA. as a Gunny Sergeant.  Lived in Kingman for 20 years working as a Security Officer for 15 years at the Flamingo Resort & Casino in Laughlin, NV.  Gene has spent many hours as a volunteer in numerous Veteran Service Organizations, and Abate of AZ.  He has assumed leadership rolls in the UAV, VVA, MCL, Am. Legion, VFW, JAVC Mohave Co. and Abate of AZ.  Life member of VVA, MCL, Am. Legion, VFW, and 1st Mar. Div. Assoc.  Advocate for veterans living in Arizona, serving on the UAV Legislative Committee, & VVA Conference of State Council Presidents, Chairman of Legislative Committee.  Elected in 2012 as the Arizona State Council President of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Dalpe, BobBob Dalpe

Director – Air Force Veteran (Gulf War Era)

Born in Newton, Mass in 1958. Served in the USAF from 1978-1993 as a weather observer/forecaster serving throughout the US, Europe and a deployment in the Middle East. Resident of Chandler AZ. Employed by the Intel Corp since 2000 as an Engineering Technician, Bob assists in Intel’s Veteran Staffing and outreach programs. Led an Intel drive to raise $6000 in shirts sales for StandDown AZ. He volunteers for several groups including US Academic Decathlon, USN Sea Cadet program as a senior volunteer leader, Veterans Outreach for Horse Rhythm Foundation, caretaker for the Pearl Harbor Survivors Assn. along with other groups and events in the STEM, youth and veterans community. He has three sons currently serving: USAF, USN and USAR.

Carol McKnight

Director – Air Force Veteran (Cold War & Gulf War Eras)

Carol entered the United States Air Force as a graduate of Officer Training School in August of 1979. After graduation from Tyndall AFB Weapons Controller, she was assigned to a Forward Air Control Post in Bremerhaven, Germany.  While assigned there, Carol went TDY to Ramstein, Germany where she took reports from the AWACS unit deployed to Saudi Arabia to brief the Commander of USAFE.  One morning while preparing the slides for the morning briefing, the Headquarters building was bombed, damaging the front of the building.

Carol’s AD assignments included, in chronological order:  Luke AFB, AZ as a weapons controller; three years at Tyndall AFB, Florida as an instructor in the Tactical Training Squadron; three years at an Air Force ROTC unit at Northern Arizona University teaching Aerospace Studies 100; one year at Osan Air Base, Korea as a Crew Commander and Battle Manager; and finally at Ft Huachuca Arizona, working on the development and evaluation of the Joint Interoperability Evaluation System (JIES).

After leaving active duty, Carol joined the Reserves as Liaison Officer for the Air Force Academy.  She was concurrently assigned to March AFB as an Air Weapons Controller with annual active duty to Korea to augment the Ulchi Focus Lens Exercise at Osan AB.  Carol Retired in 2004 as a Colonel.

Lea Seago

Director – Army Veteran (Cold War Era) & AVHOF-2013

A resident of Surprise, Arizona, Lea Seago is a retired Sergeant Major, US Army/US Army Reserve.  As a Heard Museum Library volunteer, she served as a Docent, book sale chair raising over $100,000, student art note card chair raising over $20,000 for Indian Student Scholarships, amassing a total of 7,300 volunteer hours in these endeavors. Lea also serves as a member of the WAC, Army Women United, and has served on National and local levels; 2nd  VP(membership); 1st VP; Corresponding Secretary; Sergeant at Arms; and as the President of Chapter 119, Phoenix, for four years.

Lea also volunteers at Desert Caballeros Western Museum Cowgirl Up and was volunteer coordinator for two years, serving 980 hours to date. She is a fund raiser for Gals of the West with a mission to serve those in need in her community, and to mentor children, first grade thru high school. She has served as Vice President and acting President for the AVHOF Society. During Veteran’s Day 2016, Lea participated with the dedication of a public art sculpture placed in Goodyear Ball Park which her veteran art class designed and created.

Billy Ellis

Director (TAL) – Air Force Veteran (Vietnam)

Billy D. Ellis was born in Ravenwood, Missouri one of 7 children, graduating from Lafayette HS, St Joseph Mo.  He served in the Missouri Air National Guard his junior and senior years.  He joined the U. S. Air Force December 7, 1957.  After 22 years and two tours in Southeast Asia, he retired at Williams Field AFB with rank of E7 (MSGT).  He worked in the private sector as Student Financial Aid Director and retired from Pima Medical School.

Billy is an American Legion member of 32 years at Merrell-Mitchell Post 39, Gilbert, Az. where he was an officer 19 years.  He serves in the American Legion on the National Legislative Council, National Security Council, and is National Legislative liaison to Representative Andy Biggs, previously to Matt Salmon and Jeff Flake. In the past he served on the American Legion National Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Commission.

