MNALA Staff Biographies

Department President
Carol Kottom

Carol Kottom

Theme:              "Thank a Veteran - all gave some, some gave all."

Project:              Purchase a golf cart for the St. Cloud VAMC
                           Additional funds would be distributed to the other Minnesota VAMC's and Veterans Homes.
                           Pocket angels for active military, veterans and their families.

Unit:                   2004 - Present -- Unit Secretary
                           2014 - Present -- Unit Treasurer

10th District:     1993 -- Legislative Chairman
                           1994 -- Historian
                           1995 -- North Wright Co-captain
                           1996 -- Poppy Chairman
                           1997 -- Membership Chairman
                           1998 -- 2nd Vice President and Children and Youth Chairman
                           1999 -- 1st Vice President and VA and R Chairman
                           2000 -- President
                           2001 -- Junior Past
                           2002/2003 -- Standing Rules Member
                           2004 -- Standing Rules Chairman
                           2005 -- Advisor
                           2006 -- Past Presidents Parley Chairman
                           2007/2011/2014 -- Secretary
                           2009/2013 -- Parliamentarian
                           2016 -- Leadership Chairman
                           2017 -- Standing Rules Member

Department:     1995/1999 -- Memory Book Chairman
                           2001 -- Americanism Chairman
                           2002 -- Membership Chairman
                           2003 -- Girls State Director
                           2004/2015/2016 -- VA and R Chairman
                           2005 -- Historian
                           2006 -- Gift Shop Committee
                           2007 -- Gift Shop Chairman
                           2009-2012 -- Finance Committee
                           2013 -- Finance Chairman
                           2014 -- Leadership
                           2015 -- 2nd Vice President
                           2016 -- 1st Vice President
                           2017 -- President

Department Executive Secretary
Sandie Deutsch

Sandie started as the Department Secretary in October 2011.  Sandie has 25+ years background in office management.  Sandie belongs to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 in Montgomery and is currently the treasurer of the Unit.  She became a member under her father Joe Speikers Jr, a World War II Navy Veteran.  She is married to Shorty Deutsch and has three children, Nikki (Butch) Kubes of Montgomery, Melissa (Jeff) Nelson of Streetman, Texas and Brad (Shannon) Deutsch of Arlington, Texas.  The light of her life is her five grandchildren, John and Claire Kubes,Frankie and Cade Nelson and Elizabeth Deutsch.

Jan Lauby

Jan has been a member of the Apple Valley American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1776 for 25 years. She is eligible through her Dad, John Murray, who served in the United States Navy during WWII. She started working at Department in January 2014.

Administrative Assistant
Julie Deneffe

Julie started as an Administrative Assistant in February 2015. Julie belongs to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 in Montgomery. She became a member under her husband Michael, who is currently serving in the United States Army for the past 28 years.