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DAV advocates for those men and women who defend the American way of life, and our leadership structure reflects that. Since our founding, our National Commander has been democratically elected by our member veterans. That tradition ensures that the DAV will always put service for America’s veterans first.

Subject Matter Experts

At DAV, we’re veterans helping veterans. We have firsthand experience and deep understanding of the core issues impacting the men and women who have served our country. To view an individual spokesperson’s full bio, please click on their name below.

Joe Parsetich
National Commander


Barry A. Jesinoski
National Adjutant & CEO

Randy Reese
Washington Headquarters Executive Director


Bryan “Cody” VanBoxel
Assistant Executive Director

Edward E. Hartman
Inspector General

Jim Marszalek
National Service Director


Joy J. Ilem
National Legislative Director

Daniel Clare
Chief Communications and Outreach Officer

John Kleindienst
National Voluntary Services Director


Ryan Burgos
National Employment Director

Douglas K. Wells Jr.
National Membership Director

John R. “Rob” Lewis
National Communications Director


M. Todd Hunter
Deputy National Communications Director


DAV Board of Directors

Andy Marshall, Florida


Nancy Espinosa, Utah

Barry A. Jesinoski, Kentucky

Floyd Watson, Wyoming


Frank Chicollo, Florida

Charles Edwards, Texas

Bill Dolan, Nevada


Michael E. Dobmeier, North Dakota
Advisor, National Judge Advocate

Joseph Parsetich, Montana
Advisor, National Commander

DAV Executive Committee

  • National Commander Joseph Parsetich, Montana
  • Sr. Vice Commander Nancy G. Espinosa, Utah
  • 1st. Jr. Vice Commander Daniel Contreras, California
  • 2nd Jr. Vice Commander Coleman Nee, Massachusetts
  • 3rd Jr. Vice Commander John Donovan, Arkansas
  • 4th Jr. Vice Commander Cynthia Madison, Virginia
  • Past National Commander Andy Marshall, Florida
  • NEC 1st District James Follis, Massachusetts
  • NEC 2nd District Israel Rivera, New York
  • NEC 3rd District Robert Guldner, New Hampshire
  • NEC 4th District Johnnie Walker, New Jersey
  • NEC 5th District Phillip Arnold, Pennsylvania
  • NEC 6th District John Patterson, Maryland
  • NEC 7th District Frank Chicollo, Florida
  • NEC 8th District Dave Sensat, Louisiana
  • NEC 9th District Gregory Keesee, North Carolina
  • NEC 10th District Rolly Lee, Michigan
  • NEC 11th District Michael Stith, Ohio
  • NEC 12th District John Polk, Wisconsin
  • NEC 13th District George Hall, Kentucky
  • NEC 14th District Kevin Grantier, Montana
  • NEC 15th District Karin Hansen, Kansas
  • NEC 16th District Gerald Wilson, California
  • NEC 17th District Floyd Watson, Wyoming
  • NEC 18th District Bill Dolan, Nevada
  • NEC 19th District JoAnn Gavin, Washington
  • NEC 20th District Charles Edwards, Texas
  • NEC 21st District Danny Oliver, Oklahoma

National Judge Advocate

  • Michael E. Dobmeier, North Dakota

National Chaplain

  • Debra Varner, Alabama

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