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POSITION

MEMBER

TELEPHONE

Chair Dylan Dalzotto (480) 745-8238
Vice Chair Lea Seago
(623) 556-4032
Secretary Carol Culbertson (602) 799-9480 (cell)
Treasurer Ray Boucher
(602) 330-4998
Past Chair Reggie Yates (602) 373-0703 (cell)
Director Gene Crego (928) 600-0562
Director Mike Burke
(602)826-8305
Director Carol McKnight (480) 967-6688
Director Dennis Gardner
(623) 810-7702
Director (TAL) Domingo Bonilla
(480) 628-1191
Director (DAV) Johnny Stewart
(520) 869-8555
Director (VFW) Reggie Yates
(602) 373-0703 (cell)
Director (Legislative Liaison) Terry Araman (602) 525-4456
Director (Sponsorships) Rob Welch (480) 292-5822 (cell)
Director(Communications) Travis Burns
(928) 701-6997
Statutory Agent Rick Palmatier
           

Dylan James Dalzotto

Chair, UAV. Army Veteran (Operation Iraqi 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.


Lea Seago

Vice Chair – Army Veteran (Sgt. Major) AVHOF-2013

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1941. Resident of Surprise, Arizona. Lea is a docent at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, donating over 6,600 hours of volunteer work. She chaired the annual Book Sale and Treasure Market for two years, raising over $100,000 for the Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives at the Museum. Lea chaired the Student Art Note Card Project which raised $20,000 for twelve scholarships for Native American students.

As President of Chapter #119, Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association, she supports women veterans residing at Mary Ellen’s Place and the State Veteran Home in Phoenix, including providing supplies of personal care items to women veterans residing at the State Veteran Home Phoenix as well as MANA (Marine, Army, Navy and Air Force) House.

 

 


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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.


Raymond (Ray) Boucher                          

Treasurer – Air Force Veteran (Vietnam)

Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1934, Ray Boucher served twenty-six years in the U.S. Air Force, including service in Southeast Asia as an F-4 Phantom weapons systems officer; retiring in 1983 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Ray has served on the Credit Union West Board of Directors since 1982; and since 2006, has volunteered at Habitat for Humanity. Ray supports many events which benefit veterans, the military, and students.

As Treasurer, Arizona Territorial Chapter, Association of the US Army, he co-chairs the Healing Heroes program which provides a 2-day family vacation for wounded veterans and their families; co-chairs the annual Task Force Smith Golf Tournament to raise funds for active, Reserve and National Guard families; and chairs the annual Armed Forces Career Officer Day to assist and encourage JROTC cadets to become officers in the armed forces.


Atlas Reginald “Reggie” Yates

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

Born in Loris, South Carolina in 1945. Vietnam veteran, participated in the only combat jump in the war on 22 February 1967.  Also served with the 3rd Infantry (Old Guard) where he was assigned as a White House Aide.  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.


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Director – Marine Corps Veteran (Vietnam) & AVHOF-2017 

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.


Mike Burke

Director – Army Veteran (Vietnam) Past UAV Chair (1999-2000)

Born in 1946, Washington D.C., raised in Vienna, Virginia, Mike Burke entered the military in June of 1966. He served in Vietnam from 1967-1968, and is a life member of In–Country Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America. Mike moved to Arizona in 1979, and continued his service to the veteran community.

Mike is a Past Chair of the Unified Arizona Veterans, Past Commander of In- Country Vietnam Veterans. He served on several committees to include the Phoenix STANDDOWN committee and the Vietnam Remembrance Day, and assisted in construction of the Ira Hayes monument at Sacaton, Arizona. Mike served as the Master of Ceremonies for Memorial Day Ceremony, National Memorial Cemetery. He helped coordinate the Phoenix Memorial Day Parade, and Veterans Day at the State Fair, and supports veterans’ activities with Arizona Sports and Entertainment and the Fiesta Bowl.

 


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.


Domingo Bonilla

DIRECTOR (American Legion) – Army Veteran (Vietnam)  

Domingo Bonilla was born on a farm in Fabens, Texas.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and served on active duty until 1971. He completed Military Police School at Ft. Huachuca. Overseas service includes Germany and the Republic of Vietnam. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal earned during his combat tour of Vietnam.

A Life Member of The American Legion, Bonilla held key leadership positions such as Commander Mathew B. Juan, Post 35, District 12 Commander and Area B Commander. He was appointed to the National Security Committee 2015-2016 and was the senior Arizona Delegate to the National Convention. He was elected American Legion, Arizona Department Commander in June of 2017 and served with distinction in that position until June of 2018.


Johnny Stewart

Director (DAV) – Air Force Veteran (Desert Shield/Storm) & AVHOF-2016

Born in Guntersville, Alabama in 1949, Johnny Stewart served 24 years in the US Air Force retiring as a Master Sergeant. Johnny then worked 18 years in fuels logistics at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

Johnny joined the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 2 in Tucson, and served two years as Department Commander, DAV. In 1995 Johnny founded the Touch of Class community service organization to raise funds for underprivileged children. Over $90,000 was raised for college tuition and donated to 50 children in low income families.  Johnny is a certified Veteran Service Officer and has volunteered over 700 hours helping veterans file VA claims. Johnny is also the Co-Founder of the DAV Arizona Legal Clinics program which has resolved the legal issues of over 1,000 veterans. In 2016, Johnny was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.


Atlas Reginald “Reggie” Yates

Director (VFW) – Army Veteran (Vietnam), Past UAV Chair (2016-2017) & AVHOF-2013

Born in Loris, South Carolina in 1945.  Major, US Army, Airborne, retired in 1990 with 25 years of service.  Vietnam veteran, participated in the only combat jump in the war on 22 February 1967.  Also served with the 3rd Infantry (Old Guard) where he was assigned as a White House Aide.  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.


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 (USAEUR; Vietnam, Cold War & Gulf War Eras), Past UAV Chair (2014-2015) & 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.


Travis Burns

Director (Communications) – Army Veteran (Korea Service & Gulf War) AVHOF-2019

Travis Burns enlisted in the US Army Infantry in 1987, serving on the Korean Demilitarized Zone and in the Gulf War. His civilian career included operations and sales in the transportation and rental equipment industries. An author, veteran peer support and resource navigator, Travis Burns focuses on moral injury and veteran suicide.

His journey in the veteran service space began after his return from the 2014 Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey to Washington, D.C. In 2015 he began working with the Unified Arizona Veterans and serving on the working group for Be Connected, a statewide initiative for preventing veteran suicide. Travis is the Chair of the Phoenix VA Veteran Family Advisory Council, and serves on the Phoenix VA Hospital Mental Health Advocacy Council.

 


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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.