Commander: Lisa Vandever

Specialist (E-4), U.S. Army, 1991-1995

Post 655 Officer Positions held:  2nd Vice Commander


Lisa is a US Army Veteran who served as a Preventive Medicine Specialist, 91S, spending most of her service time in Seoul, South Korea, at Yongsan Garrison, with the 5th Preventive Medicine Detachment. Since her time in the service, Lisa has worked in Higher Education, Non-Profit Fund Development, and Corporate Training Development. She earned both her Bachelor and Master degrees from the University of Denver. Lisa is passionate about serving her Sister and Brother Warriors!

1st Vice Commander/Finance Officer:  Darrell Eaton

Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, 1971-1991

Years in Legion: 9

Post 655 Officer Positions held:  1st Vice Commander

                                                      Sergeant at Arms

Darrell completed several tours of duty in Europe.  Further, her performed duties as an instructor at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  Darrell completed his service by capping it off with duties as the schoolhouse NCOIC.

2nd Vice Commander:  
Adjudant: Richard Haas

Retired Master Sergeant (E-7), U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserves, Air National Guard, U.S. Army, and Army National Guard 1987

Years in Legion: 16

Post 655 Officer Positions held: 1st Vice Commander


Rich was the marketing director for the Dominos Pizza Franchise in both Tarrant and Dallas County from 1984 through 2003, and  was a sign salesman 2003 through 2013.  He has been fully retired sice 2013. He has been a widower since 2000 and he has three children and five grand children.  The American Legion gives him a chance to still serve his country by serving veterans.

Judge Advocate: Mike Gori

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, 1960-1967

Vietnam Veteran

Years in Legion: 5


Post 655 Officer Positions held:  Veterans Service Officer


Mike served his time mainly with the Europe Theater of Operation from 1960 thru 1967 as a Non-Morse Radio Intercept Operator. His assignments range from Southern Italy through a tour in ‘friendly’ Pakistan ending up in England. In between assignment he attended Morse Radio School at Kessler AFB and then Advanced Non-Morse School at Goodfellow AFB. Mike has been married for 50+ years to Jeane, the First Vice Officer of the Post 655 Auxiliary Unit. Mike is a strong advocate for the efforts of the American Legion’s towards the new returning veterans. Having a strong, friendly and welcoming atmosphere at every post is essential to the life of the Legion and all Vets.

Finance Officer:  
Historian/Webmaster: Christopher Koopmans

Senior Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Air Force Reserves, 1995-Present

Years in Legion: 7


Chris joined the active duty Air Force directly out of high school and worked as an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist for 11 years.  He then retrained into the paralegal career field where he worked for two years.  Chris separated from active duty after 13 years, and enlisted in the Air Force Reserves where he retrained again into the Aerial Port career field.  On the civilian side, Chris is a paralegal for the Social Security Administration.  Chris wanted to give back to the country that gave so much to him, so he is a strong proponent of veteran’s issues.  The American Legion is a great organization that does just that.

Sergeant at Arms: Don Souvannachak

Major, U.S. Army, Special Forces


Veterans Service Officer: 
American Legion Post 655
2817 Carson Street
Haltom City, TX 76117