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 District Commander for American Legion Department of North Carolina District 20 (Mecklenburg County, NC), and Judge Advocate for American Legion Department of North Carolina Division IV.  He has been a member of the American Legion since 1994 and is a PUFL.


Al Cerino.JPG

first vice commander/Adjutant

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.  In addition to his roles as Vice Commander and Adjutant of Matthews Post 235, Al is District Vice Commander for American Legion Department of North Carolina District 20 (Mecklenburg County, NC). Outside of the American Legion Al is active in his church and is also an active volunteer at the Levine Senior Center in Matthews.


second Vice Commander

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.

Hal Legion Officer Image.jpg

third vice commander

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 4 years.

Tofano .jpg


Mark Tofano

A Vietnam era Air Force veteran, Mark’s civilian life has involved working for NASA, being a technology entrepreneur and serving as a technology and business process consultant. Mark is active in his local community and his faith community, among many other activities and hobbies. 





Gordon Greene

A Vietnam War era veteran having served as an E-5 Personnel Specialist.  Since leaving active service Gordon has been involved in the sale and auction of Commercial Real Estate & Builder Residential Condominium Projects in 40 States, 4 Provinces of Canada, & the Bahamas.  The National Association of Realtors awarded him the Campbell Trophy in the consecutive Years of 1975 & 1976 for the “Commercial Transaction of the Year.” The National Auctioneers Association awarded him the “Auction of the Year Award” in 2000 for the Sale at Auction of Middle Island located in Lake Erie, Ontario, Canada. Gordon is a Partner in the Commercial Brokerage Firm Hanna Commercial which is part of the Howard Hanna Family of Companies that includes Allen Tate Realtors, and Howard Hanna Realtors.   In addition to his role as Judge Advocate of Post 235, Gordon has served as the four year Quota Commander of the Brecksville, Ohio American Legion Post 196, He has been a member of the American Legion since 2007.


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. 

Air Force Bday_0.jpg

service officer

Larry Ciacci

A Vietnam era veteran, Larry service in the United States Air Force as a flight-line mechanic. Larry has serviced in past leadership roles in The American Legion, and is active in his community and church.

John Ellis.jpg


John Ellis

A United States Air Force veteran, John is a long time member of the American Legion, and a certified historian. John also serves as the Historien for his local Forty & Eight chapter. Active in many parts of his local community, John brings his knowledge of history and special knowledge of US flags to everyone he contacts.


Wilfong 1.JPG


Stephen Wilfong

A Vietnam era Navy combat veteran, Steve served on the USS Enterprise in the Tonkin Gulf and also in country for multiple tours. He has been a member of the American Legion for over 50 years. Steve is prior civilian law enforcement, both Federal and State, and is recognized as a handwriting and documents expert. Stephen is also very active in his church and the greater Charlotte community.



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.

zzzz Margaret.jpg
Perry Official Portrait (003).jpg


Executive Committee

Margaret Draganac

A Vietnam and Persian Gulf era veteran and Air Force Flight Nurse, Instructor, and Examiner, Margaret is retired from the Air Force at the rank of Colonel. Her civilian nursing career spans many disciplines, including a national charitable organization and the federal government.  She is active in various Matthews community organizations.

Executive Committee

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.

American Legion Post 235

184 S. Trade Street

Matthews, NC 28105