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Board of Directors 2017-09-29T10:04:32+00:00

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Chair Reggie Yates (602) 373-0703 (cell)
Vice Chair Judi Beischel (480) 229-1581
Secretary Carol Culbertson (602) 799-9480 (cell)
Treasurer Bob Hysko (602) 569-7866
Director Gene Crego (928) 600-0562
Director Bob Dalpe (626) 910-8195
Director Dylan Dalzotto (480) 745-8238
Director Lea Seago (623) 556-4032
Director (TAL) Andy Jaime (602) 570-9481
Director (DAV) Pat Young (623) 330-8215
Director (VFW) Gene Wood (602) 920-3933
Director (Legislative) Terry Araman (602) 525-4456
Past Chair Rob Welch (480) 292-5822 (cell)
Statutory Agent Rick Palmatier


YATESAtlas Reginald “Reggie” Yates

Chairman – Army Veteran (Vietnam) & AVHOF-2013

Born in Loris, South Carolina in 1945.  Major, US Army, 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.


JBeischeludith S. “Judi” Beischel

Vice Chair – Coast Guard Veteran (Vietnam Era) & AVHOF-2012

Born in Rome, New York in 1948. Boatswain’s Mate First Class, US Coast Guard Reserves, with service 1973-1980 during the Vietnam Era.  Retired in 2001 as a Special Service Technician, Bell Systems.  At American Legion Post 58, she helped organize sending care packages to deployed soldiers and the State Veterans’ Home.  She has conducted clothing and bottle water drives in support of the Arizona StandDown; Madison Street Veterans Association; Mary Ellen’s Place; and the MANA House for homeless veterans, where she serves on the Advisory Council.  A tireless volunteer, she has raised funds for Hurricane Katrina, US Vets, and several non-profit organizations.  She is a member of Women in Military Service to America; Past National Director 20+4, Honor Society of Women Legionnaires; Past Arizona Department Commander, The American Legion; member of The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame, class of 2012; and currently serves on The American Legion National Executive Committee as the Arizona Alternate representative.

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.

RoHyskobert T. “Bob” Hysko

Treasurer – Army Veteran (Vietnam) & AVHOF-2015

Born in Detroit, Michigan in 1945. Active Duty, US Army 1965-1967, serving with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam.  In 1993, after a 23 year career as a Michigan police officer, Bob Hysko moved to Arizona.  He has served as a volunteer coach for boys and girls baseball and soccer, 15 years as a volunteer on the Selective Service Board, donated over 10 gallons of blood, assisted in over 500 funeral services for veterans and their families, volunteers at the Phoenix VA Hospital, and coordinates the “Goals for Kids” program for the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey team’s children program.  A 47-year member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Bob has devoted almost his entire adult life as a volunteer for veteran’s affairs.  Bob was elected Arizona Department Commander, VFW in June 2015.


R2013-10 Rob Welch 1obert E. “Rob” Welch

Immediate Past 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.

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.

DylDalzottoan James Dalzotto

Director – 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. He 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

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.

Andy Jaime

Director (TAL) – Army (Vietnam) & Air Force Veteran & AVHOF-2015

Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1943, Andy Jaime, Jr. served 17 years in the Army, and 13 years in the Air Force. He graduated from the Army Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, the Air Force Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, and the American Legion College.

A Life Member of the Elks, The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and The American Legion Forty and Eight, Andy is a charter member of “Veterans Helping Veterans.” A 20-year member of The American Legion Post 44, he serves as an Honor Guard member of Post 44, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. During his American Legion tenure, he initiated, participated in, and contributed to the charitable endeavors of Post 44 and throughout the Valley. Andy Jaime is the Immediate Past Department Commander of The American Legion, Department of Arizona.

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.

Ken Marshall

Director (VFW) – Navy Veteran (Vietnam)

Kenneth B. “Ken” Marshall, born 1946 in Salem, Ohio.  Joined the U.S. Navy in March of 1965 and did basic training in San Diego.  Ken’s first assignment was in the Philippines as a Communications Tech.  From this base he was assigned to Vietnam during 1966-67, both in country and in the Gulf of Tonkin on several surface vessels.

Ken left the military in March of 1969 and joined the Ohio State Highway Patrol in September of that year as a cadet.  During his career in the Highway Patrol, Ken served in every rank, retiring in July of 2000 as the Superintendent.  Ken stayed in Ohio government for six more years, finally retiring in November 2006 as Executive Director of the Ohio Organized Crime investigations Commission.  Ken is Married to Christa, they have two adult children, Heidi and Debbie, and four grand children.  Ken is a State officer of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Arizona.

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.

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.