Billy has been a member of 40 and 8 Voiture 1466 for 30 years where he served all chairs including Grand du Arizona Chef de Gare.  He is a member of the Benevolent Order of Elks and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Pat Young

Director (DAV) – Navy Veteran (Vietnam) & AVHOF-2012

Born in Tooele, Utah in 1948.  Active duty, US Navy, Hospital Corpsman, 1967-1971, with service in Vietnam; retired 1971.  In 1971 Patrick joined the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Service training program.  During his 27-year career, he handled 30,000-35,000 claims of disabled veterans.

Pat advocated for veterans before the Dept of Veterans Affairs.  From 1978-1981, he handled the DAV Vietnam Veteran Outreach program which served 1,500 veterans, which influenced the VA to establish veterans centers in major cities nationwide.  Served as DAV Dept Adjutant, State of Arizona, for 6 years, followed by service on the Dept Finance Committee for 6 years.  Has raised 1.7 million dollars for the DAV.  In 2011 he formed the Arizona Disabled Veterans Foundation to raise funds to aid and assist Arizona’s veterans.

Gene Wood

Director (VFW) – Navy Veteran (Vietnam) & AVHOF-2017

Born in Denver, Colorado in 1950, Gene Wood is a retired US Army First Sergeant (Aircraft Maintenance), 1969-1992; and retired Airline Aircraft Quality Control Inspector.

An active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Gene serves veterans at all levels: Post 12043 Past Commander (twice); District 10 Past Commander supervising eight posts; and currently Department Senior Vice Commander. Gene served for three years as the National VFW Veterans and Military Services Chairman where he provided leadership and information for assistance programs to servicemen and servicewomen with unmet veteran needs; Gene assisted in raising over $30,000 to meet those needs. While serving as Grand Commander, VFW Military Order of the Cootie, Gene Wood spearheaded the organization’s donation of over $50,000 to assist hospitalized veterans.

Terry Araman

Director (Legislative Chair) – Army Veteran (Vietnam) & AVHOF-2016

Born in San Francisco, CA, during 1947.  Terry served three years active duty Army including one tour in Vietnam (1968-69) with the 9th ID.  His awards include the Combat Medic Badge and the Bronze Star Medal.  Retired from Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor with 20 years service.  Adjunct faculty at Mesa Community College (2003-2012).  Provided leadership for the development and growth of the Madison Street Veterans Association (MSVA).  In 2009, MSVA opened the Veterans Outreach Center for homeless veterans; in 2010, MSVA opened a transitional living center offering housing, currently for 52 homeless male veterans, MANA House (MANA = Marines, Army, Navy, Air Force).

In 2011, Terry was one of 10 individuals Nationwide who were honored by the President at a White House ceremony for the great strides they have made to improve the lives of others through charitable work, faith and advocacy.  Terry has served the UAV as a Director, Vice Chair, and is currently the Chairman of the Legislative Committee.  Terry is also a member of the American Legion, DAV, VFW, and the VVA.

Robert E. “Rob” Welch

Director (Sponsor Chair) – Army Veteran (Vietnam Era & Cold War) & AVHOF-2016

Born in Konawa, Oklahoma during 1941.  Enlisted in the Army in 1959, serving three years as a Military Policeman in the United States and in France during the Berlin Crisis of 1961-62.  Subsequently served in the Active USAR and the CTARNG.  Retired as a Colonel in 2001 with 33 1/2 years military service.  As a civilian, served 30 years with the Connecticut State Police, retiring as a Captain in 1996.

Rob has spent countless hours serving as a volunteer in numerous veteran and civic organizations, raising money for charitable causes and assuming leadership rolls in the UAV, AUSA, ALEESPD, AZ-MVCN, MIPF, MHPB, MOAA, PPB, and the USGLC.  In addition, he is a life member of the AAHF, AUSA, CSPAAA, DAV, MOAA, MOWW and The American Legion.  Rob is an avid supporter of the Arizona StandDown, AFCOD, MFRF, VHP, YLC, the 100 Club and is a 13 1/2 Gallon Blood Donor to the ARC.

Palmatier, Rick v2Richard “Rick” Palmatier

Statutory Agent – Army Veteran 

Richard “Rick” Palmatier, Jr., retired as a Colonel with over 29 years of service in the Army, Army Reserves, and National Guard (21 years active, 8 years reserve & Guard).  He is a University of Arizona graduate (BA 1977, JD 1980), serving as a Judge Advocate throughout his military career.  He also held assignments as the Human Resources Officer and Chief of Staff for the Arizona National Guard.  He is currently in private practice representing Veterans in the VA disability claims process.