American Legion Post 235
Post 235 Matthews, NC

American Legion Post 235


Philip Georg Mowry.jpg


Philip G. (Phil) Mowry

A Gulf War era veteran, Phil served 10 years on active duty in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States Air Force, receiving a Regular Air Force Commission and rising to the rank of Major.  Since leaving active service Phil has served in executive leadership roles in both the nonprofit and corporate worlds.  Currently, Phil is SVP, Chief Legal Officer and Board Secretary for a national healthcare company.  In addition to his role as Commander of Matthews Post 235, Phil is Vice Commander for American Legion Department of North Carolina District 20 (Mecklenburg County, NC).  He has been a member of the American Legion since 1994 and is a PUFL.


Al Cerino.JPG


Al Cerino

A Vietnam War era veteran, Al did Active, Guard and Reserve duty for 19 years, rising to the rank of Captain upon his discharge.  After separating from the military, Al spent a career working for Consolidate Edison, a utility company in New York.  Joining the American Legion while in New York, Al served in a Post officer role as chaplain.  After transferring to the Department of North Carolina, Al has served as adjutant and commander at the Post level.  Outside of the American Legion Al is active in his church and is also an active volunteer at the Levine Senior Center in Matthews.

EBerti09 (003).jpg

First Vice Commander

Ed Berti

A Vietnam War era veteran, Ed served in the U.S. Army Reserve National Guard 101st Cavalry. He was a contractor in 1971-72 serving with MTMC and 1st Logistical Command in Port Saigon, Cam Ranh Bay, and Long Binh.  From 2006 to 2015 served as a member of the Executive Working Group for the U.S. Maritime industry working in coordination with U.S. Transportation Command, Surface Deployment Distribution Command, Military Sealift Command, and U.S. Maritime Administration regarding support and sustainment operations for OIF, OEF, U.S. Southern Command, and Pacific Command.  Ed is currently retired and remains active as a freelance writer, editor, and photographer.   He also volunteers at local veterans organizations.


second vice commander

Dave Matteo

A Panama, Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom era multi-tour combat veteran, Dave served 21 years on active duty in the United States Army.  He served in every enlisted position from ammunition bearer to Platoon Sergeant and Brigade Battle NCO.  Since leaving the Army, Dave has worked in the public and private sectors, currently holding a position with Corning.

James M.jpg

Generations Council, Group Leader

James Munoz

An Iraq war veteran, and former Army Reconnaissance officer, James is new to the American Legion.  Having just earned his MBA from the University of Tennessee, he is employed as an Assistant Vice President in Cyber Security Defense at Bank of America at its Charlotte headquarters.  James is also active in other community endeavors and in his church. 





Richard (Dick) Bowers

A Vietnam War era veteran, Dick served in the United States Air Force as a flight line mechanic.  After returning home, Dick joined the American Legion and has been a member ever since.  Dick spent a career in aviation serving the commercial airlines industry.  Within the American Legion, Dick has served multiple terms as Post level adjutant and commander.  He has also served as District commander.  Within the American Legion Dick is very active with his local JROTC programs.


finance Officer

Jack Santaniello

A Vietnam era veteran, and former Air Force NCO, Jack is new to the American Legion.  Jack is currently retired, after spending a career in finance and accounting. Jack is also active in other community endeavors and is the Treasurer for the Matthews Veterans Advisory Committee. 

Perry Official Portrait (003).jpg


Carissa L. Perry

An Iraqi Freedom era veteran, Carissa currently serves in the United States Air Force North Carolina Air National Guard, as a cyber security specialist.  Carissa is active in various local veterans groups, enjoys all types of outdoor and physical activities and has an interest in American Legion and military history. Carissa assists in Post 235’s aggressive recruiting efforts of female veterans.

Alan Burgess.jpg

immediate past Commander

Alan Burgess

A Vietnam Era and Cold War veteran of the United States Air Force, Alan served four years on active duty as a medical corpsman at the USAF Clinic at Pease AFB in Portsmouth, NH.  He left active service to return to college to complete his bachelors degree.  Upon completion of his bachelors he moved to Washington DC to complete the didactic portion of his masters in healthcare administration.  He was awarded a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps of the United States Air Force and served an administrative residency at the USAF Regional Hospital at Chanute AFB in Rantoul IL.  Other assignments took him to Incirlik, Turkey; Heidelberg, Germany; Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas; MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida; the Pentagon in Washington, DC; the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology on the grounds of Walter Reed Army Medical Center; and to the USAF Regional Medical Center at Clark Air Base in the Republic of the Philippines.  Following his retirement from the military he continued a career as a healthcare executive/hospital CEO at various hospitals and medical facilities across the USA.  Finally, in retirement he and his wife portray Santa and Mrs. Claus to keep the Spirit of Christmas alive in the hearts of children of all ages.




Mike Pennell

A Lebanon & Grenada, Panama and Persian Gulf War era veteran, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and the  North Carolina Air Guard, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant.  Mike retire from the NCANG in 2014.  He is actively involved in serving his community and fellow veterans as a member of several area veterans organizations.



Fred Dorsey

A Vietnam War era veteran, Fred served in the United States Navy on active duty from 1967 until 1973 as a gunfire control technician, reaching the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class.  After separating from the Navy, Fred became a printing press operator.  Fred is active in many vetarans service organizations.

Hal Parker.JPG


Executive Committee

Hal Parker

A Vietnam, Panama and Persian Gulf era combat veteran, Hal served in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1969-1970, attended Officer Candidate School in 1972, and retired from the Army in 1994, having attained the rank of Major.  Hal has been a member of Post 235 for 3 years.

Executive Committee

John Ellis

A Vietnam era veteran, and graduate of Georgia Tech, John spent a career in sales with companies such as General electric and Scott Paper. John is a certified historian, and has served for many years as an American Legion Post Historian.

Executive Committee

Victoria Green

A Persian Gulf era veteran, Victoria retired from the United States Air Force, where her primary specialty was in the Medical Services Corps.  New to the American Legion, she is active in the Matthews community and school system, and in her civilian career she is a broker/realtor.

American Legion Post 235

184 S. Trade Street

Matthews, NC 28105