ALA National Headquarters PHONE: (317) 569-4500 | FAX: (317) 569-4502
CONTACT:ALA National Headquarters Divisions Contact Form
Sara Riegel, Executive Director
Welcome to the Administration Division! We handle all activities related to the process of running the organization and we are happy and ready to assist you! Our division manages the Executive Offices including the National President, Executive Director; and all other National Officers; runs the daily operations of the building and its grounds; includes the Administrative Assistants team as well as the IT department. Our division also includes Constitution and Bylaws, NEC management, the Cavalcade of Memories and all archival and historic item preservation projects. We look forward to hearing from you!
Tamara Shumate, Deputy Executive Director
Anita McCoy, Administration Manager
Cathi Taylor, Archivist
Angela Graham, Governance Specialist
Sommer Matthews, Executive Assistant
This division’s role is twofold from an internal and external marketing standpoint: The team produces messaging via print and digital platforms to the public, ensuring a constant feed of new information and mission-focused storytelling to those who aren’t familiar with the ALA. The division also provides members with resources to present their unit activities in the best possible way locally, with access to free resources like Auxiliary magazine, the ALA blog, ALA eNews, ALA In the Know eBulletin, the national website, brochures, news release templates, and more. These media communication vehicles not only help our members successfully do their work without worry, but they also keep the general public up-to-date on the ALA’s mission outreach.
Stephanie Holloway, Communications and Marketing Director
Aaron Meyer, Communications Manager
Travis Perkins, Webmaster
Sara Fowler, Communications Specialist - Writer
Jennifer Donovan, Communications & Marketing Specialist
Alexa Freeman, Communications Coordinator
In support of mission outreach provided to veterans, military, and their families by over 600,000 volunteers, the Development Division bridges the gap between what veterans need and what the monies from membership dues can provide. Additional support is made possible through donor contributions to both the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation. Donations from Auxiliary members and supporters help make scholarships, youth mentoring, support for disabled veterans, and emergency funds for unexpected tragedies a reality. Contribute today
Carley Schutz, Director of Development
Dean Sanders, Development Manager
Maggie Smith, Development Coordinator
Amanda Freeman, Development Assistant
Keeping a close watch on all things financial, the Finance Division handles everything from paying the bills and balancing budgets to making sure the Auxiliary is up-to-date on all government-mandated regulations.
Gary Ward, Director of Finance
Amanda Ginter, Sr. Accounting Coordinator
Cindy Radcliff, Staff Accountant
Erin Hoffmann, Accounting Manager
Carmela Garcia, Accounting Coordinator
Human Resources is responsible for managing employee recruitment, compensation and benefits, learning and development, employee relations, performance management, health and safety, and personnel policies. See Available ALA Job Openings
Shannon Hitchcock, Director of Human Resources
Promoting Service Not Self and assisting the national membership committee with retention and recruitment strategies are key priorities of the Membership Division. In addition to answering hundreds of questions daily and providing support to members nationwide, this division is charged with the national member database (ALAMIS) and assisting departments and units in membership processing, annual renewal notices and membership cards, membership statistics, Paid Up For Life (PUFL) memberships, unit and district/county charters.
Kelly Harrier, Director of Membership
Bonnie Vest, Membership Coordinator
Elizabeth Chiavarini, Sr. Database Coordinator
Marti Drake, Membership Coordinator
Melissa Clawson, Membership Coordinator
Tomee Sue Bunner, Membership Coordinator
The Operations Division handles special projects throughout the organization including Strategic Plan management and the national training program.
Stephanie Abisi, Director of Operations Management
Programs and Events represent the how and why of our organization; two distinct, yet equally valuable facets of the American Legion Auxiliary’s outreach mission.
Impacting areas which range from educating youth to supporting veterans, the program staff at National Headquarters is comprised of subject matter experts who ensure our mission reaches grassroots members, as well as target audiences outside our organization. Working collaboratively with ALA national leaders, we ensure the needs -- no matter how great or small -- of our military and veteran population are met. Through “boots on the ground” implementation of the ALA’s mission by our nationwide network of ALA volunteers, we serve veterans, military, and their families throughout every stage of their lives.
A vital part of the ALA’s mission delivery is the face-to-face training, idea sharing, and process development that happens at ALA national events. Often working behind the scenes, members of the National Headquarters event team are responsible for the logistics of national events, including registration, vendor coordination, and complete travel management. Whether it is for ALA Mission Training, board meetings, or our National Convention, these expert project managers ensure success through the 12-month cycle of events, reaching almost every corner of our nation.
Chrystal Daulton, Program Manager
Jessy Symmes, Events Manager
Kristin Hinshaw, Sr. Program Coordinator
Anne Hardwick, Program Manager – ALA Girls Nation
Samantha Caudill, Senior Events Coordinator
Promoting collaboration with organizations in our nation’s capital is the primary role of this division.
Tyra Nelson, D.C. Site Director
"I remember going down to the Legion post with my grandfather [World War II U.S. Army veteran Howard Schlitter], and hearing him say things like, “You’ve got to take care of the veterans. You’ve got to be there for them and help them out.” None of that really resonated with me until after he was gone. Then, I realized I have to be his voice."
- Mike Monserud, ALA member of Auxiliary Unit 37 in Ames, Iowa