Department of Illinois: Urbana Unit 71
Eligibility: Through father Clay Lofton, WWII and Korea; husband Marty Conatser, Vietnam Era; and son Rick Malloch, Desert Storm. All Army veterans.
Offices held: Served most offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. Currently serving as district Finance chairman for 15th year. National: NEC and chairman of Junior Activities, Americanism, Membership, Community Service, Leadership, Education, Constitution & Bylaws, Children & Youth, Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation and national vice president. Also served on Long Range Strategic Planning special committee.
Personal/professional: Sharon is married to Marty, a Past State Commander and a Past National Commander. Her son Rick is a dual member, and the other two sons and two grandsons are members of the Sons of The American Legion. Three daughters-in-law and three granddaughters are members of the American Legion Auxiliary. Sharon has been active in her church, school and youth programs in the local community, serving as chairman of the Christian Education Board, vice president and president of Champaign Central Football and Soccer Boosters. Sharon currently belongs to Faith United Methodist Church in Champaign. She has served as a mentor in the CU-One to One Mentor Program. Sharon was employed at the University of Illinois for more than 24 years, retiring in July 2010. At her job, she served on several committees, including Alumni and Development; Agronomy Day where she served as the administrative assistant to the chair; Advisory Committee; Social Committee; and Teaching Committee. Sharon served as president of The Secretariat, a supervisory-level secretaries group. The University recognized Sharon for her leadership and hard work, presenting her the Staff Award for Excellence from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the coveted Chancellor’s Distinguished Award for Outstanding Service to the University.
Department of Washington: Pat Tillman Memorial Unit 53
Eligibility: Through father R. Garnett Boots; mother Helen Babb Boots; husband Dale F. Davis; and son Robert D. Davis.
Offices held: Served most offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: NEC and chairman of Poppy, Membership (also served as vice chairman), ALA Girls State, Education, Constitution & Bylaws, Leadership, National Security, Children & Youth Chairman, and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation. Also served on Long Range Strategic Planning special committee and currently as a strategy captain on Centennial Plan.
Personal/professional: Accreditation through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a Service Officer for The American Legion; Department of Washington and Washington Department of Veterans Affairs,19 years; recently completing 8 years as training officer for the Service Division. Department secretary 3 years; department treasurer 3 years; Daughters of the American Revolution-Jonas Babcock Chapter; Beta Sigma Phi; PBS We Are Veterans Advisory Committee; Military and Veterans Caregiver Peer Support Network Advisory Council; Beta Sigma Phi; ALA Strategic
Planning Design Committee; Long Range Strategic Planning Committee; Goal D Strategy Captain; Washington State Grange; BA Evergreen State College.
Lynda M. Lancaster
Department of West Virginia: Jackson Perks Unit 71
Eligibility: Through late husband William F. Lancaster Jr., a Navy WWII veteran.
Offices held: Served many offices and chairmanships at unit, district and department levels. National: NEC, vice chairman of Junior Activities and Constitution & Bylaws. Member of Education, Legislative, ALA Girls State, Children & Youth, Community Service, Junior Activities, Leadership, Membership, and National Security.
Personal/professional: Daughter of Fred Meyer and Miriam Kleintop. Graduated magna cum laude, Shepherd University, RBA and elected into Who’s Who Among American University and College Students; Northern Virginia Community College, AS, cum laude. Employed as an insurance agent with Bob Snyder’s State Farm. A member of Leesburg United Methodist Church, VFW 3522, Purple Heart, DAV, BPOE Lodge 867, F.O.E. Aerie 1167, Women of the Moose 948, Redmen Lodge, NARFE and NRA.
Department of Delaware: Oak Orchard-Riverdale Unit 28
Eligibility: Through husband Lyle Skelton, a Navy Vietnam veteran.
Offices held: Several offices and chairmanships at unit and department levels. National: Member of National Security, Legislative, Education, and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation.
Personal/professional: Mother of 4 children – 3 daughters,1 son; has 17 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. For 25 years, Helen was owner/operator for WAWA. Her passion is volunteering at the Creative Arts Festival. God and country, a desire to serve others and a goal of being the national Eastern Division vice president has been the driving force in her years of support to veterans, military and their families.
Department of North Dakota: Unit 135 McVille
Eligibility: Through husband Curtis Twete; son Darin Twete; and brother Tom Patterson.
Offices held: Several offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: NEC. Member of Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation and Junior Activities.
Personal/professional: Is a housewife and mother to 4 adult children. Worked in hospital dietary. Is a member of McVille Lutheran Church; quilts and makes banners for church. Is secretary of city’s centennial committee, volunteer for school, library and church activities. For their health system, served a Welcome Wagon Lady and Mrs. Claus and as church council and ladies group president. Life member of Ole Semling Unit 135.
Flora Jean Craig
Department of North Carolina: Morris Field Unit 380
Eligibility: Through father Timothy T. Craig, WWII Army veteran; brother Charles Craig, Marines; and brother Tim Craig, Army (both Vietnam).
Offices held: Several offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: NEC. National historian. Member of Community Service, Junior Activities, Membership, ALA Girls Nation, Education, and Long Range Strategic Planning.
Personal/professional: Retired after teaching and coaching 30 years in a junior high/middle school. Father was a Past Department Commander, NEC and National Vice Commander; mother was a Past Department President, NEC and served on several national committees. You can find Flora Jean in the bleachers watching her great nephews play various sports.
Department of California: George Tadlock Unit 472
Eligibility: Through father Joe D. Engstrom, Navy WWII Air Corps veteran.
Offices held: Several offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: NEC. Member of Membership, ALA Girls State, Education, Public Relations, and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation.
Personal/professional: Linda is married to her husband Lyle, and they have 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Professionally, Linda has worked in the mortgage banking industry for more than 35 years and is currently the vice president of lending services at a major wealth management bank. Her outside activities include Lions Club and Beta Sigma Phi, where she serves on the board and publishes the monthly newsletter.
Department of New Jersey: Bayonne Unit 19
Eligibility: Through father George E. Young, Navy WWII veteran; and brother Thomas Young, Navy Vietnam veteran.
Offices held: Several offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: NEC. Member of Community Service, ALA Girls State, National Security, Poppy, and Centennial Strategic Plan.
Personal/professional: ALA life member. Employed 15 years as assistant controller at Continental Management; ExChief and Charter Life Member of Bayonne Fire Canteen since 1993; chairman of Bayonne Rent Control Board since 1994; summa cum laude graduate – Business Management/Accounting. Married 25 years to Jim Noble, Past National Vice Commander of SAL. Captain of the American Legion Post 19 Champion 9 Ball Billiards team.
Cindy K. Newton
Department of Louisiana: Leander J. Kinchen Unit 47
Eligibility: Through self, Navy veteran; and husband, Bryon K. Newton, Marine veteran.
Offices held: Several offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: NEC. Member of Junior Activities committee. Member of several special committees.
Personal/professional: Life member of Unit 47 for more than 50 years. U.S. Navy veteran. Married to Bryon Newton, a U.S. Marine for 40 years. Has a daughter who served in the U.S Navy and a son who served in the Army Reserve. Has three grandchildren. Member of the American Legion, 8/40 Salon, DAV, 4-H volunteer, VA clinic volunteer, and Tangipahoa veteran committee. Member of St. Joseph Church, Boy and Girls Scout committee, AARP, TRIAD/SALT, Homemakers Club, PTO, United Way, Special Olympics, Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce, MDA Telethon chairman.
Department of Idaho: Unit 20
Eligibility: Through husband Ronald Derrick, Vietnam veteran.
Offices held: Several offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: Attended Combined Americanism Conference chaplains’ sessions, attended pre-convention workshops for chaplains, historians, and education chairs, invited to open and close chaplain and historian sessions with prayer (2014 convention).
Personal/professional: Non-denominational Christian fellowship family, host in-home Bible studies, retired after 21 years as a secondary educator, 1992 1998 secretary, Career and Technical Educators of Idaho, member, National Education Association since 1991, 1994-97 and 2013-present, secretary Rigby City Library Board, active in care of 92-year-old mom; father was a WWll veteran; member of ALA 11 years. Married 47 years to Ron, an ordained minister and TAL Past National Chaplain. They have 3 adult children and 9 grandchildren.
In addition to these candidates endorsed by their states’ departments, any member in good standing may be nominated for these national offices from the floor at National Convention, according to the published convention rules available online in the published convention proceedings.
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